How to Destroy Beginners at the Poker Table

Tips from a Shark: How to Destroy Beginners at the Poker Table

Tips from a Shark: How to Destroy Beginners at the Poker Table

Want to know how to destroy beginners at the poker table? Disclaimer: If you’re sitting around the poker table with some friends who are new to the game, you might not want to try these tips. You’re likely to end up making some people really mad — because you’re going to walk away with all of their money and humiliate them in the process. However, if you are playing online poker against some people you’ll never see, or if you’re at a tournament and find a novice at the table (or if someone starts talking noise), these can help you.

These Tips will How to Destroy Beginners at the Poker Table

First of all, when a novice comes into the room, he’s either going to be really nervous, or really careless. It won’t take you long to figure out which he is, either. The nervous guy calls a lot and folds most of the time when others raise. They’ll almost never open the betting. The careless guy makes crazy raises even though his hands are weak. If you have the nervous novice at your table, use big bets to scare him away each time, and watch his stack dwindle slowly. If he does raise, tread lightly, because it’s likely that he has something solid. If you’ve got the careless guy, value bet with your strong hands. Use big pairs to call down the big bets.

Oh, and when there’s another solid player at the table with you, make sure you target the novices. Solid players avoid targeting each other and instead enjoy feasting off the rookies.

One misconception that novices have is that they’re going to have a ton of great hands. After all, when poker games show up in movies, somebody always draws to a royal flush or something. There’s even that Bugs Bunny cartoon where the rabbit wins blackjack on one card by drawing the 21 of Diamonds (gotta love Looney Tunes). Most of the time, your hands will miss. Getting a premium starting hand like A-K is something that almost never happens.

Sharpen Your Bluffin’ & Reading Skills 

Knowing when it’s a good time to catch a fish will improve your chances of hitting a good pot. If you have a nervous beginner at your table, he will lay down a lot after the flop if they don’t get something solid right away, so you should bet just about every time. You can raise the other hands around you, and the novices will wonder why you’re getting all the good cards.

Another fun trick here is to make the minimum bet on the river. A lot of rookies don’t understand how pot odds work, so if they miss on the draw, they are likely to fold against just about anything. Finally, watch body language. Novices with good cards usually have problems controlling their emotional responses. If they have nothing, you can tell from their faces as well.

Knowing the hand rankings is obviously helpful

No matter if you are playing online poker, the WSOP or just a friendly hands of free money poker, beginners tend to commit the same mistakes. They often think that a straight should beat a flush (when it doesn’t) and that two pair are better than three of a kind (but they aren’t). This is an example of a way to make friends mad (because a friend would tell them the hand rankings). But if you’re not playing with friends, then don’t worry about it. You’ll only be able to win one hand for each of these misconceptions, of course, but hands add up.

Using tips like this will help you clean up…and teach those novices the same hard lessons you had to learn.

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Poker Cash Games

Poker Cash Games vs. Tournaments vs. SNG’s

Poker Cash Games vs. Tournaments vs. SNG’s

A lot of people who are new to poker have a hard time choosing among poker cash games, poker tournaments or Sit N Go’s (SNGs). If you’re just in this for some fun, then it doesn’t really matter which one you play, as long as you are enjoying what you do. If you want to make some money, though, there are some poker strategies unique to each type of game that will determine which is the best choice for you.

Poker Cash Games

A lot of poker players look at poker cash games as providing the biggest edge and the most reliable income stream for a player who wins regularly. Tournaments and SNG’s have a number of all-in situations, many of them flips that don’t give you control over how things turn out. You can get an edge from tournaments and SNGs, but it generally is not as big as what you can get playing poker cash games going per hand or per game.

Players in cash games often have a bigger percentage of winning sessions, and if you tend to win, your income will be more reliable over time. You can win real cash and make steady profits in the other formats too, but you have to play a ton of games or hands.

If you look at the number of successful players in each format, there are a lot more in the cash games than in the other two. A lot more people have figured out how to turn cash games into a money maker than those that have in tournaments and SNGs.

Also, the cash game will teach you skills that you can take to tournaments and use. Most of the best cash game specialists right now also do really well in tournament play. However, the top tournament specialists generally are not as skilled in cash games.

Multi Table Tournaments

Even though the edge in this format is smaller than what you can get in cash games, it is still bigger than what turns up in SNGs. The best SNG players bring back an ROI of no more than 10 percent, but in the MTT format you can go over 100% in your ROI. You do get a bigger variance in tournaments than you do in cash games, but a lot of the tournament players that engage in online poker are willing to post the additional volume to compensate for this difference.

Sit N Go’s

There are some poker insiders who think that the SNG format is becoming a thing of the past. Not as many recreational players are entering them, and the edge that you can get is really small, particularly if you are playing with a group of regulars. The best way to make money here is to wander outside the traditional SNG format. Heads up SNGs give a bigger edge to savvy players, and the double or nothing SNG seems to draw in more novices than the standard setup.

All you have to do is look at one of the big sites to see that the best nine-man SNG players are only making a small percentage of what the best cash and tournament players are raking in. So if you’re an SNG specialist, it’s probably time to develop your skills in one or both of the other two formats to get your winnings back up again.

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Avoiding Common Poker Mistakes

Avoiding Common Poker Mistakes

Avoiding Common Poker Mistakes that will Affect You in the Long Run

When you sit down to play Texas Hold’em or any other variety of poker games, you’re going to make poker mistakes. That’s just part of the process. The wisest players reflect on their poker mistakes, learn and improve over time. The people who don’t learn simply end up paying their money to the people who do. Check out these steps so that you hold on to more of your money.

Don’t play too many starting hands

Of all the poker mistakes that people who are new to Texas Hold’em make, this is the most common by far. Some people hit a losing streak and think that playing hands is the only way out; others think that the best way to keep a winning streak going is to take more risks and play more hands. You might just be angry at someone at the table — or someone who made you mad earlier in the day — and just play more hands to get back at that person.

Playing more hands means risking your bankroll, and with the easiness of online poker, people tend to believe that engaging in a dozen hands at the same time will increase their chances of winning. So you are going to need to win more hands (or win bigger hands) if you want to win over time. Unfortunately, you’re very likely to hit the number of hands you can expect to win (thanks to the law of averages) fairly soon, and keeping on after that, playing hands just for the sake of playing them, will drain your stacks. What’s the key? Pump more money into the strongest poker hands instead of trying to prop up semi-strong hands and playing them more often.

Don’t lose patience

Sometimes you can go several hands without getting cards that are worth playing. This can make you get impatient and play simply because you think you need to play, not because of the quality of the cards that you have. Then you’ll look up to see someone else raking in your chips, simply because you got bored and wanted to play.

Some people find this to be a real problem when they transition from play money poker to real cash poker games or live poker tournaments. Online, the games go much faster, and players get used to the rush of the speed of action. Then they sit down to play at a table, and it feels like they’re watching the paint dry, even if the games are high stakes. So they push hands they shouldn’t, simply so they get the feel of action — and then they lose money. Don’t let that happen to you.

Don’t force yourself into a strong table

It’s important to know when you’re at a table where everyone is better than you. It’s true that it’s good to challenge yourself now and then, but if you’re the fish at a table of sharks, you’re going to be the prey. As you advance in the game, there will be fewer and fewer tables like this, but you should always give yourself a chance to win. Get up from tables where you’re going to get shredded and head for a table where there are some fish and maybe a couple of players at your level — and a shark or two. So you can learn — and still have a chance of winning some yourself.

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Riviera Hotel Casino

Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel Casino Demolished

Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel Casino Demolished

Storied Casino Officially No More

The Riviera Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip was demolished Tuesday in a controlled implosion, according to The Wall Street Journal. The casino closed in May of last year after being open for 60 years.

The crowd reportedly counted down from 60 to 0 to celebrate 60 years.

Tuesday’s implosion took down the shuttered casino’s last remaining hotel tower. A demolition in June took down the casino’s larger tower.

The casino was Las Vegas’ first high-rise casino. The casino was bought by city officials who eyed it for a section of the $2.3 billion Las Vegas Global Business District project.

The Riviera, which had 110,000 square feet of gaming space, was the backdrop in a number of popular movies, including “Casino”, “Ocean’s Eleven”, and “The Hangover”. It had been renovated in 1989 and 1999.

The Riviera was once home to a six-table poker room, but it closed in 2013.

Source: CardPlayer.com

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Home Poker Game

Simple tools to improve your home poker game

Simple tools to improve your home poker game

Improving your home poker game is easy. These days, there is more material out there than ever to help you better your skills at poker. If you’re just starting out playing poker for fun, all of the information might seem a little intimidating. Also, not all of the information is really that solid, so you can actually end up losing money if you follow bad advice. Different people have different playing styles, so make sure you are getting the best tips for yourself. This is a list of tips that have helped people improve their own home poker game. Take a look and choose the ones that work for you.

Play as much poker as you can

You can read as much as you want about poker, but until you start playing, those tips just won’t make the same amount of sense. There is no way to replicate being in the different situations without actually having to play the game. You’ll make plenty of mistakes early on, but then you’ll learn from them and you will get better. Then you will know which advice you have read out there works for you — and which advice does not work. Over time, you will find yourself in the same situations time and time again, and you’ll feel more comfortable playing in a variety of scenarios.

Reflect on the hands that you play

The best way to keep from repeating mistakes is to take a mental look back at the hand you just played. If you just move from hand to hand without thinking about what you just did, you’re likely to end up back in the same situation — and making the same mistake. This is why casinos pay players with free drinks, so they will get careless over time and give more of their money to the house. Stay focused and take time to think about why you lost when hands don’t go your way.

Watch some training videos

When the first videos came out, they turned the poker education system on its head. They remain one of the best ways to enhance your chances of winning real cash. Watching the best players as they go through live play, and understanding what those players are thinking, combine to give you a huge advantage as you brush up your own home poker game. There are quite a few solid training websites out there. Many sites offer free poker strategy and poker guides, but the best way to start is to research information about the different coaches and then using the free trials to start. That way you can figure out which sites regularly create solid videos from coaches who play around the stakes that you want to play yourself. Why watch someone going over NL2000 strategies when you never get above NL20? Those stakes are like comparing apples…and ants.

Also, don’t just watch the videos like you would watch that new Godzilla movie. Watch them like you’re in a lecture hall. Try to take some notes and implement your newly acquired skills the next time you play online poker. Remember that ever new trick requires time, but if you have questions at the end, email them to the coach at the end.

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Matt Damon Rounders 2

Matt Damon Says Rounders 2 Would Be About Online Poker

Matt Damon Says Rounders 2 Would Be About Online Poker

Just days after he gave the BBC a Teddy KGB impersonation and talked about how much fun was had filming Rounders nearly 20 years ago, Matt Damon’s appearance on The Rich Eisen Show aired this week, and he revealed what a potential follow-up film would be about.

Eisen: What about Rounders? What’s going on?

Damon: That we have talked about. [Brian] Koppelman and [David] Levien, who wrote it, they have a really good idea for a Rounders story, and that would be an interesting thing because of what’s happened in poker. Now, with the online [game], these guys and gals who are playing, this young generation, they start playing when they’re in their adolescence. They’re looking at 10 hands at a time, playing for real money online. By the time they’re 21, they’ve seen millions and millions and millions of hands…It’s now gone into deep game theory. It’s at a whole other level. It’s just a very, very different game.”

Interestingly, Koppelman and Levien already wrote a film about online poker. The movie Runner Runner, which starred Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake, came out in 2013.

As everyone knows, Black Friday largely shut down online poker in America in 2011.

Damon added that it would be “interesting to see” Mike McDermott and Teddy KGB “come into that new world.” Over the past several years worth of Rounders 2 rumors, the possibility of John Malkovich returning hasn’t been mentioned before.

Edward Norton, who played “Worm” in the original film, is also interested in a sequel. Norton told David Letterman in 2014 that he couldn’t go to Las Vegas for awhile after the movie became so popular because people were stopping him all the time and yelling “Worm!”

“We couldn’t have had more fun making that movie,” said Norton, who recently agreed to play poker to help the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. “That was one of the best gangs of people ever.”

Source: www.CardPlayer.com

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percentage of poker hands

What Percentage of Poker Hands Should I Play?

What Percentage of Poker Hands Should I Play?

Many beginners at the real or online poker tables wonder how loose or how tight they should approach the game, more particularly the percentage of poker hands they should play before the flop comes? There is no simple answer, simply because poker is a game that is always in flux. When you are playing, you will hit opponents who have different tendencies, which means that you will often need to vary your strategies to compensate. However, there are some rules that you can take into just about any situation. So let’s review the strategy you must apply whenever you’re ready to make the transition from free poker to the real cash poker tables.

Did you call? Then raise.

Has the action folded to you, but you want to play your hand? Then it’s time to go for some aggressive poker strategy and raise. If you’re not holding a raise-worthy hand, then you just fold too. That means your opponents won’t know that you had a weak hand (and won’t get the satisfaction of knowing how things look when you limp, and the players also have to add more chips into the pot before the flop if you have a strong hand.

Starting your poker hands in early position.

Are you in a 9-handed cash game? If you’re one of the first three to act, you are in early position (EP). Here you will be going with at least six more players to act after you, so you will need a solid hand if you want to play. Generally, solid players raise triple the big blind when they have something like 77+ or AK+. This might seem like a tight strategy, but you are putting three big blinds at risk with the reward of just 1.5 big blinds coming back if all six of your opponents decide to fold. Also, you might find yourself out of position after the flop if someone calls you. Because of all of these potential problems, if you’re going to play, you need a strong hand pre flop.

Starting your poker hands in middle position

If you are in the second and third positions to the button’s right, then you are in middle position. There are fewer people behind you waiting to act, so if a call comes, you find yourself still playing in position more of the time, so you can play a bit looser. The key players now are the ones between you and the button, because you will have to face them out of position after the flop, if they decide to call. If they are playing tight, though, you can play more poker hands. If the people on your left are loose, though, you need to stay tight.

This might seem like a drawback, but you will end up making more money with the poker hands that you decide to play. As you develop confidence in your post flop strategy, you can add poker hands such as QJ/A9/KT/J9/QT/K9 to your range of poker hands that you will play. Remember that when the players to your left are quite loose, you will need to tighten up a little more. However, if someone has position on you but only folds rarely, you don’t want to add to the pot with something marginal, as you are likely to lose.

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Poker Tournament Strategy

Optimal Poker Tournament Playing Strategy

Optimal Poker Tournament Playing Strategy & Short-handed considerations

It’s true that most poker tournament formats are still using 9- or 10-player format, but 6-max is definitely on the rise. Regardless if you play online poker or a the live tables, there are some strategies that work much better at these short-handed tables than at the traditional tables, so if you’re interested in taking on some of the short-handed tables, this article will help you take on the challenge and win real cash.

The key factor with strategy in 6-max poker tournaments is blind pressure — both direct and indirect. In the direct sense, the blinds are coming at you more quickly, which means you have to go about gathering chips more aggressively so that your stack can stay constant. You’ll have to play more hands, and you’ll have to take a more aggressive stance when you play them. You have more time to wait for the right hand to come along in a larger tournament, but the later you get in a 6-handed tournament, the poorer a strategy waiting becomes.

In an indirect sense, you also have to watch out for the effects of the rest of the field playing more hands — and doing so aggressively as well. This means that your opponents are likely to bet and/or raise with a weaker hand, so you can adjust your poker tournament strategy by doing such things as pushing raises higher when you really do have a strong hand, and then you can play back at a lighter level when your hand is on the lower end of the spectrum.

What’s the benefit of raising “light”? If you never do it, you will blind away, and opponents who are savvy will figure out that you only raise when you have stronger hands. However, if you raise too often, you are vulnerable to the re-steal, particularly when the chip stacks get smaller later in the game.

Another consideration is that you get more “BVB” play in a 6-max game. This stands for “Button against Blind” and can bring several different factors into play. When you are looking for the right hand to use for blind defense often varies with which player is on the button — and that player’s habits when it comes to raising, and whether they will fold or call for re-raises. A 6-max game requires you to defend more — and to steal more. The button is always a strong place to be, going last in all of the betting rounds post-flop. A full-ring game allows you to do more stealing and less defending, but in a 6-handed situation you have to be able to do both.

Set mining has less value when you are in a short-handed situation. Because your opponents will not have as big of a chance to have a strong hand, this can payoff. In a full-ring game, someone else is more likely to have a premium hand against you in a raised pot, but in 6-max you are more likely to have the stronger hand, but your raises are also not likely to go as high.

If you like to get aggressive in a poker tournament game, use moves to get back at your opponents and play post-flop, 6-max play might be right down your alley. However, just as in any tournament, understand the skill levels of your opponents as quickly as possible, and adjust accordingly.

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