Archive for February, 2010

Poker Chip Tricks

Posted: February 10, 2010 in poker image, Poker Strategy
Juggling champagne bottles is a great trick that bartenders have been doing to attract clientele. Similarly in the poker world, poker chip tricks have come of age. Started of as manipulations of poker chips,showing off  and way of passing time, poker chip tricks provide an avenue for players to intimidate fellow poker players.

Today players and spectators alike welcome unique skills at a table and consider anyone able to do masterful poker chip tricks and poker card handling as someone who “really knows how to play poker!”. The same holds true for the cheque handling skills of the dealer as well.

A few poker chip tricks currently in vogue include the Butterfly where a stack of four chips is evenly spread out between the five fingers and the Flip where in the front chip in the stack is flipped to the back of the stack. Some other interesting tricks include the Knuckle Roll, the Muscle Pass and Round the clock.

Poker chip tricks can also be used as tells by experienced hands. They will tell you that great poker hands trigger strange reactions in the competitors. It has been also noticed that poker chip tricks can be a dead give away for a few players as well. A straight flush may trigger a knuckle roll in a few players.

So flaunt them if you have them, poker chip tricks not only intrigue the spectators but also give you that added advantage in the poker game.

Online poker bonus is an integral part of Internet poker. Just a bonus won’t make you a winning player, but it can definitely help you along the way. These bonuses are perfect for those who are building a bankroll. The bonus can cover up for mistakes new players commit or just be extra cash on top of the winnings from the game. The most common and popular type of bonus is the sign-up match bonus where a site offers you money for signing up with their site equal to a percentage of the initial deposit.This percentage can be 100 percent or even more with some site promotions. The concept of an online poker bonus has a few online poker bonuspros and cons associated with it.

Pros:                                                                                    1.Financial Benefit
The most obvious upside to an online poker bonus is that it fetches you free money. All you have to do to get it is sign up for the site with the proper code and play on the site, which you would do anyway. If you’re a winning player, this increases your expected value. If you are a losing player, it can stop the bleeding and if you’re somewhere in between, it can put you over the top.

2. Shopping Around
The online poker bonus is a feature that attracts a player to any site.The online sign-up bonus allows you to test out a new site without investing too much of your own capital. You can play as long as it takes to release the bonus, and if you decide you enjoy playing on that particular site, keep going. If you don’t care for it, you can take your bonus money and head elsewhere.
3. No Obligation
Collecting a sign-up bonus from one online poker site does not preclude you from collecting another one on a different site. All that is required is that you play the requisite number of hands to clear the bonus into your account. Beyond that, what you do with your online poker time is up to you.

1. Clearing Requirements
You will not be able to collect your online poker bonus until you play a certain number of raked hands, usually determined by the size of your bonus. This is a reasonable requirement on the part of the site, however, if you decide you do not like the site right away, you will still be stuck playing on it for awhile in order to clear your bonus. Fortunately, most sites have non-sticky bonuses, which mean that once you meet the requirements you can withdraw all of your bonus money without penalty.

2. Time Requirements onine poker bonus
Most sites require you clear your bonus within a given amount of time. If you deplete your bankroll and cannot reload your account in time to play the given number of raked hands, you may lose your bonus. If you play a super tight no limit texas hold’em game, clearing a bonus might take some time.

3. Overconfidence
Resist the temptation to see the bonus chips as house money. The online poker bonus  is real money that belongs to you, and you should treat it with just as much respect as money you earned from your job. Playing recklessly with bonus money because it was so easy to get is just a waste.

In short online poker bonus can be considered as an incentive that is given by a poker room to players.The bonuses come with a code that needs to be entered at the time of depositing, this code is the bonus code. The rate of how fast a bonus will clear is called the clear rate and the expiration time is the time available to the players before the bonus expires. These are some of the terms associated with an online poker bonus.

Poker Bankroll

Posted: February 4, 2010 in Poker Strategy, texas holdem poker

Poker bankroll is  the amount of money set aside to play online poker.It is also referred to as rolling money. Most of the players who prefer playing online poker with real money find it difficult to set a bankroll as they have full control on their money. It is one of the vital poker strategy that you need to know before you begin to play with real money. 
Before playing with real money it is advisable to select a specific poker room and also look out for the offers provided by the poker room. Once you get used to the table and also are well versed with the rules and strategies, set a specific poker bankroll that you will able to gamble with the help of you proficiency.
Let’s see how to play with different strength of poker bankroll
$200 and less
You have two options here, either you play stakes around $.5-1.00 limit or play $5 Sit and Go Tournaments (SNG’s). Also make a note that some of the $5 SNG’s involve $1 entry fee which is 20% rake. Therefore it is suggested that players who have a low poker bankroll shall go for $10 SNG’s, which requires a bankroll of around $400. Make sure you do not open an account with less than $150. If at all you open an account with less than that, you would not have sufficient amount to counter strike some bad beats and have enough money to avoid going bust.
$500 to $900
This shall be considered as healthy bankroll. Now start playing some $5-1.00 games until you get used to the strategies and realize that you can take a step ahead. Once you have a bankroll of $1000, jump to $1-2 limit. All you need to do is to understand the level of competence and adapt your strategies with real money to build a better poker bankroll. $10 SNG table are also considered as a good option to get relevant experience without risking your poker bankroll and also making a consistent earning.
$1000 and more
Amazing…! This is a really healthy poker bankroll to start off with. As you have enough money to take calculated risk and beat weaker bets. You shall experiment with $0.5-1.00 or SNG’s for at least 2 weeks just to make you feel confident about the level of competition. Once you know you can do better then what you did earlier, go ahead to play $1-2 limit or $20 SNG’s. 
Your poker bankroll is your hard earned money so make sure you use it wisely. And only move to the next level until you’re confident enough that you can perform well. It is sad to know that 90% of online poker players lost their interest just because they did not understand what would be a better poker bankroll for them with respect to their proficiency. Online poker is a strategic game and shall be played cautiously when it involves real money. But before you think of setting up your poker bankroll, you should always use the play money sites to get prepared.

Action Poker is another card room that i was able to review recently . Here are a few excerpts of my action poker review. Action Poker has the basic selection of games available on most online poker sites. In addition this site offers popular Asian Games.
Bonuses and Promotions 10/10Action Poker Review Lobby
There are a ton of bonuses and promotions so I will briefly list them all in this action poker review. Firstly is the sign-up bonus. If you deposit through Ukash there is a 200% (that’s right 200%) bonus up to a massive $1000. This is probably the highest you will find in the area of deposit bonuses on any poker site. Also on offer Get a 200% bonus on your first deposit with Instadebit up to a maximum of
$500. The bonus when signing up and depositing with other methods is 100% up to $2,500. This first depositors bonus is again remarkable. Once making your first deposit you get entry into the newbie tournament. This is a $500 newbie freeroll.
Action Poker has a number of promotions currently running. At the time of writing the action poker review, the card room has the following promotions. These will however change so keep this in mind. We will try to keep them updated as they change for this site.
  • Win your way to Vancouver winter games through Sit N Go Satellites.
  • Gold Diggers Freeroll tournament – With this tournament you use your gold bars that are collected on site to enter, the tournament runs daily, it is a NL Holdem tournament.
  • Action Poker has a League of Champions where you can join and play for your chance to win a Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) prize package to one fantastic destination.
  • A 10k guaranteed tournament runs weekly – you can satellite your way through for as little as $1+10c or buy direct for $30+$3.
  • The 200% bonus up to $1000 by depositing via Ukash is sure to not last as good things never do, so it has been added here also.
  • Another great promotion is learn from legends to be a legend. Action offers poker secrets from legendary poker players.
  • Action poker offers a 100% reload bonus. It is 100% reload bonuses on MoneyBookers and NETELLER additional deposits.
Other Features 8 / 10
Action Poker has an update news section available to its players at all times. Unlike most sites Action Poker have on offer; games popular in Asia such as Guts Poker, Chinese Poker, Big 2 Poker and Pan (Panguingue), which are not normally found on Western rooms. These were some of the distinct features that amazed me while doing the action poker review.
Deposit Methods 8/10
Action Poker deals in US dollars only, any monies deposited will be automatically converted for you. This poker room has quite a few deposit methods and these cater for the needs of most online gamers. Deposit methods are as follows:
1. Mastercard
2. Visa
3. Click2Pay
4. Instadebit
5. Moneybookers
6. eWalletXpress
7. Ukash
8. EcoCard
9. EntroPay
11. UseMyBank
13. Wire Transfer
Customer Service 8/10
Action Poker offers customer service by email and also live chat, 24/7. They do not offer support via telephone. Every query is responded to in a timely manor, big OR small.
Withdrawal Methods 6/ 10
Withdrawing from Action Poker is easy. All moneys withdrawn are converted from US dollars to your local currency. There are a few methods to choose from. In order to make my action poker review simpler, I have listed these methods and approximate time frames to receive your hard earned cash.
  1. Withdrawal by Moneybookers (24-48 hours excluding Saturday and Sunday)
  2. Withdrawal by eWalletXpress (24-48 hours excluding Saturday and Sunday)
  3. Withdrawal by EcoCard (24-48 hours excluding Saturday and Sunday)
  4. Withdrawal by NETELLER (24-48 hours excluding Saturday and Sunday)
  5. Withdrawal by Wire Transfer (up to 7 business days)
Tournaments and Sit N Go’s 6/10
There are satellites through to the weekly 10K guaranteed tournament and also through to the other current site promotions. Free rolls run daily but there are not too many of them.
While doing the action poker review , i found out that tournaments start at as little as 10c+1c through to $240+$24. The primary tournament focus is Texas Hold’em with not many other game variants available. Sit N Go’s also start from 10c+1c but are through to $200+$10. Sit N Go’s are available in heads up (2 players).
There are not a massive amount of tournaments available on Action Poker, certainly enough to keep most gamers active though. Sit N Go’s run constantly so whilst waiting for the bigger tournaments these are always a secondary option.

Ring Games 6/10
Action Pokers ring game area is the most popular on the site. 2, 6 and 10 seater tables are available in the Texas Holdem variant. NL Texas Holdem is offered for 2 to 10 players per table. The stakes are 5c/10c through to $50/$100. Fixed Limit Texas Holdem is offered for 2 to 10 players per table. The stakes are 5c/10c through to $50/$100.
Omaha Hi and Omaha Hi/Lo is offered in 10 seater tables only with blinds of 5c/10c through to $10/$20. Please note that there is minimal traffic in this area of the site. As per my action poker review Omaha does not seem to be very popular on the site.
7 Card Stud hi and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo are available in limits from 50c/$1 through to $10/$20. 8 seater tables are available only. Please note that there is minimal traffic in this area of Action Poker.
Software 7/10
The graphics on Action Poker are very simple. The site is very neat and clean and runs extremely well. The software is stable and easy to use. The main lobby separates tournaments from ring games and each poker variant into its own little section and easy to use. As a result of which my action poker review rates the
software at a score of 7.
Game Selection 10/10
Action Poker has a basic poker variant game selection available. In Action Poker Review Tableaddition they have on offers; games popular in Asia such as Guts Poker, Chinese Poker, Big 2 Poker and Pan (Panguingue), which are not normally found on Western rooms. The entire selection includes:
  • Fixed Limit Texas Holdem – from 2 to 10 players – stakes are 5c/10c through to $50/$100. Available in tournaments and Sit N go’s.
  • NL Texas Holdem – from 2 to 10 players – stakes are 5c/10c through to $50/$100. Available in tournaments and Sit N go’s.
  • Omaha Hi and Omaha Hi/Lo – offered in 10 seater tables only with blinds of 5c/10c through to $10/$20. There is only a small amount of traffic in this area of Action Poker.
  • 7 Card Stud hi and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo – Limits from 50c/$1 through to $10/$20. 8 seater tables available only. Please note that there is minimal traffic in 7 card stud section.
  • Guts – available from the minimum stake of 10c through to $10 bets. Available in 10 seater tables.
  • Big 2 – 25c bets through to $5 – 4 seat tables available.
  • PAN – 25c through to $25. – 7 seat tables available.
  • 13 Card – 25c bets through to $10 – 4 seat tables available.
Traffic 7/10
The highlight of the action poker review is the traffic that Action Poker generates. It has around 2000 people minimum playing during non peak and a few hundred tables to join. At peak time the traffic increases. There is always some action for you on this site, regardless of your preference; tournaments or ring games. A traffic meter is displayed in the main lobby.
Overall the action poker review gives me the belief to rate Action Poker as a fast growing card room. A site that is generating ever increasing traffic and has the software to keep the customers content.