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Acquiring and reading poker books is a great way to learn this great game. There are many different kinds of books that you can buy, under many different types of themes. It all depends on your level of game play or your learning habits, and what kind of poker game you want to try. There are many different variations of poker that you can learn, and there are many different poker books for each. Here are a few examples of poker variations that you can read about when you want to learn poker or want to be better at it:

•Texas Hold em – This has become, by far, the most popular variant of poker, all thanks to TV documentation of tournaments by the world’s greatest poker players. For beginners, it is highly recommended that you buy poker books for this kind of poker first and foremost. Learning Texas Hold Em poker is still the best way to learn poker in general, as well as be able to play other more complicated kinds of poker. As can be expected, there are many poker books that have been written about Texas Hold Em. A great example would be Harrington on Hold ’em Expert Strategy for No Limit Tournaments, Vol. 1: Strategic Play. Don Harrington, the author, has been playing poker professionally since the early 80s, and is now considered as one of the foremost experts when it comes to poker books. If you want to learn poker, then learning Don Harrington is one of the best things you can do.

•Omaha poker books – In the Omaha variant of poker, you are given four cards in order to make a hand. Omaha is played in two different formats: high and high/low. In the high/low format, the highest hand at the table will split the pot with the lowest hand in the table, so using one of two strategies will be beneficial to the players. The high format is when the pot all goes to the person with the highest hand at the table. Omaha may be a little bit too complicated for beginners who want to learn poker, so it is recommended that you read poker books about Omaha when you have become more familiar with the general rules of poker. A great example of a book about Omaha poker is Championship Omaha by T.J. Cloutier and Tom McEvoy, who are two of the best Omaha players in the world. In this book, you will find amazing and winning strategies that they use, as well as everything you need to know to start out with and get better at Omaha poker.

•7-card stud – This kind of poker was a lot more popular before Texas Hold Em took the world by storm. Today, a lot of people have a hard time trying to learn this style when they try to learn poker because Hold Em is so radically different from the 7-card stud. If you want to learn this style, then buying books that are written by people who have been playing poker for a long time is the best way to go. This is because these are the people that were playing 7-card stud when it was still the most popular poker variant. A great example of this would be How to Beat Low Limit 7 Card Stud Poker by Paul Kammen. This book contains a lot of tips on how to start off when you are just learning, as well as strategy tips on how to get better as you go along. For more advanced players who are looking for poker books on this variant, you can try to read Seven Card Stud For Advanced Players by David Slanksy.

•Draw poker games – Draw poker is probably the most basic type of poker there is, and a lot of people learn this type and never really move on to the poker variants used in tournaments. If you are interested to learn poker but are not really all the interested in becoming really, really good, then you can get poker books on this kind of poker. Because it is really basic, you can opt to get some free online books on this kind of poker, and there are also a lot of forums and other websites of the like that teach people how to play this kind of poker.Other than buying poker books according to what kind of poker you want to learn, there are also a lot of books that are categorized by what level you are already in. For beginners, there are those that are more general when it comes to subject matters. A great example of this would be Doyle Brunson’s Super System: A Course in Power Poker. First published in the 70s, this book has provided the world with decades of expertise, so you can be sure that you will learn everything you need to know about poker in general with this book.

For players that are in the middle ground, reading poker books is a great way for you to be able to move onto becoming an advanced player. Fortunately, there are a lot of poker books online for people of this expertise level. Of course, there is more information in books that you can buy, but if you are looking for information that is more streamlined, such as certain strategies that you want to learn, or a certain questions that you need answered, then online poker books are the way to go for you. Not only are they easier to acquire, but a lot of them are free.

Remember, the best way to become really good at poker is to keep playing and to gather information through experience. But with that being said, everyone will certainly benefit from reading books about poker. This is because a lot of the experienced players of the field have chosen to put down their own experiences and the things that they have learned in these books. That way, not only can you learn from your experiences, you can learn from the experiences of the masters as well. Here’s to you, Texas Dolly!

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When I began playing poker, I used to be a regular calling station and used to feel pretty depressed when I lost a hand with good hole cards. I called every such hand a bad beat, and it took me a while to realize that I was playing it all wrong. I wasn’t thinking. Poker is a skill game, and it requires a lot of thinking; and outthinking. It usually doesn’t work if you are calling everything that comes your way, and it takes you a while to learn that there is no shame in folding. It is then I learned about poker odds. Robert Border, my friend and colleague, later refined the technique for me and my game improved immensely.

Well, some poker players depend on bluffing their way to victory, while others try to guess what is in your hand. If you want a better strategy in your poker arsenal, you can utilize the power of mathematics to get an upper hand, this is what I learned the smart way. Calculating, counting and thinking about numbers in your head during a high tension game might seem quite daunting, but employing a “poker odds tactic” is actually pretty easy to learn, the only thing is that it may take some time to get used to. There are a number of very complicated formulae available for you to learn and try out, but as long as you comprehend the basic concept of poker pot odds, these techniques would be a lot easier to learn. Here are a few are poker odds tips that I tried to put in layman terms so that it would be pretty easiest to understand. A few minutes of reading them can give you a lifetime of triumphant poker battles, trust me.

Poker odds utilize the odds of winning when you are on a drawing hand. Its main purpose is to aid you in deciding of whether to call or not to call, rather than be a reckless calling station. This technique comes in handy when you are on a straight draw or a flush. Your decision in poker odds will be based on the probability of completing your hand, along with your bet and the pot size. There are two ways to utilize poker odds. The more complex way is the ratio method, while the other simpler way is called the percentage method.

The Ratio Method

For example, consider the situation of getting a flush in a game of Texas Holdem Poker. You have two cards of the same suit in your hand, and you fortunately discover two cards of the same suit on the flop as well. The difficult question is should you call or should you fold to a sizable bet? Books and forums often recommend the ratio method to calculate poker pot odds. So you have two cards of the same suit on your hand, and there are three cards on the flop, two of which have the same suit as your hand as well; what you need to do is to find out how likely it is for you to get a fifth card of the same suit on the turn or the river in order to successfully complete a flush. There are five cards in the table that you know of including your two hand cards, and the three cards on the flop. This leaves you with 47 cards on the deck that you absolutely don’t know anything about. In that deck of 47, 9 cards can complete your flop, while the other 38 will not. If we put that into a ratio: 38:9, or simplified 4:1. This is what you call the card odds. Now, compare the card odds with the pot odds. In order to calculate the pot odds, you should delve into the size of the pot. If your opponent bets $20 into a pot that is worth $80, the pot is now worth $100. If you look into this, it means that you have to call and bet $20 as well in order to win the $100. If you consider that in your calculations, it makes your odds $100:$20, simplified, you get 5:1 as your pot odds.

Now you have 4:1 as card odds, and 5:1 as poker odds. Here comes the trick. You should only call when the pot odds are larger than the card odds. In the long run, this will make you win more money.

The easier poker odds method which is actually a lot more plausible to use in a game is the percentage method. Here are the mechanics of this poker odds strategy.

The Percentage Method

  • You should now use the possibility of a straight draw in order to figure out if you should call or not. If you have a seven or nine in your hand, while the flop has 6, 8, and an ace. This means that you need a 5 or a 10 in order to successfully complete a straight draw.
  • The card odds: There are 4 fives and 4 tens in the deck that could complete our straight, which gives you a total of 8 outs. Outs are cards that can successfully complete your hand. In order to find out our percentage, you need to double the outs and add one. Calculated:
  • Double the outs: 8 x 2 = 16; add one = 17
  • Therefore, you have a 17% chance of successfully completing that straight
  • You should now compare the card odds to the pot odds. Your opponent bets $30 to make the pot $90. In order to win the pot, you have to call $30 as well, which makes you win $120. Always use the final amount when it comes to calculating percentages. Calculated.
  • $30 is twenty-five percent of $120
  • The card odds are 17%; the pot odds are 25 percent

The rule is to never call if the pot odds are greater than the card odds. The percentage of making your hand should always be greater than the poker pot odds. You can employ poker odds on a number of different card combinations, just always be smart about your calculations and you’re home free.

Sherlock Holmes seems to be my current flavor! As long as interesting lessons keep getting learned, all is good. Now, Holmes was extremely choosy and precise about his knowledge. Can you beat the fact that he did not know that the solar system existed and that the earth rotated around the sun! But whatever he knew, he knew it to perfection. Now for those who are less aware, poker is far from a gambling proposition. It is a game of chance, yes, however a calculated chance and probability and odds all of which are dictated by mathematical judgment. Thus one has to be exact and perfect with the technical knowledge of the game. One has to develop a keep sense of poker judgment. A number of tools are available these days to assist you and help evaluate your game. Find out just how much of a bad beat you suffered or whether or not you made a good call with the Poker Odds Calculator. Or you could try a poker stats tracker which lets you keep track of every single penny you win or lose playing poker and provides charts, graphs, and stats for tournaments and cash games! Will help in only enhancing your poker judgment.

PT3/HEM are even better software coming up now-a-days. By reading and gaining an understanding of the game you will be able to look at the HUD and think: well I hold x… He plays a range which probably beats me right now, however his post flop play is weak and he tends to fold to decent sized bets in this situation. Therefore my best option is to raise. He will fold x% of the time. I know that my bet has to only work y% in order to show a profit. Other than cards 1, 2, or 3 coming on the turn, if he calls I am done with this hand. The important aspect here is to be thorough with what you know and always in tune with the latest. There are many tools available and it’s easy to get lost in the swarm. One must not forget that these are tools after all and play a role in “aiding” your own original play and poker judgment. With a healthy mix of intuition and these latest software that technology offers, you’re sure to be on the roll!

The easiest way to make money online by playing poker is to maximize the productive output of every single resource you can lay your hands onto and increase your awareness of the game and your poker judgment 🙂

Being able to figure out what kind of poker hand your opponent has is the difference between winning and losing in poker. You usually make a guess based on previous behavior, how much aggression your opponent has shown so far, the position your opponent is in (acting first is a huge disadvantage) and so on.

Starting Hand Chart (Courtesy of pokerGTA.com)

If you make no estimate what kind of poker  hand your opponent has, you can only reason in three ways:
a) You assume he always has the best poker hand. So you throw away your hand.
b) You assume he always has the worst hand. So you put your chips in.
c) You bet big if you have good cards, and you throw your cards away when your cards are lousy.
Clearly (a) and (b) are bad strategies.

The last strategy is not as bad as the other two, but still terrible. More often than not your cards are bad. So your opponent will figure out you’re not willing to make large bets with lousy cards, so every time you don’t bet, he will, and every time you bet, he won’t. You’re going to lose your chips that way. This is basic game theory.

So you need to figure out what cards he could have been dealt so that his actions make sense. Then, from that range of plausible cards, figure out how often he has a better hand than you do. If you like your odds, you put your chips in. Otherwise, you throw your cards away.

It’s a lot more complex than this, of course. But the point is that “estimating your opponent’s hands”, as difficult as it may be, is absolutely crucial if you want to win.

Different players think of different levels.

A beginner will primarily focus on what his own cards are. An intermediate will focus on what his opponent’s cards are. A more advanced player will focus on what his opponent thinks his cards are and so on. The best poker players in the world are experts at figuring out which level you’re thinking on so they can think one level beyond you.

Once you estimate your opponent’s range based on his style, the cards, his previous actions, etc, you need to know what to do with that information. There are dozens of online poker software specially designed to help with the second part.

Estimating your opponent’s hands I assume means guessing what range of holdings he would play that way. For instance, if a tight player raises under the gun, you can narrow down his hands to just a few. It has immense value; in fact, it’s the hardest part of the game. Figuring out what to do once you’ve estimated someone’s hand is (with a little practice and the help of a good computer program) pretty easy.

The entire game is one big war to see who can estimate his opponents’ hands the best, while preventing his opponents from doing the same to him.

The Poker Family

Posted: December 20, 2010 in Poker Strategy
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The poker community is well knit. They are affectionate and respect each other without intruding on anyone’s space. The best part about it is that in no time you can find yourself to be one of them. Once the game sets into rhythm, you will find yourself discussing a good hand, or chuckle about nuts in the chat, consoling someone over the disastrous flop or river and evolving wicked deceptive tells only to cool down with a mug of beer later on. The game is intoxicating and rewards well! The Poker Family

A classic example of an ideal Poker Family is Robert Border & Co i.e. Robbie, Angie (his wife) and baby Boo (their now 17 year old starlet Britney). Robbie and Angie met at the tables itself! They are extremely committed towards their family. They discuss the game well amongst them and always encourage each other in their individual endeavors. Not surprisingly, poker runs in Boo’s veins…literally. Robbie told me of this incident where once he was teaching Britney a few card tricks while she was just about 7-8. Robbie was with none other than Doyle Brunson then! Robbie had to leave for an urgent phone call and kept his real money play window open which became Boo’s playground. She started playing as daddy had taught not aware of the sharks around. The money at stake was close to $3k! Robbie came just in time to save the hand digging into his pocket 😉

However; he did not lose his cool and calmly explained in a child’s language the potential consequences. Such patience…next time you knock at this particular door be sure to put your best shoes on. The poker community is a great place to be; what you give is what you get, same as everywhere else; only more so.

Frightening your opponent for folding him his hands is a better option than allowing him to see your cards. Here your ability and skill for frightening your opponent at right time is required. This is very important in order to win the game.

There was a research held for knowing that how much time does a player takes for folding his hands. In it was found that one hand is out from the game in about 70% of total time. Through this we conclude that skill is a key factor for overcoming the deals of the game. Any player’s skill and talent will make other player out from the game or to make his hands fold is considered to be very important. This helps you to win the game easily.

You should be smart enough to fold your opponent’s hands at the right time. For this reason you should make proper strategies and game planning. You should exactly know when to raise and when to fold. This is the most powerful talent of a player which is possessed by very few ones. To possess these types of talent and ability you need more and more practice and experience.

There are lots of strategies in the game of casino for Folding. You must play at the casino with more concrete strategies in your mind. One of the strategies is ‘Fold. Get out while you can.’ Folding in the odd situation is the smartest thing to do. It may also mean to leave heaps of chips on your table.

As a player you need to collect information about each casino player and the casino table. From this way you will be able to win the casino game. If you want to win this game then you compute the casino odds that you have won in your casino game.

As the consequences of unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act starts to take shape, playing poker and gambling is now shaping an unprecedented change in regulations, more stringent restrictions and other legal approaches. Recent change in legislation in the United States has seen share prices around the world reduced to 75%. Gambling market is expected to be the biggest stock market decline in 2006, more than any other product or market area.

It is clear that the year ahead is a very important one for online poker gaming. European gaming operators are treading carefully as recently, some EU states have seen changes to what is being described as an unregulated industry. Countries such as Germany and Russia have been attacking both sports book networks and casino and poker infrastructures, and Italy saw the banning of two ISPs from gaming operators, while France arrested two senior executives from Bwin (formerly Bet and Win). Add this to the removal of gaming from the EU Services Directive and it is clear that the industry is treading on shaky ground.

The best case that Europe and the rest of the world (away from USA) could hope for is further clarity of legal guidelines. The UK is set to implement new gaming regulations in September 2007, following the release of the recent Gaming Commission Act and, it could lay the path by which other countries in Europe may follow. The hope is that this will then fuel growth in a largely untapped market.

Clarity is required in a market where rumours are rife and changes and deals are being made or broken on a weekly basis. Recently Ladbrokes had brokered a deal with the Italian government to operate land-based and online based betting and casinos, while Russia closed around 70% of its land-based casinos as the first stage of a prohibitive bill that will see gambling being taken out of the cities and pushed into four unspecified regions.

The lack of clarity is clear within approximately seven EU states, requested by the EU Commission to verify whether they have restrictions in place which contravene the EC treaty (which guarantees the freedom of movements of services).

A Legal Gaming Summit in London in 2007 will deliver case studies, roundtable discussions and debates from legal experts and major operators together with Parliament, in the hope of clarifying the very issues that poker operators must understand in order to operate in Europe.

One thing is for sure, Europe will be as big as the US in a couple of years as operators are swiftly moving into countries yet to have a decent online poker product. The Polish market, Ukrainian markets and others will soon have quality products that will fill a gap in online gaming in those regions. Sweden is currently seeing massive growth in numbers for its bingo and poker products and Spain is also (though slowly) converting to the need to implement online gaming regulations as its players are finding poker sites like JuegaPokerYa.com ever more popular.

People like William Hill and Ladbrokes (who is also said to be entering the Spanish market) it may be difficult to impose their brand on the Spanish play, but throughout Europe in general, poker will probably continue grow at a pace that will try most operators take a big gamble.

Poker Strategy chart
Poker is a very popular card game, where players bet into a central pot with either fully or partially hidden cards. The player having the best card combination wins the game and the accumulated bet in the pot is then handed over to him as his winnings.
While playing Poker, one or more players, depending on the game rules of the variant being played, are required to place an initial bet into the pot, before card dealing begins . After which, the cards are dealt, face down.  This is the beginning of the game.
Strategy should be developed so that one will learn who plays fair or who the sharper player is.  By defining them, one can easily deal with them.  Carefully study each players move so you will prevent loss in your cards.
Poker is a game of strategy.  Even with bad set of cards, a good poker player still has a high chance of winning.  Here are some tips:
  • Hand strength.  Any hand that is less than a pair should be folded at the earliest opportunity that comes.  Don’t wait that other cards will remedy the situation, because they will not.
  • Display a poker face.  This makes the other players wary of your cards.  Your expression will let your opponents know how good or how bad are your cards.  A point to remember, never project any clue to them, if you will, then make certain that if you do have bad cards, pretend you have otherwise.

Do bear in mind that bluffing will not work if you are a poor player.  Meaning players who over estimate the force of their hand.  Also, if a player bluffs repeatedly or regularly, expert players will eventually sense their style and would now know if they are bluffing or not.
  • Never be afraid to fold.  One threatening aspect in poker is placing your bet.  As to how much or how little one should bet, feel the game.  As you go along, you will then be knowledgeable and know when to bet and when to fold.  A rule to keep in mind is, don’t expect later cards will improve your situation if you have nothing in your hand.  Be free to fold as frequently as needed.
  • Control.  Bet wisely.  This means betting with your head.  Bet only within your means.  You can not gain fortunes in poker, so stay within your limits.
  • No alcohol.  As alcohol makes one bolder and daring, it is wise to avoid it at poker time.  You might find yourself betting more in not so good cards.  Avoid alcohol especially when the stakes are high.

A lot of time needs to be devoted to Poker for the development of your own strategy which is of utmost importance.  The more you play poker you would develop your own secrets to winning the game.

Texas Hold’em Poker is the world’s favorite poker game. Texas hold’em is considered to be the most popular type being played in the casinos today, whether online or in real casinos. Generally, Texas Hold ‘Em Poker starts with a batch of two players situated at the left of the “dealer button.” This dealer buttons refers to the round disc being passed on clockwise on each player. It signifies who will be dealer in the event that the deal was move forward from one player to another.

The betting starts on the first part of the game where the money is placed into the pot before dealing the cards. Normally, the first blind is the one that places half of the required minimum stake. The first blind refers to the player situated at the left of the dealer. The second blind, on the other hand, is the one responsible in placing the full minimum required bet.

Since the very object of the game is to win whatever is in the pot, it is best to know some texas hold’em strategies so as to get an edge over the other players. Here are a few strategies.

1. The table.

When a player is playing Texas hold ‘em poker, the best thing that he or she should consider is selecting the table. This is because players, regardless of their skills in playing the game, will be constrained to give their best shots if the table is too assertive, too rigid or too loose, or if it consists of players that are more skillful.

The bottom line: Even if the essence of winning the game is directly affected by the skills of the player, it is still best to play on a table that has few raisers but many callers.

The logic behind this concept is based on the fact that the more raisers there are in a table, the lesser the chances of winning the game.

2. When a player is in the early position, it is best to raise with K-K, A-K, and A-As, then, with A-Qs, Q-Q, J-J, A-K, T-T, have a call and then fold everything else.

3. For players who already have a remarkable hand starters, especially when he or she has a high pair, say JJ or even higher, it is best not to hesitate raising it before the flop. Indeed, playing Texas hold ‘em poker requires skills also. It is not all based on gambling. This just goes to show that games like this requires both luck and skill to win the pot.