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Posted by Bigbet on Sunday, August 11, 2013

From full ring to six-max

poker girlSix-max poker is still poker at its core, but the reality is that playing shorthanded poker requires players who are used to full ring games to make some adjustments. For those transitioning to six-max, here are a few key differences you’ll experience.

Prepare to play more

If you’re used to playing full ring when you play hold’em, six max is going to be a bit of a shift for you. Even when you’re under the gun, you only have five players to act after you instead of 8 or 9, meaning the blinds will come around faster, the players per pot will be smaller, and the action will generally be looser than it would be at a full ring game.

In six max, especially rush poker six max and tournament six max, the luxury of waiting for hands to play is diminished by quicker orbits around the table. An M of 10 in a full ring tournament will last you 90 hands. At six max, you lose 30 hands of play with the same M. So, if you’re a standard tight player, be prepared to open your game up if you plan on surviving at a six max table.

Lowered opening requirements

As a rule, your opening requirements should mirror those at a full ring table if everyone in the first three seats had folded to you. However, because the inherent nature of six max is a looser, more aggressive version of this, you need to open your requirements a bit beyond what you would if the previous conditions were true.

You get to be the button every sixth hand, utilize it as much as possible. I’m looking to play top 50-70%, depending on the blinds, when I have the button. This is one of the biggest differences you’ll find in six max; button abuse is rampant in the tournament style six max tables. Aggression from the button will be your biggest weapon to raking in chips in these tournaments, and will be critical in cash games as well.

More preflop decisions

Three and four betting is rampant in six max, as opponents who are playing lower requirements will also be reraising with weaker hands. If you’re not adjusting, playing too snug can really pose a threat to your Texas Holdem bankroll. Jacks become a four and five bet hand, eights may be a four bet hand, AQ may become a five bet hand as well, depending on the player. Be prepared to see your opens respected much less than they would in a full ring game, even from the same positions.

For example, opening from the cutoff in a full ring game after every one has folded is usually given a little bit of respect, and players generally play straightforwardly against it. In six max, that same player may decide to three bet you with 89s on the button because he thinks you’re opening super light.

This also means you should consider carefully your preflop decisions with more vulnerable hands to flops, like 88 and AJo. These hands may warrant a three bet a higher percentage of the time in six max than the would full ring from the same positions, so keep that in mind when the cutoff opens for the 5th time in six orbits from that position. Be aware of the increased volatility of six max and be prepared to adjust to these big decisions preflop that you may not be used to.

Posted by Bigbet on Saturday, October 27, 2012

Popular Bingo

Online Bingo has gained a lot in popularity in the past decade.

Kids, adult and matured people—all can play bingo!

Every modern being, whether he/she is a teacher, officer, policeman, businessman or retired nurse, they must know how important are mathematics in our routinely life. An extraordinaire of online bingo can be learnt in the UK, where the vast population is intently engrossed at playing bingo online and virtually.

Bingo, as being a major social activity for many groups of friends, it has become a favorite pastime of millions of people living all over our planet.

When it comes to virtual bingo halls, you will find a thrilling environment there full of all sorts of people, all sharing a love for a good time with their online mates. However if you do not see them yet you get the opportunity to meet some new people and chat with them virtually.

It does not matter in bingo if you are savvy or newbie, as no experience is required in the game. However, you only need is your bingo callers to call numbers at a particular tempo. This is certainly a simple game to play where only your luck matters, and if you are lucky then you can win good piles of cash.

According to a reliable figure, some 5 million people play online bingo at regular intervals worldwide, mostly in the USA, the UK, Canada and Australia. This proves quite helpful in generating tons of Net revenues altogether.

Online bingo is a relaxing game, you can play it all round the day and the night sitting comfortably in your house living room or in your bed if you wish. If possible, it is a brilliant notion to publicize and pre sell the raffle tickets in prior. There are chat features, the huge bonuses, dazzling games, so sign up an online bingo site today and start playing bingo in swing!

You do not have to bet large amount of money and this is not a game where people get addicted like in Las Vegas. This is more of a place on the Web where you can chat with your friends while waiting for the outcome of the balls coming out of the box.

Posted by Bigbet on Saturday, March 10, 2012

Lawful Betting

Even though betting has been around for an incredibly long time its access into the lawful stream has arrived newly. Many of us know a little about legal gambling and the legal gambling age. Governments are realizing that legalized betting is a mean of changing the state of mind of mass people about betting. It has been treated as a social evil for quite some time If treated and controlled within a defined lawful structure can stop many social matters, online gambling can become a lawful industry that is useful to everybody involved.

There are quite some options obtainable to run a fine legalized betting operation that will profit the individual setting it up.

Casino: You can set up a diversity of betting options like crap tables, poker, wheel of fortune, black jack etc in a Casino. In nowadays hi-tech planet there are quite a few electronic options accessible which can be used simply without moving out from your home, all you require is a computer and an internet connection to use these options online. There are more than a few companies that are at present coming up with a variety of versions of betting options like online blackjack, poker etc.

Sports Betting: Betting on the result of sport events is as well a very well popular way of betting. The players frequently bring out the chances on either the end of the result of a single sport or tournament or gamble on one exact player on how they would probably control the end result of the sport. Betting on sports has achieved a cult status these days and is rising in reputation day by day.

There is a variety of sport betting in occurrence, betting on a chief sporting event for example the betting on smaller tournaments, super bowl, betting on performance of precise players for the period of a single match, an entire tournament or on their own career.

Posted by Bigbet on Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Poker fish

One day I won a lot of money when I was a  beginner. Bad players can sometimes win because of the variance-driven nature of short term results, bad players also generally exhibit higher variance than good players do in almost any kind of poker. Even though all of my opponents were probably shaking their heads wondering how that guy won all that money, in retrospect it makes a lot of sense. Due to higher variance, it’s reasonable that bad players would tend to have larger single winning sessions when they do actually win than good players would typically have.

However, don’t take this the wrong way. Higher variance is not somehow saving the bad players. It’s exactly the opposite. Bad players will also have many, many more and more gigantic losing sessions than big winning sessions, in the long run. So, besides getting a handle on why such a bad player/big win session might have happened, is there anything else we can learn about poker from that experience? Here are some things I have learned from thinking about it.

We were all bad players once. At that time, I sure was a bad player. Realizing that we were all beginners at one time can provide us with a calming sense of humility. More importantly, it may give us a sense of genuine empathy to those around us who may be new at what they’re doing. Don’t berate the fish

Whether or not you are awestruck by the humility or empathy mentioned above, it’s simply not good poker strategy to berate your weaker opponents. I came out of that session feeling great and thinking I was a great poker player. Can you imagine how much money I would have avoided losing to my opponents in future sessions if they had clued me in to my poor play by digging into me with their anger, frustration, and bad beat whining? Kudos to my opponents, at the time, for playing the meta-game of poker well and keeping me uninformed of my weak play.

Of course, the more important point is that you should offer your fellow human beings the same amount of respect and courtesy that you would appreciate in return, poker game or no poker game. You may not be as good as you think. While my arrogance that too much, I’ll admit that on that particular night, I felt that I had played well. I would say that I even took this idea to the next level and considered myself to be a good poker player.

In reality, at that time, I was probably better at making sushi than playing cards. Just in case you are unaware of my culinary resumé, I would guess that I probably didn’t really know exactly what sushi was at that time. But improvement can be achieved. So, you may not be as good as you think you are, but there is room for improvement. I am a firm believer that anyone, with desire and effort, can improve his or her poker game. I know my own poker game has improved dramatically since that big session and it is still improving today. Don’t forget: even if you’re already good, you can get better.

Don’t place too much emphasis on short term results. Poker is a game where the skill element is nearly hidden in the short term. Anyone can win in a particular session, any two cards can win a particular hand, and any outrageous long shot draw can get there. These are all short term concepts. These are the kinds of things that can make poker great or frustrating, depending on your overall poker attitude.

Many players, including the early version of me, tend to get hooked on a few short term results when trying to assess their poker skill levels. Poker skill only reveals itself in the long run.

Posted by Bigbet on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The basic strategy in Blackjack

Blackjack is a casino game online or offline involving choices from the player, which influence the outcome of the game. The way the dealer play is codified, but the player makes his own decisions. With statistics and probability, it can be determined depending on the situation which option has the best chance of winning. Here lies the idea that allowed the development of the famous basic strategy. To understand it, it is necessary to master the rules of the game of blackjack.

In the mid-50, an American mathematician named Roger Baldwin became interested in Blackjack. The fruit of his research was published in a highly regarded American journal of statistics. The article entitled The Optimum Strategy in Blackjack lays the foundation for what will soon become the basic strategy of Blackjack. This method of playing can lead to lowering the house advantage to less than a 0.5% edge. Thus, it appears very interesting for any player to understand this approach.

The basic blackjack strategy is commonly summarized in table form. The left column shows all possible configurations of your hand. The top row contains all the up cards the dealer may have. In the center you find in each case the option which has the best chance of winning or rather the best expected value.

This method of play is so good that the casinos were forced to develop methods to impair its effectiveness. For that, they generally use several decks of cards to increase the house edge. Thus, there are several strategies depending on the number of decks used by the gaming table. In addition, the rules that the dealer must follow are not exactly the same from one casino to the next. Generally, he must draw a card until he has obtained 17 but this may be flexible, including soft hands (with an ace) or only hard hands.

Generally, gambling establishments accept that players have a small piece of paper with a picture of the basic strategy. But as you must play fairly quickly, it is difficult to consult that all the time. Thus, it is better to know it by heart before you start betting your money. To learn it, it is best to put it into practice on the free blackjack games easily found on the Internet.

The basic strategy is most effective when the deck contains a single deck of cards. Unfortunately, such tables using a single set are particularly rare. Sometimes you can find one, but they often do not reward a blackjack with a ratio of 3 against 2. In this case, they are not interesting.

Posted by Bigbet on Thursday, February 10, 2011

Cute poker hands

The river bluff-reraise is a cute move. It’s almost never the right time to attempt a bluff-reraise. It’s usually really expensive, especially in a heads-up pot. And you have to be against someone who you know is capable of bluff raising the river. These people do exist. The problem is that they usually aren’t bluffing when they raise you on the river.

In one hand, I’m against a constant semi-bluffer. He is always pushing back, so sometimes I have to push too. That is why I three bet him on the turn with my 8-high flush draw on a paired board. Of course, when the flush misses, the only way my 8-high will be good is if I don’t have to show it. Time to bluff. Unfortunately, the best laid plans and all that. When he raises my bluff I quickly relocate the logic I used to raise the turn to the river and decide that three betting here with the obvious worst hand is probably a good idea. Luckily for me he folded.

It hurts so good. So, yet again, I’ve had a 300 big bet downswing. I am sure this is in part because I played poorly. And it is in part due to the qualitiy of my opponents. And it might have something to do with the fact that I play three tables at a time, unable to give any table my full concentration. But a good portion of it is due to luck.

It was 25 days from peak to trough, but the number of hours was sparse. Finally today I clawed back to even, as measured from the beginning of February. That does not match my peak, but it sure is nice to know that I am starting to “make a living” again. Gotta love pocker!

Bluffing with the best hand is cute too. When you are bluffing, it is usually best to bluff with hands which are worth almost nothing. Part of the reason is that you will often have the best hand and would have won a free showdown anyways. However, this only holds when you are bluffing with position. When you are first to act, bluffing with the best hand has value in the sense that you are less likely to be rebluffed off of the best hand.

Case in point. You make it to the river against a nut ball with 8-high. You have been semi-bluffing all the way. So you certainly should bluff with what is the worst hand right? Heck, even if it is not the worst hand you want to keep the idiot from bluffing you out. But who’d expect a hand like 8-high to call a full bet into a smallish pot on the river.

I never really thought of 8-high as having any value betting potential. I only thought I’d get the worse hands to fold, and get a few of the better hands to fold as well.

Posted by Bigbet on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Liv Boeree at PokerStars

Olivia Liv Boeree is the newest member of the pokerstars team.

She is 26 years old and specialized beyond poker in various other activities. She is fond of playing guitar and takes an interest in several other games as well. Due to her adventurous personality, she likes to go on hilly areas and often enjoy rock climbing. Her good-will make herself wearing skintight animal print and enjoying rock climbing. She is one of those who enjoy nature and she loves rafting and skiing. Boeree takes part in all types of games of poker and is crazy about card games.

Besides all these enjoyments, she is serious about education as well. She is a well-educated person and has a degree in physics with a major in astrophysics. Boeree got her education at the University of Manchester, England. She is an intelligent woman and got mostly “A“ grades, in subjects like math, physics, and biology.

She participated in the European Poker Tour or EPT and took down the San Remo title, who is a one of PokerStarss European Poker Tour main events. She got a prize of $1,698,000 in this huge event last April. From that achievement, she was offered to join Team PokerStars  as a sponsored pro. In reply, she explains that she is happy to get this huge prize but want to learn about poker from all over the world instead of joining poker suddenly without any proper professional training.

Early on in her career, she was selected as a contestant for a reality TV show. The show was published on television in 2005. She received coaching from a number of poker pros such as Annie Duke, Dave ‘the Devilfish’ Ulliott and Phil Hellmuth. She not only was introduced to the game of poker by some of the best out there, but she also made the most of it.

This show included five contestants who would be coached to play poker against one another. She got close to Duke and Hellmuth, and both helped her a lot in her career.  These were the three main pros of Team UB, but she left them now to join pokerstars. She was more popular from the TV show and remained a TV host after that for a long time. She also experienced hosting Challenging TV online covering of the EPT.

As a poker player she got prizes of $19,000 in 2007. In 2008, she won the Ladbrokes European Ladies Championships for $30,000. In April 2009, she earned $23,000 at the WPT prelim events and finished 37th at the WPT Main event for $41,000. Due to the result of hard working and striving, she earned a total of about, 2,000,000.

Posted by Bigbet on Saturday, August 14, 2010

Poker strategy per stake

Low limits poker

As 4 or more players routinely limp to see a cheap flop, avoid bluffing at these limits for the most part. Raise with your strong hands, otherwise you are asking for trouble. The crucial skills at these levels are a good grasp of the stats related to poker as well as the know-how of when to call and when to fold.

If you play well, you should win fewer pots than your competitors, but you will win bigger pots and therefore make profits overall. Whenever you think you are starting to tilt, you’ll often see your draws missing all the time while the opposite will seem true for your opponents’ hands. This is because your opponents will often be lucky calling stations. You should rarely bluff if ever, but you have to bet and raise strongly with your premium hands, increasing the money in the pot when you are ahead. It is important to be aggressive in such spots because you should not to provide free cards to calling stations and fish.

The medium limits

Almost all the players at these stakes can beat the lower stakes, except some who are only somehow skilled in the game, but have the funds to afford to play regularly, and to lose money at it.

These players play less valuable starting hands. Most pots are played two or three-handed in these games. Your opponents will be putting pressure on you a lot. Make bets to increase the pots when you are the favorite, especially against opponents who love to call or raise with decent strength hands only, but not with monsters. If you regularly beat the games at the low limits, the transition to the middle limits is going to consist in knowing your opponents and in choosing the most profitable tables.

High stakes limit

Such games almost always are tight and full of aggression. You will usually play opponents who are better than you are. Just avoid playing with them. Favor profitable tables where the play is softer due to the presence of one or two wealthy gamblers.

If you search well, you may get a seat at such a table. The average player plays nearly optimally, probably having spent a lot of time reading and studying the game. Bluff, semi-bluff, deception and marginal plays to control the pots are very important skills in these games. Aggressive poker game with strong premium cards is always the best way to play.

There may be some variations, but basically your opponents will be masters at the game of poker and it will be hard to find a profit. The players are very aggressive in fighting for the blinds, and use creative methods to deceive and put you on tilt. This is the rule rather than the exception. Bluffs all in, post flop 3-bets, stealing the blinds occur a lot. Normally, you should not play in these games unless you have great self-control and skills.

The variance in these games is large, and the average poker player can easily loose it all. So think twice before you venture into these shark-infested waters.

Posted by Bigbet on Sunday, December 27, 2009

Slow play is bad

Here are two more slowplays, both done by one of my opponents. In one case he wins, and in the other he loses.

The game is three handed. Unfortunatly, NoPainNoGain isn’t the fish I’d hoped he’d be. He’s a rather sophistocated player, which means it’s basically three pros fighting it out. But NoPainNoGain is clearly on the bottom of the totem here, so I’ll play. Part of what makes him so bad is his contravariant strategy: he bets when he is weak, and tries to slowplay when he should not. This makes it very easy to extract value with big hands, and to dodge his attempts to extract extra value.

Notice how I dodge the turn check-raise after pairing my Ace. This is a classic way behind or way ahead situation, especially against someone who slowplays. Of course, I pay off because I’ve induced a bluff, but I’ve only put int 1.5 big bets with the worst of it. In this hand he tries, ever so valiantly, to get some extra value from pocket aces by limping on the button. If he had played a bit quicker he might have only put in 3.5 or 4 big bets against my flopped straight, but instead he charges himself extra by waiting till the turn to pop me.

Slowplay kills. Despite this, there are times when I think a slowplay is what the doctor ordered. Here’s a hand where I had to bow out early, but two other players had the wonderful opportunity to run the deuling slowplays.

For the straight flush, it certainly seems like a clear opportunity for a slowplay. On the turn the straight flush has the hand locked up, and by smooth calling he can lure up to three other players in. Also, there are a lot of hand which might draw here. Certainly the big hearts wll draw, but so might the baby 5h shooting for the gutshot straight flush draw. A lot of players will not fold any straight flush draw. The river is kind of a bummer from a results oriented perspective. The chance to jam in this hand was on the turn against the made flush. With the board paired, the flush is just going to passivly call.

For the made flush, he is picking the exact wrong place to slowplay. He needs to charge the maximum in case another heart falls. Another heart may not beat him, but it could easily scare him into not betting/raising on the river. Since a lot of players will bluff a four flush board, or thin bet them with baby flushes, the non-nut flush needs to get their value when they can. Again, from a results oriented standpoint, he picked the perfect time not to slowplay.

Posted by Bigbet on Monday, September 21, 2009

Online Mahjong

With many Asian countries developing rapidly and quickly gaining wealth, it is no surprise that online gambling is becoming more and more popular in Asia.

Cryptologic, a leader gambling software provider didn’t miss the chance and managed to secure a strong position on the Asian online casino market. Cryptologic has several investments in Asia, one of which concentrates around the popular Asian game of Mahjong.

Not long after Cryptologic’s investment in the development of online mahjong games, the Asian-bases group called Mahjong Time made a licensing deal which makes them a provider of mahjong betting games to Internet cafes in thirty provinces and 250 cities, which is about half the Internet cafes market in China. They also made a partnership contracts with over 1,200 distributors.

It is hard to find a better online gambling market than China, as the country has over the largest number of Internet users in the world at over 200 millions and this number is increasing rapidly. Of course online gambling will have to face many regulations, as all other areas of human activity in China, but Asians will surely catch the idea of online gambling, as the gambling and the idea of good luck is well known in every Asian country.

The sole game of Mahjong is estimated to be played by over 600 million people worldwide and it is the most popular game in Asia. Every household plays mahjong at some point, a little bit like every Western household plays Monopoly.

Online Mahjong games are gaining more and more popularity in the U.S. Although no online casinos run by Cryptologic or its licensees are doing business in the United States, the American players can try their luck in Mahjong at the Microgaming-powered casino The World Series of Mahjong (an equivalent of the World Series of Poker) whose official partner is Mahjong Time, puts much effort into popularizing the game of Mahjong on the global scale.