June 2nd, 2010 |
The game of poker is complex, and good poker players spend a lot of their time studying the game, improving their skills, and developing their techniques. Online casinos are a great opportunity for poker player to raise their playing level. The simple ability to just get in more playing time alone is worth joining an online casino website. However, there are several things a player can learn about poker from an online casino that they may not learn anywhere else. The below are several coveted things to learn about Poker via an online casino.
How to Read a Player Even When You Cannot See Them
Knowing how to read your opponents is vital for success in poker. The better you understand other players and their style, the better chance you have at mastering their hand and winning more rounds. At a poker table, you have the opportunity to see the player face to face. This is the easiest way to learn to read a poker tell, as many people often give themselves away with their body language.
In an online casino, you cannot see the people you are playing against. This gives you a chance to learn to read people in other ways. For example, many poker sites offer chat rooms. It may not seem like it at first, but people give away just as many of their poker playing secrets in a chat room as they do at the poker table. Learn how to study these chat rooms.
How to Play a New Game of Poker
When you play in a brick and mortar casino you are often limited to playing only one or two types of poker as most casinos often only feature the most popular games, such as Texas Hold ‘Em. However, online casinos are famous for featuring dozens of poker games. They do this to draw in more players. You can use this to your advantage. If you want to learn a new style of poker game, try playing it online. Best of all, many of these sites offer free play so you can practice before you bet.
Lastly, many poker players who take advantage of free play engage in chat sessions. Often you can discuss the game as it unfolds in real-time during your free play. This has helped many players learn from those at their virtual table, as the sharing of knowledge and perfecting your strategy is critical to enhancing future payouts.
May 13th, 2010 |
We all want to be better poker players. After all, the better you play, the more you win, and the more you enjoy the game. Poker players often look at poker rules or specific game strategies to help increase their playing abilities, but there are other ways you can improve your game. The best way to be a great player is to have a well-rounded poker education. Take a look at all of the aspects of the game, not just the rule book, and you will see an improvement in your poker game.
Plan Your Strategy Before You Get to the Table
You should spend some time at home planning your poker strategy. Knowing how you are going to play before you get to the table will help you avoid costly errors during the first few hands of the game. If you already have a poker strategy in place, look for ways to fine tune it. If you are entering in to a poker tournament you will need a specific strategy for that game. If you are just starting out in the world of poker, take some time to educate yourself on poker strategies in general. However you do it, have a plan of action before you saddle up to the table and you will have a much higher chance of winning.
Learn to Adjust
In order to play the best game of poker, you need to be flexible. Your strategies wont always work on every opponent and every table. The quicker you can adjust to a new poker environment, the more you will save yourself in betting and playing errors. For example, if you run across a high roller or wild better, then you may need to adjust your betting strategy to keep them from out pricing you on every hand. Poker is a constantly evolving game, and you have to keep on your toes.
Plan Out Your Bankroll
Almost every player walks in to a game of poker with a set amount they can spend on betting. You should take the time before the game to budget out your bank roll. Knowing how much you can bet will keep you from blowing your whole bankroll in the first few hands. It will also help keep you in the game longer, giving you more chances to win, and a higher bankroll to play with.
April 30th, 2010 |
Even the most experienced poker player knows the importance of staying on top of the game. The more you know about the game of poker, the better you will play. Even if you have the best strategy, you can always find a way to improve it, and an improved game means more winnings. Inspiration and knowledge can come from many sources in poker. To get the most out of your poker education, you need to turn over every stone you find.
Five Ways to Learn More About Poker
1. Autobiographies of the Poker Pros: You can learn a lot reading books written by Poker Professionals. Professionals have written dozens of books on poker strategy and styles that will help you in your own game. However, most of us overlook autobiographies. While most of the book may just be an interesting read, you can find some hidden poker gems between the pages.
2. Social Networking Sites: Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are taking over the internet. Almost everyone has a subscription, including professional poker players. Add some poker players to your social networking accounts. They often blurb about poker tournaments and their thoughts on the game. You can pick up great tips this way.
3. Casino Websites: Most every casino has their own websites highlighting their casino, promotions, and tournaments. Several casinos, especially those based online, go a step further and have included poker game tutorials and tips. Visit the sites of the popular casinos and look for their educational sections. There are often some really helpful tips in there.
4. Poker DVDs: Most of us do not think of poker when we are renting a movie, but several poker professionals have made educational films highlighting their game of choice. These DVDs can be a great resource as you can see the game in action.
5. Other Poker Players: How often do you study the other players at the poker table? If the answer is never, then you need to rethink your strategy. Other poker players can teach you a lot about betting style, table etiquette, and even the game itself. Watch your opponents closely during every game you play.
Poker education is a never ending cycle. To play your best, you have to stay on top of the game. Learn everything you can, in every way you can and you will be on top of your game.
March 23rd, 2010 |
Every poker player has a betting style. Some players bet modestly, rarely raising or calling, always putting the minimum ante in. These players seem to hold tightly to their purse strings and ride out the game. Other players bet wildly, frequently raising other players out of the game, rarely folding, and calling at every chance they get. Truth be told, there is no one right way to bet. While some betting strategies may pay better then others in the long run, it is better for a player to follow their own strategy. The problem is, a lot of players do not know their strategy. They simply place their bets as they see fit and hope for the best. If you are curious about your style, you should ask yourself a few questions.
Get to Know Your Betting Style
How quickly do you go through your bankroll? If you run through your entire bankroll shortly after sitting at the table you may be betting too aggressively. It is better to budget out your bankroll in to betting limits so you can stay at the table longer.
How often do you raise? If you raise on nearly every hand, you may be betting too aggressively. However, if you almost never raise then you may be betting too modestly. A good strategy is to raise on the hands you are sure of and fold on the hands you are not.
How often do you fold? If you fold more then half the time, chances are you are being too cautious with your bets. However, if you never fold then you are being too loose. It is better to fold on the hands you are wary of then risk the loss.
Do you get swept up in the moment? We have all gotten overly excited at the poker table form time to time, but if you find yourself frequently betting it all out of the sheer excitement you may be playing too loosely. If another player raises the pool higher then your bankroll can afford, you should know when to throw in the towel. Getting too competitive can cost you the poker game.
How fast do you place your bet? If you jump on a raise the second you turn rolls around, you are not being cautious enough. A good poker player knows to take the time to evaluate their hand before they place a bet or raise one.
March 12th, 2010 |
The most important aspect a poker player can know is the rules of the game. Without knowing the rules, you cannot play the game at all (or at least not play it well.) The second most important, and often overlooked, point a poker player can know is his opponents. Observing your opponents is critical to winning. However, it can be difficult to keep little mental notes about everyone at the table (especially if you are playing online.) This is why poker professional Phil Hellmuth developed his system of categorizing players by comparing them to animals. Phil Hellmuth has five types of animals he uses for the system.
Phil Hellmuth’s Animals
The mouse represents the ultimate conservative poker player. The mouse will play very few hands, raise even less, and never bluffs. A mouse is easy to spot because they rarely ever raise. This is their downside. When a mouse suddenly starts to raise at the poker table, most of the other player’s will know it is time to fold. The mouse will win, but the pot will be small.
The jackal represents theloose cannons at the poker table. The jackal will place loose and fast. They will play almost every single hand they are given, frequently raise and re-raise their bets, and bluff whenever they see fit. The jackal will rarely, if ever, come out ahead in a poker match
The elephant represents those poker players that never seem to give up. An elephant will play almost every single hand they are given and they will keep calling the hand all the way to the final showdown. The excessive calling is not a good strategy, and the only real way to win a hand is to out call every other player at the table.
The lion is just shy of shy of the perfect poker player. They know when to fold and when to play. They hedge their bets in an aggressive manner without loosing sight of logic. The lion is the second toughest poker player to beat.
The eagle represents the perfect poker player. An eagle has years of professional poker experience. They know the rules of every poker game, and have their own strategies for each one. They are quick to adapt and near impossible to beat. The eagle is a rare poker player.
February 10th, 2010 |
Many people interested in learning a new poker game will scour the internet and read several books on the game. This is a great strategy because it gives people a deep knowledge of the game that they would not have otherwise gotten. However, reading something and putting it in to practice are two different things. The best way to learn a new game is to try it out, but you do not have to spend your hard-earned money doing so. Several casinos offer free gaming lessons on most of the popular poker games.
What are Poker Lessons at a Casino Like?
When a poker player signs up for a poker lesson at a casino, they are sent to a private room with several poker tables and an instructor. The instructor will divide the players up in to tables and provide free poker chips that are used for play (and not worth any actual value.) The instructor will then give a brief overview of the game followed by several rounds of hands on instruction. Finally, players are given a chance to play on their own while the instructor critiques their skills.
What are the Benefits of Poker Lessons at a Casino?
Taking a poker lesson at a casino has one major benefit- you will be taught the game of your choice by a qualified instructor who is more then likely a dealer in that game. You are allowed to play free and the lessons are typically offered free by the casino. This gives you hands on playing time without risking your gambling bankroll. As an added bonus, several casinos give out coupons free play or other benefits to participants in their poker classes.
Overall, taking a poker gaming lesson at a casino is well worth the time spent. If the game is completely new to you then you will learn all of the basic rules and game practices. If you have played the game a few times before you can still benefit from the instructor’s knowledge as they often give out hints and tricks for the poker game. In addition, the poker lesson is a free service of the casino, so you can get in your playing time without actually spending any money. The possibility of a coupon for free playing time, bet increases, or even a free meal in the casinos buffet is also highly enticing.