Four Card Poker: The Basics

July 15th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Four card poker is a poker game, similar to three card poker that was developed by Roger Snow. The game is played on a poker table and uses an automatic shuffling machine to shuffle the cards. While there are some similarities to three card poker, the strategies and game play are somewhat different.

Similarities

Four card and three card poker share some similarities. For instance, each version is essentially two games mashed into one. The basic game is against the dealer in the ante-play competition, similar to three card poker. The other piece of the game is Aces Up in which the player receives automatic payment for any hand that contains aces or better.

Game play

Four card poker is played on a blackjack table with a 52 card deck. On the table, there are three circles in front of each player that indicates Aces Up, Ante and 1x to 3x Ante. Game play commences with each player placing betting chips into the Aces Up or Ante categories. If the player chooses both circles, they must place equal bets.

The player is then dealt five cards face down. The object is to make the best four card hand. Conversely, the dealer is dealt six cards to make the best four card hand, with one card facing up. After reviewing the cards, the player can fold or place an additional bet. The minimum bet is equal to the original bet the player placed. The maximum wager is up to three times the original bet.

Ante Bonus

One perk is the ante bonus which is paid alongside the ante and any other bets if won. It is based on the player’s final hand. Three of a kind pays 2-to-1, straight-flush pays 20-to-1 and four of a kind pays 25-to-1. This payment structure may vary between casinos.

Aces up Bet

The Aces Up bet is separate from the dealer’s hand. Any player that has a pair of aces or better will be paid for the Aces Up bet which is based on that particular casinos payment chart. Luckily, even if the player loses the Ante bet, they can still win the Aces Up bet.

Four card poker is another easy game to pick up; it’s simply learning the different types of bets that can be made and the various opportunities to win. If you are proficient at Texas Hold’em, Five Card Draw or Stud or any other type of poker, you should have no problem picking this game up quickly.

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The Poker Professional in the Online Gaming World

June 4th, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

When many poker amateurs think of poker professionals they picture outlandish men sitting around the poker table, hashing out bets and raking in big. Most people do not think of a professional sitting at a computer, gambling online, but the online casino world can be a great place for poker professionals, or for amateurs looking to become a poker professional.

Why Poker Professional Love Online Casinos

From a professional standpoint, an online casino is like a library where you can research your craft 24 hours a day. All the professional poker player has to do is log on and he can play his game of choice against any number of opponents from all over the world. This gives the player tons of practice time and different settings to play in.

Online casinos also offer poker tournaments, and as these online casinos become more popular, the tournaments do as well. Some tournaments are now hosted online, or are a joint collaborating between a famous brick and mortar casino and the online website. This gives poker professionals another outlet for gaining popularity.

Why the Amateur Should Love Online Casinos

Amateurs need practice to, and there is no better place to get it then in an online casino. A nervous amateur has the chance to play without fear of being seen, or giving away too many tells. Amateur’s can also play several different games. After all, Texas Hold ‘Em isn’t for everyone. There may be a smaller niche game of poker where the amateur can really learn to shine. By trying out the dozens of games offering in an online casino, any amateur can find their niche. As an added bonus, the option of free play or extra incentives can go along way for an amateur who may not have the bankroll of a professional poker player. This means more playing time, more chances to practice, and more options to win in an online casino.

How to Get Started at an Online Casino

Whether you are a professional, an amateur, or a beginner there is an online casino for you. Online casinos vary greatly in game play, bonuses, and rules. Research a handful of online casinos before you choose one to play in. Once you sign up, be sure to take advantage of any new players bonuses or incentives offered by the casino, and check to see if the website offers free poker game tutorials or free game play. These are invaluable tools for any poker player and you should take full advantage of them.

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What You Can Learn About Poker in an Online Casino

June 2nd, 2010  |  Published in Inrodution

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.

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How to Work with Any Size Bankroll

April 23rd, 2010  |  Published in Inrodution

Not everyone can walk in to a casino with thousands of dollars to gamble on. Truth be told, many casino patrons are spending around 500 dollars or less on their casino visits. The key is knowing how to spend that bankroll conservatively. The smarter you are with your money, the longer it will last, and the better chance you will have of walking away from the casino ahead of the game.

The Best Way to Spend Your Bankroll at the Slot Machines

Slot machines are a tricky business. Slot machine betting goes quickly, and people often loose most of their bankroll before they realize it. The best bankroll strategy at the slot machines is to play smart and keep a close eye on your funds. However, slot machines do offer a chance to beef up your bankroll. Start by playing smaller bets on machines with a high pay-out percentage. Do this until you have nearly doubled your bankroll. From there you can go on to playing table games, or up your betting limit at the slot machines. If you increase your bankroll before you bet it all, you will stay in the game a lot longer.

The Best Way to Spend Your Bankroll at the Poker Tables

Poker tables are a great way to win, if you are a great poker player. However, if you are not a poker pro, you need to be a little more careful with the money you have on hand. The best strategy for betting in poker is to bet modestly unless you are 90% sure of the hand in front of you. By betting modestly, and folding when you should, you have good odds of walking away from the table with winnings in hand.

The Best Way to Spend Your Bankroll at the Table Games

Table games are a lot like poker, the best strategy is a modest one. As long as you bet conservatively and use common sense, you have a good chance of winning. The most important aspect of betting at the table games is to not fall prey to a betting system. There are dozens of betting systems for all of the table games. While these systems may seem great on paper, in reality they have very little chance of actually working. It is better to ignore these systems all together and play the way you know how to play- modestly and intelligently.

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Three Tools You Should Utilize at the Poker Table

April 1st, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

Poker players often look for ways to improve their skills and get the edge on their opponents. Reading about your poker game, developing new techniques, and practicing are all important maneuvers to mastering the craft. However, poker players often overlook the three most important, and simplest, tools at their disposal. A great poker player knows that to win, you must use every tool at your disposal. Make sure you are using everything you can, especially the most common weapons.

The Deck of Cards

While it may seem simple, the cards are the most important aspect to any game of poker. How the cards are dealt, and how you choose to play those cards, is what determines if you win or loose the hand. Learn everything you can about the different hands you may be dealt. Study rankings and odds for every type of poker game you play, and remember that without that high hand, you wont likely win the pot.

The Chips

Not only are chips vital to betting in poker, they can be used as an intimidation tool against your poker opponents. For example, if you are sitting at the table with a high stack of chips, throwing in more then the minimum ante for every hand you play the other players are going to think one of three things. One, you may be a high roller. Two you may be doing very well in the game and are an experienced player they should take notice of, or three, you are serious about your game and they should keep an eye on you. The reverse is also true, if you are playing too modestly with your chips, then your opponents are likely to see you as a tight player and an easy target.

Your Position at the Poker Table

Where you sit at the poker table plays an important role in the game, especially in Texas Hold ‘Em. If you are the first position in the table, you have the disadvantage of having to make the first move in every round before you see your opponents moves. If you are in the middle position, you have the advantage of seeing the players before you move, and the disadvantage of not knowing what the players after you will do. Every position at the table plays a different role in the game, and it is important that you learn how to play the strengths, and deal with the weaknesses, of each.

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How to Look Like a Pro on Your First Trip to the Casino

March 24th, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

Everyone was a beginner at some point in his or her poker career, but hardly anyone wants to look like a beginner. The first time you walk in to a casino can be daunting- even if you have played casino games online for years. However, you can ease your nerves and give the appearance of a seasoned professional by following a few simple steps, starting from the moment you walk in to the casino.

Get a Rewards Card

Most casinos offer a rewards card for players. These rewards cards monitor how much you are spending and playing, and turn that in to different rewards from the casino. These rewards can come in the form of free play or comps for buffets or hotel room stays. Reward cards are free and no one should go without one. The first thing you should do when you get to the casino is to head to the front desk and sign up for your rewards card.

Find out what Poker Games are being played

Some casinos feature large screens that scroll down to tell you all of the poker games being played at the casino. Other casinos have a list kept at the front desk or with the Brush (the person you will register for a poker table with.) Locate this list of games and decide what you want to play.

Get in Line for a Poker Game

Most casinos require poker players to sign in before they can join a poker game. Find the Brush- the person responsible for keeping track of the poker table waiting list- and sign up. If the poker game you want to play is full, the Brush will put you on a waiting list. When there is an open spot at the table, your name will be called, and you can join in.

Practice Good Etiquette at the Poker Table

Once you are at the poker table, it is important that you practice good etiquette. Follow the betting rules set by the table. Keep your emotions in check and do not disturb the dealer or the other players, and be sure to tip the dealer through out the game. Not following poker etiquette is the easiest way to look like an amateur.

Your first trip to the casino should be an exciting time. By following a few simple guidelines, you have nothing to worry about and can relax and enjoy your poker.

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How to Determine Your Betting Style

March 23rd, 2010  |  Published in Inrodution

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.

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Basic Tips for Poker Table Etiquette

March 22nd, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

A poker table is an exciting place. The dealer is personable, the other players are often lively, and a lot of money is being passed around. It can be easy to forget to mind your manners at the poker table, especially when you are up in the game, but poker table etiquette is something everyone should follow. No matter if you are new to the game or an old pro, following poker table etiquette is simple.

Five Tips for Basic Poker Table Etiquette

1. Know when you can join the game. Just because there is an empty seat, it does not necessarily mean there is room in the game. There are different rules for joining different poker games. In craps, there must be an empty space along the rail for a new player to join. In Blackjack, there must be an empty betting square because players often play more then one hand and an open chair does not always signify an open slot.

2. Know the table limit. Every table has a set limit ranging in denominations. These table limits are either marked by a color-coded card or listed near the table. Make sure you know the table limit before you join in on the game.

3. Know how to buy in. When you come to a new table, you will have to convert your cash for chips. Do not try to hand cash to the dealer they cannot accept it. Instead, lay your money on the table and wait patiently for your chips to be dealt.

4. Keep your emotions in check. It is not the dealer or other player’s fault if you are doing badly. Do not take your anger or anxiety out on the people around you. It is bad form.

5. Know how to signal your bet. In Blackjack, it is customary to raise your hand to signify you wish to bet. In other games, it is customary to call all of your bets aloud. Know which way you are supposed to bet for the game you are playing.

A poker table can be a fun and exciting place. Make your experience at the table go smoothly by following the laws of common courtsey and poker table etiquette. Displaying proper etiquette will make you seem like a more advanced player and make the gaming experience enjoyable to you, the dealer, and the other players.

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How to Hide Your Poker Tells at the Poker Table

March 17th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Professional poker players have spent years learning their poker face. Unfortunately, most of us amateurs still have one or two “tells” that give us away at the poker table. The problem is, more experienced players know how to use these “tells” to their advantage. If you are acting out of character, it will be noticeable and it is unlikely that the betting will play out in your favor. Since it is incredibly difficult to overcome a poker tell, as it is typically a natural habit, the next best thing you can do is to learn how to hide it.

How to Spot and Hide Your Poker Tells

Nervous Movements

Some players have a nervous twitch, tapping their fingers on the table, blinking uncontrollably, or shifting in their seat to name a few. Players start their nervous movements for two reasons. Either their hand is very high and they are anticipating a big win, or more often, their hand is poor and they are trying to pull off a bluff.

An experienced poker player notices these movements right away and then uses them to their advantage by hedging their bets against the other player’s nervous twitch. When you hit a big hand, or want to bluff, keep your physical movements in mind the entire time you are playing the hand. You will be less likely to show them off this way. If you must move, try moving your feet around under the table, it is much less noticeable.

Acting Over Confident

When a player is trying to appear that they are not the fish at the table, or trying to pull off a bluff, they can sometimes start to exhibit some strange, overly confident behavior. For example, a player may be very loud at the table. Talk uncontrollably, or try to draw the attention off of himself by chatting with cocktail waitresses and other patrons. Outlandish behavior labels you immediately as an easy target. Keep your talking and behavior in check.

Not Making Eye Contact

Another obvious “tell” is a player who refuses to make eye contact with the dealer or their opponents. They will stare intently at their cards or look around the poker room. An experienced player will notice you are not looking directly at him right away. To curb this, practice making eye contact every time you are at the table. Look directly at the other players when they are speaking and make eye contact with the dealer.

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The Best Way to Play from Any Poker Table Position

March 9th, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

Where you are seated at the poker table makes a huge difference in most games. In a poker game like Texas Hold ‘Em, having a good spot at the table can lead you to making bigger bets and winning more hands. Unfortunately, you will not always get your choice of seats. Rather then hope for the best seat in the house, learn how to play each to your advantage.

The Best Way to Play According to your Poker Spot

Any good player knows the importance of strategy in a poker match, but a great poker player knows that you must be ready to adjust your strategy to suit the game. One of the best adjustments you can make in strategy is to play according to your position.

How to Play From an Early Position

An early position is often considered the worse seat in the house. When you are betting in the early position, you typically have nine players coming in after you. This serves as a huge disadvantage because you are not able to gauge the other players or control the pot raises as well as a player farther down the line. When you are playing in the early position the best strategy is to limit the hands you play. Only play the hands you feel confident about and fold on the others.

How to Play from a Middle Position

If you are seated in the middle position, you have the advantage of knowing what the players before you dead and the disadvantage of not knowing what the players after you will do. The best strategy for the middle position is to play a mixture of conservative and aggressive play depending on what the players before you did. For example, if the players in front of you fold, it is a good idea to raise since you only have a few players left to beat.

How to Play from a Late Position

The late position is often considered the best place to be in Texas Hold ‘Em. This position gives you a chance to see the actions of all of your opponents. The best strategy to use in the late position is to play aggressively after careful observation of your opponents. Watch what your opponents do carefully, they will show you how to hedge your bet and whether you should fold or call.

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