Novice Video Poker Tips

August 30th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

There are a number of variants of video poker games found at both online and land-based casinos. For a new player, this can be a difficult choice. Also, beginners will need to find a game appropriate for their skill level.

Luckily, there are a few tips for novice video poker players. These pointers include:

  • Avoid multi-hand games
  • Choose the most basic variant
  • Research different online casinos

Online casinos make these tasks much easier for new players. The video poker games are usually divided into two categories; single hands and multi-hand games.  Single hand games are just that, one hand per session. Conversely multi-hand games can range from 4 to 100 simultaneous hands. An increased number of hands equates to faster-paced game play and a more interesting experience. Ideally, new players should begin with single hand games until they feel comfortable.

Since there are so many different types of video poker games available, it is important to choose the most basic variant which is Jacks or Better. This is because the play is simpler than other versions and the strategy is easier to learn. Other types add new elements that improve variety, but might be confusing to a new player. Additional variants include; the addition of wild cards, Deuces Wild and Aces and Faces.

Most online casinos offer video poker with the Jacks or Better variant. However, does one software provider have an easier Jacks or Better game than another? The rules and payout will be the same, there is a single feature found in some casinos that make the game play much easier; when a player has a winning hand combination the software automatically marks them as “Hold”. This feature prevents new players from throwing away a winning hand.

As a result, new players should conduct research to find online casinos that offer this feature. It can easily be found by perusing different casinos and even emailing the support desk so you do not have to sign up at multiple sites to find this beneficial feature.

New players to video poker should not be disheartened by finding the simplest version of video poker. Instead, look at it as making an informed choice as a customer and saving your hard earned money from placing wagers on complicated games. By practicing and following the previously mentioned tips, you will be able to advance to different versions quickly.

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The Rules of Red Dog

July 28th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Red dog is not as well known of a game as casino staples like blackjack, Texas hold’em or 5 card draw. Like those three, it is a card-based game generally found online. Many internet gaming sites offer Red Dog, usually in the table games section. The rules are fairly simple as the same poker rankings apply to the game.

Red dog has two main differences from regular poker. These include:

  • Suit has no relevance
  • Aces are always the highest hand

The action begins with the player making a bet prior to the dealer distributing two cards face up. If the cards show consecutive values then it’s a push. If the cards are of equal ranking, a third card is dealt. If the third card equals the other two, the player wins and receives a payout of 11 to 1, if not the hand is a push.

The game becomes interesting when the two cards are not consecutive or equal. The dealer publicizes the numeric difference between the two cards. The player can bet the amount up to the original wager then the final card is dealt. If it falls between the value of the first two cards, the player wins; if not they lose. The payout is as follows: spread equals 1 payout is 5 to 1; spread equals 2 payout is 4 to 1; spread equals 3 payout is 2 to 1 and spread is 4 or more payout is 1 to 1.

The house edge for Red Dog is 2.75% which is comparable to European Roulette and far less than slots. If visitors wager on European Roulette, they should have no reservations placing bets with this game. Red Dog is much easier to learn than other casino games. Due to this simplicity players may quickly lose interest. At the same time, it’s an extremely fast paced game. If beginners know how to play poker, they should have an easy time learning Red Dog.

Red Dog is a fairly new and exotic form of poker. Its simple rules and fast paced game play make it a perfect game for beginners and those looking to wager on new contests. An increasing number of casinos are offering this game as its popularity continues to rise. Although it will never replace the standard casinos games, it is a nice addition to the repertoire of any online gaming casino.

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The Fundamentals of American Pai Gow Poker

July 23rd, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Traditionally Pai Gow poker is played with a set of domino-type tiles. To make the game easier to understand and play in casinos, an American version was developed using a standard deck of cards (and one joker) with hand rankings similar to regular poker. The extra joker card acts as an ace or wild card to complete a straight, flush or straight flush only.

An Overview

Pai Gow is played on a blackjack-sized table consisting of up to six players and a banker. All players are against the banker which is usually the dealer. In general, the house collects a five percent commission for each winning bet.

How to Play

To begin the game, each player places a bet equal to the table minimum. The dealer then shuffles and distributes seven stacks containing seven cards regardless of the number of players. The banker shakes a cup that holds three die; this resolves which player starts. The player evaluates the dealt cards and sets them into two hands; one containing two cards and one with five.

The two card hand is moved to the front and the five card hand to the back. If both hands beat the banker’s hands, you’re the winner. If only one wins, it’s a push and you’re money is returned. If either hand displays the exact same values, it’s referred to as a copy and the banker wins. Obviously if the banker has two better hands then you lose.

Your five card hand must be of higher value than your two card hand. If you set the two card hand higher, then a foul is committed which results in an automatic loss. The banker sets their cards according to the “house way” which are specific rules that must be followed. If you’re unsure how to set your hand, ask the dealer to set it the “house way” to avoid any costly mistakes.

Pai Gow Poker is generally a slower-paced game that has many pushes. The dealer does have a slight edge due to their automatic win during a copy. With the proper strategy the game can be mastered and won long term.

Most casinos offer Pai Gow poker at many of their regular gaming tables. In order to be successful, there are a few strategies that involve selecting specific cards depending on the nature of the hand. Following this general overview will help you familiarize yourself with the basics of the game.

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How to Bluff in a Game of Poker

June 8th, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

Bluffing is a classic poker strategy. Bluffing well can win you many hands in a game of poker. However, bluffing incorrectly, or bluffing when you should not, can lead to a big loss. Knowing when and how to bluff is an important aspect to any player’s poker strategy.

What is Bluffing?

Simply put, bluffing is the act of tricking your opposing players or the house in to believing you have a high hand in poker when you do not actually have that high hand. When a player is bluffing, they will raise on a less then perfect hand in an attempt to make others around them believe they are holding the best hand at the table. Bluffing can lead a player to win with a lower hand then they would normally win with.

What are the Types of Bluffing?

There are two ways to bluff in any hand of poker, a pure bluff and a semi-bluff. In a pure bluff, a player will raise or bet on a hand that has little to no chance of winning on its own. For example, if a player has a pair of fours he or she may bet high in an attempt to make the other player’s believe he is holding the highest hand at the table. In a semi-bluff, a player will bet or raise on a hand that is not good at the moment but may improve as the round goes on. For example, if a player has four of the cards needed for a straight, he or she may bluff the bet in the hopes of getting that last card.

What is the Best Strategy for Bluffing?

Knowing when to bluff is the most important aspect of the poker skill. Bluffing when you should not have can cost you the round (and your bet.) Do not bluff when there are several players still in the round. Do not bluff if the pot is so high that your bluff would not force a player to fold. Also, do not bluff when you are playing against the type of player that you know will never fold.

Just like bluffing when you should not could cost you the round, bluffing when you should can help you win it. Knowing when to bluff is the second most important aspect of the strategy. Bluff when all the other player’s have folded and you are only facing one opponent. Bluff when you can tell the weaknesses of the other players and you are confident that they have low card hands. Also, bluff when you are playing a game that has a community card, such as Texas Hold ‘Em, and that community card helps your hand.

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Important Tips on Reading the Dealer

May 31st, 2010  |  Published in Gambling Games

In a game of poker, or a round of blackjack, or a spin of the roulette wheel the dealer is important. The dealer has a direct effect on the outcome of your game, whether you realize it or not. For example, a bad dealer can cause you to lose your focus, costing you the win. It is important to learn to read the dealers, so to speak, so that you choose the best dealer for you when picking a table.

How to Read the Dealer

Notice How They Interact With Other Players

Before sliding up to a new table take a moment to observe how the dealer is interacting with the players already at the table. If the dealer seems friendly and sure of themselves, chances are you will have a positive gaming experience. If the dealer seems silent or too stern, it is probably best to move on to another table. Many professional players will attest that the mood and or experience of a dealer can be a critical factor in the outcome of the game.

Ask the Dealer Questions

When you first start playing, do not hesitate to engage the dealer. While you do not need to quiz every dealer you come across, it does not hurt to test your dealer knowledge. After all, you want a knowledgeable dealer. Especially if a round of the game comes into question or another player’s actions are not entirely honest.

Learn When to Move to Another Table

If you do not enjoy the dealer you are playing with, get up and move to another table. Playing at a table you do not like can lead to bad plays and missed hands. However, chances are you are not going to love every call every dealer makes and eventually you will run out of new tables to move.

Learn to strike a balance between your feelings on the dealer and what is actually fair practice. If the dealer is behaving honestly, try and let a few things slide before you move on. Especially if the game is going well for you.

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Five Ways to Learn More About Poker

April 30th, 2010  |  Published in Inrodution

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.

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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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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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Three Types of Cheating in Poker

February 26th, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

Poker is a competitive sport- after all there are big wins and big losses associated with the game. Unfortunately, anytime you have a competitive sport or an occasion where money stands to be won, you will encounter people who are all too willing to cheat. In fact, cheating is so common in poker, that there are specific terms used to define the five most common types of cheating that go on at the table.

Three Common Ways Players Cheat at the Poker Table

1. Check-Chopping: Check-chopping refers to a player’s palming chips during a game. For example, if a player folds early in a hand he or she may offer to manage the pot. The player will divide the table chips and hand them to the player who won the hand, little does that player know the pot helper hid a chip or two in their hand. Often the cheater will place an adhesive on their hand to help with this, but some cheaters are skilled enough to do it without help.

2. Rat holing: In rat holing a player will sneak his or her own chips off the table during game play. The player will either palm the chips or sneak them in to their lap when the dealer and other players are not looking. Typically this is done so the player ends up with a higher profit then they would have otherwise.

3. Card Marking: Marked cards are a deck of cards that have been marked to indicate the cards value on the backside. This way the cheater can know the value of each card. There are several different ways to mark a card, and once marked the cheater can tell the value of every other player’s hand at the table. Cards are either marked before the game starts or while the game is in progress.

Cheating at poker is as old as the game itself. Cheating may work in smaller, at-home games. However, casino employees are trained and retrained on every method of cheating. For this reason, it is very unlikely that a cheater will get away with the act in the casino for very long. Once they are caught, casinos punish cheaters as much as they can. The cheater will be banned from not only that casino, but every casino owned by the company. For example, Harris owns casinos all over the country. If a player was caught cheating at a Harris casino in Las Vegas, they could be banned from hundreds of casinos across the United States. In the end, it is unlikely attempted to cheat was worth it.

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Five Reasons Why Playing Poker Online Will Improve Your Game

February 9th, 2010  |  Published in Casino Tips

Whether you are new to the poker world, or an experienced pro, playing poker at online casinos can improve your game, help you polish your technique, and give you a chance to learn new skills.

Online Casinos Offer Free Practice Play

You can practice your poker craft at an online casino without breaking your bankroll. Several online casinos offer practice areas, or free play, including the hottest poker games so you can get log several hours of practice and still have a bankroll for your casino trip.

Online Casinos Offer Anonymous Play

Settling up to a poker table in a large casino can be daunting if you are a beginning poker player. Playing face-to-face with more experienced players can wreck havoc on your nerves and ruin your game. At an online casino, you still get the benefit of playing against skilled players, but the game play is anonymous meaning your nerves won’t get the best of you.

Online Casinos Have Training Rooms

A few online casinos offer training courses on the most popular casino games like No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em. If you want to learn a new game, you can visit these training rooms to pick up the skills you need and then take those skills to the live tables. Many training rooms offer a combination of tutorials and live play against other players at your skill level so you can practice what you learned.

Online Casinos Opens up a World of Players

When you frequent the same brick and mortar casino, you are limited to playing against other players who also frequent that casino. Online casinos bring in a large variety of players from all over the world. This will give you the chance to try out your technique on a wide range of players, and learn from people that you would not normally get the chance to play against.

Online Casinos Give You More Gaming Options

When you play at a brick and mortar casino you are limited to the table games that particular casino offers. When you play online, you can visit several casinos a night and find many different games. Almost every casino will offer the hottest poker games, but each casino will also have a different list of less popular games that they host. Playing these games in an online casino will give you a chance to broaden your gaming knowledge by learning a new game entirely or getting a chance to play a game you love but cannot find at your nearest brick and mortar casino.

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