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Tournament Poker vs. Cash Games – What Are the Differences?

April 27, 2019 Category :General Off

Poker is the most popular card game in the world and has tournaments organized all over the globe. However, some people often do not take part in tournaments and are perfectly happy with playing cash games. How are these two different and what makes them unique?

If you like playing USA legal poker, you probably want to try both types of poker at one point of your life, since they both bring an equal amount of entertainment.

First of all, cash games are almost always played using one table, while tournaments usually feature a lot more players and can be played at multiple tables.

Furthermore, in cash games, you usually pay a certain amount of money and chips that are related to the amount you invested. There are a minimum and maximum buy-in amounts, but the number of chips of players may differ according to how much they paid for chips. Tournaments usually have fixed buy-ins, which means that everybody gets pretty much the same amount of chips after buying in their place in the tournament.

Players can also quit cash games anytime they want and exchange their chips for cash. This option is not available when playing tournaments where players hit the rail only after there are no more chips left. In tournaments, prizes are won by the best players, with the highest chunk of the prize pool going to the first-placed player.

The cost of games is pretty much the same all the time in cash games, and its cost is usually determined before the game. However, the cost of blinds increases in tournaments after certain time intervals.

Finally, you can always return to a cash game if you lose all your chips by buying additional chips. However, if you lose your chips in a tournament, you cannot return to the game. In other words, once you are out – you are out, and there is no return.

As you can see, there are a couple of important differences between these two types of games, and it is up to you to choose which one you prefer more. Both types have their advantages and disadvantages, but bring the same amount of entertainment to poker lovers.

Some of the best USA poker sites will allow you to choose which type of game you want to play. If you don’t have much poker experience, make sure to start with cash games that require small buy-ins, and then feel free to switch to tournaments when you improve your skills.

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Americas Cardroom Gives More to Players

April 23, 2019 Category :General Off

Americas Cardroom is known for giving back more to their players than any other online poker site. One big example is their Elite Benefits Program, plus the additional rewards earned in their Beast and Sit & Crush rake races.

Each race runs from 12am ET on Saturday to 11:59pm ET on Friday. And since both are progressive, as more players participate, there’s an increase in the number of players paid and the prize amounts.

Also, there’s no fee to participate in the Beast and Sit & Crush as all prizes come from the rake.

More Beast details

• Play any cash game to earn points

• Paid out over $18 Million lifetime

• Players win up to $2,500 each week

• Players can win a $55 satellite ticket each week to The Cage Live in Costa Rica

More Sit & Crush details

• Play Sit & Go’s, Jackpot Poker and On Demands tourneys to earn points

• Paid out over $3.9 Million lifetime

• Players win up to $1,250 each week

• Players can win a $55 satellite ticket each week to The Cage Live in Costa Rica

Want to be a millionaire? Don’t miss Americas Cardroom’s $5 Million guaranteed Venom tournament that starts July 16th. The winner gets at least $1,000,000 and this will be the biggest tourney ever offered by a US-facing site.

Want even more bang for your buck? ACR’s 3-part Welcome Package includes a 100% First Deposit Bonus up to $1,000 (200% if you use a Cryptocurrency).

See our Americas Card Room review for more details on this great online poker room and then visit americascardroom.eu for more details on The Beast and Sit & Crush. USA players are welcome at Americas Card Room and USA deposit and withdraw options are plentiful. You will never have a problem making a deposit or receiving a withdraw. In fact Americas Card Room has some of the fastest withdraws of any online poker site.

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Adrian Mateos Wins Three WSOP Bracelets

June 29, 2017 Category :General Off

A 22-year-old Adrian Mateos managed to win the 2017 WSOP $10,000 Heads-Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship at the Rio in Las Vegas, thus becoming the youngest player in history who succeeded in winning three bracelets. The young Spaniard had 129 opponents on his path to glory and, after a total of 128 matches, he emerged victorious, pocketing a total of $324,470.

This is his second title in as many years, and third in total. At the age of 19, he won his first bracelet in 2013, at the WSOP Europe €10,450 Main Event, while last year he topped the field of the $1,500 Summer Solstice No-Limit Hold’em, pocketing a whopping $409,171. With his third title, Adrian once again proved that he is one of the best representatives of the young generation among poker professionals.

In the 2017 WSOP Head-Up Championship, which lasted for three days, Mateos had defeated plenty of renowned poker stars in order to climb to the top. Daniel Negreanu was first to go, and after that the Spaniard eliminated Ian O’Hara, Eric Wasserson, Taylor Paur, Ryan Hughes and Charlie Carrel before he scheduled the battle with the US Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient, John Smith.

The final was the meeting point of two poker pros with a completely different background. The US Army veteran, John Smith, a 70-year-old highway contractor from California finished second-best last year, and was looking to go one step further on this championship. Smith entered his first WSOP competition back in 1991, three years before Mateos was even born. Smith was the biggest favorite in this championship, and the entire mass in the Brasilia Room expected that the 70-year-old will be more successful this year. But, Adrian Mateos had different plans.

Mateos took the lead in the very beginning, but soon enough Smith managed to pull back and that’s when everybody in the Brasilia Room realized that they will have to wait for a while before discovering who will become the champion. The entire match lasted for about two and a half hours, while the chip lead switched hands for a couple of times. The hand #73 was the decisive one, when Smith put all his remaining chips on the middle of the table with Qh and 8d in his hands, while Mateos had 5s and 2s. When the dealer showed Qs, it was the time for Mateos to start celebrating his win and the fact that he became the youngest player with three bracelets in the history of WSOP.

Adrian Mateos is living his dream. After only being eligible to gamble in USA for two years and already with 3 bracelets to his name, sky is the limit for this young Spaniard. Even though lots of other young players who had plenty of success in the game started talking about retiring and playing recreationally, Mateos is still so much in love with poker that he will keep playing professionally until the love disappears from his heart.

Whether you are young or more mature, hone your poker playing skills online at any of the top USA online poker sites listed right here at USA legal poker. Every online poker site we list and recommend welcomes USA players and offers ring games and tournaments. The 2017 WSOP Main Event is getting close and you can even win your entry to the “big dance”. Get started at any of the USA poker sites listed here and also claim some great bonuses for signing up and making your first deposit.

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Poker Player Dragged off Airplane

April 25, 2017 Category :General Off

The semi-professional poker player from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was recently dragged of the overbooked United Airlines flight at Chicago O’Hare. This scandal was recorded on video, showing a man beaten and bleeding from the mouth as the officers of the law pulled him out of the plane. According to the police, the 69-year-old tried to attack police officers, which is why the policemen replied with force. Dao is a doctor whose medical license was suspended from 2003 to 2015, due to the charges of ‘criminal acts of trafficking in a controlled substance, obtaining drugs by fraud and deceit, and unauthorized prescribing, dispensing or administering of controlled substances’. Namely, Dr. Dao, the father of five, gave prescription drugs to one of his patients in exchange for gay sex.

His patient, Brian Case, stated that Dao wanted to hook him on prescription drugs in order to keep him coming back. Even though the doctor denied the accusations, he was caught shirtless on camera with his young lover, and was convicted, but avoided prison time. The medical authorities suspended his license for more than 12 years.

Since his license was suspended, David Dao needed a way to earn extra cash, so he turned to poker, and became a semi-professional player who was pretty successful in the World Series of Poker. He joined the circuit in 2006 and during the next decade, he made hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the World Series of Poker official website, he earned a total of $234,664. His biggest win was recorded in Mississippi in 2008, when he walked away with a whopping $117,744. At this tournament, the doctor demolished the poker star Matt Stout, who has 12 years of experience and more than $1.4 million in WSOP earnings. Stout remembers the man who kicked his but at the final table as a quiet, peaceful guy, whose fearless playing style got him the second position in Mississippi.

His first tournament got him only $326 and a fifteenth place, but after that he started winning some serious cash. In 2008, David Dao won more than $20,000 in three different tournaments, and we already told you about the success he had during 2009. After a pause he made in 2012, the doctor recorded his next big win in 2016, pocketing more than $19,000. In his last appearance in January 2017, Dao went home with $1,191, finishing the tournament in 11th place. Since he usually kept to himself on those tournaments, Dao wasn’t very noticeable, but after the airplane scandal, his poker opponents started realizing that this beaten old man is actually their adversary from the poker table.

Dr. Dao went through hell after his conviction, including intense scrutiny, and years of re-training, but he never lost hope he will get his license back, which happened in 2015. The medical authorities partially re-instated his license, but his access to patients is quite restricted. Even though Dao’s wife was the first to alert medical authorities on the gay relationship between her husband and his patient, she stood by him the entire time, and they are still living together in their family home in Elizabethtown.

While all poker news may not be as flattering as some, we like to keep our visitors informed of not only promotions and the best USA poker sites to play at, but also current events without a bias.

What is a Bad Beat Jackpot?

March 27, 2015 Category :General Off

Before we explain more about Bad Beat Jackpots, it might be wise to discuss what a bad beat is, for those who are new to online poker or simply not familiar with the term.

A bad beat can really mean a number of slightly different things but essentially refers to a hand that a player “shouldn’t” have lost. This might be because they had a very good hand or it might be because they started out with the far stronger cards but were undone by the cards on the turn, the river, or especially both! Much as poker is a game of skill and math, it’s also a game of luck and sometimes luck just isn’t with you.

When playing poker online a bad beat is generally used in the wider first sense, a hand that a player “shouldn’t have lost” just because they had a good hand and were undone by a better one, rather than a hand they lost due to their opponent making the logically and mathematically wrong bet but getting lucky.

Bad Beat Jackpot

The best online poker sites know that a bad beat hurts but they very kindly take some of that pain away by offering bad beat bonuses or jackpots. In games that offer such a payout, a small part of the rake from each hand contributes towards the Bad Beat pool and any player who suffers a bad beat will receive a payout.

The precise details vary from poker site to poker site, with each having certain requirements that must be met in order to qualify for some form of bonus. These involve the quality of the hand that the losing player had and also, sometimes, whether the player used both hole cards to make the hand.

Which Poker Sites Offer a Bad Beat Jackpot

Most top quality sites offer some form of Bad Beat Jackpot on at least some of their games. America’s Cardroom has one of the biggest and best around, whilst Bovada also offers a good Bad Beat deal. Why not join one of these great sites today, grab a bonus to welcome you in and get paid whether you’re lucky OR really unlucky?

Poker Hall of Fame

February 20, 2015 Category :General Off

The Poker Hall of Fame was created in 1979 and is located in Las Vegas, where else? Originally owned by Binion’s Horseshoe, the current owner is Caesar’s Entertainment. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the aim for all top poker players, whilst many recreational and online poker fans can only dream of such success. Whilst poker is, of course, primarily about winning money – and of course having fun too – there is no doubt that the prestige of being added to the list of great names already on the roll of honor means a great deal.

The legendary gambling icon and mobster Benny Binion, who passed away in 1989, created the Hall of Fame in 1979. The Dallas-born owner of the iconic (Binion’s) Horseshoe Casino established the Hall of Fame partly as a marketing ploy to attract tourists and gamblers to his casino (another stunt was to create a display with $1m in cash on the casino floor). It was also, of course, a fitting monument to the great players of the time and the concept proved an instant hit.

Seven players were inducted in 1979, including the first World Series of Poker winner Johnny Moss, aka The Grand Old Man of Poker. Nick Dandolos, much better known as Nick the Greek was also added, whilst the wonderfully named Felton McCorquodale (Corky) also got his name on the list, partly for his roll in bringing Texas hold ‘em to Vegas way back in 1963. One of the more interesting inaugural members was Wild Bill Hickok, a man who was born in 1837 and had been dead for more than 100 years when he received this honor.

Since 2004, when Caesar’s bought the rights to the WSOP, they have, through the WSOP, effectively owned and controlled the Hall of Fame. Prior to that poker luminaries such as Doyle Brunson (1988), Binion himself (1990) and Amarillo Slim (1992) were added to the Hall of Fame, whilst more recent additions have included Stu Ungar in 2001, Johnny Chan in 2002, Binion’s son Jack (in 2005) and in 2007 the Hall got its first woman inductee in the shape of Barbara Enright. Daniel Negreanu was among the 2014 intake, whilst Scotty Nguyen and Phil Hellmuth have also been inducted.

Best Poker Books

February 6, 2015 Category :General Off

Poker is one of the world’s most popular games and in recent years the popularity of the game, and Texas hold ‘em in particular, has really soared. Much as we have a wealth of information right here, there is simply too much to say, too many theories to discuss and too many great tales to tell for us to cover everything. But if you know someone who loves poker or you like the game yourself then read on as we take a look at some of the best books ever written on this beguiling, frustrating, magnificent game.

Super System by Doyle Brunson

This classic focusses on the strategy of poker and was published in 1978. It enlightened people on the concept of “power poker” and what Brunson wrote almost 40 years ago is still very much impacting the game today. His brand of super-aggressive play still dominates at the top tables and this book is a must-read for any serious player.

Shut Up and Deal by Jesse May

The only fictional entry on our list, Shut Up and Deal was published in 1998 and is a great, character-led book about Mickey, a slacker with a great appetite for the game. With brilliant prose and a style that grips you from the off, if this doesn’t get you in the mood for a game then you don’t like poker!

Super System 2 by Doyle Brunson

Okay, we might have a soft spot for the legendary Texan, a two-time WSOP main event winner, but his “sequel” gets its place on this list on merit and is a brilliant choice for players who play a variety of poker variants including limit games (although the revised information on no-limit hold ‘em is also well worth a read).

The Biggest Game in Town by Al Alvarez

If theory and strategy are making your head hurt then this brilliant book will provide a little respite, focusing as it does on the history and characters that have made the biggest poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker, so compelling. Alvarez is an English poet and essayist who went to the 1981 tournament and, despite sticking out like a sore thumb, managed to capture the magic of the times and the hard-to-believe tales that poker’s finest recite like the alphabet.

Poker is “Solved” by Super-Computer

January 9, 2015 Category :General Off

Scientists from the University of Alberta in Canada have reported to respected journal Science that they have devised a computer program that cannot be beaten at poker!

Before you get too excited and head out to access the program before cleaning up playing online poker, the program – for the time being at least – has only mastered fixed limit, head-up Texas hold ‘em. That said, with many programs already out there for playing more complex variants of poker, it may not be too long before the two technologies meet which could have serious ramifications for online poker and possibly even casino multi-player poker.

The researchers have created an algorithm based on the research their computer did whilst playing a staggering 24 trillion hands of heads up EVERY SECOND for two months. That’s a lot of poker! The computer was able to learn what plays worked and what didn’t and so create a methodology so close to perfect that “it can’t be beaten with statistical significance within a lifetime of human poker playing”.

It has played more hands of poker than have ever actually been played out in the history of humanity and, moreover, unlike most poker players it has recorded exactly how those hands panned out in order to be able to play as close to optimally as is possible in a non-perfect information game.

Previous strategies and computer programs had been designed for perfect information games – where all players know all information – such as chess and blackjack but this is a first because in poker there is unknown information – such as what is in the opponent’s hand.

Michael Bowling, the lead researcher on the project said “Our model has spent two months playing poker again and again… more poker hands than all of humanity – so in some sense it’s not surprising that it has developed the perfect strategy.”

It remains to be seen how casinos and online poker sites will react to the breakthrough but the poker genius program is available online for players to test and play against and it is sure to be of interest to a wide range of companies, both in the gambling industry and the wider world. Whilst we may be hoping we can crack the game and clean up at the table, it is thought the technology may have uses in the fields of security and statistical analysis.