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Where is Online Poker Heading?

November 14, 2012 Category :General Off

While online poker is still very popular among US residents and players from throughout the world, it is far from its peak back when Chris Moneymaker won the big one with under a $50 satellite buy-in. In recent years online poker has gotten a few black eyes from Super User Scandals to the recent crackdown by the US Department of Justice. With all that said online poker is safer now than it ever has been, and soon will be available to US residents on a state by state basis regulated by the gambling and lottery officials of that state.

Certain states have already passed legislation legalizing online poker and we cannot wait until it is available to play throughout the US. Without a doubt some states will be every slow to join the party legalizing online poker, but states like Delaware actually hope it will entice poker players to move to that state. Governor Jack Markell stated in a recent USA Today article that he fully expects some professional poker players to move to the state to take advantage of their online poker offering. Delaware is also considering allowing online casino games like Blackjack and slots.

We are astonished that it has taken this long for the United States to start to take advantage of the huge sums of money legal online poker will offer the states through taxes. Just like we saw with the recent expansion of casino gambling to states outside of New Jersey and Nevada, online poker will be the next tax base and revenue generator each and every state will try to capture. The taxes will not only provide jobs but will also fill budget deficits so many states face today. Regardless whether online poker is legal or not, those who want to play will find a way to do so, so we applaud the states for finally realizing this and taking advantage of the taxes and keeping US dollars in the US.

The only major down side to this recent turn of events is that legal online poker will be regulated at the state level. Each state will have their own online poker room so the player base will not be as big as it could be had it been offered at the Federal level. You will have to be a resident of that state in order to poker online. Regardless this is a huge step in the right direction and undoubtedly, eventually we will see online poker available throughout the United States.

Find Bonuses Galore

November 14, 2012 Category :General Off

A huge part of playing online poker is taking advantage of the many bonuses that online poker sites offer. The bonuses offered by online poker sites would be just as if you would be receiving comp’s at a land based casino or poker room. Online poker rooms cannot send you to a show or offer you a free dinner so they give you free cash instead. In all honesty we would rather have the free cash rather than a buffet dinner anyway.

When you are choosing an online poker site to play at, the bonus being offered must be taken into consideration. Many online poker sites share or operate on the same poker network and as a result offer the exact same poker experience. Not all the poker sites however offer the same bonus. If a poker site is a little newer or looking to increase their player base expect to find a little larger bonus. They offer a generous bonus in order to entice new players to play at their site. Another good rule of thumb is that if a poker site accepts USA players the bonus may be a little larger. Because of all the recent turmoil in the USA poker market many sites are scrambling to attract new USA players and offering a large bonus is one way to achieve that.

Beside the amount of the poker bonus, how easy the bonus is to earn also has to be a very important factor. A poker site can offer a huge bonus but if it is too hard to earn the bonus amount ends up expiring and becomes worthless. Be sure to read the bonus terms and conditions to see how easy the bonus is to clear. The online poker sites that operate on the Revolution Poker Network (formerly the Cake Poker Network) offer very easy bonuses to earn. At all of these poker sites you earn $1 of your bonus for just every $2.38 paid in rake and/or tournament fee’s. Some poker sites require as high as spending $10 for just earning $1 of your bonus. You can imagine how long it would take to clear even a $100 bonus.

For help in determining which poker bonus you should claim check out www.pokerbonushelp.com which has a great listing of USA and International  poker sites. Regardless of where you live you can find a great poker bonus and start earning some cash for your bankroll.

Most Common Mistakes made at the Poker Table

October 6, 2012 Category :General Off

Even the best players make mistakes. And most of these mistakes are made against your better judgment. These are mistakes made when your gut is telling you to fold and get out of the game, but you somehow end up convincing yourself that you should do otherwise. Sometimes thinking the wrong thing can damage your game more than you’d expect.

Thinking Your Opponent is Bluffing

Sometimes, when you have a relatively weak hand, you may give yourself reasons to not fold. It’s an instinct that’s hard to fight – most players don’t like giving up. So you convince yourself that your opponent may be bluffing and that going into the final play might be profitable to you.

This isn’t a problem in limit poker, when the bets are minimal compared to the pot but in no-limit poker, this kind of thinking can be especially dangerous – usually the bet is often as large as the pot. Calling into a strong bet with a mediocre hand can be a mistake and can usually be avoided by knowing when to fold.

Not Allowing Yourself to fold

At times, the game appears to be going in your favor when suddenly it turns, and you realize that you can easily be beaten by stronger hands. But somehow, you don’t want to back down. Maybe it’s because you don’t want to lose face, maybe you feel you still have a chance; either way when your bet is called and raised it’s a sign that your best bet is to fold.

Staying Longer than You can Afford To

This is one of the most crippling thoughts in the game. If you’re losing and consider staying till you can get back what you lost, then it’s very likely that it’s time for you to leave.

The truth is that the fact that you’re losing is probably because you’re just not playing well enough, or that you’re tired or that you’ve been playing too long. All this contributes to bad game play and therefore, losses and if that’s the case, trying to stay till you get back to even can be a dangerous mistake. You will probably end up being stuck longer and longer and the longer you stay the more your bankroll is at risk. Always go down a limit if your bankroll can´t effort it. You should always stick at proper limits for your bankroll.

Thinking You Have to Bet

Aggressive players are certainly found among many poker pros. In no-limit play, aggression is certainly the right kind of play. But when betting, aggression needs to be contained such that when you bet, it is because you want to and not because you feel like you have to.
This is particularly true of players who have a reputation of being aggressive; they end up betting to show strength even though the right move would probably be checking and folding to a bet.

Digging Yourself Deeper
In that particular moment, a bit of money lost or won because you already seem to be behind may not seem to be a big deal. But the truth is, if you’ve started thinking that way, then it’s time to walk away from the table. Where you are in terms of winnings, high or low, should not affect how you bet. Instead, the strength of your hand should be the deciding factor.
When you throw in you ‘small’ bets, they may not seem to amount to much at that time, but over the course of the game, they can add up to a lot.

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Take a Bad Beat and be Happy!

August 26, 2012 Category :General 1

If you are playing cash ring games, you are going to receive a bad beat from time to time. Well at the poker sites that operate on the Merge Poker Network a bad beat could be a very good thing. The bad beat jackpot on the Merge Network is now over $330,000 so if you take a bad beat it is definitely worth your while. You should actually hope for a bad beat for a change.

The bad beat jackpot on the Merge Network is the largest available to USA residents. Lose the hand holding quad 7′s or better and you receive 35% of the jackpot. At these levels that equals over $115,000 for losing, not bad. Win the hand and receive 17.5% of the jackpot and even just be sitting at the table where the jackpot is hit and share 17.5% with the remaining players at the table.

The USA poker sites that operate on the Merge Network include PokerHost, Carbon Poker and Aced Poker which all are Mac compatible so if you are using a Mac you can download the software. Our top recommended USA poker site is PokerHost. They participate in this bad beat jackpot and have many other great reasons to play there. PokerHost offers a nice 150% match bonus, has great site traffic and USA credit cards work great here. They also offer some of the best customer service we have ever experienced. If you ever have a problem or a question you can simply call them, an option not many poker sites offer.

We also highly recommend Aced Poker and Carbon Poker. Both sites accept Visa deposits and do a fairly good job getting them approved.

So take a shot at winning over $115,000 on a bad beat jackpot table. You will never be so happy to take a bad beat!

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Take a Break from Poker

August 18, 2012 Category :General Off

Poker can be a grind. Although it is one of our favorite past times it is a game of skill and at times can be mentally exhausting. When we need a break from poker we will at times play some Blackjack. Blackjack is one of the most popular casino games because it is easy to learn and the house edge is very small.

If you also like to take a break a poker time to time, give Blackjack a shot. One great feature about blackjack is through the use of some basic strategy you can actually lower the house edge even further. Blackjack is also a game where you can go on extremely long winning streaks. Many blackjack players will use a progressive betting style which allows them to take full advantage if a long winning streak occurs. There are many variations of progressive betting and you need to find one where you are comfortable with the amount of chips you are placing.

Personally I use a “take and double” betting scheme. Under this scheme I will always take back my first winning bet. So for example if I wager $25 I will take my winnings on my first win. Then betting $25 again if I win I let the $50 ride. I already recouped my initial bet and am now playing with the casinos money. So every other win I double my bet. It is not uncommon to win 10 – 15 hands in a row in Blackjack. So under these circumstances my bets would look like the following starting with a $25 bet.

Bet 1 – $25, Bet 2 -$25

Bet 3 – $50, Bet 4 -$50 (keeping my $50 win)

Bet 5 – $100, Bet 6 – $100

Bet 7 – $200, Bet 8 $200

Bet 9 – $400, Bet 10 – $400.

Say you lose the 10th bet. Under the above conditions an initial $25 bet won me $1150! You need to develop what you feel comfortable with. Many players will let half of their winnings ride every hand or every other hand. It all depends what you are comfortable with betting. When you do go on a nice winning run you can find yourself at the table max pretty quickly, and if you are at a land based casino the table can get rowdy with hand slaps and fist bumps when there is that much money on the table.

If you want to try some Blackjack you can easily play online. There are plenty of USA friendly Blackjack casinos to choose from. So if you need a mental break from poker, give blackjack a try. Many online poker sites also offer either a full online casino or at least offer online blackjack. If you want to feel like you are at actual casino play at a Live Dealer Blackjack site and watch the dealer in real time and your cards are being dealt.

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PlayPokerOnline.net Site Review

August 14, 2012 Category :General Off

PlayPokerOnline.net is an established online poker portal which offers reviews, bonuses, poker strategy and other topics related to online poker. PlayPokerOnline.net offers unbiased reviews of the top online poker sites on the net. Not only find USA poker sites but also the top tops sites for European players and players from throughout the world.

Claim the largest bonuses offered by these online poker sites at PlayPokerOnline.net. Poker bonuses are a key aspect to playing online poker and PlayPokerOnline.net has you covered to ensure you earn the largest bonuses available. Bonuses help to offset to the amount you pay in rake or tournament fee’s and must be taken advantage of. Just like earning comp’s at brick and mortar casinos, online poker bonuses are a free gift for playing at their site. PlayPokerOnline.net makes sure you receive the best online poker bonuses available so that earn the free cash you are entitled to.

If you are new to online  poker check out their poker strategy section. Find great articles related to online poker as well as the definition and explanation of using math to enhance your game. Many of the top professional players are always talking about pot odd’s, implied odd’s, reverse implied odd’s and/or hand equity. If you are unfamiliar with these terms PlayPokerOnline.net does a great job explaining what these terms mean and how they will help improve you game. Math is a very important part of poker and if you don’t understand it you are already at a disadvantage.

Most people know about Texas Hold’em, but what about Razz, 5 Card Draw, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo, Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo? Find the rules for all of these most popular online poker games available. Most inexperienced poker players start by playing Texas Hold’em but there are several other poker games that has also become popular. Omaha and Omaha Hi/Lo is probably the next most popular game with 7 Card Stud closely behind. Razz is a less popular game but can be quite entertaining. Check out the official rules of these less popular games at PlayPokerOnline.net.

PlayPokerOnline.net also lists all the major tournaments being offered around the world for both live and online events. Also find nice definitions of the different types of tournaments offered. Whether it be a multi-table, sit n go, bounty or heads up tournament. Find the definition of the different types of tournaments.

If you are a fan of a particular professional poker player, check out the player bios. See nicknames, how many bracelets they have and titles they have accumulated. Also see how they became involved in poker and brief history of their life.

PlayPokerOnline.net is a full service online poker portal and you can find a wealth of information before you get started and play poker online. Information is invaluable and PlayPokerOnline.net offers a wealth of it.

PokerStars Form EPC

August 10, 2012 Category :General Off

PokerStars is a company which has always put their players first. They proved this fact when the company recently formed the European Players Council (EPC).

The council is a collection of the biggest names in poker, representing different countries from across the globe. They will meet to discuss any changes that could be made in order to boost European poker tournaments, as well as contributing to the improvements that PokerStars’ wish to make as a company.

The European Players Council will meet for the first time ever next week in preparation for the start of the European Poker Tour’s ninth season, which is being held in Barcelona.

Neil Johnson is the Live Poker Specialist for PokerStars. He says;

“While focusing on the European Poker Tour, this council will also be utilised to discuss all of our live events, tours and endeavours throughout Europe, as well as structures, payouts and more.”

The new council’s inaugural members include;

  • Arnaud Mattern – France
  • Luca Pagano – Italy
  • Alex Kravchenko – CIS
  • Eugene Katchalov – North America / Eastern Europe
  • Ana Marquez – Spain
  • Dominik Nitsche – Germany
  • Xuan Liu – North America
  • Martins Adeniya – UK
  • Martin Jacobson – Nordics / Scandinavia

Council members are proud to be contributing to the game they love and are looking forward to the events of the EPT. Xuan Liu said;

“I am honoured to have been selected to be a member of the inaugural EPT Player’s Council. The first meeting is in Barcelona which was also my very first EPT stop on my first trip to Europe in 2010. It’s a beautiful city and I can’t wait to stay by the beach at the Hotel Arts!”

After the council have met at the European Poker Tour in Barcelona, they will work closely with PokerStars to suggest and implement necessary improvements to the event. At the end of the EPT season nine the council will reunite at the Grand Final in Monte Carlo.

Play the Lotto Online

August 10, 2012 Category :General Off

Online Lotto is the most popular form of gambling worldwide. More people play the lotto than all other forms of gaming combined and now Lotto has gone online! Play the most popular lotto games and a have a chance at winning millions!

No longer do you have to go the local store to play the lotto, simply do it from the comfort of your own home. You can easily find a lotto site where you can be in the draw to win amazing prizes every day. Online lotto has never been so easy, choose your numbers and await the results! You can enter daily and weekly draws to win cash, TVs or I Pads.  With online lotto you can play anywhere, anytime ensuring you’ll always be in a draw.

Online Lotto is still relatively new but it has been a long time coming for this to come to fruition. Now you can play the lotto from anywhere in the world and play in the biggest jackpots available. Many sites will even save your numbers and automatically play your lotto picks for the draws you specify. This way you never miss out on an opportunity to win huge cash. How upset would you be if you forgot to play your numbers and they hit? Avoid that heartache by automatically having the lotto site play them for you. If your numbers hit they will then notify you of your winnings!

There are many different options and draws to choose from. Pick the lotto games you want to play and sit back and with a little luck win some cash. Hitting the lotto can be a life changing event where you can retire instantly! Pick your lotto numbers and dream of sitting on a beach sipping Margarita’s living the you have dreamed of.

Get started today and play Lotto online from the comfort of your own home.