Being Pot Committed Just Isn’t Worth It

Getting into poker is exciting, because there’s the chance to win real money. Who doesn’t like to win real money? Very few people would say that they don’t like extra money, especially when they get to show off their own strategy in the process. However, there are times where the desire to win trumps common sense. That’s when you get pot committed for all of the wrong reasons.

Now, if you’re sitting in position with a nice monster hand, then by all means — go aggressive and get that pot! But if you’ve got a marginal hand and you know that you’re going to have to chase the river to get anything to hit, you’re becoming pot committed for all of the wrong reasons.

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Why do players do it? They think that they’re honestly going to get lucky. Sure, chances are there that you will get lucky. But the chances of actually getting the right cards to come up for you are very slim. You need to make sure that you’re only going into that pot when you know that you have a strong chance to win. You might get lucky and even bluff out the other players, but this won’t last forever. Once players realize what you’re up to, they are going to be gunning for you pretty hard. They won’t believe your bluffs. And that means that you’re going to be in hot water, dear player.

The better thing to do is play poker by the book. Yes, sometimes that’s boring. Sometimes it hurts that you have to fold a hand that looks pretty good to you. But you do need to realize when you’re beat and you need to fold your cards. Sometimes it’s better to come into a completely different hand and just let someone else get the win.

You have to decide what it’s actually worth to you. We’ve covered odds, reverse odds, and implied odds — why not use those things to your advantage? You also want to study the other players as much as possible. There are some players that will spot your loose play and actually use it against you, tying you to pots that you have no chance of winning.

Watch out for this in tournament play especially. It’s easy to get into the heat of the moment and make decisions that you would regret later. We’re not going to lie — we’ve done it too. But being pot committed when you can’t make any profit from it is just a bad idea, all around.

If you find that you’re getting way too pot committed in your games, you might be signaling to yourself that it’s time to step back from poker. That’s perfectly okay. There are plenty of other gambling games out there to try. What about slots or bingo? We’ve found that these are very soothing in comparison to a heated poker match! It’s up to you to figure out what your entertainment options will be. It’s your money, so it’s all up to you, of course. Good luck!

How to Successfully Play Multi-Table Poker

Multi-Tabling is the art of playing several different online poker games at the same time. There are many professional poker players who severely dislike this practice as it can reduce your game from top notch to simply good where as there are many players that are able to rake in a big profit by player several lower end tables where the quality of players is lower.

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There are a few things to remember when multi-tabling that can help prevent you from making poor decisions:

Know your limit and stick to it. As you get better at multi-tabling you can start trying to play more tables but start with 2 or 3 and work your way up, sticking to what you are comfortable with.

Play with a four color deck. This is crucial as it will stop you from making the sometimes expensive mistake of not noticing a flush that is on the table.

Choose Simple, Basic Themes. Most Poker rooms have sever themes you can pick but a simple, clear theme will remove distractions and allow you to make quick decisions.

Sit in the same seat. Most poker sites allow you to choose your seat on the table, by making sure you have the same seat in each room it will remove a lot of confusion.

Learn where to focus your attention. Put more emphasis on the tables where you are in sticky situations and play some simple auto-pilot ABC poker strategy on the rest.

Multi-Tabling can be a little hard to do successfully but if you stick to these essential rules than with a bit of practice you can find it to be extremely profitable.

Poker Tips

Online poker has been growing rapidly with more and more players getting really good and in fact starting to make a living on just playing poker . The road to reach this “exclusive” goal is to read a lot of information sources such as books, poker tips and guides. Every poker player has his/her on way of playing poker so in the end one classic strategy could really be the opposite of what you would really play out a hand.

Below you will find classic poker tips that every poker player should know. The tips on this page is directed to the beginners and novice players. If you are a intermediate or advanced poker player, these pokertips will hopefully be known to you.

The most important thing is to practise playing poker every chance you get. It can be a casual poker game with your friends where you can make every poker game unique with your own set of custom poker chips or you can play online – it is up to you.
 
Do not play every hand!

One of the most important mistakes a novice player makes is playing to many hands. There will be a time when you actually learn the game properly to play crap hands or make an illusion that you have a good start hand. This is one of the biggest mistakes a new poker players fall into since you do NOT want to miss the action. When you learn the rules and different strategies this will come to you automatically. Playing for ex a 6 2 suited just because it is suited will get you nowhere, unless the flop hits your cards. The odds for this to happen hitting a flush, or a straight is very low and besides what if you hit the flush, then you are most likely to follow to the river card since you hit and there you will be overrun by a higher flush!
 
Position

Let us give an example of this: if you play at a 10 seated table this will be very important to you to know, if you are in a table only playing 3 players this is less important. Why? I always hear table position is crucial and yes it is. If you have the dealer button, and is acting last you will see the others taking action before you.

This leads us into our next tip since you will need to pay attention to the habits of your opponents. Let us say we are at a 10 seated table. You have been sitting here for a while and learned that “player2” is playing very tight and aggressive and only bets strong hands. He raises only with high cards and calls only accordingly to different strategy chart hands and never plays soft hand. Every one calls, then he raises let us say, 10X the blind. You do not want to throw away your pocket 9 9 ‘s but do this, this will probably save your money. Sitting last and/or acting after a player like this is depending on your position.

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Observe your opponents

One of the most crucial things you need to learn is how does your opponents. Learn the ways he/she bets, calls, checks, check-raises. Study what cards they like to play and how they are playing them. If they play their hands aggressively you could sit and wait for a good hand to appear then attack to take a big pot down. If they are the tight playing kind you could use a strategy to raise more often, which will result in stealing more pots. You will learn that there are wild crazy players that raises every hand from any position as well as tight playing ones which only one plays the absolute top hands in.

We will not get into deeper thoughts here, for more information and strategies you should obtain poker resources like books or magazines and study hard. One good pointer is that if you have not spotted the worst player at the table after half an hour, then You are the worst player!

Mix your play

Let us say you have been playing for 2 hours at a table with six others. Your bankroll has grown a bit then suddenly it happens, you loose it all. There are some pointers to remember when you have left a game as you will notice. Play the hands that you win and loose in your head so that you understand what went wrong or right. Almost everyone can win in a poker game, that is the charm of the game.

One thing that makes a better poker player winning in the end (and a proof is that we have several players that have won WSOP more than once) is that they mix their game. Knowing when to play aggressive and when to play tight to confuse your opponents for spotting your game is important. Of course there is a counter strategy for this, where a player will bluff with the intention of being caught and “marked” as a loose player when in fact he is a tight player. This strategy, when you have learned the game, is one of the most powerful and crucial for winning big money. Do NOT try to learn all the ways of playing poker in a night then go out on the table thinking that you know how to mix your game allthough you do not know your own game. First learn the game well. Then practise and find out what type that suites you, aggressive, tight, loose, wild, etc. Then practise the opposite of your type. EX if you feel and like to play tight then practise the aggressive type game on low-limit or play money. Now you are ready to practise how to mix your type of strategies. Remember to practise when to change the type of play, in what situations it pays off.

Bluffing

Bluff or Semi-bluff is another powerful tool if it is performed properly. The knowledge and procedures behind a bluff could be, ” I will bet this hand although I have nothing, to see if my opponent follows me” this statement are only really good for obtaining information about your opponents hand. This is generally not a bluffing situation since you have nothing and you do not have a clue of what your opponent have. An example of a good bluff: You are in the small blind and the other in front of you have all folded. You raise 4 times the blind with a crap hand like 3 5 off suite to steal the pot knowing that the player on the big blind is a tight player and he calls. What do you know now? He probably is sitting with high cards or a pair. The flop comes 3 7 8. This is a good flop for you to bluff there is only low cards on the table. This is also called a semi-bluff since you have hit a pair and you have a remote chance of hitting two runners 4 and a 6 to complete the straight.

We will soon provide you with free strategy tips playing out a hand scenario like this but for now we advice you to obtain poker books or similar for learning this.

Heat Up The Holiday Season By Checking Out New Poker Rooms

The holiday season is a great time to jump back into poker, but of course we would say that. It’s no secret that we’re big poker fans and we like to have a good time. If you’re someone that really thinks about doing a big poker rush, then you will definitely want to ensure that you’re looking at new places to play poker online.

The nice part about switching up poker rooms from time to time is that it gives you room to start over. Far too often we get bored with poker when we play at the same room because we’re going against the same people. Even though a casino attracts thousands and thousands of players, it can easily feel like you’re playing the same casino over and over again. If you’re looking for a chance to really have a good time, then you definitely need to be aware of everything going on in the gambling scene right now.

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The truth is that casinos really do want your business, and they want to reward you for going to them above anyone else. They want you to realize that you can definitely have a really good time and they want it to be at their place. So what does that really mean for you? Plenty of time to actually go and have a good time at the casino, and picking up a lot of bonus credits at the same time.

There’s nothing that says that you have to put all of your available casino funds into one casino. You can spread it out and collect multiple bonuses at the same time. This would also allow you to take advantage of freerolls and other events that the casinos put on during the holiday season.

It’s a good time to also test out new poker strategy. Some people will thrive, others will not. Either way, the time is right to really get your head in the game and get things done — why wouldn’t you want to, after all? Good luck!

Bodog Gets Ready to Launch Anonymous Poker Series – Whoa!

Bodog isn’t a gambling firm without controversy. Just a year ago they made the decision to get rid of the data mining services by blocking them from the site. While it hasn’t completely taken care of the problem, things have definitely been shaken up in a major way. They have decided to launch what they call the “Anonymous Poker Series”, a hybrid live/online poker tournament series centered around the Bodog Poker Network’s presence in Asia.

However, it goes a little deeper than that. You’re looking at a company that is very concerned with making it a fair game for casual players. This is actually where the money is in casino gambling, since professional players tend not to redeposit money as much as other players do. It would actually be interesting to see a tournament being played by completely anonymous players. You aren’t going to know who the sharks and fish are, but Bodog says that that’s the point:

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“We believe that introducing these features makes the Bodog Recreational Poker Model a pioneer in the online poker world and offers all players of all abilities the fairest place to play. We have shown before that we are not afraid of controversy by changing the way rakeback was viewed and starting to block data mining sites earlier this year and these new features now give players a less biased ‘pure poker’ experience. To my mind, the software and Bodog’s Recreational Poker Model is a genuine game changer.”

There’s the removal of screen names completely, which we think is actually a mixed blessing. For example, you can have players feel safe, but you will also run the risk of other players cheating. This is done very easily, and it’s something that the site will have to manage internally.

Hand analysis is something we support as a way to make your game better, and we think that it’s something that others should have as third parties to make sure that cheating is kept to a minimum. Cheating hurts the entire poker world, and everyone should be willing to call out cheaters. If everyone is just listed by “screen number”, does it really have the same effect?

The Anonymous Poker Series is going to be a mix of live and online events, leading up to a $100,000 Grand Final in Manila in January 2014. Yes, this means that this is going to be a very long poker tournament.

There’s still going to be the presence of some poker heroes who are going to be specially invited to the tournament. Gotta keep it interesting, you know.

Consider the other statement that Jonas Odman made:

“This series will help highlight exactly how and why we feel our network is the best and safest place for both recreational poker players and operators alike. Operators who service sports bettors and casino players do not want their customers leaking money to non-depositing poker pros who are using sophisticated software in order to win. Our anonymous tables take this unfairness out of the equation, creating a much better experience for the leisure player.

This model has been specifically designed to appeal to the Asian market where the ‘trust-factor’ is the single most important reason for choosing one operator over another. In the Asian market we believe our product — in the same way Live Dealer casinos are viewed above RNG operators — will be the preferred option in poker.”

That’s a pretty bold outlook, and it will be very interesting to see what actually happens from here on out.

So: are you going to try to check out this tournament on Bodog, or are you going to be sitting out? We’re curious to see what will actually happen from here. According to Bodog, final details of the live events and qualifiers will be released in early 2013. Check it out — we sure will!