Top Poker Room

I am working on defining which is the best poker room. At this stage, I think pokerstars and party poker are by far the two best online poker rooms, but I have not yet made up my mind to decide which one is the best poker room. Now after what happened in April 2011 the question is different as American players cannot use these 2 names. In the USA the best room is now Carbon Poker. If you are interested in other casino games, visit this casino guide to learn more about blackjack and roulette.

Don’t blame the donks

Posted by admin | online poker | Thursday 4 June 2015 6:51 pm

It is amazing how often we see solid players blame donks for their losses either generally or in a particular table/hand. The internet is full of players who play poorly and without them it would be hard to beat the rake if you were anything short of a poker god (and if you are a poker god you are probably not reading this in the first place!).

Most good players who play in 5-50$ buy-ins will be relying on their opponents to make poor plays for most of their profits.

The advent of the likes of sharkscope and thepokerdb etc enables us to establish whether or not someone who calls all ins with 49os actually plays well enough to make/lose money. Generally it can be satisfying to know that some of the craziest players do have rather high negatives for their stats but this does not mean that because you do not do some of the aggressive and often questionable plays that they do you will make a profit or that your game is not without substantial holes. As the good book says don’t overlook the plank in your own eye because of the splinter you see in someone else’s.

It is amazing how often people will blame a poor player for their losses. Some will even blame poker sites for their randomisation software or stay clear of a site with loose players which for profitability is probably the worst course of action. Take the following three examples:

Example 1

7 players left you have 3000 as does 1 other person – you have AK. Betting goes call 100 (BB), call then lucky donk goes all in for 1500 – it folds to you and you call to see he has 78s. He wins. If you look up the odds calculator you will see that whilst he was the dog he had honest chances of winning the hand (30% or higher).

Loads of people would critisise his play here – but first – its not too terrible and second your call has probably on those cards had a positive EV – so why blame him for doing something that has helped you statistically? The fact that the cards went against you is irrelevant – do not personalise it. It is not the randomisation software and it is not the donk’s fault – there is luck in cards and it will not always fall in your favour.

Example 2

You have 78s and the blinds are the same as the last example. Someone raises UTG to 300 – you think they have AA and they are the player with 3k in chips. They have tended to bet most flops that they bet preflop on and rarely fold hands that they play although they are pretty tight. Flop comes with a 7 and 2 of your suit – he bets 500, you call turn gives you three of a kind he bets 600 and you raise him all in to be called a donk. Did you misplay the hand?

Probably not but his not respecting the possibility that you might have had 2nd pair and other draws and might have been chasing preflop make his play poor. Ultimately what is important is how you play the hand – he clearly misplayed it and can hardly blame the cards or your play for that matter for his loss – he should have had a small win, the cards went against him and he got blinkered by greed for your chips.

Example 3

You have 10k in chips and the blinds are low (50/100). You have AA and bet 500 to get 2 callers and the flop of 224 one caller has 30k in chips before the hand and the other had 3.5k before the hand. You bet another 500 to get reraised all in by the 3.5k and then called by the 30k hand. You have just moved tables and have no reads – it is a 10$ tourney. Do you call here?

If you do and the river is 6 and the 30k puts you all in do you call? If you do you can hardly feel hard done to if someone has 2x in their hand or even if the 30k had 35s etc. Would a call of 500 with 35 be a good play? Probably not, would a call on the flop with 35 be a good play – definitely not but would your call on the flop and turn be good? You have to realise that it is this last one that is important – other people possibly misplaying a hand is not a get out of jail free card.

If you misplay these hands then you will be lowering your EV and you have no one to blame but yourself. A poor player will blame donks, a good player will correct a leak that is letting some people chase and then sometimes win all of your chips in what is a pot that you should be escaping from.

Essential Betting Terms in Poker

Posted by admin | online poker | Saturday 23 August 2014 1:04 am

One mistake people often make with poker is throwing themselves into the game completely blind. Although some variations of poker are simpler than others, you should never play for cash before educating yourself about the rules of the games and the options you will be presented with throughout the rounds of betting. Here are some terms you should definitely be familiar with! If not check a free poker site for further information.

Possibly the most important thing to know is the betting options that you have during each round of the game. If, for example, you are playing a game with antes, there will already be money in the pot and you have three options for what you can do if you’re the first to act in the first round. You can bet, or you can check, which means pass the bet on without doing anything. If you bet, the next player will be the person to your left. He or she can then do three different things. To call or see the bet means to match it exactly. To raise means to up the amount. Finally, to fold means to give up on the current hand and pull out of the round.

This method of play continues around the players, always going to the left. If the bet you made initially has been raised by the time it comes back to you, you have the same three options as everyone else – to call, raise or fold. The round is concluded when all the remaining players who haven’t folded call the same bet, so they are all putting in the same amount of money. A round of betting can also end if all the players check so that there is no money in the pot that round to be won.

These are the official terms, but there is also a lot of betting slang to get to grips with. “Bump” is used to mean raise, for example if you bump the bet up to 5, you are raising the total bet to £5. “Kick it” is used in the same way. If you “limp” then you are betting the minimum amount possible, or calling the previous person’s bet. A “family pot” occurs when every player stays in for a hand of the game, so everyone has money in the pot.

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Enjoy a Cup of Coffee in a Less Pricey Way

Posted by admin | online poker | Wednesday 2 April 2014 4:45 pm

I guess if you play online poker you also drink a lot of coffee as coffee helps you keep focused. So the question is, coffee, is it good for you or is it bad for you? Well this question happens to be asked of me all the time, and my response happens to always be good.

There’s a coffee for every kind of person, I believe. There’s black coffee for boring and plain people, there is black decaf coffee for those bland regular and weak minded people, there is French vanilla for people who are a little bit more on the sweeter side, and my absolute favorite: ESPRESSO. Espresso is the straight up stuff that no one can resist, because espresso is just one quick shot and then you’re good for a LONG time on that.

Coffee over the years has evolved further into more or less of a unique way, like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts or even where I am from, Tim Horton’s. Regardless of where you get your coffee from now a day, it becomes more and more expensive for the same cup of liquid to do in the same thing. What exactly do they believe that they are doing to themselves? The middle class is wasting their time in my opinion and I quite frankly do not believe that they should be doing this all the time!

Coffee prices are skyrocketing and these “fast coffee” places are now just reeling in the green just like a professional fisher reels in his bass. There are easier ways of taking care of this financial hole, and it’s not bad to have a donut or two in the morning upon occasion, but help yourself, for your pocket and for your waistline.

Don’t need to gain the college freshmen 15 all over again, like I did at one point in time. Do yourself a favor and do some of the following: buy coffee in bulk. It helps saves more money per cup than having someone else like a old fashioned McDonald’s worker hitting the brew button and asking you whether or not you would like cream and sugar in that too, for what it feels like an additional fee in that matter, because you’re paying these people indirectly for their labor, which is ridiculous when you can just do it yourself. Buy and brew your own coffee, and get a decent size to go thermal mug to put that cream and sugar in it yourself.

This is a perfect example for what I do as a college student, I have my own coffee machine in my room, my mug ready to go every morning for those ridiculous 8am classes, and sometimes sneak on over to the campus library for their free coffee, or even go to our quick stop on campus and spoil myself with a HUGE cup of espresso, when I know about those long nights that are coming my way. So next time, think to yourself, how can I enjoy this Joe the same way without as much price, and you will do yourself a huge favor for yourself and your wallet in the end.

So if you play a lot of poker online and drink a lot of coffee, buy in bulk and you will save a lot of money.

Red Bus Bingo

Posted by admin | online gambling | Thursday 26 July 2012 6:33 pm

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Red Bus Bingo was introduced to online players in 2010

Bingo is the popular form of the Internet entertainment which is being enjoyed by the people all around the globe. The simplicty to play lotto family game is being enjoyed by people hailing from all spheres of life and economic classes. The game offers them with good bit of hours of leisure and entertainment.

The game of Bingo is the gambling game which can be played for cash but it isn’t a must to play the game for money as it is also offered at the free bingo sites. Of these websites free of nature, Red Bus Bingo has already attained the status of being cult websites among gaming fans. Of all the new bingo sites in recent years it is certainly the one to watch out for.

Alongside the free natured websites there exists some of the free standing quality bingo websites which works on account of membership. These sites might offer their visitors with one or even both the versions of the game and provide manifold game variations. Some of them even might offer the team bingo and also exclusive bingo tournaments. No cash is involved and the players collect points. The majority of these websites have sponsors which donate gifts for gaining higher point scorers and few of these sponsors fetch good money bingo structures.

The real cash bingo websites might also host free bingo websites. Some operators make them available right from the home page devoid of any sort of login. All of these games are offered to the visitors desiring to try the games and the prospect clients who are capable of trying out the latest software and games. They can also make use of the auto play feature that will cross check & rearrange the tickets solely based on the total closeness to the game of bingo.

So, if you are a novice or even a bingo freak you can have a go at these websites. Bingo is a fun pasttime and it is nothing like hardcore gambling such as roulette or the slot machines.

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Best online poker sites

Posted by admin | online poker | Tuesday 10 January 2012 4:11 pm

What are the best online poker sites? This is a question that comes up often, not just for online poker sites but also for any gaming site, or any type of website. As players or users always want the best and they deserve it. This is one of the benefits of the Internet, as plenty of information is available online, so that everyone can do his own research, read comparison sites and make their choice.

The first thing to know is what is meant by best online poker sites. Of course best depends on you, what are your needs and requirements and everyone is different. For instance one of the top criteria to decide what is best is traffic, but this should be nuanced depending on what kind of players you are. Pokerstars has more traffic than any other poker room, and more than twice as much as the second room, Party Poker. They have around ten times more traffic than second tier rooms like Lock Poker or William Hill Poker. But do you need that much traffic?

For most casual players playing one to four tables simultaneously, playing at Pokerstars or Party Poker will not make any difference as far as traffic is concerned. The number of available tables or tournaments is more than enough, in fact it is overwhelmingly enough. But let’s say you are a very active player or an online pro. Then you will notice the difference in traffic between these two top rooms. For instance regular players know each other, so you will feel more recognizable and known at a smaller room than a huge room. If you want to multi-table 24 tables at a time, this can only be done efficiently at stars. And if you are a tournament player at the highest buy-ins, then of course you have to play at Pokerstars, as they have the largest online poker tournaments on earth.

But there are other pros who prefer rooms with little traffic. These are the props, they are employed by some of the smaller poker rooms to help provide action, filling or starting tables. In return for helping these struggling rooms they receive a large rakeback which can be anywhere between 25 and 125%. Some of these prop players can make a living from that, and for them the best online poker rooms are the ones with so little traffic that they can dominate the tables. As they see almost all the action at their preferred stakes, they know exactly who the shark and who the fish are. And they wait patiently for a new fish to join their table so that they can feast on his bankroll.

The above is just an extreme example to show that ‘best’ is always in the eyes of the beholder, and many criteria must be taken into account to determine what the best is for you. If you are not too sure, read online poker news to get yourself familiarized with online poker first. Every poker room is different, with different poker variants, tournament formats, special events or promotions. Do your home work and good luck to you.

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Roulette Bets Keep Everybody Happy

Posted by admin | Uncategorized | Friday 25 November 2011 1:47 pm

The roulette wheel is one of the exciting places in the casino and a lot of this is down to the variety of roulette bets that can be placed. The overview of roulette bets can be broken down into inside and outside table bets, giving plenty of options for players of all levels. Those looking for a greater return for their money will be heading straight to the inside table because this is where the roulette bets have the highest odds.

The straight up bet is the most challenging of all the roulette bets as this is where a gamer predicts which number the ball will fall on. With so many options to choose from, you have to be extremely lucky to be able to win this bet but with great odds on offer, it is easy to see why some players would be tempted with this style of bet. Not everyone is happy with the easy win or the steady pace, some roulette players want to experience the highest thrills when the ball clatters around the wheel and placing this sort of bet is likely to up the excitement levels by a considerable amount.

Outside bets provide a better chance of winning

The outside bets at the roulette table are the roulette bets with the smaller odds but the better chances of winning. If you are new to roulette, it makes sense to stick to these bets before thinking about the more challenging inside table bets. After all, everyone knows about the red or black bet or the odds or even bet and these can all be found at the outside part of the roulette table. Many people find it makes sense to be able to work your way into betting at the roulette table and the simple nature of roulette bets should allow you to develop confidence.

Roulette bets can suit everyone

However, it is not as if the outside table roulette bets are just about the simplest bets on offer. This part of the table is home to bets like betting on 1 to 18 or 19 to 36. These bets split the roulette wheel into two, again giving you half the chance of getting your bet right. Of course, the dreaded zero is always a factor to consider but in all games, the house has to have an edge and this is just part of what makes roulette bets so much fun.

No matter what type personality you have, it is likely that there will be a style of roulette bets that suits your nature. Not every casino player will have dreams of a James Bond lifestyle, many will be happy to have some fun and hopefully make a profit of any kind at the end of the night. Being able to achieve this at the roulette wheel means everyone can find something that is for them but if you want excitement, this is also the place to be. The versatility of roulette bets means that every visitor to the casino can walk away happy, even if they haven’t managed to beat the wheel this time around!

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My trip to Las Vegas

Posted by admin | online gambling | Monday 29 August 2011 2:24 pm

It is already a week since we returned, and the impression of disorientation and unreality, and the jet lag, begin to finally fade for good. Returning to Europe with the resumption of work, all contribute to dive into the limbo of memories that take the patina of the past.

I am surprised that contrary to what I thought before going, two weeks in Las Vegas have not generated more saturation, due to staying all the time in a noisy environment, locked inside building because of the infernal temperatures outside (44 ° C during the day for most of our time anyway). In fact, I could have stayed a little longer to enjoy more of our really exceptional hotel, or the talk shows and restaurants. For poker, as it is hard to get tired of this pleasure of playing in the rooms of Vegas, so far superior to that found in most of Europe.

I finished slightly down at the low tables ($1/$2 at the Venetian and Bellagio, or $1/$3 at the Wynn or Caesars), with the impression of playing only average and not having good runners. Yet I know that two weeks is a bit more significant than two days, so I have serious leaks that I cannot fix. Probably a lack of aggressiveness (I do not remember semi-bluff cases for example, even if I do not remember opportunity to do so), and difficult to read my opponents live.

I tried one time to play at the $1/$2/$5 PLO table (say equivalent to a $2/$5) at the Venetian, but I fell on young sharks premises, and the sums involved were too important to me . On the last day, I tried a $4/$8 LO8 Kill, and it was fun to play with the ‘old school’ atmosphere with lots of local grandpa. I will never understand those who are content to only play Hold’em when there are so many other poker variations available.

Fortunately the shot to $2/$5 has been very profitable and I finish the trip up around $800, which will at least pay the bulk of current spending (counting the + $300 at blackjack). To play at Las Vegas, it’s the nuts and returning to Spain at this point is very difficult. Finally, it is a trip I recommend to any enthusiast grinder. I think I will do it again at least once, to finish doing what I failed to do this year: shopping extensively at the beginning of the holiday, many Cirque du Soleil shows, fine restaurants and exotic cuisine, and marathon sessions of exotic poker.

After, it may be time to look elsewhere. Vegas suffers from defects in its particularity. Besides the fact that many places have little food for thought, while easily leading to overeating and drinking too much, the atmosphere built exclusively around the stimulation and satisfaction of the desires of wealthy men can sometimes be seen as rather drab. Vegas is a city oppressive in every sense.

Now when you have the chance to see the Sin City in a group of people also passionate about it and meaning to enjoy it, it makes for a trip that will long be remembered.

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Poker training

Posted by admin | online poker | Thursday 26 May 2011 6:53 pm

In today’s increasingly tough games, it is getting harder and harder to gain an edge on your opponents. Just reading a few poker books is not enough to make you a winning online poker player anymore. You need more than that.

However, what is recommended for you to do is to sign up to a poker training site.

These poker training sites are the fastest way for you to become a winning poker player. And once you have become a winning player, it doesn’t stop there, as these training poker sites will continue to provide you with valuable strategy advice and techniques for you to boost your win rate and reap poker profits forever. You will keep on improving your game as they really have so much material that you will never have the time to master everything they have.

As a poker player, your poker education is your biggest asset and you must treasure it. By joining a poker training site,you get to watch some of the biggest winners online play, look at their cards and know their thought processes as they tell you why they are doing what they do. Poker training sites are the fastest way to go from being a losing or break-even player to a big winner.

Below are some reviews of all the the poker training sites we like. Yes, we have invested heavily in our poker education and are in a perfect position to give you a valuable insight into what poker training sites you should sign up for.

Which is the best poker training site? Do you want to know which poker training sites is the best? Check out cardrunners, we will talk more about the best training sites for each of the different games, talk about the positive and negatives of each site and just give you a better overall picture of what poker training site to sign up for.

Poker training is not just limited to video tutorials, there is also poker training software to help you improve your game. How about free poker training sites for tight budgets? We will tell you about the best free poker training sites on the Internet and how you can get free trials at some of the expensive paid poker training sites. Keep posted

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The Future of Mobile Gambling

Posted by admin | online gambling | Friday 4 March 2011 1:15 am

The online gambling market is worth more than $30 billion per year according to 2009 figures. It’s safe to assume that the market is now worth over $33 billion in 2011.

Since the first online casinos opened up in the beginning of the 1990’s, more than 500 casinos have now launched providing real money casino games such as slots, video poker, progressive jackpots, roulette, blackjack and arcade games over the internet. Each of these sites operates on a multitude of casino networks and software such as Microgaming, Playtech and Real Time Gaming (RTG).

However for the first time in the industry mobile gaming is providing an additional revenue stream and business model for the gambling business.

Since the launch of the Apple iphone in 2007 (which in itself has already sold over 100 million units to date), the commercial market has become saturated with smart phones, PDAs and tablets. Nowadays the everyday consumer has a smart phone that is capable of downloading authentic real money casinos games and apps that can be played on the move. In fact, such is the technological pace of the mobile market that mobile platform manufacturers such as Sony and Nintendo are worried that their own industry will be eroded or taken over by the mobile phone market.

The scope for mobile gambling is massive, and quite frankly is becoming bigger every day.

Betfair executives announced a 40% increase in mobile betting turnover in 2009 when they decided to release an official Betfair sports betting application exclusively for iPhone users towards the end of 2010. It’s very likely that mobile betting turnover could even increase to 60% over the previous year given the number of players now placing bets on either iPhone or Android devices.

With regards to iPhone gambling apps, unfortunately the market has not taken off as quickly as sports betting.

For example, while Betfair, Bet365, Paddy Power, Bookmaker, Sportsbook and many other online sports betting sites have already released iPhone sports betting apps to the public, there are only two casinos to date that have released an iPhone casino app: 32Red and All Slots Casino.

One of the main difficulties in releasing an iPhone gambling app is that Apple will not list apps in the App Store that use java or flash technology. This has haltered the development of many gaming applications, such as Full Tilt Poker’s mobile service and Bodog’s.

In addition, unlike sports betting apps, mobile casino apps require constant development and investment in creating new games for different mobile devices. While most mobile phones use WAP connection technology, the iPhone does not which means the same games often aren’t compatible on the iPhone device. Unless Apple changes its stance of using java or flash technology for their upcoming iPhone 5 model (to be released this in summer 2011) than it’s unlikely that many more gambling apps will be developed.

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What are Instant Win Games

Posted by admin | online gambling | Thursday 3 February 2011 1:11 am

Instant win games are one of the fastest growing markets in online gambling in 2011. If you’ve ever played at your local slots or fruit machine then you should be fairly familiar with a lot of the games that come under the category of instant win games.

The types of instant win games that you can play online vary. Although essentially any online real money games that can be played quickly fall under this title.

Some of the most popular instant games that you can play online includes slots, video slots, Let’em Ride, scratch games, instant bingo, Joker Poker, Jacks or Better, casino games, number games, keno, classic games (e.g. Monopoly/Cluedo), sports games or quizzes.

One of the major attractions of playing games online is the massive cash prizes, huge payouts and high probability of winning. Many scratch card games at have a 1 in 3 chance of winning with a 95% payout. The majority of cash prizes vary from £400 to £1,000 however some of the biggest cash prizes will be worth up to £200,000. Many instant games sites also have featured monthly promotions, such as free holidays, player rewards or shopping vouchers.

Another main benefit of instant win games is that they use Java or Flash technology which means that you don’t have to install or download any programs. The “instant” in instant win games means that you can open these games immediately and close them at any time. Because you are wagering money against casino, with no other players in the game (albeit this can be an option, such as multi-play blackjack) it means that you can start and close games at any time.

Many gaming sites also bring out new games all the time. Bet365 Games has a new games section which displays the latest games including Barbary Coast, Enchanted, Golden Fortune, Three Wishes and the Slot Father.

If you sign up to most instant win games sites you’ll also receive some fab £100 up to £200 bonuses. Many sites including 888 Games also give a £5 No Deposit Bonus to players just for signing up.

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