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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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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