Free Money for poker players!

August 11, 2007

If you like the idea of free poker money, then check out this poker money for free blog – it’s got the details of all the latest free poker bonuses that are available at online poker rooms.

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Mathematics and Poker

August 11, 2007

A big question amongst many poker players is whether or not you need a good knowledge of poker mathematics to be a winning poker player. The simple answer is that it is by no means essential to incorporate mathematics into every situation, but by doing so you should be giving yourself more of an edge. The maths involved in poker decisions is not complex by any means, and anyone with a standard level of education is able to perform the calculations quickly in their heads whilst at the poker table.

Mathematics can be used in poker to work out the probability of certain cards being dealt at any point during the hand. If we are able to work out the probabilities, we can then determine whether or not it is worth calling a bet to chase after a draw. So obviously if we can work out that a certain draw is unlikely to be completed by the river, we will be less inclined to call big bets to try and catch those cards. Using the probability of completing a draw along with the amount you have to call in relation to the pot to figure out whether it is profitable to chase after a draw is called pot odds.

Pot odds can be worked out calculating the number of outs in relation to the number of cards left in the deck as well as the bet amount we have to call in relation to the size of the pot, then these number are compared to work out if a call is profitable. For example, if we are on the flop and we have a flush draw, there are 9 cards left in the deck to complete our hand. There are 47 cards in total left in the deck, 38 of which will not make our draw, so by putting these numbers together we get a ratio of 38:9, or put more simply, 4:1 odds of making our flush by the next card. Therefore, for every 4 cards that will not make our hand, the other 1 card will. If you find this method difficult, you can use poker odds charts to help you quickly figure the odds out.

The next step is to work out the ratio between the size of the bet we have to call and the total amount in the pot. So if the size of the pot is $50 and we have to call $10 to try and hit our flush, the odds we are being given are 50:10, or put more simply, 5:1. Now when comparing the two ratios, we have 4:1 odds of completing our hand with 5:1 odds to try and hit our hand. This means that the odds are in our favour because the odds we are getting from the pot are greater than the odds we are getting from the cards. Therefore if we make the call, this will be a profitable call in the long run.

As mentioned, mathematics is all about poker in the long run. Just because you are able to work out the pot odds for each individual hand, it does not mean that you are more likely to win the hand. You may lose many hands in a row, but as long as you have the correct pot odds to call each time, in the long run you will come out on top as a winner. Poker mathematics is a great weapon to add to your poker arsenal, and it is good to know when you should and should not call bets for each drawing situation.

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Learn to keep a good poker balance

August 10, 2007

I found this little secret that can help you in managing your poker games. It doesn’t require you to sign-up through any poker rooms and best of all it’s free. I’ve been using it for a while and I found that it’s really great when I want to look back on my tournament history.

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Free Poker Money at 888 Poker

August 8, 2007

An offer of free poker money at 888 poker. Get your deposit refunded plus an extra free $25.

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The Paradox of Poker: Tournament vs. Cash Game Strategy

August 3, 2007

Very few players succeed in both tournaments and cash games.The biggest mistake players make when starting out is playing too many hands.As they lose, they start to learn that playing fewer hands is generally a better strategy.Tournaments are structured so that practically all of the money goes to the top three spots.

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Phil Hellmuth and Ultimate Bet Poker Classic

August 2, 2007

As if guaranteeing $425,000 worth of Aruba prize packages isn
’t enough of an attraction, UltimateBet today announced that 11-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth will be playing in Sunday, August 5th’s 50-seat Aruba Satellite.

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Don’t play high-stakes poker when tired, drunk or high on weed brownies

July 31, 2007

Or maybe you should if this video is anything to go by – two guys playing poker while high on weed brownies win a hand worth almost $100,000 then proceed to crack up hysterically.

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Doping in Poker and Online Gambling

July 31, 2007

With all the doping scandals in other sports, this might be a good time to get the doping issues in poker out in the open. Whenever a player is engaged in an activity such as poker or sports betting for a long period of time, the tempation to use performance enhancing drugs increases even for online gambling as well.

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Do you play online poker? Do you live in WA? As of today, you’re a felon.

July 30, 2007

“As of June 7, it is now a felony in the state of Washington to play poker on the Internet. The bill, S.S.B. No. 6613, has stirred up great anxiety in poker forums. Many feel, correctly, that they have been blind-sided.”

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GSN with 500K buy in for HSP Season IV

July 23, 2007

GSN has added to the High Stakes Poker broadcasts for Season IV. 17 episodes this Season up from 13 in past Seasons.

High Stakes Poker Season IV was filmed at South Point Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

Regular competitors will play including:

Doyle Brunson
Daniel Negreanu
Jennifer Harman
Barry Greenstein
Eli Elezra
Sammy Farha
Todd Brunson

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