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    Las Vegas Pinball Hall of Fame as Addicting as Any Casino

    Las Vegas has a large number of museums. Some of the museums in Lac Vegas are more well known then others. One museum which is not as well known as it should be is the Pinball Hall of Fame located at 1610 East Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas NV 89119. The Pinball Hall of Fame is…

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    What is a Four-Flusher and How to Pull it Off in a Game of Poker

    If you have ever watched Turner Classic Movies chances are you have heard a monochromatic character being insulted as a “four-flusher” or a “four-flushing rat.” But what is the actual origin of that unique pejorative term? At first glance you would probably have a natural inclination to suppose it has something to do with toiletry,…

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    Top Casinos to Visit in Atlantic City (AC)

    I have been to Atlantic City one too many times. I have been to all the casinos at least twice and I am here to provide what each casino has to offer from dining, gambling, shopping, and overall quality. Moreover, I would also recommend all poker lovers to try ufa once as well. UFA is…

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    Do Churches Encourage Gambling Addictions

    I have always found it interesting that churches across the United States will host gambling events, seeing that gambling is considered to be a vise. There are two interesting sides to this issue that have been debated for years. Pro-Gambling Those who are for churches hosting gambling events believe that it is a necessary evil…

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    How to Become a Professional Poker Player

    There are a few things that you must know before jumping on the green felt for a career. First, you have to make sure you have a large enough bankroll (and are willing to put that money on the line) for the long downswings that you will inevitably face. There isn’t one online poker player…

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    Poker Bankroll Management

    Your bankroll should be the most important aspect of your poker game and strategy. If you’re playing for real money, then you’ve got absolutely no game without a proper bankroll. Continue reading to discover how to make your bankroll last you, and build it at the same time. Besides following these tips you can try http://198.187.31.181 to learn more about the ways that you can try for managing your poker bankroll effectively. 

    The very first step to success is realizing that poker money is exactly that; poker money. It should be money that you can afford to lose and not money that you should be paying the bills with. Just keep this in the back of your head – poker money should be cash that you can accept to possibly losing. If you find yourself scared to lose money, then perhaps don’t play with as much, or maybe don’t play at all. Being a scared player only entices your opponents to attack you, as it tends to be an extremely vulnerable poker tell. Your opponents will somehow find a way to place a raise just simply beyond your mental limits, just because they know you’ll fold, and the sad part is you most likely wouldn’t think twice about the strength of your hand because you’ve set a limit to how much money you want to play with or risk losing.

    In addition to what I’ve mentioned above, you want to be sure the limits you’re playing are in compliance with your bankroll. For instance – if you’ve got a $2,000 bankroll, then you shouldn’t be playing 3/6 NL where the average buy-in is $600. That only leaves you with 3 buy-ins. Those aren’t healthy odds that’ll help you become a winning player. Because bad runs come along, and when they do, you’ll be out of the game quickly. With a $2,000 bankroll, I’d recommend playing 1/2 NL with a buy-in of $100-$200. You always want to have at least 10-20 buy-ins within your roll. Preferably 20.

    If you don’t have a large amount of cash to start playing with, then I highly recommend taking advantage of one or more of the many online poker bonuses available. This will allow you to receive matching deposit bonuses that are released in increments. This help builds a slow, but steady bankroll. If you deposit at the right time, some sites are as generous to give out 200%, 300%, even 400% matching deposit bonuses. Another solid way to build a bankroll (starting from complete scratch) is to play online freerolls. They are free to join and can get you headed in the right direction when you place in the money.

    Remember to play at limits that suit your finances. You never want to play with money you can’t afford to lose. As always, good luck at the tables!

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    Gifts for Poker Fans

    Giving a gift to a poker lover may be an easy task if you yourself love the game, but if you have little or no experience with poker than you may be at a loss as to what to get him. No matter what kind of gift-buying budget you are working with, you will be able to get a functional gift for the poker lover in your life.

    Poker Table

    A poker table is a wonderful gift for the poker lover in your life who likes to host poker nights. You can find a poker table to fit almost any budget. You can purchase larger poker tables that have spaces to hold the players’ chips and drinks, for hundreds of dollars. You can purchase simple folding poker tables for the more modest price of about fifty dollars. For an even less expensive option, you can opt to purchase the poker tabletop cover that folds out and is placed on top of a dining room table to transform it into a poker table. If he or she likes Dominoqq, then this gift is certainly one of the best for him or her.

    Hand Held Poker Game

    Purchase hand held electronic poker games anywhere board games are sold. An electronic hand held poker game is an entertaining gift for a poker lover who does a lot of traveling because she can easily carry it in her carry-on bag or purse. Purchase these games in either five-card draw as well as in Texas hold-em versions.

    Card and Chip Set

    A nice card and chip set is another gift idea for the poker lover who likes to host poker nights. You can get these sets in wooden or metal cases that keep the cards and chips protected and organized. Poker card and chip sets vary widely in price so you should be able to find one to fit whatever budget you are working with.

    Card Shuffler

    Get the poker lover in your life a card shuffler to help him easily and quickly shuffle his deck of cards between hands. A card shuffler is a great option for someone looking for a poker related gift that is working on a tight budget because they can usually be purchased for less than $20.

    Poker Movies

    Purchase poker related movies for the player in your life that also likes to watch movies. “Rounders” and “Maverick” are two examples of popular movies that center on the game, and would make great gifts for a poker lover. You can also purchase movies that center around well-known poker players such as the movie “High Roller: The Stu Ungar Story.”

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    Multi-Table Tournament Strategy

    When it comes to Multi-Table Tournament (MTT) play, the most important role that you must play if you want to win is to play the extreme opposite of how the other players are playing. When your opponents are playing tight and doing alot of folding, you should be raising, raising, rasing! When they are playing fast and loose and throwing chips all over the place with weak hands, you should play tight, wait for strong hands and favorable pot odds, and preserve your chips. This is the mindstate you should maintain throughout the entire tournament.

    In a typical tournament, you will notice far looser play in the early levels of the game than in most other stages. Many pots in the early stages will frequently be contested by 3, 4, 5 or more players. It is much harder to get reads on multiple opponents than it is to get a read on a single opponent. Also, more players in a hand increases your likelihood of coming up on the short end of the stick at the showdown. For these reasons, multi-way pots should typically be avoided. The low blinds in the early stages tempt many players to enter into pots with mediocre holdings in the hopes of nailing a miracle flop and taking down a “big” pot. But if you put it in perspective, “big” pots in the early stages of a tournament aren’t all that big. If you’ve ever spent a few hours sitting in an online tournament, you surely understand that once those blinds hit heights like 6,000/12,000, that “big” 3,000 pot seems pretty paltry. It’s now only a fraction of a blind. Still, this isn’t enough to keep boatloads of players from risking their tournament lives for the measly $20, $30, or $60 blinds. The lower the buy-in for the tournament, the more prominent the loose play in the early stages will be. In a freeroll tournament, wildly loose play will dominate the early stages of the game. The opening stages are the best times to stay tight and avoid the big multi-way pots without a monster of a hand.

    By the middle stages, most of the wildest players have either busted out or accumulated enough chips to feel satisfied in switching to a more conservative game. This is also the stage where many of the less experienced tournament players will begin to lose their patience and occassionally make random, senseless moves. When you spot these players, you’ll want to tighten up against them. For the most part however, players will be playing a somewhat more predictable game and fewer players will be entering pots. Raises will be more respected at this point in the game. At this stage, you’ve entered a point in the game where the tight table image you’ve established will work to your advantage. Raising from position will be far more effective in stealing pots than in the earlier stages.

    Once you reach the money bubble, which is the point where only one to a few more players need to bust out before the rest of the players make it into the money, you will typically see play tighten up dramatically. Unless you are sitting on one of the largest stacks in the tournament, you will want to use the opportunity that the bubble brings to raise frequently and steal as many uncontested blinds and antes as you can before the bubble bursts. Of course, if your goal is simply to cash, you probably ought to just wait it out. But if you want to win, you are going to need to accumulate a large stack of chips to help carry you to the endgame.

    Final table play is a whole different ball game. Often, it’s almost of if the tourney is just beginning once the final table is reached. Many players will loosen up, and quite often, half the field will bust out rather quickly. Again, you’ll want to switch to a tight game. Use this time to analyze the action at the table and identify the tight players and the loose ones. Many times you’ll move up 4 or 5 places just by waiting for a short while and watching your opponents bust eachother out. The best lessons you’ll ever learn from a final table will be those you learn at the final table. While you can’t always guarantee yourself a seat at the final, you can join a single-table SNG at any time. These games are excellent practice for final table play. Learn to win STT SNGs, and you’ll greatly increase your chances of a big MTT win.

    Before we finish, I would just like to inform that Pkv games are quite unique and advanced but at the same time it does give a thrilling experience to get to know about players and tournaments that are relatively new and different from soccer and basketball.

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    Why Bad Beats and Variance in Poker Are Actually Your Friends

    Poker players and fans are all too aware of bad beats and wild swings in poker. In fact, bad beats are probably the single biggest factor why the average person thinks poker is just another big game of luck. While experienced, winning players are certainly convinced that poker is a game of skill over the long run, running bad for short periods of time frustrates even top pros in this growing sport.

    Poker players usually call these short-term swings “variance.” Both good luck and bad luck are kinds of variance (positive variance and negative variance). Of course, players are looking to take advantage of the positive variance, but no one can avoid the bad side for too long. The luck factor in poker is responsible for these swings, which can be highly exhilarating on the positive end and downright depressing on the other.

    Students of statistics and probability would not be surprised to see these major winning and losing streaks. It is often said that, no matter how many times a coin flipped in the air comes up heads, it is still 50% likely to come up heads again on the next flip. Why is this so? Simply put, flipping a coin is a random event. The universe does not take over and control these events, and the coin does not know variance. That said, we can infer that playing poker is a combination of both good strategies and luck.

    In the past, unscrupulous peddlers of gambling systems would sell a system based on doubling your bets in craps or roulette every time you lose since, theoretically, you will eventually win. Short-term variance kills this kind of system right out of the starting gate. While gamblers may last a while with this system, that one killer losing streak will eventually either bankrupt their gambling roll or reach the casino maximum bet (the latter is used because casinos are very aware of this double-up theory and cut it off at the knees).

    While variance can never really be your friend in doubling-up systems, the same is not true for poker. Think what happens if you play five thousand hands of poker (a small sample but enough for this example). Inevitably, you are going to have some losing streaks during that run and winning streaks to balance out those losing streaks. Poker players hate it when they run bad (negative variance), but someone is winning. The opponent or opponents are winning when a player is on a bad streak. Especially in tournaments, a player could never win if not for these winning streaks. Someone has to get hot. It is mathematically impossible for no one to get hot and hit a run of positive variance.

    Pretend that you enter twenty poker tournaments. In nineteen of these tournaments, you could easily suffer a bad beat despite playing well, particularly because you can play well for a long time but then lose one key hand and instantly get knocked out of the tournament. However, it is simply inevitable that that cold streak will get canceled out by a winning streak. If you lose the key hands nineteen times in a row, you can bet that, eventually, the tide has to turn. It is when the tide turns that you finally accumulate chips and do well in a tournament. When you win six or seven key hands in a row, that is the positive variance taking over for all those bad beats you suffered before. Although the actual streaks are random, the luck factor evens out over time. So losing several key hands in a row is actually a good sign that you will eventually win several key hands in a row and make a run for the final table.

    In conclusion, the next time negative variance pops you in the head, buck up and just keep making good poker decisions. This is a sign that a winning streak is on the way to even out your variance, and that is what eventually allows you to win.

     

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    World Poker Tour Amateur Poker League: Where Can You Join the Fun?

    If you’ve had your fun playing poker on-line and, like me, want to see what it’s like to play with real people and not avatars, then you must check out the Amateur Poker Leagues which may be playing at a location near you. I mean, playing poker on PokerQQ is really fun and all but at some point, you are going to want to get over it and play something for real. Visit their website amateurpokerleague.com and see where the games are offered in each state.

    All you need to do is click on your state to see if they are currently offering any venues in which to play Texas Hold’Em. Not all states are currently set up with locations, but keep checking as this is a growing site with much to offer. If your state does offer tournaments, it will have the state broken down into regions so you can see if you can find a location close by to enjoy an evening of fun. You can also host an event at your establishment which will bring in more patrons and additional advertising on the WPTAPL (World Poker Tour Amateur Poker League), so if you or someone you know owns a local tavern, let them know what this could mean to their business and get a game going in your neighborhood.

    I was thrilled when I ran across this site and found out that I could play real people at several locations in the Tampa area for free. Not only have I learned more about poker and how to play, but have also made several new friends which has turned this into a weekly ritual for my husband and I. I was really nervous the first time because I didn’t want to hold people up because I wasn’t exactly sure how the betting goes, but everyone made us feel real comfortable and it was nice to know that not everybody gets it the first time, or the second.

    When you arrive at a location for the first time you will sign up with general information and they will give your a membership card which keeps track of your points. There is no fee to play, no money to spend. You just sign up, sit down and they give you chips to play. There is always a representative there from the WPTAPL so all you need to worry about is how to win. This is a learning experience for most members until you get the hang of it. Depending on how far you get in the game will dictate how many points you receive. Remember, you are playing for points, not for money.

    The points will add up and you could be playing for cruises, Vegas getaways and thousands of other prizes. You are also given a scratch-off ticket which can add to your points. The plan is to advance at your venue so you can qualify for a regional championship and eventually you could find yourself playing for real stakes. You can also upgrade to a paying membership which gives you a lot more opportunities and special offers.

    The bottom line is that this is good clean fun and a cheap evening out with friends. It is also an opportunity to win much more as you progress and get more experience at the game. Who knows, you could be the next poker star sitting at a final table on television and walking away with thousands of dollars, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and have a great time because even if you lose, you’ll still be a winner for trying.

    Now, if you don’t care to go out to play, sign up at ClubWPT.com where you can actually play for free, but with a chance to play for real money. Yes, that’s right, I said real money. They offer lots of tournaments for members, memberships are around $20.00 per month (less is you sign up for more months), but if you just want to play for fun you can also have a chance to play a tournament for real cash. In the free poker tournaments just keep an eye out for a freeroll tournament where you can play to win $10.

    Yep, I said $10 and you don’t have to spend any. They also offer Blackjack tournaments in the same manner. I myself almost won the $10 tournament the other day in a Blackjack room, however I have played less Blackjack in my life than I have poker, so that was a really interesting evening. I guess you could say it was just dumb luck, but it could be your dumb luck. Give it a try because you have nothing to lose even if you decide to become a member since they give you a two week trial to start out.

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