Aiming For A Poker Tournament

Poker to me has always been a little bit of luck and a whole lot of information. An Online Poker Tournament has been proven achievable but the first disadvantage I see is my “whole lot of information” is going to be next to nil.

I’m only going to see other players and myself as caricatures on my screen. Facial expressions, hand gestures, body motions will all be absent, as well as eye squinting, blinking or twitching – those ‘giveaways’ on TV and why many use sunglasses. Add to this the screen names: how do I know that Tiny Tina isn’t some card shark from Vegas alluding to be female and harmless?

I’m going to have to compensate for this not-so-small handicap. Basically anybody’s poker actions are six — whether you play online or off… betting, folding, calling, raising, re-raising, or check-raising. So that’s a given. My observations are going to fall in the realm of a good site selection, a game selection (there are many tables), careful note-taking and money management.

And while all players are indeed in caricature-form, they still have behavior that can be noted. I can put their screen names under one of two lists: “tight players” or “loose players”. It will help to observe a few hands and label them before I decide to sit in. Too many tight players and I might look at another table.

Tight players are strong opponents. Even as a novice they will fold a poor deal and play a good one.… Read the rest

Advice on Buying Poker Chip Sets

Complete chip sets should be purchased with a few things in mind: How many chips do you need? How much can you afford to pay for your chipset and how many players will be using the chips in a game. As with most things, you pay for quality and the best advice is to buy the highest quality you can afford. It is rare to be sorry that you opted for a higher line of goods so buy the best your budget allows.

A good rule of thumb for quantity follows:

3-4 Players 300 chipset is usually enough

4-6 Players 400-500 chipset will suffice

6-8 Players 500-650 chipset is required

8-10+ Players 1000+ chips depending on numbers

The above guide is a suggested number only. Remember that you cannot really have too many chips, only too few so buy all you can afford. Many chip sellers maintain an open stock of chips so you can purchase more as you need them.

Buying a quality set of Poker chips isn’t cheap but if you’re buying a full set of chips (300, 500 or 1,000), the price typically includes an aluminum carrying case, one or two decks of cards, five dice, and sometimes a dealer button. At online stores, a set of 300 11.5-gram composite, two-color chips goes for $75 or more, depending on the style. A similar set of 300 real clay chips will cost about $25 to $30 more. Three-color chips are more expensive.

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Tips For Winning At Video Poker

Video Poker combines both Luck and skill. The luck part is the cards that are randomly dealt to the player. The skill part encompasses much more then simply knowing what to hold and what to fold. In this article we’ll discuss some of the things every video poker player should be doing, regardless of their game play strategy.

  1. Only Play At Full Pay Machines

One of the smartest things any potential video poker player can do is to check the payout schedule before he or she starts playing. The payout schedule tells you how much you’ll be paid for each winning hand. In a Jacks or Better Video Poker game 9/6 is considered full pay. That simply means that 9 coins are paid out for a Full House and 6 coins are paid out for a Flush. Many casinos pay out less then 9/6, meaning that in the long run, you’ll simply win less money.

  1. Always Play Max Coins

A Mistake many novice players make is to play fewer coins, thinking this will keep them in the game longer. The problem with that theory is many machines will give you proportionately more coins for hitting a Royal Flush with max coins then they will for hitting with less then the max. If you’re worried about going through your bankroll too quickly, play at a low coin size. Or, if you’re really not sure how to play, us a play for free version of the game until you’ve gotten your feet wet.… Read the rest

Jacks or Better Video Poker Machines Five Ways to Win More Money

If you are playing video poker, then Jacks-or-Better is a great machine to play and you can increase the odds of success dramatically by learning five simple tips.

You don’t need to spend a long time learning these tips; they’re simple, quick, and easy to learn. Jacks-or-Better video poker is fun anyway, but even more so when you’re winning big payouts!

Jacks or Better – The King of Video Poker

The three most played video poker games are Deuces Wild, Jacks-or-Better, and Joker Poker. By far the most popular of the three is Jacks-or-Better, and for good reason – it’s all to do with the odds of success.

Here then are your five tips for success in Jacks-or-Better video poker.

Five Tips to Play Jacks-or-Better Video Poker

1. Not all Jacks-or-Better-Games are the Same

Jacks-or-Better will give you a 99.54% expected rate of return when played correctly.

On the front of the machine is displayed the payouts for a Full House and a Flush respectively.

Here are the payouts for various machines:

Machine Type Machine Payback (with Strategy)

9 for a full house or 6 for a flush 99.5%

8 for a full house or 5 for a flush 97.4%

7 for a full house or 5 for a flush 96.3%

6 for a full house or 5 for a flush 95.2%

You want the best odds when you play Jacks or better and that means playing a 9 / 6 machine. You don’t have to play the others – so don’t!

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History of Video Poker

The First Years

Believe it or not, this game is actually older than slot machines. In 1891, Brooklyn, New York, Sittman and Pitt designed a machine which had card symbols printed on 5 reels. By pulling a lever, one obtained a poker hand of five cards which were used to determine your winnings. This machine was probably a source of inspiration for modern slot machines.

During the 20th Century

In the 70s, the original game was introduced by Poker-Matic of Dale Electronic in 1970. Although at first the players were wary of these machines because they did not trust electronic devices, they increasingly became popular. In the 80s, you could find video poker machines in virtually every casino, with variations of joker such as Joker Poker and Deuces Wild to attract more players. These machines allowed players to enjoy poker without having to compete with other players, became really popular and a very good source of income for casinos.

The current game

In 1994, MicroGaming began to introduce video poker games online as well as a variety of other online casino games. It turned out that game were really suited online, because these games are played exactly the same way live or online. Nowadays, online video poker machines offer a variety of ways of playing, including progressive machines with jackpots amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars. However, this did not mean the end of live machines; there is a couple at your local casino amid the slot machines and table games.

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