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Halloween is just around the corner and everyone is eagerly anticipating an evening of trick-or-treating. Some people may prefer to leave the tricks for others and instead they’ll take their seats as usual in front of the computer screen for an enjoyable evening of online poker.
But, it can be scary to play online poker, because you never know exactly who your opponents are. When you sit down at a poker table in a casino, or when you take your seat at a friend’s home for a casual evening of poker, at least you can see your opponents in the flesh.
When you play online poker, you see your opponents only as funny-looking avatars, positioned around the virtual poker table. You don’t know if the player with the “superman” nickname is actually a man or a woman, and you don’t even have a clue if that player has anything “super” about him or her.
Playing online poker can be ghoulish, and that’s not only on Halloween. You could be playing against the most professional poker player in the world, and you don’t know this because all you can see of your opponent is his/her online persona. A nickname and an avatar.
How can you protect yourself while playing online poker?
Even though only your nickname is public, your online gaming has a track record. There are websites and tracking programs that know a lot about your playing history, and this information is easily accessed by your opponents.
Titan Poker offers anonymous cash tables, where you can take your seat without fully identifying yourself. Playing at the anonymous tables puts you on an equal footing with your opponents. They know nothing about your poker history, and you know nothing about theirs. Skill and good cards will determine who walks away from the tables with a profit.
To safeguard your bankroll, it’s important to follow the oft-repeated poker advice of sticking to the tables/tournaments that you can afford, and to stop while you’re ahead. Don’t stay at the tables in desperate attempts to turn your downswing around. Sometimes, it’s best to take a break and come back the next day, refreshed and with your mind clear.
Don’t let aggressive players scare you
While playing poker you frequently come up against very loose, aggressive players. These are players who compete in every pot and try to steal the blinds repeatedly with their large bets. If you’re afraid of these antics, you’ll fold and let them control the playing field. But if you show them that you’re not afraid, and match their bets or even re-raise, you may end up scaring them out of the hands. Once these aggressive players know that you’re not easily frightened, they’ll be less likely to make moves against you.
Playing online poker doesn’t have to be a scary hobby. Instead, playing online poker is intended to be fun and completely enjoyable. This Halloween, or whenever you play, don’t let your opponents ghoul you out of the game. Be strong, play your cards right, and you just might end up scaring them!
The pictures in this article were submitted to Titan Poker as part of the Crazy Costume Poker Challenge.
Last week, the World Series of Poker launched its real money online poker room. WSOP.com joins Ultimate Poker as the only current legal operators of online poker action in the state of Nevada. The launch of WSOP.com was expected earlier this summer during the WSOP tournament action, but apparently some of the regulatory matters delayed things.
“It is gratifying to see this day upon us,” said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart, quoted in the media. “Our players have played an important part in the success of the World Series of Poker the past decade, and we will work very hard to cultivate a strong poker community and positively represent the game of poker in the online world as we have in the land-based environment.”
For the past 4.5 months, Ultimate Poker has had a monopoly in legal online poker in Nevada. The launch of a second online poker room will be warmly welcomed by online poker players.
Compatible Poker reported that the new WSOP.com site has an easy sign-up process. The site detailed the process and noted that “Providing all the player information is correct, the sign up process will take less than half an hour, and then real money play can begin.”
On USPoker.com, John Mehaffey reported on the different features and offers at Ultimate Poker and the newly launched WSOP.com. Mehaffey compared the two online poker rooms in a number of categories that are important to online poker players.
With a full suite of online games, WSOP has an advantage over Ultimate Poker, which only offers Texas Hold’em. WSOP has many more useful features than Ultimate Poker’s software. Ultimate Poker has a bigger variety of deposit options and a better deposit bonus. According to Mehaffey, Ultimate Poker also has a better VIP program.
Mehaffey concludes his comparison of the two rooms by stating, “The fact that there is now competition in the Nevada online poker market can only be a good thing for players.”
Poker News Report said that “WSOP.com did little to distinguish itself from Ultimate Poker. But at least online poker players in Nevada now have two mediocre options.”
As Poker News Daily reported, “Other sites have been rumored to come online (in particular the MGM Resorts International/bwin.Party offering) but, as of yet, there have been no firm dates announced for any further expansion of online poker in the Silver State.”
American poker players are particularly interested when Nevada will join other states and create larger player pools for online poker. So far, only New Jersey and Delaware have legalized online gaming in addition to Nevada.
The post Why More Online Poker Rooms Is Good for the USA appeared first on Titanpokerblog.
Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) was caught on camera by a Washington Post photographer playing a hand of online poker when he should have been focusing on a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria last week.
Washington Post photographer Melina Mara snapped a photo of the senior Republican senator playing poker on his phone and the image was quickly picked up on all the social media channels.
The meeting, held following U.S. President Barack Obama’s announcement that he would seek congressional approval for a military strike against Syria, included testimony Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. Senator McCain was apparently seeking diversion from the discussions as he reportedly had heard arguments directly from the president the previous day.
When McCain discovered that the image was circulating on the Internet he addressed it on Twitter.
“As much as I like to always listen in rapt attention constantly (to) remarks of my colleagues over a three-and-a-half-hour period, occasionally I get a little bored and so I resorted” to playing poker McCain told CNN.
“But the worst thing about it is I lost thousands of dollars in this game,” he said, clarifying that it was ‘fake’ money.
It’s 10:30 p.m. the night before a deadline, and I am still staring at a blank page. Why is this, you may ask? Not very professional, you may think. But I am afraid to say that I have recently become hooked on playing online poker.
I got into poker by playing in a live tournament, so playing face-to-face was what I found interesting. I always believed you can read a player better by seeing them in person, and the excitement of playing for real money is where the thrill lies, isn’t it? But a couple of sessions on the PokerStars FaceBook app, and I’m suddenly realising I may have been hasty in my opinion.
I recently started a Women’s Poker League as I believe it is important that more women give poker a chance, so they can realise how much fun it is. I designed the ladies-only league to be a live game, specifically for personal contact. I did not set up an online account or invite friends to try an app, partly because this wouldn’t really give my message the impact I wanted, but mainly because I believed the real poker experience was in face-to-face playing. Perhaps slightly prematurely, I dismissed online playing as “not real poker.” I am glad to say I have now realised this is a misconception.
It was when one of the ladies from my Women’s Poker League asked what online poker site I would recommend. My first reaction was, “Oh, I don’t play online.” However, as I am on a poker journey, I realised that I should really have constructive reasons for my dislike of playing poker online. So, I decided to give it a go. The Facebook PokerStars app first grabbed my interest. As Facebook is a readily used application, it was instantly accessible, and, most importantly, it was free to play!
While playing for free was appealing in the sense that I didn’t have to worry about losing money, it did have its drawbacks. The first thing I noticed was that the online players’ betting styles were rash. If I had a decent hand and made what I felt was a significant raise, I found it would be instantly called with the ferocity of a Rottweiler. While holding the stronger starting cards should be an advantage, we all know how the fickle the gods of the flop, the turn and the river can be; they have a nasty habit of ruining it for us!
To be brutally honest, this annoyed me at first. I found myself thinking, “Why the hell have you gone all in with 9-2 offsuit?!” Then I began to realise playing on a free app has much the same benefits as my Women’s Poker League. Not only does the “free” aspect of the app give the freedom to bet boldly, but the anonymity of playing behind a computer screen offers an added benefit. Not to mention, I don’t have to spend an hour getting ready to go out and can just play in my pajamas.
Although my league was established to get people interested in and learning about poker, it was also designed to give me more of an opportunity to practice and develop my own playing style. However, after a few poker nights, I discovered my playing style was compromised by personal relationships. These ladies were my friends and family, and I never wanted them to feel intimidated or put off. I found that I was playing down my hands, even letting people win, just to give them confidence. This became even clearer as I experimented with online play. Playing with strangers, generally faceless and sexless, becomes an advantage, as it takes away the personal nature of the game. I know I will, in all probability, never encounter these people in reality, and in this, true freedom was found.
Another of the advantages of playing online is that you really can ignore the trash talk. I have gone a good 15 minutes before realising that there was a message in that little text box to the right of the screen. Being distanced from the trash talk helps you really understand the psychology of it. On every table, there is that one aggressive loudmouth, who, if you are a beginner, is a bit intimidating. And that’s exactly what it’s designed to do – throw you off your game, make you doubt your hand. Sometimes these players have the cards, but mostly they don’t, and their bullying is to goad you into playing how they want you to play, by either folding to them or paying more into the pot. But the beauty of being behind a screen is that you can flat out ignore them, and they can’t see that split-second bristle, where your ego reacts before your brain reins you in.
I am all about experimenting with your playing style, finding out what works for you and what doesn’t. I have to admit, free-play apps are the only platform that have truly given me that freedom. I’ve spent 5,000 chips playing purely position, and another 5,000 being incredibly aggressive, constantly raising and reraising my opponent just to try and scare them off. I’ve spent even more playing steadily and consistently, always making the same bet.
In the end, as much fun as I have had, I realise that there is no one betting style. As individual skills, these tactics can be useful as part of the bigger picture, each to be used in a different situation. But ultimately each hand is different, each table is different, and each bet is as unique as the player. There is no sure-fire method when it comes to playing poker. In the words of the great Kenny Rogers, you’ve just “gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold’em,” and “know when to walk away.”
Guest post by Kento
Hello it’s Kento! Today I will talk about one of my online poker tournament experiences. We were playing 9-player tables; it’s the middle stage of the tournament not yet in the money. Let’s play poker!
UTG folds. Next to move is UTG+1 (that’s me). My hand is A4 diamonds. I usually play AXs. I figure that if you fold with AXs, KQo, JTs, or 22, you could have the blinds stolen and you pay the price of not being in the hand. So, let’s continue with this. I raise. UTG+2 and +3 fold. Next two players also fold, but the dealer button, who is a tight passive player, calls. The blinds both fold. Heads-up. Let’s see the flop.
The flop is 4h Kd 6s. Not good, not bad. I don’t think he has a 6, like 76s 65s A6s or something. If he made the call against a raise by UTG+1, I can’t say if it’s a good play. But he could have a king. Maybe KQ, KJs, or KTs. I prefer to make a bet if he has a king because he is a tight passive player. If I bet he will probably call. He would be scared only of a pair of aces. There are no flush or straight draws to worry about now. I want to see the turn and if it’s a four, I can get his entire stack.
In another possible scenario, I would bet and he has 22, 33, JTs, AQo or something. He would probably insta-fold. If he has 77 to QQ and calls, I can bet the turn and river and he would probably be scared that I have a higher pair. So, in any case I should bet and probably I can steal the pot. I make the bet and he calls. I don’t know exactly what he has, but most likely he has a pair. Let’s see the turn.
The turn is A of hearts. Good! Very good! I have two pairs. I don’t think he has AK or A6, so he can only beat me with a set. I hope he has KQ or something. I bet and he again calls. I thought he would fold so it’s a bit of a surprise. Anyway the river comes next. Let’s see what it is.
The river is the 3 of hearts. Seems pretty safe to me. I doubt that he would call with 75 on pre-flop (to form a straight). I don’t think he would call with a back door flush draw on the flop. So I bet. Surprisingly he moves all-in!
I’m guessing he has 66, but there’s a bit of inconsistency in the fact that he just called on both the flop and turn. I thought that he did not hit something yet.
As I have a four and the flop brought a four, I figure that he probably doesn’t have a pair of fours. After considering many things, I decide to call and find out what I couldn’t figure out. Surprise! He shows 44! What was the likelihood of that probability!?!
Thank you for reading!
Guest post by Evans Clinchy.
The sad truth about poker is that no one wins every time. Even if you’re the best player in the world, you still have losing sessions. Sometimes a prolonged run of bad luck will hit and you’ll find yourself in the throes of a serious downswing.
Handling these periods well is what separates the good poker players from the great ones. Everyone loses, but some people can bounce back from disappointment better than others. The ones who recover quickly will undoubtedly make the most money in the long run.
Part of dealing with a downswing is having a solid handle on online poker bankroll management rules. There’s more to it than that, though. The other element is more psychological – you must learn the fine art of maintaining emotional control, continuing to make good decisions (and not tilting) even when times get tough.
Enduring a losing streak is difficult for everyone, even the greatest poker players. Here are a few tips on making the experience a tad more bearable.
Think About Your Bankroll
If you’ve been losing big, the first thing you want to think about is the size of your bankroll. Even if you’re a good player and expect to win in the long run, you need to have enough money in reserve in case disaster strikes. The exact amount depends on a few factors: how well you’re playing, how important the money is to you, and how willing you are to gamble. In general, though, here are a couple good rules of thumb:
- For tournament play, you want to have 100 or more buy-ins in your account if you’re a serious player; if you’re more of a casual player you can get away with 25 or 50.
- For cash games, having fewer buy-ins less is acceptable: 50 times the max buy-in for your tables is fine in general, while less serious players would probably be fine with 20.
Remember, the goal with bankroll management is never to go bust. If you want to keep playing forever, you need to have a solid amount of cash in reserve to make sure your roll never hits zero.
Consider Moving Down in Stakes
If your skills aren’t up to par, or your bankroll isn’t big enough to support the level you’re currently playing, you might want to consider moving down to lower stakes. The move doesn’t have to be permanent, however. If you don’t feel you’re good enough or well-off enough to play at your current stakes, then you should move down for good. Sometimes, however, all you need is a temporary stay at the small-stakes tables to get your confidence back. Be honest with yourself about which move is best for you.
Study Your Play Carefully
If you’ve been losing, you should take a moment to examine your play and figure out what you’re doing wrong. Is there a specific type of hand that you’re playing incorrectly? A position where you’re either too tight or too aggressive? Find out exactly where you’re making your mistakes. If it’s not clear, try asking friends, researching online, or reading poker books to investigate how you should modify your play.
Have a Life Outside of Poker
Sometimes it’s good for your mental health to take some time away from the game and recharge your batteries. Get some exercise. Spend some time with your friends or family. Perhaps play a different game, like chess or backgammon, to get your mind off of cards and poker chips. It’s good for your psyche to get your mind off of poker for a while.
Downswings happen to everyone. The best players, though, find a way to bounce back.
Making mistakes in poker is expensive. Nobody is perfect, but by using some features built into PokerStars software you can avoid many common mistakes. Here are a few ways I minimize errors using PokerStars software:
1. Using a 4-colour deck
Using a 4-colour deck helps me read my hand quickly and accurately. It’s especially useful in games with more than two hole cards, like Omaha and Stud variants. With a two colour deck, it’s easy to confuse hearts and diamonds or spades and clubs. Misreading flushes is an expensive mistake!
2. Customizing certain tables
Sometimes I want to pay more attention to a certain table when I’m multi-tabling. If I’m lucky enough to be on the final table, I don’t want to confuse it with a tournament in its early stages. So I’ll right-click the table and change the felt colour so I remember that there’s something special going on at that table.
3. Noticing who’s in the hand
Knowing how many players are left in a hand influences just about every decision I make. There are two things I set up so that I don’t miss anyone and make a huge mistake: First, I use a back deck that contrasts from the table background so they are very noticeable. Second, I use the large opponent hole cards option.
4. Unregistering from tournaments at the end of a session
If I’ve registered for a lot of tournaments, logging off and missing a tournament is very easy to do (and a big waste of money!). So at the end of my sessions, I make sure I’m out all tournaments with Ctrl+R, which brings up the ‘Registered in Tournaments’ window.
Diego Mones Ruiz is a farmer in Buenos Aires Province in Argentina. He splits his working days between chores in his fields and playing online poker. Diego plays at Titan Poker under the nickname “tirria47″. Last week he demonstrated his poker skills by winning the iPOPS #3H Super Tues $ 75k, beating a field of 417 players to capture the $ 15,960 first prize.
In an exclusive interview with us, Diego said he would use part of the prize money to continue playing at Titan Poker, and the rest he would cash out because it came just when it was needed in real life.
Diego started by saying he wished to thank his friends and partners: María, Germán, “el Lauchon” and “all the people at Patagoniapoker for their unconditional support on this tournament and through my whole poker career. I wish them all great success!”
Q: Did you use any special strategy to win the tournament?
Diego: I always try to play aggressively during the first levels, which led to a good result in this tournament. It helped me to build a good stack for after the add-on.
I reached the bubble stage with a short stack and I was patient until my double-up hand came. Then I became aggressive again, trying to steal many pots, without jeopardizing my stack too much.
Once I reached the final table, I was in good shape. I received good cards and I reached the heads-up stage as chipleader.
The final hand was a flip: QQ vs AK suited, and winning it gave me the trophy. (Diego had the queens.)
Q: Any key moments you remember from the tournament?
Diego: I got a hand which helped my stack just at the bubble of the final table. I made a 3-bet in the button with 87 of clubs, against a very aggressive player. He floated me in a flop of 2 3 7. After a K at the turn and a T at the river, he continued to bet, and after analyzing his bet and determining it was a bluff, I felt like a winner. It was an important hand because of the chips I won and the confidence it gave me in my game.
Q: What do you plan to do with your prize money?
Diego: I’m going to use part of this prize to keep playing tournaments and cash games, and try to climb the levels little by little. I’ll do a cashout with the rest, since it came at a convenient time to support my other activity, which is going through a very rough patch right now.
Q: Do you have any advice for other players?
Diego: Try to get better every day. Learn from your mistakes. Study your opponents. Don’t try too hard to be the leader in chips. Being patient, analytic and persistent makes you win money in this sport.
A little over a week ago, we discussed how Carbon Poker is preparing for their first ever Turbo Online Poker Series. Well the preparations are complete and the inaugural TOPS is set to launch tomorrow on March 28th.
In all, TOPS will pay out $ 100,000 in guaranteed prize money over the course of 14 tournaments. And the series culminates on March 31st with a $ 15,000 guaranteed turbo tournament. Assuming you’re interested in the Main Event – or any of the other tourneys – here’s a full look at the Turbo Online Poker Series schedule (all times server time):
TOPS #1 $ 2,000 Gtd (Turbo, R/1A) Starts at 20:00, NLHE, $ 1.00 + $ 0.10 buy-in
TOPS #2 $ 7,500 Gtd (Turbo) Starts at 20:30, NLHE, $ 10.00 + $ 1.00 buy-in
TOPS #3 $ 10,000 Gtd (Turbo) Starts at 21:00, NLHE, $ 55.00 + $ 5.00 buy-in
TOPS #4 $ 7,500 Gtd (Turbo) Starts at 20:00, NLHE, $ 10.00 + $ 1.00 buy-in
TOPS #5 $ 10,000 Gtd (Turbo, 1R/1A) Starts at 20:30, NLHE, $ 30.00 + $ 3.00 buy-in
TOPS #6 $ 7,500 Gtd (Turbo) Starts at 21:00, NLHE, $ 55.00 + $ 5.00 buy-in
TOPS #7 $ 3,000 Gtd (Turbo) Starts at 16:00, NLHE, $ 10.00 +$ 1.00 buy-in
TOPS #8 $ 10,000 Gtd (Turbo, R/1A) Starts at 17:00, NLHE, $ 30.00 + $ 3.00 buy-in
TOPS #9 $ 5,000 Gtd (Turbo, HU) Starts at 18:00, NLHE, $ 30.00 + $ 3.00 buy-in
TOPS #10 $ 7,500 Gtd (Turbo) Starts at 19:00, NLHE, $ 55.00 + $ 5.00 buy-in
TOPS #11 $ 2,000 Gtd (Turbo, R/1A) Starts at 16:00, NLHE, $ 1.00 + $ 0.10 buy-in
TOPS #12 $ 7,500 Gtd (Turbo) Starts at 17:00, NLHE, $ 10.00 + $ 1.00 buy-in
TOPS #13 Main Event $ 15,000 Gtd (Turbo) Starts at 18:00, NLHE, $ 100.00 + $ 9.00 buy-in
TOPS #14 $ 10,000 Gtd (Turbo, 6-Max) Starts at 19:00, PLO, $ 100.00 + $ 9.00 buy-in
If you see a tournament that you’d really like to enter – but don’t have the buy-in money – make sure to check out the satellites at Carbon. You’ll find a variety of satellites running until March 31st, which doesn’t give you much time to win a seat.
One more thing to keep in mind here is that TOPS will feature a leaderboard race where $ 2,000 is up for grabs. First place will collect a $ 500 prize, so it’s definitely worth trying to play in as many TOPS tournaments as you can. The action starts tomorrow so don’t miss out!
Carbon Poker has added a new major event to their vast array of promotions, and it’s called the Turbo Online Poker Series. The Turbo OPS will offer $ 100,000 in guaranteed money across 14 tournaments, which take place from March 28th-31st.
What’s nice is that the buy-ins are fairly low for these speedy tournaments, with entries ranging from $ 1.10 – $ 109. And if you see a tourney that’s right up your alley – yet you can’t afford the buy-in – thee are lots of Turbo OPS satellites starting at just $ 0.27. If all of this sounds interesting to you, be sure to take a look at the following information.
Turbo OPS Tournaments
TOPS #1 $ 2K Gtd (Turbo, R/1A) – Starts at 20:00 server time, NLHE, $ 1.00 + $ 0.10 buy-in
TOPS #2 $ 7.5K Gtd (Turbo) – Starts at 20:30, NLHE, $ 10.00 + $ 1.00 buy-in
TOPS #3 $ 10K Gtd (Turbo) – Starts at 21:00, NLHE, $ 55.00 + $ 5.00 buy-in
TOPS #4 $ 7.5K Gtd (Turbo) – Starts at 20:00, NLHE, $ 10.00 + $ 1.00 buy-in
TOPS #5 $ 10K Gtd (Turbo, 1R/1A) – Starts at 20:30, NLHE, $ 30.00 + $ 3.00 buy-in
TOPS #6 $ 7.5 Gtd (Turbo) – Starts at 21:00, NLHE, $ 55.00 + $ 5.00 buy-in
TOPS #7 $ 3K Gtd (Turbo) – Starts at 16:00, NLHE, $ 10.00 +$ 1.00 buy-in
TOPS #8 $ 10K Gtd (Turbo, R/1A) – Starts at 17:00, NLHE, $ 30.00 + $ 3.00 buy-in
TOPS #9 $ 5K Gtd (Turbo, HU) – Starts at 18:00, NLHE, $ 30.00 + $ 3.00 buy-in
TOPS #10 $ 7.5K Gtd (Turbo) – Starts at 19:00, NLHE, $ 55.00 + $ 5.00 buy-in
TOPS #11 $ 2K Gtd (Turbo, R/1A) – Starts at 16:00, NLHE, $ 1.00 + $ 0.10 buy-in
TOPS #12 $ 7.5K Gtd (Turbo) – Starts at 17:00, NLHE, $ 10.00 + $ 1.00 buy-in
TOPS #13 Main Event $ 15K Gtd (Turbo) – Starts at 18:00, NLHE, $ 100.00 + $ 9.00 buy-in
TOPS #14 $ 10K Gtd (Turbo, 6-Max) – Starts at 19:00, PLO, $ 100.00 + $ 9.00 buy-in
Turbo OPS Satellites
All of the available Turbo Online Poker Series satellites are sit and go’s. However, the SNG’s are broken up into three different types with Super Turbo 6-Max, Regular 6-Max, and Full Ring SNG’s all available. The satellite buy-ins range from $ 0.27 – $ 30.50, which allows pretty much anybody to go after Turbo OPS seats.
Turbo OPS Leaderboard
The money doesn’t stop with the tournament prize pools because there’s also a Turbo OPS Leaderboard too. Players earn points by finishing as high up in as many Turbo OPS events as they can. The top 10 players will share in $ 2,000 worth of prize money, and here’s a look at the breakdown:
1st – $ 500
2nd – $ 350
3rd – $ 275
4th – $ 200
5th – $ 175
6th – $ 150
7th – $ 125
8th – $ 100
9th – $ 75
10th – $ 50