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How To Improve Your Poker Game

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Ah poker – the classic card game with several variants. Which do you prefer? The original straight? The classic five-card draw? Maybe you prefer the multiple betting rounds of Caribbean Stud or the mystery of Texas Hold’em. A few weeks ago, we provided a beginner’s guide to playing poker to help you with the vocabulary and poker hands. Now let us go a step further and share some of our favourite tips and tricks to improve your game!

To play or to fold?

We know, you’re quite excited to show you know the difference between a royal flush and a simple high card hand. You want to play as many hands as possible to be a part of the action and win! Except, playing more does not equal winning more. You don’t need to play every hand. Know that there are good and bad starting hands – for example, if you have a 2 and a 7 in Texas Hold’em, fold. Sure, you will forfeit the round and lose the money you’ve bet so far, but it is almost impossible to win since these cards will at most make a very low flush. Better to wait it out and try again the next round.

What about bluffing?

The bluff – a primary feature of poker that differs it from similar games. We know you want to try it out and see if you can get the other players to fold to your pair of 3 hearts. But, bluffing for bluffing’s sake isn’t the way to go. Bluffs only work in certain situations and when you are up against certain people. So bluff if the probability of being called is lower and remember that bluffing is not required in a game.

Upset? Avoid playing.

Tilt is slang used in poker describing the angry or frustrated emotional state of a player. This can be due to having a really bad day and choosing to play to escape your feelings, except you’ll be playing emotionally instead of rationally. Often this emotional play is overly-aggressive. Tilt can also come about when you start losing, particularly in a public and humiliating fashion, or become frustrated by the other players’ attitudes and manners. Tilting happens to every player – the most important thing is to remember to take a break and calm down, whether for a few hours or a few days. This is true in land-based casinos, but also while played at Mummys Gold, the best online casino in Ireland.

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Keep an eye on the other players

Pay attention to your opponents, even if you aren’t at the table with them. By observing, you may note that Mr. A has a tell when he bluffs, Miss B raises every time she reaches a certain position, and Mr. C always folds when there is a re-raise. When you sit down to play with them, you can use this information to help decide the strategy that will give you the best chance to win.

Consistency is key with strategy

With all of the different forms and dynamics of the game, poker strategy is a complex subject that requires much studying. The best is to pick up books and workbooks such as Jonathan Little’s The Poker Workbook and Doug Hall’s Poker Workbook for Math Geeks. The first presents 15 real poker hands and explains how the pros played them. Each step of the way you learn the logic they used. Hall’s workbook works on poker’s mental math, repeating and repeating until you know strategies and shortcuts that will help when you sit down to play. Whichever strategy you choose, you should stick with it throughout your game. Particularly as a beginner, you may start with a strategy, start thinking it isn’t working, but miss the fact that in the long-term it can even back out and win.

Folding Aces

When playing Texas Hold’em you may end up with two aces as your hole or pocket hands. Remember these are the cards dealt face-down that only you can see. Once you see these cards, you generally will bet/call/raise before the flop (the dealing of the three face-up community cards). Most of the time, two aces (“pocket rockets”) is the best Hold’em hand you can hope to have. However, sometimes you may decide to fold post-flop if other high cards show up on the table. In extremely rare cases, folding pre-flop is the best decision – namely in a satellite event for a big tournament such as the World Series when you’d win just as much by stopping as continuing on.

Video Poker – Simple Game With Big Benefits

Video Poker – Simple Game With Big Benefits
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As far as casino games go, you can’t get much more simple than Video Poker. It has a few buttons, straightforward rules, and each round generally lasts no more than a few seconds. It’s such a simplistic game, in fact, that many tend to overlook it. But underestimate not the humble game of Video Poker, because it happens to be one of the most consistently reliable ways to earn money in the world of casino games.

No, I’m not yanking your crank; Video Poker is where many professional gamblers go to make a few quick extra bucks. I said a few extra bucks, mind you; Video Poker certainly isn’t the way to get rich quick. In case you’re not aware, there is no way to get rick quick playing casino games. The only option is to smartly make small amounts of cash over long periods of time. If you want to get rich quick, invest in a pyramid scheme.

I’m kidding, don’t invest in a pyramid scheme. And certainly don’t send me an email if you do, asking why your bank account is empty and you have nothing left to your name but the tears on your cheeks.

Reliably Fair

When talking about casino games, and how good they are in terms of walking away with cash in your pocket, the key phrase is house edge. For those unaware, the house edge determines the percentage of the time that the house always wins. The house being the casino, of course. Since casinos don’t operate on hugs and compliments, they need to ensure that they are guaranteed some income from the games they offer. This is the house edge.

But since neither you nor I are a casino, we’re interested in the opposite of the house edge; the percentage of the time that the player can consistently win. Which is not to say, and please keep this in mind, that the player will always win. Depending on how skilled the player is, they have the potential to win consistently, over time, with some losses being inevitable. But, importantly, with the chance to win those losses back, with profit.

So, in a game like roulette, for example, the house edge is determined by the zero pocket or pockets. Since the zero pocket is separate from other bets, it all but certainly means that the player will lose. Hence, the house edge on a single zero pocket roulette table is 2,7%, and on a double zero pocket table is 5.2%. What is the house edge on Video Poker? 0.4%. It all starts to come together, doesn’t it?

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Skilled Play Wins The Day

But, if you thought this meant that you can now fly into a Video Poker game, slam buttons randomly, and walk away with your pockets loaded with cash, you’d be dead wrong. Just because Video Poker happens to be one of the fairest casino games available, it doesn’t mean that the game is easy, or especially user friendly. If it was, the game probably would have been discontinued long ago. Hugs and compliments, remember? They don’t pay the bills.

Video Poker is a tricky game, with an enormous amount of variables, possibilities, and difficult decisions. In fact, an amateur player could easily lose hundreds playing it, and never see a cent back. This is the nature of a casino game.

The trick is, however, that a person playing a perfect game can certainly win, and keep winning. It just depends on how you approach the game, and how skilled you are at understanding the probability involved.

Play Video Poker like A Pro

So am I suggesting that you dedicate the remainder of your life to becoming a Video Poker master? You can, if you want, but that isn’t what I’m suggesting. What I’m suggesting is that you become a moderate Video Poker player, after which you can follow a handy online strategy guide. Yes, such things exist, and are even easily created for your following convenience.

Then, am I suggesting that following a guide perfectly will make you unstoppable at Video Poker, resulting in your life now being free of financial worry?

No, I’m sorry to say, that isn’t the case. Once again; hugs and compliments. Instead, what I can suggest is that your winning rate in Video Poker will go up exponentially. You will still suffer losses, and you will still likely have to fight to earn a profit, but, over time, you will almost always walk away with more than when you started. The only trick will be to walk away when the bank balance is in the green, and not wait for that mythical future fortune you imagine is possible.

A few extra bucks in your pocket, that’s what I’m suggesting is possible. Use this new power wisely.