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    Cheating in online poker

    This article goes over the most common ways people cheat in poker rooms, the policies most poker rooms have concerning cheating and gives advice on how to protect yourself from cheaters.

    Unfortunately this is quite a common problem in online poker rooms. Poker rooms spend a lot of time and money fighting this problem, along with constantly improving their security systems. Obviously this is not just a concern of the poker room, but also the players who could potentially be swindled out of a great deal of money.

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    Posted in All about poker | 4,187 Comments » November 12, 2007

    Calculating Pot Odds and Pot Percentages

    Calculating pot odds is one of the most helpful tools to becoming a better poker player. All good players in a high limit game know how to calculate pot odds. Though it’s not the only key to success, it is an integral skill to have and of utmost importance in keeping you from making simple mistakes.

    It’s nearly impossible to calculate the pot odds during a particularly complicated hand, which is why it’s important for a player to continuously analyze his hand before making the next move. Doing this helps you retain that information for future hands/games. You will soon feel more comfortable making quick decisions and often notice that you will begin to act without much analysis. This is certainly an important topic to pay close attention to.

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    Posted in Poker for beginners | 9,335 Comments » November 5, 2007

    Micro Limit Games – Turn and River

    A turn is the most important stage in taking control of the bank. It is when you must make the important decision as to whether you will increase the size of the bank based on a strong poker hand or call the bet on a weaker hand. If you are hoping to draw a combination, you will want to make seeing the river as inexpensive as possible. Mind that if there are many players in the pot you may increase it having even not complete combination. Though, that is quite difficult for newer players to do.

    In most cases, a player on the turn should clearly plan what he will do on the river. That is why, when playing the turn, it is best to think about all the possible plays your opponent could make in various situations from the beginning of the game to the end.

    This guide will go over different situations and explain what a suggested play would be.

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    Posted in Poker for beginners, Strategy of Micro Limit Poker | 2,863 Comments » October 30, 2007

    Online poker opportunities. Making a right choice.

    As time goes by, poker enjoys more and more popularity around the world. Millions of people are getting involved into poker and it actually becomes more then a game, gaining a status of a social event. Poker Tournaments with multi-million prize pools become regular, and poker experts make nuts on them, increasing their bankroll to the size of a fortune…

    In the Internet there are a lot of online poker rooms, where one can learn and start playing poker for real money or just practice while playing different poker variations like Texas Hold’em, Omaha and 7 Card Stud. Read it all…

    Posted in Poker for beginners | 12,438 Comments » October 26, 2007

    Micro Limit Games – Flop Strategy

    A flop is the most important part of a game as very serious decisions are made at this time. Five cards are already known and now you may decide either to stay in the game or check-fold. Bets are still not very high at the flop. Playing correctly will help you judge your position correctly. You will also be able to get a great deal of information about your contenders’ hands and make an approximate plan for playing on a turn and a river. Playing incorrectly at this stage can cause many problems later on. If you want a big win, follow this advice.

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    Posted in Poker for beginners, Strategy of Micro Limit Poker | 2,434 Comments » October 3, 2007

    Micro Limit Games – Pre-flop Strategy

    We will describe the pre-flop game strategy on full-hand tables (10max) here.

    Micro limit games (~0.02/0.04) have some peculiarities in comparison to a game with higher limits. You will find the highest ratio of an average bank size to a big blind size here. This means that the highest percent of drawn combinations are paid-out. Contenders play very freely and lose their stacks easily. The best strategy for this game will be a reliable tight play if you are a new player. Of course, that strategy is not very profitable, but a new player would fare better playing this way. You shouldn’t play weak hands which may cause difficulties when you play the post-flop.

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    Posted in Strategy of Micro Limit Poker | 4,156 Comments » September 26, 2007

    Strategy in Freerolls

    The strategy described below can be used only in freerolls. It can’t be applied to usual MTTs (Multi Table Tournaments).

    We shall consider the strategy of a freeroll game with the standard structure: the initial stack is 60-100ВВs (Big Blinds) and the level-up (an interval of time in which blinds grow) is 8-12 minutes.

    Some rooms have turbo freerolls with level-up of 2-3 minutes. But most freerolls still have a standard structure, which is the reason why we will be discussing them in this article. In reading the article, you will notice that it is not chalk full of specialized poker terms in order to make it easier for a beginner to understand.


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    Posted in Freerolls | 6,813 Comments » September 21, 2007

    Micro Limit Poker – Introduction

    The articles about micro limit poker are published on this site to teach new players how to play for cash. The second goal of these articles is to help a player save some starting capital after winning a freeroll, a small deposit or a no deposit bonus.

    After your first win in a freeroll, try to increase this amount by playing for cash at the cheapest tables a poker room can offer. The most important thing in playing on these tables, is not the amount you win, but how easy it can be to win. Saving your bank-roll (all the money you have in a poker room) allows you to constantly conquer more expensive cash games. Having a strong desire to win and self-discipline aids you in becoming a successful player at these limits. This also helps to build confidence in your strength. Don’t try to play higher limits at this stage of the game. Also don’t pay too much attention to the fact that many contenders play poorly, and you can win more money there. There is a very strict regularity in poker when average level of contenders’ skills grows with limits. It’s rare that you come across a player who managed to win a great deal, even at NL $20.
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    Posted in Strategy of Micro Limit Poker | 4,787 Comments » September 16, 2007

    How to start from scratch in online poker.

    When we speak about starting “from scratch” it means that you start your poker career without any financial investments. It is possible because practically all poker rooms organize freerolls regularly. Freerolls are advertised tournaments without any buy-ins, which instead offer real money prizes. As a rule, there are many participants in these tournaments. They also have a rather small prize-winning fund. Many people think they just waste their time playing freerolls and would rather start playing with a small sum of money. Some would partially agree with this point of view as it is based on logic, but there is an important reason to start playing with no money down. It is easy for a player to become too entrenched in the game. A player may come to realize that poker is not his game, if he has a tremendous losing streak. It can extremely negatively affect his future life.
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    Posted in Poker for beginners | 5,942 Comments » August 27, 2007

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