So many gambling games

Posted by gambler101 on Apr 30, 2010 in online gambling

Online gaming is booming, as people are looking for new ways to have fun during their spare time.

The Internet has certainly brought many changes in our lives, and games is one of them. We all love games since we are born, have you seen how little children love to play so much? This is really a very human trait. The good thing about online gambling games is that there is a wide range of available games to pick from catering to various tastes and personalities, from slots online to online poker. Cherry Red Casino is a great online casino with a wide game selection for example.

Poker for example has become very popular. It exists in many formats. Traditionally poker is played against other players and you must be skilled at strategy in order to defeat other human beings. There are literally hundreds of variations of the game of poker, draw poker, Texas Holdem, Omaha, 5-card Stud, Badugi,…, to name a few.

Poker also exists in games where you only play against the house. For example video poker is a game played on machines similar to the slot machines. Derived from draw poker, this is the game with the lowest house edge. Or Caribbean Stud Poker is another poker game where you play against the dealer and not the players, similarly to Blackjack.

Talking about blackjack, this is a very popular card game as well, favored by millions of gamblers online or in brick and mortar casinos. The movie twenty one released in 2008 is an excellent story about the game of blackjack. What is interesting about this game is that like in poker, skill can be used to gain an edge.

The reason why skill matters is that the rules are a bit complex, and the players are given choices and must make decisions, such as using insurance or doubling after split. Each action has a specific statistical expectation and the savvy players know how to put all chances on their side, including counting cards.

There are many other casino games, some of them purely based on luck: Roulette, Craps, Keno, Bingo, Baccarat, Slot Machines, etc. Depending on your personality and bankroll, you will find the game and stakes that best fit you.

One last thing to consider is to gamble with moderation. You can consult Gamblers Anonymous to learn about the risks of gambling without limit. Like all fun games and pleasurable forms of entertainment, moderation is crucial. If you play moderately at online casinos, there is nothing wrong with gambling once in a while.

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To tilt or not to tilt

Posted by gambler101 on Apr 18, 2010 in online poker

Tilt is probably the most important element that will influence your bankroll and your win ratio as a poker player.

Below are a few thoughts about the type of plays that may trigger tilt.

Folding big hands. This is a major skill to be able to fold big hands such as sets, straights or flushes. For most players it is very tough to fold them as these monster hands do not come often and they prefer to call and see for themselves rather that fold such strong hands.

It is hard to fold them, after all what if this other player was just bluffing; this would be such a waste!

There are at least two problems stemming from not being able to fold big hands: (1) these hands lead to big pots, so as you are beaten most of the time in these spots, this leads to big pots lost. This is a huge leak as if costs a lot over the long run; (2) in addition there is a secondary effect to not being able to fold big hands. It is that such losses lead to tilt, as you may feel like “omg, how come whenever I have a monster and bet the ranch, I am beaten by an even stronger monster? online poker is rigged, definitively.”

Another type of situation that may lead to tilt is when you miss a lot of hands and draws. Sometimes if feels impossible to miss so many times in a row, but this happens. This is the nature of randomness, that there will be long streams one way or the other. For players with a slightly impatient nature (and most are), it is hard to withstand and it is often the precursor of tilt.

The key point is that you cannot follow your emotions to be successful at online poker. It is not enough to use a pokerstars bonus code to improve your bankroll. You also have to overcome your emotions and make tough decisions all the time if you want to make consistent money at poker.

Skilled players somehow play in an “unnatural way”. They use their brain more and their heart less. Control yourself and you will do way better at online poker.

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Bill Smith and Longdoodie

Posted by gambler101 on Apr 3, 2010 in live poker

Bill Smith won the WSOP’ main event in 1985.

He was a very interesting poker character. He did not play terribly well when he was either sober or drunk, but in between he had a fantastic loose-aggressive style. When he won the WSOP main event, he arrived sober at the final table, but kept on drinking until he was completely intoxicated. By then he had accumulated a massive pile of chips and his aggressive plays aided by some good luck led him to the finish line.

In the mid 1960’s, there was huge poker around the western part of the Lone Star State. Bill was running a large game in an apartment house. His partner was Tennessee Longgoodie AKA James Roy. Both are in the pictures in Doyle’s book.

Bill played in games with many of the old rounders in those photographs: Johnny Moss, Doyle Brunson, Sailor Roberts, Amarillo Slim, George Barnes, Joe Floyd, Doc Ramsey, Pat Renfro, Paul Harvey, and Skeet Childress. The ole big hat Rangers raided Bill’s big game, the Cattleman’s game. Bill Smith had been arrested, robbed, stiffed, broke, and made some sweet scores also.

Back then they played with paper money. When a game ran all night, there would be huge stacks with lots of ones, five, twenties. After such an all day and all night game, it boiled down to four players, Bill, Tennessee Longgoodie and two wealthy producers, live ones.

Goodie and Bill threw in together with a sign, this being the way things were done back then. The sun was just coming up and there were only the four of them in this motel room. A big pot a show horse couldn’t jump over comes up between the two businessmen. There are big piles of paper money on the table and this saddens Bill and Goodie because one of them is about to bust the other one.

Now Jake had this habit of moving in on a flush draw and if he caught a call, he would jump up from the table and have everyone tell him how the deal came out. Well, he jumps up and runs to the window. Now the other fellow pockets what little he had left and gets up and gets his coat and leaves. Jake followed him outside and they were talking. Goodie and Bill were peeking out the window. The big ole pot was still sitting there in the center of the table as were the cards.

Finally they both drive off. Goodie and Bill cut up that money like it was a boarding house pie. They won one of the biggest pots of the night and neither of them were even in the pot.

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