His First Real Poker Game

Perry had been playing poker for years with his buddies. It started in college. Their weekly home games involved some pretty crazy versions of Poker. Games with names like Casino, Fiery Cross, 2-2-1, Pineapple, and “Deuces, Jacks, Man with the Ax, but a Pair of Natural 7’s Wins the Pot” were just some of the unique games they played. Oh sure, they would play “Texas Hold ‘Em.” But Hold ‘Em was one of the purer games that they played, and only occasionally. Perry was used to playing “Dealer’s Choice” (as the “deal” passes to the left of the previous dealer, the new dealer decides what game will be dealt with the new hand).

Now in his mid-20’s, it was a unique experience for him when he went to a real Poker room for the first time to play in a real Poker game. He chose to play “Hold ‘Em.” It would be strange for him to play the same game, hand after hand. But he looked forward to seeing what it was like to play poker in the largest Poker Room in the world.

When he walked in the door and entered the Main Room, he was not prepared for what he would see. The room was huge, and he had never seen so many poker tables in his life. Watching tournaments on TV don’t really give the viewer a true feel of what a big Poker Room looks like.

There were several different games to choose from in the Poker room: Hold ‘Em, 7 Card Stud, and Omaha. Perry decided ahead of time that he wanted to play Hold ‘Em. Once he was in the Casino, he had to decide whether to play a limit game or a no-limit game. Then there was the choice of what stakes to play. Perry didn’t feel that he was ready for a no-limit game, so he decided on the $2-$4 limit Hold ‘Em game.

He searched around the large room trying to figure out how to find the $2-$4 game. This particular Poker Club is a loud place. Public announcements are being made, calling players to available seats from several locations throughout the room. There are cocktail waitresses, food servers, and porters running up & down the aisles taking care of the customers. There are even Massage Therapists giving “Chair Massages” to players as they are playing their hands. It was a lot of sensory stimulation for this guy on his first visit.

Perry noticed that there were men & women dressed in tuxedos (called Floor People) scattered throughout the room. He decided to ask one of them to point out the $2-$4 Hold ‘Em tables. When they found Perry a seat, his heart began to beat faster with excitement. They sat him in seat #9, directly to the dealer’s right. Perry pulled $50 from his wallet, and the dealer exchanged his cash for 50 $1 chips. These were the first professional Poker Chips that Perry had ever held in his hands. His excitement continued.

He was playing at a full table. The Big Blind was one position to his right, which meant that Perry was the first to act. He looked at his two cards which were a 7 of hearts and a Deuce of Spades. Everyone will agree that a 7/Deuce off-suit is the worst Hold ‘Em hand one can be dealt (perhaps Perry should have seen this as an omen). He folded his hand. But he watched intently as the rest of the hand progressed.

Playing a game of Poker at a table full of strangers is definitely different than playing with a table full of one’s buddies.

As the game continued, Perry began to relax, and was able to focus on his cards. Unfortunately for him, the river card always seemed to be a hand killer for him. So many times he thought he had the winning hand, and then the river card would hit the table, and he just knew that someone else made their straight or their flush, and his 2 pair would not be able to stand up. And so often, he was right.

Besides learning about Poker at this Poker Club, Perry also had to learn from whom to order a beverage to pay the least amount of money. Perry decided to stay sober at his first professional experience, so he was ordering Pepsi. When a Porter came by, and Perry ordered a Pepsi, he was charged $1. Later, when the cocktail waitress offered him a drink, the Pepsi cost $1.75. And when a food server was delivering a meal to one of the people at his table, he ordered another Pepsi, which cost him 50 cents. Live and learn. My suggestion is to always order from the food server, so you can throw them a buck, and they get a 50 cent tip out of it.

When his money ran out, Perry decided not to re-buy. He was done for the night. This was a smart move for his first Casino Poker experience. He then walked around the room and watched other games of varying stakes. He saw pots of hundreds of dollars being won. He thought how he could never play in those higher stake games. When he walked out of the Casino, he was tired and his mind was spinning.

Perry was fascinated by his real Poker experience. He was able to see Poker in a completely different light. He still participates in his weekly game with friends. But now there is talk at his table about several of his buddies getting together and going to the Poker Club to see what it’s all about. So next week at the buddy game, there should be some very interesting dialog about their professional experiences.

It’s important to remember to change up one’s style of play when one makes a switch from a private game with friends to a Casino game with strangers.

Texas Holdem Bonus: No Poker Face? No Problem – Just Beat the Casino Dealer to Win This Table Game

There are poker rooms galore in most major casinos worldwide. Perhaps you’ve seen the action during your visit(s),but had reservations about playing the game of choice for most poker players, Texas Holdem, for fear of intimidation from seasoned players. If so, you should try the table game called Texas Holdem Bonus. If you can’t hold a poker face, no problem. The objective is to beat the casino dealer, just as you would in Blackjack and most other table games.

How Texas Holdem Bonus is Played

  • One single 52 card is used. All players must first make an Ante wager. An optional Bonus bet if chosen must also be made at this time.
  • All players and the dealer receive two face down hole cards. Players must decide to either Fold or make an additional bet to see the Flop, which is a bet to see the next three community cards, which can be used by all players to complete their best five card poker hand. The flop bet must be twice the ante amount.
  • After the flop, players may either check(make no bet bu remain in the hand), of make a Turn bet, which is a bet to see the fourth community card. The turn bet must be equal to the ante. The players may check again or make a bet equal to the ante to see the fifth and final River card.

Players and dealer then play heads up to make their best five-card hand using the hole cards and the community cards.The best poker hand wins.

If the house dealer wins, the player loses all wagers except the bonus bet if made. If the player wins, he flop, turn, and river bets pay even money. For the player to get paid on the ante bet s/he must have at least a flush or higher. (Some casinos pay for a straight or higher.) Otherwise the bet pushes.

If bet, the bonus payout is based on the players two hole cards and will be paid even if s/he loses the original hand.

Bonus Bet Pay Table

Bonus pay tables do vary between jurisdictions. Here is a common one:

Player Cards Payout

  • Player/Dealer A, A- 1,000/1 (Not offered everywhere)
  • A, A- 30/1
  • A, K, suited 25/1
  • A, Q, or A, J, suited-. 20/1
  • A, K, unsuited- 15/1
  • KK, QQ, JJ- 10/1
  • A,Q, or A, J, unsuited- 5/1
  • 2,2 through 10,10- 3/1 (Not offered everywhere)

Recommended Strategy

Players should fold an unsuited 2/3 through 2/7. Otherwise bet the flop.

Be aware that you will need a decent stake to buy in. If you play at a $5 minimum table and you bet all positions, flop, turn, and river, including the bonus, one hand will cost you $30.

The house edge is about 2% but jumps to 8% when the optional bonus bet is made.

Good Luck!

Online Poker Rooms

Poker has now started dominating the online gaming industry, offering round-the-clock poker tournaments. All that is required for online poker is a computer with Internet connection. An online poker room is actually a company that allows players to use its software to participate in the poker game. Online poker rooms generally make profit by incurring a percent of money from most of the played pot, known as rake. In real, rakes range between 5 and 20%. But, online poker rooms charge only 5% as rake, since the overhead expenses are low.

Before selecting an online poker room, it is vital to check whether its connections are protected by a reliable Internet security firm. Another requirement for online poker room is a license from a trusted gaming commission. The next is to check whether the poker room offers unique features like multi-table features, personalization features, and operating system compatibility. Player traffic also plays an important role in online poker rooms. The larger the traffic, the more games you can participate in and the more players you may win or lose against.

In addition, the level of bonuses and promotions of online poker rooms must be checked for. But, beware of scams involved in it. For instance, some online poker rooms advertise to offer huge bonuses. Sometimes, it may not be a scam. However, it is always advisable to play in respectable poker rooms, offering reasonable bonuses. Other important factors to be considered for selecting an online poker room are financial stability, accessible customer service, and ease of competitions. Player reviews are regarded as one of the best sources to compare various online poker rooms and choose an appropriate online poker room.

Online poker rooms include poker rooms of large online poker networks and independent poker rooms. A poker room belonging to online poker networks is called a skin. Some of the top names in poker networks with online poker rooms are The Cryptological Network, iGlobal Media, Prima Poker, and The Tribeca network. Among the significant independent poker rooms are Poker Champs, Pacific Poker, and Paradise Poker.

Is PokerStars the Best Online Poker Room?

The world has extremely many online poker rooms, and depending on where you live, you can play at most of them. Some are for US citizens only, others are not allowed for American customers. E.g. Full Tilt Poker is not allowed in every country in Europe, unless you pay some sort of tax, assuming that you want the money you win withdrawn from the poker room.

Americans can’t play at any poker rooms they want neither. Some years ago PartyPoker lost a lot of customers, due to a law in the US that forbid americans to play gambling related games at foreign suppliers, such as PKR, PartyPoker and LuckyAcePoker.

One poker room though, is available to all, and legal for all to withdraw money from, and it is PokerStars. PokerStars is by far the most crowded online poker room, and that’s definitely not a disadvantage for neither the players nor the poker room itself. There is at any time a free chair at a table with any player’s favorite game, and at any different stake that the player wants to play.

What about the number of different games? Well, when a specified type of game is becoming popular at one poker room, it is likely to move across all poker rooms, so today most poker games are available at any of the online poker rooms. The most common poker games today is Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo (8 or better), Stud, Razz, Five-card draw, Deuce to Seven (Triple Draw or Single Draw) and Badugi. Also the mix-type games such as HORSE, HOSE, Mixed Hold’em and Mixed Omaha Hi/Lo are all offered at PokerStars and all the other poker rooms as well.

Also, online poker rooms need to do marketing to attract new players. The way they do in the online poker business, is to sign a sponsorship with professional poker players and by that binding them to play at the poker room. That’s why you see people playing poker on television, that wears caps, t-shirts or other clothing. Phil Ivey, Gus Hansen and Chris Ferguson is sponsored by Full Tilt Poker and they are all bound to play online at Full Tilt Poker as well as doing other marketing stunts. At PokerStars they have Daniel Negreanu, Chris Moneymaker and Viktor “Isildur1” Blom to attract customers, but they also are the headline sponsor at the event EPT (European Poker Tour).

When you want to play poker, you can always find yourself a comfortable seat at PokerStars. It is the most popular poker room, and whether your are a pro or a newbie there is a table that fits you. If you don’t want to play with real money, you can just choose to play using fun money or playmoney and with them practice until you feel safe about playing at the real money tables.

If you have a friend that already plays at PokerStars, and you don’t have any money on your own account, you can just ask him or her to borrow you some. PokerStars has a feature that allows players to transfer money between each other, and that can be used if you are running low on your own poker account. Just remember that if you want to maintain your friendship, it’s recommended to pay back the money you borrow, and you can of course use the same money transfer system to transfer back the money.

If you want a little money boost, you can choose to write a PokerStars Bonus Code when you sign up. If you do this, you can get up to $600 extra on your first deposit – it’s a 100% bonus, so PokerStars gives you the same amount as you deposit, so go find a PokerStars Bonus Code, and get extra money, and then play poker to win the millions.

Omaha Poker: Here’s Where You Get Four Hole Cards Instead of Two

If you’re a poker player you undoubtedly know that Texas Holdem is the number one choice for players at poker room tournaments and cash games. The game is so popular that even James Bond favored it over his preferential game of Baccarat in the 2006 remake of the 1967 movie, Casino Royal..

The lesser known game of Omaha Poker is also offered at most major poker rooms. One version is called Pot Limit Omaha There are two major differences between Pot Limit and No limit Holdem:

· Players are dealt four hole cards instead of two

· Players may only raise to the size of the pot

All the other action is the same. There are five community up cards dealt by the house dealer between betting rounds: three called the flop, one called the turn and one more called the river.

Before play, the dealer places a white disc called the button in front of the player immediately to her left. The button represents a theoretical dealer and holds an advantage for the player because he is the last to act during a hand. The button moves one player to the left after each round.

The first player to the left of the button is called the small blind. The player to the left of the small blind is the big blind. Both players must put a pre-determined amount of money in the pot before any cards are dealt. The blinds also move one position to the left after each round. Their purpose is to incite action by ensuring an ample amount of money in the pot prior to play. The amounts increase after preset timed periods. Four cards are dealt clockwise face down to each player. The first player to the left of the big blind is under the gun and starts the action with one of three options:

o Muck, (fold) all four cards to stay out of the hand

o Call, by betting the amount of the big blind

o Raise, by betting twice the amount of the big blind.

Players may think that having four hole cards to play with may be more beneficial than two as in Texas Holdem but it’s quite the contrary because you can only use two of the cards together with three community cards from the board to make your best possible This makes the game very interesting. Here are some reasons why:

· The size of the pot grows quickly because the four hole cards allow for more drawing hands. Players often see the hands to the end of the betting rounds because the two card choice is not made until the final hand is played.

· In that the drawing hands are more frequent, opponents also have hands that they are more likely to bluff with.

· Double suited hands with high cards such as a Jack, King of spades and an Ace, Queen of diamonds are favorites due to the flush possibilities.

· Unfavorable hands at pre-flop can include three of a kind and two pair because only two of the cards can be used in the final round.

Another version of Omaha Poker is called Hi-LO Omaha, which is played exactly the same as Pot Limit except the pot is divided between the winners with the highest ranking hand and the lowest ranking hand. A winning low ranking hand cannot contain any pair or a card higher than an eight. Also, a straight with ace through five can be used to win a high or low hand.

Next time you’re in the casino poker room you may want to give Omaha a try.

Good Luck!

Casino Games – Online Poker – Part One

Let’s start with differences of online poker from off line poker game and the pros and cons of the online version. The main principal difference is obvious – gamblers, the opponents cannot see each other. Hence, on one hand a player does not have to maintain his “poker image” and on the other hand the player cannot “read” the opponent hand by focusing on the Body Language. So, in online poker room the psychological moment of the game is rather weak, for somebody it is good and for someone it is not so good. In other respects online poker presents only advantages and it will take a long time to name all of them. Here are the main ones.

Any room the same as any online casinos work 24 hours a day 365 days a year and any gambler may play all around the clock hole year.

A player does not have to tog up and go somewhere. Playing poker online at the computer is more comfortable that at the casino table.

The gambler can choose from a wide variety of games including the rarest ones, may play during a fifteen minute break; or leave the table any time. Players may participate in a number of tournaments and cash-games, can play short handed tables or face-to-face, may play at several online poker room tables at a time, play many games in an hour with simultaneous shuffling and dealing. Time limit for decision taking makes the game more dynamic. The players do not have to control and count the jackpot and their own chips.

Playing poker online is a good practice for the beginners playing micro limits which cannot be found in off line casino.

Before playing the game.

If you are ready to play poker online, you should install client programs. Basically the software comprises two parts – server part – here the cards are generated and information about all the gamblers is collected. Client’s part – here the player sees the cards, opponents and makes gaming decisions. Both parts of the software are connected via the Internet and constantly exchange information.

Client programs.

Client programs can be of two types: downloaded (executable programs) and non-downloaded (flash or java, played in the browser). Non-downloaded programs are less convenient though their number is increasing. To play non-downloaded poker room version a gambler should, as a rule, press some button like “Instant Play”, then a small browser window will be opened and the poker room software will be downloaded there. If this is java program, the player should have java scripts enabled in his browser, flash plug-in should be installed to view flash. The players are likely to have Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher with 128-byte encryption.

If you prefer downloaded version (and it is more convenient and functional), please find the section “Download” at the web site and download the program (usually 4-8 Mb, though sometimes occur small ones less than 1MB; they download the software after the launch and then will install the client). When the download is complete, start the program and it will install the client program. As a rule the client will automatically add the icon of the poker room at your desktop or to folder “Programs”.

Rules for the registration at the poker rooms, money depositing and withdrawal of the winning money are the same as in online casinos. When registering, fill out the application, indicate your full name, address, phone number, email, select login and password, and also your screen name that will be used during the poker room playing sessions. Almost all online poker rooms accept cards. There are a few e-wallets such as Moneybookes, Neteller, Firepay and so on to ease the players funding options.

Are You Fascinated By Online Poker Casino Gambling? Know More!

It is late and no one else is awake. What you really want is a rousing game of poker. Happily, there are a number of chances to play poker at your online casino. Just sit down and log in to your favorite site, or possibly check out that new online casino poker gambling site that just started.

Online casino poker gambling is no longer available in the U.S. due to a ban passed by the government in 2006, called the Unlawful Internet Enforcement Gaming Act (UIGEA). A few of the casinos in other parts of the world declined to accept players from the U. S. for a bit, until they could be assured that money would still be securely obtained. That is changing now that money can securely change hands.

There are several payment options available for online gamblers; credit cards, Neteller, Firepay, Paypal and wire transfers.

Online casino poker gambling is very popular. One site, Bodog, advertises that they will soon deal their one billionth poker hand. That is very exciting. To increase the excitement, Bodog is offering more and more incentives and prizes from the 980,000,000 hand on. This illustrates how some of the older sites are so successful for so long. Some of the online casino pokers’ gambling rooms have famous players’ fresh from the latest televised tournament, as hosts. There are many versions of poker tournaments, with the best being offered by the more experienced older casinos.

Some of the benefits of newly opened online poker casinos are; awesome sign up deals, superior software designed for the game, and a more entertaining site. For instance, the player can select an icon that uniquely represents themselves at the playing table. The better sites will have excellent customer support and are licensed in the area where they originate. They will also ensure the players privacy and refuse to sell information to third parties.

All online casinos are aware that if they do not operate fairly, they could be blacklisted. There are several opportunities for players to provide reviews of the online casino they frequent.

Some words of caution are appropriate here. As with any game, educating yourself about the rules, strategies and how much money you are willing to lose are of paramount importance. Remember, Poker is a game of skill. The elements of chance that are sure to surprise the player are what provide the excitement of the game. There a number of books and online sites that will provide the education needed to be a successful poker player. Not only will you learn what to bid and what to fold, you can even learn how to cheat. Casinos are on the look out for cheaters and will banish them at the outset. It is poor business to tolerate cheating. By studying how to cheat, you can learn to recognize when it is happening at your table and beat a hasty retreat. It is also imperative to report cheating if you suspect that it is happening.

Online Poker Games – Game Point And Advantage

A game which has rules is an online poker game, where each game has a specific set of rules that differ between every casino on the net or website’s setting. The main attraction of an online poker match as the most-played game is because rules can vary slightly between one place and another, and yet it will still follow the main guidelines which allow everyone to feel comfortable with the game along with its guidelines to play.

But, there must be an accepted bunch of rules which each of the players may refer to if confusion sets in. This is why free tutorials have been made available on the net along with books on how to go about playing an online poker game. Offering the player instructions about how to play the game is what these books do, either online or real life. These tutorials provide tips to beat the opponent, when you must risk your cards and when you should hold them.

Poker games online are always so popular. Why is it so? Poker games on the net help the beginners learn to play the game in their own speed with the free software. If they think they are game to playing with others, online poker websites are the thing for them. Online poker games allow novices to gamble as little as 1¢ with free poker rolls to anyone who enter into the table without fee. The attractions in online game rooms are that players need not feel all that pressure from the rest of the players to perform without committing mistakes.

Playing poker games online will hone your probability skills, improve computing capabilities, propagates social inter reaction and teaches one how to play well. The type of players that the casino casts out (novices), the poker that?s online embraces. That is the main reason for the online poker to be one of the largest collectors of revenue from online casinos.

Despite all the benefits provided by online poker, a chief concern is

Like the professional casinos at Las Vegas, a watchful eye is present before each poker room. This “eye” checks for illegitimacy. Online poker games’ security checks out the IP address that belongs to a computer unit to confirm that not more than one unit play the game; thereby illegitimate game play is avoided.

Mainstream poker sites get players hooked by conducting tournaments. The winners of the poker tournament get a chance to try out real poker in casinos that host the programme. Tournaments may make players play at the World Series Poker Championship Games. Better your skills more are the chances of you winning a prize. As far as test of skills is concerned, these poker websites make it possible to play with real masters of the game.

Because of all these advantages, it isn’t a surprise that poker on the net is a successful business. But being a champion varies in the real world. Real poker can distract you when you are playing. The acclaimed “poker face” must be perfected before an online poker player can take on real poker. Online poker does not teach us that.

Apart from misleading your counterpart physically; there is no difference between playing on the net or playing a real game of poker. poker on the net and the real game are about betting cash.

The main advantage in playing poker online is the absence of intimidating opponents. Because you are new to the game, it helps to not have opponents present as it helps you improve your skills.

After you have become comfortable with the game play, you may sign up with various websites to play the game. Your first game can be quite challenging especially if you haven’t got the hang of it yet. Although, you will get better at the game when other players play and everything becomes clearer.

But the only thing that remains unchanged in any poker game is the prevalence of addiction in any form of gambling. The game revolves around taking risks, playing with guts and paying due attention for your skills and ultimately winning once or twice.

Even then it’s still the poker games online that attract novices everyday. The internet destroys all barriers of space, time and race; in this world, there is no better feeling than to win at the game!

How To Start Your Own Online Casino and Poker Gaming Business

Did you know that online gambling business is currently one of the fastest growing business categories in the world? The popularity of online gaming is increasing rapidly and this year has seen significant growth in Europe and Asia. In China and Malaysia, there are twice as many online gamers as there are Internet shoppers. Around 43% of Chinese Internet users play games online, while just 16% report that they shop online.

Revenues in online gaming business rose from only $800 million to over $2 billion in 1999! By year 2010, it is estimated that online gambling industry will top over $16 billion in revenues! London-based Merrill Lynch analyst Andrew Burnett says online gambling could generate more than $150 billion in revenues by 2015.

Until recently small entrepreneurs had no chance of getting into the gambling industry, because of huge capital investments, gaming license acquisitions and legal red tape. The internet eliminated all the obstacles. You can now own and promote your own online casino, sportsbook and multiplayer poker room gaming business and generate revenues you’ve only dreamt about.

There are 3 ways to start an online gaming business:

1) Most Expensive – Design and implement all gambling software for an online casino, sportsbook and multiplayer poker room which could cost you millions of US Dollars. You will also need to obtain a gaming license to run your online gaming business, which requires approval from most governments. However, you will have full control of your gambling site, and full knowledge of the source code of your gambling software. In addition, no royalties are paid out to a gambling software development company.

2) Average – Become a Licensee of an Online Gambling Software Provider. This is a far less expensive option to start an online gambling business and you will receive all the gambling software and sometimes even the equipment necessary. It is also the most popular option for both licensed land-based establishments as well as entrepreneurs. Costs range from $30,000 to $350,000. The average licensing fees are around $150,000 (this usually includes marketing costs). In most cases a royalty is paid to the gambling software provider as a percentage of the monthly “take” or “drop” (gross profit). Usually the gambling software provider has payment processing (merchant account providers) already set up for a fully turnkey operation.

3) Most Affordable – Become a Sublicensee of an existing Licensee. This is the least expensive option to start an online gambling business. Costs range from $5,000 to $60,000. The sublicensee is responsible for all the marketing and receives a smaller percentage than a full licensee (2), because royalties paid to the licensee are much higher.

To legally operate online gambling businesses, online casino and poker room owners turn to sovereign governments in countries that permit online gambling and duly issue licenses for gambling operations. The casinos and poker rooms are registered as offshore gambling operations and in turn, the respective countries gain significant licensing fees and tax-generated revenues.

As Internet use spreads across the globe, online gambling business will continue to be one of most profitable online business opportunities of the 21st century.