Poker Strategies and Tips – How to Win Poker Games


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Poker has become a popular card game that many people are engrossed to try and play. With poker tournaments becoming a hit these days, there are also a lot of people who wants to learn to play and master this exciting game of cards. Winning at poker means you need some poker strategies and tips to be able to outsmart other players in the table.

What is exciting about poker is that, you can still win even if you don’t have the best cards or the best hands. You can even win over other players who have the best cards and beat them with your strategies. For some poker strategies and tips that you may find useful in playing poker, here are a few of them.

- Allocate a certain amount that you are willing to risk in a poker game. In any gambling game, you have to follow this rule always so you won’t end up depleting your bank account because you are trying to chase the amount that you lost in the first rounds of poker.

- Vary your play as much as you can. In contrast to other games that you stick with your strategy or play consistently, you have to vary your play in poker to win. If your opponent can detect your strategy, you can be manipulated until you lost much of your money. You have to keep your game plan in secret and undetected or else, you will most likely fail in winning a game.

- Know where to sit on the table. This may be a trifling matter for some but if you want to succeed in making more wins at poker, you have to make sure you are seated at your most comfortable position – one that allows you to make your game strategy work. If you are seated next to the dealer, and the first one to put on your bet, that means you have to make the first move without being able to analyze the cards of your opponents. If you are seated in the ‘late position seats,’ you may be able to take action a little later that others, allowing you to ‘read’ or guess their probable hand. Although they both have advantages and disadvantages, it is important for you to be seated at the position that will work with your strategy.

- You can choose not to play every hand to be able to save losses. Indeed, one of the important poker strategies and tips is to realize that you don’t have to play every hand and learn how to fold if you think your hand cannot win. This is a good strategy that you have to learn especially if you are just starting to learn poker, as beginners are often enthusiastic to play that they thought they should play every hand.

- Practice the poker face. It is a fact that emotions show in your face and that can be a great hint for your opponents to check out what you got – whether you have a good or a bad hand. In poker, players can often tell if the next card on the table has a good match with yours by simply looking at your face, reactions, and mannerisms. You are allowed to bluff in a poker game and this tip is also a way for your opponents to really check out if you are just bluffing.

These are just a few of the poker strategies and tips that can help you master the game and make extra cash from it. The more you know, the more you will be able to enjoy and have fun with the game.

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The Casino Gambling Luck

Ever heard someone saying he just got lucky at the casino? Well, he’s lying. Because casino gambling isn’t about luck. It’s about skill, strategy, and outwitting the other players. No one can call himself lucky when he wins in poker, blackjack, or baccarat; chances are, he spends the game time thinking hard and reviewing his moves. There is no luck in that because eventually, he simply outwits the other players. There is only one game wherein a person can tell himself he got lucky in casino gambling. That one game is the slots.

Slot machines are the crowd pleasers among all casino games. Casino patrons usually start their casino gambling career by trying out their luck with the slot machines. The big come-on of slot machines that entices new players is the possibility of winning a big amount, or even the jackpot, for just a little cash. Further, there is no need to be an expert or to have the best poker face — all that is needed, really, is pure luck.

The slot machines are also the most numerous machines in any Vegas casino. A typical casino usually has at least a dozen slot machines or even a slot machine lounge. Even convenience stores sometimes have their own slot machines for quick bets. Though people don’t usually come to a casino just to play at the slots, they use the machines while waiting for a vacant spot in the poker table or until their favorite casino game starts a new round. Statistics show that a night of casino gambling does not end without a visit at the slot machines for most casino patrons.

Aside from being accessible, the slot machines are easy enough to play. As I mentioned earlier, no special skill is required in playing. The game’s objective is to chance upon the winning combination — different combinations vary in the amount of winnings. Usually, a combination is as easy as chancing upon three identical objects on the screen. Sometimes, even combinations which are not identical also amount to something. Hit the right combination and the player takes home the jackpot. This, of course, depends on the system of the slot machine. A player just have to insert his money in the slot and press the button to make the reels turn. Slot machines are casino gambling games that perhaps require the most number of wishful and hopeful thinking.

But despite the popularity and facility of playing slot machines, there are people who brand the game as the worst form of casino gambling. But these are people who probably are on the wrong side of Lady Luck. In fact, slot machines pose the most number of winnings. Players also possess the most advantage in playing slots than any other casino game. Perhaps, the most obvious of the slot’s advantages is that it practically negates the need for skill. I stress that slot machines are based purely on chance and luck. Playing strategies are not important; the skills players most likely need are the abilities to insert money and to push the button. Not exactly hard compared to the concentration and strategy needed to win the other games. Second, if you are not well-versed on the basics of poker, blackjack, and other card games, you stand the risk of losing lots of money. It is different with slots. You bet a dollar or two; when you lose, it’s only a dollar or two. But if you win, you take home as much as a hundred bucks for your dollar. That is unlikely to happen in poker where your winnings can’t even cover up for the money you lost. Third, most slot machines’ pay-out percentages are in the mid to high 90’s. These percentages are higher than the ones usually offered for the other games.

Clearly, the most basic advantage of the slot machines is that it requires no thinking and effort. The game of slots is very relaxing in its simplicity. This is probably the reason why casino gambling patrons continue to patronize the slots even after many years. After all, relaxation is their main purpose in engaging in casino gambling.

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What Are Instant Win Games?

Online gambling is a very wide spread industry, and as you may be able to tell there are literally hundreds of different types of real money gambling games that you can play online.

In the European market there are more than 50 different sites that provide online gaming services online. One of the most popular trends in online gambling in the last few years has been to play instant win games.

Instant win games are exciting types of games that can be played by new players on a regular basis for real money. This gaming niche includes a variety of games such as online slots, table games, number games (keno), instant bingo, scratch cards, sports games, quizzes, TV themed games and more.

Many of the types of instant win games that you will find online can also be played at your local pub fruit or box machine. Themed games such as sports quizzes, Virtual Dogs, Monopoly, Cluedo, Cleopatra Slots and Hi Lo are all very popular instant win games that are played both online and at land-based pubs and casinos across the UK.

The main reason for the growth of “instant games” in the last few years online, asides from the growth of the online gambling business in general, is that these real money games are very easy to learn and play. New players can sign up to a site such as 888Games or Betfair Exchange Games within minutes and start to play games such as Deal or No Deal and The X-Factor for real money or in a free play Demo version. The latter gives new players a chance to experience the visuals and excitement of the game without having to risk any of their own money. Playing the games for free also bypasses having to learn the rules and instructions of the game since you can free style your way online.

Another major attraction of this niche is that the online cash prizes, guaranteed payouts and special promotions. The majority of real money games that players will find will receive payouts on a much more regular basis than other forms of gambling. As an example, Scratch2Cash.com states that for every 3 scratch cards bought at least one of them will be a winner on average. It’s not unusual for some of the biggest games and progressive slots jackpots to have cash prizes worth up to £250,000. These are the types of fortunes that attract new players to instant win games.

Unlike other forms of gambling such as online poker, online games usually utilise in-browser technology such as Java or Flash. This means that new games such as Golden Clover and Mini Mahjong can be opened in a new window immediately or at any computer. All you need to do is log into your online account and you can start playing. The benefit of this is that players can start games whenever they want and close them when they want to. Many although not all these games allow players to end the game whenever they want. The versatility of this point helps to spur on the internet games market.

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Casino Games and Mathematics – Part 3

After one more year Thorp published a book (I mentioned it at the beginning of the article) in which he rather in details, in the form comprehensible to any even a slightly literate and sensible person, set the rules of formation of a winning strategy. But the publication of the book did not only cause a quick growth of those willing to enrich themselves at the cost of gambling houses’ owners, as well as allowed the latter ones to understand the main reason of effectiveness of the developed by Thorp strategy.

First of all, casinos’ owners understood at last that it was necessary to introduce the following obligatory point into the rules of the game: cards are to be thoroughly shuffled after each game! If this rule is rigorously observed, then a winning strategy of Thorp cannot be applied, since the calculation of probabilities of extracting one or another card from a pack was based on the knowledge of the fact that some cards would already not appear in the game!

But what does it mean to have “thoroughly shuffled” cards? Usually in gambling houses the process of “thoroughly shuffling” presupposes the process when a croupier, one of the gamblers or, that is still oftener seen of late, a special automatic device makes a certain number of more or less monotonous movements with a pack (the number of which varies from 10 to 20-25, as a rule). Each of these movements changes the arrangement of cards in a pack. As mathematicians say, as a result of each movement with cards a kind of “substitution” is made. But is it really so that as a result of such 10-25 movements a pack is thoroughly shuffled, and in particular, if there are 52 cards in a pack then a probability of the fact that, for instance, an upper card will appear to be a queen will be equal to 1/13? In other words, if we will, thus, for example, shuffle cards 130 times, then the quality of our shuffling will turn out to be more “thorough” if the number of times of the queen’s appearance on top out of these 130 times will be closer to 10.

Strictly mathematically it is possible to prove that in case our movements appear to be exactly similar (monotonous) then such a method of shuffling cards is not satisfactory. At this it is still worse if the so called “order of substitution” is less, i.e. less is the number of these movements (substitutions) after which the cards are located in the same order they were from the start of a pack shuffling. In fact, if this number equals to t, then repeating exactly similar movements any number of times we, for all our wish, can not get more t different positioning of cards in a pack, or, using mathematical terms, not more t different combinations of cards.

Certainly, in reality, shuffling of cards does not come down to recurrence of the same movements. But even if we assume that a shuffling person (or an automatic device) makes casual movements at which there can appear with a certain probability all possible arrangements of cards in a pack at each single movement, the question of “quality” of such mixing turns out to be far from simple. This question is especially interesting from the practical point of view that the majority of notorious crooked gamblers achieve phenomenal success using the circumstance, that seemingly “careful shuffling” of cards actually is not such!

Mathematics helps to clear a situation with regard to this issue as well. In the work “Gambling and Probability Theory” A.Reni presents mathematical calculations allowing him to draw the following practical conclusion: ” If all movements of a shuffling person are casual, so, basically, while shuffling a pack there can be any substitution of cards, and if the number of such movements is large enough, reasonably it is possible to consider a pack “carefully reshuffled”. Analyzing these words, it is possible to notice, that, firstly, the conclusion about “quality” of shuffling has an essentially likelihood character (“reasonably”), and, secondly, that the number of movements should be rather large (A.Reni prefers not to consider a question of what is understood as “rather a large number”). It is clear, however, that the necessary number at least a sequence higher than those 10-25 movements usually applied in a real game situation. Besides, it is not that simple “to test” movements of a shuffling person (let alone the automatic device) for “accidence”!

Summing it all up, let’s come back to a question which has been the headline of the article. Certainly, it would be reckless to think that knowledge of maths can help a gambler work out a winning strategy even in such an easy game like twenty-one. Thorp succeeded in doing it only by using imperfection (temporary!) of the then used rules. We can also point out that one shouldn’t expect that maths will be able to provide a gambler at least with a nonlosing strategy. But on the other hand, understanding of mathematical aspects connected with gambling games will undoubtedly help a gambler to avoid the most unprofitable situations, in particular, not to become a victim of fraud as it takes place with the problem of “cards shuffling”, for example. Apart from that, an impossibility of creation of a winning strategy for all “cases” not in the least prevents “a mathematically advanced” gambler to choose whenever possible “the best” decision in each particular game situation and within the bounds allowed by “Dame Fortune” not only to enjoy the very process of the Game, as well as its result.

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