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Tuesday 26th of September 2017

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Don't Distort the Poker Truth - Keep Accurate Records!

Just like the fisherman tends to tell the tale of the one that got away, poker players have a tendency to distort the truth regarding results - win or lose, of their poker session. If it is your intention to be a star poker player, you have to start keeping records and making postmortems of your play.  

While keeping detailed records of your play and rehashing and unpacking a game for your records may seem boring, it is actually necessary if you want to be a good player. Chris Moneymaker has a MA in accounting and you can guarantee that there is plenty of rehashing of poker games which goes on behind the scenes in this poker player's life. 

All the professionals agree that your real life needs and poker playing money needs; need to be kept separate. If this is not done, it is not possible to have benchmarks for seeing how well you are doing at the tables and whether your game is really improving. 

Out of pocket players are players who don't have a physical separate bankroll for their poker game, and these players need to be concerned with two amounts. One - is the amount of money they had when they entered the poker room, and Two - is the amount of money they had when they left the poker room! Knowing this helps the player know where their strengths and weaknesses lie and yes, even the best poker players have weaknesses! 

Don't Let Creative Play Get in the Way of Playing Poker to Win!

Creative play when you are playing poker is one of the ways in which many players lose sight of their goals. In fact this is one of the problems which leads most low to middle-stakes poker players to fail. What needs to be learned is that creative poker playing stands in the way of making profits particularly if you are new to the game. 

The only way that creative play would ever be beneficial in poker, is if you know exactly what moves all of your opponents in a game will make, or if you are a professional player. As none of us can see into the future it is a much better idea to stick to the basic strategy of poker. The more basic strategy is adhered to, the better your plays will become, and this applies to all forms of poker.

Every poker game, no matter what; Texas Hold'em, Razz, 5 card Stud, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, Pai Gow Poker or Caribbean Poker has their own basic strategy. The trick to being successful when you play is learning the strategies for each and every game, in order to be a winning player. 

Even video poker games have a set specific strategy for playing and this is determined by the pay tables, where the winning hands are your clue to basic strategy for each game! 

Setting a Pai Gow Poker Hand

As the aim of playing Pai Gow Poker is to win by having better hands than the dealer, one of the most important strategies for play is setting the hands. There are two hands in this game where 7 cards are dealt. A five card hand and a two card hand and both of these have to beat the dealer, if only one hand beats the dealers' hand than the game goes to a push. If the players' cards tie with the dealer, then the dealer wins! The dealer is also compelled to set their hand "the house way".

Obviously there are millions of different hand possibilities and the way a Pai Gow poker hand is set is the way to obtain a winning outcome. There are certain standard strategies which apply and the five card hand has to be a poker hand; in this game the poker hand is ranked the same as any other poker game. This five card hand is referred to as the "bottom" and the two card hand is referred to as the "top".

The rules state that the two card hand is not allowed to equal or exceed in value, the total value of the five card hand. The two card hands also need to be made up from a pair of any cards, or two high cards.

As the pack used is a standard 53 card pack with one Joker left in play, the Joker is a wild card and can be substituted for anything except in the two card hand, where it can only be substituted for an Ace.

Play Texas Hold'em Like A Poker Star - Play Less Hands 

Some people say that Texas Hold'em is an easy game to learn and play for beginners, however not all experts agree with this. They say it can be frustrating for beginners especially if they don't win, and understanding why they are not winning is a way to learn how to play like a true poker star.

If you are losing when you play online, losing when you play with your friends at home and you think it is because you are unlucky - you need to think again! You may be missing just one simple concept about Texas Hold'em, or you could be even making big mistakes, but there is a reason why you always lose.

The same situation affects about 95% of the poker playing population of the world, and this is one heck of a big population. Not even Wikipedia could tell me how many online poker players there are, but there is a lot in this nearly $3 billion industry!!

You don't have to be an expert Texas Hold'em player to be a winning player; you just have to figure out how to get good at it.

Texas Hold’em

The Texas Hold’em is the more commonly played online poker version. Its popularity was greatly increased at the beginning of the present century, due to the retransmission of its various competitions on the television as well as its presence in well known movies and books.

It is also said to be the easiest version to learn whether online or in land based casinos, and therefore is frequently played by professionals and beginners alike.

The betting structure of the game can differ slightly, but in general there are two options. The game can start with an Ante, when all the players participate in the bet with an equal amount of money, or it can start when the two players at the left of the dealer place the small and big blind bet.

After that, the dealer distributes two individual cards for each player, which they must keep till the end of the game. Those cards are called hole or pocket cards. After that, the person on the left of the player who had placed the big blind starts the first betting round, which is known as preflop.

From this time on, the players have the possibility to match the bet (call), increase the bet (raise) or discard their own hand, which give them no obligation of betting but also discard them from winning (fold).

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