How to Develop Your Awareness at The Poker Table

This article deals with no-limit Texas Hold’em poker cash games. For an overview of how to become a profitable cash game player, please consult our extensive poker cash game strategy section.

For such a simple game to learn, poker is an extremely difficult game to master and experience a profit in the long run. Poker is played and enjoyed by individuals of all ages and demographics. While a fun and enjoyable time for some, poker has developed into a game that has the ability to be beaten in the long-run. In order to experience a profit in the long run, you must develop and possess a variety of traits that will enable you to take your game to the next level. This development requires (but is certainly not limited to): commitment, dedication, discipline, brutal honesty, and most importantly, awareness of your ultimate goal as a player. Read more of this post

Where Should You Play Poker?

Online poker is a service that many people were skeptical about when it first came out. Much like any other type of game that people play on their computers, it was often touted as a waste of time by naysayers and pessimists. But it has grown and evolved into a pastime that has an enormous amount of popularity. NBC recently aired a poker tournament in competition with the Super Bowl. Many people thought this was a crazy, and a stupid idea, according to the website About. The Super Bowl is the biggest event of the year, at least in North America, for sports. However, going against everything many people believed would happen, NBC stated that the ratings were really good. Definitely much better then what most people would have expected against the Super bowl. There are 2.9 million online poker players in Britain alone, also according to the website About. This is an enormous number, and takes away business from many casinos.

Possible Outlets

There are a number of outlets for people to play poker. If you are a Canadian, or visiting Southern Ontario, there are in fact a number of great casinos for playing poker. Niagara Falls has one of the best casinos in Canada. The Fallsview Casino allows players one of the best gambling experiences you can probably get within a few hundred kilometers. It has poker, black jack, all the slots you can imagine, and free pop. The facilities are extremely nice, new, and clean. You do not feel like you’re trapped in an alternative universe like in many casinos.  If you love food to go along with your casino experience, there is also a great “all you can eat” buffet for $20. Which, given the amount of food there is, and the quality, is not a bad deal.

The other option, if you are in Southern Ontario, is going to Casino Rama. Casino Rama is a casino located in Aurora, Ontario. It’s been around for a while. With decent facilities, and a fair number of games, the establishment offers a decent experience for those who just want to go for fun. They also often have live entertainment with more established acts such as the band Weezer, which can be a large part of the reason people end up going here. Although the facilities are quite good, many people feel it does not compare with some of the best sites to play Poker online.

To go to a Casino or Log on to a Online Casino

If you are like the many millions of people who love to play poker, it can be a bit of a dilemma choosing between playing your game of poker online, or playing poker in a casino. Playing poker online allows you a lot more comfort in which to play, as well as more freedom of when you can play. Online casinos are available 24/7 and there are a lot of people always playing. Traditional casinos, however, offer a lot more human interaction, as well as improving your skills on reading people. No matter where you go, if you love poker, there is always a place to play.

A Review of The Online Casino Industry

The online casino industry has evolved immensely over the last decade. Along with offering action in various casino games, online poker has also become an option for interested participants. Read more of this post

The Moneymaker Effect & The Future of Poker in America

Since the famed “Moneymaker Effect” of 2003, action has picked up heavily in all forms of poker. Multi-table tournaments (MTT’s) have gained popularity due to the fact that a small initial investment can net you a large return on your investment if you make the final table, and go on to win the entire tournament. Read more of this post

Top 5 Poker Tells to Eliminate From Your Arsenal

I notice a lot of amateur poker players give away a lot of unnecessary information (poker tells) when they sit down to play poker in a live setting. A lot of the “tells” I pick up on, are subconsciously being delivered to me by my opponents without them realizing. Some opponents can’t help to shake when they have the nuts/bluffing. Also, many opponents give away the strength of their hands by their betting patterns, and how they place each bet. This article will detail how to pick up on these small details at the table so you can experience more profit in the long-run, assuming you don’t make the same mistakes yourself. Read more of this post

What Does The Future Hold For Online Poker in The United States of America?

Every since the fated day of April 15th, 2011, dubbed as “Black Friday”, there has been much speculation concerning the future of online poker in the United States of America. While many remain skeptical, I remain optimistic of future legalization due to a variety of different factors. The recent incident of Senator John McCain playing poker during a crucial debate over Syria has a little to do with that, but much more than meets the eye has been developing in the background. Will American poker players finally get what they deserve? A fair and regulated poker market for all to play and enjoy without the question of whether or not their bankrolls are “safe” in the online arena? Read more of this post

Is Your Poker Game Full of Leaks?

In the world of poker, a “leak” is a common term used to represent a certain weakness in a specific player’s game. There are a variety of different leaks, some mental, some physical, and some statistical. These leaks are the reason that playing poker can be profitable game in the long-run for experienced, skilled, and disciplined grinders. Read more of this post

The 2013 WSOP Fact Sheet

The 44th annual WSOP is underway this summer as many amateurs and pros alike seek to claim one of the most coveted prizes in poker. There are over 62 bracelets up for grabs as players will play out the WSOP poker throughout the summer until July 15th when the main event final table is reached. Read more of this post

What Can You Learn About Human Psychology From a Poker Game?

Having played poker competitively for the last few years, I have developed an understanding of how a variety of different poker players think and act at a poker table. No two opponents are exactly the same, but many poker players share very similar traits, especially the long-term losing players. A lot of long-term losing poker players are prone to being effected by their emotional state. At the poker table, one of your biggest weapons to becoming a long-term profitable player is understanding how the value of money affects certain players. When losing, a lot of weaker opponents tend to “chase their losses” hoping to break-even, but in the process, most of these players ultimately lose more money because they fail to regain the focus needed to win in the long-run. Read more of this post

Employing Poker Strategies in Real Life

Poker is undoubtedly one of the hottest card games being played today not only in real casino hubs but also through online poker websites. It involves a bit of suspense as the winner shall only be determined at the end of the game. Each player will be given a set of cards, and his task is to put a bet on his cards by calculating what he is able to wage or lose. Each player’s cards are kept hidden until the end of the game. The card holder with the highest rank wins the game. Read more of this post

Greg Merson WSOP 2012 Main Event Champion Interview

Greg Merson, 2012 WSOP Main Event Champion and 2012 WSOP Player of the Year, talks about his World Series of Poker Main Event win at the Ivey Poker studio:

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Why Poker is Good For You

This is article written by David Sklansky & Alan N. Schoonmaker, Ph.D.

Why Poker is Good For You

Many people have argued that poker should be considered differently from gambling in general. This argument has been made in discussions of legalization and related topics. Their argument is usually that poker is a skill game, while other gambling games are much less dependent upon skill.

We agree, but believe that they have not gone far enough in explaining many of poker’s unique attributes. Poker does not just require skill. It demands and develops many skills and personal qualities which are essential for making all types of decisions, such as choosing a career, investing money, performing a job, and buying a house. Read more of this post

How Using Online Poker Tracking Software Helps Improve Your Poker Game

Every poker player has flaws in their poker game whether they want to admit it or not.

Most players will never discover these flaws in their game, and will continue to make the same mistakes over and over again until they consciously choose to fix them. Fixing a flaw is known in the poker community as “plugging a leak.” Much like a plumber must plug a leak in a pipe for the system to work correctly, every aspiring poker player must plug leaks in their poker game in order for their poker business to be as profitable as possible. Read more of this post

The Lock Poker MTT Grind, Full Tilt Poker Thoughts, and The Future of Online Poker

My life has been quite busy as of late, and I haven’t had a chance to sit down and get all of my new ideas and theories out into blog entries. I am still sorting everything out to present it as best as possible so bear with me. I have a lot of ideas I want to share with everyone but I need to present them in a way that everyone can understand and formulate an opinion on. It might be impossibly hard to do that with some of the subject matters I will touch on. A lot of these topics will be discussed on our podcast which should be live by the end of the year if all goes according to plan.

Having said that, this past month I have gotten back into online poker after a short hiatus from the game, which has enabled me to learn a lot more about myself, and also the game of poker. Read more of this post

The Final Table Documentary

“The Final Table” is a series that focuses on professional poker player Russell Thomas. The biggest tournament on the poker calendar, the 2012 World Series of Poker Main Event featured 6600 players paid $10,000 each to enter the event. After 8 days of intense competition, only nine players remained – including Russell. With the final table set, the tournament paused for 3 months, and Russell contacted fellow professional Jason Somerville to help prepare him for the final table on October 28th.

With the final table looming ever closer, Jason invited some of his professional poker player friends to come to Stony Brook, New York, for an intense two weeks of training. The goal is very simple: ensure Russell is in peak poker shape before taking his shot at the $8.5 million first-place prize. Read more of this post