Start with a big or a small deposit

When you decide to start a game of poker this is the question that comes first on your mind. This is a very serious question that can certainly affect the style of your play and of course the chances of winning or losing.

Having a small deposit can lead you to unnecessary risk. It is natural to think that you won’t lose much and so it not that wrong to place the deposit even if the cards are not good. In this way you will turn away from your own guidelines and you will keep playing in situations where you should fold. Eventually you will figure out that taking unnecessary risks is not the way to make profit no matter how much is at stake.

However if you place a big deposit, that is way bigger than the once that you usually play with or compared to the budget that you have, you will play too cautious and too scared. The feeling that you have a lot to lose will put pressure on you and you will start to make wrongful decisions in different situations.

Remember that it is hard to find a perfect balance but finding the proper deposit is something that is very important. This question is especially difficult for people that have just started playing poker. They are usually not sure how much money they are willing to risk in the world of poker. There is no definitive answer to this question because it depends on many things.

Everyone should consider their financial situation and their willingness to risk some money in order to get profit via poker. If you are beginner we advise you to start playing with smaller deposits. Because it takes time to feel the game. You can have all the theoretical knowledge but practice is something completely different.

Some say that you should think of a sum and then divide it in two. Let’s explain this trough an example. If you have a budget of 200$, divide it in two and we get to a sum of 100$. Now divide that sum with 10 and you will get to a sum of 10$. Now find a table that accepts deposit of 10$ and you are good to go!

How did we get to this number? Well, although poker is a game of knowledge and skills you might enter a bad period and lose more than 20 hands in a row. So by using this strategy you will still have money to get back on track, overcome the bad period and start earning. In this way you will be protected against bad series but be careful because even if you follow this rule you still might end the game without success.

The total amount of money that you have invested should not be something that will affect your style of life. So if you have lost all your poker money take a break and invest the same amount of money after a while.

Whether you choose to play with big or small deposits, always be careful and remember that poker requires patience and a good strategy.

Stay Calm at the Table

It is hard to stay calm at the table while you are playing poker, because all kind of emotions go through your mind. This comes as a result of the competitive character of this game. We have all heard the phrase “Poker face” and this is something that every professional player tries to achieve so he could be successful.

Of course that’s not easy at all. For example when you have a good hand, you are happy, excited and impatient. When you are having a bad period you feel displeasure, nervousness and even anger. All these feelings need to be masked if you don’t want your rivals to take advantage.

That is why poker players that want to be successful need to learn how to stay calm at the table while playing the game. They must hide what they think at the moment. No matter how good or bad your cards are stay cool, by doing so your current situation remains mystery for the opponents and you even have a chance to bluff.

During the game many players expect a certain card and make combinations prior to the dealing of the cards and even a slightest oscillation from their plans makes them upset. That’s wrong. Players that are angry, upset or irritated tend to make moves that are foolish and they will most likely regret them. These players become too aggressive and the opponents can predict their next moves. After a short period of time they are out of the game.

Keep in mind that staying calm at the table is very important but achieving that is very difficult. So be prepared for practicing. It is not just the face that needs to be emotionless; your body moves should also be limited. We have all heard about body language so pay attention to that too.

Be prepared for failure, at least for one hand. We all play to win but losing is part of the game too. Don’t be disappointed if you have few losing hands. Remember that staying focused and following the guidelines will eventually result in success. There is no need to get all emotional if you start losing.

If you feel uncomfortable watching other players, keep watching at the table and at your cards. The other players might think that you have bad cards and you can use that as an advantage.

Some say that visualization helps a lot. So if you are having a bad period try to think of something nice and watch as your problems go away. Of course keep an eye on the game, this visualization should be performed for a short time.

When we talk about body posture it is known that some players tend to lean forward when they have good cards while others sit back in their chairs when they have bad cards. Try to find your perfect body posture before the game begins, be relaxed and keep that position during the whole game. Try to show total disinterest.

Remember – patience is a virtue!

Taking Player Notes

Watching your opponents moves and predicting their future moves based on that observation can be a very useful tactic. But when we talk about taking players notes we surely don’t mean that you should prepare a notebook and a pen and start taking notes for every single move on the table.

If you’re playing a poker game and you look around the table and can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you – Paul Newman

First of all it is not practical and you probably won’t have time to write down everything and even if you do, you won’t be able to analyze that while the game is on. Second, you would probably be considered as a beginner and even ridiculed by other players if you bring a notebook on the table. You certainly don’t want to start the game with a pressure like that!

But when we talk about online poker this becomes a completely different situation. If you have played poker online you have probably seen that there is an option to take notes (at least this is an option on every popular site that is offering online poker). The thing is that most of the players don’t use this option and think that it is useless.

This is not true, especially if you want to be successful and take advantage of other players mistakes. By taking notes you can find out which are the weak spots of your opponent and even predict their future moves. This is something that can be very useful and probably make you victorious in a long run. Taking notes will keep you focused and determined to win. Now that we have concluded how useful taking player notes are, the real question is how to perform proper note taking.

Keep three things in mind (especially If you play tournaments) – stack size, position on the table and what period of the game is. Put these three parameters in front of your note.

Remember that you are not writing a novel. You are simply writing down important facts about opponents style of game that should help you later in the game. One thing that is important is when does the opponent raise. When does he feel comfortable to invest more? Is it when there are certain cards down or does he bluff? By taking noted you will be able to tell the answer.

Mark the players using the site’s features. Many of the websites have this system where you can quickly change the notes for the players that you watch. Once you click on them you will get the notes that you have written previously. So you don’t have to write down everything in one place.

Taking player notes is not something that should make you lose focus. This technique is only here to help you but the main thing is to follow the game closely. So if you are sometimes distracted with these notes, think what you want to play instead of writing it down.

Having useful info about your rivals will certainly help you as a poker player. So don’t underestimate the importance of this future in the world of online poker and start using it.

Why Vegas is the Best Place to Play Poker

Las Vegas is the biggest city in the US state of Nevada. It is one of the biggest centers in the world when it comes to entertainment, gambling and wild night life. Although it was found in 1905, this city became known for gambling a few decades later – in 1946 when gambling was legalized and allowed there.

It is known for the replicas of famous world attraction like the pyramids, the Eifel Tower and canal of Venice, but Las Vegas is best known for its casinos! Did you know that people leave around 4 billion dollars a year while they are gambling there?

Vegas

It’s no different when we talk about poker. There are literally dozens of tournaments in various casinos every week. In this article we will try to explain why Vegas is the best place to play poker.

Playing online poker or participating in online poker tournaments is getting more and more popular every day. A lot of people think that this is the best way to learn and earn and even build themselves as professional poker players.

But in our opinion if you want to become a player like that then you should visit Las Vegas at least one time in your life. There are some things that you can’t experience while playing online poker or playing poker on some place other than Las Vegas. There are many advantages of playing poker there and these are few of them:

Many different players
If you are playing poker online or in your local poker room you won’t meet many new players. Usually they are the same people or people that use nicknames (anonymous players) if you play via internet. It is a completely different story when you play poker in Vegas. There are literally hundreds of pro poker players from around the globe. If you think that meeting new players won’t help you get better then you are wrong. Different players have different playing styles and unique approach to the game and playing with them will certainly improve your skills. With thousands of players weekly, we are sure that you won’t find a place in the world that has more poker players.

It is not a virtual experience any more
Poker is a game that was invented to be played live, with people on an actual table. So this is a big advantage if we compared it with playing online poker. You will definitely have a different experience if you play a poker tournament in a real poker room with actual people compared to those virtual rooms. Las Vegas has live poker tables available at any time of the day.

Have Fun!
Is there are better way to rest from a long poker game than wander around the streets of Las Vegas? Many different bars, restaurants, museums and all sort of entertainment can be found around every corner. No matter if you win or lose, the things that Las Vegas offers will surely clear your mind and give you enough strength to continue playing poker after a while.

Disappointment and Motivation

Having a good motivation is one of the most important things in life and in poker also. Different types of people have different motivation to start playing and keep playing poker. People have various reasons why they join the table and some of them will be exposed here.

It is always a good thing to ask yourself why you want to join the game. That reason or reasons will affect the way you play. Your tolerance to losing, your reactions and mood during the poker game will be affected by the motives that made you join it. There are some excellent reasons why people start a poker game but there are also some unclear and bad motives that are disastrous for their mood and their pocket too. This is closely linked to the disappointment that can occur when you have a bad period.

Every player is usually motivated when he starts to play. He has the money; he is eager to make some profit, but what happens if the poker player starts to lose and has the feeling that the luck has turned the back on him. A decline in motivation to play poker begins and instead of trying to get back the player falls even deeper. They start to lose faith in success that gave them the confidence to play victoriously.

People usually start to feel disappointed when they start to lose control after a series of bad results. It is no wonder why players that won three times in a row are motivated but we should be aware that we can change the situation even when we are losing. We are in control and things will change if we stay focused.

If you want to stay motivated set a realistic goal. Aim for a reasonable profit. That means that you should play carefully and by using good strategies. Never play when you don’t feel like playing. Poker is not a job that has to be done even when you are lazy and not in the mood. Some people set very high goals and when they lose they completely lose motivation. Don’t force yourself; sometimes being too eager can lead to foolish moves.

Stress is another factor that can have influence on motivation. Many people live stressful lives and they are constantly under pressure. That doesn’t mean that they should avoid playing poker.

Everything that we have talked about can be a problem in your game. Of course if you are not an addicted poker player, you can be a winning player even if you are not able to completely overcome these problems. However, do not forget that even if you win, those winning would have been much higher if you didn’t have bad motivation for playing like boredom or trying to make fast profit etc. So before starting a poker game think about what things can disappoint you and are there any things that can act as bad motivators.

Many players can see that the biggest fails in their annual result come from a very small number of sessions. These are almost always the sessions that were played when they were disappointed and they’ve lacked motivation. Don’t make that mistake, set a reasonable goal, pick a good strategy and stick to it!

Be Careful with Online Poker

Online poker is becoming more and more popular every day. The concept of online poker has caused revolutionary changes in the game itself. It was 1998 when the first online poker room was presented to the public by “Planet Poker”.

Because of its popularity several other companies have decided to open their poker websites in the following years. This industry was slowly becoming a vital part of the gambling industry. In the recent years there are dozens of websites that are offering online poker games.

But besides the improvement and the wide offer of online poker another thing is also taking place in this online industry and that’s a lot of scamming websites and cheating players. That’s why you need to be careful before you place your money online. There are few things that you should consider before starting a game of online poker.

Pick a reliable site
We would strongly advise you to choose a website that already has some successful history. As we have mentioned before, there are websites that are offering online poker for a decade. These websites are certainly reliable and safe. But you should not always pick the ones that have long history because the new websites often offer good promotions and discounts. If you want to choose some relatively newer site make sure to read a lot of reviews for it, join a forum that is related to online poker or find a good review website.

Faster game play means faster chances of losing
Thanks to the internet we are now able to play poker whenever we want from wherever we want. However this benefit can sometimes hurt our budget. At a real table there are small breaks between hands and you can leave the table more quickly compared to online poker. Because of its availability online poker is more addictive and sometimes if you are in a bad run you can lose money faster. Be careful and don’t forget your budget and your guidelines that you have set before starting the game.

Stay Focused
Although it seems that it is easier to play at home compared to a noisy casino with lots of people, sometimes playing at home can defocus you. This is especially noticeable if you are not alone at your home. If the TV is on or maybe someone is talking on the phone you can easily be distracted and start losing. So try to play only when there are good terms for playing.

Bigger chances to become addicted
There is always a chance to become addicted with poker but these chances are much bigger if you start playing online poker. The simple process to start a game with just a few clicks makes it available 24/7 as long as you have access to the internet. It’s very comfortable to play from your home for example. You can play, take a break and continue, while if you are playing conventional poker you have to go to the casino. That’s why you need to be careful and if you are a serious poker player make a schedule or time frame when are you going to play.

Having Issues With Draws?

There are a lot of players who don’t really know how to handle draws correctly. This issue doesn’t only concern new players, but also some vets. If you lose way too much money on draws then you probably ain’t playing them the right way. It’s not so rare that some people make their biggest losses with draws.

There is a simple solution for this problem called Odds & Outs. You can solve this pretty much with math alone. If the pot odds are in your favour then you pay, if they are not then you simply fold. The biggest mistake you can make with draws is to play them according to your gut instincts. If you do that then you will lose some money for sure, at least on the long run.

Especially when on NL tables you should never forget about the implied odds. That is also the reason why we hardly ever can fold draws against a bet on the flop. On the turn things look differently.

The History of Poker

Poker has developed itself not only for decades, but for centuries into what it is now. The poker how we know it today was affected by a lot of different games. However, where poker really, comes from,  one does not know exactly.

Yet, there are numerous theories about the native lands:

China – in the year 969 emperor Mu-tsung played a game in the New Year’s Eve with his wife that was called “card domino”.

Egypt – in the 13th century the Egyptians have played a more complex game, but it was also a kind of card domino

Persia – “Nas” was played there in the 16th century.

Spain – the game “Primero” was very popular in this country. Primero” is very similar to the current poker. 3 cards were distributed and the game also had elements of bluffing and betting. The game dates as far back as 1526 and is called from most as “the mother of poker”.

France – Here this game was called “poque”.  The French immigrants have brought the poque game to Canada and New Orleans. This card game was perhaps the first in which the current suits of spades, heart, diamonds and club were used.

Germany – This game was played in Germany as well and here it was called “pochen”.

In the USA, especially in the wild west time you could find a poker table in every Saloon, in every bar and even at every hotel. During the civil war the game was very popular among the soldiers.

Finally, in the United States at beginning of the 20th century poker developed itself how we know it today. Poker became one of the favorite party games. Today there are world-wide innumerable variants of poker.

Because poker is classified as a skill game and not as a luck game, it was not considered illegal in California. Particularly in Nevada it got much bigger popularity and finally the laws were changed in 1931 and poker became a legal and respected game.

Rules of Seven Card Stud

Seven Card Stud or also 7 Card is a popular poker-game variant. But it is very much different compared to Texas Hold’em or Omaha, who are known as the “Board variants” of poker. Especially among amateur players 7 Card is very popular.

The fundamental differences between Seven Card Stud and Hold’em or Omaha:

  • There are five betting rounds.
  • Every player has to pay an Ante before he can receive cards.
  • There are no community cards (no table).
  • The first betting round is opened by this player who holds the lowest cards.
  • The other betting rounds begin with the player who has the best hand.

Course of play:

1. Every player gets two covered cards (Hole Cards) and an open one which is visible for every player.

2. The player with the lowest open card is starting the betting round and has to do a forced bet. He neither can check nor raise. The betting round continues clockwise.

3. Afterwards every remaining player gets the fourth, open card (4th street).

4. The second betting round begins with the player who has the best open card.

5. The fifth card (5th street) is distributed openly to the remaining players. The third betting round begins again with the player who shows the best hand.

6.  The sixth card (6th street) is also distributed openly and there follows the fourth betting round.

7. The seventh and last card is given again covered as a Hole Card. With 8 players the remaining cards are not sufficient and so a separate card is put as a community card in the middle. This card can be used by every player.

The player who can form the best possible combination out of five cards and which holds the highest hand wins the pot.

What is limit poker about?

For beginner it is easier if they begin with limit poker. This has the advantage that the extent of the betting is predefined or “limited”. For untrained players, it is certainly easier at the beginning if they don’t have to bet their complete buy-in every round. We will now explain you what the betting rules for limit poker are.

Only a certain amount ($) can be bet. The limit of a game is always indicated, e.g., Texas Hold’em 4 $ / 8 $.

Here the height of the stake would be following :

4 $ before the flop (the Small Bet)

4 $ after the flop

8 $ after the Turn (the Big Bet)

8 $ after the River.

Every bet can be raised maximally three times, i.e. before and after the flop maximally 16 $ per betting round and after Turn and River in each time 32 $.

Limit poker labels itself how the name already says, by the fact that betting is limited. One can always bet only a certain amount, no more and no less. The bet limitation will always be mentioned in the name of the poker table that you can join. Example: Texas Hold’em 8 $ / 16$.