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$.

What is Omaha high-low about?

High-Low is no game for beginners. If one knows the bases of the Omaha game, one is still not ready for Omaha high-low.  Even though, the rules may be pretty much the same, for you to be competitive in the high-low variant you require extensive knowledge and skills. Online4Poker will now explain why.

Omaha high-low has the same game course like Omaha.  The difference lies in the fact that there can not only be a highest hand (high) , but also a lowest hand (low). The pot is divided between the highest and the lowest at equal parts. If there is no Low, the High wins the whole pot. Sounds interesting, right…

The High

The High is just like with Omaha the best possible hand, beginning with the royal flush. Just as with Omaha there has to be used two “hole” cards and three community cards.

The Low

Forming the lowest hand is often more elusive than it might appear. Here as well there needs to be used two hole cards and three community cards. The highest card for a Low may be the eight. Here one speaks from “Eight-low”. 

“Seven-low” means that one has a seven and four lower cards. The best lowest hand, you can possibly create is called “wheel” – a street until five (5432A). The worst lowest hand you have with a street from eight to four (87654). If at least three cards who are lower than eight don’t lie on the board, then it isn’t possible to have a Low.

Example:

7-4-3-2-A is worse than 6-5-4-3-2

7-5-4-3-2 is worse than 7-5-4-3-A

9-4-3-2-A is not a Low

If you look at these examples and you must think about the logic behind it – then you should keep your hands off it! You are not yet ready for it.

If you like Omaha poker then you should have a look at this – http://online4poker.com/basic-omaha-poker-strategy/

Pot Limit (with examples)

Those who have already gained more experience,  will sooner or later grapple with the Pot limit and No limit variant. In this post we will cover the Pot limit in various examples.

Pot Limit

At Pot limit games the amount of the betting is limited through the amount of the pot. This means, if there are 50$ in the pot, then a player has the option to bet an amount between the big blind (smallest bet) and the pot (biggest possible bet).

To explain this more detailed let’s see an example:

You play 2 $ / 4 $ Texas hold’em. The small blind is 2 $, the big blind 4 $. The first player now has 3 options. He can raise at least to 4 $ (he has to put 8 $ in the pot), he can bet the amount of the pot or an amount between these two. In total the pot is now at 14 $ – here is how we got this sum. The small blind 2 $, the big blind 4 $, the call 4 $ – that is a total of 10 $ in the pot. The call is 4 $ and the raise 10 $, therefor the player has to pay 14 $ at raise pot. If the next player also decides to play raise pot , then he has the chance to raise to 48 $.

How did we get that amount (48 $)? Let us some it up:

Small blind 2 $, big blind 4 $, raise 14 $, call 14 $ – gives a total of 34 $. Thus the re-raise will be 48 $. 34 $ for the pot and 14 for the call. The re-raise at pot limit games has to be at least double as high compared to the previous raise. If the player doesn’t have enough money for a re-raise then he can go all-in. The bet has to be at least as much as the big blind, and here we have the same rule as before. If a player doesn’t have enough money for a bet he has the option to go all-in.

No Limit Poker Game

No Limit is pretty much the complete opposite of Limit poker. While you are very limited about your betting amount in Limit poker you have no restrictions at all in No Limit poker. You can bet all the money you have (buy-in) whenever you want. Of course you have fixed numbers for small blind and big blind. The re-raise in No Limit poker has to be at least twice as much as the previous raise, but of course it can be even higher (or max. all-in). If a player doesn’t have double the amount of the previous raise, but he still wants to re-raise then he has the option of going all-in. This is probably one of the few commonalities between No Limit and Limit poker. Just as with pot limit poker the bet has to be at least as much as the big blind.

Usually this game variant is recommended for more experienced and skilled players. You ask why? Well it should be pretty obvious since here you can lose all your money very fast.  That is why I would always recommend new players to start with Limit poker until they have mastered the basics.