Playing Multiple tables

January 22, 2015:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Tip 25 – The easiest way to build a bigger bankroll

If you feel your knowledge about the present applying rules is good and play strictly as far as position, starting hands and odds are concerned the easiest way to achieve good results is by playing multiple tables. This might seem tricky at the start but it is easier than you think. The reason for this is that there are so many players at these low levels who put money into the pot that you most of the time do not have to waste energy on studying the other players. The odds are often very good and if you manage to get the hands you want there is mostly no risk that the other players stop bucketing money into the pot just because of that. There are plenty of calling stations at these levels.

So if you play strictly, according to the rules, you should reach a fairly steady winrate somewhere between 1 and 2 BB/hour per table. This of course does not mean that you play an hour with a certain guaranteed win, there will of course be great fluctuations where you sometimes win a lot and far too often lose some. That is unfortunately probably the normal situation most of the time but it might be good to know about it in order to endure and also to obstruct being affected by tilt (see statistics further below)

Bad periods can as said before go on for thousands of hands.

Some reminders regarding games when playing multiple tables:

  • Never play at higher stakes than your bankroll can handle. If you play at a $0.5/$1 limit table you are supposed to have at least $500 in your bankroll (or you could afford losing $500). Poker is equal to fluctuations and your bankroll has to be big enough to survive bad streaks. Even if you are a good player you have to face the fact that you sometimes will lose big.

  • Don’t play at more tables than you can cope with.

  • Try to avoid playing at auto pilot. Focus on the game!

  • It is easy to find loose games at the lowest stakes. Find the loose games instead of sitting at a table with tight players where you are most probably wasting your time. 45-50% of the players in the flop is never hard to find. And if you have trouble finding it anyway: Play at this online poker Canada website where you can find games where the players in the flop most often are up to 80-85% per hand dealt.

  • Use your signup-bonus! And use all of it! You will clear the bonus easy when you play multiple tables.

  • Play ABC poker. Fancy moves won’t work at low limit tables, believe me. If you have a good hand – bet. If you have a bad hand – don’t bluff!

1. The best choice when playing multiple tables is PartyPoker

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2. Find favorable games and sit in.

3. Use the low limit tables as filling stations

The great advantage with playing at many tables is that you do not have to sit for months before you have made enough money to try the somewhat bigger tables. Hopefully you can climb to a higher level fairly soon.

The multi-table playing method works fairly easy at $0.5/$1 tables and lower ones. What we are aiming at is to in a fairly simple and quick way build a bank roll at the lower levels and then play single-table at the higher levels where you need to check up on your opponents in a different way to achieve good results. If you then lose money at a higher level you can always go back to the lower level and make a “refill” of your bankroll before you have run out of it. Normally it is recommended to have a bankroll of 300-500 times BB in order to be able to play safely at the selected level.

4. Watch your bankroll grow over time. Play safely!

Winning Sit n Go Poker

April 09, 2014:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Tip 24 – Sit n Go Strategy

Here are the sit n go poker tournament strategies I’ve acquired from many years of profitable online tournament play.
Online sit and go poker tournaments, also known as sit n go’s, or SNG’s are usually single table, ten player tournaments where the top three finishers win the cash.

Example: a $10 tournament would pay $50 for first place, $30 for second and $20 for third.

Single table poker tournaments are excellent practice for playing the final table of multi-table tournaments. The strategies for both are essentially the same.

Sit n Go’s are also great if you’re pressed for time, taking about an hour to play, compared to several hours for a large multi-table event.

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Here is the winning strategy I use for low limit ( $5-$20 ) online texas holdem sit n go’s.

This method works especially well for me at Bodog Poker but it will work equally as well at any place you play poker online where you can find impatient, inexperienced poker tournament players.

1. My basic winning strategy for limit and no-limit texas holdem single-table tournaments is to play tight, playing only premium hands in the opening rounds.

Premium hands being AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AK, and AK to A-10 suited. You can add a few more hands like 10-10 or 99 to the list if you like, but play VERY tight early on.

Build your chip stack if you can but concentrate on surviving. Become more aggressive as the blinds increase and more players are eliminated.

2. Don’t be a calling-station. Bet and raise aggressively when you have powerful hands. Bettors have two ways to win, showing down the best hand, or everyone folds and you pick up the pot uncontested.

3. If you have opponents who are overly aggressive, check, and let them be the bettor when you have a strong poker hand.
Trapping your opponent this way will allow you to win more chips by check-raising and re-raising later in the hand.

4. If at any time your chip stack becomes less than five times the big blind, go all-in with any two cards, if you’re playing in a no-limit sit n go or multi-table poker tournament, and you are the first to act.

This is a desperation play. You’re hoping no one has a hand they can call you with and pick up the blinds. Even if you are called you may get lucky cards and increase your stack. Don’t be afraid to make bold plays if the situation warrants such a move.

5.If you find yourself with a large stack of chips late in a SNG ( sit and go ) tournament, one or two spots off the money, play aggressively against the shorter stacked players who are desperate to make it into the top three.

6. Always closely observe your opponents playing style ( tight, loose, aggressive or passive )and pick out who will and who wont, defend their blinds.

This is one of the most important sit n go poker tournament strategies you must utilize. The higher the blinds get, the more valuable this information will become.

Remember the tight players and players low on chips are easier to steal from, be ready to take advantage of these opponents as the tournament progresses.

Sit n Go Poker Tournament Strategies in a Nutshell

Have a strategy plan before the tournament begins.

Decide to only play premium hands in the early rounds. Let the gamblers eliminate each other.

Observe your opponents style closely. Watch for clues that will help you later.

Play aggressively by betting and raising, when you have a strong hand.

Adjust your play based on your chip stack, and the stack of your opponents. Use your large stack to intimidate those who are low on chips.

Make bold moves only under the right circumstances. When desperately low on chips, or to make the most of a very strong hand.
There you have it. A simple plan of sit n go poker tournament strategies that are sure to increase your win percentage.

Lock Poker Room Features

November 01, 2013:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Play

The poker room software offers many of your favorite poker room features. You will love the features of the various action packed poker rooms. We will be going over the features that you will find at the Lock Poker web site.

Poker Games

There are a variety of poker games that you can play. The traditional online poker games that are universally available are Texas Holdem, Omaha Poker, 7 Card Stud, Omaha Hi/lo and 7 Card Hi/lo.

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In addition to those games, you will also find some other poker games that aren’t available at other poker rooms. This includes Razz, 5 Card Draw, 5 Card Joker, 5 Card Stud, Ace 5 Low Ball, Deuce 7 Low Ball, HORSE and Badugi.

Be sure that you are very familiar with the rules of any poker game that you are going to play for real money. The easiest way to do this is by learning the rules and betting techniques by playing each game for fun at the Play Money tables.

Poker Lobby

The poker lobby is easy to navigate. Simply check or uncheck the boxes that have the poker games, table stakes, limits and number of players that you want. This will show you the best remaining tables that meet all of these criteria.

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You can choose between ring games (single-hand poker), sit n’ go tables (single table tournaments), or scheduled tournaments (multiple table tournaments that begin at a predetermined time). Each section will show you the best matching events that are available.

Poker Bonus

You can get a 200% bonus up to $4,000 when you use the bonus code THEFUTURE before you make your first deposit. In order to do this, you will first need to download the free poker software and sign up for an account. You will be able to enter the bonus code and

Player Notes

Want to remember something about a player? This poker room features allows you to add notes for any player! They have feature that lets you take detailed notes about specific players so you can easily remember tells or patterns you might discover about them. Make a note of their playing style i.e. ‘tight player’, ‘aggressive player’, ‘frequently bluffs’, ‘calling station’ etc… or if you find out their real name make a note of it so you will always remember.

To add a private player note, right-click on their user name and enter your notes in the provided text window. Click ‘update’ to save.

Table Chat

Want to chat with a player at your table? Lock Poker has poker room features for that, every table has a has a chat window so you can interact with the other players at a table. Simply type in your message in the text box under the chat window and press enter. Your message will be displayed in the table chat window.

Dealer messages are displayed in the chat window on each table telling the players what is happening on the table. After each hand the dealer message displays what the winning hand was and what they won with.

Don’t want to be bothered with dealer messages? Dealer message may be turned off by clicking on the ‘Dealer Message’ link below the chat window. A green light next to the dealer message link indicates that dealer messages are on. A red light indicates dealer messages are off.

Player messages are displayed in the chat window on each table for players to talk to each other during the game.

Don’t want to be bothered with player messages? Player messages may be turned off for all players. Simply click on the ‘Player Messages’ link below the chat window and all player messages will be turned off. A green light next to the player message link indicates that player messages are on. A red light indicates player messages are off.

Buddy List

Have a friend that plays on Lock Poker? Add them to your buddy list so you know when they are online playing, just another one of the poker room features. Double-click on their name and you will be taken to their table. When a player in your buddy list is online the table they are playing at will be listed next to their user name.

To add a player to your buddy list, from the lobby menu in the poker room lobby, click Buddy List to open the Buddy List window. From here you can add and remove players to your buddy list, or go to a buddy’s table by double-clicking on their user name.

Waiting List

Want to play on a table that is already full? Join the table’s waiting list. When a seat becomes available it will be reserved for you. You will be notified by a pop-up alert window when your seat is open.

Betting Slider

In No Limit and Pot Limit poker games you have a betting slider that allows you to select the bet amount you wish to bet, you may also simply type the amount you want to bet.

Play Money tables

Want to hone your poker skills before playing for real money? Lock Poker offers all your favorite poker games using play money. Every player starts out with 1,000 play chips to play with. If you ever get below 100 chips you may at anytime reload 1,000 chips to your account by requesting more chips. They will be instantly added to your account upon request.

Bovada Poker – Best US Poker

August 09, 2013:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Play

Since the United States government has still neglected to deal with the issue of online poker, many of the top poker rooms are still avoiding the American poker market. While online poker is still booming overseas, the number of dedicated real money poker players in the US has steadily dropped since 2011.

There has been some reform in certain states: Nevada, New Jersey and California. However, these states can only set up poker rooms that can be used by players that reside in that state. The main problem is that there is not a large enough player pool in most states which is why the top poker sites always combine the poker players from all around the world.

One company, however, has stepped up to the plate for US poker, Bovada.lv. Bovada is an offshoot of the popular Bodog brand which was forced to pull out of the US market in order to gain a foothold in Great Britain. Bovada offers real money online poker rooms to players in every state which does not specifically have laws forbidding online poker. (Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Washington have laws against online poker)

Bovada Poker

Bovada currently has the largest pool of American players at their tables. This ranges from 2000 players during non-peak hours to upwards of 10,000 players on evenings and weekends.

The one feature that many online pros hate but amateurs should like about Bovada is that the tables are completely anonymous. This means that the usual poker tracking software won’t work. Poker tracking software is the lazy way to figure out what type of opponent that you are playing against. A good poker player should be able to reasonably figure out who they are playing against after about 50 hands or so. See Classify your Opponents for more details.

Besides that feature, you will find all of the amenities of your typical giant poker rooms like PokerStars, Full Tilt or Party Poker. Cash games are heavily featured, followed by Scheduled Tournaments. Both of these are very popular. Though, you may have to wait upwards of 10 minutes if you want to play a Sit & Go (single or double table tournament).

The newest feature to be offered by Bovada is the Zone Poker tables. In Zone Poker, you will be playing against other random people. The “table” that you enter will have many participants (100 or more). You will be seated at a table for one hand against the random opponents; you can choose to play the hand or Fold Now and be automatically moved to another table.

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You can see from the picture above what I mean by the anonymous players at the table. All you get is a number and the amount of money that you have. If you would like to try it, you should first try the Play Money tables so you can get the hang of things. Of course, people don’t play the same when they aren’t playing for real money; but you will still get the general gist of things.

Depositing/Withdrawing Options

The main problem when you are from the US is trying to make a deposit into your player’s account. Bovada makes it easier than most. First, they offer the Visa credit card option. Most other smaller poker rooms don’t have this option. Unfortunately, this is the only type of credit card that Bovada accepts.

If you do not have a Visa, you still have two other options: Money Transfer and Rapid Transfer. Both of these rely on you calling an 800 number and setting up a money transfer at a local retail outlet that is near you. However, if you are a good poker player, you should only need to make that trip a couple of times to get your bankroll to a sustainable level.

Bovada’s real strength is the speed for which they get your money back to you when you make a withdrawal. They average between 2 and 4 days. You can compare that with the up to two weeks (or more in some cases) that you will find when you try to take money out at another gambling establishment.

Bovada offers real customer service representatives that will help you with any problem that you may have.

One of the great advantages of online poker sites is the sign-up bonuses that they offer. You can normally receive up to $500 at most of the large poker rooms. The bonus will have to be earned through playing ring games or poker tournaments. You can find out more information about this at pokerBonusCodes.org.uk.

Online Texas Holdem Overview

July 02, 2013:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Play

Texas Hold’em or just plain Hold’em is possibly the best known form of the poker. This is due to it being the game played in the World Poker Series at Binion’s Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas. The World Poker series has been televised since 1980 which increased the popularity of Texas Hold’em even more. Hold’em is also the game played in two series that is broadcast in the UK.

Since 2011, it has been increasingly difficult for American poker players to find a website to play at for real money. For the latest about USA Poker legislation, check out unitedstatespokersites.net.

New to Texas Hold’em? Don’t worry it is one of the best poker games for a beginner. Texas Hold’em is an easy game compared to Omaha Hold’em and 7 Card Stud where there are many more possibilities when trying to calculate the odds or even trying to count cards.

Texas Hold’em is played with a standard 52 deck of cards. In theory it is possible for up to 22 people to play the game but it is seldom played by more than 8 people. As with other poker games players can check, raise or fold.

The object of the game is to make the best poker hand using the two cards that you hold and the five common (community cards) cards in the middle of the table. A player can use either one or both of their hole cards or use the community cards for the hand, this is called playing the board but it can never be a winning hand as all the other players will have the same hand.

Online poker casinos have play money poker rooms where you and other players can practice and familiarise yourself with Texas Hold’em.

Maximum and minimum bets

The betting structure of the game can vary from game to game. For instance Empire Poker offers three types of betting structures; Limit Hold’em – there is a specific betting limit applied in each game and on each round, Pot Limit Hold’em – a player can bet what is in the pot, No Limit Hold’em – a player can bet all their chips at any time.

An example of Limit Hold’em is; the small blind being one chip and the big blind being three. Each bet and raise would be in increments of three therefore three chips is the minimum bet and ten chips (if so decided) would be the maximum bet in the first round and 20 chips once the cards have been exposed.

Pot Limit Hold’em makes the limit for the pot the size of the pot, so if the pot is 25 chips the maximum bet would be 25 chips at that particular time in the game.

No Limit Hold’em is just that no limit, you can bet what you have. This is the type of betting structure at most televised games, great for bluffing.

Blind Betting

Texas Hold’em has no conventional ante, but players to the left of the dealer need to place two bets known as the “blinds”. There are two types of “blinds”, a “big blind” and a “small blind”. The first blind, “small blind”, is a percentage of the minimum bet, usually a third or a half while the second blind, “big blind”, is usually the table minimum.

How to Play Texas Hold’em

The two players to the immediate left of the dealer have to post (push the bets to the center of the table) the blinds.

The dealer shuffles the cards and burns (discards) the top card, to prevent cheating. The dealer then deals each player two cards face down, the players then examine their two hole (down) cards and now the betting begins.

The first player to bet will be the one to the left of the big blind, he can either call, raise or fold but not check as a blind bet has been made. Once the betting has gone around the table the blinds may also raise, fold or call. The small blind will need to increase his stake in order to call. The big blind may also be required to increase his stake if there has been a raise.

This round is known as the pre-flop.

When the initial round of betting has been equalized, the dealer burns the top card on the deck, then deals three cards face up into the center of the table, these are community cards and they are known as the flop.

Players asses their cards and the three communal cards to see if they have the makings of a good hand. Betting follows, players who feel they have no cards of any value will at this stage fold.

After the betting concludes the dealer burns another card and deals another card (the turn) onto the table.

Betting is initiated by the player to the left of the dealer after the turn is dealt.

After the betting has been completed the dealers burns another card and deals final community card (the river).

Players can now use the five community cards and their two hole cards to create a five card poker hand.

Once again more betting occurs, after the betting has been completed all the cards are turned face up and the winner is decided.

Texas Hold’em Tips

There are some things to take into consideration when playing and these tips apply especially to online poker players.

The way in which a player is betting can indicate what types of hands they have.

The two cards that are dealt to you can also be used to determine if you are going to have a good hand. Ideally you should have a pair (high or low), consecutive cards, cards in the same suit or consecutive cards (fairly high) in the same suit.

After the flop players may know that they have the best hand possible, called nuts. When this situation occurs you need to tread carefully, by increasing the stakes to quickly the other players will catch on and fold. Under these circumstances you need to keep the other players betting for as long as possible so that you can increase the pot.

Omaha Hi/Lo Tips

June 03, 2013:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Tips

Tip 23 – Omaha Hi/Lo Tips

omaha-hi-loWhen looking at the structure and rules of the game, Omaha is a poker game in and of itself. As for strategy, it does not differ much than the strategies used to play other poker games, such as that used for Texas Holdem. Omaha games can produce substantially large pots in the Hi/Lo format, which perhaps explains why so many players stay in the entire game.

Even with mediocre hands, many Omaha players hold out until the very end. Perhaps, since two hands can potentially be formed, players hold out longer in hopes that at least one of their hands will be worthy of taking the pot.

However, besides the fact that many times a split pot returns just barely enough to cover one’s wagers, players should be folding more often than playing through an entire game. Winning the entire pot, which does happen, is something worth staying in for if a player’s hand has potential from the very beginning.

Omaha, like its cousin, Texas Holdem, is a post-flop game for the most part. The pre-flop stage of the game can be a deciding factor on whether to fold as well, giving much merit, or the lack thereof, on a players starting hand. Therefore, most professional Omaha players advise to consider folding just as soon as the first cards are dealt.

Hence the tips that follow concentrate primarily on when the proper time to fold is:

Tip #1: Fold all Four of a Kinds, Three of a Kinds (3 thru King) and all unpaired middle cards

To some players it may sound quite foolish to throw away a four of a kind – But remember, in Omaha the player should always be playing for both jackpots – not just one. In the long run, winning just the high hand of the pot is not going to make a significant difference to one’s bankroll.

In fact, the losses in between, which will invariably happen, will quickly erase the small earnings that one half of an Omaha pot will produce. Having four of a kind guarantees a player will not qualify for the low hand pot, and should consequently be folded before putting more money into the pot.

Tip #2: Play the following hands dealt from the beginning

  • Two Pairs, 10 thru Ace
  • Four differing Low Cards, 2 thru 5
  • Ace with three high cards of different suit, Jack thru King
  • Ace with any one card of the same suit
  • Ace with all low cards of varying suit, paired or unpaired
  • Ace with a 2 and any two other cards
  • Pair of Aces matching suit with one other card of any rank
  • Pair of Aces with all low cards or any suit
  • Triple Aces with low cards, 2 thru 5
  • Triple Deuces with an Ace

After the flop, the key to remember is that the entire pot, or scoop, should always be played for. Players should not settle for only one half of the pot, for winning it is not worth the potential losses that will occur on repeated occasions.

If, after the flop, a player sees their hand leaning away from qualifying for the Lo side of the pot, it is never a better time to fold.

Tip #3: Don’t try to get the low hand. The only time you should think about doing so is when you have an Ace-2 in your four card hand.

Half of the time, the low hand will not be available to play. If you see two cards ranked 9 or higher on the flop, you may want to fold before the hand gets too expensive.

Full Tilt Poker Software

April 24, 2013:: Posted by - Poker Tips :: Category - Poker Play

full-tilt-poker-logoWhen it comes to online poker software Full Tilt has always provided one of the best platforms to play online poker. They have a capable software suite that can handle a ton of traffic and the countless number of features makes playing online poker better.

The software was actually designed by poker players and that’s why there are many convenient features, which we’re going to talk about in more detail after we quickly explain the simple steps for downloading the Full Tilt software to your computer.

Step-By-Step Full Tilt Software Download Guide

Full Tilt offers a download only poker room that’s compatible on Windows and Mac computers. The minimum requirements to run the software are extremely low and just about anyone with a computer that isn’t 10+ years old will be able to play at FTP.

Players will need to have at least Windows XP or Mac OS 10.4 or higher to install Full Tilt Poker. There is a “Download” link at the top right of the website that players can click on to automatically begin downloading the software to their computer.

When the software is done downloading the only step left is to register your account. When the software launches there will be a “create account” link that allows you to register your account in minutes. After that you can begin playing online poker.

If you happen to be running on Linux the only way to download Full Tilt is by using a Windows emulator. There are a lot of free emulators that you can download to your computer, which allow you to install/run Windows programs such as Full Tilt Poker.

Best Features on the Full Tilt Software

The #1 feature at Full Tilt Poker is Rush Poker, which is poker at its finest if you love fast paced action. Rush Poker is one of the main reasons to join FTP. They have a range of stakes that you can play and the player pools are usually pretty big. Ever want to see how you lost a hand and if there was something you could have done differently?

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The FTP hand replayer lets you replay the hand how it was played at the table. The hand replayer can be opened on the poker table you’re sitting at.

You can also customize the feel of the poker room by selecting a 3D avatar amongst a huge group of uploaded avatars. There are also three table themes that you can alternate. You can change the table theme by right clicking on the table background.

If you like using hotkeys Full Tilt is programmed to work with various hotkeys. You can open up the cashier, hand replayer, tile tables, find a player, find a tournament and much more. The list of hotkeys that you can use is listed on the Full Tilt website.

If you’re sitting at a poker table and want some more action you can now join a new table instantly. You’ll be seated at a new table at the same stakes you’re playing and you can even choose the minimum number of players seated at a table.

The player notes feature at Full Tilt goes a bit beyond what most other poker rooms offer. You can write notes on players and also color code each player. For instance, you could color code players in red that like to buy pots off the blinds in position.

Head over to Full Tilt Poker now and get in on the action. The poker room is already boasting big traffic numbers again and the software is going to see many new upgrades in the future. We also expect mobile poker to be available soon at Full Tilt.