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Junior Achievement’s annual charity poker tournament

Junior Achievement's annual charity poker tournament

For the seventh year in a row, Junior Achievement (JA) of Southern Nevada held on Sunday, June 11 its Charity Poker Tournament at Planet Hollywood.

This tournament usually attracts poker professionals, aspiring players and viewers. More than 200 players were expected to register. The grand prize winner scored either a seat at the World Series of Poker’s Main Event this summer at Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino (a $10,000 value) or $7,500 cash option, winner choice. For 2nd through 10th place prizes included cash, show tickets and dinner packages.

Michelle Jackson, President of Junior Achievement of Southern Nevada loves the event: “it is an incredible opportunity for members of our community to join together and raise funds while having a great time. Money raised from this event will help enable us to continue teaching young people how to be financially successful and aspire to greater things.”

Relying entirely on donations and grant funding, Junior Achievement operates numerous programs in Southern Nevada to help more than 20,000 students in at-risk areas learn everything from budget management to economic principles in primary schools, and works with them to develop skills for the workplace.

Around 80 percent of participating students live at or below the poverty line, and the organization fills a critical need. Business partners in different industries volunteer their time to teach the programs.

According to ninth-grader Christian, his participation in Finance Park was vital in providing him with a glimpse of life after school: “It helped me to know the basics of budgeting and learning the value of money. Now, I know the difference between needs and wants. Learning those basic skills now can help me in the future.”

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Texas Hold ‘em was the main game. This variation of poker enables a large group of people to play at once with the focus on both cards and betting.

Players enjoyed drinks and gourmet food prepared by Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino with exclusive access to the VIP Party. Participants could also enjoy a front row seat for all the action without playing in the Tournament and bid in a silent auction without even attending the event, through either their cell phones or on-site systems.

Last year, the fundraiser achieved $70,000. As for 2017, Junior Achievement hopes to net $100,000. Sign up at

Texas Hold’em 101

Essential Texas Hold'em Moves
Despite the simplicity that has made it the most popular of all existing poker variations, you still need to take your time to learn how to play Texas Hold’em if you want to be able to win and avoid losing money – specially once you begin playing against experienced opponents.

In this article we will cover the basics, starting with the game’s rules.

Dealer’s Button

Before cards are even dealt, you will see that there is a button assigned to a seat. This is known as the dealer’s button, and it is passed over to the left each time a hand has been completed. It’s used to keep track on what seat is assigned the dealer’s role, handing the first card to the player on its left – who has to place the small blind.

When playing with friends, the person with this button has to be in charge of dealing the cards, preparing and showing the flop, the turn and the river; however, when playing in a casino, the dealer takes care of doing this and uses the button as a guide.


As mentioned before, the player left of the dealer’s button needs to place a small blind before the cards are dealt, which is ½ of the big blind that needs to be placed by the following player to the left.

Any player that wants to bet in a hand needs to either pay the big blind, or raise the bet.

Once all other players have decided to bet or fold, the small blind can either match the big blind to continue – or the total amount of the bet if someone raised the bet – and the big blind can check, raise, or pay if someone increased the bet.

The Game

Before going over the stages of the game, let’s go over how the game works.

At the beginning of the game you will get two cards, which are cards only you can use, and throughout the game, five cards will be shown in the middle of the table – everyone is allowed to use these cards.

The game consists on using all cards at your disposal to create the best possible hand by using a total of five cards. This means you can use the five cards on the table, four in the table and one in your hand, or three from the table and two from your hand.

If you’ve never played poker before and don’t know which are the possible hands available, we encourage you to read this Wikipedia article:

Now that you know the possible hands available when playing poker, it’s time to go over the different stages involved in a Texas Hold’em game.

The game starts with the placing of the dealer’s button, small blind and big blind.

Once these are in place, the first two cards are dealt, handing one at a time in a clockwise manner.

This then leads to the pre-flop round which is explained earlier, moment when all players have a chance to decide if they want to match the big-blind or raise the bet.

After the initial round of bets is over, one card is “burnt” – meaning the top card of the deck is removed – and the following three are shown, also known as the flop.

Once the flop is shown, another betting round will take place, beginning with the first remaining player to the left of the dealer’s button. Players can check – pass without betting – as long as no-one has decided to bet.

If a player checks or matches a bet and another player raises the bet afterwards, the process continues until all bets are equal, or players fold.

If you fold, you leave the hand and can’t get back in regardless of the situation. You won’t be able to bet again until the next hand is dealt.

Once the betting round for the flop is over, another card is burnt and one more card is shown, which is known as the turn. This is then followed by another betting round.

Finally, a last card is burnt and a last card is shown – also known as a river – which leads to the final betting round. The moment all bets are paid, cards are shown and the best hand wins the pot – unless there’s only one player remaining, in which case they will receive the pot and can choose to not show their hand.

In this article we have covered the basics for playing Texas Hold’em, and now that you have familiarized yourself with these, its time to cover some aspects regarding the specifics of playing Texas Hold’em online, so continue preparing yourself by reading the following article: How to play Texas Hold’em Online – Part I.

Betting on Politics

Betting on PoliticsThe casual observer might think that betting with sportsbooks is limited to betting on sports. The experts know that is clearly not the case. Sportsbooks offer countless betting options for all types of different sporting events but the majority of sites also offer casino games including poker, blackjack and roulette. One of the more popular additional betting options is the ability to bet on politics and the entertainment industry. Here is a look at how those additional options works.

Betting on politics usually isn’t a regular option on the markets but it is used for major events in the United States like the Presidential Election. Most sportsbooks will offer odds on who will become the president of the United States, but there are other options available if you shop around and find the right spot. Certain sportsbooks will list odds for who will win certain primaries as well as who will be each party’s nominee and even posted lines on a potential third party/independent run. Most of the political betting is focused on the American Presidential election but certain sportsbooks will post odds on their local politics, depending on where they are based. For example, the sportsbooks in the United Kingdom will post odds on who will be the next mayor of London or who will be the country’s next prime minister. Still in the UK, some recent data shows that over 67% of customers who backed Brexit are backing Trump to become the Next President of the United States.

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Trump advocated Brexit in the build-up to June’s referendum, which saw the majority of Britons vote to leave the European Union, and Nigel Farage has been lending his support to the Republican candidate’s presidential campaign. Now, bettors who backed Brexit and made money against the odds believe Trump could pull off a similar surprise across the pond tomorrow.

Hillary Clinton’s chances of becoming the 45th president of the United States looked pretty solid heading into the final stretch of the campaign. However, reports Friday afternoon that the FBI is investigating newly found Clinton emails have changed that sentiment and drastically affected the odds.

With two weeks left in the campaign, Clinton was a -550 favorite to Donald Trump’s +350 odds. After the new email news broke, the former Secretary of State was listed at -300 with Trump’s odds increasing to +200.

In terms of probability, -300 means the books give Clinton a 75% chance of becoming president compared with an 85% chance at -550. For Trump, the change increases the implied probability from 23.5% to a 33% chance that he’ll win the election on November 8.

News broke of the investigation after FBI director James Comey informed congressional leaders on Friday. In a letter to Congress, he wrote, “the FBI cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant, and I cannot predict how long it will take us to complete this additional work.”

While the reaction on the oddsboard has been swift, the effect this news will have on Clinton’s poll numbers – and the overall effect it will have on the election itself – is yet to be seen.

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Online Casinos Games

Online Casinos Games

Have some fun, play your best strategy and make some dough. All very good reasons why considering on playing casino games, but most people I know are doing it online, not so sure about it? Here’s why.

The advantages are simple, you can play from your home and not in a smoky casino. We all like to get out of the house but it’s nice to play a few hands of blackjack in your own bed. And like online poker, it’s a good way to learn the game before you set out to a casino. I personally first learned to play blackjack online before playing at my local casino or even better, Vegas.

There is a large assumption that online casinos are all scams. While some are indeed scams, there is a class that are not.

With more than two decades of online sportsbook experience, is well recognized among seasoned sportsbook players and continues to bring top quality customer service, experienced wagering clerks and nice promotions to the table. Here some of the most commonly played Online Casino Games.


The word roulette means “small wheel” in French. The exact origins of the game are unknown, but there is speculation based on historical games that are similar to the game that we know of as roulette. The use of a spinning wheel for gambling purposes can be traced all the way back to the Greco-Roman period.

Set-Up and play

The game consists of a roulette wheel with numbered slots and a roulette table with numbers corresponding to those on the wheel set up according to the bets that can be placed. The number of slots depends on the variation of roulette you are playing. American Roulette consists of the slots numbered 1 to 36, plus a single zero and a double zero. Players must place their bets. The croupier releases a small ball into the spinning roulette wheel in the opposite direction to the wheel. Bets can be placed up until the time when the croupier calls out “no more bets,” which will be just before the spinning ball drops into a numbered slot. From that time, players are not permitted to touch their chips until all payouts for the game are completed.

Understanding Roulette Bets

There are a number of different bets that can be placed in a game of roulette and it is important to understand them. American roulette offers eleven bets. The bets can be divided into inside bets and outside bets.

Inside Bets:

Straight up bet – on a specific number

Split bet – on two numbers that are adjacent on the roulette table

Street bet – on a row of three numbers

Corner bet – on a group of four numbers in the corner of the table

Line bet – on two adjacent rows of numbers

Five numbered bet – on the numbers 0, 00, 1, 2, 3

Outside Bets:

Red or black bet – on a red or black number

Odd or even bet – on an odd or even number

High or low bet – on a high (19-36) or low (1-18) number

Column bet – on a column of 12 numbers

Dozen bet – on a group of a dozen numbers (1-12, 13-24, 25-36)

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Essential Texas Hold’em Moves

Essential Texas Hold'em Moves

The term “3bet” has a tendency to cause confusion, especially amongst newer players. It frequently happens that a new player will assume that a “3bet” is a raise roughly 3 times the size of the previous bet. It’s quite easy to see how this assumption arises. Let’s first consider the correct definition of “3bet”.

3bet = The third bet in any given sequence of bets.

Three betting light is largely one of the most notable advents of the new era in poker strategy. Before the poker boom, very few if any players would have known what a light three bet was, let alone how to use it most effectively. If you are unfamiliar with the term altogether, a light three bet means that you are making a re-raise with a weak hand. Your 3-bet is being made in an attempt solely to take down the pot before show down.

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Light three bets have multiple purposes, which is something that some players fail to realize. Ideally you will be able to force folds right away and take down the pot as a result. If you get caught making a move, however, it is not all bad news. If you are caught in the middle of a light three bet, it means that your image at the table has changed drastically. You can use your failed moves to your advantage later on.

In tournament play, light three bets have their time and place. The mistake that many players make is attempting to three bet light when the situation just doesn’t call for it. Three betting light in the first hand of a tournament is just not smart. Can you think of a benefit to a light three bet in this spot? Probably not a real good one, which means it isn’t worth doing. Light three bets are going to be particularly risky when you are in a tournament.

For this reason they tend to be more widespread in cash game play. In ring games, players can three bet, fail, and reload. If you fail with a 3-bet in a tournament, you are out of those chips indefinitely. There is certainly a real art that is involved in three betting light in tournaments. One small misstep and you could be in a world of hurt.

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Why 3betting is Important 

It doesn’t take a huge amount of statistical analysis to realise that 3betting makes more money than cold-calling on average. The only reason we don’t 3bet our entire continuing range preflop is that our opponents might adjust and begin to exploit us, when they realise we are 3betting too aggressively. The idea is to get away with 3betting as much as possible without our opponents being able to make exploitative adjustments.

To put it simply, we need to incorporate 3betting into our strategy because it can provide a significant boost to our winrate.

The decision to make a light three-bet should be carefully considered. Aside from your own comfort level when making this sort of play, there are at least three other factors you’ll want to consider before reraising light.

Your opponent. Probably the most important factor to consider before reraising with a marginal hand preflop the playing style of your opponent. Usually you’re making the play in the hopes of getting a fold either preflop or on the flop, something that is only going to work if you’re up against a player capable of making such folds. Tighter opponents are going to better targets for light three-bets, but be careful not to get involved with a super-nit who only makes initial raises with monsters and thus isn’t likely to let go.

Position. The light three-bet is always going to be preferable in situations where you’ll have position on the raiser post-flop. This fact alone may sometimes encourage the preflop raiser to fold to your three-bet, and if not you’ll still have both initiative and position once the first three community cards arrive, thus increasing the likelihood of picking up the pot at that point. A light three-bet from the blinds can be beneficial occasionally against obvious steal attempts from late position, discouraging players from picking on your blinds going forward. But don’t get too carried away with such blind defenses — especially in cash games — since you’re really just making the pot bigger with a so-so hand and playing out of position.

Stack sizes. The light three-bet preflop is of little value in short-stacked games since in many cases you’re committing too great of a percentage of your stack before the flop to allow for much room for maneuvering should your opponent do anything but fold. Medium-to-deep stacked games are better for trying light three-bets, although be aware that the deeper the stacks the more likely players will call and stick around for flops — or perhaps even come back with four-bets (including “light” ones with less than premium holdings).



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Using the blinds bets to your advantage

Using the blinds bets to your advantage

In cash games, stealing blinds should be an important part of your strategy. In this section we’ll talk more about how to steal blinds – and what to do if someone’s stealing them from you.

Setting up

Cash games are all about action. Usually, it’s the most aggressive players who win the money, either by forcing people with marginal hands to fold, or hoping their aggressive image pays off when they do have a hand.

Because it’s about attitude rather than cards, there’s a lot of variance to deal with. This means you’ll need to factor in a bankroll of 30 buy-ins or more (or 50 buy-ins for six-handed games at $5/10).

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Opening moves

In this type of game, it’s no good waiting for good hands to come along. Instead, you’ll see players raising and re-raising before the flop all the time, often with pretty dubious hands.

Suited connectors, face cards and medium pairs are all good for a re-raise (useful if you get aces or kings later). You can also call to mix things up a bit, but generally, this is no time for limping.

If you’re going to play a hand, raise three to four times the big blind (five times if someone’s already raised). Hopefully this will win you the blinds. If not, you’ve got the momentum you need to continuation bet, which should always be the next step in your plan.

Playing from the blinds

If you find yourself on the receiving end of this kind of tactic when you’re in the blinds, don’t take it personally. At this point, it’s purely about position. They’ve got it – they’re using it. You would do the same.

One thing you shouldn’t do is play back just because you’re annoyed. The chance of getting caught out is so high that you’ll want to tighten up your play and focus on damage limitation instead.

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Blind defence

It’s possible to see off an aggressive blind-stealer, but only if you know what you’re doing, and who you’re up against.

  • If they raise too regularly
    Try re-raising them. Be prepared to go over the top with anything from A-J, A-10 or K-Q to medium pocket pairs (6-6 and above). You want to go big, for three reasons:

    It puts them under real pressure (with any luck, they’ll fold)
    2. It tells people you’ve got a strong hand
    3. You take pot control from your opponent, putting you in prime position to continuation bet, no matter what the flop

It puts them under real pressure (with any luck, they’ll fold)

It tells people you’ve got a strong hand

You take pot control from your opponent, putting you in prime position to continuation bet, no matter what the flop

  • If they don’t bet enough post-flop
    In this case, drawing hands with potential are your best friends. Hands like 4-5, 6-5 and 7-6 suited are worth a call.
  • If they’ve bought in short
    Because the payoff is small, this is one of the few times where a pre-flop call out of position is better than a re-raise. If your hand’s disguised well, your implied odds should warrant a call.
  • Other times to call
    The other hands you would call with are small pocket pairs from 2-2 through to 6-6 (unless you want to find yourself continuation betting into a K-10-8 board with 3-3). In general you should be thinking no set, no bet out of position – and always check the implied odds. If your opponent has $80 and raises you to $8 pre-flop, only call with 3-3 if he’s the type of player to pay you off.

    You might also want to apply the ‘rule of 10’ – and adjust the odds of flopping a set (7.5:1), to 10:1 – to cover set over set situations and the fact you’re out of position.

  • Learn to fold
    Ultimately, calling out of position in this type of game is never going to be ideal. Sometimes, it’s better just to hold onto your chips and fold.

After the flop

In higher limit games (even big, more anonymous ones) predictable play is the road to ruin. So post-flop strategy becomes a lot about mixing it up and creating the kind of table image that will pay off later.

For example, you’ll see people veering away from the standard continuation bet and floating (calling with a weak hand in position hoping to take the pot away later), bluff-raising or smooth-calling with any made hand.

To deal with this, you’ll need to mix in some check-raises and check-folds yourself to keep people off-guard. You should also float more against anyone who tends to fold under pressure on the turn.

If someone’s being particularly gung-ho, you should aim to bluff against them on the turn a decent percentage of the time (especially when the board changes or you pick up outs).

You should also place a few all-in bluffs on the river to balance out the times you value bet a big hand.

Here are some more plays that will help confuse your opponents:

  • If the pot is $15 pre-flop, lead out for the full pot with any two cards (you’ll want a reasonably dry board – one high card and two cards are ideal). Why? It shows strength, it’s not a move you see often, and in terms of risk-versus-reward from the big blind, it’s a good one.
  • Check-raise any flop with a single king, queen or jack. Since most hands miss most flops, they’ll need this face card in order to call.

If you can play aggressively on all streets with the right kind of frequency, you’ll do well. These games are about the players more than the cards, so you need to be able to read them – without letting them read you.

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What are Blind Bets in Poker


The blinds are forced bets posted by players to the left of the dealer button in flop-style poker games. The number of blinds is usually two, but it can range from none to three.

The two players to the left of the button (dealer) in a game of hold’em are required to place compulsory bets before the cards are dealt. These are known as blind bets because they are placed ‘blind’, before the players have even seen their cards. These bets trigger the action in a hand, since there is something already in the pot for all the players to win. Typically the player to the immediate left of the dealer will place a small bet equivalent to half the full bet for that round. This is known as the small blind. The player to his left will then place a full bet for that round. This player is called the big blind.

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Once the cards are dealt, the betting action starts with the player to the left of the big blind. He may either fold, call or raise.

After the cards are dealt, the player to the left of the big blind is the first to act during the first betting round. If any players call the big blind, the big blind is then given an extra opportunity to raise. This is known as a live blind. If the live blind checks, the betting round then ends.

Generally, the “big blind” is equal to the minimum bet. The “small blind” is normally half the big blind. In cases where posting exactly half the big blind is impractical due to the big blind being some odd-valued denomination, the small blind is rounded (usually down) to the nearest practical value. For example, if the big blind in a live table game is $3 then the small blind will usually be $1 or $2 since most casinos do not distribute large quantities of $0.50 poker chips.

The blinds exist because Omaha and Texas hold ’em are frequently played without antes, allowing a player to fold his hand without placing a bet. The blind bets introduce a regular cost to take part in the game, thus inducing a player to enter pots in an attempt to compensate for that expense.

It is possible to play without blinds. The minimum bet is then the lowest denomination chip in play, and tossing only one chip is considered as a call. Anything higher than that is considered a raise. Poker without blinds is usually played with everyone posting an ante to receive cards.

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Blinds in cash games

In cash games, otherwise known as ring games, blinds primarily serve to ensure all players are subject to some minimum, ongoing cost for participating in the game. This encourages players to play hands they otherwise might not, thereby increasing the average size of the pots and, by extension, increasing the amount of rake earned by the cardroom hosting the game.

In cash games, the amount of the blinds are normally fixed for each particular table and will not change for the duration of the game. However, many cardrooms will allow blind levels to change in cases where all players unanimously agree to a change. Larger cardrooms will often include tables with different blind levels to give players the option of playing at whatever stakes they are most comfortable with. In online poker, blinds range from as little as one U.S. cent to USD1,000 or more.

The minimum and maximum buy-in at a table is usually set in relation to the big blind. At live games, the minimum buy-in is usually between 20 and 50 big blinds, while the maximum buy-in is usually between 100 and 250 big blinds. Some online cardrooms offer “short stack” tables where the maximum buy-in is 50 big blinds or less and/or “deep stack” tables where the minimum buy-in is 100 big blinds or more.

Missed blinds

In cash games that do not deal cards to players who are absent from the table at the start of the hand (or, in online games, are designated as “sitting out”), special rules are necessary to deal with players who miss their blinds.

In such a situation, if a player misses his or her big blind, he or she will not be dealt in again until the button has passed. At that point, if the player wishes to rejoin the game, he or she must “super-post” – meaning he or she must post both the big and small blinds in order to be dealt cards. Of these, only the big blind is considered “live” while the small blind is “dead” – it is placed in the center of the pot apart from the big blind and will not count towards calling any additional bets or raises by other players. If the player has only missed the small blind, then the same procedure applies except that the player only has to post the “dead” small blind to rejoin the game. Most cardrooms allow players to relieve themselves of these obligations if they wait until they are again due to post the big blind before rejoining the game.

Some cardrooms hosting live cash games do not allow players to miss and/or avoid paying blinds in this manner. In these games, all players with chips on the table are dealt in whether or not they are present at the table. Any blinds due will be posted from the player’s stack – depending on the cardroom’s rules this will be done either by the dealer, another cardroom employee or a nearby player under staff supervision. Whenever a player has not returned to the table by the time it is his turn to act, his or her hand is automatically folded. Under such rules, if a player wishes to be absent from the table then the only way he or she can avoid paying blinds is to cash out and leave the game altogether.


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How to Deal with Bad Beats in Poker

How to Deal with Bad Beats in Poker

There is very little in poker that can throw you off of your game in such a dramatic way as a bad beat can. Dropping from the high of being all in on the flop with top set against two over cards, to the low of being outdrawn to a runner-runner flush is enough to make the biggest poker fan hate the game.

Despite this however, it is far more important than you think to deal with the frustration before playing your next hand.

What is a Bad Beat?
A bad beat by definition is simply losing a hand of poker when you were the statistical favorite. And really what is meant here is losing as the statistical favorite when big amounts of money go in the middle.

A lot of people confuse bad play with bad beats. They are far from the same thing. For instance, calling off big bets on the turn and river when a major draw came in and your overpair is obviously no good anymore is in fact just bad play.

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How can you get over a bad beat?


Understand equity and the realities of poker.

Some players seem to think they are entitled to a pot, if you get it allin with a set vs a flush draw, you are going to be losing the pot approximately 27% of the time. That’s almost 1/3 of the time. Understanding that these things happen frequently in poker is critical to being able to not tilt when you get bad beat.

Become process orientated not results orientated.

Results orientated thinking are the downfall of many potentially talented poker players. Everything you should do in poker should be based around how to maximise your expectation in every given hand. If you associate losing with playing bad you are making a mistake. Its perfectly normal to play “perfect” and lose due to running bad and bad beats. Likewise, its perfectly possible to play awful and win on any given day. Don’t be results orientated, be process orientated!

Without bad beats, the fish wouldn’t play!

This is a critical realisation. You don’t get fish gambling on chess (A game where the most skilled player wins every game). The reason fish gamble playing poker is because they are convinced they can win on the days they get lucky, consequently they keep playing in the future despite being long term losing players. Variance and bad beats are what keep the fish playing because it gives them hope. If the fish were to loose every single hand, how long do you think they would play? Not long, that’s right!

Just think of it like this, every time a fish bad beats you, you are giving them hope. They don’t understand odds, probability, ranges, value betting or any of the stuff that makes you a winning player. All they understand is winning and losing. When the fish wins, the fish keeps coming back. Its kinda cruel in a way, you give them hope when we both know they are going to lose a lot of money in the long run.

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Bad beats are an opportunity

Bad beats happen to everyone and are a way in which you can gain reciprocal profits on your opponents. Look at it like this, every bad beat is a test of your resolve, an opportunity to not tilt. If you don’t tilt in a situation when another player would have tilted, you have made some reciprocal money. Just as you can make money from your opponents by making better betting decisions, you can also make money in regards to tilting. If you don’t tilt, and your opponents tilt, you win!

Figure out your breaking point and quit

Every single player in the world has a breaking point. The breaking point is an imaginary amount of money you have to lose, or situations that have to happen to cause someone to play irrationally. The key is to be aware of your emotions and be able to stop playing when you reach that point. Remember, poker is supposed to be a fun and profitable way to spend your time. Any time in which your not having fun and are not playing your best, its best to quit, take a break, re-group and come back playing stronger, better and more profitably.

Bad beats are an integral part of poker, so if you want to become a long term winner you are going to have to get used to them. If there were no such things as bad beats, then most of us would never have a losing session. But on the positive side, bad beats are what keep the bad players and soft competition coming back. It tricks them into thinking they made the right play, or that poker is always about luck.

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What Is A Blocking Bet In Poker

What Is A Blocking Bet In Poker

The “blocking bet” (or blocker bet) is made when you are out of position and wish to see either a showdown or a river card cheaply. If used effectively it can prevent your opponent from making a big bet that you can not profitably call.

If used incorrectly, or in the wrong circumstances, this blocking bet is simply a waste of chips.

The What: A blocker bet refers to betting from out-of-position in order to control how much money goes into the pot on a given betting round.

Use blocking bets like a shield to protect the rest of your stack.

The Why: When you’re holding a marginal hand that can’t stand up to a big bet, you can make a small bet that is likely to get called, but not raised, in order to see another card or get to showdown for a cheaper price.

The When: Blocking bets are always made from out of position since you must be able to act before your opponent.

The Who: Because making a small bet leaves you open to getting bluffed with a re-raise this move is best suited to use against tight, inexperienced opponents.

The Where: Blocking bets can be used effectively in both cash games and tournaments.

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Using Blocking Bets the Right Way

Not everyone agrees on whether blocking bets are truly effective, but they’ll all tell you that if you’re doing it wrong, you’re burning money.

We’re here to tell you that at the right time, against the right opponent, a blocking bet can absolutely increase your winnings.

The important part of using blocking bets is understanding the line you’re taking in the hand, and the kind of opponent you’re up against.

Weaker, tighter players are your targets when you’re thinking about using a blocking bet, because an experienced, tough player will be able to exploit you by bluff-raising.

There are two main situations where you should consider a blocking bet.

An example of a blocking bet.

Action is folded around to you pre-flop. You limp in from the small blind with JTo, your opponent raises from the big blind pre-flop, and you call. The flop comes down A–J–2. You check, and he makes a continuation bet, which you call. The turn brings a 5, you check, and your opponent checks. Now the river brings a 8, and you are not sure if you have the best hand. If you do, you know your opponent wont call a large bet, so you decide to make a smallish blocking bet on the river to try and get some thin value from weaker pairs and get to showdown cheaply.

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The blocking bet is simply where you make a smaller than average sized bet when first to act in order to reduce the amount of money that you pay to see the next card.

By making a small bet, you anticipate that your opponent will just call and not raise. As a result, you will not have to call what would have been a larger bet from them (in comparison to your “blocker bet”) if you had checked. 

The advantages of the blocking bet.

There are two advantages to the blocking bet play.

  • If you complete your draw, you expect to get paid off well.
  • It is only necessary when you are out of position.
  1. If you make your flush on the river then you are very likely to be paid off by any player with a pair or better. The blocking bet stopped your opponent from betting an amount that you would not have been able to call – and also disguised your holding at the same time. If you miss the river then a check and fold is probably optimal here against most opponents.
  2. If the positions had been reversed – you were on the button rather than the out of position player – then a blocking bet would not have been necessary here. Your opponent would have acted before you and could have bet enough that you were unable to call. If – after seeing his flop bet called – the player checked on the turn you would have been in a position to check behind to try and make your flush with a free card.


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Casino Games – Roulette

Casino Games – Roulette

The Casino Games can be so much fun, playing casino games can be entertaining and thrilling. You can visit a casino, not only to gamble, but also to enjoy the games given there.

One of the most popular casino games is the Roulette. In roulette, the player places his chips on the table where they would like to wager.

Roulette is a casino game named after the French word meaning little wheel. In the game, players may choose to place bets on either a single number or a range of numbers, the colors red or black, or whether the number is odd or even.

To determine the winning number and color, a croupier spins a wheel in one direction, then spins a ball in the opposite direction around a tilted circular track running around the circumference of the wheel. The ball eventually loses momentum and falls onto the wheel and into one of 37 (in French/European roulette) or 38 (in American roulette) colored and numbered pockets on the wheel.

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The roulette table consists of number 0-36 and 00 and then has additional betting for even-odd, red-black, low 18-high 18, low/middle/high 12, and for the first/second/third columns.

A player may also place their bet between 2, 3, 4, or 5 numbers and may cross bet between the additional betting areas. The dealer will signal no more bets.

The dealer will spin the roulette wheel in a clockwise direction then roll a ball in a counter-clockwise direction.

The ball lands in a numbered slot on the wheel. All bets that correspond with the number win.

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The pockets of the roulette wheel are numbered from 0 to 36.

In number ranges from 1 to 10 and 19 to 28, odd numbers are red and even are black. In ranges from 11 to 18 and 29 to 36, odd numbers are black and even are red.

There is a green pocket numbered 0 (zero). In American roulette, there is a second green pocket marked 00. Pocket number order on the roulette wheel adheres to the following clockwise sequence in most casinos:

Single-zero wheel


Double-zero wheel


Roulette table

The cloth covered betting area on a roulette table is known as the layout. The layout is either single zero or double zero. The European style layout has a single zero, and the American style layout is usually a double zero. The American style roulette table with a wheel at one end is now used in most casinos. The French style table with a wheel in the centre and a layout on either side is rarely found outside of Monte Carlo


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