Sunday, 15 September 2013 11:34

Poker Player of the Year, 2013 (Top 10)

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In order to establish the top 10 Poker Players of 2013, i took two of the best Poker websites out there and tried to compare their rankings. I can see that there is a discrepancy between the lists, due to different formula calculations and events.

The Points at Bluff Magazine are calculated by multiplying the point factors from all three criteria. For re-buy events and multiple-entry events the buy-in is determined by prizepool/players. Only a player’s top ten finishes through the calendar year will count towards the Player of the Year standings.

CardPlayer.com offers comprehensive poker rankings. CardPlayer Player of the Year race has ranked tournament poker player success for more than a decade and they now rank casino and online tournament data.

Bluff.com ranks on the first place Daniel Negreanu, followed by: Mike Watson, David Peters, Ole Schemion, Blair Hinkle, Steve O'Swyer, Scott Seiver, Joe Kuether, Justin Bonomo and Paul Volpe. 

On CardPlayer we have the same place for Daniel Negreanu, followed by: Paul Volpe, Blair Hinkle, Justin Bonomo, Steve O'Dwyer, David Vamplew, Erick Londgren, Michael Watson, Steven Silverman and Dimitar Danchev.

Saturday, 31 August 2013 10:56

Bankroll Management

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Especially in the relatively new and lucrative career opportunity of online poker the goal of building your own bankroll is often lost in the background. Instead, the focus is too often on fast profits. This increases the risk to go broke at enormous because a solid bankroll management is the absolute foundation for long-term success.

The decisive point is that you are on time in moving up and moving down at your table-limits. As you succeed best and what else you have to consider is written in the following article.

Poker is not only a very diverse and fascinating game, but, if you are running it right, even a lucrative job. Many people play it for years or even a lifetime.

But the fascination is not only from the fact that poker has exciting strategic elements. In poker, it is also important to make (much) money.

To play at a real money table or an internet table you need money that you take along to the respective table. An important question to ask yourself if you are a beginner in this context should be, what amount of money (bankroll) you get yourself or which amount you deposit. There are still several websites where you can get a start-up capital just by simply pass a newcomer test.

Your primary goal as a good poker player is, to deal with this bankroll carefully, instead of simply having fun in the short term only. The target of the bankroll management (BRM) is to multiply your bankroll long term to achieve as much profit as possible and thereby minimize the risk of losses simultaneously.

What is bankroll management?

The concept of bankroll management (BRM) is a method for the optimal management of capital that allows you to play poker (= bankroll)

Since you have no control at poker on the distribution of good and bad luck, it can happen again and again that you lose over a period of time, even if you play correctly.

As a result you will experience large swings in your bankroll. Thus it is important to be prepared. For this reason you need to build reserves to withstand a greater loss, or even a series of losses without problems. With the help of a good bankroll management you can greatly reduce the chance that you are going broke due to these swings.

This will succeed best by the fact that you are moving up and moving down at the right time and in periods where you lose more, to play to smaller stakes to keep your losses at a minimum.
Only when your bankroll has recovered, you should move to the next higher limit.

Your Goal with help of the bankroll management is to establish the right balance between maximizing profits and the reducing the risk of loss.

By Robert Piltz

Saturday, 31 August 2013 10:54

Video Poker

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The game of video poker was created in the 1970 when simple color screens were set up with solid state CPU (Central Processing Units) to create a very early version of what we now call Video Poker. Although fairly primitive when compared to today Video Poker Games, these early games were such a hit that during the 1980 the Video Poker explosion in Las Vegas changed the way casinos looked forever.
During the 90's, with the power of the Internet behind it, Video Poker came of age and can now be found in nearly all offline and online casinos across the world. In fact, certain casinos specialize in and only offer Video Poker as an option.

On different Networks we find different Video Poker Games:

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Deuces Wild Video Poker
A popular Video Poker game in which all deuces (two) are wild and can substitute any card in the deck.
Jacks or Better Video Poker
Jacks or Better Video Poker is one of the oldest, most common forms of Video Poker. It is also one of the most popular. Payoffs in Jacks or Better Video Poker begin with a pair of Jacks and go through to Kings.
Bonus Video Poker
Based on Jacks or Better, Bonus Video Poker allows higher payouts for four of a kind. There are almost limitless variations of Bonus Poker with the difference being in the ranking structure for each four of a kind.
Tens or Better Video Poker
A variation of Jacks or Better Video Poker that offers Video Poker players a difference between the full house and flush payouts in Jacks or Better.
Double Bonus Video Poker
As the name implies, this type of Video Poker offers a bonus payout for four aces.
Double, Double Bonus Video Poker
Another Video Poker game based on Jacks or Better, this Video Poker game offers bonus payouts for different four of a kind hands.

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All American Poker
In All American Poker, you aim to get a winning hand according to standard poker rules as listed in the game Pay Table. Winning hands and payouts are listed on the left hand side of the game. Aces are high and when playing multiple hands, winning hands are highlighted in the game.
Double Double Jackpot Poker
In Double Bonus Poker, you aim to get a winning hand according to standard poker rules as listed in the game Pay Table. There are special payouts for Four-of-a-kind hands (4 Aces with K, Q, J; 4 Aces; 4 Ks, Qs, Js with Ace, K, Q, or J; 4 Ks, Qs, or Js). Winning hands and payouts are listed on the left hand side of the game. Aces are high and when playing multiple hands, winning hands are highlighted in the game.
Double Jackpot Poker
In Double Bonus Poker, you aim to get a winning hand according to standard poker rules as listed in the game Pay Table. There are special payouts for Four-of-a-kind hands (4 Aces with K, Q, J; 4 Aces; 4 Ks, Qs, Js with Ace, K, Q, or J; 4 Ks, Qs, or Js). Winning hands and payouts are listed on the left hand side of the game. Aces are high and when playing multiple hands, winning hands are highlighted in the game.
Jacks or Better
In Jacks or Better, you aim to get a winning hand according to standard poker rules as listed in the game Pay Table. Winning hands and payouts are listed on the left hand side of the game. Aces are high and when playing multiple hands, winning hands are highlighted in the game.
Joker Poker
In Joker Poker, you aim to get a winning hand according to standard poker rules as listed in the game Pay Table. The Joker can be substituted for any card. Winning hands and payouts are listed on the left hand side of the game. Aces are high and when playing multiple hands, winning hands are highlighted in the game.
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Deuces Bonus Wild Poker, 10 play, 50 play
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Natural Royal Flush pays 4000 Coins!; 52 card deck, 10 hands in play, 50 hands in play
Deuces and Joker 10 Play, 50 play
4 deuces & a Joker pays 10,000 Coins! 52 card deck; 10 hands in play, 50 hands in play
Deuces Wild Poker
Natural Royal Flush pays 4,000 Coins! 52 card deck; Deuces are wild, 10 hands in play, 50 hands in play
Double Bonus Poker, 10 play, 50 play
Royal Flush pays 4000 Coins! 52 card deck, 10 hands in play, 50 hands in play
Double Double Bonus Poker, 10 play, 50 play
Royal Flush pays 4000 Coins!; 52 card deck, 10 hands in play, 50 hands in play
Jacks or better Poker, 10 play, 50 play
Royal Flush pays 4000 Coins! 52 card deck; Jacks or better to win, 10 hands in play, 50 hands in play
Joker Poker10 play, 50 play
Royal Flush pays 4000 Coins! 53 card deck; Kings or better to win, 10 hands in play, 50 hands in play
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Aces and Eights
This Single hand Video poker has bonus pays for a 4 of a Kind in Aces or Eights, with a Max win of 4000 coins. Jackpots of up to 100 000.00 are possible with a maximum bet on Aces and Eights Video Poker.

Aces and Faces
Aces & Faces is an exciting power poker game which is based on the standard draw poker game and is very similar to Jacks or Better. The difference here is that this game pays a bonus amount when players get four face cards. There are no wild cards. The player has a chance to retain or discard any of the cards in a hand. Holding a good poker hand could win you big money!
All Aces Poker
This video poker game is themed mostly around aces. The player is dealt 5 cards and you are allowed to hold which suit you best. You then draw and you are paid out accordingly. The payouts are proportionate according to the coins wagered. There are no wild cards in the game. The game allows you to track stats, including a win summary.
All American
All American is a standard version of video poker with a wagering range of €0.25 – €25. The biggest Jackpot available is 4000 coins on a Royal Flush for 5 coins played. There are no wild cards in all American.
Bonus Deuces Wild
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Bonus Poker
Video Poker fans who prefer fast and smooth game play and a comfortably familiar "feel" to the game will be more than pleased with Bonus Video Poker. Developed with player preferences foremost, the new single deck, 52 card game has good pay tables and the clean, straightforward graphics and speed that research has shown VP players want, and it all comes on the player-friendly Viper software platform. Bonus Video Poker offers a maximum jackpot of 4 000 coins and wagers 1 to 5 coins per hand in denominations ranging from 0.25 > 5.00. That means that on a maximum bet of 25 credits, a player can take home up to 20 000 credits.
Bonus Poker Deluxe
Bonus Poker Deluxe is played with one standard deck of 52 playing cards that is shuffled before each game. On each hand you have the option to choose which cards to hold. It is a standard video poker, except it has high payouts for a Four of a Kind hand combination and includes a Gamble Feature. There is no Wild Card and the game has a maximum payout of 4000 coins.
Deuces and Joker
This video poker game has 5 wild cards as well as a bunch of great options. Its possible to select between 3 speed controls that allow players to play at the speed that suits them best. After a win, you are given the chance to double your winnings!
Deuces Wild
Deuces Wild is just like any other standard video poker game, though the deuces are wild in a 52 card deck! There’s even a jackpot of 4000 coins which is received in the event of a natural Royal Flush!
Double Bonus Poker
Video Poker fans who prefer fast and smooth game play and a comfortably familiar "feel" to the game will be more than pleased with Double Bonus Video Poker! The game is to the same style as the newly released Bonus Video Poker, but has improved pay tables!
Double Double Bonus
Video Poker fans who prefer fast and smooth game play and a comfortably familiar "feel" to the game will be more than pleased with Double Double Bonus Video Poker! The game is to the same style as the newly released Bonus Video Poker and Double Bonus Video Poker, but has improved pay tables!
Double Joker
Double Joker Video Poker is played with a deck of 52 cards and 2 wild jokers. There are special payouts for a Wild Royal Flush and for Five of a Kind!
Jacks or Better
Jacks or Better is a straightforward poker variation of video poker. It resembles any other standard version of the game, with the exception that it only pays out for any poker hand of pair Jacks or better. The maximum jackpot payout that’s paid out in this game is of 4000 coins!
Joker Poker
Joker poker is a fun poker variant with a twist. It is played with a 52 card deck with an extra joker added to it, so 53 cards in total. The joker is wild and replaces any card, but you need at least a pair of kings to win!
Louisiana Double
Louisiana Double plays the same way as Jacks or Better, except that a special double card is added to the standard 52 card deck. Holding this card with any other winning combination doubles your winnings!
Tens or Better
Tens or Better is a great video poker game with a top fixed jackpot of 4000 coins. There are no Wild cards, so all cards are worth their face value. The lowest card ranking needed to get a payout is pair tens!

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Saturday, 31 August 2013 10:51

Luck vs. Skill

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Many new players say that poker is a game of luck, but I always reply that it is a game of skill. Luck is just a coincidence factor over which you have no control, and it is not that important when you consider that many other variables which u can affect as a player, belong to this game.
Which Variables I mean? Well, there are some of them. Knowing what your opponents have, is one thing, where experienced players are very skilled. Although one can never be sure in this case, these players have worked very hard to perfect this skill. What you need to know about luck is, that it only has influence on the hand which you are currently playing. In this sense there is no good or bad luck, because the bad luck of a player is the luck to another player. Do not rely too much on your luck, if you want to play poker successfully, it won't work.
Just realize that luck is a factor in the game, and it is the only factor that can't be affected by you. Anything else you do when you bet, raise, bluff, fold etc are things which are under your control.

However, there are definitely times when you want to gamble, times when you don't want to follow the rules. In most cases, this is when you are in heads-up, and have a big chiplead. If you have 10 times as many chips as your opponent, you can allow yourself to gamble in the hope that you're lucky. At this stage you can set your opponent all in with each hand and hope you get lucky. If it didn't work the first time, you maybe want to try it a second time. But be careful because every time it doesn't work, you double up his chip stack, and that is for sure not what you really wanted.

Finally, you should not forget that sometimes you can play a perfect game, do everything right, but still lose. It just happens. It can be very frustrating, but it does not let you drown. That's Poker.

But keep in mind, one day your luck might come around to save your day when you mostly need it :)

 

By Robert Piltz

 
Saturday, 31 August 2013 10:42

The History of Poker

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Did you ever wonder where the term 'poker' comes from? Or where did it all start?

 

I have made some researches and i found on Poker.com a very interesting article:

'The history of Poker is thought to have evolved over more than ten centuries from various games, all involving the basic principals of ranked card or domino combinations and the use of ‘bluffing’ to deceive opponents.

One popular belief is that a game similar to poker was first invented by the Chinese sometime before 969 A.D, when The Emperor Mu-tsung is reported to have played "domino cards" with his wife on new years eve.

Egyptians in the 12th & 13th centuries are known to have used a form of playing cards, and in 16th century Persia “Ganjifa” or “Treasure Cards” were used for a variety of betting games. A Ganjifa deck consisted of 96 elaborate cards, often made of paper thin slices of ivory or precious wood. The Persians played “As Nas” which utilized 25 cards, rounds of betting and hierarchical hand rankings.

A French game named “Poque” and a German game named “Pochen” became very popular in the 17 & 18th centuries, both developed from the 16th century Spanish game called “Primero” which involved three cards being dealt to each player. Bluffing, or betting high stakes whilst holding poor cards to deceive opponents, was an integral part of the game. Primero dates back to 1526 and is often referred to as “poker’s mother” as it is the first confirmed version of a game directly related to modern day poker.

French colonials imported the game to the new world when they arrived in Canada. Their beloved poque was the national card game of France and from the beginning of the 18th century, when a hardy group of French-Canadian settlers founded New Orleans, it spread from the state of Louisiana up the Mississippi river and then throughout the whole country.
In 1834, Jonathan H. Green made one of the earliest written references to poker when in his writing he mentions rules to the "cheating game," being played on Mississippi riverboats. The Cheating Game" quickly began to supplant the popular cardsharp game of 3-card monte on the gambling circuit. Gamers embraced the new game as it was perceived as a more challenging and 'honest' gamble than the notoriously rigged 3-card game. Green took more than a passing interest in the new game and took it upon himself to formally name and document the 'Cheating Game' in his book 'An Exposure of the Arts and Miseries of Gambling': Poker was born.
During the Wild West period of United States history, a saloon with a Poker table could be found in just about every town from coast to coast. It was extremely popular during the Civil War when the soldiers of both armies played. European influence of poker ended when the joker was introduced as a wild card in 1875.

In just over two centuries, poker has never looked back. Since its humble beginning on the banks of the Mississippi, the popularity of this widely played game has grown in leaps and bounds to evolve numerous variations and sub-variations.

There have been three games that have, in turn, dominated the modern poker scene:

• 5 Card Draw rose from relative obscurity during the American Civil War to the most popular game for almost a century.

Nevada made it a felony to run a betting game. However the Attorney General of California declared that draw poker was based upon skill and therefore the anti-gambling laws could not stop it. But stud poker was still deemed illegal as it was based solely on chance. With this decision, draw poker games developed and grew. This caused Nevada to reverse itself in 1931 and legalize casino gambling.

• 7 Card Stud then took over the throne shortly before WWII and maintained its position for about 40 years with the help of the new and thriving Las Vegas casino industry.

• Texas Hold’em, christened the ‘cadillac of poker’ rose to prominence in the 1970's when it was featured as the title game in the World Series of Poker. Today, Texas Hold’em is indisputably the most frequently played and most popular poker game in the world, played in casinos and on home game tables the world over.'

Source: http://www.poker.com/history-of-poker.htm

Saturday, 31 August 2013 10:40

Tournaments, Cash Games or Sit N Go’s?

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This is the most common question for beginners in poker. When you start to play poker you have millions of options of different types of games you can play.
In the following article i'll shed some light about favorite types of the poker game, why they are great and what i think you should play.
First of all, we ll have a look from the financial perspective. If you are playing just for fun, play whatever you want, play what is more fun to you and what enjoy you the most. But if we approaching this from a financial perspective it would be beneficial to find the game that will bring you the maximum amount of money.

Cash games

In my opinion cash games provide the largest edge, have the least amount of variance and the most consistency of income for a winning player.
I mean, Multi Table Tournaments (MTT) and Sit N Go’s feature a lot of allin situations which are frequently 50/50 (flips) situations where you can't control the outcome. Thus the edge you generally can gain is less than in cash games on a per game/per hand basis. Cash game players will have a higher percentage of winning sessions and the income
is a lot more consistent if you are a winning player. However, its definitely possible to make consistent profits in MTT’s and SNG’s, it just requires that you have to play a huge volume of games.
Furthermore the number of successful cash game players who make lots of money are greater than tournament players and Sit N Go players who make similar money. Far more people have the ability to make lots of money playing cash games than any other form of game.
The Summary is, the skills you learn in cash games will help you even in MTT tournaments. If you take all the top cash game players in the world they are all great in tournaments as well. But if you take some tournament specialists, more or less they wont be the best cash game players or could lack the skills necessary to beat deepstack cash games.

Multi Table Tournaments

Playing Tournaments is probably the second favorite way to make money in poker. The reason for this, the edge in MTT’s is greater than you will find in Sit N Go’s. Top SNG players will have a ROI(Return On Investment) of approximately 10% or less. Top MTT players can have ROI’s of greater than 100%. The variance is still greater in MTT’s than cash games but you will find plenty of MTT players online who put in enough volume to overcome this variance.

Sit N Go’s

Fewer and fewer recreational players are playing Sit N Go’s. The games are almost solved. And the edge a Sit N Go player has is minimal, especially if he is sitting at a table full of regular players.
On the other hand there are still opportunities outside the standard realm of Sit N Go’s. Heads up Sit N Go’s offer a greater edge for better players and the newer "double or nothing" Sit N Go’s seem to be attracting more poor players than the standard format.

In the end all of the examples in this article were about Texas Holdem games. Because of the influx of training/coaching material over the past few years, the games are definitely getting harder everywhere.
But actually there is a lot less training material about Pot Limit Omaha and several other poker games. For that reason, i would seriously suggest you to learn other games apart from Texas Holdem because they provide opportunities to make profit which don’t exist now in Holdem games.

By Robert Piltz

Saturday, 31 August 2013 10:39

PartyPoker Removed High-Stakes Cash Game

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About a week ago, Party Poker cancelled all cash tables higher than $5/10$. Most common reason is that the normal recreational players gone bust too fast and now they could keep their bankrolls for a longer period of time and Partypoker gets more rake of these players.
Thus the opinions of the regular players are divided. One of them told the community, "At a $50 buy-in game, the ratio [of money won to money raked] was roughly 1:1. At a $1K buy-in, the ratio was 5:1. Party is hurting financially and the simple calculation must be: if our ecology is x, we get x in rake if we only have low-stakes games. If we allow high-stakes games, we only get x/5."
Another Poster on Two Plus Two pointed out, that we might not have seen the last of the high-stakes tables at PartyPoker: "PKR recently did something pretty similar. They removed $10/$20+ and then at request they came back. However, when they came back, it was 'restricted,' meaning only players who were approved by PKR security were allowed to sit at tables, thus ending bum-hunting forever at these stakes."
Few players are afraid of, "if the recreational player wants to play $25/50$, he would do it, but now on different sites." Thus the regular players consider to play on other sites as well.
Like news spread like a wildfire in the Two Plus Two forum and "teddyFBI" published an email he received from PP:

"We have removed some of our super high stake games, this decision has been taken to make improvements to our poker ecology and in our players best interests.
We will still offer high stake games at NL1000 PLO1000 and FL 6000.
We believe this change will improve the action at our tables and is in the best interest of the poker room as a whole. The change will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
Please let us know if you need help with anything. Best Regards"

After that, the independent PokerScout released, Partypoker increased with a negligible percentage of 0,6% which would have probably happened anyway but the cash game action is down by 50% compared to the same time last year. Despite the loss of Full Tilt Poker, which went offline last year, Party Poker was the second busiest site worldwide and topped 6,000 cash game players seven times between May 21 and June 5 of this year but has failed to do so any day since. Based on this data Party Poker experienced the biggest loss in the online poker business regarding player traffic.
Therefore highly likely Party poker wants to focus on midstakes and fill the gap with the expected release of its own fast-fold poker variant by end of the year. And it is still planning to transition bwin players to the Party Poker platform, which could increase the player pool by 20% in the end.

By Robert Piltz