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05-31-2008 / 12:49
Gambling / Pai Gow Poker / Poker / Strategy

Pai Gow Poker Strategy

One advantage of playing Pai Gow poker over many other table games is that it involves some decision making, much like blackjack. But, unlike blackjack, Pai Gow poker strategy does not lend itself to a pocket-sized card that can be memorized in a short number of hours. Instead, it consists of recognizing many different situations, grouping them, and arranging your hand accordingly.Pai Gow Poker Strategy

The most important thing to remember is that the five-card – or ‘behind’ – hand must be stronger than the two-card – or ‘top’ – hand; otherwise, the hands will not qualify and your wager will be lost. This does not mean that you must play the full house if you are dealt K-K-K-9-9-6-4, only that the three kings must at least be behind; in fact, proper strategy would be to play them this way, with the pair of nines on top. Most hands will consist of seven cards that do not make anything or a single pair. In the former situation, the highest card must be played behind, but the next two highest cards should make up the two-card hand. With one pair, the hand should be played the same way, with the pair and the three lowest cards in the five-card hand.

When you get to higher ranking hands, like two pair and flushes, the rules get a little murkier. With two pair, it is often best to separate them, with the higher pair behind, unless they are both very low and you have some high cards that would make a strong hand on top, like an ace and a king. With three pairs, put the highest pair in the two-card hand the others pairs in the five-card hand. If dealt a straight or a flush, the player should put it behind, unless he also has two pair, in which case the two pair should be played separately and the straight/flush ignored. The only other situation that bears mention is three of a kind, which should always be played behind, except in the case of three aces. If you are dealt three aces, a pair should be kept behind while ace high should be played as the two-card hand.

Pai Gow poker strategy contains many subtleties that aren’t included here, but these have an insignificant effect on overall win rate. Pay special attention to your two pair hands because these are the easiest to play improperly, and remember that you should break up a straight or flush if you can play a pair in both hands. Making your two-card hand relatively strong is more important than constructing a powerhouse hand behind. Here’s wishing you good luck on your next trip to the Pai Gow poker table!

03-16-2008 / 04:07
Ali G / Cash games / Casino / Gambling / Personal / Texas Hold'em

I played poker with Ali G.

ALI G POKER MONEYAnd he took my money…

I mean I was sitting at the $2/$5 table (yes, it’s rare, but it’s excellent as you can steal a little easier haha) and I lost over $400 to one guy, who looked 100% like Ali G.’s twin brother — NO KIDDING. We had great fun, but he seemed to always outflop me. I flopped a set once — and he flopped top set against me. I made a flush on the turn once — and he had flopped a set, the river paired the board. I flopped Aces up when he had AK and the board paired tens…

Anyway, I took a lot of smaller pots and managed to only be down $120 total — so I’m good, and I didn’t go on TILT. :)

12-07-2007 / 23:16
Gambling / Poker / Poker tournaments / Sit & Go's / SnG / Tournament poker

Sit and Go - Make Tournaments Fit into Your Schedule

If you want to play Tournament poker but you can’t commit to a specific time than the SNG (Sit and Go) is for you. By far the most popular is the 10 man variant, but turbos, heads up and 6 man can all be found at most poker sites.

pocket aces baby!A suitable bankroll to play SnG is 25 times the level at which you intend on playing, depending on your skill level.

Like a good story SnGs have a beginning, middle and end.

The current wisdom is to play tight in the early stages. Don’t get involved in preflop all-in situations and don’t play weak hands. You should only look to play hands such as AA-TT and the high suited connectors.

During the middle stages as you get close to the money (called being on the bubble) other players will tighten up. Use this to your advantage and steal the blinds when you have the opportunity. Aggressive play at this stage will help you accumulate chips.

Once you make the money you can really loosen up your starting hand criteria. You should switch your thinking from survival to winning. If you are deep stacked push the little stack around. Don’t be afraid to push all in.

If you intend to play SnGs often, you should definitely keep track of your statistics. This way you can compare how well you are doing at different buy-ins and see if you are a profitable player.

11-29-2007 / 18:15
Action Poker Network / Bonus codes / Chinese Poker / Free bonus / Gambling / Online poker / Poker / Poker software / Tiger Gaming

Chinese Poker Online: Finding a Needle in a haystack

As Chinese poker has fallen from favour it becomes increasingly difficult to find a site that you can play at. The only site I could find was Tiger Gaming. Although even on this site you would have to look for it under the ‘13 Card Poker’ Banner.

Tiger Gaming has long been the most well known online providers of Chinese Poker and other exotic games. Both eastern and western styles of play are available so you can choose which type of game suits your taste.

Play money tables are available so new players can learn Chinese Poker before deciding to play for real money. Real money games range from 25 cents to $10 per point.

Fortunately for fledgling Chinese poker players Tiger Gaming has some of the worst poker players around. Although bear in mind at the higher limits of Chinese Poker the standard will be a lot better due to a lack of places to play Chinese poker.

Tiger Gaming, part of the Action Poker Network, which is in the top 25 poker sites and Networks on the internet, shares it’s players and tables with the other members of the network. Tiger Gaming has good customer support, decent software and good tournaments and reloads. New players can get a sign up bonus and it runs decent promotions. Tiger Gaming offers reloads nearly every month. These reloads are generally quite lucrative with 50% up to $1250 [or a player's maximum deposit limit].

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Annette_15 / Bankroll management / Bonus codes / Casino Bonus / Free bonus / Free poker / Freerolls / Gambling / Online poker / Poker

Bonus Hunting: Boosting your bankroll with Casino Promotions

Poker rooms often have promotions as a sweetener to sign up with them and stay loyal. They are looking to keep you playing at their site and will offer play as you earn bonuses. You can use this to your advantage to help you build you bankroll. Hey if you are playing anyway you might as well be getting a little extra. Even players who usually end up even can boost their bankroll by playing a lot at one particular site.

Most poker rooms offer a sign up bonus for new customers. If you are new to online poker resist the urges to open accounts all over the web as you can move sites to build your bankroll. It is possible to build a bankroll of a few thousand dollars from $50 just buy coming out even, but working the bonuses to your advantage. Just be aware that some bonuses are better than others. A small signup bonus can be better than a large one if the large one is going to take too long to clear. When you have cleared your bonus, look for a new site to make some more free cash.

Another bankroll boost is the freeroll. Many sites have freerolls to enter in exchange for loyalty points. Buy using freerolls to your advantage you can sharpen your poker skills and add to your bankroll at the same time. Freerolls can be very lucrative as shown by the current story of Annette_15. Annette_15 claims to have never loaded money into a casino site, she started off winning a freeroll and now makes six figure sums playing poker online.

11-25-2007 / 14:36
Casino / Gambling / Poker / Professional poker / Sam Farha

Website owner asks Sam Farha out to the casino’s

Website owner Bert from Europe asked poker and gambling professional Sam Farha to go hit the casinos together on his funny and entertaining website. When I first read through the pages I was like “what the fruitcakes is this?” — but after giving the website a chance to explain itself, I really think it’s a good joke…

What does Bert have to lose? If Sam replies — he gets to go to Vegas and play poker with his idol. If Sam doesn’t reply: nothing lost!

Check the website out — it’s awesome!

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/ 13:44
Gambling / Personal / Poker

Hi and welcome to my poker blog

Hi, and welcome to my poker blog! I’m not a poker genious — I lose money every single day. I’m what you would call a crappy player. Well — not really. I play well, but I donk out every once in a while, costing me most of my profit. I like it that way. I’m not in it to get rich. Call me stupid. Call me a gambler. :)

On this blog, I’ll be focusing on poker — and gambling. I like poker. I like gambling. I’ll be showing you my most favorite vids, will be talking about my favorite poker sites etc — and I’ll be showing you why poker is the most amazing sport in the world. Happy reading (and viewing!).

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