Most people only know how to play one version of poker; this is too bad because there are lots of other great games out there. In fact for beginners one of the best options is Pot Limit Omaha. This is a game where skilled players get less of an advantage which makes it an ideal place to learn the game and develop your skills before moving on to other variants.
Pot limit Omaha is quickly becoming one of the most popular games in the world of poker. The main reason for this is that the odds for an inexperienced player are better. This is because luck plays a much bigger part in the game than it does in other forms of poker. One of the other appeals is that it is a game in which large pots can be played for. A lot of players are starting to realize that they cannot compete in games of hold’em because of all of the highly skilled players that are now playing the game. They therefore frequently move into Pot Limit Omaha.
Omaha poker is a lot like hold’em in the way that it is played except that there are more cards in play. Instead of being dealt two cards each player is dealt four cards, there are then five community cards that are dealt. In games of Omaha your hand has to be made up of two of the cards that you were dealt plus three of the community cards. Therefore even if you are dealt four of a kind you will only be able to use two of them to make your hand.
Because there are more cards in play you need to play a different strategy for Pot Limit Omaha than you would for hold’em. The big thing that you have to keep in mind here is that even if you are dealt a strong pair to start with your odds will not be nearly as good as they would be in hold’em. You therefore have to play a strategy that is more conservative. You also have to keep in mind that luck will play a bigger factor so you will likely not want to wager as much.
One thing that confuses a lot of people about Pot Limit Omaha is the pot limit part. What this means is that the amount that you can raise on each round of betting determined by the total amount in the pot. You are in fact limited to raising the amount that is in the pot. This means that the pot can grow exponentially which means that very large pots can be played for. It also means that you have to adjust your strategy because if you stay in you could quickly find yourself being raised a lot more than you thought you would.Tags: No Limit Hold'em, Omaha Poker, Poker Games, Pot Limit Omaha
Position refers to the betting order when you are playing a game of poker. When you act last, there are certain advantages since you get to see what other players do before making any decision. Position is critical if you want to be profitable in poker. Playing out of position spells disaster according to experts of the game.
The best position is at the dealer button. The player on this spot acts last after flop, the turn, and the river. The player here is able to see what the opponents will do and then see if he or she should call, raise, or fold. In cases the player on the dealer button folds before the flop, the players on later position will have the advantage of taking action last.
Remember though that the best hand regardless of position is still supreme to a good position. When you play from a good position, you lose lesser chips if you behind for a certain hand and rake in more when you act ahead.
Another advantage of having a good position is when all players miss the flop. This gives you the opportunity to steal the pot as everyone will have the tendency to check. In case the scenarios Is not favorable, then check and bet out later if the opponents check on you again.
The closer you are to the dealer button, the absolute your position post flop but you should be aware of the position of the pre-flop raiser. Depending on your relative position from the other players or when you are sandwiched between the raiser and other opponents, you must be very careful when betting if you are acting after the flop. You need a strong hold to be on the advantage.
Ideally you want be in a position to act after your opponents. Good position allows you to win the most if you are acting ahead and lose minimally when behind.Tags: Poker, poker basics, Poker Strategy, poker terms, poker tips, position in poker
Most of the time when you think you are in trouble, the other players think they are also in trouble. Trouble situations in poker are actually opportunities to make some money. You will not win by just playing the no-brainer winnable cards. What you need to do is push your opponents to the edge and make their trouble situations more troublesome. And of course, make sure you are in less trouble.
You may often lose some hands but not realizing the possible positive outcome of your cards. You often do not take the risk and play them because you really do not know where you are in the game. When you get a AQ or QQ during a loose game of holdem then you are in a lot of trouble if you just fix your thoughts on the weakness of the cards. You should consider that the other players who may have suited 2-4 or off suit 7-5 is in deeper trouble.
Always take into consideration that trouble can make you some money. You need to master handling troublesome situation. Great players can squeeze out some money from the other players during tough poker situations
In Texas holdem for example, you can get some pot equity when everyone is in a trouble situation. When the flop does not help anyone, the one with no pair is in trouble and so is the one who will be playing last. Those who are on the blinds are in deep trouble. Now the best players will make most out of this mess.
Consider trouble as your winning opportunity as long as you are in lesser trouble compared to the other players around the poker table.
June 8th, 2010WSOP
Jack Effel, the Director of the tournament, explained that it happens when you take someone else’s chips. This was the fault of the player at the WSOP event who was escorted off the table and out of the Amazon Room during the 3rd level of the $1,000 No Limits Hold’em.
A man in his 50s maybe with gray hair and all was escorted out of the playing room by three security guards.
The director of the tournament explained that something happened during the end of level 2 when the 20 minute break started. The players who were not in any hand went for their break.
It turned out that the Baseball Cap culprit was not contented with the pot he was in but went to rake in some extra chips from the player next to him. Remember that the players were on break. The dealers eye was off the table so the Baseball Cap pulled his chips with only one hand using the other hand to lean on the table to support himself. In fact, he just did not use the other arm as leverage but also use it to swipe some chips towards him.
It was not reported how the stealing was done but the security videos of the Amazon Room left no doubt that something uber-wrong was done. The player was immediately escorted out.
Jack Effel emphatically said that the player will be banned from WSOP forever.Tags: Poker, poker news
April 13th, 2010Poker
Making right the right choices during a game of poker is crucial to taking home some chips. What do you do when you make a continuation bet and your opponent calls it? You might be facing an awkward situation and one option is to double barrel.
Double barreling is quit difficult to learn and master. What you do is fire another barrel or make another bet on the turn after your opponent calls your continuation bet.
You have to remember some basics so you don’t end up crying after the game if you plan on trying to double barrel:
Don’t double barrel a calling station
It could be fun throwing money at someone but you need to remember that it will not be productive if you try to bluff someone who rarely folds his card. Double barrel a calling station and say goodbye to your bankroll.
Reads as always are essential
It will be very helpful if you know that your opponent folds when he doesn’t have good cards and it is also very useful when you know that someone loves showdowns with every deal you get. The more you know about your opponent the easier it is to know if its good to double barrel.
Check your equity before double barreling
This simply means don’t force a double barrel if you do not have some chance of grabbing the chips for the hand. Like in other bluffing scenarios, having some equity is always better.
Fire a second barrel when your opponent is scared of the turn card
When you get an over card for the flop, this might be the best situation to double barrel. These cards may hit our range and has a higher chance that you u hold better cards than your opponent. If the turn is a scare card for your opponent then they will be a lot happier to fold and just save their chips when you fire a barrel. Also – you may have improved your potential to as little as a gutshot straight draw, which is enough to continue firing very often…Tags: Poker, Poker Strategy, poker tips
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This has to be one of the most entertaining Phil Hellmuth videos on the web – I like to think that that’s not Phil’s credit but credit to the ever so lovable canadian Brad Booth from the Yukon.
Yes, Brad bluffed Ivey teh sikc.Tags: Brad Booth, Phil Hellmuth, Phil Ivey, Poker
Loads of respect for Isaac Haxton, a great player – but just forward to around 3 minutes and enjoy the most girly laugh you ever heard a man doTags: Isaac Haxton, Poker
Oliver Hudson goes right up against Sammy Farha, also known as the sickest man alive.Tags: Oliver Hudson, Sam Farha, World Series of Poker, WSOP
I have to say that when I first started playing poker, there were so many mistakes that I had absolutely no idea that I was making. There are actually a ton of different mistakes that beginners make all of the time that you should avoid whenever you are trying to break into the poker market.
First – playing too many hands. I know that when you first start playing poker, you want to jump the gun and actually play, but the more hands you play, the more money you are going to be losing and that is not something that is the name of the game.
Next, playing above your bankroll and not knowing the rules of the game prior to playing. These are two key mistakes that many beginner poker players actually make all of the time and this is definitely something that you should watch out for!Tags: beginning poker, Common Beginner Mistakes, mistakes in poker, playing poker, Poker
October 24th, 2009Poker
This is one sight that I never, ever thought that I would see. While poker is definitely a serious game, Paris Hilton is not a serious person. She is all about partying and having fun and poker is not all that fun … unless you are winning and heck, in this game she might be winning.
Poker is not just something that you play with your buddies anymore, it is actually a game that celebrities have taken to quite well and Paris is just one of the many celebrities that have been caught playing poker.
So Paris, do you want to give us some tips and tricks that you might have used when you are playing? Come on, you can share – right?Tags: paris hilton, paris hilton playing poker, playing poker, Poker, poker tips