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Comment jouer les grosses mains

Posted by badbeatbilly | online poker | Sunday 22 May 2011 12:26 am

Hello, This is a guest post from my friend Paul Martin who runs learn2holdem. And yes it is in French!

En un mot, vous devez quasiment toujours jouer rapidement vos grosses mains. Nous expliquons pourquoi et montrons un exemple où vous pouvez jouer plus lentement, mais c’est juste une exception à la règle. Mais avant de commencer notez que vous pouvez utiliser un code bonus si vous choisissez de jouer au poker en ligne.

Un exemple va illustrer l’idée. Vous jouez à un jeu de No-Limit Texas Hold’em avec une petite paire comme des cinqs. Le flop est 995. Vous devez jouer rapidement cette main pour deux raisons.

D’abord comme vous avez une main monstre, vous voulez rendre le pot aussi grand que possible. Étant donné que le tableau est jumelé, les mains faibles se coucheront de toute façon. Donc, il n’est pas nécessaire de ralentir le jeu. Mais ce que vous espérez, c’est que quelqu’un ait connecté avec le tableau, avec une main comme A9. Il peut vous relancer avec son trip et kicker ace et vous pouvez le 3-bet et maximiser vos profits.

La deuxième raison d’être agressif, c’est que cette main est toujours vulnérable par une personne qui obtient un autre boat au turn ou river et qui vous bat.

Il serait en effet grave de simplement checker et de laisser vos adversaires inquiets obtenir une carte gratuite. Si l’un d’eux arrive à avoir une paire supérieure à la vôtre, comme 77 et un 7 est tiré à la turn, vous êtes frit.

Un scénario est un peu différent avec plus de cartes comme une pocket paire de reines avec un board QJJ. Il est peu probable que votre adversaire qui est derrière sur le flop vous rattrape plus tard, alors slow play est une option ici.

Juste une option, car il est généralement mieux de jouer cette main rapidement et nous espérons que l’un des autres joueurs a une prise ou, mieux encore QJ. De cette façon, il va relancer et vous êtes presque sûr d’obtenir la totalité de son stack au milieu.

Il existe un petit nombre de prémisses, où le jeu lent est le meilleur jeu. Disons que vous détenez AJ de diamants dans le cut off. Vous relancez et vous êtes suivi par le bouton et la petite blind. Le flop contient trois diamants RAG. Si la small blind check, vous devriez checker aussi. Et si le bouton parie, vous devriez le relancer.

Dans cet situation, il bluffe sans doute, dans ce cas, il se couchera. Ou bien il a touché le tableau, soit avec un set ou une quinte, auquel cas il suivra. Et s’il appelle votre relance au flop, il peut appeler un pari supplémentaire à la turn et un autre à la rivière.

Vous devriez quand même parier, même si le tableau se paire plus tard. Il y a seulement une petite chance que vous êtes battu, mais d’autre part votre adversaire pourrait vous mettre sur de nombreuses mains. Si vous êtes appelé à la fin et fortement relancé à la rivière, en général, il a un bateau et il faut se coucher. Sauf s’il est un excellent bluffeur, il vous a battu. Ce n’est pas le scénario le plus fréquent, mais vous devez être prêt pour cela. Comme ils disent il n’y a pas de feu sans fumée. Sinon, vous êtes bon.

En résumé, c’est l’une des erreurs les débutants de ralentir le jeu avec leurs mains fortes, dans l’espoir de piéger leurs adversaires. Comme vous vous fâchez après avoir gagné un petit pot après l’autre avec vos mains monstre, vous pouvez être tenté de ralentir le jeu avec certaines de vos grosses mains. Controllez vous et evitez cette erreur.

WSOP

Posted by badbeatbilly | online gambling | Sunday 15 September 2013 11:34 am

World Series of Poker or WSOP is a renowned poker tournament, which is held every year at Las Vegas. It is presently considered as the richest, largest and even longest-running poker event held anywhere in the world. Poker is also considered to be one of the prestigious events of gaming content across the world with high prize values and even additional huge amount of cash prizes.

The winner of each event of this Poker tournament series is embraced with a Gold Bracelet of Poker, which is considered as the highest honor in this game across the world, along with cash prizes that are calculated based on the number of participants and buy-in amount involved in the game.

Development of the World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker tournament has been the major force that has brought an overall development and even popularity of the game in our modern world. This annual poker tournament attracts distinguished players from every corner of the world. The initial World Tournament was held at Binion’s Horseshoe in 1970. Johnny Moss was entitled as the first winner of this historical World Tournament. Then Harrah’s Casino took the initiative to buy exclusive rights of hosting the World Poker Tournament in 2003.

The exclusive tournament is held presently every year at Rio Hotel and Casino. Later on, the WSOP expanded beyond the region of Los Angeles and encroached across United States. The first European WSOP was conducted in late 2007.

Early history of WSOP

The initial World Series of Poker failed to attract the attention of public or media and was even not appreciated outside Las Vegas in 1970. Johnny Moss was elected as the ‘best all-around player’ through vote cast by his peers.
The exponents thought of redesigning the nature of the tournament and even the present title came up as an effective suggestion. The next year, WSOP was held as a freeze-out tournament where Johnny Moss won the competition again to retain his title.

CBS Sports telecast the World Series of Poker tournament for the first time in 1973. With course of time the tournament even saw a lot of evolution with inclusion of a number of rules, including four preliminary events – Razz, Seven-card Stud, lower burry-in No Limit Hold’em and Deuce-to-seven.

2013 World Series of Poker

The 2013 WSOP is a record breaking event in all fronts, the number of entries taken into major consideration, throughout the schedule of 62 events. Only nine contestants were able to survive in the last lapse, or the main event of WSOP 2013.

The finalists comprise the ‘2013 November Nine’, have a total of over $26 million as prize money to win. Only three players out of this nine would be declared winners of this great tournament. ESPN is planning to show live telecast of this nerve-wrecking event.

Certain notable changes in 2013 WSOP

This years’ edition of the World Series of Poker Europe is getting some face uplift. The venue is set up at Paris. Enghien-les-Bains of Casino Barriere is going to host eight events of gold bracelet starting from October 19 to October 25.

The 2013 Poker tournament is also going to unveil first-ever Ladies Poker tournament on October 11. Another change introduced in this year’s poker tournament, which would see the return of bracelet on the line event of High Roller, after it was a grand success at Cannes last year. The final table of this event would be aired by ESPN.

Other additional perks of the 2013 WSOP Europe

In addition, the World Series of Poker Europe 2013 has again entered into a partnership with Barriere and has arranged several incredible deals for the participants. This year’s world tournament will also allow players to access a one-stop reservation system over the internet for transportation, hotel bookings etc.

Robert Varkonyi

Posted by badbeatbilly | online gambling | Friday 23 November 2012 11:33 pm

Robert Varkonyi is the son of Hungarian immigrants. He got his start playing nickel and dime games while he was in college. He then started making short trips to Atlantic City to try his luck in the casinos against a wider variety of players.

After college, Robert spent 15 years putting his two degrees from MIT to good use on Wall Street. He designed trading systems. This was a good existence for a while, but eventually Robert yearned for a different sort of challenge and came back to the game of competitive poker.

In 2002, Robert entered the World Series of Poker as an amateur player. He played very conservatively the first day, just to make sure that he stayed in the tournament. He had a few rough days leading up to the final day, especially the fourth day. He played very aggressively and bluffed like crazy to keep his time in the tournament going.

Then Robert found himself at the final table. Phil Hellmuth, doing commentary for the finals, made a dire prediction. He said that as an amateur, Varkonyi would be at a grave disadvantage and could not win the tournament. Hellmuth was so sure of himself, he said he would shave his head if Varkonyi won.

Robert surprised Hellmuth and a lot of other people in the room by winning the tournament. He went home with $2 million in prize money and the satisfaction of seeing a bald Phil Hellmuth.

Robert has a focused style of play and he concentrates very carefully on what is going on at the table. He is able to change his game as the situation requires. He can be aggressive but still have fun at the table.

Robert lives in Great Neck, NY with his wife Olga, who is also into competitive poker, and their daughter. He enjoys skiing and bicycling.

His major poker accomplishments include the following:
· First place finish and $2 million in prize money at the 2002 World Series of Poker
· 31st place on the All-Time Money List
· One World Series of Poker Bracelet

Final table

Posted by badbeatbilly | online gambling | Thursday 8 March 2012 8:17 pm

Here is a hand my friend Greg recently played at the final table of a WPT event.

With Level 24 and blinds of 25K/50K + 5K, Greg continued to dominate the table with his trademark, “This much…” when indicating a raise and pushing in an indiscriminate stack or two from his mountain. Karim from Calgary, AB was no stranger to the short table, having come in 2nd place at the $5,000 2006 Heads-Up Canadian Open Poker Championship in his home town last March. Cutting through a field rife with pros such as Andy Bloch, Huck Seed, Brad Booth and Antonio Esfandiari among others, he claimed the guaranteed $125,000 runner-up prize.

Although getting a little desperate with his remaining 190K in chips, Karim got it all-in preflop with K♠Q&hearts. Calling for another 140K in the big blind, was no other than the player-eater himself, Greg, calling with A⋄6♠. With a bricked-up board, Ace-high was enough for my friend to eliminate his third victim. Involved in sales and marketing, he enjoys fishing and collecting exotic pets but right now all he was collecting was skulls.

Chip leader at the start of the day was Brian Wilson but you would hardly know he was there. A quiet and reserved player, there was no doubt he was playing tight, but was also a little card-dead as well. For the next little while he was chipped away until Hand #41. Sharing a flop with Derrick, they each caught a piece of the 2♣ J♣ 8♥ – Brian with 8♥9♥ and Derrick with A♠J⋄. Brian check-raises a 250K bet all-in with another 647K. Derrick couldn’t have asked for anything better but he thought carefully, considering Brian’s usual tight play throughout the day.

With top pair and top kicker he makes the call and with no improvement, Derrick doubles through and leaves Brian with less than 200K. In a battle of small blind versus big blind on the next hand, Atsushi takes the Chilliwack native out 7th with a monstrous hand of 9♠6♣ over 7♣4⋄. Brian earns $62,000 for the tourney.

Once play got down to 5-handed the complexion of the table changed and the strategy seemed to reverse itself. Greg tightened up and stopped putting pressure on the shorter stacks while David became more aggressive, picking up blinds on more than one occasion with less-than-stellar hands. There was very little slow-playing and players were protecting their big hands. On different occasions Atsushi flopped a set and promptly raised all-in. Greg flopped a set of 6s when they were 4-handed and bet all-in without check-raising or trying to maximize the hand. Surely these hands will make for some great analysis from Terry Dennis and Adam Schwartz when the episodes air on the television.

Noah had been playing cautiously up to Hand #44 where he made a preflop raise all-in for 229K. Any Ace looks good 5-handed but his A⋄9⋄ was more than a 2:1 underdog when Greg called him on the puck with 10♥10♠. A board of 3♠ J♥2♥ still left him an Ace for an out – A♥ on the turn and that’s why poker relies on some luck. Then a 10♣ on the river to give Greg a set of 10s is really why poker relies on luck. After earning his way in with a satellite entry, Noah is out in 6th, collecting the biggest payday to date for the real estate assistant who also fancies himself a part-time poker pro.

He said that he enjoyed myself a lot and would like to come back for next year’s event. Starting to play poker 5 years ago, the 25-year-old was given another 72,000 reasons to make River Rock his favourite cardroom to play in.

poker night

Posted by badbeatbilly | online games | Wednesday 28 December 2011 1:33 am

You are in the parking lot of the west of the mall, and you have just had an unbelievable poker session. Yes, they have a full casino with a poker room in the mall. You are up $595 after playing just a few hours of $3-$6 hold’em. And, this is only the third time you have ever played poker for real money.

What a good night. You must have really outplayed everyone tonight, you big poker stud. Maybe a little bit of luck was on your side too. After all, you seemed to be getting far more playable pre-flop hands than everyone else.

You pause for a moment and blink, your eyelashes briefly freezing together before letting go again. You get into your car, and continue thinking about this fantastic poker night. On the drive home, you mentally replay some of your monster hands, like the time you took down that gigantic pot when your T6s improved to two pair with that beautiful ten on the river. The guy you beat in that hand grumbled something softly to his neighbours, but you didn’t really catch it. Something about rockets, maybe? What’s that supposed to mean? Sounds like either he had either gone bananas, or he was some kind of tourist who worked at NASA. What a fish.

You think about things when you get home. You are on top of the poker world, a superstar. You figure you must be the best darn poker player north of Texas. You own poker. Fast forward about 5 years to the present day. Wow. What a fish you were indeed.

Except for the overly exaggerated ego and the Subaru, you have just read a fundamentally true account of what remains to this day, my largest limit hold’em single session win. And amazingly enough, it truly was the third session of real money poker I had ever played. But, is this really so amazing? No. And, here’s why.

One of the fundamental properties of the game of poker is that short term results are going to be determined primarily by variance. This is a fancy sounding way of saying something you’ve probably heard before. Something like, “Anyone can win,” or, “I’d rather be lucky than good.” It’s possible that, on any given day, in any given session, someone with almost no clue how to play poker can walk away from a $3-$6 game up $595.

But the reality will catch up with you fast, so make sure you always remain realistic about your poker skills.

My poker story

Posted by badbeatbilly | online poker | Tuesday 6 September 2011 7:39 pm

Like a lot of people, I’d played poker for years. Well, if you can call it poker! When I was in the Army, I played poker 5 times a week, but it was the kind you play with your buddies with all kinds of wild cards and every stupid game you can think of. When I got out of the Army, I became a cook. Cooks love to play poker also, so I continued to play and do pretty well at winning these crazy games.

Then one day I saw the World Poker Tour on the television. I thought, how tough can this game be. I accidentally stumbled across an advertisement for poker on the Internet, so although I was very skeptical, I thought I’d give it a try. I had absolutely no intention of doing anything but killing some time and having some fun. I played the micro limit games since I had no idea what I was doing other than trying to hit some good hands. I had no idea whatsoever about pot odds, check raising, or anything else. I still won though because I was patient, and that was enough to beat the micro limit players.

I read a couple of books and started getting a little better. But I know now that I was clueless at that point. I can’t even believe how much I didn’t know back then! I was winning fairly consistently and so I knew that I was better then average, but I also knew that I was no where near actually being good. I knew I was winning not because I was great, but because the other players weren’t any good at all. Then I tried No Limit Holdem. I started very small again and worked my way gradually and slowly up to higher and higher stakes.

I’m now making more money playing poker than I do at my real job. I’m talking about hourly win rate, since I do not play full time and still have a real job. I do, however, consider myself to be a semi-pro poker player, which to me means that I could make a living playing poker if I needed or wanted to! I have now built my poker bankroll to the point where I can spend my winnings, and believe me, it’s more money than I ever thought possible!

I’ve played at just about every major poker site on the internet, but I now spend almost all of my time at either PartyPoker or William Hill. It is true that PartyPoker has some of the worst players around, but because of this your variance will be very high. You will win a lot some days and lose a lot some days because they will sometimes catch a miracle card with a hand they should have folded long ago. In the long run you will crush these players if you play well, but the highs and lows can be very frustrating.

The players at William Hill are also very weak, but they are also very passive which means your variance will be much lower. They do not bet enough or raise enough. A good player will tend to lose less on their bad hands but make much more on their good hands because these same players who do not raise or bet enough, will call large bets and raises when they have the 2nd best hand. I have played, and been successful at some of the largest games online, although I spend most of my time at middle stakes games because the risk/reward ratio is so much better. I have seen a couple horrible losing streaks that tested my resolve to continue playing, but if you persevere you overcome these obstacles and they make you a better player.

I learned many of the skills it takes to be a top no-limit player by reading websites and interacting with great players on poker forums. I hope this site helps you on your journey.

good times for online casinos

Posted by badbeatbilly | online gambling | Tuesday 1 February 2011 10:49 pm

2008 was a great year for the online casino industry. And so were 2009 and 2010. Year after year, the popularity of online gambling continues to increase. It has reached such heights now that casinos have almost become an integral part of mainstream society.

Recent reports published by financial analysts revealed that this industry is growing at the rate of 8 percent every year. With a colossal number of players signing up at gambling sites, some online casinos have even recorded an amazing rate of growth up to 25-50 percent!

It’s just been a decade and the online casino industry has taken giant strides towards success. Today, it has become a separate entity in the gambling industry, thanks to the launch of advanced technology enabling the casino industry to meet the demands of innumerable sites needing constant updating.

For online casino sites, it’s not easy to operate within this cut-throat competition environment. To keep pace, casino sites are raising their opening bonuses as well as offering sign up specials to attract new customers. They are also hiking their jackpot prizes, with some casino sites offering even millions as the standard prize for hitting the progressive jackpot!

The online casino industry is flourishing. However, one thing that’s baffling gamblers as well as site owners is the attitude of the US law enforcement on this industry. With the anticipation of a ban being imposed on such sites by the government through UIGEA, many companies had left the US market in 2006. Now, as President Obama lost the majority in Congress, there is still a lot of uncertainty over what will happen to the thriving online casino industry in the future.

The enforcement of UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) had stolen the spark from the online casino industry. It forced the financial institutions to scrutinize all money transfers. Although this did not deter the industry from growing in leaps and bounds, the fear of what will happen next still looms large over the industry.

The online casino industry has high hopes with Obama, but obviously his agenda had higher priorities. It was expected that the Obama administration would be more flexible towards the gambling industry, but nothing concrete happened. Will the online casino industry see the light of the day as a regulated industry? This is still what the industry urgently needs at this hour. Bans and surveillance are not the answer to people’s freedom to play.

Poker thoughts

Posted by badbeatbilly | online poker | Monday 27 December 2010 4:28 pm

The new year is almost there and I just had some random thoughts about online poker to share.

I haven’t done any rake analysis for a while. This is mainly because I’ve been playing at a level where the rake, while not negligible, is fairly easily beatable. However, I was poking around a Poker Tracker database of a friend of mine. He plays low limits, mostly $.5/$1 and $1/$2 NLHE. He does ok, nothing special. For him, the rake chews up about 67% of his win. That is to say, if there were no rake, he’d have made triple what he has so far.

Limp-reraises scare me. They scare me a lot. Who cares if there are only four people in the hand. I mean, what would you limp-reraise with on the button at a four handed table? As evidence of just how scared they make me just look at how I freeze up with QQ when I get limp-reraised. I not only fail to four-bet, but I can’t even bet a paired KK board till the joker goes passive.

On a different note, I’ve finally put some code up for hand analysis. It is very simple, and the driver program doesn’t do much. In fact, it’s just a clone of the rake example from learn2holdem. This code is written in C. It is a good illustration of the kinds of basic optimizations you can perform for computation intensive applications. There’s a fair amount of bit-twiddling and lookup tables used to run fast.

I stopped coding in Java four years ago because I came to really dislike it. After working in it for a couple of years I found that it just didn’t meet my needs at the time. In particular, the performance was horrid, especially when dealing with GUI applications. I now only develop in C. There may be bugs and strange semantic problems with the code, but it does it job.

Jennifer Harman Inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame

Posted by badbeatbilly | online gambling | Wednesday 29 September 2010 1:52 pm

In April this year the selection committee deciding which women known in poker will receive induction into the Women in Poker Hall of Fame came together. They have finally decided on the three women receiving induction into the Hall of Fame on the third of September at the famous Golden Nugget Casino located in Vegas. Here is of the list of the outstanding women who made the cut.

First is Billie Brown who received this award posthumously. Billie might not be well known with today’s poker world, however she was a poker legend in Las Vegas during the 1980’s. Billie led the pioneering of tournament poker marketing in Las Vegas. Billie actually created the concept of the guaranteed prize pool.

Second is Kathy Liebert who is a world renowned player even if she doesn’t quite fit in the category of poker hot babe. Kathy has quite an impressive record that includes 1 WPT win, 1 WSOP bracelet, and an astounding 7 WPT final tables. At over 5.7 million on tournament winnings, Kathy is the highest earning woman in tournament poker. Kathy was actually the first ever woman to win the prize of over 1 million dollars in a single poker tournament.

Third is the definite poker sexy abe Jennifer Harman. Jennifer Harman is well known around the world for not only being a poker babe, however also having one of the best poker records out of all the women poker players.

Jennifer Harman’s record includes 2 WSOP bracelets, 3 World Poker Tour final tables, and over 2.6 million in tournament winnings. Jennifer Harman always has some poker hottie news that surrounds here. Most recently Jennifer Harman flashed some cleavage to get into the World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions. Cleavage or not, Jennifer Harman came to play as she didn’t disappoint with her performance by making into the money in the famous event.

Jennifer Harman’s Twitter messages stated that she was hanging out with her husband on some beach in Italy, nothing related to her nice picture. After receiving the news of her getting into the Hall of Fame Jennifer Harman surely deserved a vacation.

Las Vegas casinos

Posted by badbeatbilly | online gambling | Monday 12 July 2010 4:47 pm

Big changes are occurring on the Las Vegas fronts where several companies are contemplating name changes amongst other things.

The Las Vegas Sands Inc. is tossing around the idea of changing their name from “The Las Vegas Sands Inc.” to either “Sands International” or “Sands International Resorts”. The corporation feels they should distance themselves from the limiting name of “Las Vegas”. The Las Vegas title doesn’t accurately represent the international presence of the Sands.

The Las Vegas Sands Inc. is known for owning the Venetian on the Las Vegas strip, however they have many more locations than just the Venetian. The Las Vegas Sands Inc. has three locations in Macau and another 5.5 billion dollar resort on its way to being opened in Singapore, with other locations around the world as well.

The bad economy has Las Vegas struggling however The Las Vegas Sands Inc. is alive and thriving therefore a new name change replacing “Las Vegas” with “International” would probably better represent what the company really is, more than just one resort in Las Vegas.

The Plaza Hotel located on the Freemont Street Experience is also undergoing some big changes. The Plaza is doing a lot more than just a name change with their new 20 million dollar renovations that are expected to take a year. The owners of the Plaza feel a new name like the “Union Plaza” will be a better name to represent the Plaza after it opens up with its new look.

Getting a new make over is a good reason to add on a new name. The renovations and name change could not come at a better time, as they were much needed adjusting at the Plaza in order to stay up to date and competitive.

The two main divisions of the Tropicana are actually fighting to keep their name, or at least fighting for their rights to the trademarked “Tropicana” name.

Several years ago the Las Vegas division of the Tropicana entered bankruptcy and now it is out because of Carl Icahn, Tropicana’s main financier, who posted 150 million dollars up for the Las Vegas division to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

Carl Icahn’s companies control the Atlantic City division of the Tropicana and now the two divisions are in a legal battle for the “Tropicana” trademark. The operator of Tropicana Last Vegas claims they have the full rights to the “Tropicana” trademark because of a court ruling in Nevada. Carl Icahn is suing in order to claim those rights from the Las Vegas division.

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