Along with David Sklansky’s Hold’em Poker, Doyle Brunson’s Super/System, originally titled How I Made Over $1,000,000 Playing Poker, heralds the beginning of what I would call the “modern age” of poker. More than anything else, I believe that the rise in poker’s popularity over the last 25 years is due to the amount of good information that has been made available about the game, and Super/System is preeminent among the information sources that brought about this surge in popularity. However, it may be asked, how does this classic stand up more than 20 years after its initial publication?
The book begins with some introductory remarks, including an abbreviated history of Brunson’s poker career, before the author launches into some general strategies for winning poker. This is all stuff that today’s well-read poker player will take for granted: keep emotional control, carefully watch the competition, play patiently, etc., but it’s pretty much all good advice. I can’t say I completely agree with Brunson’s feelings about ESP, but the information he provides isn’t damaging.
Then, for the bulk of the book, Brunson has someone he considers to be a true expert in a given poker game lay out their advice on how to be a consistent winner. He assigned draw poker to Mike Caro, 7 card stud to Chip Reese, the various forms of lowball to Joey Hawthorne, 7 card stud high-low split to David Sklansky, and Bobby Baldwin and Brunson himself tackle limit and no-limit Texas hold’em, respectively. This is as solid a lineup of poker players as has ever been assembled. The book concludes with a glossary and a compendium of Slot poker numbers and charts compiled by Mike Caro, explaining the various possibilities of various occurrences in the games covered in the book.
Many of the games considered in Super/System have undergone considerable change since the book was written. When the book was published limit Hold’em structures were quite different than one would typically find today. It would be very difficult to find a draw high game spread in a card room today, and even lowball, …Read More
Position is one of the most important, yet one of the least understood aspects in poker. A lot of players don’t ever think about their position relative to the button; they think about their cards only and don’t adjust their decisions (whether / how to play) to their position in the betting.
Another group of players talk about position all the time; they play hands “because they are on the button”, they bet “because they always bet when they are last to act” or make remarks like: “I don’t play cards. I play position.” The first group of players doesn’t make the adjustments necessary to become a winning player and is often easy to play against. The second group seems to focus on one aspect of the game only and tends to forget that (especially in limit poker) card selection might be even more important; that most of the time you’re going to have to show the best hand to win the pot.
Nevertheless, position is a very important factor in poker. Hold’em and Omaha are positional games: the closer you are to the button, the better. You might occasionally play hands that are slightly below your usual Sbobet88 standards. You might decide to become a little bit more aggressive with your hand because you’re last to act or try to steal a pot because of the weakness the other players have shown by checking, but if you overdo this you’ll find your edge might decrease instead of increase. People might start check-raising you because they know you are going to bet whenever it’s been checked to you; in fact, even tight, solid players like myself are going to (semi-) bluff check-raise you (and the other opponents) out of the pot.
Position in limit hold’em.
Position in limit hold’em is important, although not as important as many players seem to think. In loose / passive games your position often enables you to win more on your good hands (especially your good drawing hands) and lose less with them than you would otherwise. In tight / aggressive games (the usual standard …Read More
While land-based casinos offer players free meals, drinks, and rooms in exchange for their play, online casinos tend to offer the only readily available substitute they have: cold hard cash. Almost every online casino offers a sign-up bonus, where they match your initial deposit with extra chips. These bonuses can be quite lucrative in some cases. Many sites also have ongoing promotions where they offer extra chips.
If you play where a bonus is involved, be sure to read the fine print, the so-called “terms and conditions”. Sometimes you’ll have to email the casino to receive the bonus. Sometimes you’ll have to play through your deposit one or more times before you are eligible for the bonus. And, in almost every case, you’ll have to wager several times the amount of the deposit and bonus before you’ll be allowed to withdraw the ligaz888 money.
However, in every case I’ve seen, a smart player can expect to make a nice profit from the bonus. For example, consider a MicroGaming casino with a “Buy $50, Get $50 Free” bonus offer. Let’s say the bonus requires you to wager the deposit and bonus 5 times before cashing out. So, you purchase $50, they add another $50, you start with a balance of $100. You’ll need to wager at least $500 before cashing out. For example, you could play Blackjack at $10 per hand for 50 hands. At a MicroGaming site, using the correct basic strategy yields a tiny house edge of only 0.12%. So, for your $500 in action, the expected loss is only $500 X 0.0012, or 60 cents. The casino has paid you $50 to take 60 cents in expected risk. Not a bad deal!
Of course, that 60 cents is the average loss for a perfect basic strategy player. Your luck will determine what happens with your bankroll. You may lose the $100, or you may win $100 or more. The only sure thing is that you won’t lose exactly 60 cents. But, in the long run, you’ll get to keep about $49.40 of that $50 bonus.
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As I went down my “Quality Site” checklist, I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. While I’m always more than a little bit skeptical whenever I venture into the online sportsbetting arena, I’m never more so than when I come across a recently launched site. However, despite my cynical nature I couldn’t help but be impressed with VIPSportsZone.
Designed to suit the needs of all types of gamblers, VIPSportsZone is a comprehensive sportsbetting/casino venue where even the most technologically challenged player can navigate with ease. The homepage is both inviting and visually appealing with all of the pertinent information positioned prominently so bettors don’t have to scour the site to get to the goodies. Features include a continuous sports news feed, links to live lines, scores from past games, various bonus offerings and even links to their parlay payout percentages.
The betting options in the sportsbook incorporate a very wide range of international sporting events including football, baseball, basketball, boxing, tennis, golf, motor sports, European football, and rugby—to name a few. Betting types are also varied and include everything from straight bets to a full array of mixed-sport parlays, teasers, if UFA bets, round robins and futures. Limits typically run high—up to $2,000 (depending on the event) with the ability to go higher with approval. In addition, limits are also routinely raised during playoffs and can easily accommodate even the highest bankroll.
Getting started with your own account is quick and painless. Simply sign up right from the homepage by entering your personal information (name, address, etc.,) fund your account (options include credit card, NeTeller, wire transfer, Western Union) and you’re ready to go. To bet, simply click on the pull-down menu, choose your wager type, the amount, the event and click “Place Bet.” Voila! You’ve got action.
While clearly sportsbetting is the dominant feature for this site, there is also a well-equipped casino available in both JAVA and downloadable format. All of the perennial favorites are there, such as Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Poker and Slots and in …Read More
USA Casino now accepts PayPal for deposits and withdrawals. PayPal is quickly becoming the world’s largest Internet-based payment network, with a customer base of more than 9 million and growing.
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USA Casino has added Pai Gow Poker to its selection of multi-player casino games. Pai Gow Poker is a blend of the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow with American Poker and is a great favorite in American casinos.
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USA has also debuted the new Killer Whale 5-deck slot poker, a game that combines the excitement of slots and video poker. The five-deck, five-reel machine, allows players to win up to 10,000 coins or $50,000.
Tournaments Galore and a $10k Giveaway
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On October 17, 2001, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Bill HR 3004, otherwise known as the “Financial Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001.” Most of the bill is designed to go after money laundering operations and “suspicious” financial transactions that involve terrorism, but somehow two provisions targeting Internet gambling were thrown into earlier drafts.
The night before the voting took place, however, these two sections were deemed to be “non-germane” by the House Rules Committee and removed. And with that amendment, Internet gambling dodged another in a series of bullets.
This is the fourth time over the last three years that the Federal Government has tried to prohibit Internet gambling in one form or another. Each attempt has failed, either due to technical rules within Congress, processes taking too long, or by majority votes against certain bills.
According to the House Rules Committee, the Internet Judi Online Terpercaya gambling text was specifically removed from the bill this time because it did not belong. And this move seems to send a signal that time is on the gaming industry’s side. Online gambling is growing in popularity and it is becoming more acceptable to legislators.
According to Internet gaming lawyers, the decision to pull the gambling sections from the terrorist bill means that the industry is in the same position it was before the legislation was introduced. “Nothing has changed,” according to one industry source.
With regard to the legality online wagering, an Internet gaming lawyer stated, “The U.S. government tried to define what was illegal with regards to Internet gambling. While that part of the bill was revoked, the current law neither says its legal, nor does it state it’s illegal. It still remains undefined, just as it did when Internet gambling started.”
Major points of the new anti-terrorist legislation include:
- Any offshore bank account operated by a company with a branch/office in the U.S. (i.e., HSBC Cayman Islands) will be considered a U.S. account. Any funds can also be seized from the branch/office in the U.S.
- New verification procedures will be instituted for opening a bank account. Falsifying one’s
The Fitzwilliam Casino in Dublin will be staging its first festival. From April 27 to May 2, three 50, a 100, a
250, and a 350 tournament will take place, with all but one being no-limit hold’em. The odd one out is a pot-limit hold’em/Omaha round of each.
As yet, there is no word on an event sponsor, although sponsorship is described as a “distinct possibility.” Field sizes are expected to be in treble digits for the larger competitions, and could well be the same for the smaller events.
Merrion’s WSOP Satellite
Dublin’s Merrion Casino will again be staging what is expected to be Europe’s largest land-based satellite for the World Series of Poker when a minimum of four tickets are expected to be given away on Thursday, June 9.
The buy-in for the no-limit hold’em tournament is 330 with rebuys. The casino is guaranteeing two seats, as was the case last year when a total of five places were won.
Amongst last year’s ticket winners was “Big Al” Kelleher, who took home $125,780 for a fourth-place effort in a $3,000 hold’em tournament preceding the “big one.”
Viva Las Vegas in Cork
Cork’s Macau Casino stages its “Viva Las Vegas” World Series satellite during the weekend of April 29–May 1.
Daily qualifiers demanding a 150 entry fee and offering the usual top-ups and add-ons will be played down until a final 20 percent of the field remains. These successful players will then proceed to the final stage on the evening of Sunday, May 1.
“Last year we generated two tickets,” explained Casino Manager Ken Cockery. “So, all being well, it’s hoped we can send three or even four players to the World Series.”
Meanwhile, Irisheyespoker.com has been confirmed as the sponsor of Cork’s Irish Classic, which takes place July 28–31.
“The site is adding 5,000 to the main event, which will be 500 no-limit hold’em,” said Cockery. “In return, we are installing eight Irisheyespoker.com terminals on our upper floor for customers’ use.”
Irish Poker Tour Off to a Great Start
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s capture of the FIFA Ballon D’Or completed a remarkable return to the top five years after he last won the award.
The Portuguese wing wonder beat Lionel Messi by 1,365 votes to 1,205.
Football history will look back on this as the Spanish golden age, but the brightest stars in this Iberian heaven have been an Argentinian and a Portuguese.
These two superstars have monopolised awards for the past few seasons, which made Franck Ribéry’s third place finish with 1,127 votes all the more impressive.
Ribéry’s role in helping Situs Domino99 Bayern Munich to a clean sweep of domestic and international trophies in 2013 was perhaps the greatest all-round contribution by a footballer last year.
He took defeat badly, citing his faultless trophy haul versus Ronaldo’s empty cabinet as proof of an injustice, a cry echoed by UEFA President and fellow countryman Michel Platini, who decried the increasing American style reliance on statistics instead of success for measuring the game.
As proud Frenchmen, the pair felt some ownership, because the Ballon D’Or was once run solely by France Football magazine. Since merging with FIFA’s World Player of the Year four years ago, it has got more personality dominated.
The key difference is that the new award counts votes from national team coaches and captains. Had journalists alone decided the vote as before, Ribéry would have been crowned the world player of the year – perhaps proof that those outside the game view things on the field with cooler heads and more critical eyes.
Unlike FIFA’s World Cup hosting selections, whose inner workings are shrouded in secrecy, the Ballon D’Or, because of its origins in journalism as opposed to management, is fully open to inspection. This provides some curious insights into the global soccer family.
Not everyone is entranced by the Barcelona-Real Madrid hegemony. Bahrain coach Anthony Hudson for instance was one of many who ignored the top three: He chose Ribéry’s teammate Bastian Schweinsteiger as the world player of the season, Andrea Pirlo as next best and …Read More
World Champions Germany slid and slipped in a Vigo monsoon to a 1-0 win over Spain. Both teams struggled with the incessant downpour but forged several goalscoring opportunities.Vicente del Bosque made six substitutions, Jogi Low three. Toni Kroos scored a minute from time with a skidding shot whose bounce fooled subsitute goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
Argentina lost 1-0 in Manchester to Portugal, for whom Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani were back on familiar turf at Old Trafford. Lionel Messi played the first half, Carlos Tevez replaced Gonzalo Higuain and Erik Lamela Angel di Maria in the second, but Man City stars Sergio Aguero and Pablo Zabaleta remained on the bench. Portugal’s winner came in injury time from Raphael Guerreiro.
Colombia maintained their rich vein of form with a 1-0 win over Slovenia in Ljubljana. Borussia Dortmund’s Adrian Ramos scored the only goal in the 43rd minute for the Cafeteros.
Brazil won their sixth straight game under Judi Online coach Dunga since their fateful World Cup, defeating Austria 2-1 in Vienna thanks to goals from David Luiz and Roberto Firmino.
France, also unbeaten since the World Cup, beat Sweden 1-0 in Marseille thanks to a goal by Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
The Republic of Ireland thumped the USA 4-1 in Dublin. Hull’s Robbie Brady netted a brace and there were additional strikes from James McClean and Anthony Pilkington.
Belarus and Mexico also shared five goals in Borisov, the East Europeans winning 3-2.
England beat Scotland 3-1 in Glasgow. A Wayne Rooney brace took him to third in the list of all-time England goalscorers, while Scotland lost their first in five. The world’s oldest football international dates back to 1870.
Fabio Capello, unpaid for five months, got some relief as Russia enjoyed a first win in four, 2-1 against Hungary in Budapest.
Greece followed up their embarrassing defeat to the Faroes by losing 2-0 at home to Serbia, their fourth reverse in five.
Japan won their AFC derby against Australia 2-1 in Osaka. Yasuyuki Konno and Shinji Okazaki were …Read More
You have to think that Gary van Egmond had endured enough turmoil in his 32-month stint at the helm of the Newcastle Jets.
To some, it was no huge surprise when Van Egmond, an affable 44-year-old and former A-League coach of the year, this week handed in his resignation to outspoken Jets owner Con Constantine.
Any brownie points his side had earned from reaching the knockout phase of the AFC Champions League had evaporated in Pohang as the Steelers Poker Online Indonesia ran out 6-0 victors last week, eliminating them from the competition.
Such a heavy defeat would often be enough to prompt many trigger-happy chairmen to act or noncommittal managers to walk away – notwithstanding Van Egmond had recently penned a contract extension tying him to the Jets until 2013.
But revelations since that Korean nightmare have revealed Van Egmond’s hasty resignation wasn’t prompted solely by his under-prepared team’s ACL humiliation.
He already had his eye on exiting the club he helped transform from cellar dwellers to champions and had formally applied for a coaching position within Football Federation Australia, the game’s governing body.
As the application process proceeded, it became clear Van Egmond was the outstanding candidate for the role of working with some of the country’s finest rising stars, as Australian under-17 assistant coach and with a remit to guide the youngsters at the Australian Institute of Sport.
But whatever the ramifications of bringing Van Egmond into the FFA stable with an eye on his long-term coaching development within the national body, from the outside it appears unusual to move from a head coach’s position in the A-League to the lower ranks of the national side.
Van Egmond has been earmarked for a larger job since making an immediate splash when he took over at Newcastle in October 2006. The man known to all as ‘Dutchy’ led the Jets from the basement to the championship within 18 months and was labelled the brightest young manager in the Australian game.
But Newcastle’s title defence was a disaster. …Read More