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Bluffing in Poker

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Every true-blue poker player knows it: poker just wouldnt be poker without bluffing. Surely, there is nothing like taking down a huge pot knowing that someone should have gotten it.

Bluffing in poker is an art form in itself and though it has been highly glamorized by the media on TV tournaments and even movies, getting away with it can also be tough so remember that it should also be done judiciously as well. However if used properly and wisely, bluffing can also lead a player to enhance poker profits and even win big in the process.

Here are a few tips for bluffing in your poker matches:

Pay attention to other players. The keener you are with the players who are in the same match with you then the better. Novice players have a tendency to bluff often thus they are easy prey. But it isnt them who you need to watch out forturn more of your attention to the professional players since they are the ones you need to be watching out for.

As said earlier, be careful of how often you bluff. If players have seen you bluffing recently, they will register it. If you try to bluff again too soon then someone is likely to call you. Of course, this can be used to your advantage. If you find yourself with a good hand after being caught bluffing, odds are players will call your bets.

Dont bluff too early. Its better and more advantageous if you bluff at a late position possibly when everyone is checking, calling, or folding in front of you, it’s a good time to try to get the pot. It’s not a good idea to bluff from early position, because you have no idea of other player’s hands.

Bluff when you think your opponent will fold. By betting, big and making them think you have something they can’t match; you can remove them from the game.

Bluff against small stacks.  If your opponent has a small stack, they are unlikely to call a raise unless they have hit the flop hard. But you have to be careful, as it will be rare for a short stack to simply call when bet into, they will either fold or push. Again this is where practice makes perfect, and you will know when your opponent is more likely to fold than push based on their stack size.

It is important to remember however that to win in poker doesnt mean you have to bluff all the time. As you play more poker, you will get to understand this as well as learn other useful stuff about bluffing.

Bluff if you will but do so with confidence and reason. 

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Avoid these and make it big in Poker!

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More and more people are becoming hooked on poker since its steady rise to popularity. That is why it is understandable why there are so many newbies in the game. However, the newbies are in a great disadvantage since inexperience usually causes them to lose a lot during games.

Time and experience will put a stop to these errors, thats for sure. Nevertheless, it will still be mightily helpful, if you familiarize yourself with the flow of the game right from the start so you can learn faster and stop losing.

Here is a list of common mistakes that beginner poker players usually make:

Playing too many hands. Most newbie poker players are so excited during their games that they commit this cardinal sin in poker. Having a face card in the starting hand usually gets a beginner excited but that should not be the case as many professional poker players know.

Playing above the bankroll. Dont let the greed get to you. Youll regret it later on. Try to control yourself and stick to a consistent low limit. Learn how to beat the game first before playing it big.

Getting emotional on the table. Remember the term poker face? Well, that expression did not crop up without a reason. Getting too emotional during a game will make you lose focus and concentration. You cant have all the goods all the timeits a win some, lose some game so keep on wearing that poker face and concentrate on your game.

Not taking pot odds seriously. Most new players do not even bother to calculate the odds. This is because few beginners truly understand pot odds, and underestimate its value in keeping them from calling in a situation that is nearly a no-win scenario. Let your pot odds be your guide and your game will dramatically improve.

Imitating other players. You may pull it off a few times but imitating other poker players is simply nothing but a bad idea. Succeeding in poker cannot be achieved by imitating even if the one you choose to imitate are professionals. You can succeed if you understand the flow of the game and learning to make the right kind of decisions.

Over-valuing suited hands. Having a suited hand is a plus. However, you should not play a hand just because it is suited. The first two things to consider about a starting hand are the ranks of the cards and whether the cards are paired. These are by far the most important factors in the value of a hand. After this, you should consider if they are suited or connecting.

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Some poker ethics basics

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Often, it is believed that all hats are off when you’re playing poker, with players all doing they can to win. If the other player is doing it, then you sure as hell can do it as well. This can also come off as a bit twisted but this is a safe guiding principle when it comes to poker ethics.

Out of all the things you can and cannot do in poker, keep in mind that cheating is a no-no. At the end of the day, it’s all going to boil down to that. Cheating is unacceptable in any social gathering and the same goes in any poker table. Ramifications for cheating varies from casino to casino but it is entirely possible that you will be spending a night in jail if you are caught. Aside from that, prior implication in cheating activity can get you banned in particular casinos. If you’re playing with just your friends, cheating could also lead to falling out with your best buds.

Bluffing is part of the playing poker but it can also be questionable at times. You have to admit that poker would not be as interesting if everyone just played their hands as it is and a little bluff here and there gives the impression of added risk. However, what’s questionable about bluffing lies in how far a player takes it to win the pot. How far you can take a bluff generally varies from case to case. Sometimes, it can go as far as players announcing they have a higher hand than they actually have. Sometimes it can be in the form of announcing that you got better odds because of the draw. For the most part, you have to gauge how other players will react to bluffs. Some players are cool with it. Some automatically think it’s a form of cheating. But that’s why it is called a bluff. Bluffing will not incur penalties but some consider it to be unethical.

Similar to making a bluff is betting blind. Betting blind basically means making a bet without even taking a look at your cards first. Like bluffing, there is nothing wrong with betting blind because much of the risk falls on the person making the blind bet. It is merely a challenge to the other players. It just becomes unethical when a player has actually seen his cards and just made it appear like he has not.

Generally, poker is about not doing unto others what you don’t want others to do unto you. And keeping your cool. No one likes a sore loser.

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Know your events: Some basics about the World Series of Poker

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The World Series of Poker is a poker tournament series that is held yearly in Las Vegas. It dates back to the 1970s when seven of the best poker players in the world was invited by Benny Binion to play at the Horseshoe casino for one tournament. For that tournament, a set start and stop time was in place and the winner was determined in secret by ballot.

For every event, a winner gets a World Series of Poker bracelet and prize money. How much the prize money to be won is determined by how many the entrants were and how much the buy-ins amounted to. Over the years, the World Series of Poker has grown in participants and the number of events. Every year, the tournaments culminate in a main event, a no limit hold ’em with $10,000 in cash as the prize. Since 2004, the main event has drawn so many participants such that numbers go well into the thousands. The winner of the main event for the World Series of Poker is generally considered to be the Poker World Champion.

Beginning in 2011, the World Series of Poker is made up of 58 events in total, with most of the major variants of poker featured. In recent years though, more than half of these 58 events were variants of the Texas hold ’em. The events usually take place over a day or a number of consecutive days in June and July. However, the main event was delayed until the month of November starting 2008. To make way for the 2012 US Presidential Elections, the 2012 World Series of Poker final table will be held on October 28.

The highest growths in participant numbers in the World Series of Poker were recorded between the years 2000 and 2006. After 2006, the number of people who can join online qualifiers to the tournament were restricted due to new online gambling legislation put into place. It was in 2007 when the biggest drop in participant numbers for the century was recorded, while 2008 saw the most number of people to ever participate.

In the history of the World Series of Poker, there are only four people who have won the main event several times. These are Johnny Moss for the years 1970 to 1971 and 1974; Doyle Brunson for years 1976 and 1977; Stu Ungar for the years 1980 to 1981 and 1997; and Johnny Chan for the years 1987 and 1988.

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The Biography of Eugene Katchalov

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Eugene Katchalov was born in Ukraine, but his family moved to Brooklyn, New York in United States of America when he was just 10 years old. He studied in a Russian speaking Jewish school where he enrolled in the 5th standard, though he was supposed to study in the 7th standard. He studied in the school with his cousin, but he found it highly difficult to adjust there. Later he got admitted to a public school where he finally found his deserving success.

As a teenager, he was very active in sporting activities. He took part in many sports namely basketball, tennis, and he even joined the school bowling team. Then he registered in the Stern School of Business at New York University where he achieved two degrees. At first, he took up trading as his job, and he used to play poker with his friends just for fun. Then he started to play poker on a regular basis along with his day job. It is around this time that he took up poker as an easy way of income for paying off his bills. Gradually, he turned his interest into a flourishing career.

Eugene Katchalov started his career with participating in online poker tournaments and then by the year 2003, he announced himself to be a professional poker player. He entered the Five Diamond World Poker Classic in Las Vegas on the insistence of a friend and stood 5th. He entered the World Poker Tour Main Event collaborating with the same friend and soon found exposure to the top level of the game. He earned 48 thousand dollars from the tournament which covered all his expenses.

He was completely engrossed in the game of poker and was not able to work in the shadow of a big company where he lacked independence. Thus he decided to open an independent trading firm where he will not be bound. For this purpose, he used poker as a tool for collecting the capital needed to start the firm. The firm was the gate way to independence for Eugene Katchalov, which will enable him to dedicate more time to the game of poker.

2007 was a golden year for this sensational poker maestro. He started off his campaign with the Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Tour Classic where he achieved victory, and he followed this performance with victories in all the tournaments he took part in the Belliago in that season. He rounded off his year by winning the Full Tilt tournament in Vegas, which saw him win the 119 thousand dollars prize money. This money acted as the capital for Eugene Katachalov and his partner for opening the independent firm they dreamt of.

World Championship of Online Poker (WCOOP) was the next stop for this highly talented poker player, and he conquered this event too winning a bracelet as the prize. The poker career of Eugene Katchalov has some very important highlights. One of the most important events in his career came when he won the World Poker Tour (WPT) title along with nearly 2.5 million dollars of prize money defeating poker greats like Raymond Davis and David Ulliott. Then he competed in the High Roller event on the European Poker Tour (EPT) London where he was placed 3rd. He recently competed in the Poker Stars Caribbean Adventure High Roller Event and won it comprehensively.

Eugene Katchalov is a poker genius who has conquered the game with his intelligence and strategic mind. He was signed by pokerstars as a permanent member of their team. He is indeed a truly extraordinary poker champion.

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