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There are several ways to find the best places to play online poker. Asking some of your poker buddies where they play is one way but not very effective. By far the easiest way and most effective way is to do some research on the Internet. There you can find numerous directories and lists locating a plethora of online poker sites for you.

One way to find the best place to play online poker is to locate an online poker directory. Another way is to find online poker lists. Either of these will give you access to the best poker rooms on the Internet including everything from online forums to live events to poker supplies. Included on these sites will be such things as Editor’s picks, Poker Blogs, Poker news, and Poker rakeback.

So if you are interested in finding the best internet poker sites why not use the Internet to do your research for you. The information you glean will be far less subjective than that you receive from word of mouth and probably considerably more accurate. There are hundreds of these informative sites on the Internet so it is just a matter of choosing the one that suits your particular needs. Happy poker playing and best of luck..


Picking the Best Poker Table

Many poker players seem to forget that one of the most important poker strategies is required before you even sit down: table selection.

While most land-based casinos have ushers to direct you to open tables, online casino operators and poker rooms allow players to pick their own table, which many believe is a crucial decision to the outcome of your game. Online casinos generally do not offer information on individual players, but they do provide general table statistics. These numbers are very important when picking the perfect table.

The first number to take into account is the number of hands dealt per hour. This number indicates how quickly the game is going. The more hands your poker room deals per hour, the faster the pace, the more money you can make each hour.

The second statistic to pay attention to is the percent of players seeing the flop. This tells you how many players are staying in the pot until the first three cards have been revealed. A number over 40% would indicated that the game is too loose, which reduces your chance of making very much money. However, if it’s less than 30%, it means that the table is tight.

Finally, check out the average pot. Many people make the rookie mistake of picking the table with highest average pot, but that is often the wrong decision to make. It takes more examination than looking for the highest number; you have to see how the average pot relates to the number of casino players who are seeing the flop. Tables with pot that isn’t necessarily the highest with less players who see the flop means the table is much more passive. Even if you play a slightly aggressive game, you can make more money from it than you would a lively, fast-paced game.

There’s a big difference between cash and tournamentplay, I suppose you know that by now. But exactly what is it that makes the difference? Allow me to let you in on some of the secrets.

First of all you need to understand the difference of the value of chips. In a cash game you need to slowly accumulate more chips, as they represent your income. But in a tournament it’s quite different because the chips represent your strength at the table rather than your actual income. Since in a tournament the blinds go up and players fall off, the value of chips decreases, where in a cash game they would always represent the same Euro’s.

In a tournament you’ll want to survive, and in an ideal world knock other players out of the game so you get closer to the money, where in a cash game you want to keep the players in so they can keep on bringing you their money.

Also, in a cash game you should be less inclined to be moving all in because a lot of the times there’s just no need to. In a tournament you often need to protect your hand by moving in, and the threat of being knocked off is often enough to get the other player to lay down his hand. But in a cash game, where the blinds remain the same and the objective is not to eliminate opponents, you should be a little more conservative with the all-in approach.

But to make it easy, things are different when it comes to calling an all-in, as opposed to moving all-in.

Let me give you an example: Suppose you are holding 99 pre flop and your opponent, who has you covered in chips, moves all-in. Suppose for arguments sake you are dead sure he is holding AKo. In a cash game you would technically be more inclined to call since this coinflip is giving you 53% vs. 47% chance of winning. So if you would play this exact same hand 100 times it would be profitable 53 to 47 times.

But take this exact same situation in a tournament and you would be losing your entire buy in 47 times and doubling up your stack 53 times. But this doubled up stack doesn’t represent a double chance of winning the tournament. In fact, if you would wait for a few hours (or in some tournaments a few minutes) these chips you’ve just won are nothing more than one big blind. So you’ve risked all for a small added chance of winning.

Now the same example but this time you are holding the AKo and you think you’re up against a medium pair. If I would be playing a tournament I would me more likely to move all-in in this situation than in a cash game since in the tournament taking down the pot right there is more important so you don’t run any risk of getting out drawn (you have to survive), while in the cash game you could take the statistical odds, which are in your favor in this situation, to play down the hand for even more money.

One more important factor is that, as the blinds remain the same in a cash game, the play doesn’t change. In a tournament, where players get eliminated an the blinds go up, the action does accordingly. This holds especially true in a small Sit & Go where the size of the table decreases with the players who get eliminated (in other words, the vacant seats at the table aren’t filled). In these tournaments your play should be constantly adapted to the amount of players and to the varying value of the blinds. In a cash game you would obviously have to vary your play according to the different types of players at the table and to make sure you won’t become predictable, but, all considered, a cash game requires a different tactic than a tournament, because you can get up from the table and take small losses, as opposed to a tourney where you play until you are eliminated (and leave your by-in behind), so you have to be really careful not to waste good money when you’re playing a cash game.

Think about these principles whenever you feel ready to switch from the comfort of your preferred game. In fact, I encourage you to do so because it will make you a better player altogether.


What Is Rakeback Poker?

In order to understand rakeback, one must first understand what rake is. Rake is simply what online poker rooms charge to let you play poker. Rakeback then, is an amount you can earn back from the room and is therefore a way for you to save money on poker rake costs. This amount varies from room to room but can be as much as 55% up to a monetary limit. There are numerous websites on the Internet that describe rakeback in detail and offer a list of the Best Rakeback deals on the Internet. So be sure to do your research in order to select the most promising deals available to you.

To qualify for a rakeback program you need only select a room from a poker rakeback page and fill out a simple application form. You will then be eligible for various bonus programs the room may offer. One poker room that comes highly recommended is Cake Poker Rakeback. They offer a 33% rakeback and a 110% bonus program up to $600.

Another highly recommended rakeback room is Absolute Rakeback. They offer a 30% rakeback and a 150% bonus program up to $500. Depending on the room you select you may or may not be allowed to directly deduct your rakeback from your next rake. Whichever room you choose be sure to check that they allow U.S. citizens to receive rakeback as some overseas rooms may not. With the proper research, rakeback rooms can be a way in helping to stack the odds in your favor when playing your favorite game of chance. Good Luck!

You remember how I’ve been stressing to play tight in the early stages of a Sit & Go match?

Well, the other day I was playing a fairly small, single table, NL tournament. In the early stages everybody had some 1500 in chips, as did I, and the blinds were 20/40. I picked up pocket Aces in middle position so I open-raised to 100, 2,5 times the big blind. All players folded to the big blind, who called to see a flop of A92 rainbow. A perfect flop, I held the nuts with trip Aces and with no straight- or flushdraw out there there, if he held any part of that board, he was destined to lose a considerable amount of chips to me.

The villain checked out of position and I made a small bet of 100 chips into a 220 pot. He raised to 520, making the pot 840 and leaving him with just under 900 in chips. By now it was obvious he has a good Ace or maybe even smaller trips, and I figured I could play this hand for all his chips. So I min-raised him to 940, knowing he would be left with some 500 chips which he would have to move to the middle within the foreseeable future. He did just that by moving all-in, I called, he showed AK and the turn- and rivercard, a Q and a T, left me with a doubled-up stack. Had I moved all-in after his re-raise I would have given him a chance to demonstrate a great laydown, hence the minimum raise for which I knew I was going to get him to call.

This is actually one of the very few times I would get all of my chips in pre-flop in such early stages!

Note that he made a crucial mistakes during this hand: He should have re-raised me pre-flop. After his re-raise I would have moved in on him and he could have folded his AK, living to see another hand.

While some might argue that you should call the all-in with the AK in that situation either way, you should respect the fact that it’s not the right play in the early stages of a tournament where it’s all about survival. Knowing there’s a good chance you’re up against a pair, you will get a coinflip at best, and you should safely fold your AK.

But actually that’s not what I wanted to share with you. What I really wanted to share is that after I had doubled up, I had some business to attend to. I’ll not get too deep into what I was doing but let me give you a hint; it involved a role of paper and a very small room…

So I went downstairs, did what I had to do, got myself distracted by my cat and before I knew it I had forgotten about my Sit & Go for over 15 minutes! So I rushed back upstairs to my computer to find out that already three players had been eliminated and I had lost only about 300 of my 3000 stack. Half-way closer to the money at a cost of only 10% of my stack. If that isn’t ’seriously advanced’ I don’t know what is!

I guess this illustrates that there’s no need to get all crazy early in the tournament. Just fold, fold and fold until you find a killer hand. The actual poker only get’s started when there’s only six or five players left!

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