Tilt – Learn How to Avoid It

Tilt happens to everyone, from the biggest poker pro’s and up to beginners who just finished reading the Hold’em Poker Rules. Tilt is simply losing mental control or ‘cool’. It might happen to you after losing a very strong hand to an opponent who drew a lucky card on the river. One of the most disturbing things that can happen in Hold’em poker is to be called to the river when you hold a solid and even top hand and see your opponent catching a set on the final card and taking away the stacked pot. It might happen when it seems you just can not get a decent hand for ages or their good hands just keep getting outplayed. Sometimes players even go on tilt after winning one or two major pots and they begin playing like their invincible. Either way, tilt will cause you to lose a lot of money, both on the short run and the long run.

To try and avoid getting caught into tilt think about a time when you pulled off a bad beat on someone. Of course it does not mean you should do any silly moves more often (or at all) or stop paying attention to Poker Pot Odds but it can remind you that you to had some lucky long shots in your games. Many professional players use music to calm them during the big tournaments. This might well for you too. Listening to some music you love might be helpful and help you to calm after a particularly bad bead. Change the music you are listening to once every while. Remember the music should be such that will not take your attention of the game and will not get you to relaxed and unfocused.

Many online poker players tend and me among them, tend to get pretty worked up in front of the computer. If you can remember yourself yelling at the computer or banging the table, then you know what I mean. Although it might help you to let out some steam at one point it is really a bad habit (think how this behavior will look next to a real casino table and how casino security will react). This sort of behavior will also get you madder and more emotionally involved in the game – a guaranteed way to keep losing money. After losing a big pot because …

Second Season Debut

On June 12, 2007, due to popular demand from its viewers and good ratings from the previous season, Season 2 of NBC’s Poker After Dark debuted with a new part called “Champion’s Week”.

A surprise television blockbuster last season even with the 2:00 a.m. in the morning time slot, the Poker After Dark format will remain this season, with 6 of the top poker players in the world facing off against each other for the right to take home the first place prize of $120,000.

Each of the Poker Games is pre-taped and will air in episodes from Monday to Friday at 2:05 a.m. along with a director’s cut featuring poker host, Shana Hiatt, and a behind the scenes interview with players and behind the scenes features in the tournament which will be shown on Saturdays after Saturday Night Live.

The Champions Week will feature 6 players who have been past winners of the World Series of Poker Main Event. Last Season’s champion at the Champion’s Week was Johnny Chan who defeated Doyle Brunson, Jamie Gold, Chris Ferguson, Chris Moneymaker and Carlos Mortensen for the right to take home the $120,000 first place cash prize.

Chan, Brunson and Gold will return for the second season but they now have to face Huck Seed, Greg Raymer and Joe Hachem for the title. The first part of the tournament of the never before seen poker match was shown that day and the rest of it can be seen every night until Saturday.…

Popularity of the poker game

Poker has become one of the most popular games in the Unites states today and its popularity is spreading to all parts of the globe. For gone from the days when it was considered a game to be played at home at a weekly poker game with middle aged men. Today, there is poker everywhere, from the casinos to the online casinos and the poker tournaments on television. But why is this so? What is the attraction of poker from all the games that the casinos offer?

Firstly, it is because of the game itself. It is a game that is based both on chance and on skill. On one hand, it is a gambling game, and that means that if you don’t get the right cards, then there is very little that you can do. On the other hand, in order to win you must be very skillful and knowledgeable about the game, since there is a high degree of skill involved. This gives people feelings that they are in control of the game and that they stand a chance of winning of they play right. And perhaps the best way to play poker is in the online casino where you can play the games for free until you feel comfortable enough to play the games for real money.…

Poker Pot Odds

Pot odds is the most fundamental part of each player’s poker strategy. If you do not know poker pot odds you should not play poker. If you have just finished learning the Rules Of Texas Hold’em you definitely should learn to use poker pot odds before moving to the rest of our Texas Hold’em articles. Poker pot odds is the tool good players use to justify a call of a bet. In most poker games you will have one out of three situations:

The first situation is when you get to the flop and you are without a doubt beaten. If you get into a flop with a QhJh and the flop turns to be Ac5c9d you definitely have nothing and you should check and fold without hesitating.

The second situation is when you have the strongest possible hand on the flop. If you get to the flop with KcQc and the flop is Kd7h2c you definitely hold a Strong Hand and should either bet or raise. In this case the ‘right’ move is quite clear and depends mostly on the game you are in and your read on your opponents.

The third situation is where the poker pot odds help you determine whether you should call or fold – when you do not have a hand yet but you have a possible draw that will form a strong hand. For example, you are entering the pot with the same KcQc and the flop shows a 7c10c5d. Although you do not have any hand at the moment you have a good chance to draw a flush, or to draw a king or a queen and get a top pair. Here is where pot odds comes into play.

Pot odds is quite a simple tool, it basically measures your chances to form a strong hand, the amount of money you risk and the amount of money you can potentially win. Poker pot odds do not necessarily predict the outcome of each and every hand but it gives you a very good outlook on the profitability of an action on the long run.

Using poker pot odds is quite easy. Let’s take the following hand as example – you enter a pot with a KhQh. The flop shows Jd10c5s. At the moment you have an open straight draw. In this situation you have 8 out cards (cards that will help you form …