Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Online Poker Tournaments -- Time to get aboard


Online poker tournaments are skyrocketing in popularity due to reasons ranging from low buyins into major tournaments for a fraction of their usual cost to those who do not live within driving distance of a land based poker room. (And of course another factor is the money that can be won.) The Internet has changed where and when one can play. This revolution in how the game is played has resulted in millions of dollars being placed into online poker tournaments and satellite poker tournaments, with more opportunities on the Net coming up each week.

Poker as a "sport" is widely enjoyed by millions around the world due to the necessary level of quick thinking, skill and challenge of the game. For those who don't understand, what makes it a game of skill is this, the element of luck is in the draw of the cards, but the skill is in how those cards are played. Too many times on televised tournaments you can see extremely bad hands winning because of how the hands were handled in a case-by-case situation by the player. Anyone can get lucky for a good run or even enough to win a tournament, but over time the skill level of a player will reflect their number of victories and the amount of winnings taken home.

What fundamentals does a poker player need to know before playing tournaments over the Internet? Here are some tips:

Make sure you are ready. Practice in regular play over the Internet as much as possible. This is what lets you gain years of playing experience in a matter of months. Many young players in their 20's are doing well against top players and this is one of the big ways of how they get their knowledge so fast.

Take the time to invest in learning strategies, techniques and how to read players. Purchasing a few books written by experienced top players is a better investment than playing at a table without an idea of what is going on. Combining the two will enable you to play a solid game and wait for others to make mistakes and bust out. And know how to adjust your playing strategy when the blinds increase.

Surrender in order to survive. It does not make sense to play marginal hands in a tournament if you don't have to. Unless you know you have a winning hand, it may be wiser to fold. The chips you save may help you to win a larger amount when you get a superior hand. For the first few rounds in a tournament, you are trying to survive while others are being eliminated.

Take the time to understand when a player is "pot committed". When a player is pot committed, they have so much invested that it makes it hard to back away from folding or putting more chips in. Knowing to watch for this will enable you to put on more pressure when you know you have a superior hand. It should also help you know when to abandon a hand so that you do not place yourself in a situation when it becomes hard to back away.

Finally, keep a written record to track your play and earnings. It will help you to focus in order to become a better player. This lets you stay on track and forces you to ask yourself if you are playing the best game you can play.

Tom Howze is a webmaster for 7 sites that relate to online gambling, World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour events and updates. For more information, please visit 2005 World Series of Poker . He can be reached at webmaster@justgambleforfree.com for questions.


MORE RESOURCES:

Philly.com

Up Close: Casino Gambling
WABC-TV
This week, we take a close look at casino gambling in our area. The Northeast has more than 50 casinos, including 11 in Pennsylvania, 4 planned for New York and 3 planned for Massachusetts. Atlantic City has closed 4 of its 12 casinos, resulting in a ...
As Casino Gambling Busts, Atlantic City Firms Play OnMondaq News Alerts (registration)
Amick: New Jersey places a bet on sports wageringNJ.com

all 37 news articles »


WFMY News 2

Police: Dad In Casino Gambling, Left 14-Month-Old In Car
WFMY News 2
A 14-month-old girl was left alone in a running car for about 30 minutes Monday afternoon while her father was gambling inside Harrington's casino, police said. (Photo: Delaware State Police). 39 CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE.
Police: Man Arrested for Leaving His Child in Parked Car While h - WBOC-TV 16 ...WBOC TV 16

all 33 news articles »


Lieutenant governor candidates split on casino gambling; Democrats agree on ...
The Republican - masslive.com
The four candidates for lieutenant governor are split on whether to repeal the state's casino gambling law. Steve Kerrigan, a former aide to Sen. Edward Kennedy and the head of a non-profit that helps military families, is competing with Mike Lake, CEO ...

and more »


Aljazeera.com

Is casino gambling a safe bet for Japan?
Aljazeera.com
In conjunction with a booming tourism industry, Japan has set its sights on allowing casinos in time for 2020 Olympics. Michael Penn Last updated: 04 Sep 2014 09:16. Listen. Email Article. Email. Print Article. Print. Share article. Share. Send Feedback.

and more »


MiamiHerald.com

Future looking like the past in Atlantic City
Capital New York
The folding of Revel, Showboat and Trump Plaza—as well as the Atlantic Club, which shut its doors in January—can be attributed to the continued spread of legalized casino gambling in neighboring states. The trend lines are undeniable, with revenue ...
Atlantic City losing 2 casinos, 5K jobs in 3 daysMSN News
Atlantic City Mayor Optimistic Despite the Breaking Wave of Casino ClosuresCBS Local

all 418 news articles »


Boston Globe

Christian right, political left unite in opposing casinos
Boston Globe
Politics famously makes strange bedfellows, but this odd coupling is as strange as it gets: On the issue of casino gambling, the liberal left and the Christian right share common ground, united in hoping to keep the gambling industry out of Massachusetts.



Casino gambling: Any hope has faded
Foster's Daily Democrat
During a recent editorial board meeting, Gov. Maggie Hassan pooh-poohed the notion that the casino industry is in decline and therefore it is a bad bet for New Hampshire to expand casino gambling. The governor brushed aside our challenge by saying she ...

and more »


State casino gambling supporters increasingly reticent
The Messenger (subscription)
"The oversaturation of casino gambling throughout the country combined with reluctance (of) numerous segments in the horse industry to embrace gaming combine to make its chances less likely and less urgent," said Senate Majority Floor Leader Damon ...
Casino supporters increasingly mummessenger-inquirer

all 13 news articles »


LegalUSPokerSites.com

Massachusetts Voters Will Decide Future of State's Casino Gambling in November
LegalUSPokerSites.com
In November, Massachusetts voters will go to the polls to decide whether their state will have casino gambling. Back in 2011, the same body of voters approved a casino licensing process for three land casinos in the state, including one in the Boston ...

and more »


Plea deal on cheating at casino gambling charge
Tama News-Herald - Toledo Chronicle
A Cushing, Texas, man, Oscar Ortega Rios, 38, accused of cheating at gambling, a Class D felony, at the Meskwaki Bingo Casino was fined $315 in a plea bargain agreement. The cheating charge was amended to 4th degree theft. Rios entered a written ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright © 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.