Pokerstars rakeback

I won a Pokerstars $7 MTT yesterday consisting of 1250 people and paying $2,250.

There were many hands I played well, and some I did not. Fortunately on a very key hand a couple of levels before the money, I got pretty lucky. I don’t think you can win such a large field tourney unless you are lucky a few times. It does not mean that you do not need skill, but you also need luck.

I raised from under the cutoff with KQ off suit, and got called by the big blind.

The Flop came AQ7 rainbow and he led the whole pot right out into me. I thought for a minute, and I just couldn’t bring myself to believe he would play an Ace like this, definitely not a big ace like big slick.

For one thing the stacks were of a reasonable size and he was a pretty aggressive player, so I thought he would have reraised me pre-flop with a big ace.

I also thought he would elect to check raise me with a smaller ace, because at that level on that flop he was probably going to get a continuation bet from me on the flop.

I raised him all in, and he called in about 2 seconds and flips over an ace jack. Luckily I spiked a queen on the turn to win the hand and eventually went on to win this tournament.

I guess I need to work on my hand reading abilities. The tournament is a great value. I think there were only about 500 people left after the first break, a great overlay.

You can play these tournament too at Pokerstars. If you have not yet signed up, note that there is not such a thing as PokerStars rakeback. But instead they have an internal VIP program that more than compensate for this.

I’m actually pretty good, but luck doesn’t hurt once in a while. Overall luck evens out, and it is skill that will determine your bankroll. Study the game and practice, and the money will follow.

Help your opponent to bluff

There are so many techniques to make a good bluff and it will lean on numerous influences. The flip side of the coin is to know how to entice your opponent to bluff to take a lot of his money.

The key for profit is to understand the best situations for succeeding with this kind of play. Also it is crucial to have a good idea of poker players capable of getting caught in such a trap.

One first situation where you’d like to be bluffed is when you are sure to win the hand. In this scenario, several choices are possible for you. First, you can check from the flop to the river if you think that your opponent will react to apparent weakness. You therefore will content yourself with simply calling each of his bet. He may guess that you are on a draw for example if the board is somehow drawy.

Secondly, you can make a min-raise, thus leaving him room for a 4-bet. If your stacks are deep enough, performing the min raise will in some situations push him to send all of his remaining chips. Leading to an amazing victory for you.

The opponent type is the main factor to consider next. It is quite clear that to induce an opponent to bluff, it will be better for you than he is aggressive enough and able to go far enough with his continuation bets. To perform this maneuver, you have to select your targets and to know who you are dealing with. Theoretically, the more your opponent is aggressive and a bluffer, the easier it will be to take a maximum of his chips with a bluff induction move.

Conversely, a very tight or very suspicious player will rarely continue to bet after being paid the first time. You must therefore in this case find another way to extract his chips from him.

To induce your opponent to bluff is not easy in general and you must fully control the situation. Note that you should not float too often, as it will be costly in the long term. Use floating with parsimony.

Inducing a bluff and consequently winning a large pot is one of the most enjoyable feelings in poker. So practice the skill of this trap for future pleasure at the poker table.

Vanessa Rousso

Do you know Vanessa Rousso?

Vanessa is really a rare woman, as she is both a talented poker pro and a gorgeous young lady. Pretty much one of a kind. Yes there are other beautiful women, but none is making money playing poker like Vanessa does.

Vanessa is a poker pro at PokerStars and you can play against her online if you register. Use the PokerStars marketing code to be entitled to a 100% bonus.

Vanessa thinks that she is good at poker because she has a very strong capacity for analysis. This is from her university experience in economics and game theory. She can think logically and this is one of her greatest asset and the difference with other players. And she has also recently improved her emotional control in a big way, which is something she had to work since the start.

Even though Vanessa Rousso has not yet won a major title, she thinks that she will. Her recent win in May at the Monaco’s 79-entrant €25,000 EPT High Roller Championship (a high buy-in tournament where she pocketed 750,000 dollars) puts her in a good position. She thinks her first bracelet at the WSOP should not take much longer for her to get.

Is it an advantage to be such a beautiful woman when playing poker at the highest level? Yes it is. She remember that many times she was able to push a man to take big bets. Paradoxically some men are afraid of being fooled by a woman and this is precisely why they call big bets, as they are terrified at the thought of suffering a huge bluff from a lady. This happened several times and she enjoyed winning monstrous pot with the nuts.

At the WSOP 2010, Vanessa Rousso did quite well. She finished 5th in event 35, the heads up no-limit Hold’em championship where she earned $94,956. She had another small cash in. She has cashed in 12 times at the WSOP since 2005.

Women are finally taken seriously in the poker world today. This is especially true these days as young female players have performed well during major tournament. The new generation of fearless young women who are not intimidated by a mass of older men is rising.

Tight-Passive Opponents

Tight-passive players include anyone with scores of 1-3 on both dimensions of tightness-aggression (scale 1-10). Many of these principles and examples refer primarily to rocks (1,1). The lower a player’s scores, the more likely he is to act, think, and feel like a rock.

Most rocks are heavily influenced by their inherent conservatism, but they are not as dominated by their emotions as maniacs and calling stations. Those loose players’ emotions make them choose a self-defeating style, while the tight-passive style can often lead to success, especially in smaller limit games which have many weak players. This is not true in higher stakes games where such players have predictable and transparent betting patterns for observant players who will exploit their style without mercy.

Like the maniacs and calling stations (in fact more than them), rocks are rigid and predictable. You know that they are going to fold hand after hand, call with only premium cards, and raise only with excellent ones.

Less extreme tight passive players have more self-control and flexibility. When dealing with a 3,3, you must be more cautious in applying these principles. You still have to make the same sorts of adjustments, but you must use more judgment and expect a more effective and unpredictable opponent. You must constantly look for variations in his style and adjust to how he is playing now.

Rocks have half of a winning style, and, if they choose their games carefully, it is enough to win a little. If they do not choose well, they will lose, but they may not lose much. Less extreme tight-passive players will win more, and they can beat more games.

If either score is 4 or more, a player is outside of the corner labeled “tight-passive,” and some of these principles may not apply to him. Since tight passive players share passivity and tightness with the adjacent “corners,” some parts of this section will overlap with the sections on loose-passive and tight-aggressive players.

In summary spot these tight-passive players early and know how to read them like books. And make sure to not play this way, this is not the way to make money playing poker.

Doyle Brunson

Hollywood and Vegas come together to celebrate Doyle Brunson

Name: Doyle Brunson.

Also Known As: Texas Dolly, the Godfather of Poker.

The Man: Arguably the finest player ever dealt pocket aces (or a 10-2, the hand that bears his name), Doyle Brunson was the first person to win a $1 million poker tournament. In a career spanning over 50 years, Brunson has won ten World Series of Poker bracelets, ranking him second alongside Johnny Chan below Phil Hellmuth (11 bracelets). That includes two WSOP main event titles in 1976 and 1977.

The Bible: Doyle Brunson’s Super System, his own personal guide to playing poker, is universally considered the best poker handbook in history. Originally published in 1979, his long-awaited sequel, Super System 2, was published in 2005. In his introduction to the original Super System, Brunson wrote, I thought playing poker was tough. That was before I started trying to create a poker course.

The Party: On October 17th, 2005, Light Nightclub at the Bellagio hosted the Doyle Brunson Player Appreciation Party. The event was sponsored by DoylesRoom.com and some of Hollywood’s finest came out to pay their respects. Among them were poker pros like Gus Hansen and Jennifer Harman, poker entrepreneur Jack Binion, and Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio. But Doyle’s favorite guests just might have been the young models courtesy of DoylesRoom.com. At 72 years old, Doyle Brunson still had plenty of living (and playing) left to do.

In 2010 five years later, Doyle has not really changed and keep on his busy poker career. Both as a player and as a poker entrepreneur, as he runs Doyle’s Room and Doyle’s Casino. So if you are thinking about retiring, think twice. At 77 Doyle is an example to follow of someone who keeps his intellect intact in his old age.

Doyle Brunson has ten WSOP bracelets but he could surprise us all and win an eleventh one, thus equaling the current record held by Phi Hellmuth. Good luck, Doyle.

Why raising

There are six major reasons to raise. Make sure you know and understand all of them, and practice them. This exercise will improve your game by increasing your aggression, and help you better channel it. If you notice that there is one type of raising you do not do much, then you must practice this particular one, as all are needed in the armory of a good poker player.

  1. Raise because you have the best hand: so that you collect more chips. Power poker consists if betting your strong hands, not slow playing them, so raise with strong hands.
  2. Raise to limit the field: for example raise pre flop with AKs, as you do not want to get called by all the A-rag, who could outflop you; get rid of the weak hands who could outdraw you.
  3. Raise for a free card at the next street: by raising, you induce your opponent to check at the next street, so that you see that next card for free.
  4. Raise your strong draws: some strong draws such as an open ended straight flush draw have great odds and EV, and you must raise to monetize the strength of your hand.
  5. Raise as bluff: you should on occasion raise as a pure bluff; especially if you have a strong image, you may win pots this way with pure bluffs. Do this rarely in order to preserve your image.
  6. Raise with a semi-bluff: this one is more common than the pure bluff, raising with a semi-bluff such as a flush draw give you two ways to win the hand; either now or later with a bigger pot if you hit your draw after getting called; so unlike the pure bluff you may get the stronger hand in the end.

Raising is power poker, don’t be afraid to raise but do it strategically as described above. You will be feared a the table and your bankroll will improve.

A testing decision

Hand History: a good flop from the blind and a testing decision.

This hand was played at a PokerStars $200 NL holdem table. The blinds were $2/$4.

This hand took every bit of hand reading ability that I have. I’m in the BB with T4o. 4 players limp in, the SB completes and I check. We see the flop 6 way in an unraised pot.

The pot is $24 and the flop comes T43 rainbow. The SB checks. Sometimes I would lead out here, but with this many players I figured someone would bet so I check. MP checks, second MP bets $5, it is folded to me and I raise to $20. The first MP calls, and the guy who had bet $5 folds.

OK, this is strange. MP called a bet and a check raise, so maybe he has a set I thought?

The pot is now $69. The turn is a 6. I bet $30 and he immediately goes all in and has me covered. The bet is $172 to me with a pot of $271. Why is he betting $172 into a $100 pot? There’s no way he has a straight and is betting that much. A set? I don’t think so, he would bet less and try to milk me because he has to know I like my hand.

Most people would raise much smaller here with a set or straight. He had overbet some other pots and folded off the opponent so I didn’t see his cards, but because of this, his overbets were very suspicious to me. I really couldn’t put him on a hand here so I hated to call the all in, but the pot was huge and I felt like my 2 pair was pretty well disguised.

I have some guidelines I use when deciding whether or not to call an all in. One of those is that I will call an all in, when the strength of my hand is disguised to the opponent who is putting me all in. I think hes putting me on here AT and is greatly underestimating my hand.

Like I said, I really couldn’t put the opponent on a hand which is normally a recipe for disaster when you’re playing a monster pot, but I was leaning towards thinking he had an overpair, so I called.

He had AA and I won the pot.

Remember this rule when faced with a big all in bet and you’ll be happy you did.

Online poker is tough

For some people, online poker seems easy. For other people, it seems hard. Where do you belong?

When I started to play online poker, I found it hard to be profitable. Then I studied the game more, I read more and I tried to discover why I was losing in order to remedy that.

If you are losing at online poker but would like to win, one key thought that can help you dramatically is the following. All players are human beings, and intelligence is not the main reason to lose or win. The main reason is our psychological tendencies. So if we have leaks, and we correct them, then we will improve our results.

Online poker is a lot about automatic actions and the first step it to at least play correctly and avoid obvious “mistakes”. If some players can be profitable, so why not you?

After a few months of playing online poker, I noticed that I had a tendency not to fold when facing huge bets in an already large pot. Somehow I was in denial, wondering and doubting why my opponent would be making such large bets is he really had such a great hand. It turned out that often he had a great hand. My inability to fold in big pot led to big lost pots, and this is probably why I was a losing player while I could have been a winning player otherwise.

I learned to fold. I learned to almost never feel committed whatever the amount of chips already in the pot. Feeling committed is a leak as it leads to adding to your loss. I learned to focus on who was the player making the big bets, and depending on my profiling of him, I would decide to fold or not. For example it was quite obvious when a solid shark-rock type player was attacking the pot aggressively that he had a monster hand, so why feed his children?

Another important element is to not turn out to become predictable. If you start to systematically fold against large bets, then some observant players will notice and use that against you and bluff you. So mixing up your game is the second key.

Learn to fold and to it mix up, and you will shine at the poker table.

Online poker tells

One of the key for online poker success is to be able to spot and exploit online poker tells.

This is a true online poker skill, as most players are somehow aware of these strong clues betraying their opponents’ hand strength. but few players succeed in really making it a strategy to use this information systematically.

The main online poker tells are as follow. These are regular tells used by average players, and you will see a lot of them at most online poker rooms such as PokerStars. But skilled players know how to conceal their tells and use them deceptively.

The quick check shows strength, while a delayed check tend to indicate some weakness. Basically a player who does not check immediately wants to pretend that he is thinking if he should bet or not, implying that he has a somehow strong hand, when in reality he has a weak hand. Conversely the player who seeks to trap with a strong hand will check fast to pretend to have a weak hand.

Another online poker tell is the delayed bet which normally corresponds with strength. If a player has a very strong hand, he does not want to bet instantly, as this usually means a monster and his wise opponents will fold. But he does not want to check either, and this is the way to go: bet your strong hands. So he bets but pretends to think about it, representing a hand somehow strong but not that strong, and hoping to get one caller with a medium strength hand.

This is why this next tell is kind of the opposite of the previous one: the quick bet may represent weakness. Here a distinction is in order. The total newbie will make a fast bet with strong hands. But the somehow tricky player with a tendency for loose play and some bluffing will make a quick bet when he has a weak hand in order to discourage callers. So know who you are playing against before you make a judgment.

Finally and this is one of the strongest online poker tells, the insta-call shows a lot of strength (in online poker lingo, “insta” means instantaneous). Strength because the caller knew and was ready to act given his strong hand; but he knew that he would not raise given that he hopes to increase the pot at the next street (with another call or a raise this time).

Use these online poker tells wisely and you bankroll will rise.

Hello gamblers

Welcome to AceGamblersBlog, fellow gambler.

Life is fun so let us not pretend to be serious. Fun and entertainment is what it is all about. Nowadays online is where the action is taking place and never before were there this type of offering for gaming as the one we have from the Internet.

Ok, the above paragraph has two important statements and this first post will simply develop a bit about these two profound truths characterizing modern online gambling.

First, life is about fun. Think about it, when we are born as babies and later kids, we only worry about playing. This is human nature (and animals too) that it is at the core of our nature to play games. And when we grow up this nature does not change, our genes make us mostly interested in playing any type of games.

This is true of everyone. Even the Presidents of the all countries like to party, have fun and mistresses. They cannot (and no one can) spend all their time working. They need to play, and often work is just the means where playing is the goal. We cannot play all the time as we need to feed our families. But once the chores of working are dealt with, play time has come.

Secondly in this modern age, the Internet has introduced an information revolution applicable to all ways of life, including gaming in general, and gambling in particular.

This is how you can play so many games online, safely, with software that deliver the best gambling entertainment the world has ever seen. Either at online casinos or free online poker rooms, you will find the game type that fits you best.

There are games for all players, some with 100% luck, some where skill differentiates between the fish and the eagle. In some games you play alone with the computer (slot machines), at other you can socialize with other players (bingo), or you can even play against other players at online poker.

Why so serious? Join the online gambling revolution today, and have fun online.