5 Ways To Tell If Someone Is A Good Poker Player


All poker players have different strategies and techniques to make a profit from poker, however, these 5 poker tips are what all good poker players will have mastered.1. He folds his blinds. Most poker players have a ‘protect your blind’ mindset, which means they stake a large amount of their chips for their blinds, which are typically very small. This contradicts all poker related mathematics and probability, there is no justification for playing a trash – mediocre hand just because it’s your blind. If you do not have premium hole cards, throw them away, whatever your position.2. He thinks before he acts. In every poker tournament, a player is granted ‘thinking time’ or ‘time to act’. In some tournaments this is reduced (such as turbo tournaments), but nevertheless, there is always some thinking time. If you’re putting your hard-earned cash on the table, take the time to think through the pros and cons of each decision.3. He plays the same hand differently. If you only make large raises with pocket aces or kings, people will pick up on this and you wont get paid off. Sometimes you can slow play cards, or you could play 6-7 suited the same as you’ve played aces, and see if you can connect with the flop. You should always make it difficult for your opponents to read your hands.4. He plays tight. Occasionally you will find a top class poker player who plays any hand, but more often than not, poker players will only play premium hands (unless they have odds to play worse hands). When you take the glamour out of poker, you can see that it is purely a game of probability, which means they higher standard of cards you play, they higher probability of winning the hand you have.5. He plays aggressive. As stated in (4), you should be playing tight poker, only playing premium cards pre-flop. Once you are involved in the hand, it’s time to turn aggressive. You should always make a continuation bet (whether you hit the flop or not), and always be the aggressor at betting. If you make a large raise and he come over the top of you, you can assume you are beat. More often than not, one aggressive bet pre-flop will win you the pot.Mastering poker takes more than just reading. To beat the best at poker, you must practice, and master these 5 basic skills of being a good poker player.

Online Games – Can We Make Money Playing Them?

When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.