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Texas Hold’em poker players almost dread getting dealt a middle pair because they are so tricky to play. Middle pair can get you in so much trouble and the purpose of this article is to help you make smart decisions when you have to play such hands. For all the examples used in this lesson, your middle pair will be two jacks. read more…
Some people play poker exclusively online, without going anywhere near a live game. Others like to mix it up and play poker live and on the internet. Despite the huge popularity of online poker, there are still some poker players who avoid online poker and instead prefer the green felt to the click of the mouse. These people are missing out on the huge opportunities offered by online poker. Here are some of the reasons why online poker is better than live poker:
The number one reason why online poker is better live poker is because there’s always a game to be found. Sure, some times of day are busier than others- such as evenings and weekends. But it doesn’t matter what time of day, there’s people playing poker online 24/7. Possibly the most annoying aspect of live poker is waiting around for a game to start. Of course this is assuming they even have enough people wanting to play poker. While with online poker, you might not be able to always jump straight into the game of your choice, there’s never much waiting around.
Comfort of Home
Not only are there an abundance of poker games waiting for you, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home. There are no travel costs, no worries about how you’re going to get home, or getting stuck in traffic. There’s no need to bother getting dressed up either. Heck, you can even play poker naked if you like. Doing this at a live poker game would get you locked up. Let’s not forget, you also save money on food and drink, as the fridge is never far away when you’re playing online poker.
Online Poker is Cheaper
Online poker doesn’t just save you money on travel, food and drink. The poker itself is also much cheaper, which is particularly beneficial if you’re just starting out learning how to play poker, and don’t want to spend too much. If you go to a casino or card room you might find many cash games below $1/$2. The rake at live poker venues is also much higher than at online poker sites. Plus if you win a hand playing poker online there’s no obligation to tip the dealer – you can’t anyway!
Play More Poker Hands
The most noticeable difference between online poker and live poker is the hands per hour ratio. When you play poker online there’s no waiting around for the dealer to shuffle the cards, potential miss-deals, working out the pot, and the players are generally much quicker to act – to name just a few things. You get to see so many more hands per hour playing online poker, which means more opportunities, more decisions, and less boredom.
Many online poker players like to play on multiple tables at the same time. Just playing one table at a time means you get to see more hands per hour than in live poker, but if you’re playing on multiple tables then obviously this becomes an even bigger factor. Playing multiple tables also reduces the variance, and you can play at much lower limits – thereby spreading the risk. If you are playing poker in a live venue, let’s say a $1/$2 NL game, you’d probably want to sit down with about $200 – which is at risk on any given hand. You could spread this same $200 across multiple tables, at lower stakes, when you play online.
Tracking Your Game
It’s always nice to know if you’re winning, losing, or breaking even at poker. Sure, you can keep notes on how much you’re spending when you play live poker. I used to keep a spreadsheet to track my income and expenses from live poker games. But sometimes it’s easy to forget how much was spent, particularly with re-buy events. Of course, this is just basic tracking. When you play poker online you can get instant hand histories, and access to a huge wealth of data. It goes far beyond just saying if you’re a profitable player or not. You can find leaks in your game and plug the holes. By analysing your play you can improve your skills as a poker player.
Bonuses and Promotions
Online poker is a fiercely competitive industry, and with so many poker sites looking to attract customers, there are a multitude of bonuses and promotions on offer. Casinos like to offer promotions to their patrons, but when it comes to poker they care much less. Poker rooms don’t make much money for casinos, so they don’t really bother trying too hard. However online poker sites are only too eager to offer bonuses and promotions, be it 100% signup bonuses for new poker players, or re-load bonuses for existing players. They really want you to play poker at their site, which is something you can and should take advantage of.
I think the advantages of online poker that have been outlined so far, are fairly comprehensive. Of course playing poker in a live environment has its advantages too – such as the social interaction, and being able to see players’ reactions. The purpose of this article is not to knock live poker, but to give valid reasons for why online poker is superior in so many ways. It’s fair to say this has been achieved. Good luck at the tables!
Just got the following press release from our friends at Sky Poker:
Sky Poker Celebrates First Birthday; Announces Boot Camp Classes and Line Up
Sky Poker is celebrating its first birthday.
One year ago Sky Poker simultaneously launched On Air on Sky Channel 846 and Online at www.skypoker.com <http://www.skypoker.com/> . One year on Sky Poker’s mix of entertainment and education has made it one of the top destinations for experienced poker players and newcomers alike.
Over the past 12 months Sky Poker has introduced new tournaments, new programming and huge prize funds. It also won industry accolades such as Gambling Online Magazine’s Gold Award for the ‘Top Innovation in Online Gaming’ and bronze award for ‘Best Poker Tournaments’.
Sky Poker is taking its tradition of education to new levels with its first Boot Camp, which takes place in Bristol on the weekend of the 8th and 9th of March.
Sky Poker can now reveal the topics that will be covered at the Boot Camp, which is strictly limited to 60 players only to ensure everyone receives plenty of personal attention from the Sky Poker personalities instructing the course.
Saturday will feature an introduction to Boot Camp from Sky Poker presenters Matt Broughton and Nick Wealthall. Matt will also cover table position and live play etiquette with Nick covering hand reading and cash games. Sky Poker’s Kara Scott will also will be on hand to help students throughout the course and also lead a session on tells.
Sunday will see Nick discuss short handed and heads up play as well as a session on table presence and another about online play. Matt will be joined by Tony ‘Tikay’
Kendall in a session on bankroll management, followed by tales of being a poker pro from Tikay himself.
Other familiar faces from Sky Poker are also planning to attend the Boot Camp ensuring a very high concentration of experienced poker players, all in one place for the students to benefit from.
More details of the syllabus are available at www.skypoker.com <http://www.skypoker.com/> , where players can also play satellites to qualify for the Boot Camp. Alternatively players can pay £250 directly to attend the Boot Camp – a fee which includes accommodation, meals, refreshments and entry into the Saturday evening tournament.
As always, check our Sky Poker Promotions page for the latest deals.
CardKings has partnered with Cake Poker and is excited to release our exclusive bonus code that entitles new players who sign up for Cake Poker through CardKings a $500 on their first deposit. All you have to do to receive your exclusive bonus is sign up at cake poker and use Cake Poker Bonus Code “BANK500” during registration. Below is a graphic of the Cake Poker registration window that shows you where to enter the bonus code. Stay tuned for more great bonus offers from CardKings.
Virgin Poker announced today the launch of a 2008 poker league for their players with a total prize pool of over €150,000. The league is based on participation in multi-table tournaments on Virgin Poker and awards players league points based on how they do in tournaments on the site.
Prizes are awarded on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis including a top prize of €3000 for the best performer of 2008. Best weekly participants will be awarded from €250 (1st) to €10 (16th – 20th) with top monthly winners receiving anywhere from €1500 (1st) to €20 (41st – 50th). Additional bonus prizes include a WSOP Main Event Package for any player in the top 3 every month of the year, an EPT Package for any player in the top 5, or a GUKPT Package for a player who ranks in the top 10 every month in 2008.
This is a new promotion so there is still lots of room for those who have not signed up yet to jump on board and start ranking in the top positions. If you are interested in joining the league we offer a €100 bonus for new players at Virgin Poker. Click Here To Visit Virgin Poker
Sky Poker, one of the leading UK poker rooms has released some exciting promotions for new players. The current sign up offer at Sky Poker includes 500 Sky Poker points which can be converted into freeroll buy ins. With the current bonus players are eligible to gain free entries into two £1000 Freerolls held each Wednesday at 8pm. The weekly freerolls only require 200 points for entry so with two buy ins players are still left with 100 points which may be used towards future tournaments, free cash or merchandise. Once you have used your free Sky Poker Points, you can earn additional points by playing at the Sky Poker tables according to the following schedule:
Up To £.25 / £.50 – 10 Points Per 20 Raked Hands
£.50 / £1 – £2/£4 – 20 Points Per 20 Raked Hands
£2.50/£5 and Above – 30 Points Per 20 Raked Hands
For tournaments, players are awarded 10 poker points for every £1 in entry fees.
If you would like to sign up at Sky Poker and receive your bonus check out our Sky Poker Promotional Code page or our Sky Poker Review. Alternatively, you can Click Here to be taken directly to the Sky Poker site.
Stay tuned for more great promotions and bonus offers from Sky Poker.
William Hill Poker has announced the launch of an insta-play poker client for their poker room which allows players to access the website remotely from any computer and play without having to download the traditional poker software.
This is a great step for William Hill in providing their poker players with an easy and accessible way to play poker on the site without the hassle of download the online poker software. All you have to do to use the no download version is go to the William Hill Poker website and press play instantly to be connected.
The William Hill Poker room also offers players a great $500 monthly loyalty bonus in addition to their other fantastic promotions. Check out William Hill Poker Here.