Sunday, December 13, 2009

European Poker Tour- European Casinos

Fournier European Poker Tour Cut Card - Red
European poker tour is officially conducted by, the tour actually began in 2004. Officially Texas hold’em is the famous gamed played by players, participating in this tour. This tournament or tour is similar to the popular World Poker Tour or WPT.

The first three seasons of EPT were splendid; especially the theory of gaming and also the buy-in rules were outstanding. World Poker Tour which until now had the popularity name and fame just degraded its appearance in Europe because of the euro poker tour. Generally when any player wishes to play poker in Europe, players visit European casinos to play European poker games.

European casinos are known for awesome bonuses and extreme high-end poker games. Thousands of players visit European casinos to play special games. Most of the European players love to play Texas hold’em, other games like razz poker, Omaha poker, seven card stud are also well played at casinos in Europe.

European poker tour history says that the buy-in for the event would be around 8,000 euros. In 2007 the EPT has turned into a new world, and allows players to play for huge buy-ins. The buy-in that time was around 10,000 USD. In earlier European poker tours only six players were allowed to play the game, and that system was also changed and bench strength was increased to eight. European poker tour is mainly sponsored by pokerstars, although there are other sponsors too.

One of the most popular announced made is that this time not only male poker players are going to participate, but female poker players are also going to play, this is really a good news. There will be a dedicated weekend for female poker players, and they would be playing their natural poker game.

The European poker tour, as always said is one of the best reputed tournaments. Most of the European casinos arrange satellite tournaments and allow them to get entry into the final event of the EPT. The PCA (Poker Caribbean adventure) satellite tournaments are going to begin in this month, so players must hurry. PokerStars runs this tournament both for generating the revenue, as well as for charity. This time PokerStars is giving players a chance to donate some part of their winnings to the worlds AIDS research organization. This event will be arranged on January eight and all players would be participating in this event.

The European poker tour in London has already finished and the coming event in PCA (Poker Caribbean Adventure) and that would take place in between January 4-14 2010.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Pot Limit Omaha Brief Introduction

omaha pot limit
Omaha Pot Limit Brief Introduction
PLO or the pot limit Omaha is the most popular poker game played online. Thousands of people from Europe and other Eastern countries love to play Omaha pot limit poker online. In this game you would find both ‘mixed’ as well as ‘high stakes’ games. Most of the players love to play hi pot limit Omaha poker than the low Omaha pot limit game.

PLO is said to be a drawing, in which a player would draw to a nut hand. In this game players can easily beat second best straights and flushes, and make it to the final. In Omaha pot limit game pot size plays a key role, generally when you are playing the game the pot size keeps increasing, and it becomes difficult for you to manage, this is the reason why at the end of the game immense profits or loses come out. Most of the reverse implied odds are seen in Omaha pot limit game.

Redraws play a key role in pot limit Omaha game. Here we would discuss in brief about the redraws and how they are actually seen in Omaha pot limit game. In order to win the game you should have a strong hand, in PLO or pot limit Omaha poker nuts along with redraw is said to be a strong hand. A simple example would be of immense help in here.

Suppose if the board has J Q 10 and you have K Q A Q then you are lucky. It’s because you not only have nuts Ace and King but you also have redraws two queens and board pairs. This is a good combination which helps you in winning the Omaha pot limit game. If you are having the K A Q Q combination then you are said to have a better hand than the previous one, and this would boost your hand strength further. Your hand is said to be better than the previous one because you have both flush as well as royal flush redraws. When compared to J Q 10 K A Q Q is 80 times much powerful, and it will help you in winning the full pot without much difficulty. Also players who have pair of queens along with two spades are said to have a better 55-45 change against the random aced king hand. In pot limit Omaha poker everything from flushes, nut straights, or even sets can be double edged sword.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Basic Guide Limit Hold'em Strategy

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Limit hold'em strategy helps a poker player in playing the hold'em game efficiently. Texas hold'em poker is the most popular casino game, in which players play limit and no limit hold em games. Of these games limit hold em is the well versed and known game. To play this game players need to know about the limit hold'em strategy.

There are mean, median and mode strategies based on limit hold'em, however here we would discuss only the basic strategy, that would support and help players in reaching the top position. Most of the players say that limit hold em game is a game of edge, which should be played with proper care.

In a limit hold em game a player cannot stack, or de-stack his opponent or opponents, unlike a no limit hold em game. In a limit hold'em game players don't have any proper idea on their opponent's hands. Players can't improve or deprive hands of their opponents. Most of the players don't play a limit hold'em game because they pot prizes are are quite low.

Thinking in this way is wrong because this game promises benefits in the long run, rather than short run. Most of the beginners complain that its difficult to beat opponents in limit games, and most of the time they end up on the losing side. Basically, a limit hold-em game is designed to give better convenience to players. Patience is an important limit hold-em strategy. If player's don't practice the art of maintaining patience, they wouldn't succeed in the game.

Five Important Basic Limit Hold'em Strategies
1. Bankroll
2. Beginner Hands
3. Position
4. Tight-Aggressive Strategy
5. Pot Odds

Bankroll- Follow Strict Guidelines

Bankroll is said to be the key for opening the limit hold em winning path. If players don't know about bankroll management, they will find it difficult to win the game. Amount a player chooses for bankroll can vary according to his/her skill and knowledge. Casual hold'em bankroll limit is said to be 300 big bets. Player should have a minimum of 300 bets for playing the limit game.

Starting Hands- Perfect Limit Hold'em Strategy

When players choose starting hands they should take few factors into consideration. Players must be able to decide their important starting hands. Its always good to choose big pairs and special high rank cards like AQ and AK. Players can choose other cards as well, but these cars would make it difficult for them to enter the big pot. Its always good to play tight aggressive strategies in early rounds with strong cards like AQ/AK and AA-TT and in late positions play loosen strategy.

Position- Conceptual Hold'em strategy

Position deals with conceptual poker strategy, it helps a player in making it to the pot and gain good rank. Playing tight in early position, and loosening in late position is recommended. This is because when a player plays in early position, his opponent would know about his moves and estimate his game. It's good to be tight in here, and allow opponent to know little about your move. On the other hand when a player plays in late position loosening the game is a better idea.

Tight Aggressive Hold em Strategy

Tight aggressive approach is always beneficial for poker players, it is because when players play tight aggressive in limit games, they will have time to balance bankroll and protect it for future use. It allows them to make bets and folds but not calls. Bluffing doesn't help in a limit hold em game and that is the reason why most of the players avoid it in the game. Its always good to call when you have a strong hand, and fold when you have a weak hand.

Pot Odds Core Poker Strategy

Pot odds define the odds of the game and show how the pot dominates the game. In limit hold em game pot odds help in learning about the profitability of a call in the game. In limit hold em game if you have the amount as $10 for the pot, and you bet $2 then to win the pot of $12 it costs you $2.

In order to determine the profitability of a call, player should compare odds of every draw with the original pot odds. Pot odds for making a flush are in the ratio 4:1 and if the opponent bets $4 into a pot of $10 then the ratio becomes 14:4 and grosses down to 3.5:1. This is quite less than the actual ratio 4:1 and that call is said to be a bad one.

Some of the common drawing pot odds of the game are as follows

Hold Hope to Make Odds
Flush draw Flush 4:1
Straight draw Straight 5:1
Straight draw Straight 11:1
Two pair Full house 11:1

Players should decide and judge all these points first, and finally choose the best limit hold em strategy according to their convenience, those points mentioned here are for beginners, however high level hold em strategies are also applied in the game.