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The European Poker Tour (EPT) Introduced

The European Poker Tour is one of the most popular poker events in the world. It is an event that was created largely to capitalize on the massive popularity of poker and to provide events that could be shown on television. Despite the fact that the tour does not have a long history and that it was largely created for commercial reasons it has quickly become one of the most important events in the world of poker. For any player winning a European Poker Tour event is considered to be a major career milestone as it is second only to the World Series of Poker as far as prestige goes.

The European Poker Tour is one of the most popular series of poker tournaments in the world. It got its start in 2004 because of the massive growth in popularity of poker and the huge success of the World Poker Tour. The World Poker Tour despite its name is mainly focused on events in the United States and the Caribbean so the EPT was introduced to help spread the popularity of the game. In this respect it has been very successful as it is now one of the most popular events going.

The European Poker Tour is a series of events that are staged around Europe. They are all separate tournaments so the only connection between them is that they are all organized by the same group. One of the appeals of the European Poker Tour is that anybody can play in the events provided they can pay the entry fee. The only problem for most people is that currently the entry fee is set at eight thousand euros. The main reason for this is the limited amount of space that exists at most casinos and the limited amount of time to hold the tournament.

Unlike the World Series of Poker which can have tens of thousands of entrants and then spend several weeks whittling the field down the European Poker Tour events last for just a few days. This means that they have to limit the number of people who are able to enter the events. This is why the entry fee is so high. The main reason that the tournaments are played in such a short time frame is that they are primarily made for television events and the early rounds of a large poker tournament are not particularly interesting television.

Because of the high price of entry into the European Poker Tour the event has started using satellite tournaments. These are events that can be entered at a much lower price with the winner getting the chance to play in the main tournament. These satellite events have become very popular and greatly increased increased interest in the European Poker Tour. The main reason is that they give the average player a chance to participate in the events.


Lex’ Straight Flush…

Man I wish I was on the other end of this hand with the Qh2d to kick some Lex Veldhuis ass! :)

Pretty weak play by CK Hua though, I guess he just wanted to get Lex…

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Playing Poker Online via The iPad!

chp_ace_cardsIt seems that this week is one fantastic week, for all of the hype around the iPad seems to be taking the world over and now – how does that affect the poker world?  Well, can you actually play online poker via the iPad?  That is the question that I have been racking my brain with and finally, we have an answer.

Well, the iPad definitely is going to be the hottest technology in the world and it is actually a fantastic tool to use whenever you are looking to do some online poker.  The reason for that is because it is so high-tech, so quick and the picture is so clear, you will have a fantastic time using it for online poker.

You just have to remember that if you do want to use it that all of the software needs to be compatible with a Mac versus a PC!


A Warning about Social Networking

poker_000Think about something for me.

Via faux pas on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, et cetera, people lose jobs. They lose significant others. And now, they are losing poker games as well.

People are given to bragging when they do something well. That is understandable … but not always wise.

With so many social networking sites and everyone’s access to them, it is even less wise.

Ever won a game and taken to your Facebook to start bragging about the strategies you use?

Well next time you play at a casino, don’t be surprised if your opponents know exact what you are doing — because they have read it.


What to Ask before Playing Hold ‘Em

hold 1Playing poker is fun. However it can also get pretty cut throat. This is especially true of Texas Hold ‘Em. So, before you sit down to play a game, there are a few questions you ought to ask yourself.

For starters, you need to be honest with yourself about why you are playing in any particular game. Do you want to actually learn about the game? Looking to polish your tricks? Want to win some money, or just having a good time with your friends?

You also need to question your own mindset and demeanor. If you are too stressed out, it’s time to step away.

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Manage Your Money In Poker!

gaming_poker_cardsPlaying poker is one of those games that you are going to have to watch your money on.  It is one game that will take all of the money that you have if you let it and you can not let it.  Keeping a watch on your money is always a great idea, just to ensure that you do not spend more money than you can afford on a game like poker.

Poker is expensive – it is a game that takes a heck of a lot of money to play if you want to earn any money in the end.  There are many different ways that you can keep track of your money though, just to ensure that you do not spend it all.

One great idea is that you come with just a small amount and do not let yourself go over.  That way, you are not spending a lot and keeping yourself to a budget.


Top Poker Tips For You To Win: 2

10-20044-bNow that we have touched on playing too many hands, it is now time to explore playing the wrong hand in the wrong position.  Most of the time, beginners – if they get a good hand, want to play it right away.  Your position is definitely the most important aspect in poker and most of the time it is neglected.  While a 10 pair might seem like a good starting hand, but is it good in the position that you are in?

Late positions have the advantage over the earlier positions as they can see exactly what their opponents have before they lay down their own cards.  The rule of thumb for this tip is that you want to play again – lesser hands in the early position and more in the late position.

You always want to make sure that you stop playing if you are not one hundred percent committed too.  To be honest – poker is all about the commitment and if you are not for real don’t play that day.


How to play Seven-card stud poker

Seven cards stud poker is played all over the world. The players are dealt with two cards facing down and a card which is exposed. Seven Card Stud PokerAfter this a betting round follows. After each round of cards are dealt rounds of betting follows. The player who wins the pot has premium cards and wins the best five poker card hand.

Some of the pre-requisites of playing this dynamic seven card stud poker are as follows:

Al the players present on the poker table must initiate ante into the pot before the game starts. The players are dealt with two hole cards facing downwards and a door card. After the cards are dealt to the players on the poker table betting round follows. Most players fold their game in the initial rounds if they have a marginal game. Some players resort to playing bluff and winning the pot.

A combination of luck and skill is required to win the pot. An easy blend of both is required to dupe to the opponents. The game of poker silently proclaims that survival of the fittest would win the pot. After the first betting round all the players are dealt with the fourth street card. Another round of betting follows this action.

As the game starts taking a concrete shape only the tough players survive and they continue playing. It is very important to examine and study the opponents and their style of playing. You should look for signs that may help you in knowing the facts about the games of the opponents.

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A lot of bluffing going on….

The commentators are wrong. Here’s a quote from the youtube comments:

These commentators have no idea what is going on.

Murphy is not calling twice with A high because he thinks his hand is good, he’s calling to represent a 2 and steal the pot on the river.
Because he knows John Juanda almost never has a 2 as a pre flop raiser and Murphy could defend his blind with A2. Also he’s first to act on the river and he knows Juanda is not committed on this street.
If you are Juanda there and you have AQ or even kings, you can’t make the call for all your chips

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Top Poker Tips For You To Win: 1

Casino-Playing-Cards-palmsPlaying poker is difficult – face it, when you are just starting out, you definitely will lose a lot.  The reason for that is because you are probably making a lot of rookie mistakes.  It happens to the best of us, but in this blog, we are all about giving you the best tips in the world so that you can win back some of that money that you have already lost!

In the next couple blogs, we are going to explore some of the tips and tricks that will amaze your opponents and truly make sure that you win – everything!  Firstly, you need to make sure that you are not playing too many hands.  This happens more often than not and if you are playing too many hands, you are going to lose a heck of a lot more.

Beginners are better at playing bad hands than good ones and you want to be the exception – so make sure that you limit the amount of hands that you are playing.