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Texas Holdem Betting Tips

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If you haven’t discovered yet, the most important aspects of poker are the rounds of betting. A winning player understands that he or she needs to learn how to bet correctly not only to win money, but to maximize their session’s profits and get the most bang for their buck in the pot. I’ve compiled the best possible tips that will allow you to win as much as possible when betting in poker.Poker Terminology (in reference to betting)

Before I get into the details and strategies it’s imperative you understand the basic betting terminology in the game of Texas Holdem. In every single round of betting (while you’re still in the hand) you’ll have the option to either check, call, raise, or fold. A “check” is like a “free-bee” you’re passing up your turn the the next player to decide whether he or she wants to bet or check also. So checking just passes your turn without you having to bet or fold (you’re still in the hand if you check). But if another player ahead of you makes the decision to bet, then you must at least “call” to stay in the game. A call just simply matches another players bet. And a “raise” calls the other players bet and adds more money to the pot. If you raise a bet, then the other player(s) have the option to “re-raise”, which adds even more money to the pot. So are you ready to start betting? Great, let’s go!

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Pot Limit Omaha: The Gamblers Game of Choice

Although no limit Texas hold’em is the traditional game of choice among poker players on sites such as pokerstars (, there is a lesser known, more action packed poker game that has started to gain immense popularity. That game is pot limit Omaha. Omaha, which has continues to grow as a staple game for serious poker players, is a hold’em style game where each player is dealt four cards instead of the traditional two. Just like hold’em there is a flop, a turn, and a river each with round of betting. Unlike hold’em, however, each player is required to use two of the four cards in his hand to make the best possible five card hand. This means that if you hold an ace of spades but do not have another spade you do not make a flush when there are four spades on the board.Because you are dealt four cards you have a much higher chance to hit the flop than you do in hold’em. Almost everyone who is in a hand has usually hit the flop somehow; Some will have a pair, others a straight draw, maybe even a set. When so many people catch a piece of the flop betting is inevitable. To an unexperienced Omaha player the number of people in any given pot as well as the continuous raising and re-raising may seem like chaos. It is not unusual to see multiple players betting big all with very good hands.

With the possibility of so …


Svaneholms Slott – One of Sweden's Numerous Old Castles

I am a castle fanatic. Well, anything having to do with the medieval and renaissance periods, really. As such, I have made it my goal since moving to Sweden to explore every castle left standing. We discovered Svaneholms Slott on a road trip to visit a friend in Trelleborg. Svaneholms Slott is just a bit north of that in a little town called Skurup, which is in the southern Swedish region called Skane. For the record, the word 'Slott' is Swedish for pretty much any old historical building from magnificent Keeps to reinforced manors to castles. In this instance it is absolutely a castle.

Svaneholms dates back to 1530, but has been refurbished, parts rebuilt, and added on to over the years. So, while many of the castles of this age are mere ruins, Svaneholms Slott is whole and has been turned into a historical museum. Yes folks, it is open to the public. You can tour this wonderland various days from April through October. Do check their website for exact days and times.

Part of the reason I think Svaneholms castle survived while others were being leveled by the Danish is because it is built on an island in a large lake. As such, it was, and is, in a very defensible position. I've seen so many sad ruins of once-great structures that it was a real pleasure to see one still in tact and so lovingly cared for.

As you enter the castle you will find the obligatory …


Gambling Fun in Tunica, Mississippi

If you are looking to go somewhere for fun and excitement that offers 24 hour casino environment come to Tunica, MS. This area has become a miniature Las Vegas. Drive by car, RV, or fly into Memphis. You can either play slots, play tables, go to a concert, eat at one of the many restaurants, or any of the other surrounding activities. The best thing is each casino has a shuttle that takes you to the other casinos, so you are not limited to play just at one casino. There is a shopping center, Casino Factory Shoppes, that has an outlet feel. Sit back and let me tell you what Tunica has to offer.Casinos

It is the largest casino in the area that has its gaming set up in 4 different gaming themes. It is only a 20 minute drive from Memphis. The Grand offers a Total Rewards players card that will work at any Caesars Entertainment gaming establishment and can earn you comp dollars when you play at the table or slots. It will also earn you 3% back on cash purchases made at the hotel. Across the street near the hotels they offer a childcare station called Kids Quest that offer kids a chance to have fun with games and play area. They have a convention center onsite where concerts and events are held frequently. They also have a sporting center that offers skeet, clay, and trap shooting. There is covered parking available.

When you …


2011 November Nine Betting Odds in Las Vegas

The Wynn Las Vegas casino has offered betting lines on the 2011 November Nine. This marks the first time that odds are offered for this event in Vegas due to new regulations allowing for sportsbooks to include this type of wager.

The leader in this 2011 WSOP Main Event is Martin Staszko. With 40 million chips and 7 million more than 2nd place, Wynn placed Staszko as the favorite with 3-1 odds. What that means is that you would need to bet $100 to win $300 if Martin wins the 2011 November Nine.

Here are the remaining betting odds for the finale of this 2011 WSOP Main Event in November:

17-5 Eoghan O'Dea – 33,925,000
6-1 Matt Giannetti – 24,750,000
6-1 Phil Collins – 23,875,000
6-1 Ben Lamb – 20,875,000
7-1 Badih Bounahra – 19,700,000
10-1 Pius Heinz – 16,425,000
11-1 Anton Makievskyi – 13,825,000
14-1 Sam Holden – 12,375,000

Now, one may wish to pick one of the Americans – Matt Giannetti, Phil Collins or Ben Lamb – simply because they appear to be the most seasoned poker pros in the bunch. But results at a final table are pretty random. One lucky or unlucky hand can change everything. And the supposed best player quite often does not win because of that short-term luck factor.

In fact, of all the famous pros since 2006 making the final table in huge Main Event fields – Allen Cunningham, Phil Ivey and Michael Mizrachi being the most famous – they finished 4th, …


The Object of Betting

You can be playing nickel and dime limit Hold’em with your friends in the garage, or $25/$50 high stakes No Limit Hold’em at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles. It doesn’t matter. The object remains the same: to win money. That’s how the game is scored. The “winner” is the person who won the most money.To anyone serious about wagering money, whether it be a single bet on a single betting round from one hold’em hand, or if it’s a huge parlay bet on a set of sports games for the week, one thing always must be considered–expected value.

The mathematical expected value is the amount a bet will average, winning or losing, or the course of a long period of time. If you make this bet once, you may either win or lose, and casual wagerers (and losing players) only consider the short-term result. Credit (or blame) is always given to luck. Serious wagerers know better than luck. What will happen if I make this bet a thousand times? I’m going to win some, and I’m going to lose some, but financially, where will I be after wagering my money on this bet numerous times over the course of a long period of time?

Most of the time, you know everything you need to know to determine the value of a wager before you actually place the wager. In roulette, you are given 35-to-1 odds on a 37-to-1 chance to hit. If you make a $1 bet one thousand …


21: Stellar Cast Makes Vegas-Gambling Movie A Winner

21 (The Movie) is loosely based on Ben Mezrich’s bestseller, “Bringing Down the House.” Director Robert Luketic brings together an attractive cast that includes established Hollywood actors and some fresh new faces. Jim Sturgess, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth and Laurence Fishburne deliver stellar performances that will leave you demanding a sequel.Jim Sturgess stars as Ben Campbell, a shy and intelligent MIT student with a lifelong ambition of attending Harvard Medical School. He has one problem though, his scholarship application was rejected and his $8 an hour job won’t cover his $300,000 tuition fee. What is a poor whiz kid college student to do? He is approached by Professor Micky Rosa, played by Kevin Spacey, and is introduced to the underground scene of counting cards. What is the plan? Take Las Vegas casinos by storm and bring home millions of dollars.

I am not too familiar with Sturgess’ acting career other than his role as George Boleyn in “The Other Boleyn Girl.” Regardless, it is apparent from the movie that Sturgess has the ability to connect with his character and really shined playing the role of Ben Campbell. I enjoyed his wit throughout the film and thought he remained humble. I am definitely looking forward to future movies starring Sturgess.

I am not the biggest fan of Kevin Spacey, who plays Professor Micky Rosa, but actually enjoyed his contributions to the film. Spacey has been around since the 1980s, but a recent role you might recall is the infamous Lex Luthor …


Gamblers in Pittsburgh PA Are Getting Table Games

In July, the people in the Pittsburgh area will get to enjoy table games at the Rivers Casino. They will find that all of their favorite games from Black Jack to Roulette will be available. In the meantime, the Rivers Casino has electronic table games for their patrons' convenience. The Rivers Casino is looking forward to many people coming in to enjoy their new additions to their playing field.Remember that when you visit the Rivers Casino you will find all kinds of promotions. Check their website to sign up for notifications of the different promotions that they will be having.

Because the Rivers Casino is located along the river you will find that the views of Pittsburgh are spectacular. While you are there make sure that you take a look around and enjoy the sights of the city of Pittsburgh landscape.

Keep in mind that you are able to park for free when you are a player at Rivers Casino. The parking garage is set up conveniently so that it is a short distance from the parking spots to the elevator that brings you right to the playing field. That is another draw for many patrons of the casino.

Some tips for when you are visiting the casino. Always bring a sweater or jacket, as the air conditioners are usually on and it can be a little chilly when you are playing. Keep your money and valuables close to your body. Don't bring anything that you don't need, so that …


Hurricane Betting: A Twisted Form of Gambling

Even after the horrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, a very bizarre and popular form of gambling began to pop up in Vegas and on the internet: hurricane betting. Those who enjoy throwing their money away can place bets on where hurricanes will hit, whether or not tropical storms will become hurricanes, what category they will become, and what wind speeds they will reach. This form of wagering is more than a little controversial, considering the fact that so many lives are lost in these storms, and it raises the question: how far will Vegas and these gambling sites go to bring in more money?But regardless of how controversial its legitimacy is in the gambling world, novelty betting has really taken off over the years, with casinos offering all sorts of wacky wagers on everything from the outcome of the presidential election to who will win Oscars in any given category. As fun and harmless as betting like this may seem, it does little more than to empty the pocketbooks of those who already compulsive gamblers and really don’t need any more options when it comes to how they can throw their money away.

Hurricane betting is a lot worse than these other forms of novelty wagers, since loss of life is involved. It’s hard to imagine being thrilled with winning a wager on the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike, for example, but plenty people out there are. I guess at least it’s a good thing that no gambling …


NFL 2010: Early Las Vegas Betting Lines & Picks for September 19th

The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook has selected 80 NFL games with betting lines and the public can now place bets on these NFL games. So what is the point of putting up betting lines on NFL games four to eight months in advance? The answer is simple, the sportbooks will be able to hold that money for those four to eight months and their obvious goal is to get enough action on both sides so they can make money on the vig (vig is the extra money you pay to place the bet-the extra $10 on a -$110 bet).The advantage to the bettor, is the ability to place a bet now and then have the ability to bet more when the line moves after injuries or bad starts. Another opportunity that is fun for the bettor, is the possibility of middling the bet. We will discuss middling later as the season begins. Just know this, it will be a fun option to have once October and November roll around in the NFL.

Sunday September 19th, 2010. NFL week 2.
Chicago Bears vs Dallas Cowboys -6.5.
The Dallas Cowboys have a definite NFL history of coming out of the gate fast and Jay Cutler will still be coming of age as the Chicago Bears starting quarterback. Don’t let this affect any thinking of Chicago’s performance for later in the season. Dallas will dominate this game and could conceivably win by three touchdowns. Chicago has no chance in this game take Dallas