Advanced Poker Strategies For Tournament


Your position in a poker game is defined by the game plans and strategies adopted by you. All these strategies are directed to manipulate your opponent player’s intuitive thinking and decision making. The competitive strength of your opponents is the major criteria of choosing a suitable strategy. Being constantly mindful about the playing style of your opponents is necessary but once you are in control of a better game you must concentrate more on planning your moves.Some of the major winning strategies are as follows:* Learn to take stock of your probabilities by appropriating pot odds in relation to the odds of winning. When you are betting high either your odds of winning should be higher than your pot odds or you should be holding a strong hand.* You can misjudge your opponents by blindly making calls in the first round of bets. This would confuse your opponents regarding the kind of hands held by you. Whenever you call for strong bets while holding a weak hand, you are actively bluffing. This encourages the other players to fold stronger hands.* Your expressions and moves should be convincingly deceiving during the initial rounds. But as the game advances you must discreetly take a reverse approach making honest moves while others are expecting your indications and actions to be deceiving. This would baffle your opponent more than anything else which would give you the advantage of wrong moves made by them out of wrong guesses. The deceptive practice of entering low bets with superior hands is known as slow playing. Ignoring such strategies will render you quite transparent to your enemies.* The whole team facing you might be taking a hard line, by reckless betting, frequent showdowns and constantly raising pots. But before you follow suit it would be wiser to consider your chances with the kind of hands you posses. It is better to take a silent approach to mask the potency of the combination of your hand.* Do not be intimidated by the stacks held by your opponent. In case of deep stack tournaments you can have your chips the next day rather than playing too close with a low stack. Furthermore, if you have ample blinds you need not panic about losing chips.* Use your blinds wisely at the right time. Before moving in your hands you should take into account the number of players left and what kind of call you would likely get. If you are pushing in Ace Rags you better do it in late position when there is less number of players.* Never overvalue your challengers. Even under losing situations you should have complete presence of mind and always remember that one single move can turn things around.

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.