Archive for May, 2009 bonuses

Posted by Trix @ 12:00 AM, Saturday May 30th, 2009

New players at VC Poker will find a $1,000 freeroll awaiting them, along with a 100% cash match on their first deposit, up to $600. Cash back possibilities for the higher level players, and good loyalty rewards all round are an obvious plus point too.

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VC Poker have a poker school available for new players, detailing hand rankings and rules for all the games they have on offer, which helps to make new players who are unsure of the games, feel welcome. Visually VC are pretty good too, with smooth graphics and a professional looking lobby.

In terms of tournaments, VC Poker offer places in the ECOOP, as well as satellites to major events such as the WSOP. Add to this big guaranteeds, Jackpot Sit n Go’s, and numerous cash tables of all levels, and you have something for pretty much everyone. Bad beat, and Royal Flush jackpots make up a nice set of potential bonuses, and you will find a refer a friend system in place too. For each player you refer, you will recieve payment of $50, it would be nice to see a cash sum paid to the new player too, but they still get the 100% bonus and so this is a good offer I feel.

Help and Support onsite are available to contact any time of the day or night, staffed by helpful friendly people to solve any problems you might have. VC Poker are not as widely recognised as some big names in the industry, but they cerrtainly have a great amount to offer online poker players everywhere. online poker

Posted by Trix @ 12:00 AM, Wednesday May 27th, 2009

There are a great many poker rooms which are of a good standard to be found these days, and Bodog would certainly fall into that category. Describing a site as being number 1 however, would be quite an accolade.

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There are numerous excellent poker rooms out there, many which could be described as the best, with Pokerstars and Full Tilt perhaps being the most renowned. I think that Bodog are certainly a high quality poker room too, with great welcome bonuses and promotions. They have good player traffic, are visually smooth and concise, with help and support being top notch too. Despite all these obvious plus points, I don’t hear people talking about Bodog in quite the same way as Pokerstars or Full Tilt. I can think of a few reasons for this, but none of them involve any lack of quality on the part of Bodog.

The bigger, more recognisable poker rooms have much more exposure and advertising on television, and this helps a great deal I would think. Also, both Pokerstars and Full Tilt have large teams of very well known professional players, which again, does help. Which site is number one is largely down to personal feeling too don’t forget, and so I’m sure that to thousands of players Bodog is number 1. Tens of thousands more would certainly say it is a very good site even if not number 1. You can never please all of the people all of the time, as the saying goes, but Bodog should be reasonably happy with the following they have, and the quality poker room they operate.

Pressure Play Poker

Posted by Trix @ 12:00 AM, Monday May 25th, 2009

It is perhaps the most dangerous combination to face as an online poker player, someone who is playing fearless, aggressive, poker and getting lucky too. We had one such player at our tournament on Wednesday who seemed completely unable to miss the board cards. He soon built a stack of over 20,000 which just goes to show how much damage you can do with luck on your side, regardless of starting cards. This should not serve to suggest that you should play any two cards when you are feeling lucky though, as good luck never lasts forever. The player I mentioned soon realised this, losing his entire stack in about 20 minutes.



It is important to remember that although you might fold certain cads and then see them hit, you simply have to trust the percentages to give youself the best chance of success. The case of our big stacked player who lost it all demonstrates how swimming against the tide and playing poor cards, will always catch up with you eventually.

If you are playing pressure poker with fairly strong cards and using your reading ability as much as possible then I would say that you deserve any luck you get.

The advantage of reading the situation rather than just shoving all your chips in is that when your luck does eventually turn, you will not lose as many chips.

We all need a little luck in poker, and playing aggressively when you are fortunate can be a combination for success, but always remember that it is your skill that will extract more chips when you are running good, and lose less when the cards are unkind.

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Playing Your Best Poker

Posted by Trix @ 12:00 AM, Monday May 25th, 2009

When we sit down to play a tournament or cash game, it is not always easy to play the very best we can play for the duration. If it is a lack of sleep, or one too many drinks then that is something that you can actively and immediately remedy, but if the way the cards are running is affecting you, you just need to persevere and do what you can I feel.



Each player is different, and some people can sit down feeling at their best form and play well all night, I sometimes find that personally, my form takes shape alongside the tournament. If I have a difficult start, then I need a few pots going my way to really get into the game and produce my best plays. This week that was evident as I played well up until I lost out with (A,K) against (A,Q) in an all in preflop confrontation.

It is not that I played poorly after that, but there was still a sense whenever I looked down at my stack, that I should be in a much better position, and so I found my self trying too hard to get where I wanted to be. I can’t say if this is simply the way I am, but I will certainly be looking to improve this area of my poker game in future. The upside of it is that if I hit a good run of form, then the cards start to act against me, I find myself continuing playing well by making good folds for a while at least.

Frustration creeping in can often be a key factor in these instances of not playing well, but as players we must always try and see past where we could, and perhaps should be in chips, and look more at where we can be if we hold on to our composure.

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Posted by Trix @ 12:00 AM, Friday May 22nd, 2009

In this scenario at, we find ourselves dealt (6d,4d,Ah,Qh) in an Omaha tournament. After calling a small preflop raise, the flop comes down (5c,7s,8s) which at first glance, looks very good indeed.

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Let us say that we put out a pot sized bet, and our opponent raises. Part of me would be very concerned at this point, but I feel there is some value in calling and seeing how the turn card looks, although you have to feel that if our opponent has (6,9,x,x) in their hand, we can only get ourselves into more trouble.

Imagine then, that we do call, and the turn card is a (5d). Now, I will be looking to check, then fold to any bet. Some players might still be blinded by the fact that they have a Straight, but let us examine what our opponent could have. If our opponent has reraised on the flop with (x,x,7,8) then we will still be in front for the time being at least, but every other combination our opponent would be reraising with on the flop, such as a set, a two pair containing a (5) or the higher Straight, have us beaten. I would think that if our opponent had a Flush draw, they would have flat called on the flop, but that doesn’t completely negate the possibility that they have one of the hands I have mentioned as well as a Flush draw. In that case a Spade will leave us losing on the river too.

In Omaha poker, you need to do more than simpy think, "a flopped Straight is great for me, so i’m going to play it out and see if it is good enough to win". You have to look carefully at what hands your opponent can potentially have, and with a turn card like that mentioned, how many of those hands now have you beaten. Furthermore, if you call in the faint hope you are in front, you will still have to dodge cards such as a 7,8 or Spade which will cause you further concern on the river. Review

Posted by Trix @ 12:00 AM, Friday May 22nd, 2009

It is difficult to pinpoint exactly why a site such as Party Poker could be in decline, as it has held it’s place among the top online poker rooms for a long time. I would certainly think that they continue to offer a great poker room to play in, with experienced staff helping to improve the site all the time.

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You could say that due to Party Poker being one of the oldest and most respected poker rooms, they have simply always had a good flow of player traffic regardless of any improvements or lack of them. Following on from this it is perhaps possible that they have sat back and not been striving to be at the top as much as other sites, but that is just speculation.
I can certainly remember the graphics and avatars at the tables remaining the same for a very long time, and it is possible that other aspects followed on the same lines.

it would probably be fairer to say that all poker rooms have suffered slightly due in part to the changes in economic climate, and partly also, due to the vast number of poker rooms that have opened over the years. These two things mean that poker rooms must work much harder than in previous years, if they have any chance of keeping up with big name poker rooms such as Pokerstars and Full Tilt.  But then Party Poker would still be counted as a big poker room in my opinion, so perhaps it is every site that is feeling the downturn, not just Party Poker.