Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Slowplay Poker Hands

One of the most common strategies players use when playing online poker, specifically Texas Holdem and Omaha poker, is slowplaying a big hand. Chances are, you know what this is, or at least have been a victim of a slowplay, but here is a little background on the concept.

A slowplay is when a player is dealt a monster hand, and instead of betting large and playing the value of their hand known, they bet small, play passive, and get their opponents to commit chips to the pot before them.

This can be in regular poker

tournaments or online poker tables For example, if you have a pair of pocket aces, call before the flop, and an ace hits on the flop, you check. Then, when your opponent bets, you just call. This would be an example of a slowplay.

A slowplay is a great way to extract the maximum amount of chips from your opponent. More often than not, when you have a big hand, your opponents end up folding and you don’t get maximum value. When this happens, it is a wasted opportunity.

However, slowplaying can get you into trouble as well. When you slowplay a big hand, you are giving your opponents the chance to stay in the action with their drawing hands, and the chances of them drawing out against you go up drastically. That is why it is very difficult to execute a slowplay correctly.

You should only attempt a slowplay when you know the playing habits of the other players at the table well and can predict what they are going to do.

Otherwise, you could find yourself in trouble.

Head over to Littlewoods poker and practice your online poker slowplaying ability. It will help you extract more chips from your opponents and win! "

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Is Poker a Gender Bender?

In the course of working in a gaming company, you come across a whole lot of weirdos and weird characters. If the happenings in a day were a pencil sketch, you wish you could erase the conversations AND these people with a few strokes of a good, clean eraser, haha.

A lot of men get away with the feeling that because I’m a girl, they can get away with anything! They become frustrated and even rude and abusive when they find out they cannot. I am quite flustered and sometimes agitated with such happenings, and it is unnerving at times. Check this out from a client today:

[4/10/2009 9:02:30 PM] al** says: this is my ccc acount here
[4/10/2009 9:02:36 PM] al** says: u know BB
[4/10/2009 9:02:57 PM] al** says: I like to hold you and make you my chachilalala
[4/10/2009 9:03:32 PM] al** says: I have you in mind 4 a long time
[4/10/2009 9:03:45 PM] al** says: and now it cant waitt
[4/10/2009 9:03:47 PM] al** says: bb
[4/10/2009 9:03:57 PM] al** says: Forget the software
[4/10/2009 9:04:03 PM] al** says: i dont want it
[4/10/2009 9:04:09 PM] al** says: i want you now!
[4/10/2009 9:04:17 PM] al** says: lol
[4/10/2009 9:04:46 PM] al** says: I want to be near you sweets
[4/10/2009 9:05:19 PM] al** says: i wanna squeez your n*****s and kiss you all over

This is from a person that passes off as a “human being” on this planet, and whom I chatted with online for business only for a day! Luckily, my boss intervened and took care of this…this thing! I was so outraged and dismayed with all this, that I wonder: do these things also happen in the world of poker? Are women so cheap to men? How are women treated here?

Poker is a game of skill and skill is NOT the prerogative of just men. It is based on your own value judgments and your capacity and ability to use your mind to the fullest extent possible.

As the poker princess and fairly new to the world of gaming, online gaming and poker at Vegas Casino as such I would like to know– have you been ever harassed as a poker player because of your gender?

I dread that the truth may be far from nice!

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