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Multi-Table Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament Strategy Series

During the course of a Multi-Table Tournament (MTT), whether live or online, there are multiple stages. Each stage carries its own flow, and these stages are successfully passed through by implementing proper strategy. While styles between players vary inside each hand, the core strategy surrounding involvement in pots should be applied universally. This is the intro to a 5 part series on MTT’s, sure to get you deeper while remaining healthier in the chip stack department.

I want to use this introduction to share some notes and basics some of you may be unfamiliar with.

“Action” Dan Harrington was kind enough to share his system of M’s and Q’s in his tournament hold ’em book series awhile back which is immensely beneficial to anyone not familiar with it. To my knowledge, if you aren’t using an M and Q system you still measure chip stack by number of big blinds (BB’s) you have. The reason this strategy is not useful is because all it tells you is the magnitude to which you can raise in relation to the automatic blind bet. This is not very informative to you. The M system takes into account all the blind money on the table before any action takes place. So, in a tournament level where blinds are 200/400 with a 25 ante, a nine player table blind opening pot would be 825. You take this number and divide your stack by it, and you have your M. This value will tell you what kind of strategy to employ with your chip stack. At 5 or under you are limited to nothing but an all-in pre-flop move. From 5-10 you may want to try a small raise to win a pot outright without risking your stack, but I wouldn’t count out just open shoving with this as well. If your M is anywhere fewer than 10 and you raise, you are only doing it to steal the blind pot or fold if re-raised. If you are willing to call off your stack on the strength of your hand when re-raised, then you should be moving all-in in the first place, unless of course you’re trying to pull some sort of tricky play with AA or KK, but I advise against it depending on the stage. From 10-15 you can feel pretty comfortable making your standard raise and anything over 15 gives you free reign to do as you please.

So, what’s a Q? This should be used mainly in faster blind structured tournaments, and turbo tournaments. The Q is your stack in relation to the average stack of the field. If you have 5000, and the average is 2500, your Q is 2. If you’re online, the average is supplied for you, and if you’re live you just take total entrees multiplied by starting chip count, then divide by players remaining. This information should be available on the level and payout board. The reason for the Q is because in a faster blind structured tournament you may be towards the end of the tournament and notice your M is floating around 5-7, and you consider shoving with marginal hands. Now, that is what you would do in a more player friendly structured tournament, but in this case everyone may have a low M as the blinds race up faster than players get eliminated. So, if you have an M of 6, but your Q is above 1, you might want to consider being a little less care-free because you aren’t low in the standings, just a victim of a poorly structured tournament.

In hold ’em, it is important to know, your table’s collective personality and your position each hand far outweigh starting hand quality. If you refuse to acknowledge position and table personality, and play solely based on your starting hand quality, you will never win long term. Hands like AK need to be folded pre-flop, and hands like Q10 need to be used in a re-raise all-in at some points. Understanding this and submitting to it is your first step to learning how to actually play hold ’em, rather than letting it play you. Remember, you can get across the country in a Kia just as easily as in a BMW; it’s all about how you drive the car, not what the car is.

This information should get you off the ground, and make you a much more knowledgeable player in terms of when to deploy your certain strategies. I don’t plan on going into detailed hand play, because so many different factors need to be accounted for, but what I will describe is a basic system that suggests the style of play I’d advise. A basic example: If I say that at a certain point you should turn on your aggressive game, I don’t mean play a hand from start to finish aggressively. How you play the hand post flop is up to you and your read on the hand, but when to enter a pot, how often and how aggressively is what my aim is to teach.

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Indian Casinos in Wisconsin – Safe Bet for Thrilling Entertainment

Do you like to gamble? Are you in Wisconsin, or are you going to be taking a trip to Wisconsin in the near future? If you answered yes to these questions then you’re going to want to keep reading. I have some great information I would like to share with you about the Indian Casinos we have here in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin has the privilege of boasting that they have 16 casinos scattered throughout the state.

Here is the list of the sixteen casinos;

Bad River Casino Odanah St. Croix Casino amp; Hotel Turtle Lake Bayfield County Isle Vista Casino Bayfield Oneida Bingo amp; Casino Green Bay Hole in the Wall CasinoDanburyLittle Turtle Hertel Express Webster Dejope Bingo Madison Potawatomi Northern Lights Casino Carter Mole Lake Casino Crandon Majestic Pines Casino amp; Bingo Black River Falls Menominee Casino Bingo Hotel Keshena Potawatomi Bingo Casino Milwaukee Whitetail Crossing Casino Tomah Ho-Chunk Casino amp; Bingo Baraboo Grindstone Creek Casino Hayward LCO Casino Hayward Mohican North Star Casino amp; Bingo Bowler Rainbow Bingo amp; Casino Nekoosa Lake of the Torches Resort amp; Casino Lac Du Flambeau Even though I am a Native Wisconsinite I did not know that we actually had that many casinos. I did know we had 4or 5. I enjoy going to the casinos as entertainment.

I can’t stress enough that you have to look at casinos as a form of entertainment. Not a Way of making money.

When ever I decide to go to one of the Wisconsin Indian casinos the first thing I do is set the amount of money I can realistically spend on entertainment for the evening.

So often you hear about, or see people that simply go nuts and lose a small fortune at the casino.

The casinos are around because quite simply they are making money. That means that most people who go are losing money. Even when you lose because there is the chance of winning it makes for an enjoyable time. Of course if you win then it’s that much more enjoyable.

When I go to the casino it is usually date night with my girlfriend. We set an amount that we can both handle to lose. We look at this money the same as the money we would spend if we went let’s say out to a movie.

This way should we happen to lose that entire amount we don’t feel bad about losing it. There have been nights when both of us where winning. We then decided it was time to take are winnings and run. There are also those nights when we have lost also.

I stated earlier that when we went to the Indian Casinos we did it as a date night. When I think of a date I usually think that there’s some sort of dinner involved.

One nice feature that the casinos have is that most of them have restaurants that serve really quality food for much less then a restaurant outside the casino would have. One of the main reasons for this is that it is a proven fact when people have had a satisfying meal and are comfortable they are willing to spend more money on gaming.

So why not take your wife or girlfriend for a night out to the casino. Just remember this is for entertainment purposes only. It is a relaxing entertaining time with that special someone. The amount you spend should be discussed before hand, and that budget should be followed strictly.

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How to Play 31

When participating in a monthly card game, frequently the dealer is responsible for choosing a game. At your next poker game, introduce something slightly different than those minor variations of seven card stud that seem to get old after awhile.The game of 31 is a card game that combines gambling from poker as well as the game play of Rummy.

Overview

In the game of 31, players do not wager each hand. Instead, to start the game each player puts three stacks of equal value in front of them. This represents the lives the player has the game. Each time he loses a hand, he puts one of his three stacks into the pot in the middle of the table. If a player places all three of his stacks into the middle of the table, he is eliminated from the game.

The Goal and Scoring Your Hand

The goal in each round is to get as close to a total of 31 as possible using your three card hand. All cards are worth their face value, with Aces worth 11 and face cards worth 10 points. The twist in the game of 31 is that you can only total the cards in a single suit in your hand. You can choose any suit you wish. As an example if you have an Ace of spades, 7 of spades and king of hearts in your hand, your total is 18 instead of 25. This is because your point total in spades is 18 and your point total in hearts is 10, you can only use the total in one suit.

Playing The Hand

To start the hand, each player receives three cards face down, which only he can view, similar to hole cards in poker. The dealer then puts the remaining cards in the center of the table and flips the top card face up starting a pile next to the deck. Starting with the player to the left of the dealer, players take turns in order. On your turn you can either draw the top face up card, the top face down card, or knock (which will be discussed later). If you draw a card, you must then discard one card face up onto the face up discard pile.

Winning In 31

If you ever have a total of 31 in one suit using your three cards, you reveal it right away, and the remaining players must each pay one stack into the pot in the middle of the table. The other way to end a round is by knocking. You do this on your turn if you feel your hand’s total is not the lowest at the table. Instead of taking your turn, you say “I knock”. Each of the other players at the table get one final turn. Hands are then revealed, and the player with the lowest score at the table puts one of his stacks into the pot. If two or more players tie for the lowest score, they each put one of their stacks into the pot. The last player to have a stack remaining that’s not in the pot, wins all the chips in the pot.

Summary

The game of 31 can take quite awhile for everyone but one player to be eliminated when playing with more than five players. It’s a good game to play to give players an opportunity to eat while waiting for the other players to be eliminated. This is also a good game to play while you are waiting for everyone to arrive for your poker game night, as it can be played with as few as three players.

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How Poker Hands Are Measured

Even though there are many ways which poker can be played — whether Texas hold’em or Razz — one thing they all have in common is the way in which you form hands. Poker is played with a fifty-two card deck consisting of 13 cards of four different suites. The four different suites are: spades, clubs, diamonds, and hearts. Each suite will be represented by a different graphic which will be on every card. The four suites are further broken down into the numbers two through ten along with a jack, queen, king and ace. Unlike blackjack or other card games, face cards do not have numeral value but are ranked hierarchically from best card to worst, the ace being the highest card, then the king, then the queen and finally the jack. The Ten is the next lowest card and the rest of the deck follows in sequential order from there with the higher numbered cards being the best. Some variants of Poker use a joker which is a wild card that can represent any card in the deck. Most casino games do not use a joker as it takes away from the general strategy of the game. 

The goal of poker is to make the best possible five card hand. The worst possible hand is one where you have only unpaired, unconnected cards. An example of this would be A K 9 7 3. Here you would say you have an ace high. If someone else had a similar hand also with an ace then the next highest card is compared. This means that the first hand would beat a hand such as A Q 9 4 3. While the aces are matched the king in the first hand is higher than the queen in the second.

The next best hand is one pair. The higher the pair the better the hand. Again if the same pair is tabled the next highest card called a kicker is used to determine the best five card hand.

After one pair comes two pair. The highest two pair hand is awarded to the hand with the highest single pair regardless of the second pair shown. For example A A 2 2 8 would beat K K Q Q 8 because the in the first comparison A A is higher than KK.

Next comes three of a kind. After three of a kind comes a straight which is five cards in consecutive order no matter the suite. The higher the sequence of cards the higher the straight. For example between the hands 4 5 6 7 8 and T J Q K A the second hand, a straight ten to ace, is higher than the first straight of four to eight.

After a straight comes a flush. A flush is five cards of the same suite. The higher the cards of that suite the higher your flush. The best possible flush is an ace flush.

If you’re lucky enough to come across a hand where you have a three of a kind and another pair you have made a full house. The strength of the full house is determined first by the three of a kind and next by the pair.

The second highest hand in poker is quads, or four of a kind. Like other paired hands the higher the four of kind, the higher the hand. Again, 7 7 7 7 8 beats 5 5 5 5 3.

The absolutely highest possible hand in any poker game without jokers is a straight flush. A straight flush is five consecutive cards of the same suite. The best possible straight flush is called a Royal Flush and is often considered a hand by itself.

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Getting Serious About Poker: Bankroll Management

When most amateur gamblers go to a casino or play in a home game, they use the money that happens to be in their wallet or bank account-the same money that they use for other expenses. When they are done playing, they put whatever they’ve won (or haven’t lost) back into their wallet, and it gets mixed in with all of their other money. One of the first steps to getting serious about gambling is to start keeping gambling money separate from your other money. This money, set aside strictly for gambling use, is called a bankroll. A bankroll is necessary in all types of gambling, but in this article I’ll explain specifically how it relates to poker.

Keeping poker money separate from the rest of your money is important for several reasons. The most obvious of these reasons is that it prevents you from gambling with money that you need for something else. In addition, it allows you to keep exact track of how much money you are winning or losing. Because of the human tendency to remember big wins and forget about all the little losses, a lot of amateur poker players may think that they are winning even though they are actually breaking even, or perhaps even losing. Because you will be able to see how much money you are making, you will know how well you are playing, and be able to assess whether you should play at higher or lower stakes (or just stay put).

To start a bankroll, you’re going to have to set aside an amount of money that corresponds to the stakes of the poker games you play. If you are playing limit cash games, the standard is 300 times the big bet (the bet from the second two betting rounds). This means that if you are playing $1/$2 limit, you’d want a bankroll of $600. In NL games and in single table tournaments, your bankroll should be 30 times the buy-in. At multi table tournaments, you should have 100 times the buy-in as your bankroll. These numbers may be a lot higher than you expected, but remember that there is a lot of variance in poker. For example, in limit hold ’em games, even professionals have been known to go on losing streaks of up to 100 big bets. By keeping a bankroll so big, you prevent yourself from having to reload it with more money from your wallet and bank account.

When your bankroll fits these guidelines for stakes higher than you’re currently playing, you should consider moving up to that new game. Of course, you shouldn’t ever feel pressured to play higher stakes poker, and if you feel you’re not yet ready to move up than just stay put. There is no such thing as having too big a bankroll. Unfortunately, sometimes your bankroll will get too small to continue playing at your current stakes. When you have less than 2/3 of the standard bankroll for the stakes you are playing at, try moving down a level and reassessing your game. When your bankroll gets big enough, move back up and give it another try.

When do you actually get to enjoy all the money that you’ve been making? It’s important to always have enough money in your bankroll to continue playing at the stakes you enjoy. When you’re bankroll has increased a significant amount from the standard level for your stakes, and you don’t feel your poker game is good enough to move up, then feel free to take all of that extra money out and spend it. Another common way of deciding how much money to take out of a bankroll is to figure out how much money you’ve made at the end of each week or month, and take a set percentage of that, say 50%. So, if you’ve won $140 over the week, then on Sunday remove $70, and leave the other $70 in the bankroll so that you can continue moving up stakes. The disadvantage of this method is that everyone has losing weeks, and it can be tricky to factor in how these should be accounted for. I’d suggest subtracting you’re losses from the next week’s winnings before taking out the 50%.

Now that you understand bankroll management, it’s time to start using it. Bankroll management can and should be used in all types of gambling, and it’s a must for any serious poker player, regardless of the stakes they are playing at.

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Elvis the King Slot Machine Now at Kaw Southwind Casino

Elvis The King Slot Machine has entered the building at Kaw Southwind Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma.

The game allows the gambler to bet .40, .80, $1.20, $1.60 or $2.

The three reel game features four jackpot levels named after the Elvis hits, “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Hound Dog,” and Viva Las Vegas.”

The way it works, the gambler places a bet and spins. The reels features pictures of Elvis images from his young and older years.

The right combination of Elvis Wilds, will get the King dancing and singing while paying out a bonus amount.

If three Taking Care of Business symbols show up, the gambler goes to the bonus round and selects a record.

During my debut on the machine, I scored the Taking Care of Business bonus round three times in the span of 100 spins.

The first time, I selected a record and was giving the Juke Box Bonus.

The gambler is presented a list of Elvis songs to choose from.

I chose “Suspicious Minds” and was awarded $2. The record then flips between a bonus song and song over.

For me the song was over and Elvis left the building and it was back to betting and spinning.

My second time in the bonus round, I scored the “Heartbreak Hotel” bonus.

With the aid of some fantastic graphics, the gambler enters the hotel, takes the elevator to the first floor.

There, the gambler chooses one of seven doors in an effort to locate the King.

If you choose right, Elvis will be standing there and all of the other doors will open and the prize amounts behind them will be awarded and then its off to the second floor to do it again.

If the gambler selects a door with a woman behind it, that amount is awarded and the gambler still advances to the next floor.

There are seven floors before reaching the Penthouse level.

If a door with a broken heart is selected the bonus round is over.

In my adventure, I selected Elvis two times and made it to level six before having my heart broke at the Heartbreak Hotel.

Soon though I was back playing a bonus round, this time the Hound Dog Bonus.

With the aid of graphics, the gambler enters Graceland’s backyard and attempts to try and find the rabbit in the garden in an attempt to win the Hound Dog Jackpot.

However, if a rabbit hole is found, the bonus round will soon end.

I was not lucky enough to earn chances at the Jailhouse Rock Jackpot, or the Viva Las Vegas Jackpot but I did cash out with more than I put in, however there was no profit from my visit to the casino, which is usually the outcome I experience.

Despite the loss, I did enjoy the Elvis the King slot machine and I find that it is now “Always on My Mind” and I’m sure “Any Day Now” I will cross that “Bridge Over Troubled Water” between here and the casino and retun to tell the Elvis The King Slot Machine “Don’t Be Cruel” and make the “Impossible Dream” come true and award me the “Viva Las Vegas” Jackpot.

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Betting Analysis Critique of the Webs Most Successful Cappers

The Web´s Most Successful Cappers all have one thing in common: they are fully dedicated to their craft. Avid enthusiasts who participate on online message boards, they are the leaders in a community full of bettors who share the same interest – obtaining a high winning percentage and raking in the profits. What defines a successful capper? In the overall gist of the covers.com message boards, one of the Internet´s largest betting communities, it is of course having an ample winning percentage. Anything above 55% is respectable. In this review, we´re going to outline and detail bettors who have been role models to the sportsbook game.

On covers.com, there are plenty of handicappers who conduct research and then spill their findings to the rest of the board out of the kindness of their hearts. Refusing to keep their valuable information exclusive, they really work diligently in coming up with their own ¨locks.¨ Usually, a capper will display his win loss record, in addition to the total units he´s won on the season. To top it off, they also list yesterday´s win-loss record as well. Here is an example of a win-loss record block from ¨Calvin¨:

Overall MLB Posted Record: 143-113-5 (+25.10 Units)

  • Sides: 102-79 (+20.25 Units)
  • Totals: 41-34-5 (+4.85 Units)
  • Yesterday: 3-2 (+0.50 Unit)

Up 25.10 units (25,100 dollars) on the season with a 143-113 MLB win-loss record, Calvin is smooth sailing!

A covers.com user by the name of NewYorkBob (on 5/30) is excited, wanting to POUND (jump on) on the Houston – Cincinnati game. Before actually displaying some statistical data and numbers, he demonstrates a show of patriotism and takes a moment to reflect on Memorial Day. Anyway, NewYorkBob highlights Roger Clemen´s last three starts, Aaron Harang´s (Cincinnati´s starting pitcher) last three starts and presents a head by head series history of both teams. He mentions that Houston is 27-13 against Cincinnati over the last three seasons. In regards to the OVER/UNDER of 9, NewYorkBob notes the lack of run support Clemens gets in every start. In a further show of confidence, NewYorkBob declares that this play is his largest of the year – a 11.6 unit bet to win 8 units.

Another handicapper named Ugottaluvme, one of covers.com most respected members, offers his insight into the Florida – Pittsburgh Pirate game. In what he calls a game smacker (a lock bet), he bets 2 units on Florida to win the game. According to Ugottaluvme, Mark Redman, the Pirates´ starting pitcher and a lefty, will have trouble against Florida bats who have shown the tendency to put points on the scoreboard against lefties, mentioned last games offensive outburst against Al Leiter (another lefty). Finally, he highlights the fact that Florida has a great record playing at PNC Park during the day and that they should fare well overall.

The No.1 resource any handicapper should use in establishing a solid betting plan is to conduct the proper research. By visiting the covers.com message boards free of charge, you get information that is actually explained in depth. Everything from trends to weather conditions to last games results will dictate the tempo of their predictions. Look to those handicappers who bring results and are respected by fellow members. Many of covers.com handicappers are totally honest, unlike the brutal scamdicappers of our time. Their records have actually been validated game in and game out in this closeknit community. Besides, you´ll make plenty of friends along the way cheering for your wagered teams and crying foul when you lose.

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Are Gamblers Being Denied Their Right to Gamble?

Call it the “Battle of Gettysburg, Part II”

I’ll give you the quick and dirty version of what’s going on here; if you want more details, I’ve provided a link to the full report by the Associated Press at the bottom of this article.

A large casino is being proposed to be built about a mile away from the historic site of the Battle of Gettysburg, in which over 160,000 Union and Confederate soldiers fought a bloody, 3-day battle (July 1-3, 1863) which turned the tide of the so-called “Civil War”, but also resulted in the deaths of approximately 3,000 soldiers from both sides of the conflict, with an additional 51,000 casualties.

Supporters of the casino, many of which include preservationists, claim that the casino will bring much needed jobs and money to stimulate the economy. They also claim that the casino will be nowhere near the 6,000 acre park, so it should not affect the park’s resources.

“You’ve got to really keep it in its proper context,” casino spokesman David La Torre said. “You’ve got to realize how big this place is. It’s humongous (the park), and people are fighting us and we’re not even located on it.”

Opponents argue that building the casino, which will include 600 slot machines and 50 table games, will “sully the character” of the battlefield, and disrespects the memories of the soldiers who fought and died on the battlefield, as well as the ancestors of those soldiers.

Does this scenario sound familiar? It should… it almost mirrors the controversy going on right now in New York City regarding the mega-mosque being built on the site of the former Burlington Coat Factory, a mere 2 blocks from the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

The biggest gripes from the mosque supporters is that their opponents are “infringing on the Muslims’ religious freedoms”, as well as showing “bigotry against Muslims” by opposing the mosque. They also love to point out that it’s “not even near ground zero”.

OK, let’s use that same logic in this scenario.

Since the casino opponents are against it being built near the site of a historic battle where thousands died, than it must automatically mean that they are infringing on gambler’s rights to gamble. It also must mean that the opponents hate all gamblers. And the fact that it’s only a mile from the battlefield? Nah, that doesn’t matter at all… they just hate them because they’re gamblers!

Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

Of course it doesn’t, but this is the very logic that the supporters of the ground zero mosque like to use against us.

It’s very easy to convince otherwise well-meaning, kind-hearted people to rally to your cause by claiming that a certain demographic “hates” you and wishes you ill, even if those claims are not necessarily true. For that matter, it is much easier to make accusations than it is for the accused to prove those accusations false, especially when the well-meaning folks that you convert to your cause think more with their hearts and emotions than with their heads.

Oh, and by the way… don’t think that I don’t know that one of you wise guys out there will try to use the above statement against me. You’re not as clever as you think you are, so don’t even try it. You know full well the context in which it was written.

Anyway, the Muslims in this case have proven to be absolute masters of it. They have several factors going for them; they’re minorities, they practice a minority religion in the U.S. that is more or less mysterious to most of us, and they love to dredge up past offenses against them dating back hundreds of years ago, all tactics for gaining sympathy for their cause. Top it off with stirring, emotional speeches against an “evil” majority power (in this case, white Christians) that’s “out to get them”, and you’ll have a following of mindless drones on your side in no time.

Hell, the NAACP does this all the time, so this shouldn’t sound too strange to you.

So, boys and girls, learn from what’s going on in Gettysburg right now. This is a good “teaching moment” for what the opposition to the mega-mosque is really about.

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