Vegas Man Fined In Illegal Online Poker Game

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Bryan Micon has accepted a plea agreement that will give him 2 years of probation and a fine of $25,000 dollars. What did Micon do to have this punishment dealt his way? He operated the online poker site ”Seals with Clubs”. Many of you have at least heard of this site before. While some of you may have even played a hand or two there. It was an online poker room that allowed players to deposit and play with bitcoin. What is bitcoin? It’s a form of digital currency that people use to buy goods and services on the internet. The currency is only available online and its totally digital. There are no paper or coin versions of bitcoin as it’s strictly for use on the internet.

Bitcoin has been seen by some as a means to accept online poker transaction. The reason for this is, credit card companies don’t want involved in providing billing for online poker rooms. They see it as risky and in most states it’s illegal. What happens when an entire industry doesn’t have access to the financial tools to make it viable? They turn to something like Bitcoin. That’s a problem and the poker community needs to see it for exactly what it is. It’s the canary in the coal mine that many people have been concerned about.

There are plenty of people using bitcoins online legally and lawfully without any problems. Bitcoin isn’t all that innocent though. It’s used to process funds for drugs, black market items, and even terrorists use it. Simply put, no online poker player should be forced to use bitcoins to play a few hands of cards. This is truly a back alley that no one wants to go down. Bitcoin is unregulated and many people are ripe to be taken advantage of due to that. The process of obtaining bitcoins isn’t exactly easy and it in itself leaves poker players exposed to potential fraud.

This is the road we go down when people want to make innocent things illegal. It’s only going to get worse from here if something isn’t done about it. It should be common sense to most people reading this that making online poker illegal isn’t the answer. All it does is bring in shady characters that will use every trick in the book to scam people. It’s a no brainer that the public loses when people turn to something like bitcoin to fund their poker accounts. It’s beyond time for the public and lawmakers to take action on this issue.

Let’s be clear about something right now. Bitcoin in itself isn’t bad and no one here is talking down about it. We believe online poker should be legal and regulated. If people want to use bitcoins, that’s their business. With that said, no player should be forced down a road where using bitcoins is their only option. The average internet user has no idea how to buy or safely store bitcoins. Leaving them ridiculously vulnerable to be taken advantage of. This is unexceptable and it’s a direct response to making online poker illegal for Americans.

Delaware Online Poker Suffering

Monday, January 25th, 2016

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Delaware is just one of a few states to have legalized online poker. They’ve run into some unexpected shortfalls during their dance with legalization. The primary concern is that there isn’t enough players to make online poker profitable. Let’s keep in mind that the entire state of Delaware has a population of roughly 935,614 people. It shouldn’t come to a surprise to anyone that a state with such few people would have a difficult time finding players to fill an online poker room.

The fact that Delaware has legalized online poker is a step in the right direction. It shows that both the public and lawmakers are on the right page. What it also exposes is the problem of individual states legalizing online poker. There aren’t enough poker players in each state to make a profitable online experience. This is the most difficult thing for both players and government officials to accept. Delaware has inked an agreement with Nevada to enable residents of each state to play poker with each other. It’s only going to have a marginal effect on the game play for people living in those two states.

States legalizing online poker is a great thing. It shows that people are finally taking this issue seriously. The problem is, it’s probably not going to work. There’s simply not enough people in most states to actually pull this sort of thing off. Not to mention it takes quite a bit of capital to start an online poker room. Most companies aren’t going to risk putting up such an investment if they aren’t sure there will be returns. The truth is, a return on their money in some cases may not be likely. This may especially be true in the infancy of online poker in a state. The first companies to attempt it may not be able to pull it offer.

CardsChat.com reported on https://www.cardschat.com/news/delaware-online-poker-hits-record-low-in-october-16708 the following:

And following a lowly revenue haul of less than $32,000, Delaware’s three online poker operators earned profits of just $24,523 in September, 2015.

Hoping for better in October, Delaware Park, Harrington Raceway, and Dover Downs, the state’s three iGaming operators, were left disappointed once again as their takings tumbled to a new all-time low.

From Bad to Worse

Although just a few hundred dollars less than September, October’s $24,030 result is a sign that, despite a liquidity sharing pact with Nevada, online poker in Delaware is struggling.

For Delaware Park, the news was slightlyless severe, although hardly impressive, as it managed to top the revenue rankings with a total poker haul worth $14,832. However, for Harrington Raceway, the news was less positive with online poker contributing just $3,583 to its $39,081 monthly profit.

While online poker continued to struggle in October, casino games and lottery wins showed some improvement.

In terms of overall revenue, the state’s operators earned just over $750,000 more in October than they did in September. When broken down into net earnings, this win equated to $182,969 in profit, which was around $26,000 more than September.

With November representing the two-year anniversary of iGaming in Delaware, the experts are now asking whether or not online poker can continue to survive with such poor participation rates.

Delaware Falling Behind

When Delaware’s results are held up to scrutiny against New Jersey’s online poker economy, an obvious problem becomes apparent.

Although the Garden State is far from a success story in terms of poker, the state’s collection of operators has still managed to eclipse Delaware’s efforts. New Jersey’s October results aren’t currently available for public consumption, but a look back at September’s figures shows online poker revenue hit $1.7 million.

While it’s true that New Jersey has a (much) larger population than Delaware, the wider problem seems to be a lack of cooperation between the states. As it stands, the three active regions have remained largely isolated from each other.

For casino gaming, this isn’t an issue; however, online poker relies on liquidity and if there are fewer players in the game, then there is less money to win. This equation, ultimately, results in a dying poker economy.

The solution to our poker playing dilemma is to legalize it on a federal level. This would ensure that people in all fifty states can legally play online poker. It would also mean that they would be able to play against people in other states. This is truly what’s needed to be able to pull off online poker. The ability to play people across state lines will be vital if online poker is to ever take off. It offers a greater pool of players that are capable of playing all hours of the day. There is no other way to make online poker both profitable and available to everyone at the same time.

It’s time that our lawmakers got with the times. The same internet technology that allows us to talk to people all over the country can be used to play poker. The task isn’t as difficult as it may sound. People all over the world are currently playing poker against each other. There is no logical reason why people in different cities in America can’t play against each other. The technology exists and so does the know how. It’s only a matter of convincing the lawmakers that this is a good thing. Until then, a handful of lucky poker players will be able to enjoy the ability to play online. Though, their experience may be less than ideal as states like Delaware have a shortage of players in their poker rooms.

A Tough Deal For Online Poker Nevada

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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Online poker in Nevada has been dealt a serious blow with the closing of Ultimate poker. The governors of Nevada and Delaware have signed an agreement allowing residents in both states to play poker against each other. It should be noted that other states can join in the agreement as long as all parties agree. The overall future of online poker in Nevada has been in question since the Ultimate Poker went belly up. WSOP.com is owned by owned by Caesars Entertainment Corp and is the dominate online poker provider for Nevada. Without its name recognition, it probably too would be a thing of the past as well.

What’s the problem with Nevada’s online poker situation? The first thing is, Nevada is known as a gamblers paradise. There’s a poker game everywhere you look in the state. If you’re looking to lose your money, there’s a fine establishment that’s willing to help you. The second is, lawmakers in the state are dragging their feet in terms of online gambling in general. Harry Reid is seen as a roadblock, but soon he’s going to retire. It doesn’t seem that anyone in the state is all-in when it comes to making sure that everyone can legally gamble online.

The next question is one that everyone has on their mind. What can Nevada do to ensure that its residents can play online poker? The short answer to legalize online gambling entirely. The long answer is, online poker rooms generally can’t make it on their own. The operators need money from other forms of gambling to support their business. By not allowing full online gambling, it’s cutting down the amount of poker rooms that will be available. Everyone must realize that what we’re talking about at the end of the day is a business. For that business to stay afloat, they need revenues. The revenues alone from online poker simply isn’t enough to keep sites going. They need additional ways to make money or they’ll end up in the same situation as Ultimate Poker.

The future of online poker in Nevada has to change. The truth of the matter is, online poker has to change all over the United States. In fact, it needs to made legal country wide. This would give players the opportunity to play against each other. It’s great that a few states have allowed their citizens to play the game they love online. The problem is, there aren’t enough players to make it all happen. This will be especially true in the future when states with small populations legalize online poker. They aren’t going to have enough players to keep online poker rooms in business.

The only hope of online poker in America is to make sure everyone in every state can play. There’s simply no reason why people in one state can’t play against people in another. We’re living in the day and age when the click of a mouse can be transmitted with lightning fast speeds. A person in Los Angeles can play against someone in Boston just as easily as they can in Bakersfield. Limiting poker rooms to only allow residents of their state to play will in the end make it extremely difficult for their business to thrive.

Traffic Rise For NJ Online Poker Sites

Monday, December 28th, 2015

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New Jersey poker sites have noticed an increase in traffic. This has translated into more players enjoying cash games. Read the article for yourself and come back here for our commentary. This is the first step in a very important march towards progress. Make no mistake about it, this is exactly what progress looks like. That doesn’t mean it’s been all smooth sailing.

The truth of the matter is, it’s been anything but smooth. By no means is that an excuse for any state to not legalize online poker, it’s an incentive to do it now. That way the bumps can be ironed out now and people can play the game that they love.

The roll out of online poker has been slow in terms of players. Even now there are only a little over a hundred players. It’s a growing number and will continue over time. More online poker sites will come about and the number will no doubt grow.

New Jersey residents have only been able to play online poker for roughly two years. During that time there has been issues with credit card processing and software. It’s safe to say in the two years that online poker has been legal in New Jersey, it’s been an up hill battle.

Things take time and nothing happens overnight. It should be expected that there will be some hiccups along the way in New Jersey. The great thing is, other states will be able to learn from all this when they legalize poker. Each state will be able to model their own online poker roll out based on New Jersey and the other states.

It also means the companies dealing with online poker will have more experience. As we all know experience is invaluable and it’s currently teaching a lot of people quite a few lessons.

What’s in the cards for New Jersey’s online poker? Hopefully things will continue to get better and the amount of players will increase. It’s impossible to know and everything is still fairly new. There aren’t enough players at this time to sustain an online poker site for long. That’s the truth and no one seems to be willing to admit it.

The best thing that could happen is that more states legalize online gambling and they allow interstate play. Why not let someone in California play poker against someone in Michigan? They’re both Americans and should be able to play against each other if they so choose.

The wrinkles have yet to be ironed out. That’s the one thing that we can take away from all of this. Brick and mortar casinos have been around and know what they’re doing. The hope is always that a casino mogul will invest in online poker. They’re the ones that truly have the ability to revolutionize the industry.

They’ve got more than money, most have political clout that could go a long ways in legalizing online poker around the country. It’s a sure bet that the minute they feel there’s money in online poker, they’ll be investing in it.

Harry Reid Online Poker Bribery Allegations

Monday, December 21st, 2015

As stated in an article here, the allegation is that Harry Reid accepted a bribe. Anyone who was around during Black Friday is probably familiar with the name Jeremy Johnson. He was doing payment processing and some pretty shady stuff back in the day. You can read all about it by checking out the article.

We’re not going to get into all the allegations here. Who knows if Harry Reid actually did accept a bribe or not. Chances are he probably didn’t, but it brings up a much bigger issue.

Read the full length post by Haley Hintze on FlushDraw here. Below is a section from that original article:

“…. Johnson’s secret taping of an hour-long meeting with Swallow in an Orem, UT donut shop eventually became public amid Johnson’s own legal battles with the government over the alleged fraudulent operation of his iWorks e-marketing empire. Several other co-defendants in that 2010 FTC-brought, $275-million trial have reached plea deals, but Johnson’s battle rages on, and is now scheduled for a trial in February of 2016 barring further delays.

Yet Johnson could well be described as the non-indicted 12th defendant in the April, 2011 Black Friday online-poker case as well. The reason Johnson wasn’t charged in that matter along with his SunFirst bank and other payment-processing co-conspirators is that Johnson (allegedly) freely commingled the funds from his poker processing funds and companies with those providing similar services with his iWorks empire. Since the FTC already had a case pending against Johnson and four other co-defendants, that part of it was partitioned off, with the FTC remaining in charge of prosecuting Johnson’s alleged misdeeds.

However, the allegations regarding Johnson either bribing or serving as a conduit for bribes to US Senator Reid remains one of the story’s major loose ends. Last March, FlushDraw detailed the two separate bribe allegations made by Johnson involving Harry Reid, which included a best-to-date translation of the related sections of the recorded conversation between Johnson and Swallow.

Johnson himself admitted coordinating one bribe directed to Reid whose purpose was for investigators to go easy on him and his associates in the iWorks case, though it’s an open question as to whether any of that documented and self-admitted bribe money actually made it to Reid or his associates.”

…. continues…

Johnson: I’ll tell you this. We had a meeting with Reid, where he said—this was a private meeting—it was Reid, it was me, it was, you remember John Pappas? Remember him? Poker Players Alliance guy?

Swallow: Oh, yeah.

Johnson: John Pappas [PPA Executive Director], and Ray Bitar, owner of Full Tilt Poker.

Swallow: Yeah.

Johnson: Owner of Full Tilt Poker. [] And Senator Reid—this was when it was a tight election with this lady down there, real tight…

Swallow: Yeah.

Johnson: Real tight.

Swallow: Yeah. Sharron Angle.

Johnson: And he said, “Look, I’ve polled my constituents and they don’t like online poker, bottom line. It’s bad for …”

Swallow: Yeah.

Johnson: “It’s bad for jobs here in Las Vegas. But I’m going to back what you guys are doing here, I’m going to introduce a bill for you.” And that was basically it, right? Well, I kid you not. A week later … oh, no, no. Right after that. So Reid leaves with his little entourage. Ray Bitar’s buddy that flew over here with him from Ireland, I said, “How in the hell did you guys get him to do that?” And he says, “Let’s just say he got a little something in his retirement fund.” And I was like, “Okay, that’s how it is.” Well, I’m not kidding you. A week later they have me, and they’re specific, “We want a bank check drawn on the bank’s general account.”

Swallow: Wow.

Johnson: For a million dollars to some company, some media thing or something. A cashier’s check. “This money had better not get traced back to our account under any circumstances.” So what do I do? Of course, go into the bank, tell them I need to pull this out of the bank’s general reserve which is held in their account. I don’t tell the bank what I’m doing. And I didn’t know what I was doing. I was like I don’t know, you know. I mean, I suspected obviously. So I, I believe … this is my belief. I believe Reid genuinely is on the take. I believe he’s getting money for deals all over hell because he’s got so damn much influence, and I believe they’re onto him. And I think in the grand scheme of things you’re a little nugget or a little piece in the puzzle, but…

Swallow: I hope so. I hope so. I hope I’m not the big fish or anything.

Johnson: I mean, that’s the only thing I can think. Why would [] Washington, DC have some person to investigate you. It seems to me like it would be an internal thing for the State of Utah to do it. If there was really some concern.

Swallow: Yeah. Well, I’ll check with Richard [Rawle] and see.”

The reason these things happen is because online poker isn’t regulated. If it were regulated, there wouldn’t be as much questionable stuff going on. Let’s be honest and say there’s a bit of dishonesty in every business. Gambling is no different and its just a simple part of life. The bigger picture is what we must keep our eyes on here. The fact is, this is what happens when there aren’t regulations in place.

At some point we need to legitimize online gambling and have restrictions. Regulations aren’t a bad thing and they keep both players and businesses safe. It’s something that both sides want and desperately need. Every poker player has the right to play on the internet wherever they choose.

This is exactly what happens when you have unregulated businesses without any oversight at all. Bad people come in and fill in the voids where they see fit. It ensures that corruption will not only exist, but thrive in the absence of authority. It opens the door for countless innocent people to get hurt. That’s what’s at stake here and it’s far more than just people gambling and losing their money. It’s only when elected officials and the public realize this, something will change.

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Simply put, the government can no longer drag their feet regarding this issue. It must be addressed and people will continue to be hurt until it is. That’s the most important thing that anyone should take away from this. Online poker is here to stay and people are going to find a way to play. The question must be what will the government do to protect players?

Corporations that operate in the shadows do so for a reason. It should come as no surprise to anyone that those corporations may do bad things. Transparency is vital when it comes to the flow of money. The last thing anyone should want is large transactions of money to be done on the internet in an unregulated manner.

Beyond that, there is the concern of fairness in the games as well. Every player has the right to know if the poker room they play at is trustworthy or not. At this time no one has the ability to know if the site they’re playing at is honest and fair.

It’s time for all of this to change. It can only happen when like minded people get together and work towards a sustainable solution. It’ll otherwise be left to shady characters that more often than not, have their best interests in mind. This is what happens in an unregulated market and it’s exactly what everyone should expect. To expect anything else is foolish and borderlines on pure insanity.

The Pennsylvania Online Poker Bill – update!

Sunday, December 13th, 2015

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Pennsylvania is well on their way of becoming the fourth state to legalize online poker. It’s a mixed reaction as most can imagine from the brick and mortar casinos. It should come as no surprise that they probably don’t like added competition.

It’s a sign of the times and they’ve got to change. People no longer want to have to drive to a casino to play the card game they love. Not considering the fact that the internet gives them all day instant access to poker.

The interesting thing is that Pennsylvania is $2 billion dollars in debt. It’s estimated that online poker could eventually raise $300 million dollars. This certainly isn’t chump change and it would make a dent in the budget deficit.

It’s not a silver bullet and it won’t cure every ailment that the budget seems to have. After all, a state can’t operate at a loss forever. At some point they’ve got to get their act together and pay off those debts. Online poker seems to be a great first step in the state’s ability to do just that.

Many states are running deficits or are seeking new sources of revenue for all sorts of programs. Gambling isn’t a cure all for everything and it should never be seen as such. With that said, it does give states the ability to pay for things.

It’s a source of revenue that they otherwise wouldn’t have. There are many reasons why online poker should be legalized in all fifty states. This is just one of those reasons and it’s time society understands the benefits of it. That’s because online poker can benefit each and every person in society and not just players themselves.

Added revenues for state budgets are just another bonus of legalizing online poker. Every community can benefit from legalized gambling online. The money can be used to pay off debts or for social programs that make society as a whole better.

Here is an excerpt from the original story on CardPlayer.com:

Lawmakers voted 18-8 in favor of the legislation, according to the Poker Players Alliance, a D.C.-based lobbying group for the card game.

The bill moves to a potential full House vote. If successful there, it will go to the Senate for consideration. If the Senate approves it, Gov. Tom Wolf will have it on his desk to veto or sign into law.

The legislation, HB 649, could still become part of a larger bill aimed to help resolve the 2016 budget gridlock in the Keystone State. Other gambling reform ideas on the table in Harrisburg include slots at airports, online lottery sales and daily fantasy sports regulation.

“With the passage of HB 649, the House Gaming Oversight Committee has proven their commitment to providing Pennsylvania residents with a safe and regulated place to play online poker within their own borders,” PPA executive director John Pappas said in a statement. “The PPA thanks Chairman John Payne and the Committee for their leadership. Now this bill needs to become law. The safety of consumers and the fiscal health of Pennsylvania will be vastly improved when Internet gaming is appropriately licensed, regulated and taxed. It is our hope that the legislation will be enacted on its own or as part of the state’s 2016 budget by the end of this year.”

By taking online poker out of the shadows, it enables us to strengthen our society. While at the same time it gives players the comfort of knowing the games they play are being regulated in a way that ensures fairness. Both the public and players come out winners when this is done across the board.

Pennsylvania is leading the way and no doubt other states will follow. It’s only a matter of time before lawmakers see the budget possibilities that online poker presents. People aren’t going to stop playing because it isn’t regulated. Not regulating online poker doesn’t deter people from playing. All it does is ensure that local and state governments lose out on their share of the revenues.

When both the public and lawmakers realize this, they’ll be one the same page. Until then, society as a whole will continue to suffer. The game isn’t going to go away and it’s always going to be available online. It’s hard to believe that few have seemed to grasp this concept yet. But, it seems like the good folks in Pennsylvania and three other states already have. Which is why those states already have or are inching their way towards legal online poker.

 

Texas Hold’em Tournaments In Las Vegas

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

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At some point every poker player wants to experience a Texas Hold’em tournament in Las Vegas.  After all, that’s where most of the professional poker players are.  For many poker enthusiasts it’s a once in a lifetime experience.

A trip to Las Vegas may be extremely out of the way for many of you.  If you’re planning a trip then you need to hit the felt at a tournament.  It’ll be good experience and you’ll get to rub shoulders with some great players.

Daily Events

Las Vegas has Texas Hold’em tournaments throughout the day.  You’ll have no problems finding one to play in.  The buy-ins will vary in amount.  This means that everyone will be able to play in a tournament regardless of their bankroll.  Expect to pay anywhere from ten dollars to well into the hundreds of dollars to play in a tournament.  There’s certainly something for every budget out there.  You’re not going to have to skip playing tournaments all together if you’re on a tight budget.  Though, the tournaments with lower buy-ins can be more like a free for all.

Don’t be surprised if people move all-in with junk hands.  There’s really two reasons for this.  The first being, the buy-in is so low they just don’t care.  The second is, the blinds go up so quickly in some of these cheaper tournaments that it’s basically gambling.  Generally the faster blinds go up, the more lose people play.  If they don’t, the blinds will eventually eat away at their chip stack.

Do you research online before going to a poker room

Don’t show up at any poker room and ask what their tournament schedule is.  There are several sites online that show what the upcoming tournaments are.  Doing the proper research will ensure that you choose the right tournament.  It’ll also help you get the most out of your Las Vegas experience.  It’ll save time that you’d otherwise be spending zig zagging all over town searching for tournaments.

There are tournaments every day of the week and sites with the information are easily found.  Bookmark the sites before you go on vacation so they’re easily accessible when you’re in Las Vegas.

Warning!

Never gamble with money that you can’t lose.  This should be a rule number one for anyone that loves to gamble.  It has to be especially true for those of you on a vacation.  Don’t enter a big tournament with all your spending money.  You very well could end up on the other end of a bad beat and lose it all.
Breakfast at the soup kitchen isn’t going to so great the next day if you’re broke.  This is why you should set aside money before you go to Las Vegas for tournament play.  You may even consider choosing which tournaments to play in before your vacation begins  This way you’ll be able to plan your other activities and also budget your poker fun better.

BIG Tips

The most important thing to remember when playing in Las Vegas poker tournaments is to have fun.  Don’t go there thinking you’re going to win every single one.  What you should be seeking instead is a good time.  You’re on vacation and you should relax a little and enjoy yourself.

Have a drink or two and don’t have a look on your face like someone that’s constipated while playing poker.  It very well could be the first and only trip to Las Vegas that you ever make.  You might as well have yourself a good time and let the chips fall where they may.

Texas Hold’em Is Easy?

Saturday, December 5th, 2015

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The rules of Texas Hold’em are quite simple and that’s why it’s a popular game.  The game itself is very easy to learn, but difficult to master.  Here we’re going to give you a brief summary of the rules.

The best way to learn how to play is by finding a free poker room online.  There you’ll be able to learn how to play and also have a good time.  There’s nothing better than being able to play against real opponents anytime of the day or night.  It doesn’t matter when you’re at the computer, there’s always a poker game going on somewhere online.

First off, let’s talk about the button

The orginal purpose of the button is to show who’s turn it is to deal.  It’s not used for this purpose any more, unless you’re playing a home game.  The button now is mostly used by players to know when they should post the blind.  Texas Hold’em rules state each player at some point will be forced to pay the small and big blind.

The two players left of the button will post the small and big blind.  The small blind is always roughly half the size of the big blind.  All players are forced to pay the blinds at some point.  The reason for this is, it puts money in the pot.  Texas Hold’em has no antes and it’s the blinds that makes up for it.

Each player is dealt two cards face down

There is a round of betting that begins the hand.  After the first round of betting there’s what’s called the flop.  These are three community cards that anyone can use to make a hand.  Following the flop there is another round of betting.  The next card to come is the turn or fourth street.  This too is followed by another round of betting.  The last card to be dealt is called the river or fifth street.

There is a final round of betting after the river card is dealt.  A player only has to show their cards if a bet is placed and their opponent calls on the river.  If everyone except the bettor folds on the river, no cards have to be shown.  The cards also have to be shown if everyone checks on the river.

The minium bet during any part of the hand is the price of the big blind

When playing No Limit Texas Hold’em a bet of any size larger than the big blind is acceptable.  In fact, a player can bet their entire chip stack if they choose to.  A player can check after the flop and during any of the streets.  If all players check, no bets are needed to see additional cards.

It should be noted that when playing Texas Hold’em all five cards are community cards.  That means anyone can use any of the cards on the board to complete their hand.  When no players make a hand, the player with the highest card wins the pot.

You’re not going to be able to read one article and become a poker expert

There are many things not covered in this article.  Things such as split pots and side bets.  The purpose of this is to give a very basic outline for those who’ve never played the game before.  The best advice is to go to find a place online and play there for free.  You don’t even need to go to a poker room as there are all kinds of sites offering poker.  Crack open a cold beer and learn how the game is played.  That’s the best advice anyone will ever give a new player.

Traffic Update For Online Poker Playing

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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Most people that have been playing online poker know that the sport itself is somewhat fluid.  There are peaks and valleys like anything else online.  Here we’re going to talk about the latest traffic statistics for some of the poker sites you may play at.  There is an overall general trend of sites losing poker players and not gaining them.

What does this mean to the average poker player reading this?

Truthfully, not much overall.  The only thing that really matters is there are enough players when you go online.  If a site has that, then you’re all set to shuffle up and deal.

Overall player traffic fell 2.2% at ring games on the top ten most popular poker sites.

  • Bovada gained 100 users in the past month and averages 1,800 users at any given time.
  • Both iPoker Network and PartyPoker gained 50 players each.
  • Pokerstars saw a 3.2% decline at the cash tables.  This number is a little misleading due to more people are now playing their instant games.
  • 888poker and PokerStars.it both lost players in the past month.
  • PokerStars.es and Full Tilt also saw a decline in their player numbers.

It should be noted that there has been a small uptick in players to the legal online poker rooms geared towards Americans.  BorgataPoker.com and Partypoker NJ picked up a few players while WSOP.com and 888poker NJ saw a small decrease.  This should be expected as it has been a rocky start for all legal online poker rooms in America.

Whether or not things grow is something that’s yet to be determined

It all boils down to the poker sites themselves and their ability to attract new customers.  At this point they’ve done a fairly poor job at this and maybe things will pick up after awhile.  Legal online poker is still new and there are many hurdles that need to be jumped before it can truly take off.

What do these numbers prove?

They prove that online poker is in a slight decline at the current moment.  This could be nothing more than a simple trend that will get corrected over time.  There have been reports of bots and collusion at some poker rooms.  We’re not going to include these rumors because there’s no way to tell if they’re true or not.

The overall state of online poker remains strong and will continue to be in the near future.  The problem with lack of credibility is something that has yet to be addressed in any meaningful way.  Players are basically left to wonder about the integrity of any site they play at.

It’s clear that the heyday of online poker may have passed.  The days of fish flooding the sites waiting to be caught are long gone.  That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of money to be made.  Each and every day there are players from all over the world cashing out.

You too can be one of those players.  It’s all a matter of finding the right poker room and practicing.  There’s nothing that will turn you into an instant pro and only hard work will inch you closer to your poker goals.

Who Wins More – Daily Fantasy Or Online Poker?

Friday, November 27th, 2015

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Fantasy sports is being advertised everywhere on television.  Many online poker players are wondering if they could earn even more money playing it.  That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about here.  Many people unfamiliar with fantasy sports think it’s like betting on the big game.

It’s far more complicated than that and most people consider it to be a game of skill.  We’ll get into why that is in just a bit.  There’s one that’s for certain, fantasy sports has created a lot of buzz.  It’s on the lips of everyone and chances are you know someone that’s playing it.

What Is Fantasy Sports?

Fantasy sports is different from sports betting because you’re not trying to guess the outcome of a game.  You build a team out of existing players and they play against other teams.  This is where the skill comes in.  You need to know the players well enough to be able to pick a good team.

It’s then played tournament style and the winner can win cash prizes.  This is an extremely abbreviated version of how fantasy sports operates.  But, it’s essentially the basics for those that have no idea.

Many people wonder how fantasy sports can be legal while online poker isn’t.  Certainly online poker takes quite a bit of skill to play.  It’s an argument that many poker players are making, but it’s falling on deaf ears when it comes to the general public.  The reason for that is, they don’t know what fantasy sports is.  Most have never played it and only have heard about it in television commercials.  What it boils down to is people are splitting hairs when it comes to the law.

How can fantasy sports not be gambling while playing poker is?

Poker is not a scratch off instant lottery ticket like some would believe.  The people who believe that, have never played the game.  They really have no idea whatsoever what they’re talking about.  That’s the truth and sadly these people aren’t able to see that.

The Future?

It would not be too surprising if fantasy sports became illegal one day like how online poker did.  Most would agree at the very least that they’re operating in a gray area of the law.  Who wins when people play fantasy sports?  Surprisingly, it’s the professionals that win.  Much like poker, there are professionals playing fantasy sports.

Without getting into a bunch of mumbo jumbo how the prize pools work, let’s just say it like this.  Most professionals build many different teams full of players.  They’ll pay an entry fee for each of those teams and hope for the best.  Their risk is spread out because they’ve got so many teams playing for them.  The average fantasy sports bettor may have just one team.  They may also not be very good at picking the best players for their team.

Should fantasy sports be illegal?

It wouldn’t be a good idea to make it illegal.  All it would do is create a black market for something that already exists.  We’ve seen what happened to online poker and it’s not been good for the players.  People have a right to gamble at home if they choose to do so.

Calling it by different names doesn’t change anything at all.  Fantasy sports and online poker should be legal and regulated just like any business out there.  Legitimacy is what players crave and they should get it.  Settling for anything less is cheapens the experience and puts players at risk.