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4 New Zealand Poker Players to Watch Out For

New Zealand Poker

Poker is a global game. It’s popular on all over the world. Whether you’re playing in USA, United Kingdom, Russia or India, there’s famous poker players to watch out for. We’ve looked at the most famous poker players in the world before. But in this article, we will be looking some of the biggest names from New Zealand.

1) Lee Nelson

Arguably one of the most well known of New Zealand based poker players, Lee Nelson has earnt over $2,000,000 from live tournament poker. This retired doctor, originally born in United States, gained notoriety in 2005 when he won two events in the crown Australian Poker Championship. Lee is a force to be reckoned with. He even gains results in PLO and HORSE with a 6th place finish in a 2019 Aussie Millions HORSE event. He stands as number one in the all time money list for New Zealand.

2) Hamish Crawshaw

A Manawatu resident, Hamish Crawshaw is ranked 5th in the all time New Zealand Money List with over $1,000,000 live tournament winnings. This young man won a main event in the Asian Poker Tour earlier this year. He also won a WPT in Vietnam in 2019 besting a field of over 373 players. Hamish knows what he’s doing when it comes to tournaments. I expect him to see him at more final tables in the future.

3) Jan Suchanek

Jan is ranked 3rd on New Zealand all time money list. It’s no surprise as he’s been racking up live results since 2005. A 4th place finish in Aussie Millions HORSE event, a 4th place in WSOP 2019 6 max Limit Holdem and a 4th place in an Australia WSOP international circuit event at No Limit Holdem. These are just a few of his results in the last 2 years, highlighting why he makes our top 4.

4) Thomas Ward

Thomas is another on the all-time top 5 money list for New Zealand, with almost $1.1 million to his name. His best live cash is currently standing at $481,960. That was earnt in a 2015 Asia Pacific Poker Tour event where he came runner up to Jimmy Zhou. A quick search to see recent results show that he’s been playing the WSOP Online at GGPoker and finished 4th for a staggering $1,353,634 in a $5,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Clearly this man knows his way about online too so watch out if you’re on his table!

Conclusion on New Zealand Poker

There you have it, 4 of some of the biggest names to come out of New Zealand. As poker grows and online poker in NZ grows too, you can expect to see more faces emerge from New Zealand. This article has covered just a few poker faces from New Zealand, there’s other names making waves too. Special mentions go to Sosia Jiang, Simon Watt, Josh Egan and Jamil Dia. If you enjoyed this article and would like to see a piece dedicated to your home country, feel free to contact us at info@texasholdemquestions.com and we will see what we can do for you.

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Cash Games or Tournaments? Take Our Test to See What’s Right for You

Cash Games or Tournaments

Many players devote time to both disciplines, trying to become a master at both. There’s obviously value to learning both well as it affords you flexibility. Being a hybrid will also help you when it comes to live poker. If you bust a tournament, there’s usually cash games running! But it is important to know which one is more suited to you. It may be that you play one 90% of the time and the other the rest. It is important to know which to dedicate yourself to as it will shape your poker decisions, the money you earn and how many hours you play too.

This article will explain what is required for both forms, asking you to answer which is relevant for you. I recommend giving a tick to each one that applies to  you, when you get to the end of the article, the one with more ticks should probably be the one you focus more time and energy on.  

Have a pen and paper ready for your tally of ticks.

How Flexible Are You?

Does your personal life dictate poker needs to be flexible? If so, cash games are probably can up your street. You can get up and leave whenever you want. You can sit and play 8 hours or 1, there are no rules or regulations when it comes to how long you play for. This flexibility is ideal for players who have commitments and do not have the free time to commit to playing long sessions.  

Tournament poker is a different animal. You register and you must stay for the duration. Whilst online poker is played quicker than live poker, it still takes a long time to take it down. Many online poker tournaments have thousands of entrants and navigating through them is no picnic. You get a 5 minute break every hour but is that enough?  

If flexibility is a must then it’s a tick for cash games, if it’s not a problem, a tick for tournaments.  

How Risk Averse Are You?

Every form of gambling has an inherent risk with it. Poker is a game of skill in the long run, but it’s subject to risk every session you play. The question of how risk averse you is relevant though as a person happy to gamble, is probably going to more suited for cash games. If you are nervous about losing tangible money, you probably will play scared in cash games. Tournament poker might be more suitable as you know what the buy in is when you register. It’s a fixed fee and if you bust, you know what you’ve lost and it’s capped.  

Cash games require a certain mindset. You need to separate the thought of money and see it as blinds or chips so that you can make the best decisions possible. If you are worrying about making a call or a bluff because it costs money, then you probably shouldn’t be playing.  

If you are naturally very risk averse, tournament poker gets a tick, if you are mentally fine with gambling for money, then it’s a tick for cash games.  

What’s Your Attention Span Like? Prone to Boredom?

This may seem an odd question but if you want to play cash games, you need an excellent attention span. Cash games can seem monotonous after a while as the blinds and players are the same. You’re at the same table and things may seem repetitive.  

Tournament poker is dynamic and changing. You’re moved tables a lot, the blinds are always increasing, and your stack is constantly changing. This environment is less likely to cause boredom. Let’s face it, when you lose interest and bored, you are prone to making mistakes. You want to avoid mistakes when playing so its important to recognise the differences between cash games and tournaments.  

If you have excellent attention span, give cash games a tick, if you get bored quickly, give tournaments a tick.  

Are You Technical or Strategic?

This may seem like an unusual question to ask but allow me to elaborate. Technical poker is the ability to learn advanced, deep stack poker playing. Strategic poker is an overall strategy that guides your mentality. The former is ideal for cash games and the latter is required for tournaments. That is selling tournament poker experts short a little, but the underlying point is true.  

Deep stack poker playing is what cash games offer. They require advanced thought and poker playing. From river check raise bluffs to triple barrel bluffs and overbet bluffs. Cash games will often be played with 200 big blinds or more. This is not the case in tournament poker, where 50 big blinds is considered a great stack a few hours in! These stack sizes eliminate some of the advanced poker concepts that can be used post flop. To expand on this further, general short and big stack poker can help guide you through a tournament. Couple this with push/fold strategy and you can probably do well at micro stakes.   

If you are very technical then tick cash games, if you prefer general strategy, tournament poker gets a tick.

Money or Prestige?

People play poker for different reasons. Some play for fun, some play to play pass time. Most play to earn the most they can and some play for prestige and glory.  

It may strike you as unusual to ask which is more important to you. After all, if you win, money is there with prestige at the end. However, if money is your sole goal then cash games are going to be better for you. Cash games produce quicker results than tournaments and a more steady return on investment. Tournament poker bears results over time and is all about the long game. A good in the money rate is anything over 15% or so. That means 85% of the time, you won’t even get your money back. 

If the prestige of winning is more important, than tournament poker is perfect for you. Winning tournaments comes with a lot of prestige. It’s a great ego boost to best thousands of poker players and win hundreds of times your buy ins too. Prestige doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Many poker players use this as motivation to win. Look at the prestige that comes with winning events like the WTP or WSOP. You go down in history books as a winner. Prestige can come with cash games too but it’s definitely rarer. You can be a big long term winner at cash games and do so in anonymity.  

If money is more important than prestige, give cash games a tick, if prestige is just as important, give tournament poker a tick.  

Conclusion on Cash Games or Tournaments

Time to mark up your scores. How did you do? Did the results surprise you? Sometimes, people play poker out of habit and don’t know why they play one form over the other. Hopefully this article has helped you think about whether you are playing the right form and at the right ratio. Or, perhaps this article has re-enforced what you already do.

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Three Transferable Skills from Poker to Blackjack

Poker to Blackjack

Poker and blackjack might seem like very different games. One relies heavily on psychology and intuition while the other is more a case of cold, hard logic. Then there’s the small matter of poker being a game played against other people while blackjack is just you against the dealer. But there are a number of crossovers between the two games. This means that the skills that a poker player picks up over time can be a great help in their quest to become an accomplished blackjack player as well.

Using your intuition and observation

As we’ve just mentioned, poker is a game of psychology and brinkmanship. But you can also pick up a great deal of information from a combination of intuition and observation. We’ve all heard stories of, or experienced first-hand, tells that have given away particular players’ hand. In blackjack, you may just be playing against the dealer, but they’re human too. You can pick up on minuscule signals from them too as you play. This is even the case when you’re playing online blackjack in a “live” casino. Because you’re playing in real-time against an actual dealer you can also closely watch their reactions and become accustomed to their style of play. Try it and you may be surprised by just how much you can deduce.

Doing the math

As any experienced poker player will know, a great deal of their time is spent rapidly calculating odds and probabilities and then measuring the size of their bets, according to the estimated card values around them. The fact that they’re working with incomplete information may make this a little more challenging but it’s possible, all the same. The simpler set-up of blackjack means that the math involved is a little simpler and exactly the same principles apply. By seeing which cards have been dealt, you’ll have a good idea about which ones remain in the pack and can start estimating the probabilities of being closer to the magical total of 21 than the dealer. To help you on your way there’s also something that poker doesn’t have – and that’s the basic strategy.

Keeping your focus

Poker marathons can be long and arduous experiences, as anyone who has spent hours around a table can testify. But this is like any kind of training. The longer that one spends doing something, the easier it becomes. So the time spent playing Texas Hold’em or any other poker variant, and enlivening things with the odd hero call , will prepare you for an extended stint playing blackjack too. It might not be quite as mentally draining as poker, but you’ll still need to keep your focus if you want on top of the game.

So there you have them. Three ways that poker can sharpen up your blackjack too. As to what skills you can take from blackjack to poker, well, that’s another story altogether.



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Your Guide to the Expansive Scene of Innovative Live Gaming

Live Gaming

The online gambling space is enormous, continuing to grow with each passing day. Poker was one of the first booming successes of this iGaming industry, with everything from multi-million tournaments to poker training video courses being available via an internet connection.

Poker isn’t the only card game that’s been able to rise to prominence with the advent of online casino gaming. Flash versions of video poker, blackjack, baccarat. Other table games like roulette, became popular very quickly. Still, without the presence of human competition in the game, they grew a little stale. Developers needed to add the class and experience associated with these popular in-house casino games. They decided to create a way of utilizing live streaming technology, allowing for real-time play.

Now, live casino games are wildly popular at online casino platforms. They command their very own section separate from their video-format counterparts. Here’s your guide to getting into the innovative form of table gaming.

The live casino gaming experience

Whether you’re at a computer or on your mobile, playing a live casino game is as easy as playing any other online casino game. You tap the icon on the site, wait for it to load, and then, you’ll be watching a human croupier going through the motions of a live game. When the round ends, you’ll be able to place your bets via the UI that shows on your screen. Then you’ll be playing in real-time with the exact game being dealt via the live stream. You get the authentic casino table experience but from the comfort of your own home.

Enjoy the classics, as you would at a casino

Generally speaking, anyone who wants to enjoy a live casino game will do so because they want to experience the class and live action of a casino venue at their convenience. Most of the time, this inclines them to lean towards the proper casino classic table games. As you’d assume, the developers of these live casino games started the scene by offering the most recognizable names in this new innovative form.

Now, all live casino sites which offer a special welcome bonus, for which you can discover more on this site, are loaded with live forms of blackjack, roulette, Caribbean poker, and baccarat. However, to compete in this increasingly popular section, they had to get creative, leading to live casino gaming being much more than classic table games.

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Expanding into live game shows for the casino

Online casinos are always evolving and looking for new ways to entertain their players. Led by Evolution Gaming, creators of the live-streamed tables decided to create new sets for game show-like offerings. Featuring lottery-style drops, huge spinning wheels, and new variants on classic tables.

Despite first being patented in 1903 by a leftwing feminist, the capitalist game of Monopoly has stuck around as a mainstay in gaming. This made it perfect to base a new live casino game around. Monopoly Live is a fine example of innovation being pumped into an already ground-breaking product. Players being able to play along to the spin of a giant wheel and benefit from its additional in-theme stops.

Live casino gaming has transformed the way that we can play online games. Offering a heightened, authentic way to enjoy old favorites and flashy new creations in real-time.

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Final Table Poker Tips to Succeed

Final Table Poker Tips

Reaching the final table is no small feat. To do this, you will have had to best hundreds if not thousands of players. But making the final 9 is not the end. Everyone knows that once you reach the final table, you need to be planning for a top 3 or better finish. This is where the most lucrative pay-outs are. Whether you have made few or many final tables, this article will look at final table poker tips that will help your chances of getting heads up in the future.

Identify the “survivors”

Everyone wants to win the tournament but there are some that just want to eek their way up the money. They are the top that will fold down to short stack if needs be, if it means an extra few hundred. You find these players at most final tables. It’s understandable to some degree. You make a final table, you don’ want to bust 9th or 8th. However, their mentality is easy to abuse. They are the perfect players steal blinds from and 3 bet if they open in late position.

Trust your gut

If you’re making final tables, you doing something right. One of the main problems players have is that they do not continue what they were doing. Perhaps the money or sight of top 3 makes them freeze – but they lack conviction and don’t pull the trigger. If you make the final table, trust your gut and stick with your reads. It is better to try than wimp out as it those that are assertive that get the win.

Learn to do deals right

Most poker tournaments end up in deals. Its important to recognise how many chips you have, how valuable they are and what price value you should be getting. Doing deals is part of final table poker. An easy way to work it out is to add the remaining prizes together to get the total pool. Now divide your stack value by total chips in play. Once you have your % , you work out the same % of the pool to give you a feel.

Research your opponents

Not everyone at a final table is an experienced player, some will even be losers at poker or break even. There are websites that help you know more about the other players by sharing their results. This is useful as it gives you more of an idea of them, if it is someone who never final tabled before – he may be nitting it up and nervous. Something you can take advantage of.

Practice short-handed and heads up

Final table poker is great as it combines so many skills at poker. You cant just be a full ring specialist. One needs to know how to adjust to short handed. There is no better substitute than practice. Fire up some 4 or 6 max SNGs and some heads up. The jumps in pay are substantial so its critical you know what you are doing, what hands to open, 3 bet and defend blinds with. Otherwise, you will get eaten alive.

Final Thoughts on Final Table Poker

Unless you play loads, final tables won’t come natural to you so you need to get as much experience and knowledge ahead of it so you take advantage. By practising short handed, researching your opponents, sticking with your reads and being brave, you will have an improved chance next time. The best players fight for a top 3 and will risk an 8th place to get there because it’s worth it.

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The Basics of Roulette for Beginners

The Basics of Roulette

Of all the other casino games, roulette is probably the one that piques my interest the most. There is more options, availability and freedom of choice when it comes to wagering. This level of control is appealing to me and makes roulette more enticing than slots, video poker and blackjack. In this article, we will look at the basics of roulette so you know the rules and what to do if you turn up at a casino (online or in person).

The Equipment

Roulette is played with a small hard ball, a spinning wheel, and a table laid out, numbered 1 to 36 with black and red distributed evenly. There are 12 rows and 3 columns and outside bets giving options like “1 to 18”, “even” or “black”. All roulette tables also have the green zero and many have double zero too.

Obviously, with online roulette the equipment is digital and not tangible like in a casino but the appearance is the same. The only difference being that there is not a physical dealer. Having said that, you can play online live roulette too. Everything is the same as playing in casino except you are in the comfort of your own home.

How Roulette Works

Roulette is played by having a dealer spin the wheel, the players make their wagers by putting the value of chips where they hope the ball will fall. The ball is then dropped in the wheel, in the opposite direction to it being spun. The wheel has every part of the board on it, thus, where the ball finishes up will match up to something. If where the ball lands correspond to where you wagered, you win X amount, depending on the odds given.

The Betting

Whilst the idea behind roulette is very simple, understanding what bet to make and how much is trickier. As I said, you have the power to decide where you want to bet and how much and you have a lot of options available. The list below highlights the popular options and their respective odds:

Bet Description Odds
Single number Betting on individual numbers (including 0 or 00)35 to 1
Split Placing a chip across 2 numbers. 17 to 1
StreetAny 3 horizontal numbers e.g. 1,2,311 to 1
CornerPlacing a bet in corner covering 4 numbers8 to 1
ColumnBetting on it being on a specific column2 to 1
Red or BlackWith 36 numbers, ½ are red and ½ are blackEven money (1 to 1)
Even or OddWith 36 numbers, ½ are even and ½ are oddEven money (1 to 1)
1 to 18Betting on the number being between 1 and 18 (low)Even money (1 to 1)
19 to 36 Betting on the number being between 19 and 36 (high)Even money (1 to 1)

House Edge

Before you start playing roulette, you need to be aware that the pay-out odds are worse than the real odds. This should not be a surprise to you – it’s how they make their money. The edge lies on with the green zero. Notice it’s not even or odd, red or black. This apparently small edge can be demonstrated by the betting of an even number. Despite the even money odds, you are actually 48.7% to win. This may seem little but over the course of time and enough volume – the house has a decent edge. When you combine this with gamblers desire to bet on random things like favourite numbers and birthdays and you can see why the casino is winning.

The Roulette Wheel Has No Memory

You may notice that most roulette table display the previous numbers. You will often see someone writing them down or observing closely before making a bet. Don’t be fooled into thinking there is some hidden strategy or tips to pick up from the previous number falls.  You don’t need a maths degree to understand that the odds are independent, not dependant on previous spins. In other words, the roulette wheel has no memory.  If you flip a coin ten times and it comes up heads every time, is it any more likely to fall tails on the 11th? Of course not, and the same is true for the roulette wheel.

Conclusion on Roulette

Roulette is a very fun casino game to play. It’s one of the few casino games that requires some input by the bettor. Despite being a game of luck, there is opportunity to win money in the short term if you are fortunate. As long as you remember to gamble responsibly, with money you don’t mind losing and in good company, you can have a great time.

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Why Tight Aggressive Poker Wins at Low Stakes in 2020

Like a lion waiting to attack prey, tight aggressive poker players are patient but deadly!

Tight Aggressive Poker (TAG Poker)

The poker world, much like the real world is an ever changing place. New moves, strategy and technology shape ideas that can change the way poker is played. There are some things though that are a mainstay and no amount of technology or innovation will change that. One of these is the tight aggressive style being one of the most profitable styles for low stakes poker. This article will highlight and explain why tight aggressive poker still wins.

Beginner Texas Hold’em Question

What does TAG mean in poker?

“TAG” is the shortened definition of tight aggressive. To be a TAG or tight aggressive means to play few hands but play them aggressively. It essentially means you are the aggressor when you enter the pots you play.

Playing fewer hands give you maths edge

Players at lower stakes make the mistake of playing too many hands. This is not a winning strategy for any stakes of poker. You will run into premium hands too often and be fighting an uphill battle trying to outplay opponents who have strong hands. Please note, I am not referring to Loose Aggressive (LAG) which can be a profitable strategy. I am referring to playing like 50% of hands or more at full rung. Playing fewer hands will give you a mathematical edge on your opponents. It stands to reason that if you are playing better hands, you are more likely to have top pair or a better kicker. This edge can’t be understated at low stakes. It’s one of the core factors that will separate winning and losing players.

Aggressive poker wins

Being aggressive means you are going to win more pots you contest. Whether by winning it uncontested before the flop or after the flop, more pots can be won when you are betting and raising. In the 15 years I’ve played poker, I’ve never heard of anyone who wins in the long term adopting a passive style of poker. Every professional I’ve spoken with, every book I’ve read and every video I’ve watched have all recommended aggressive poker. The amount of hands you play is less relevant than the fact you need to be aggressive in poker. Poker is a battle and passive poker does not win battles. 

More successful bluff rate

One of the best consequences of employing a tighter style of poker is the way you can pull off bluffs better. Playing a looser brand of poker is more fun but also gets you caught more. Tight aggressive poker gives you a solid image. People will believe you. With the right balance, this is a fantastic image to have. This means you can raise more liberally, particularly on the button and still get respect. A successful bluff rate doesn’t just mean the big bluff representing big ovepair on a low board. It also means having a success steal rate or a high continuation bet success rate too. 

Easier decisions & less mistakes

Poker players don’t like being out of the comfort zone or awkward spots. This is where big mistakes can be made. The risk of this is significantly reduced when you are playing premium hands and the first in bettor. A tight aggressive poker style means you won’t be playing hands like J 7 offsuit and wondering what to do on a 10-7-5-6 board. When you are playing stronger hands, you will typically be hitting top pair type hands. This makes decisions quite straightforward. This is music to the ears of beginners and intermediate players. 

Downsides to TAG Poker

I want to provide a balanced article and provide all the information on this style of poker. TAG poker comes with limitations too. There are a couple below.

Predictable Playing this style means people can read you a little easier than if you played more hands. Consider a flop of 2d 5d 6s. A capable opponent will recognise this board is unlikely to hit your range of hands. Sure, you can have an overpair or possibly a set, but that’s it. Please note though, there is a big difference between TAG poker and being a nit. A nit plays far fewer hands and not necessarily aggressively either.
Lost ValueIt’s great to have c bets and bluffs work, but the downside to this is that you may not get full value with your strong hands. Don’t worry too much though, low stakes poker is littered with bad players that still pay you off. 

Conclusion on Tight Aggressive Poker

Tight aggressive poker is one of the best strategies you can employ at low stakes. You may be a little predictable, but most players at low stakes don’t care and still make mistakes. Playing this style allows you to win more pots you contest, steal more from late position and manipulate pots the way you want. As you develop as a player and move up the stakes, you can incorporate more hands and creative plays, but at low stakes TAG poker is winning poker.

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How to Tilt Opponents

Tilting Poker Opponents

This is a contentious topic for me. I rarely employ tactics to tilt opponents but there is no denying that it has its merits. Poker is war and any advantage (within the rules of the game) are permitted. In an age where poker is increasingly tougher to earn well, your edge is likely to be smaller. Tilt is a big reason why some people are not long-term winners or even professionals. If you tilt less and can make your opponent’s tilt more, you will have a greater edge. This article will look at ways to tilt opponents at the poker table. 

Constant 3 Bet

Most poker players like straight forward hands. They want to raise, and continuation bet as they wish without resistance. Nobody wants to get 3 bet much. It’s not a nice feeling is it? You know this to be true, particularly if you are getting 3 bet a lot.  Being put to the test pre-flop constantly, particularly out of position is tricky, awkward and can lead to costly mistakes. If you are 3 betting a specific opponent a lot, it will annoy him/her. Depending on the calibre of opponent, they will either tighten up, 4 bet you back or continue the same routine (raise/fold). Either way, it’s to your advantage as you have increased the likelihood they will tilt and pay you off post-flop. 

Showing Bluffs

This is not something I advocate for very much. I tell players I coach that it is rarely to your advantage to show cards and reveal information. However, if done correctly, it is an effective way to tilt opponents. There’s probably 1% of the poker population that don’t mind being bluffed. The rest, hate being bluffed. That doesn’t mean everyone tilts when showed a bluff, but many do! It hurts their ego, pride and makes them question their hand reading ability. This is a tactic that can be employed both online and live. Be careful who you do it against in live poker though. Some people will take such offence they may want to take matters outside.  

Stealing their Button

This is a strategy that seems to tilt opponents too. It doesn’t work against those who are playing 8 tables and don’t notice but in a live poker environment, it works a treat. Playing the cut-off is becoming ever important and raising from there often means you are preventing the button playing. This is something that many players hate. They have the mentality “it’s my button”. They almost think they have a right to play the hand and will take offence if you steal it from them.

Stealing their Blinds

You can tilt opponents in tournaments by attacking their blinds. It never ceases to amaze me when I see players stare you down and curse as they give up their blinds. Sometimes it happens even when you raise from under the gun. They seem to think you are attacking them when you raise, and they are in the big blind. Again, this is not a primary function to tilt opponents but watch out for it at the casino. If the big blind is a donkey who tilts easy, they will probably tilt if you raise their blinds a few rounds in a row. 

Check Raise their Continuation Bets

This works less than it used to tilt opponents. The perception of a check raise has changed in the last decade, but it still works against older poker players. They think it’s tricky, deceptive and almost unethical to check purely for the intention to raise them. They think “why don’t you just bet if you have a hand” as they muck their big slick on a low wet flop. This is not a tilt inducing move online, the play is far too common to achieve that. It only works in casinos and against senior citizens (no disrespect). 

Taking Your Time 

Poker is a fast-moving game and people want to play as much as they can. They don’t want to wait around for ages while you timebank with ace rag. This is especially true in casinos where you only get to play around 30 hands an hour. Think how frustrating it is for opponents when you are taking 1-2 minutes over every decision. I want to point out – I am not a fan of this move, but I can’t deny its advantages when considering ways to tilt opponents. I’ve never done this in my life but if you want to increase your advantage over opponents, it’s a plausible strategy to employ. Just look at Tom Dwan on High Stakes Poker. Granted, most of the professionals on there don’t tilt as a result but put a few inexperienced players there and they will tilt more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa! 

Table Chat 

Engaging in table chat is a way to tilt opponents too. There are various ways to tilt opponents through chatting e.g. mocking how they play. Be prepared to have a target on your back if you do implement this though as other players will want to take you out too. Professionals have used this to good effect for years e.g Tony Guoga. Perhaps it’s because they feel they do not have a skill edge so rely on their tongue to help them win. Either way, it’s a strategy that takes time to master as you are likely to give away information about your own cards when you start chatting. 

Disclaimer

This article is an educational piece on ways to tilt opponents, within the rules of the game. There are other ways to tilt opponents not mentioned here e.g. slow-roll or string betting. I do not condone either as ethical ways to tilt opponents. I also do not employ the plays in this article as a sole function to tilt opponents. Whilst poker is a war, it’s better to utilise your technical skills and strategy to earn money. Rather than make your opponents play worse, you are better served spending your time improving at poker. This is something we can help you with. You can sign up to our poker training video membership below for only £49.99 for 1 year. This gives you access to every video I upload with insights and tips on how to play winning poker.

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Explore Ways to Enjoy Gambling in the UK

Gambling UK

When we talk about gambling, it’s easy to think in terms of bookmakers and casinos. In essence, gambling is a wide topic that can slowly affect how we make our daily decisions. This can be as simple as betting with a friend when trying out something new or flipping a coin based on the outcome of a situation that you may involve yourself. Gambling in the UK is not something that only happens when you spin the wheels or play cards with a bunch of friends. And it is not always for real money.

Is gambling a part of human nature? Do we all have an insatiable need to take risks? Some people take gambling too seriously such that they make a living out of it. Others struggle with gambling and have to withdraw to have peace of mind. In the UK, there are a lot of ways to gamble thanks to gamstop gambling and the favorable laws that have been put in place by the government.

Defining gambling

Before we start exploring the different ways that you can enjoy gambling in the UK, let’s discuss what gambling is. Most people define gambling as playing games of luck or trying to predict an unknown outcome to win a prize. The old and broad definition is simply taking a risk in the hope of getting the desired result.

With such a definition, we can comfortably say that everyone in the world gambles to a certain degree. Human beings have been wired to assess risk and reward on both the conscious and unconscious levels. Every day, we take risks and decide the best course of action to get what we want.

We all have different attitudes towards risks and rewards. And we make decisions based on these attitudes. Whether we are playing for real money or not, some are better at assessing and mitigating risks to get the desired results than others.

Ways to gamble

Land-based casinos

There are lots of reputable land based casinos and gambling sites not blocked by gamstop across the UK. Most players in the UK start visiting land-based casinos once they attain the gambling age. These land-based casinos offer a wide range of interesting games including classics like Blackjack, Roulette, craps, and more exotic games like Mahjong, Kalooki, Wheel of Fortune, and Casino War.

As you walk down the streets, you’ll be amazed by the number of global casino chains. These chains enhance consistency and security. You’ll always know what to expect when you get into a land-based casino chain in the UK.

Finding the best land-based casino for you can be simple or tricky. If you live in smaller cities and towns, it becomes harder to get big and reputable casinos. If you live in major cities like London or Manchester, you’ll have a wide range of options to choose from. Before choosing a land-based casino, you should consider the environment and the reputation of the casino. To find out more about the casino, it’s always important to chat with other players and understand the rules before playing any game. Avoid placing bets on disorganized tables and drinking alcohol while playing.

Online casinos

The rapid advancement of technology has led to the rise of gambling sites that don’t use gamstop in the UK. Online gambling sites have a wide range of benefits. First, players can access gambling sites without gamstop on different devices such as desktop, tablet, or smartphone.

This means that players don’t have to travel far to learn how to stop gamstop and access their favorite sites and games. Second, they offer a wide variety of games. In fact, most of them offer much more than what you’d expect to find in land-based casinos. Lastly, players don’t have to worry about their safety and security as most gambling sites in the UK are licensed and regulated by the gambling commission.

Most online sites including gambling sites not with gamstop offer a wide range of bonus offers and promotions to attract and retain players in the long run. By using these bonus offers and promotions and avoiding slots not registered with gamstop, you’ll increase your chances of winning cash, free spins, and many other fantastic prizes.

Sports Betting

There are lots of sport betting companies in the UK that allow sports fans to place real money bets on their favorite teams. Sports betting has been growing in popularity in recent years due to the rise of online gambling sites.

Also, winning cash and other prizes through sports betting is not that difficult. All you have to do is know the facts such as weather, team strength, and team performance history to name a few. Plus, the stakes are low. When the stakes are low, it’s easy to win.

Gambling addiction and Gamstop

Gambling addiction is a common problem in our society today. No one can be addicted to gambling overnight. It happens gradually until you reach a point where it’s difficult to turn back. How do you know if you are becoming a gambling addict? It’s when other important areas of your life such as relationships and finances start to suffer because of gambling.

When you find yourself gambling at work or spending all your money on gambling facilities, it’s important to seek help as early as you can. Gamstop is here to help you restrict your online gambling activities in case you find yourself overdoing it. All you need to do is sign up for the service.

The service will prevent you from using licensed online sites in the UK for a specified period. It is a free service that’s available to players within the UK. You need to find what gambling sites are not on gamstop and avoid them to reduce the chances of becoming addicted.

Conclusion

You are responsible for all your gambling activities. If other areas of your life are suffering because of your gambling habits, it’s time to take a step back and analyze yourself. Gamstop has made your life easier especially if you live in the UK. You need to know the UK gambling sites not on gamstop to play without interference. You can sign up and learn how to cancel gamstop whenever you want.

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Bitcoin Gambling is on the Rise, When Will You Try it?

Bitcoin Gambling

When Bitcoin gained popularity and boomed in 2017, people could not believe what was going on. Most thought the bubble would burst within a year an it would fizzle out. The concept didn’t resonate with some, with this cryptocurrency confusing to them. Three years later and the doubters are being proven wrong with a share price at the time of writing this article of $10,249. The point I am making is that Bitcoin is not going anywhere and the gambling industry has and is adapting to its usage in a powerful way. The best bitcoin casino and poker sites are easily found now and proudly display their cryptocurrency badges on their site.  This article will briefly look at a few reasons why Bitcoin gambling is popular and what the future holds for it.

Bitcoin is Fast

There are many online casinos and poker sites offering Bitcoin as a payment method. It provides users with a fast way to get funds in their online accounts. Where it used to take days to get money out of a site, it is now much less. Some online casinos are able to process withdrawals very quickly, often less than an hour. This service is perfect for the impulsive and impatient gambler wanting to play online.

Gamblers Don’t Want Attention

Gamblers also like the idea of being anonymous. Bitcoin is perfect for these people. It provides a cloak that if removed will only reveal a bunch of numbers. No name, no address and no email tied. This appeals to many people, particularly those who like to keep their gambling affairs private. People have their own reasons for wanting anonymity, it’s not for me to judge, but suffice to say it’s a widely accepted benefit to bitcoin gambling.

Bitcoin is Secure

Despite the scepticism many hold about Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general, they are actually very secure. What can a hacker do if they access your information? They can’t take money from you. The only possible thread is if you lose your wallet – the same threat as in real life if you drop it in the street. In short, you are very safe to use the reputable cryptocurrencies.

2021 and Beyond

The modern world is adapting and evolving to digital. This is evident everywhere you go isn’t it? It may be pushed faster than anticipated due to Covid-19, and people spending more time in doors but that is the direction we are moving in. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have a lot of appeal in the gambling industry and will play a big part in the future of online gamble. I predict more gambling sites will begin to accept them as a trustworthy payment method. A quick google search will show you there is over ten million results for the phrase “bitcoin gambling”.  There are loads of casino sites and a good few poker sites that encourage cryptocurrency. Clearly there is a demand for it.

It seems it’s a question of when and not if, to when people will move over to this way of gambling. Once a couple of the major sites move to it, their competitors will have to as well. The question in a few years may be will it be the only currency used in online gambling? Time will tell…

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