Three New Year’s Resolutions for poker players
Some people make a New Year’s resolution to get to the gym more or be more patient with their kids. Poker players, however, set these yearly goals to do one thing: make more money. If you’re sitting down at the poker table in 2016, here are three resolutions you should make before the cards are dealt at online poker tournaments:
Be more aggressive
Many players mishandle strong hands, thinking they should slyly slow play opponents and lure them into a big score. The truth is, slow playing a strong hand can keep betting at a minimum while also allowing other strong hands to stick around. Being more aggressive right out of the gate puts other players on their heels and has them questioning just what it is they’re holding. There’s nothing more painful than slow playing a pot with a pair of Queens only to be scoop by three 3’s.
Try different games
Poker has more variants than any other casino game. If your contest of choice is Texas Hold’em, why not expanded your poker palate with some standard draw poker or even some colorful options like Pai Gow, Three-Card poker, or Caribbean Stud. You can set aside some of your bankroll for these alternative options, which provide a nice break from the pressure and pace of Hold’em. All poker games have their own rules and strategies, so brush up on the best tips and practices and become a well-rounded poker player. What you learn from one game could help you win in another.
Don’t be a poker snob
For some people, video poker is a bad word. The streamlined electronic version of the game is poo-pooed by some traditionalist, who think you’re throwing your money away by not playing at a table with multiple players or facing a dealer. The truth is, many video poker games have a smaller house edge than table poker games, and video poker is a great way to scratch that poker itch when you don’t have time for an extended table session or enough people to play against. There are so many fun variations of video poker to try, even the snobbiest of poker snobs can find one that they love.
Tips for playing – and winning – at Switch Blackjack
Ever been unhappy with the hand the blackjack dealer just dealt you? Sure, you have.
Ever wish you could just steal some better cards to give yourself a winning hand? Well, that’s the name of the game in Switch Blackjack.
Players are actually dealt two blackjack hands and can swap
out cards from each to make two stronger hands.
So a hand of Ace, five along with a hand of Queen, Six can be turning into Ace, Queen – for a blackjack – and the other hand into 11, which is likely another winning hand depending on what comes out of the shoe.
Find a place to play online blackjack and make sure to get the best signup bonus. Once you are ready to play make sure to remember these tips and tactics for playing – and winning – Switch Blackjack:
Size up the up card
Before you start dreaming up possible card combos, you should always look at what the dealer is showing as their up card. If the dealer is showing between a seven and an Ace, they are considered to have a strong hand. If they have an up card between three and six, they have a weak hand. And if they’re showing a deuce – the lowest card in the deck – you want to be cautious as a dealer 22 is automatically graded as a push in Switch Blackjack – expect against a player’s blackjack.
When to switch
Now that you’ve measured the dealer’s up card, you should know when to make a switch. For example, if the player is holding hands of 10 and seven, and six and nine versus a dealer up card of eight, you should make the switch, swapping the seven and nine to make a hand of 19 and another of 13. While the 13 isn’t a great position, you will likely win with the 19 and breakeven if you go bust with the 13.
Breaking up a blackjack
It’s the goal of the game but sometimes in Switch Blackjack you are better breaking up a sure winner, if you can create two winning hands against the dealer’s up card. For example, hands of 10 and Ace, and 10 and nine versus an up card of nine. While you have an instant winner with the blackjack, it doesn’t pay 3/2 odds like standard blackjack, instead graded at even money. As is, you have a likely hand of win/push against the dealer, but swapping the Ace and the 10 makes two hands of 20 against that nine, meaning you have just created two winning opportunities.
The four poker players you’ll invite to your holiday party
The four poker players you’ll invite to your holiday party
It’s the holiday season, which means friends and family are coming over for a visit – and if you’re a poker player, a friendly game of cards. Here are the four poker players you’ll have at the table and how to play against them this season in online poker tournaments:
That holiday cheer is potent stuff. At first your uncle was holding his own and playing smart, folding when he should and actually had a nice stack of chips going. But you could pretty much graph the decline of his winnings by the increase of his blood alcohol level. Now, six glasses of punch later, he’s going all in with a pair of fours and nodding off whenever it’s his turn – when he’s not spinning yarn about his poker glory days with a glazed-over look. Take it easy on him, but it’s probably best he loses quick and gets himself a cab ride home.
Your sister begged you to let her new boyfriend join in the annual poker game this Christmas. And when asked, “Does he know how to play poker?”, she answered with, “He knows enough”. Apparently, knowing enough about poker consist of being aware of poker – not so much the basic rules. But hey, it’s the holidays. Hold his hand and help him out for a bit, but once his feet are wet don’t let him off the hook. And whatever you do, don’t cuss him out when he asks, “Is this anything?” and shows you his straight flush. Ugh.
Ghost of Xmas Poker
It could be your brother, best friend or cousin. There’s always one guy who takes the annual holiday poker game a little too seriously. He’s avoided drinking all night – in order to play with a clear head – and showed up sporting a leather jacket, a baseball cap pulled down over his face and aviators on, like he’s Phil Hellmuth or something. He’s cold and calculating and shows no mercy to first timers or drunk uncles. His steely disposition sucks all the fun out of the game. He’s the poker equivalent of Ebenezer Scrooge.
Your brother is a walking promotion for birth control, sledding over to your place in his mini-van packed with five screaming children – age 1 through 13. He’s been looking forward to some “me time” since Halloween and was hoping the annual poker party would be it. No dice Dad. The two older kids are fighting over the remote control in the den, and the 3-year-old just went Greek wedding on the Christmas tree. He’s rushing back and forth to the table between hands, trying to play referee as well as poker. You don’t have to do much to get the best of him. He’s either going to quit or lose due to lack of concentration anyway.