Poker Alice – One Tough Bird

According her own account, Alice Ivers was born in Devonshire, England, on February 17, 1851, to a conservative schoolmaster and his family. While she was still a young girl, the family migrated to Virginia where she attended an upscale boarding school for young women until the family moved again following the silver rush to Leadville, Colorado. As an attractive, refined young woman who was well educated (especially in mathematics) Alice caught the eye of most eligible bachelors. But it was Frank Duffield, a mining engineer that won her hand in marriage.

After they were married, Alice and Frank settled in Lake City in 1875. Frank was a passionate card player and spent a lot of his spare time in one of the many gambling halls. The blue eyed brunette usually accompanied him rather than stay home alone. It did not take long for Alice to learn she had a good head for counting cards and figuring odds. At first, she simply watched the players. Before long, she was joining the games and becoming an expert poker and faro player. When Duffield died in a mining explosion, Alice took to the tables, where she earned the name “Poker Alice.”

After getting her start in Lake City, Alice started a tour of the other mining towns of Colorado, dealing faro or poker in Alamosa, Central City, Georgetown, and then on to Leadville during its heyday in the late 1870s. It was while she was dealing faro that a gambler named Marion Speer watched her clean out a noted gambler named Jack Hardesty:

“It was the damnedest faro game I ever saw. The game seesawed back and forth with Alice always picking up the edge; a few times it terminated only long enough for the player to eat a sandwich and wash it down with a boiler maker.”

In the early ’80s, Poker Alice sashayed into Silver City, New Mexico, and promptly broke the bank at a faro table in less than four hours. Using her $6,000 winnings, she headed for New York for a weeklong spending spree buying the best in the latest fashions, dining in the best restraints, attending the theater, and generally indulging herself. When the money played out he she returned to the Kansas cattle towns and then on to the Oklahoma Territory where she ran her games in Guthrie. She worked in the Blue Bell Saloon, Bill Tilghman’s Turf Exchange, and the Reaves Brothers Casino.

In 1891, Poker Alice moved her operations to Arizona dealing cards at the Midway, the El Moro, and the Blue Goose in Clifton. Then when the silver miners flocked to Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, she pulled up stakes and headed to Creede. There she worked a faro table six days a week (she never worked on Sunday) at Ford’s Exchange, a saloon and dancehall. The owner, Bob Ford, was none other than the man who had wasted Jesse James in 1882. A few weeks after Poker Alice went to work for Ford, Edward O’Kelley entered Ford’s tent saloon on June 8, 1892, with a 10-gauge shotgun. According to witnesses, Ford’s back was turned. O’Kelley said, “Hello, Bob.” As Ford turned to see who it was, O’Kelley emptied both barrels into his midsection, killing Ford instantly. So much for the “dirty little coward that shot Mr. Howard.”

After the luster of the silver boom wore off in Creede, Poker Alice drifted up to Deadwood, which was still producing plenty of gold for the gambling dens working the miners. She worked as a table dealer at a saloon owned by a wealthy gambler known as “Bedrock Tom.” Another dealer working there was Warren G. Tubbs, a house painter by trade but dealer by necessity. For whatever the reason the two struck up a friendship that eventually evolved into a true romance. Poker Alice proved her affection by drilling a drunken miner who was trying to gut Warren with a long bladed knife. The miner had the dealer backed against a wall and was going for the fatal plunge when his paramour’s.38 blew a gaping hole in his knife arm. A few weeks later Warren proposed marriage and a new life as a chicken farmer.

Poker Alice accepted his offer and after a church wedding, the newlyweds bought a nearby chicken farm and settled in to raise a family. Over the course of the next three decades, they raised chickens and had seven children (four boys and three girls). Despite the responsibility of running a farm and raising children, Alice still managed to slip out for some poker action a few nights every week. During this time she was reputed to have been able to make as much as $6,000 gambling on a good night – a small fortune at the time. Alice later said time spent on her ranch was some of the happiest days of her life and she did not miss gambling, but liked the peace and quiet of the ranch.

While her children were growing up, Alice tried to keep them away from the gambling houses and at one point, she and Warren decided to homestead a ranch northeast of Sturgis on the Moreau River. The move came shortly after Warren contracted tuberculosis and Alice planned to nurse him back to health. Unfortunately, this was not to be the case; Alice became her husband’s fulltime caretaker and left the gambling lifestyle behind until he died in her arms suffering from pneumonia in 1910 during a winter blizzard. Alice, with the frozen corpse of her husband at her side, drove a team of mules and a wagon 48 miles through howling winds and deep snowdrifts to Sturgis, the nearest town. She had to pawn her wedding ring to pay for Warren’s burial but then later that same day she won enough money at the poker tables to reclaim her ring.

After her husband’s death, Alice was forced once again to make a living at what she knew best – gambling. She hired George Huckert to take care of her ranch while she returned to the card tables. Huckert became captivated with Alice and proposed to her several times. Finally, she gave in saying, “I owed him so much in back wages; I figured it would be cheaper to marry him than pay him off. So I did.” Nevertheless, Alice soon found herself widowed once again when Huckert died in 1913. You could say she had no luck at all when it came to husbands.

A few years before Huckert died Alice had bought an old house on Bear Butte Creek near the Fort Mead Army Post and opened a brothel. This resulted in, perhaps, the most repeated story about Poker Alice. The house was small and needed extra rooms and “fresh girls” to perk up the business, so Alice went to a bank for a loan of $2,000. As the story goes, she was quoted as saying:

“I went to the bank for a $2,000 loan to build on an addition and go to Kansas City to recruit some fresh girls. When I told the banker I’d repay the loan in two years, he scratched his head for a minute then let me have the money. In less than a year I was back in his office paying off the loan. He asked how I was able to come up with the money so fast. I took a couple chaws on the end of my cigar and told him, `Well it’s this way. I knew the Grand Army of the Republic was having an encampment here in Sturgis. And I knew that the state Elks convention would be here too. But I plumb forgot about all those Methodist preachers coming to town for a conference.'”

While she was running her speakeasy brothel, Alice would still make routine trips to Deadwood to play poker with old friends. She usually played poker sporting a khaki skirt, a men’s shirt, and a campaign hat. Welcome at any table, she preferred playing with people she knew, saying others might not take losing to her in a friendly manner. Maintaining her original strange set of standards, Alice neither gambled nor let her whores work on Sundays. By 1913, Alice’s business was flourishing, due in part to the South Dakota National Guard training nearby. It was due to her Sunday closings that she killed a soldier.

According to the accounts of the day, she had been doing a land office business on a Saturday night and tried to shut her door on Sunday morning, turning away a randy bunch of soldiers. After she pushed the troops out and locked the door, the men decided to retaliate by cutting both the phone and electricity lines in the house. Finally, when they began breaking windows with rocks, Alice had had enough. She fired a single rifle shot at the men. Two soldiers were hit: a sergeant who later died at the hospital and a private who would eventually recover from his wounds.

The Sturgis police arrived on the scene, taking Alice and her girls into custody. As luck would have it, the judge was allegedly a customer of Alice’s bagnio and he ruled favorably on them. Even though the identity of the shooter remains unclear, the shooting charges against Alice were dismissed as self-defense. However, she was convicted of keeping a disorderly house and the girls were charged with prostitution. Alice paid the fines and her roadhouse was quickly back in business a week later.

The shooting left the authorities at Fort Meade uneasy and the police began a campaign of regularly arresting Alice on charges of running a house of prostitution and bootlegging. They continually arrested her well into her 60s. Each time she would pay her fines and then continue business as usual until she was sentenced, at age 75, to a state penitentiary for repeated convictions for being a madam. South Dakota Governor Bulow immediately pardoned her in 1928, knowing he could not send the infamous white-haired old lady to prison.

Two years later Alice became seriously ill and upon examination by doctors, she was told that they would have to remove her gall bladder. When they warned her that at her age her chances were not favorable, she was reported to have said, “Cut away, I’ve faced big odds before.” On February 27, 1930, she bucked the big odds and lost. She was buried in the Catholic Cemetery at Sturgis, South Dakota.

Throughout her storied life she had buried three husbands, won over a quarter of a million dollars in gambling, carried a.38 pistol, owned a brothel, bootlegged during prohibition, killed a man, and was a convicted felon at age 75.

Yes sir, you could say Poker Alice was one tough bird.

“Praise the Lord and place your bets and I’ll take your money with no regrets!”

Poker Alice

Online Casino – Entertainment at Its Best

The online casino industry is showing no signs of slowing down. It seems more and more people are trying casino games online every day. The reasons for its vast popularity is simple – online casino players get more for their dollar than visiting a brick and mortar casino. The fact is you would never do that, let alone imagine it. The brick and mortar casinos have one golden rule in place – make sure you have REAL money before entering. Sure some of these casinos offer VIP clubs on certain casino games, most will have a huge progressive jackpot situated on the casino floor and some will even offer luxury prizes like cars and trips. However, for all of this you need to drop cash on the tables first – nothing is free in Vegas.

There are several different reasons why online casino games are soaring in popularity; however one stands out from the rest and that is you get to play for FREE first. Some of the best casinos online offer free game play and almost all allow you to download the software for free. Another reason for its popularity is deposit bonuses, or welcome bonuses. The online casino world is highly competitive and many compete for your attention in the best way they know how – by offering players free resources, free play and even free money.

By visiting an online casino, players can expect several perks including VIP programs. The best part of online VIP programs is most will allow you to instantly join the minute you deposit a small fee. These VIP programs also offer incredible prizes including trips and the chance to exchange points for real cash. So, in retrospect the more you play casino online the more money you can make through a VIP program.

When it comes to casino games, you will find all of your favorites including Blackjack, Video Poker, Keno, Scratch Cards and even massive progressive slots. Jackpots for progressive slots have been known to reach the millions online. The online casino even promotes the winners names and/or photos so you can get a look at their happy faces. The next big perk about playing casino online is the bonuses for just signing up. For example, the best casino will offer you in excess of $1000 FREE for just signing up. This way they start your bankroll for you so you can continue to be entertained. Of course there are terms and conditions before withdrawing any monies. If all the online casinos just threw away thousands of dollars it wouldn’t be the billion dollar industry it is today. This doesn’t mean you don’t win – in fact online casinos success is based on the fact that it does produce major winners. Take the Poker pros for example; pros like Phil Ivey have become millionaires by simply playing poker online.

Finding the best casino online however is where the real challenge lies. Like stated above it is a highly competitive industry and new casinos seem to be popping up every day. If you visit a site like Gold Online Casino first, they can give you some important information first before making a real money deposit. It’s always best to review casino sites first and find out what others may be saying. This way you take the necessary steps by playing it safe first. With online casinos comes the fly by nights just trying to steal your money. Caution is always recommended.

Advanced Poker Strategies For Tournament

Your position in a poker game is defined by the game plans and strategies adopted by you. All these strategies are directed to manipulate your opponent player’s intuitive thinking and decision making. The competitive strength of your opponents is the major criteria of choosing a suitable strategy. Being constantly mindful about the playing style of your opponents is necessary but once you are in control of a better game you must concentrate more on planning your moves.

Some of the major winning strategies are as follows:

* Learn to take stock of your probabilities by appropriating pot odds in relation to the odds of winning. When you are betting high either your odds of winning should be higher than your pot odds or you should be holding a strong hand.

* You can misjudge your opponents by blindly making calls in the first round of bets. This would confuse your opponents regarding the kind of hands held by you. Whenever you call for strong bets while holding a weak hand, you are actively bluffing. This encourages the other players to fold stronger hands.

* Your expressions and moves should be convincingly deceiving during the initial rounds. But as the game advances you must discreetly take a reverse approach making honest moves while others are expecting your indications and actions to be deceiving. This would baffle your opponent more than anything else which would give you the advantage of wrong moves made by them out of wrong guesses. The deceptive practice of entering low bets with superior hands is known as slow playing. Ignoring such strategies will render you quite transparent to your enemies.

* The whole team facing you might be taking a hard line, by reckless betting, frequent showdowns and constantly raising pots. But before you follow suit it would be wiser to consider your chances with the kind of hands you posses. It is better to take a silent approach to mask the potency of the combination of your hand.

* Do not be intimidated by the stacks held by your opponent. In case of deep stack tournaments you can have your chips the next day rather than playing too close with a low stack. Furthermore, if you have ample blinds you need not panic about losing chips.

* Use your blinds wisely at the right time. Before moving in your hands you should take into account the number of players left and what kind of call you would likely get. If you are pushing in Ace Rags you better do it in late position when there is less number of players.

* Never overvalue your challengers. Even under losing situations you should have complete presence of mind and always remember that one single move can turn things around.

Mobile Casinos Are the Next Big Thing in Online Gambling

If you thought it was convenient to play blackjack online 24/7 at home, just wait till you try mobile gambling. The mobile casino is the next logical step in the online casino industry, bringing your favorite online games right to your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone. There are even a few older model phones that support mobile gaming, but for the most part, it’s geared toward today’s smart phones.

Mobile web casinos mean that you can play wherever you can get a 3G connection. Until recently, it was a big enough deal that you could gamble any time using your computer at home, but now you can pretty much gamble anywhere as well. There are three basic approaches to using your mobile device for online wagering: using the mobile version of the site itself; using an iPhone app; or using an Android app.

In many cases, you can use your smart phone simply by going to the mobile version of your favorite casino’s website. If it doesn’t already have a mobile version, it probably will soon: the market is just too lucrative to ignore. You would play on your handheld device just as you would on your computer at home. Everything’s smaller, but you have access to the same games, same prizes, and same bonuses.

iPhone apps are slow in coming, though they do exist. The UK’s Betfair, Ireland’s Paddy Power, and Austria’s Bwin are three European sites that offer iPhone betting apps specific to their sites. Betfair and Paddy Power apps work only in the UK and Ireland, while Bwin’s only works in the UK and Austria, as of late 2010, though other countries are expected to be added rapidly.

Android mobile casino apps look like they will be more abundant, due to the non-proprietary nature of the Android operating system and the growing popularity of Android phones in Europe. The Irish Betdaq is staking its fortunes on Android apps, on the belief that while the iPhone has fueled the expansion of smart mobile devices in general, Androids may be the better long-term option, not least because getting an app approved for the iPhone Apps store is not easy.

There is little doubt about the future of mobile gambling. While currently only about 5% of the bets placed online are done on mobile devices, this number is expected to rocket to more like 50% over the next three to five years. A recent survey by Juniper Research on mobile gaming markets shows that mobile casinos are expanding rapidly, and could see mobile wagers exceeding $48 billion by the year 2015!

For the most part, the most popular games on mobile devices mirror the most popular games in internet gambling in general: slots, poker, and blackjack. An Android app titled “Video Poker,” which is not a web casino game, did not take long to garner 50,000 downloads. Another non-casino game, “Cherry Slot Machine,” is a free Android app and is also one of the top Android gaming apps. Clearly there is a hunger for these games, and it’s just a matter of time before online casinos embrace mobile casino apps en masse.

Badugi, Paduki, or Padooki, It’s Online Poker Fun

No matter whether you call it Badugi or Padooki, this poker game of Korean origin is making inroads on internet poker sites. I recently started playing on and I find the game challenging, frustrating, and mostly fun.

If you are not familiar with Badugi, you can read a description of the game on Wikipedia. Basically, each player is dealt 4 cards and has three draws to make the lowest hand possible. Only cards of different rank and suit are counted when hands are compared to determine a winning hand. Since Aces always count as low in Badugi, the best hand in Badugi is 4-3-2-A with no cards being the same suit. The worst Badugi hand is having the 4 kings.

Starting Hand Strategy

The various strategies that players can use when playing limit Badugi are what make the game so challenging. Let’s say you were dealt 5♦ 7♣ K♣ K♥ as your starting hand. If you keep your 3-card hand and discard the King of clubs, the odds of getting a usable spade to complete your 4-card Badugi are slightly less than 50%. There are only 10 spades available that can help your hand as the 5, 7, and K of spades would pair cards you already have and therefore would not improve your hand. If you were to hit your Badugi on a draw, the odds are still against you wining the pot if several players stay in the hand until the end. Your K-high Badugi would lose to any Badugi with a high card lower than the King. If you draw no cards to improve your hand, then you end up with a 3-card K-7-5, which is a sure loser. Knowing this to be true, most players would discard both Kings in the above example. This strategy leaves them with needing to draw 2 usable cards to complete their Badugi and does not guarantee that they will have a low Badugi. The player who chooses to keep the 3-card hand may still end up with a winner as he might draw a low heart to replace the K in an early draw, then hit a low, usable spade in a later draw. Complicated, isn’t it? In my experience, you should shoot for an 8-high Badugi or lower. Nine or 10-high is risky and anything higher is probably going to lose if there are several players in the hand.

Betting Strategy

Players love to chase hands in low-limit Badugi, more so than in No-limit Texas Hold’em. I’m guilty of chasing more often than I should. You can use this to your advantage to increase the size of your winning pots. You must pay attention to how many cards players are drawing each round. Are they drawing 2 or more cards or are they drawing only one? Did they draw less cards the second round then they did the first? Is anyone standing pat and not drawing any cards? These are all clues you can use to determine your hand’s chances of winning. A player who stands pat on the first or second draw probably has a Badugi, but it may not be a low Badugi. If you have a 7-high or lower 3-card hand, you would want to stay in the game until after the third draw on the hopes of hitting a lower Badugi. Many players will stay in with even higher 3-card hands and they are the ones who usually end up losing their chips. The key to success in Badugi is to make players pay to stay in a hand when you are strong. If everyone is still drawing cards and you have a 5-high 3-card hand or better, or you have a Badugi, then you need to be betting and raising. Do not let anyone get free cards. Any player you get to fold by your aggressive betting increases you chance of raking in the pot.

Bluffing can also be effective in Badugi, especially when you are in position. I will address bluffing in a future article. This post is nowhere near being a comprehensive guide to Badugi poker. I suggest that you go to an online site like and try the game on a play- money table. This is a great way to learn the game and develop your own strategy.

Online Gambling Reviews – Who Really Are Some of the Top Poker Rooms & Casino Contenders?

For real players, you know that playing free games without money are absolutely different than playing with real money. Money games are more controlled and realistic, you will really think of the best strategies and analyze fundamentally since you bet some money. Gambling online is even much more fun; there are many variations of games, strategies, and rules. Just choose any table, and you are there.

The games are for everyone who is ready to take challenge. There is online roulette, blackjack, bingo, poker, and so on with still many varieties within each. To join any, you just simply sign up and deposit some money. Here are some preliminary reviews of online gambling sites to help you choose.

1. Casino Tropez – The site has minimum deposit of $20 and $100 for some program offered. There is download and no-download version, both are great and offer wide game selection. You can find all the well-known games here.

2. Casino on Net – This is a cool place to play, as a part of 888 holdings group; you can say this site is listed on London Stock Exchange. Casino on Net is the biggest and the oldest in the online gambling industry.

3. Europa Casino – This site is designed luxurious, as to fit the “offline” design of European Casino. There are numerous varieties of games with excellent graphics. The sign up bonus is $2,450. Many players here come from Europe, and so, many speak European languages while playing.

4. Euro Grand – This one is also European based, offer both download and no-download version. The welcome bonus is 300% or up to 300 USD or Pounds. For those who pay in Pounds, there will be matching bonus up to 300 Pounds. There is also bonus for second deposit. This is one of the best in European online gambling industry.

5. Vegas Red – The site has more than 100 games. Playing in Vegas Red will feel like playing at home, really like a real live game. For new players, there are welcome bonuses of 100%. Second deposit will be awarded 25%. While the third and fourth have bonus of 50% and 10% respectively. Interesting, right?

6. Party Casino – This site is launched by Party Gaming, the multi- billion player in the online gambling industry. It is well-known for its casino games, slots, and progressive jackpots. Sign up bonus 100% up to $500 match bonus.

These are some of the top poker rooms and casino sites. You now have a general outlook at some of the top online gambling sites available. There are more review sites online that can also share similar reports regarding online poker and casino sites. This can also help you before choosing which gambling site to consider. However, not all are available for US players, but since there are many sites you will always find alternatives.

Can Online Poker Algorithms Be Cracked?

The online poker phenomenon has inspired many players to learn more than just how to play poker, but how to win using advanced strategies and techniques. Online poker differs a great deal from live poker in that the online games are chiefly controlled by a set of sophisticated algorithms and programs.

These poker algorithms can control many aspects of the game including the cards you are dealt, the probability of your poker hand winning and how often you can win a pot. Although it is generally accepted that online poker is fair there are still many that believe the full tilt rigged and PokerStars rigged arguments. Mostly these arguments arise from the poker bad beats experienced so often by good players losing to donkey plays.

In order for the pokersites to appear fair they have taken many measures to simulate a fair game through the use of advanced poker algorithms. For example, PokerStars claims to use a complex formula in their shuffling algorithm to prevent anyone from easily learning how to crack the PokerStars RNG. Likewise the full tilt poker random number generator uses similar measures.

Nevertheless, many players will look for ways to exploit the software that poker sites use in controlling poker hands dealt to players. One of the most common ‘crack poker’ claims is that you are able to see your opponent’s hole cards. This is virtually impossible since the hole card data can only be sent to the recipient computer that is logged in under that account. In other words, unless you are logged into your opponents account and can intercept the data packet; it is impossible to view any of your opponent’s hole cards.

The real answer behind the question to crack poker online is in these secret poker algorithms and understanding how they work. A quick study of what is going on behind the program will allow any player, novice or experienced to easily understand why bad beats occur, how the poker software determines winners, and how you can consistently win with this knowledge.

The bottom line is: understand the poker software and you will understand how to win and crack poker online.

A Review of My Online Gambling World

If you want to relax yourself after hard-working, what will you do? Some people prefer going to the pub with friends or colleagues, others prefer watching TV at home. But now, I want to show you another way to release from tension. It is called casino online.

Now I introduce you My Online Gambling World, a famous online slots guide, which can present you the best properties to gamble online. Maybe you are not familiar with the most popular casino games online. Don’t worry. It doesn’t matter. You can get a detailed guidance about various kinds of casino games online such as Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Slot Machine and Video Poker etc. The guidance information includes not only the basic rules of the games, but also the strategy tips. With the help of them, you can enjoy the games for a longer time and save extra money.

Also, you can get a lot of online casino reviews from My Online Gambling World which can provide you much information about the bonus offers, player rewards and 24/7 customer service etc. Remember to read them first so that you can choose a gambling site which is truly good and safe.

If you are interested in us online casino, just go and visit My Online Gambling World. It is a good idea to regard it as your personal internet gambling guide because it offers the excitement of live gaming “in real time with real people” as well as private gaming. You will be relaxed by playing the online games here.

Bluffing in Poker, the Overrated Concept?

If you speak to any non poker player about bluffing in poker then they will tend to exaggerate the importance of it. Usually this is caused by poker literature and Hollywood making the concept more important than what it actually is. Do not get me wrong here, poker bluffing certainly has its uses and no more so that in no-limit hold’em where one well timed bet can and will take down the pot.

But novice poker players and non poker players fail to understand that true expertise in poker is arrived at by skilfully balancing many individual concepts of which bluffing just happens to be one of them. Poker bluffing is of no more importance than areas like table selection, bankroll management, using position, good value betting, understanding the maths and any other factor that combines into the making of a good poker player.

However it is important that you bluff in poker and bluff well. The bottom line is that if nobody bluffed in poker then every single player would be dependent on their card strength in order to win a pot. This would essentially make no-limit hold’em nothing more than a card holding contest where the player with the best hand won the pot all the time.

Most of the time though, players will not have got a worthwhile hand or at least they will not have got a hand that can take any heat. The actual betting or raising with chips when you have no hand is the easy part; an absolute beginner can do that. The hard part is selecting the right moments to bluff and also the right players.

We will have a look at a couple of examples here to highlight both good and bad timing in the art of bluffing. This first example has us playing in a $2-$4 no-limit game and the cut-off raises to $14 and the button calls. Both of these players have got $500 stacks. The small blind folds and we have the 8s-6s in the big blind. Here would be a good spot to bluff raise. The original raiser is likely raising on a very wide range from the cut-off.

The caller on the button knows this and has called with a speculative hand to try and use their position to their advantage after the flop. Position is a huge weapon in poker and the button is trying to outplay the cut-off after the flop. If they had a real hand then they would have certainly three bet. So here a three bet by the big blind is based on the apparently weak call by the button and the wide raising range of the

Poker is a game of incomplete information so we cannot be certain that the cut-off or the button for that matter do not have a powerful hand. But we are using probability and our opponent’s actions to guide our bluff. We are also using our opponents stack sizes as well as if the original raiser had a very short stack then the likelihood that they would shove all-in is too large and this nullifies the play.

Let us look at another example of poker bluffing in action only this time, the bluff is badly timed. The UTG player raises to $14 in our NL400 game and the UTG+1 three bets to $50. It is folded around to us and we re-raise with the same 8s-6s to $200 the UTG player folds but the three bettor shoves all-in and we fold losing $200. There was a massive difference here compared to the first example. The original raise came not from the cut-off but from the UTG position and players have far stronger ranges when they open from this seat.

Despite knowing this, the player to their left still re-raised which indicated a very powerful hand. So to launch a bluff in this situation was bad poker and we should have simply folded. I am going to look at another example here of a successful bluff before we move on. You are in the big blind again and it is folded around to the button who open raises to $14 in our NL400 game.

This player has open raised every time it has been folded to them which now equals about half a dozen times in total. We re-raise from the big blind to $55 and the button calls. The flop is J-7-4 and we bet three quarters of the pot on the flop and they fold. You will have noticed that I have not even mentioned our cards in this example. That was deliberate because in this instance we didn’t even look at them. We merely launched a bluffing attempt based on the playing pattern of the button and then merely followed it through with a bet on the flop.

This brings me on to another vital concept of bluffing and that is one of commitment. Quite often poker bluffing involves betting on several streets. As you move up through the levels then single street bluffing will be less effective because your stronger opponents will call you down far lighter than what the players at the lower levels will do. An example may go something like this; we raise form the cut-off with the 9s-8s and are called by the button.

The flop comes 10d-3d-2s and we make a continuation bet into the pot that gets called. The turn card comes and is the 7h giving us nothing but a straight draw and our opponent who actually called us with the A-7 has now picked up a pair on the turn and calls again (obviously we don’t know that they have paired).

The river card is a king and we bet the pot on the end and our opponent thinks for a while and folds. Betting on multiple streets takes nerves and it isn’t something that you can do with a limited bankroll as it massively increases variance but it is an essential part of poker bluffing.

Advantages of Casino Games Online

Casino games online are like an earthly heaven for those who love gambling. Gone are the days when people who love to gamble have to wait for the vacation, book a flight to their favorite city and enjoy the world of thrill and excitement. Online gambling games provide gamblers far more opportunities than there are available at offline casinos. However, before searching for casino games online, one must understand that not all of the youngsters are eligible to play these tricky games. There is a certain age limit, only those above 21 years of age group are eligible to play these games, whether online or offline.

There are enormous advantages of casino games online; a few of them are shared below.

Games For Free

The most appealing and inviting aspect of casino games online is the fact that the majority of online casinos give you an opportunity to play all gambling games almost for free. As for those who charge, the amount is almost negligible as compared to the vast world of gaming opening in front of you.


Online casinos offer you a variety of games at your doorstep. There are certain games that are specialty of a region or particular spot of the country, if you search that game on any casino halls online you will be astonished to find out that not just that original game is available, there are a number of versions of that games present online.

Reduced Cost

Casino games online cut your expenses at the lowest level providing you the opportunity to invest your money for your pleasure. Now if you want to play slots, blackjack or any other similar game, you do not have to travel to any other city or state to take the pleasure. Just join the online casino and you can get the pleasure at your doorstep, sitting comfortably in your bed.

Excellent Packages

No offline casino present whether in Macao or in Los Angeles, is able to compete with vast variety of packages available on an online casino. You can get as many games as you can imagine. Just take a look at the board of the applications available at a particular online casino and you can select the one you are most fond of.

Availability & Accessibility

Another major advantage of casino games online is their easy accessibility and the convenience they offer. Unlike the offline casino and gambling world where the process is quite complicated, casino online games are quite easy to access. To enjoy gambling in an offline casino you’ll have to invest huge amounts of money and in addition you might have to travel to places that are considered as niche of casinos. Unlike all this fuss and hindrance, casino games online are very easy to access. On most of the online casinos, you just have to sign up and set up an account. Website will offer you sign up balance, have a look on the board of games and start playing your favorite casino games online.