September 30, 2014
The transition from an analog to digital production of random events is a complex affair. Digital gambling platforms stage chance or random events using algorithms called Random Number Generators (RNG). These algorithms are an essential part of the software that guarantees games are fair for all participants. In online poker, for example, attention is focused on the randomness of the shuffle. In online slots software produces an aleatory alignment of the reels. It is important for online casinos to be transparent about the software they use, as the online gambling industry is highly reliant on gamblers’ trust. One way of gaining that trust is getting industry certifications that guarantee fairness. Online gambler networks are also key in building an online casino’s reputation, with websites such as Casino Scam Report offering user reviews based on experience and trust. Poker bots (software that takes the place of players) are unfortunately common in online poker, and user networks work hard to identify them. There are literally thousands of online casinos, so here are three software-related things that you have to keep in mind when choosing where to play.
September 4, 2014
Gambling is a cultural practice defined by chance or what the ancient Greeks called alea. As such, gamblers have little or no control over the outcome. It is important to keep this undeniable fact in mind when spending a few bucks in a bricks-and-mortar or online casino. Unpredictability is just one element that makes gambling fun, right? But it’s not so much fun when the odds are not in your favor and winning becomes an obsession (a recreational gambler with the right gambling mentality remembers not to chase his losses).
While some forms of gambling, like poker (either online or in a traditional venue), require some level of skill in bluffing and reading other players, most forms of gambling are purely defined by chance. This means that whatever control you think you have over the outcome is merely an illusion. Games of pure chance include roulette, slot machines and bingo.
August 11, 2014
Multi-table poker allows players the opportunity to maximize earning potential while playing online. When a player becomes consistent at a level, they have the option to either increase limits or add more tables at the existing limits. Like moving up in limits, changing game type or playing against new players, adding more tables to your session means harnessing new skills.
Playing within your bankroll and playing in a game where you have an advantage are keys to success in multi-table poker. However, just because you have an advantage in a single-table game doesn’t mean you will have the same advantage if you add more tables.
July 15, 2014
You understand the power of position, you are able to fold a good hand based on the action and you are comfortable playing speculative hands like suited connectors and small pairs. Basically, you have mastered the basics of poker and are now ready to take your game to the next level.
Ask any professional poker player and they will tell you your skill level has very little to do with what cards you are holding and more to do with what’s happening around you. Here are some tips that may seem basic at first, but are critical to transitioning from a beginning player to one that is in control of the table.
Success in poker relies on understanding how your opponents play and looking for opportunities to exploit them. There is no reason to get creative or bluff an opponent if they will call you down with bottom pair.
If your opponent plays a loose game, you should be tightening up. On the other hand, if your opponent plays tight, then you need to widen your range and apply pressure to collect chips when they fail to hit their hand.