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North Carolina Gaming LawsWritten on November 13, 2013
Gambling isn’t exactly a big business in North Carolina. There are precisely two legal, brick-and-mortar facilities in the entire state that are authorized to present betting activities – Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Cherokee Tribal Bingo. Both are Native American run gambling establishments, each equipped with slot machines, table games and/or poker tables, and both are located in the city of Cherokee, Swain County, North Carolina. That’s not to say that the Tar Heel State’s 9.75 million populace isn’t brimming with poker playing enthusiasts – just that there aren’t many opportunities for those card gamers to partake in their favorite … Read More
New Jersey Online Poker LawsWritten on October 31, 2013
For online poker fans, it’s a great time to live in the state of New Jersey. Since spring of this year, the state has implemented a multitude of new laws, guidelines and amendments all geared towards the legalization and regulation of real money online poker and casino gambling. The tentative launch date of November 26, 2013 is just a month away, and there doesn’t seem to be any obstacles blocking their path that would push that date any further back.
With a population of nearly 9 million and a strong land-based poker regime, there are thousands upon thousands of … Read More
Nebraska’s Stance on GamingWritten on October 25, 2013
Although most people (outside of American history buffs) don’t realize it, Nebraska was once a major hub for gambling in the United States. In fact, Omaha was teeming with casino gambling throughout the 1800’s and a decent portion of the 1900’s as well, despite the fact that all forms of gambling were illegal in Nebraska (up until 1934, when pari-mutuel horse race betting was permitted). Today, there are multiple forms of regulated gambling in the Cornhusker State, but online poker is not one of them. That’s not to say that online poker laws in Nebraska prohibit the activity, just that … Read More
Nevada Online Poker LawsWritten on October 2, 2013
Anyone residing in the US state of Nevada who has an interest in online poker is surely aware that the Silver State is not only acquiesce to the concept of a regulated online poker market, but that it was the very first state to launch a legal, real-money online poker site in the US. Online poker laws in Nevada are incredibly dense, and restrict not just how operators can present their products, but also how players can take part in those services.
One area of Nevada’s online poker laws that may not be perfectly clear to card gaming enthusiasts … Read More
Legit US Poker RoomsWritten on September 20, 2013
The most legitimate poker sites worldwide are always worth seeking out, as they represent everything that a player is looking for in the arena of online gaming. Once you’ve found a site that meets your needs, then you can concentrate on more important things like choosing the proper tournament or outwitting a clever opponent.
This page details some of the most reputable online poker rooms in the world. It also includes some tips on what to look for when deciding whether or not a virtual card room is reliable. You’ll still have to contend with other players in order to … Read More
Visa Gift Card Poker CompatibilityWritten on September 13, 2013
Visa gift card poker sites are springing up with greater frequency, and their portability and convenience make them an ideal present for the gambler in your life. These cards function like a debit card, which means they’re a viable deposit alternative for anyone looking to add funds to their online poker account. Within only a few seconds of logging into the poker room of your choice, you’ll be able to transfer funds, pick a game, and dive right into a real money poker game.
Best Visa Gift Card Accepting Sites !
- US Friendly Poker Site
- Credit Card Deposits
- Accepts eCheck
Welcome to the DurrrrChallengeWho is this man Durrrr ? At just 22 years of age, Tom Dwan has become one of the most respected poker pros in the history of the game. From nosebleed cash games to some of the world's largest live and online poker tournaments, the man they call "durrrr" can be found everywhere. Recently, Dwan issued the Million Dollar Challenge: open to any member of the poker community except Phil "OMGClayAiken" Galfond, the challenge requires opponents to play Dwan in 50,000 hands of $200/$400 or higher on four tables at a time. If either player drops below 75 big blinds in their stack at any point, they must reload. At the conclusion of the Pot Limit Omaha or No Limit Hold'em hands, a winner will be crowned. If Dwan is ahead by $1 or more, his opponent must fork over $500,000. If Dwan's opponent is ahead by $1 or more, the youngster has offered to pay $1.5 million. In each case, the victor will also keep the spoils of the 50,000 hands of play. In addition to the money, the Million Dollar Challenge is about bragging rights.
The Challenge, as you'd expect, generated a considerable amount of buzz even before any poker pros raised their hands to play. However, three of the game's best will face Dwan and receive 3:1 odds on their money: Patrik Antonius, Phil Ivey, and David Benyamine. The latter two are World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet holders; in fact, Ivey owns five of them. In 2005, Antonius won the prestigious European Poker Tour (EPT) Baden event. He also finished third in the 2007 WSOP World Championship of Pot Limit Omaha for $311,000. The trio combines for $5.25 million in career WSOP cashes. Ivey and Antonius are both members of Team Full Tilt.
Dwan also has plenty of live tournament experience. He made the televised final table and finished fourth in the World Poker Tour's (WPT) Foxwoods Poker Finals during Season VI for $324,000. He's appeared on NBC's "National Heads-Up Poker Championship" and "Poker After Dark."
First up for Dwan is Antonius. Designated Pot Limit Omaha tables have already been set up on Full Tilt Poker to host the spectacle. Keep checking back for up to the minute details on one of the world's most unique Real Money Texas Holdem Challenge.
Myths about Texas Holdem and the Challenge
Myths can be useful. On the surface they provide plausible explanations of why things are the way they are. Beyond that, they keep believers from discovering the truth, allowing those who know better to profit at the expense of others’ naiveté.
In poker, the abundance of myths certainly keeps play interesting. Following are a dozen of the most pervasive ones, many of which encourage inexperienced players to put more in the pot than they should or inhibit potentially good ones from playing at all.
- Poker is a game of chance . The inventor of this one obviously wanted to entice more novices to stop studying the game, give up calculating odds and put their chips in the hands of fate (with “fate” being a particularly good player). Quite the contrary, scientific research has shown that a player’s talent is the single most important determinant of success. Winning poker is about six parts skill for every one part luck.
- Good players always win. Don’t tell that to anyone who has ever finished second at a World Series of Poker (WSOP) title event. Even in cash games, the randomness of the cards is still a factor. Although good players succeed more than they fail—perhaps 60% or even 70% of the time—lose they most certainly do, walking away to play another day. That means there is at least an opportunity for lesser players to take them down.
- Winners must be super aggressive. Hollywood might like that script, and relentless pressure certainly has its place, especially in big money tournaments. But in cash play and limit games, it can actually work against a good player. Most successful professionals, like a Chip Reese or a Dan Harrington, are selectively aggressive. They can turn it on or off and will go full throttle only for short periods of time.
- Great poker players are born, not made. There might be such a thing as “natural poker talent,” but it is no substitute for experience and learning. Many of the top players today have an aptitude for math; they are good with numbers and quick at making calculations. Others are masters of human psychology. But those are just foundations on which to build their poker prowess. It takes playing in real game situations to develop one’s skills to the point of greatness.
- Poker is a man’s game. This has to be true, right guys? Just look at the WSOP poker rankings—all men—except for Annie Duke, Kathy Liebert, Jennifer Harman Traniello, Vanessa Selbst, Vanessa Rousso, Annette Obrestad, Joanne Liu, Liv Boeree and ten other women who have earned more than $1 million at the tables, not to mention dozens of other females who now play professionally. Sorry fellas, but it’s time to apologize to the ladies for this myth.
- Poker is all about reads . Players who can identify poker tells and understand what they mean certainly have an advantage. But if that were the secret to success, nobody would ever be successful online, where opponents are faceless, bodiless and perhaps just poker bots with poor programming. It’s much more important to know how to play your own cards than to focus on mind reading.
- Bad players ruin the game . That might be true at the Blackjack table, but in poker, bad players are the fish that feed the sharks. Even the ones that consistently overplay hands, raising when they should fold, staying in and catching lucky draws on the River, will eventually feed the chip stacks of the better players at a table. Bad players welcome!
- Losing bluffs help big hands win. Folks who subscribe to this baloney truly believe that they can’t get opponents to go along with their monster hands unless it appears they might be bluffing. What nonsense! Although getting caught in a bluff isn’t the worst thing that can happen in poker, it should never be a player’s intention. The sole purpose of bluffing is to turn a weak hand into a winner, not to advertise incompetence. Good players win big on big hands regardless of whether they bluffed previously or not.
- Online poker is fixed . Pardon the double entendre. Online poker is certainly not fixed (rigged) but it has been fixed (corrected) ever since the poker cheating scandals of 2005-07, involving Absolute Poker and UltimateBet. Today’s reputable online poker rooms are secure, monitored by regulators and audited to prevent any types of cheating or scams. If the games were ever found to be unfair, users and the industry would come down on them like a flopped flush on a pocket pair.
- It’s easier to win online than at live tables. So much depends on who is playing, where and when that no generalization of this sort can be made. In fact, the opposite may be true. Las Vegas poker regulars say a constant flow of tourists makes winning there easier than online, where the same players can be seen day after day. Online multi-tabling also means a single shark can feed on more fish, so in that respect it may be even more difficult to succeed in the virtual version.
- More bad beats occur online . It sure might seem like this is true, especially to anyone who has played a lot online and off. But it’s mainly a mathematical illusion. Online play is faster, meaning more hands per hour at the table and, hence, more bad beats in total than at real tables, where play is much, much slower. On the other hand, a real contributing factor might be looser play at online tables, leading to more bad breaks.
- Playing Texas Holdem for money is illegal . Unfortunately, this is true in some places, but not universally so. In Nevada, licensed casinos have poker rooms. In California, legal card clubs abound. New Jersey bans cash games played at home, but allows poker operated by some 12,000 organizations throughout the state. Online poker playing is lawful in most parts of the world, and some web sites welcome players from the U.S. and other countries where it is not. It is up to each individual to be aware of what laws apply, as they vary greatly from one jurisdiction to another.