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Ukash Poker Deposits: No Safer Way to Pay and Play Online

Written on May 21, 2015

There’s a good reason why Ukash poker sites have become so prevalent in today’s global internet gambling market. Ukash is a popular deposit method at approximately 200 online poker rooms throughout the world, including all of the most respected operators like PokerStars, Full Tilt, PartyPoker and PKR, just to name a few.

The online payment solution is best known for providing ultimate security for its users. Ukash vouchers can be purchased online or at more than 420,000 retail locations throughout 57 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, Africa, The Middle East and beyond. If the name didn’t … Read More

Could PartyPoker become another Sister-Site of PokerStars? Acquisition on the Table

Written on May 20, 2015

Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment has deep roots, dating back to the pre-merger origins of bwin (formerly betandwin) and PartyGaming, both established in 1997. For years, the company has seen great success in online poker, casino and sports betting industries, but in an ever-changing market where PokerStars rules the roost, has finally decided to throw in the towel… and Amaya Gaming wants to be right there it pick it up.

As you probably already know, Amaya Gaming was the diminutive Montreal-based company that exploded into a worldwide leader in iGaming last year following the bold $4.9 billion acquisition of … Read More

Skrill Poker Deposits: 36 Million Satisfied Customers can’t be Wrong

Written on May 18, 2015

Anyone who is familiar with real-money online gambling has surely heard of the online payment processing company known as Skrill, or at least by its former name, Moneybookers. Skrill poker payments have been always been popular among players looking to deposit and withdrawal at their favorite iGaming websites. Since expanding its services into the regulated US market, Skrill has quickly risen among the ranks to the #1 spot among eWallets used for internet gaming purposes.

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Moneybookers was incorporated in 2001 and launched its electronic payment services in April 2002, drawing nearly … Read More

Limit Cash Games are Back at WSOP NV, returning soon to NJ

Written on May 15, 2015 is by far the most popular legally regulated online poker room in the Nevada, and the runner-up to the Party Borgata Network in New Jersey. Due to a technical glitch earlier this year, some members of the WSOP NV and WSOP NJ poker sites were dismayed to learn that Fixed Limit cash games had been removed from the software.

Those same players will be glad to know that, as of last Sunday, limit cash games have been reinstated at WSOP NV, and will soon be available once more to NJ players.

Back in February, all fixed … Read More

Neteller Poker Sites: Global Convenience at the Click of a Button

Written on May 13, 2015

At one time, online payment processors came a dime a dozen, and sadly, that’s about what most of them were worth a decade ago. For more than 15 years, Neteller has stood out among the masses as one of the most reliable, trusted and secure eWallets on the internet. As such, the availability of Neteller poker deposits and withdrawals has become a precedent for online gamers when seeking out a new card gaming destination.

Neteller launched in 1999 with the singular goal of becoming the world’s number one online payment service for the internet gambling industry. It didn’t take long … Read More

Human Poker Pros win Man VS Machine Challenge against AI Poker Bot Claudico

Written on May 11, 2015

Two weeks ago, an epic challenge began in the poker room of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Rivers Casino. The most advanced AI poker bot of our time, Claudico, began an 80,000-hands heads-up duel with four of the world’s leading poker pros. The action finally came to an end on Friday, where three of the four human challengers came out on top.

Esteemed poker players Jason Les, Bjorn Li, Dong Kim and Doug Polk agreed to take on the renowned AI poker bot, created by a team of developers at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. There was no … Read More

Welcome to the DurrrrChallenge

Who 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.

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