I am in favor of safe, conservative approaches to pre-flop hand selection. It makes little sense to me to play marginal hands to see if I hit the flop because I know that I will only hit a hand on the flop around 30% of the time. I play poker for fun but I also play for profit. To be profitable I cannot play marginal hands in limit poker. Now I really like playing limit hold ’em. I play it profitably and I do not subject my bankroll to the wild fluctuations one finds in no-limit hold ’em. I restrict my no-limit play to tournament situations where my risk is actually fixed by the amount of the buy-in. That being said, I am always looking for ways to think about which hands to play. Ken Warren suggests a way to approach limit hold ’em that is easy to understand, allows for tight, aggressive play, and does not depend on memorization of groups of hands. In Warren’s approach you generally only play three types of hands. Below is my take on Warren’s thinking: Pairs: All pocket pairs are fair game in this category. But remember position counts so in early position play AA, KK, QQ, TT while in middle position expand to 99, 88, 77 and in late position and on the button you can expand to any pocket pair. In the blinds play even tighter than early position and limit your selection to AA, KK, QQ. Suited Ax: Suited aces are strong hands! They range in equity from quite high to just about even money. In this group position rules as well. From the blinds play AKs, AQs, and from early position expand to AJs through A9s. Middle position adds A8s and A7s while in late position and the button you can play A6s through A2s. Blackjack Hands (hands that add up to 20 or 21): The value of cards is the same as in blackjack. An Ace is 11 while all picture cards are valued at 10. All other cards are worth their face value. AJ equals 21 while KJ equals 20 as does A9. I tend to avoid these hands with the...Read More
The month of September came to a close this past Saturday and the Ohio State Buckeyes have clearly established themselves as the nation’s No. 1 team. Three of the team’s first five wins have come over ranked opponents with two of those wins coming on the road. OSU beat then-No. 2 Texas (defending champs) in Austin back on September 9 (24-7) and last Saturday night trounced No. 13 Iowa by the score of 38-17. QB Troy Smith has now led OSU to 12 straight wins (12-0 ATS as well) and enters the month of October as the Heisman front-runner. My entire Heisman top-10 follows. Heisman Top-10 Monday, October 2 1) TROY SMITH (Ohio State) Last Week: 1. Smith threw two TDPs in the game’s first half, as OSU led Iowa 21-10 at the half last Saturday night in Iowa City. The Buckeyes pulled away in the second half as they opened the third quarter on an 11-play 80-yard TD drive (Smith’s third TDP of the game) and followed with a FG on their next drive that not only put them up 31-10 but took eight minutes off the clock. Later in the fourth quarter, Smith tossed his career-high fourth TDP to end OSU’s scoring for the night. In the 38-17 win, Smith finished by completing 16-of-25 passes for 186 yards with four TDPs and no INTs. He even ran for 20 yards, something he’s rarely done this year. The win gives Smith a career mark of 10-1 vs ranked opponents. In leading Ohio State to 12 straight wins (the nation’s longest active winning streak after TCU lost last Thursday to BYU), he’s completed 66.2 percent of his throws for an average of 232.9 YPG with 24 TDPs and just four INTs. How’s that for a Heisman candidate? Ohio State goes ‘bowling’ next week, as the Falcons of Bowling Green visit Columbus. Smith’s season stats are: 84-of-128 65.6 percent 1,070 yards 12 TDPs 2 INTs / 22 carries 24 yards 1.1 YPC 0 TDs. 2) ADRIAN PETERSON (Oklahoma). Last Week: 2. AP and the Oklahoma Sooners had the week off and I’ll leave the junior in my second spot pending his upcoming performance against Texas...Read More
There are many things that you need to consider while looking for best poker site for freerolls. The most important thing that you must look for is the frequency of the availability of poker freerolls. Also, you need to consider the types of prize-pools available as well as the size of cash-prizes. Whether you are going to play long MTT Tourney or a freeroll poker tournament, play it carefully and strategically. Because your ultimate aim is to win some decent prize-pool including real cash for your efforts. FullTiltPoker.Com – Best Poker Room for Freeroll Tournaments FullTiltPoker.com is the best poker site for freeroll tournaments. This poker site offers four freeroll tournaments daily with a real cash prize of $150 for each. There tournaments are absolutely free and don’t require any fees to enter – no points required, no VIP membership compulsory – any member of the poker site can enter. The poker room also offers a wide range of regionally-restricted freerolls, accepting only entries from players of UK, or Ireland, or any country the freeroll is open to. This system reduces mass competition. Thus, making it easier to bag some of those huge cash-prizes. The site also offers freeroll satellites, rewarding the winner(s) a seat into a bigger tournament, including live poker events like the WSOP, WPT, EPT and more. PokerStars.com – Best Poker Room for Freerolls If Full Tilt Poker doesn’t match your requirements, or if you’d just want another option to compare to, then PokerStars.com is the next best choice. This poker site is very popular as the best poker site in the whole industry in many categories. For example, highest player traffic, most weekly guaranteed prize pools, wide range of games etc. Regarding freerolls, PokerStars.com offer lucrative cash-prizes everyday, but you are required to have some poker points saved up so that you can get on the action. There are many daily freerolls that are available with $500 and $1,000 cash prizes, with 10 point and 20 point entry requirements...Read More
Inside the Boxscores is a weekly feature from Matt Fargo that has been widely recognized as the best summation in college football. He takes an in-depth look at each game and pulls out the most pertinent information that will help you handicap games in the future. College football is filled with quirky plays, misleading scores and surprise endings. Fargo takes you inside the action. Southern Miss 19 U-C-F 14 Central Florida outgained the Golden Eagles 325-273 but turnovers were the difference. The Golden Knights fumbled at the Southern Mississippi one-yard line and also threw an interception at their own one-yard line that was returned for a touchdown. They also missed a 23-yard field goal in their only scoring chance in the first half. Southern Mississippi finished 3-14 on third down conversions. BYU 31 TCU 17 TCU actually outgained the Cougars 437-393 but the Horned Frogs could not execute in the first half and fell behind and couldn’t recover. TCU’s first four drives totaled 194 yards but a fumble inside the redzone and a missed field goal killed two opportunities. Even worse, three of those four drives were 10 plays or more. BYU finished with just 72 yards rushing on 34 carries (2.1 ypc). (2) Auburn 24 SOUTH CAROLINA 17 The Tigers dodged a huge bullet as the Gamecocks had a chance to tie this game up but turned it over on downs at the five-yard line to end the game. In the first half, South Carolina turned the ball over twice inside the Auburn 30-yard line. The Gamecocks outyarded the Tigers 349-307 but going just 1-4 inside the redzone was the ultimate difference. Auburn was held to 127 yards rushing on 35 carries (3.6 ypc). (24) Rutgers 22 SOUTH FLORIDA 20 South Florida blocked a field goal late in the fourth quarter setting up a possible game-tying drive. The Bulls drove 66 yards to pull within two points with 15 second left but the two-point conversion was unsuccessful. South Florida had three turnovers and also missed a field goal. Rutgers controlled the clock by over 14 more minutes thanks to 226 yards rushing on 45 carries (5.0 ypc). (13) Tennessee 41 MEMPHIS 7 Tennessee...Read More
The popular PokerStars Caribbean Adventure promotion is back and you can get qualified for it now on PStars.? Probably the big allure of this tournament is the fact that it is played in the Bahamas at the Atlantis Resort and Casino in early January so what better place in the world could you think of to go to play poker? This is a poker vacation that even your wife/husband could get behind if you win a prize package, so you might as well give it a shot. There are $15,000 packages to be won through satellites and of course the game is No Limit Hold’em. You can buy in directly to a satellite tournament or play in steps for as little as FPP’s (frequent player points) so you can get in for free. The winner of this event took home $2.2 Million last year, so it is well worth it for the prize money as well as the vacation. The other nice thing about these qualifying packages is that you not only get your buy in paid for, but with $15k you have plenty of money left over to pay for travel and expenses while you are there. Send your wife to the spa, go to a nice dinner, have a few drinks, whatever you want! The tournament runs January 7th to the 16th, so you have plenty of time to qualify and the earlier the better because early on in these promotions less players tend to know about them and it is easier to win your way in. There are a few promos a year that I like to make sure I try to win my way into on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker and this is certainly one of them. Go to the ‘Events’ tab and then ‘PCA’ tab to find a listing of all the satellites. I know I will be playing a few of these satellite tournaments just because I think it is a great value for your money. Good luck and hope to see you...Read More
Brett Favre on the Monday Night stage-I’m watching and playing Monday Night’s big matchup between the Packers and the Eagles. The Eagles come in as 11-point favorites as they try to light up the score board yet again this week. Brett Favre showed last week that he’s still got it throwing for 340 yards and three touchdowns. But more importantly, he didn’t throw an interception for the first time in 12 games. There are three major questions to ask when looking at Monday night’s matchup. Was Green Bay’s offensive performance last week a fluke? How much better is Philadelphia than Detroit? And there is one more question that will come up later. First off, there is no fluke about Brett Favre. The guy is perhaps the NFL’s best competitor of all time, but at times his competitiveness is to a fault. That’s why he is so prone to throwing costly interceptions. He tries to make big plays for his team by forcing throws instead of taking what the defense is giving him. The Eagles offense is looking quite a bit better than Detroit’s to answer my second question, but their defenses are comparable. Philly gave up 24 points to the 49ers last week and 30 points to the Giants the week before. However, the Packers have been very good at giving up points as well. They are allowing their opponents to score an average of 28 points per game after the first three weeks and none of their opponents have had a Donovan McNabb at quarterback or a Brain Westbrook at tailback. This leads us to the our final question which will give us our winning side. How much better is Philadelphia’s offense than the previous Packers opponents? If you can crack this egg, then you can capitalize of Monday night’s big game. Jimmy Boyd has looked at every angle of this game and I have uncovered Monday Night’s big winner. When you really go over the offensive and defensive matchups on a position by position level, the answer is clear. If you’re playing Monday Night Football this week, make sure you’re on board with Jimmy...Read More
Lottery, horse racing, casino games, sports betting and many other gambling avenues are increasingly popular among people. Sports betting like others are addictive and require one to be able to control himself so that he can enjoy watching the game and earning money at the same time. However, it is the same in all types of gambling, there are always winners and losers. So adopt the following tips to be on the right side of the game. Tip #1 – Relearn about the sport that you are placing your money on. Yes, knowing about the sport already is good but you might be too stubborn to adapt to change or be realistic about the team playing potential. In short, you need to adopt a punter perspective to look at the game instead from a fan’s point of view. Tip #2 – Plan your gaming budget to enjoy the full benefit of your income. Never bet with everything you got in a single match, unless you are completely sure that you will win. (Note: Nothing is guarantee in sports wager) Also, divide your budget equally for each of your bet. Start small if you are new. Tip #3 – Doing the necessary research is the utmost important thing to do before you place a wager. Always employ your analysis system or strategy, if not, do not bet on the game. Sports gambling may seem like an easy task, but it should be taken seriously especially because it involves money that people work hard to earn. So all the best to...Read More
Online gambling banned On Monday, 2nd October, the U.S. Congress has approved a bill to ban Internet gambling. The bill has been sent to President Bush for his signatures, after which it will become a law. The shares of online gaming companies are already experiencing a landslide with most company’s shares dropping to as much as 50%. The major players who suffered the most include PartyGaming, 888 Plc, and Sportingbet. If it becomes a law, the online banks and credit card companies in the U.S. will be prohibited to transfer pay to any online gambling companies. What is the future of online gambling companies? This is a tough forecast to make, but at present things do look like that it could signal the beginning of the end of the flourishing online gaming industry to a great extent since these online gambling companies generate a substantial amount of revenue from U.S. gamblers alone. So if this is banned in the U.S, it may well cause online gambling sites to lose the bulk of their revenue. The online gambling companies for sure won’t sit and just watch as millions are at stake for each of them. But we have to keep our fingers crossed and wait and watch what...Read More
Football is a very popular sport in the world and there are many celebrated teams in the history of NFL. In addition, there are many fans sites that dedicated themselves to provide up to date football news, discussion forums and also football betting tips. Now, fans can watch their favorite football team played and make money at the same time. Some are satisfied with just earning a few bucks while some treat it as a serious source of income. Of course, some win while some lose and all of us want to be on the winning side. Here is some football betting secrets that you should not miss. Secret #1 – There is no such thing as guaranteed victory for the team. So you can be 100% sure that your bet will win but you need to do the necessary homework to make sure that the winning chances are close to 100%. Secret #2 – The public is your worst enemy. Do not follow the general consensus. If everyone is right about the match every time, sports bookmakers would be out of business and not prospering right now. Secret #3 – Don’t bet on your favourite teams. It affects your judgment when deciding the wager. Avoid them and instead focus on other less popular teams and reap the benefits of the better odds. Secret #4 – Stick to your plan and follow it through. Review and learn from your mistakes. A lot of people lose and blame everyone else besides himself. Remember you place the wager, not others! Bear in mind the 4 secrets when you place football bets and I hope that you can win lots of money from the...Read More
If you have ever played craps, you probably noticed the don’t pass betting area that wraps around the table right beside the pass line. Chances are that no one had a bet on it either. This does not mean that it is a bad bet. In fact, the don’t pass is the best bet on the craps table. Mathematically, with a don’t pass bet the casino only has a 1.36 % advantage over you. Once a point is established, and you can lay odds against the point number, the house advantage begins to drop dramatically. If you lay double odds, the advantage for the casino is 0.45%. So why is it that you so rarely see players betting the don’t pass? First of all, it is poorly promoted by casinos as an option. When you walk up to the table and ask how to play, the dealer will tell you to make a pass line bet. It’s not unheard of for a dealer to suggest the don’t pass, but it is done infrequently. Secondly, people often are not interested in playing the don’t pass. They feel that they are betting against the shooter and that this is rude and will bring them bad luck. To be honest, a don’t pass bet is betting against the shooter. The person throwing the dice is trying to roll the point number before rolling a seven. However, the don’t pass bet will win if the seven DOES roll before the point number is repeated. Although business and social forces discourage don’t pass betting, it remains an option on the game and there is no reason not to play it. The seven is the most common number that the dice are going to roll and this means it is more likely that the don’t pass will win when there is a point number. The toughest part about winning on the don’t pass is during the come out roll. At this stage of the game the don’t pass will lose when a seven or eleven roll. But if your bet can survive the threat posed by the seven during the come out roll, then you have an excellent chance of...Read More
Media exposure has helped to make poker more popular than ever before in the last few years. While all types of poker have become more popular free poker online has become increasingly popular. Many people enjoy playing poker online but do not want to spend their money to play, which makes these free poker sites so popular. Playing free poker has many benefits for those who choose to play. Some benefits include being able to sharpen your poker skills for free, taking the opportunity to relax and enjoy the game from home, and the opportunity to meet other people who enjoy poker.
Everyone can use some time to sharpen their poker skills no matter how long they have been playing. Free poker lets players improve their skills while not having to part with any money. Playing poker for money can get expensive so free poker can help you develop your skills for playing poker for money. You can also relax and enjoy free poker games from your home. Many people do not want to come home from work and have to go out again so free poker online appeals to them since they can play from their homes. You will also have the ability to meet and play with other people who enjoy poker. Everyone enjoys having the time to hang out with people who have the same interests and many friendships have been made while playing free poker online.
Free poker offers many benefits to those who choose to play. It is a way to enjoy poker without having to pay anything at all. You can relax in your home after a stressful day and play a great game while meeting new people and enjoying yourself. If you take the time to play free poker you will find not only great fun but also new friends and better skills.