Poker Strategy – Positioning


When you play Texas Hold’em, it’s very important to know the strategy of positioning. In the poker game, the position of the dealer gains more benefit because the dealer can see who is still in the hand.The dealer position also gains more advantages on knowing how the players feel about their handsAs you already knew, Texas Hold’em is played in a clockwise and this cause the players to the right of the dealer gain less information.The players to the right of the dealer will get less advantage due to the lack of information to make a good decision.The other players will raise the bet of the early betting position. If you can get the dealer position, which you will have multiple callers and good starting hand, then you can put a minimum bet.This will make the other players call. You will end up increasing the pot size of the gameIf you truly understand how to play with the “blind” position then you have more chance to win the game. If you are in “blind” position or “early” position then you have no feedback from other poker players.In the blind position, raise, call, fish or take any chance only if you have good starting cardsDon’t let the temptation of the high stakes make you gamble when you don’t really have a good hand. This is not the way to win the game.You may have an idea that you have half of the ante in the pot and the blind stakes are high, even then don’t gamble with that risk.Therefore you have to say no to this temptation and save your chips until you have a good hand and need to use the chips.A good player knows that to win the poker game he needs a good plan and a good poker strategy. A good poker player doesn’t rely on luck or chance.One of the poker positioning strategies is the art of “bluffing”.You can use a bluffing technique to bluff one player easier than bluffing all the other players. This is why positioning for bluffing in a poker game is one of a critical poker factors.The reason why the blind position is the best poker position to bluff is there will be no cards on the table. This makes your opponents, who may have really good cards, have no idea if you have good cards too.Anyway when you are bluffing you should know that if you get more than one caller, then there’s a chance that one of the callers is having a good hand.In this case, you should fold. Don’t playing on your ego.The bluffing technique in poker positioning strategy is only to concern “stealing the other blind” that’s all.

Online Games – Can We Make Money Playing Them?

When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.