TV Poker Can Make You Wealthy!

Why TV poker can make you wealthy!

There’s an awful lot of poker on the television these days. If you wanted to you could probably watch TV poker almost round the clock and the big events like the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker receive massive coverage.

Poker is great to watch on TV, it is about psychology and people more than it’s about the cards and so it attracts a large percentage of non-players. People love watching other people in real situations and poker is the latest reality TV craze.

The apparent simplicity of Texas Holdem draws the TV audience and holds them, like all great games and sports it is incredibly simple to understand but extremely difficult to master. Everyone from teenagers to grannies can work out the basics – three of something beats two of them! It’s only a short step to fill in the other hands on the ranking table.

TV poker, normally Texas Holdem, also has a very powerful addictiveness about it. Very quickly you will start to like some players more than others, in some cases people will become fans of certain players and follow their progress. If you start watching early on in a tournament, poker has the ability to hold the attention in such a way that you need to stick with it until the end to see who wins.

OK you’re asking, but how will that make me wealthy?

Well, remember all of these non-players who start watching TV poker and get hooked by it’s sheer entertainment value? Very soon some of them will be saying the four little magic words to themselves, the four words that will make you money.

“I can do that!”

Yes of course they want to join in. After all it looks so easy when the professionals raise all-in with a Jack high and steal the pot on a complete bluff against two pairs. What they don’t realise is that it takes years of practise to develop the instinct to know when they can bluff like that. The other point they miss is that TV will edit out the majority of hands and will give a distorted view of the play, it will look like these big bluffs can be pulled off every two or three hands!

Position is of course the other great unknown to the new player. Again to create a more exciting spectacle for the viewer, there is a disproportionate amount of heads up play shown on TV. The non-player absorbs this and takes two false impressions from it, one that you should see the flop almost every hand, and secondly that a good heads up hand is a good hand in any circumstance. So along come these rookies to the internet tables, full of hope and expectation. They’ve watched Phil Hellmuth take a big heads up pot with pocket Queen Seven and thinks it is OK to call with it when he’s first in to play in a 10 player tournament.

This is very good news for you if you’ve played internet Texas Holdem poker for any length of time at all. All these novices entering the arena on a daily basis eager to try out the new found skills that they’ve learned from the TV means rich pickings for you.

And it’s not going to stop anytime soon. TV poker coverage is getting bigger all the time, and every time Texas Holdem is shown, another new “expert” is born!

======================================================Article by Ian McIntosh of Check out the site for all the latest information on Texas Holdem tournaments and freerolls.

Improve Your Poker Profits by Thinking Big

Is your lack of confidence hurting your poker profits in your online poker play?

In the good Texas Holdem poker rooms on the internet there are various levels of buy-ins for tournament play, generally starting from around $5 (plus site fee) per player. This is the level that most new players play at but has your game moved on while you’ve stood still? What I mean by that is – have you gained enough poker experience to leave the “newbies” behind and move up a couple of levels? If you have then I would seriously suggest that you start playing for higher stakes, you could be losing out on a lot of online poker profits if you don’t.

The thing about playing at the bottom rung is that inexperienced players make unpredictable moves a lot more of the time than experienced poker players, so the very fact that you don’t know what to expect from them often means that they’re harder to beat than better players. Take Phil Hellmuth for example. Phil is probably just about the best player in the world but he’s famous for ranting and raving whenever somebody makes an unexpected move against him. He would find it very difficult against a complete novice who got a run of lucky hands, in fact most of the top pros avoid playing beginners for the very reason that there is an unacceptably high risk of them suffering an embarrassing defeat.

Poker is an art as well as a science. It’s about people as well as about cards and different people do different things, it’s human nature. A hand that one player might see as cause to raise all-in, another might fold. And nowhere in the world of online Texas Holdem is this difference of opinion more polarised than in the bottom buy-in tables. But as you move up the poker ladder, you will find yourself mixing with a better standard of player at each stage.

Everybody wants to win so the players who have taken the plunge and have decided to move up are playing at the highest level where they still have a realistic chance of taking a prize. Nobody wants to play hand after hand without ever winning so each player finds their level and plays there until they are ready to move up again to the next grade.

So if your game has moved on and you’ve gained experience playing Texas Holdem online, don’t hang around for too long at the $5 tables. Do yourself a favour and make the step up to the next level. You’ll find players there that are more in tune with the way you play so you will have more chance of being able to read their game and boost your poker profits.

Sure it will cost you a bit more money, but look at the positive side. You’re a better player now so you’ve got a good chance of winning more money!

Is your glass half full or half empty? When it all boils down the decision where to play is of course yours, but don’t you think it’s worth a try…just to see?

======================================================Article by Ian McIntosh of Check out the site for all the latest information on Texas Holdem tournaments and freerolls

Americas Cardroom Brings Back the OSS VIII with over $3,000,000 in Prize Money

There may be twelve days of Christmas with true loves, but there are twelve days of the Americas Cardroom OSS, Online Super Series with over $3,000,000 in prize money for hardworking poker players. This is an exciting series with tournaments in all ranges from $1 buy-ins and up to $500 buy-ins for the million dollar Main Event tourney on December 18th. The tournament will run from December 7 till December 18th. For the sole winner of the Main Event, Americas Cardroom will often bankwire the sum, expected to be $250,000.
As their popularity has exploded, Americas Cardroom has been going over the original prize pools. The most recent exceeded one million dollars. So look at this one for another hot, exciting poker tournament with prize pools exceeding the original limit.
There will be a nice variety of games including No Limit Holdem, PLO8, PLO. And get turbos, knockout tournaments, megastack, 6 and 8 max and more. Buy-ins range from $1 and up to $500, so for small poker players or larger highroller poker players, there is a game for you. It’s a great time for new players who want to excel in poker to play the longer super tournaments and get the feel of big time tournament play. This is where the money is at. There are nearly 80 tournaments with something for everyone.
The OSS at Americas Cardroom has gotten bigger and better everytime with increased prize pools. It’s truly the place to play poker. New players get a sign up bonus that releases cash as you play, a new players freeroll and several days of jackpot poker. Jackpot poker is a three seat game where any player can win a random jackpot.

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The OSS schedule is below:

OSS VIII Schedule

Date Time Event # GTD Buy in Details
Wednesday 7th December 2016 3:30 PM #1 $100,000 $100+$9 5 HR LR
Wednesday 7th December 2016 5:00 PM #2 $8,000 $24+$2 PLO8 KO 6 Max
Wednesday 7th December 2016 7:00 PM #3 $40,000 $100+$9 Regular
Wednesday 7th December 2016 8:00 PM #4 $20,000 $25+$2.5 Regular
Wednesday 7th December 2016 9:00 PM #5 $3,000 $5+$0.5 Regular
Thursday 8th December 2016 3:30 PM #6 $10,000 $8+$0.8 5 Hour LR
Thursday 8th December 2016 5:00 PM #7 $1,000 $4+$0.40 SKO
Thursday 8th December 2016 7:45 PM #8 $30,000 $80+$8 6 Max
Thursday 8th December 2016 8:30 PM #9 $50,000 $300+$20 Regular
Thursday 8th December 2016 9:30 PM #10 $5,000 $15+$1.50 Turbo
Thursday 8th December 2016 10:30 PM #11 $800 $2+$0.20 Super Mega Hyper
Friday 9th December 2016 3:30 PM #12 $30,000 $40+$4 5 HR LR
Friday 9th December 2016 4:30 PM #13 $4,000 $10+$1 PLO 6 Max
Friday 9th December 2016 6:30 PM #14 $8,000 $50+$5 SKO Super Stack Turbo
Friday 9th December 2016 8:00 PM #15 $35,000 $80+$8 8 Max
Friday 9th December 2016 9:00 PM #16 $3,000 $3+$0.30 4 Max
Friday 9th December 2016 10:30 PM #17 $1,000 $7+$0.35 PLO8 Hyper
Saturday 10th December 2016 3:30 PM #18 $7,500 $10+$1 PLO 5 HR LR
Saturday 10th December 2016 4:00 PM #19 $3,000 $5+$0.4 KO
Saturday 10th December 2016 5:30 PM #20 $25,000 $200+$15 SKO
Saturday 10th December 2016 7:00 PM #21 $25,000 $50+$5 6 Max
Saturday 10th December 2016 8:00 PM #22 $15,000 $20+$2 regular
Saturday 10th December 2016 9:00 PM #23 $2,000 $10+$1 PLO Turbo Superstack
Saturday 10th December 2016 9:30 PM #24 $500 $1+$0.10 Regular
Sunday 11th December 2016 2:00 PM #25 $60,000 $20+$2 5 HR LR
Sunday 11th December 2016 2:00 PM #26 $100,000 $50+$5 5 HR LR
Sunday 11th December 2016 3:00 PM #27 $500,000 $300+$20 Sunday Special
Sunday 11th December 2016 5:00 PM #28 $20,000 $60+$6 8 Max NLO8
Sunday 11th December 2016 7:30 PM #29 $12,500 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday 11th December 2016 8:00 PM #30 Cage Event $1000+$50 $1K CAGE
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:00 PM #31 $1,000 $2+$0.20 TURBO Megastack
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:00 PM #32 $10,000 $25+$2.50 TURBO Megastack
Sunday 11th December 2016 9:00 PM #33 $30,000 $100+$9 TURBO Megastack
Monday 12th December 2016 3:30 PM #34 $8,000 $10+$1 PLO8 5 HR LR 6 Max
Monday 12th December 2016 4:15 PM #35 $5,000 $40+$4 FT Experience
Monday 12th December 2016 7:30 PM #36 $20,000 $50+$5 6 Max
Monday 12th December 2016 8:00 PM #37 $40,000 $200+$15 8 Max
Monday 12th December 2016 8:30 PM #38 $4,000 $5+0.50 regular
Monday 12th December 2016 10:15 PM #39 $5,000 $25+$1.25 Hyper Megastack KO
Tuesday 13th December 2016 3:30 PM #40 $7,500 $5+$0.50 6 Max 5 HR LR
Tuesday 13th December 2016 4:30 PM #41 $6,000 $20+$2 PLO
Tuesday 13th December 2016 6:45 PM #42 $7,500 $10+$1 Regular
Tuesday 13th December 2016 8:00 PM #43 $15,000 $30+$3 R/A
Tuesday 13th December 2016 8:30 PM #44 $2,000 $3+$0.30 4 Max
Tuesday 13th December 2016 10:15 PM #45 $15,000 $50+$5 Super Stack Turbo
Wednesday 14th December 2016 3:30 PM #46 $35,000 $30+$3 5 HR LR
Wednesday 14th December 2016 4:30 PM #47 $2,000 $2+$0.20 R/A
Wednesday 14th December 2016 6:45 PM #48 $30,000 $50+$5 Regular
Wednesday 14th December 2016 7:00 PM #49 Cage Event $5000+$100 $5K CAGE
Wednesday 14th December 2016 7:30 PM #50 $25,000 $200+$15 NLO8
Wednesday 14th December 2016 8:00 PM #51 $5,000 $5+$0.50 Regular
Wednesday 14th December 2016 10:15 PM #52 $4,000 $20+$2 PLO Superstack Turbo
Thursday 15th December 2016 3:30 PM #53 $5,000 $10+$1 5 HR LR SKO
Thursday 15th December 2016 4:30 PM #54 $10,000 $40+$4 Megastack Turbo
Thursday 15th December 2016 6:45 PM #55 $5,000 $20+$2 PLO 6 Max
Thursday 15th December 2016 7:30 PM #56 $30,000 $80+$8 Regular
Thursday 15th December 2016 8:30 PM #57 $1,500 $2+$0.20 Regular
Thursday 15th December 2016 10:15 PM #58 $300 $1+$0.10 Super Stack Turbo
Friday 16th December 2016 3:30 PM #59 $40,000 $50+$5 5 HR LR
Friday 16th December 2016 4:30 PM #60 $1,000 $5+$0.50 NLO8 SKO
Friday 16th December 2016 6:45 PM #61 $10,000 $20+$2 R/A
Friday 16th December 2016 7:30 PM #62 $5,000 $5+$0.50 Regular
Friday 16th December 2016 8:00 PM #63 $30,000 $50+$5 Regular
Friday 16th December 2016 10:15 PM #64 $6,000 $10+$0.50 Hyper Super Stack
Saturday 17th December 2016 3:30 PM #65 $50,000 $75+$7.50 5 HR LR
Saturday 17th December 2016 5:00 PM #66 $8,000 $20+$2 Regular
Saturday 17th December 2016 6:45 PM #67 $30,000 $150+$10 6 Max KO
Saturday 17th December 2016 7:30 PM #68 $3,500 $7+$0.70 Megastack Turbo
Saturday 17th December 2016 8:00 PM #69 $50,000 $500+$30 PLO SKO
Saturday 17th December 2016 10:00 PM #70 $4,000 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday 18th December 2016 1:00 PM #71 $250,000 $100+$9 5 HR LR Warm up 8 Max
Sunday 18th December 2016 2:00 PM #72 $60,000 $20+$2 5 HR LR
Sunday 18th December 2016 4:00 PM #73 $1,000,000 $500+$40 MAIN
Sunday 18th December 2016 6:00 PM #74 $10,000 $10+$1 Regular
Sunday 18th December 2016 8:00 PM #75 $40,000 $100+$9 BIG10
Sunday 18th December 2016 8:00 PM #76 $20,000 $40+$4 Regular
Sunday 18th December 2016 8:30 PM #77 $40,000 $80+$8 Megastack Turbo
Sunday 18th December 2016 10:00 PM #78 $5,000 $40+$2 Hyper SK $40 buy in $40 bounty

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Cold Calling – Risky Sometimes Profitable Strategy

One strategy many poker players may not be totally familiar with is cold calling. In a nutshell, cold calling is when a call after at least two actions have been made including a raise, before your turn to fold, raise or bet. For example, if one player bets, another player raises, and you call, this would be considered cold calling. For a player to bet in the first place is indicative they think they have a good hand and for someone to raise they think it is even better. To cold call is to bet in this round but it is not a time for a marginal maybe type hand and certainly not a time to bluff.
A great example is when you in the middle position of the table with an unsuited king and queen and an early postion player raises. Do you call in this case. There are several scenarios that can take out some risk. How has the player been playing. Check out their chip stack as well as your own. In general if they have been doing well they might continue to do so and it would be good to fold. If it is a player who goes all-in all the time and loses frequently or a loose player, it might be a good time to bet. You might have a hunch it will work. Again this is another time to bet as well. And if you have been doing well it might be a great time to bet as well.
Some might consider the king queen to be a good enough starting hand to cold call a raise with, though many poker players will pass on this one round even with a good position. This is the gist of poker though and sometimes you will win and other times you will lose. This is a great way for the raiser to accumulate chips as well. Since many players will fold when there is a raise. Have you ever seen a raiser who only has a pair of twos. But they add to their chip stack anyway.
If you make the call anyways, you maybe put into a difficult post-flop position. For example, let’s say that the flop was ace, queen, ten unsuited, which isn’t bad for you because you paired the queen with a king for a kicker. However, you also have to deal with the possibility that your opponent has ace king , and they now have a straight. Of course, they could have pocket jacks as well, and this will take knowing your fellow players in order to decide if it’s worth calling against any future bets. One strategy is to raise and feel out fellow players. If they re-raise, they might have something. Since sometimes players raise with any pairs as mentioned above, but will fold if they have say a pair of eights. The choice is yours. If you find them re-raising your re-raise then they might have a trump hand.
To be successful cold calling, you need a great hand, and weak opponents.

Gordon Vayo Out as Qui Nguyen Wins WSOP 2016 Main Event and Gets First Bracelet

Starting the final table of the WSOP 2016 Main Event by playing aggressively has paid off well for Qui Nguyen. He won the event and the $8 million dollar first place prize and bracelet. Though it wasn’t always smooth sailing, he pulled out a win which has become expected for those who play aggressively.
He came into the final table winning small to medium and several large pots against Gordon Vayo who was second in chip count and Gordon Josephy who was third. Josephy came out early moving up but his rise was crimped by Vayo who was dealt some strong hands as Josephy doubled up. He was left short stacked. He rallied for a bit till being eliminated by Vayo. Josephy took home $3.5 million for his work. This set the stage for Nguyen and Vayo.
The heads up match was long at 8 hours with many twists and turns. Vayo had gotten the chip lead briefly but that was changed after half an hour. The two battled back and forth till Nguyen took control. He went all-in on the river and Vayo folded with 80,000,000 chips on the table. Later Nguyen took another chunk of chips leaving Vayo weakened.
Nguyen continued to build on his lead eventually winning with a pair of kings against Vayo’s jack – ten spades combination.
Highlights of the tournament are in the video below.

Nguyen’s win highlights the effects of aggression in poker. If you sit at a table, you see it all the time. Players who raise often, even with questionable hands, often come out ahead.
Qui Nguyen is a Vietnamese who settled in California working in a nail salon before leaving for Las Vegas in 2007. He started by playing limit holdem cash games but went to no limit and had only a few cashes in small events. His only WSOP cash was in 2009 for less than $10,000. When the final hand came around, Nguyen won with a pair of kings against Vayo’s 10-jack combination. This shows the possiblities in poker that you don’t have to be Phil Ivey or a well known figure to win the WSOP.
Nguyen won his seat through a satellite tournament. Satellite tournaments are a great way to enter larger bigger payoff tournaments.

The WSOP 2016 Main Event results were:
Qui Nguyen $8,005,310
Gordon Vayo $4,661,228
Cliff Josephy $3,453,035
Michael Ruane $2,576,003
Vojtech Ruzicka $1,935,288
Kenny Hallaert $1,464,258
Griffin Benger $1,250,190
Jerry Wong $1,100,076
Fernando Pons $1,000,000
For most of the players, this is a high point of the poker career. Nguyen had his largest cash at this event. His previous top finish was $9000 and he earned his first bracelet. It’s rare to have repeat winners who place tops in the Main Event over and over.

Qui Nguyen Continues Table Domination in Day Two of the WSOP 2016 Final Table

On day two of the WSOP Final Table, Qui Nguyen continued his table domination to nearly 200,000,000 chips. He played aggressive, winning medium pots and he got one large pot against Ruane, who he eliminated with an ace – jack combination. Nguyen didn’t start off so well though. He doubled up and lost to Ruane with pocket sixes against Ruane’s pocket eights. Nonetheless, he still retained control of the board.
At one point in the tournament, Vayo held the chip lead. He eliminated Ruzicka with a pair of eights against a ace – king combination from Ruzicka who also bluffed.
The remaining three will battle it out for the last of the series. The chip counts of the remaining players are:
Nguyen 197,600,000
Vayo 89,000,000
Josephy 50,000,000

Qui Nguyen Dominates Day One of the WSOP 2016 Final Table

Qui Nguyen has dominated and taken over the lead in day one of the final table and has a major chip lead over the other players. His biggest hand of the night went to Nguyen when he took Kenny Hallert out with a pair of aces against Hallaert’s ace queen of clubs. Though that was the biggest hand of the night, Nguyen had been leading for most of the night. That hand was more or less the cap of a successful night at the table. He holds a sizeable lead over his opponents.
There were four bust outs. The rounds leading to the four busts were:
Fernando Pons went all-in with ace-six but lost when Cliff Josephy won with three of kind of kings. Jerry Wong was next with a pocket jacks being overruled by Vojtech Ruzicka’s pocket queens. Griffin Benger was next out when a pocket tens from Gordon Vayo won over Benger’s ace – nine combo.
The remaining players are guaranteed at least $1.9 million.
There are five players remaining.
Chip counts for the remaining players are:
Nguyen 128,625,000
Josephy 63,850,000
Vojtech Ruzicka 62,250,000
Vayo 58,200,000
Ruane 23,700,000
All the players who busted out are guaranteed at least a million dollars . First place finish will take home $8 million dollars.

Satellite Tournaments are a Great Way to Get In Highstakes Games with a Small Stake Investment

Satellite poker tournaments are a way to get into highstakes poker tournaments for a fraction of the regular buy-in fee. America’s Cardroom has dozens of satellite tournaments everyday. This article shows some of the satellite tourneys they have along with the results of main highstakes game.
Sunday is one of the most active days at America’s Cardroom . And for this reason I have included the Sunday 100k Warmup Tournament, yes that’s one hundred thousand dollar tournament.
The satellite tournament will give one winner a seat to this tournament. The cost of being in the satellite is $9. The regular price of this tournament is $109. For the top finisher it’s a dream come true. Afterall the main $100k Warmup usually goes over the GTD amount. Look at the results. The prize pool was 30% higher at $130,000 and the winner walked away with almost $25,000. So potentially you could go from $9 to $25,000 in one day!

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100k Warmup Tourney Satellite
Here is where you register by clicking the register button
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100k Warmup Tourney
This is the main tournament your satellite win will give you a seat.
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100k Poker Tourney Results
These are the results which are pretty impressive.

But this is only a single winner satellite tournament. There are other tournaments with multiple winners. Some satellites tourneys have up to 20 top finishers who will get a satellite seat at a fraction of the regular buy-in cost.
The 115k Sunday Special is the next tournament I’m looking at. This is more generous as far as winners are concerned. The top $20 finishers will get a seat that usually is $215. The buy-in for the satellite is $30. There is a greater chance of getting a seat with 20 finishers than with 1 winner only. I like this type of satellite tournament. The results of the tournament are listed also. The top prize was over $30,000. Again, not bad for a few hours of work.

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115k Poker Tourney Satellite
This is the satellite tourney. Click the register button to join
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115k Poker Tourney Results
These are the results of this tournament
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The final tournament I’m looking at is the $50k Sunday GTD. Satellites for this tournament have a buy-in of $9. There are 10 spots for the top finishers to get a seat for a fraction of the regular cost. The regular buy-in is $55. And as you can see the winner walked away with almost $12,000!
Americas Cardroom has multiple satellite tournaments daily. Not all are for these top highstakes tournaments. Check the satellite schedule and you will find a listing of the various satellites available. They’re a great way to turn a small stake into a larger stake.

50k Poker Tourney Satellite
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50k Poker Tourney
This is the main tournament with regular buy-in.
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50k Poker Tourney Results
These are the results which again are pretty impressive.

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Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments by World Poker Tour Winner Jonathan Little

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Jonathan Little has come out with a great book with great reviews on the poker world today. In the beginning of online poker, the games were easy to win. That period is over now with skilled players and lots of coaches and consortiums tips and strategies. The new online poker game is more competitive than ever. Yet, you can still do well. With this book, Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments,  from Jonathan Little, you will cover tips and tricks to improve your game.
Even if you are allready successful playing poker, you can still benefit from this book. I’ve found going to any learning situation, I always come out with some tidbit of information that I’ve overlooked and increases the success of my game.
Poker is like having your own business. Many people dream of it but only a few are skilled at it to make a living from it. Many players find it hard to cash even in the smallest of tournaments. There is a method to the madness and this book will give you enough strategy to kick ass on the tables. Jonathan Little is a two time World Poker Tour Champion.
About this book:
Most players dream of winning the big championship poker tournaments. But like having a business few make any money and most are losing money. Poker is a skill and the trick is to exploit every advantage. Sometimes is gut instinct, sometimes a pair of Aces, sometimes it’s late position. All these factors and more make poker a sport you really can’t predict in spite of all the books and theories out there. If it was regimented everyone would be as rich as can be.
There is a method to the madness though and sometimes there are clues to play and become a better poker player. Each game is different, each hand is different and you must adjust each time. Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments will explain how. In this guide, two-time World Poker Tour champion Jonathan Little writes about strategies he uses that will allow you to overrule your opponents, giving you the opportunity to progress to the middle and high stakes. If you want to learn these strategies that will instantly improve your poker game, click the link and get this book.

Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments

Reader Reviews:

May 3, 2015
As usual, Jonathan Little’s writing style is lucid, and this book is pleasantly easy to read. He is a great teacher capable of presenting poker ideas in a clear and concise way. To me, his best works so far are ‘Jonathan Little on Live no-limit Cash Games,1 The Theory’ and ‘Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Volume 1’. These are without question 5-stars books in no-limit poker.
Back to the subject: the reason this book does not get 5-stars from me is because it is over-simplified in content and has not covered enough scope to achieve its goal: ‘beating Small Stakes Poker’. It focused on describing various player types and how to beat them, categorizing them into ‘playing too many/too few hands’ and cross-referencing them with ‘playing too passively/too aggressively’. This is more or less the same classification of player types into Loose-Passive, LAG, Tight-Passive and TAG, as appeared in many poker concept publications. Nothing new here.There is a very short section on ‘Players who play intelligently’ in this book. Believe me, there is a much better, more detailed and actually brilliant description of this particular player type in his ‘Live No-limit Cash Games’ you don’t want to miss. In fact, I found the ‘cash games’ book has a more detailed study of player types than the subject. But I must say the presentation in this book may be more suited for beginners to the game.
Even for small stakes poker and beginners to the game, I still think that studying how to beat players according to their player tendencies mostly is too simplistic. It should cover some more aspects that are as important to winning, such as awareness and varying the plays with effective stack sizes, how to use having the initiative and position etc.
But you will find all these and much, much more in the two books I mentioned above.
on March 12, 2015
I bought this Kindle book a few weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. Jonathan gives a detailed analysis of identifying player-types in tournaments and gives advice on how to exploit each player-type (the exploits differ greatly among the various types). His writing style is concise and to the point, keeping you focused (I’ve noticed some poker authors have a meandering writing style, making it difficult to absorb the information). You will definitely improve your tournament play if you follow his advice. There’s a lot of concepts discussed so I used Kindle’s “Note” feature to summarize and expand on his points. I’m re-reading it and writing my own document from those notes.

Online Super Series OSS at Americas Cardroom

Online Super Series OSS at Americas Cardroom

From April 15 to th 24th, Americas Cardroom will be hosting its OSS or Online Super Series. This is a large tournament and gets bigger every year. The climax of this tourney is the 1 million dollar Main Event. To break it down. It’s no small stakes tourney by far with a buy-in of $500 and it’s a long tournament usually lasting greater than 12 hours. But if you can stand it, its great dough with the winner getting around $200,000. There are lots of cheap satellites to this event. And you could always click the enter for .01, .25 or $1 spin and get lucky and enter for one of these amounts.

Other Tournaments

There are lots other tournaments with buy-ins from 0.05 cents yes five cents to a dollar and up. If you’re looking to play at this casino, it’s a great time to do it. There are also a wide variety of tournaments to choose from including PLO8, No Limit Holdem, Ante Up, Mega Stack Turbo, Pot Limit Holdem, as well as 4-Max and 6-Max. Four and Six max indicate the amount of players at the table. Overall it’s an exciting time with something for everyone and all money levels.
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America’s Cardroom Expanding Tournament Choices

Americas Cardroom has expanded their tournament options adding lots of small stakes as well as high stakes tournament to their games selections. Some of the tournaments have entry fees for as low as 0.01 cents. That’s right one penny. It’s a great time to play or test this card room out if you’re looking for a new place to play.
Bonuses for New Players
New players are able to get several bonuses including up to $50 in tourney bucks as well as a freeroll.
Older players are somewhat dismayed . With all the new tournaments, the action is spread over more places resulting in lower prizes for some tournaments. But it’s progress at the same time for Americas Cardroom that has seen its share of the poker market increase dramatically over the last year. PokerStars has been instituting many changes that have made some players look elsewhere. Maybe it’s time for you to check out Americas Cardroom as well.
Below is a snapshot of some the new tournaments offered on Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Turn a Small Stake Into a Large Stake with Freeroll Tournaments

Freeroll tournaments give players a chance to build their bankrolls into substantial amounts of money with no money invested at all. Most online poker rooms have them. Annie Obrestad, the Norwegian poker star, started out playing in freerolls. Like anywhere, there will be some shooting stars who will shine in freerolls and it could be you. A freeroll is always the best place to be for the new poker player. But the method of poker play in a freeroll isn’t always the way it will be played in regular tournaments.

Freerolls have a very different component. They are free and with no money on the table, many players will go all-in turning a luck and skill game into more a game of luck. They are cool in a way because you learn no hand except royal flush is immune to losing. Three and Five could beat a pair of Aces. What you learn in a freeroll can be very useful later on.

Because of the large amount of all-ins at a freeroll, I decided to give a few tips. Go all-in with gut instinct, high pairs or premium hands only. Don’t try to turn a three and five into a great all-in hand. Instead, fold.Only play if your gut instinct says play. High pairs are perfect for all-ins and equally any pair since they can lead to three of a kind or full house. Premium hands tend to be very good if there’s a corresponding flop card. Premium hands include Ace, King, Queen, Jack combos. You may be tempted to think your hand is great but for freerolls patience is your best strategy.

You really can’t bluff a freeroll since so many people go all-in . You will see many new players going all-in with low unsuited mixed hands like three of diamonds and five of spades. It’s no wonder they lose and a surprise if they win. Taking out some of the guess work will make your game better and yield more winning results.

As your results improve, you have only yourself to thank for taking the chances when you did. Poker is a great game and many of today’s top players started out with little or nothing for a bankroll.

One great place for freerolls is America’s cardroom. They have on demand freerolls. When the pool is at around 450 players , a new freeroll begins. They have these 24/7. Check them out.