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There are some very basic craps terms you should know before you play this game. Many of them have been incorporated into our lives and we use them on a daily basis, and this is another of the factors which makes this game so interesting.
The popularity of this game sees us using terms relative to it and they have become part of the English language. These include but are not limited to: “Snake eyes”, which is the number 2 on a double roll, a “Crap out” – which is actually an incorrect term in the game, but is used however incorrectly – we use it for all kind of things “I crapped my kid out for swearing”; “on a roll”, which means a winning streak and we use this all the time when we are doing something right. A “high roller” which we also use in everyday terminology and is often relevant to all gambling games in terms of big spenders or whales. A “Natural” means a craps win and we use this all the time to describe a winner, as in “he is a Natural”when someone does anything well.
The “Come out roll” is a very important term this is the first roll of the dice with a new shooter, before an established point. The “Point” is the first roll that neither wins or loses and is a 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10.
Other terms are the betting options and there are many of these in Craps. A Pass line bet is placed before the come out roll and bets for the dice. A Don’t pass bet, is opposite to a Pass line bet and bets against the dice. A One roll bet is something you should never do because of the high casino edge and hedging your bets by making “Insurance bets” is a good thing.
If a point is rolled the craps player is then able to start insuring their bets by placing a pass bet with times odds. Some online casinos offer 2 x odds, while other offer more and although I have not seen this personally, I believe you can on occasion find 10 x odds. This bet brings the house edge down dramatically.
There is no real skill to this game and once you have learned these basic terminologies and what they mean to your wagers, you have the skills to play craps. Fortunately you won’t have to worry about Mellenberg Rolls when you play craps at an online casino – these are dice rolls which don’t hit the wall at the end of the table. But you may stun your friends if you know this interesting fact.
Certain online casinos may even offer you special bonuses for playing craps only. They do this for slots, poker, blackjack, roulette and baccarat as well as other games. It might actually be nice to look out for just such a casino. A good online casino portal will help you as apposed to you searching and weeding through the internet for hours.
Most poker players prefer to play Limit or Pot-Limit games when it comes to playing Texas Holdem, however No-Limit Texas Hold’em is the most popularly played form of this game today. This variant of the game is fairly recent and we take a look at the betting rules, just to make sure you have them straight in your head before you play.
No-Limit Texas Holdem was introduced when Doyle Brunson first introduced the game to the Las Vegas circuit, and ever since then it has increased in popularity. It is this game which allowed Chris Moneymaker to hit the spotlight with his 2003 WSOP Main Event coup, and it offers the opportunity to showcase your poker skill, strategy and how much of a chance you are prepared to take. In this game you can bet every single one of your chips at any juncture during a poker hand.
People are drawn to play this game because it is so unique and there are one of three options the Texas Hold ‘em, no-limit player is faced with: To “check” which is the same as call, “fold” is opt out of the game, or “Bet” which means raise.
When you call you are simply matching the previous bet, when you fold you are throwing in the towel and it doesn’t cost you additional money to do this, and if no bet has been raised yet, once this is done, all the players have the option to raise.
The No-limit Taxas Hold ‘em minimum bet is required to be at least equal to that of the “Big Blind” and a maximum bet is all the chips you have to play with. You are not allowed to add or remove any chips during a hand, so the maximum bet is your stack for that hand.
As soon as a bet has been placed you are only allowed to raise the same amount or more. For example if the bet was $10, the raise can only be $10 or more. Buy-ins vary from game to game and poker room to poker room, but no-limit game buy-ins can be pretty big and it is for this reason it is important to build a strong poker bankroll.
If the blind size is $1/$2 the minimum buy in is generally 20 big blinds which in this case would be $40 while the maximum would be $100. However some sites spread games and don’t feature a maximum buy-in.
No-limit Texas Holdem is a monumental game it is brute-force poker! Players are generally tight aggressive; they run up massive bluffs and play with very large stacks. It is not a game of finesse or a gentleman’s game, it is a thinking man’s and the name of the game is “Big Prize Money”. Aggression in this game is not timed, it is par for the course and it is for this reason that luck really counts. It is without a doubt that many winners of the WSOP main event, made their names there – pure, unadulterated luck and aggressive play.
If this is news to you the World Poker Tour is sponsored by Party Gaming, Party Poker was one of the very earliest online pay for play poker rooms and it has evolved into a force to be reckoned with.
The main focus of their market for the past ten years has really been the US and it wasn’t until the promulgation of UIGEA that they shifted their envious eyes to the European Marketplace. However all the Party Gaming sites, Party Casino, Party Poker, Party Bingo are still steeped in US sub culture.
To try and shake this image a little, expand out of their US core market and into the rest of the world, they are taking their poker tour to the United Kingdom for the first time. The next Party Gaming World Poker Tour is going to be taking place in London and the dates for the televised main event are 30th August to 5th September 2010. The venue is the Genting’s, Palm Beach Casino in the Mayfair Hotel – London’s West End!
All you British poker players had better start practicing and see if you can get into the satellites for this event, the main even will have a £5 000 buy in and they are expecting two starting days as well as 400 participants from all over the world for the main event. Winners of the ” WPT London Poker Classic” – which is a pretty prestigious title, will be going forward to THE poker event in Las Vegas – the “WPT Championship” in 2011.
Now we have been talking about Poker Tournaments in a series of article. If you really want to see how it works, follow Party Poker and see how they time promotions at the site to fit in with this massive prize winning event. They will be offering freerolls, which could see any number of winners fighting their way to the top to receive free buy in to the main table.
What generally goes along with a prize such as this in an international poker competition, is often air fares, and accommodation too. So if your poker is up to scratch and you have been playing at tournament level, keep your eyes peeled for promotions based on the WPT. If you have not been practicing tournament level play, now is the time to start, there is no time like the present to start playing the winning poker you believe you have inside of you.
Online qualifiers will definitely be taking place, and we know for a fact that Party Gaming has organized a series of land-based satellite games which will be taking place in poker clubs across London this summer.
The Palm Beach is one of the largest gaming rooms in London, it is set in the old Mayfair Hotel, Grand Ballroom. While no one really has use for Art Deco Ballrooms any longer, they certainly have need of poker rooms with a large space to fill. WPT tournaments will also be taking place in Cyprus, Romania, Morocco, Slovakia, Italy and Spain, and next season events will be launched in France.
The 2010 PokerStars.net Latin America Poker Tour in Punta del Este’s main event is down to 9 players when 307 players started out. Play is currently taking place and Team PokerStars Pro Jose Ignacio Barbero is hanging on for dear life. Barbero is in 9th place as players set in on the final table and the title Punta del Este champion. Norbert Ludger is the player that everyone is chasing as he sits in first place, but Daniela de Lima Zapiello isn’t too far behind sitting in second place. As the action continues stay with Poker777 for the updates and results of the LAPT main event.
The 2010 North American Poker Tour Main Event made its way to the final table as only 9 players remain out of the 872 that initially hit the poker felt. Before the final 9 were set Andrew Lichtenberger was eliminated in 10th place which set the final table.
The final players remaining consist of Daniel Clemente, Eric Blair, Tom Marchese, David Paredes, Sam Stein, Miami John Cernuto, Yunus Jamal, Thomas Fuller, and Kyle Zartman. The final 9 will battle it out for the title and of course the first place prize that’s worth a whopping $827,648. All players are guaranteed $44,195.
The North American Poker Tour is hosting a one of kind tournament that will feature 49 of the top poker pros we know today. The tournament will be a $25,000 High Roller Bounty Shoot Out which will consist of 7 sit ‘n’ gos, 7 players per sit ‘n’ go, and the winner of each individual sit ‘n’ go will advance to the 7 seat final table.
There is one seat still available and the seat will be rewarded to a satellite winner. From the looks of the tables it appears that Daniel Negreanu may have pulled the most opportunistic first round.
The blunder around T.J. Cloutier’s Bracelet appearing for sale on eBay is still swarming as it sold for a measly $4,006. What we are now finding out is that the purchase came at the hands of the online poker room Cake Poker. A representative of Cake Poker was responsible for purchasing the bracelet when it was on sale. The strange thing behind this whole mess is that Cloutier would like his bracelet back, and it appears that Cake Poker is willing to do so out of good nature. Yet this brings the question to why the bracelet was put up for sale on eBay in the first place.
Deloitte have published a new report this week stating that the betting industry in UK is worth £6bn which employs nearly 100,000 people. These figures are equal to the 0.5% of UK’s GDP and 0.3% of UK’s total employment. Apart from that the retail betting industry has also revealed that fact that it alone generates £700 million taxes every year, £700 million for the wages paid to their staff and £800 million profit for the company before interest and tax.
The industry have also been contributing significantly to the economy of Britain – but it is now subject to the intense international competition. Also because of the growth in internet and mobile betting it is challenge for government to balance the regulations effectively.
The $1K Monday took place last night, and it’s easy to see that all the regulars returned from the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure. 373 hungry poker players hit the $1K felt last night making the prize pool a healthy $373,000. Full Tilt Poker pro Isaac Baron fell short of the final table finishing in 14th place. The player who didn’t fall short of anything was ‘LEADBOOTS’ who shipped the event and won the first place prize of $93,250.00. Well played LEADBOOTS. LEADBOOTS went heads up against ‘Pwnasaurus’ who walked away from the table $59,000 richer. The PokerStars Super
As we all know the country and the people of Haiti suffered a devastating 7.0 earthquake on January 12th. The earthquake left the country in rubble, people fighting for their lives, and brought death to thousands of people. Like many online poker rooms Full Tilt Poker is trying to lend a hand in the relief efforts. Full Tilt hosted the ‘Aid For Haiti’ tournament today where they donated and matched the tournaments fees. ‘Nabing’ was the fortunate individual to walk away the winner of this fund raising tournament. If you missed the tournament, but would still like to contribute to Haiti relief players can transfer funs to the account called ‘Aid For Haiti’. Any donation will help benefit the people of Haiti.