WSOP Tops $1 Billion
he World Series of Poker achieved a major milestone today, officially crossing the $1 billion mark in prize money awarded. The WSOP is the most prestigious poker tournament in the world and is celebrating its 40th annual event this year after first starting in 1970.
Poker Basics: All about the Bluff
Texas Hold’em and other types of poker are exciting because of bluffing. Imagine poker games wherein every player knew each other’s cards… wouldn’t that kill all the fun? Since poker is a game wherein everyone receives incomplete information, you can win the game just by simply acting and making your opponents believe you have the best hand. Once you master this, you know exactly how to bluff. To bluff simply means “to raise or bet” even with a weak hand. Bluffing is an important element and a needed skill for any poker player wishing to hit it big. However, bluffing is not as easy as it may seem because you need to know when and how to bluff in order to fool your opponents. Since the odds of being dealt with aces every hand is next to impossible, the only way you can win poker frequently is to learn how to play inferior cards. Bluffs come in two forms – a pure bluff and a semi-bluff. When your opponent makes a pure bluff, he raises with an inferior hand that has little or no chance of becoming a good hand. On the other hand, a semi-bluff occurs when a player raises with a hand that is not good, but has a possibility of improving later in the hand. It is important to know when to bluff because if you do this all the time, it will lead you to more losses than you’ve planned on. The best times to bluff are when you are facing only one opponent, when you are in late position and no one else before you represents a strong hand, when you have read your opponents’ tells and believe they are weak enough to fold to a raise or bet and when the cards you have shown allow you to represent a superior hand. However, some of the worst scenarios to make a bluff are when there are still many players in the hand, when you detect that your opponents who are still in the hand is the type who never folds and when a player has a lot of money in the pot that nothing can force him to fold. Be aware that bluffing involves plenty of training, but should be mastered in order to win poker. However, bluffing is not part of any poker rules. You will not have points every time you bet or bluff, but by how often your bluffing works.