Absolute Poker Saves Poker Fans from Sleeping on Couch this Valentine’s Day

Absolute Poker Saves Poker Fans from Sleeping on Couch this Valentine’s Day
If you’re a poker lover, or any kind of lover for that matter, Absolute Poker wants you to know that they have your back. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the popular online poker site today announced that they’ve stocked their Absolute Rewards Store with all kinds of February 14th-friendly merchandise to help Texas Hold’em fans stay out of the doghouse.

Absolute Poker Helps Players Improve Game with ‘Show Folded Cards’ Feature
Absolute Poker today introduced a new feature to help online poker enthusiasts keep track of their folded hands and ultimately hone their game.

Quest for WSOP Seats Intensifies at Absolute Poker with Assassin Bounty Tournaments
Absolute Poker launches new bounty tournaments that pay online poker players cash for every opponent knocked out.

WSOP Tops $1 Billion

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.

New Absolute Buddy Feature Personalizes Online Poker Community

New Absolute Buddy Feature Personalizes Online Poker Community
Online poker site clones schedule of world’s most prestigious poker tournament from May 30th through July 3rd

Absolute Poker Celebrates Thanksgiving with Free Turkey Bowl Tournament
Absolute Poker is giving online poker players something extra to be thankful for. The popular online poker site is celebrating the American Thanksgiving this month by giving away $5,000 cash in the first annual Absolute Poker Turkey Bowl.

Full Tilt Poker attempts world record for most players in a tournament
On July 19th, Full Tilt Poker is going for the Guinness world record largest for online poker tournament. The current record stands at 35,000 and Full Tilt Poker plans on beating that this weekend. The buy-in is $5.00 or 1000 Full Tilt Points. So for 5 bucks you can be a part of […]

Absolute Poker Goes All In For World Poverty

Absolute Poker Goes All In For World Poverty
Absolute Poker, one of the world’s fastest-growing online poker sites, today announced its plans for a charity poker tournament to help combat world hunger, poverty and disease.

A Revamped 2009 Tournament Leaderboard Competition at Absolute Poker Boasts $1 Million in Yearly Prizes
The Tournament Leaderboard at leading online poker site has upped the ante to create $100,000 Yearly Tournament Leaderboard and real-time updates to the rankings.

Absolute Poker Celebrates CEREUS with $220,000 Point Race
The CEREUS Poker Network is taking its highly publicized bigger and better concept to an extreme. Just two months after Absolute Poker launched a $115,000 Points Race, the online poker site today announced a $220,000 contest set to get underway on December 1st.

Playing your sets in NL Holdem cash games…

Playing your sets in NL Holdem cash games…
Successful cash game players all know that exploiting the implied odds to the maximum is where the greatest value lies in these games. Pocket pairs carry excellent implied odds, especially if the table happens to be short handed. Many of these cash players – provided they’re acting in the shadow of a large chip-stack – completely reduce their strategy to set mining. Set mining is the habitual playing of small pocket pairs, solely with the purpose of hoping to be hit by a set on the flop. In order that you should really understand how set exploitation works, you need to understand the concept of implied odds. Let’s consider that you are playing a pair of 6s from the cut off, with several people staying in the hand. At this moment, you are well aware of the fact that your hand is most probably not the best one at the table, but you do see the flop nonetheless hoping that you’ll land a set. You are also aware that you will miss your set most of the time, and only make it on a few lucky hands. It would seem like you’re pouring chips into a negative EV value play. This situation – if contemplated from a strictly mathematical perspective – is indeed a negative EV one, but you – as a skilled player – know more about the nature of the game than cold-hard math does.   You know that on the few occasions you fill up your set, you’ll take down huge pots, because your set is going to be next to impossible to read. You’re bound to get a lot of money off people on a top pair, and even more off those who hit two pairs. In the long-run, the money that you win on such hands will not only make up for all the money you spend seeing the flops in vain, it’ll also hit you with a nice profit. The implied odds turn this apparently negative EV setup into a positive EV one.   It is theoretically possible that you will lose on your set, in case one of your opponents gets hit by an even higher set on the flop. The odds of something like that happening though are small enough to make getting all your money in on your flopped set very profitable in the long-run. Upon hitting your trips, your sole goal should be only to get as much money into the pot as possible. You want to felt an opponent or double up at the very least, so be prepared to go for the kill when the opportunity presents itself.   Whether or not such set-oriented strategic approach is correct depends on a few key factors. First of all: the size of your stack. You need to be deep stacked to exploit this strategy, which means you need a minimum of 100BBs in your stack, but 200BBs is more like it. You need the large stack because: you will be spending chips on seeing all those unrewarded flops, and your stack needs to be able to take that strain. On the other hand, you need the large stack so that you can “milk” your sets (when you do hit them) to the max. You will only be able to take as many chips from your opponents as your stack size allows you to.   This is the reason why set mining will not be a viable strategic approach in tournaments, where being deep stacked is a luxury you won’t really be able to rely on. The exact way you need to play your small pairs is also dependent on a few things. On one hand, you need to put as little money into the pot preflop as possible, because you know you are going to lose the majority of that money, so you want to minimize your losses. On the other hand, in aggressive short handed games, betting or raising preflop on your pairs gives you a much bigger spectrum of possibilities to take the pot down. Whether you mine sets as a part of your cash game strategy or not, you should always play with a rakeback deal backing you up. A rake rebate setup will open up an entirely new revenue stream for your online poker effort.

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Matt Graham won 40th Event of the WSOP

Matt Graham won 40th Event of the WSOP
Matt Graham is making a habit out of winning WSOP bracelets. The respected Online Poker Phenomenon Wins Second Bracelet at This Year's World Series of Poker in Pot-Limit Omaha Event #40.read more

Gambling Addiction Lands Ex Carlisle Mayor in Jail
A UK woman who served a brief term as Carlisle Mayor in the 1990's, will now be serving a different kind of term.  read more

Winner of the 28th Event of WSOP won $639,331
Mike Eise, who grew up in Troy, Mo. and still lives in the St. Louis area, won $639,331 by claiming the title in the $1,500 buy-in no-limit Texas hold 'em event this week at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.  read more

Poker Basics: Different Kinds of Bets

Poker Basics: Different Kinds of Bets
Whichever variation of poker you’re planning to play, whether it’s a Draw, Stud, Omaha Hold ‘Em, 7-card Stud or Texad Hold ‘Em poker, you’ll be faced with bets that you should first understand. In poker, betting is the only thing that you can control, so the more you understand how betting works, the better your […]

Launch of new online poker platform: CEREUS
New poker platform will integrate customers and features from two leading poker rooms to create third largest online poker network

Australian Hits $821,670.69 Jackpot With Losing Poker Hand
Absolute Poker makes online poker history as Australian hits $821,670.69 Bad Beat Jackpot.