Poker play

Whether you are a new player or an experienced hand, you can take advantage of the tremendous online casino offers across the board. From incredible bonuses up to 200%, BOGOF deals and play free options, it is no wonder the ranks of the online poker community is growing so fast. Traditional casinos can find it difficult to compete with the high stakes, tournaments, and life-changing grand prizes, offered to poker players in online casinos.

With greatly reduced overheads, online casinos can afford to pass some of their savings onto the players who make it all possible. Hence there are some terrifically unbeatable deals and incentives to play.

If you are thinking you prefer the ambiance and real time play of a traditional casino, you might like to take a look at some real time poker games going on right now – games in which you can see the dealer and interact against the backdrop of a real live casino. Online casinos have come a long way in a short time, and look set to continue to travel forward, bringing greater enjoyment and poker thrills to players for many years to come.

Online poker – A Game of Skill

Catch the thrill of online poker and perfect your play with some of the best poker players in the world. Online poker sites are packed with special events, promos and tournaments.  Whether you are an old hand or new to the game, poker websites cover all skill levels, and offer free tutorials, hints and tips for newbies as well as professional tournaments and high-stakes games for those practiced in the game of poker.

Poker websites are packed with all the latest news stories, gaming odds and tournament details and, as if that was not excitement enough, there are also the games themselves as well as the online poker community.  Follow regular blogs or become a poker blogger yourself, interact with other poker aficionados in the chat room and swap strategies.

European and US poker games are always available, 365 days a year.  Whenever and wherever, there is always a poker game going on which you can be part of at the click of a mouse. Look out for those great offers too, for example cash back promotions, rewards and points systems. Watch the online videos for additional tips on how to keep your cool during the game.

Online poker employs the very best in software programmes to bring you the latest graphics available.  Whether you are new or you want to improve your poker technique, online poker gives you the help you need.  Free to play poker games are always available for those who are looking to hone their skills before putting any money down.

There are many varieties of poker to play online and the most common games are Texas Hold’Em, Seven Card Stud and Omaha.  Learn to play any of these online games quickly, easily and without paying a penny.  Online poker sites are ideal for both beginners and masters of the art of poker.  Online poker allows you to find your own level and build up your skill in an authentic poker environment.

Hellmuth wins his 12th WSOP bracelet

It was a great relief for his many fans, but it must have felt even better for Hellmuth who has won his record breaking 12th WSOP bracelet at last. Seemingly always the runner up, he has been second on no less than three occasions but eventually he beat Don Zewin at Las Vegas early on Monday morning.

It was sweeter for Hellmuth as it was the first bracelet he has won in a non Hold’em game and gives him a two win advantage over rivals over Doyle Brunson and Johnny Chan who each have ten World Series wins. This win puts him amongst the world’s best if not the best as he has always been at the top over the last few years, in a comment Hellmuth is reported to have said “it feels so good” we bet it does!

Grab a seat in the “Last Chance Saloon” poker event

The Irish open is now behind us but all is not over because is offering 45 seats at its famous Last Chance Saloon starting March 25 and running to April 4 the online poker site will give away 45 seats guaranteed in a series of Last Chance Saloon online satellites.

To join the action you have to grab one of the seats, up to ten are guaranteed with buy-ins between €100+€10 and €300+€30 with the final seat given away in an invitation-only freeroll for players who play six or more Last Chance Saloon satellites. These series of Last Chance Saloon satellites offer a final chance for players to qualify for the much anticipated Irish Open 2012 event. Stars taking part over the weekend will be names such as World Champions Carlos Mortensen and Phil Hellmuth in addition the four times WSOP Bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu will be there.

The William Hill amateur poker championship

News is through that with William Hill in partnership with the Amateur Poker Association & Tour (APAT) is to get off on its sixth season. This is part of a non professional series of events that is looked forward to and has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Play begins with the two day William Hill event, the English Amateur Poker Championship. This is to take place at the G Casino in Coventry over Easter Weekend; April 7th & 8th. Full details can be seen at William Hill Online.

Other amateur events include: Welsh Amateur Poker Championship at Cardiff on May 27-27th, The Irish APC at the Macau Sporting Club on July 7-8th, the prestigious European APC held at Nottingham on Aug 24-25th, and The Scottish to be held on Oct 13-14th at Alea Casino Glasgow. The UK APC on Nov30th and the UK Home International Poker Championship on Dec 1-2nd both venues to be announced, the UK Team Poker Championship takes place at G Casino Luton on January 26-27, 2013 and the World APC at the DTD Nottingham over March 28th to April 1st.  That is quite a lot for our amateur players to look forward to in the coming months.

Poker Machine Betting Legislation in Australia Scrapped

The Aussies love to have a gamble on most things; it could be two flies walking up a wall to putting a few dollars on with a bookmaker for the Melbourne Cup! However what they really love to do is to play “Pokies” which is an Australian slang term for a slot machine! Australian style poker machines use a video display which usually works similar to a five reels slot machine and include more bonuses and features than the regular machines.

Recently though there appears to a dispute at the top of government as Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her Community Services Minister, Jenny Macklin have abandoned the deal they agreed to before the election with independent Member of Parliament Andrew Wilkie.  The promise that Gillard made Wilkie for his support during the last election to legislate mandatory pre-commitment technology for poker machines is now a non starter and is considered a dead issue.

Online Poker is a social game too!

Industry commentators agree that the modern phenomenon of online poker really took off in 2004.  Up until that date the conventional game had managed to make use of the internet and software developments which allowed poker sites to start to expand online, but it was the phenomenal win of Chris Moneymaker in the World Series of Poker in 2003, when he successfully pocketed $2.5 million, that attracted so many people to the game.  The early online sites also used televised World Series’ games to promote their sites. Moneymaker’s success, which later became known as the ‘Moneymaker Effect,’ was so unique as he was the first player to qualify online for a place at the Live tournament.  His story rapidly gained popularity as he only started with a humble $40 buy in.     

Obviously, the ‘Moneymaker Effect’ contributed to the phenomenon of online poker.  Players, who previously wouldn’t have considered playing with unknown challengers in distant parts of the globe realised that serious money could be won through the game and the modern explosion, which takes advantage of differing international timelines and enhanced security with modern software, really started to boom.

Some online sites claim to serve over 120 countries in over 15 different languages.  Other online sites have expanded so that they now have their own satellite TV stations in conjunction with major international carriers.  The United States alone is estimated to make up 60% of the online poker market, though rules and regulations for US based sites have changed due to congressional legislation.  A lot of the online sites are now registered ‘offshore’ Malta, the Isle of Man and the Caribbean all host sites for online poker.

John Duthie and PokerStars Go Their Separate Ways

Poker stars come and poker stars go and one that has parted company from the stable of Team Poker Stars is  just a few weeks after they parted company with J P Kelly who was also part of their UK and Ireland team. Duthie is the CEO and founder of the ever-popular European Poker Tour.

The news first came to light on the Two Plus Two forums and it was that man, or should we say The Oracle, that is Kevmath who broke it to the poker community. He is quoted as saying, “I’ve heard from a source close to John Duthie, one of the main people behind the creation of the European Poker Tour, that he is no longer part of Team PokerStars,” Duthie is a well-known, respected and popular player on the poker circuit and has almost $2,780,000 in live tournament winnings. The departure of the 53 year old leaves Team UK & Ireland with only three representatives, Victoria Coren, Liv Boeree and Jude Ainsworth.

Why Play Poker?

Poker is one of the most enjoyable activities in which the player can socialise, improve their mental faculties through constant stimulation, and also, potentially, win money.

There are many people who like to socialise by playing poker, and both the offline and online versions of the game are hugely popular. You can log onto an online site at any time of the day or night, and someone somewhere will be chatting to another player about one or more aspects of the game.

Winning money through poker can give you a huge thrill, but novices to the game should set themselves a limit and never try to chase bad bets with even worse bets. Sometimes, the best advice after a run of bad luck is for the player to give up and try again on another occasion.

It can also be very satisfying for a player to walk away from a poker table after a win, or a series of wins, especially when the player has employed a skilful strategy.

Bluffing in poker
can be great fun. Once a player has mastered this skill, the enjoyment that can be gained from winning a generous pot with a weak hand, thanks to a strong bluff, can be exhilarating.

Aussie millions and the open tennis

January is a great time to be in Australia it is after all the southern hemisphere summer, but more to the point it is also the time when the world’s best tennis players take to the court at Melbourne Park for the Australian Open; all while the world’s best poker players take to the felt at Crown Casino for the Aussie Millions. Throw in Australia Day, which is the equivalent of the U.S Fourth of July, and the buzz around the city is simply fantastic. The weather is warm and the beach is calling. People start to close their laptops for the holidays and open the lids on their barbeques instead. Once the New Year ticks over, the celebrations continue at full force in Melbourne, the sporting capital of Australia.

Last year’s Aussie Millions was an iconic event on the global poker circuit. The $100,000 Challenge matched the record-setting figure of 38 players that was set only two weeks prior at the PCA. To follow that up, Crown then announced a last-minute addition to the schedule the Super High Roller. Twenty players coughed up $250,000 each to buy-in and the $2.5 million first-place prize went to Eric Seidel, which kick-started his incredible 2011 heater. So poker fans and casino lovers and tennis freaks, pack your bags and head for Melbourne!