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Most people in this country are eager to cast their votes on November 6th. Some are planning to vote for candidates they’re hoping will bring about substantive change, while others are voting to maintain the status quo. You all know which category you fit in.  But since this is a POKER column, I thought you might enjoy a brief election story about what’s at stake in the state of Nevada, where, surprisingly, the future of online poker is in danger.

You have every right to scratch your head on that one. I mean,seriously? Didn’t they start the whole thing? Well, yes, but, their current governor, Brian Sandoval, a staunch advocate for online gambling, is ineligible to run again due to Nevada’s term limits law. So this is going to be quite a contest. Nevada’s current Attorney General, Adam Laxalt, won the Republican Party primary this past June and wants to be the state’s next governor. Laxalt is a die-hard anti-online gaming politician who has supported not only killing online poker in Nevada but also across the United States.

Laxalt’s opponent is Steve Sisolak, a pro-online poker Democrat. Nevada is known as a swing state, which means it has historically gone back and forth between Republicans and Democrats in presidential elections. In fact, if Sisolak wins, it would be the first time a democrat would have been elected governor of Nevada in 20 years.  But it’s a very close race.

What’s the moral of this brief election tale? Sometimes you have to vote BLUE if you don’t want the issues you care about to move backwards!! (or move in the wrong direction) ??

What do you think about online poker games? Send us your comments or thoughts!!!

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Here’s an intriguing concept you might not have heard about yet. Global Poker is bringing fun, live poker events to Major League Baseball (MLB) stadiums across the country and it makes perfect sense. As Joseph Del Duca, Head of Communications and Social Media at Global Poker said, “Baseball is America’s favorite pastime. Poker is America’s favorite game” so why not put the two together?

In fact, the first official Global Poker and MLB event recently took place at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. Poker tables were set up inside the stadium for game attendees (ticket holders) to play some hands. Baseball fans got the chance to try their hands at playing poker, while more experienced poker players had a blast trying to win cool prizes and have some fun before the baseball game. It sure looks like a win-win for everybody!

On September 14th, at AT&T Park, the San Francisco Giants played the Colorado Rockies. Once again, Global Poker was there to give baseball fans a tantalizing taste of poker, with free merch provided by Global Poker and the San Francisco Giants.

Global Poker could be coming to a MLB stadium near you. The question is: Are you ready for some pre-game poker the next time you attend a baseball game?

Click here and let us know what you think!

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With all the excitement that poker has brought to fans around the world for over 100 years, and after everything that has ever happened at the poker tables that has contributed to that excitement, you would think that nothing new would excite us. But that was before someone whispered in our ear about a virtual reality poker game that was in the making.

This past week PokerStars announced plans to launch PokerStars VR, a free Virtual Reality poker game. At this time, PokerStars is still in a closed beta testing period. They have  recruited 100 hand-picked volunteers to go through every possible scenario. Once they are satisfied with their testing, they have stated that the commercial launch will be later this year.

This new, immersive and visually stunning poker VR game will allow players to do everything they want to make the game fun while still keeping it realistic; you can access statistics, handle cards and chips, chat in real time, and even study other players’ tells.

You will  have:

Intuitive controls to ensure the new technology is easy to use.

Voice command controls so you can play hands free.

Integrated Twitch broadcasting, as well as video streaming and social media integration on platforms such as Oculus Rift for anyone who wants to play and stream.

“PokerStars VR is a chance for us to take this amazing technology and bring something totally unique to poker players,” said Severin Rasset, Director of Poker Innovation and Operations at PokerStars. So, check back on the PokerStars Blog for details of the PokerStars VR launch later this year. It’s definitely the next generation of poker, giving players around the world  the chance to meet in a new, virtual reality dimension.

We can hardly contain ourselves and cannot wait to get in on the action of this new immersive, multiplayer no-limit Texas Hold’em Virtual Reality poker game platform.

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We already covered the advantages of GTO strategy in my previous blog, but in order to get the most of this concept, you need to understand the limitations of this approach as well. Therefore, let us cover a few disadvantages that this strategy can bring to the table.

  • It does not maximize your winnings

Even though it is a very good strategy to use as your starting point, GTO play will not maximize your winnings. When you spot your opponents making mistakes, you want to do all you can to extract money from them and, therefore, deviate from GTO play.

  • It’s not optimal vs. weak players

Let’s take an extreme example. If your opponent folds to your c-bet every single time, you should be c-betting all your bluffs and trapping with your strong hands. According to GTO strategy, however, you should still be balancing your range. Obviously, if you know your opponent’s tendencies, it makes no sense to do that. You would have to take the most profitable line and bet all your bluffs even if this would not theoretically be the optimal play in general.

Weak players will be making plenty of mistakes, so your goal is to act on them. GTO strategy is not the best strategy in this case, and you will win much more with an exploitative approach.

  • Implementing GTO incorrectly will cost you money

It is very dangerous to implement GTO strategy incorrectly if you do not have enough practice. Especially if you are just starting out in poker, you should learn the basics and find some advanced poker training based on your preferred format to help you master the game.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve read through all of the advantages and disadvantages of game theory optimal strategy, the next step is actually putting the theory into practice. Remember, poker is not a solved game yet, so there’s no person out there who is perfectly employing GTO play. However, you can get very close to it by learning the fundamentals.

Understanding both GTO and the exploitative approach will greatly improve your game and give you the results you’re striving to achieve at the poker tables. So, take your time to study and always choose the best strategies based on your opponents.

 

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