Poker games and poker tournaments can be found almost anywhere in the world, and even if you go to some remote island on vacation, the hotel is likely to have an internet connection and you can log in to your favorite online casino and play to your heart’s content. Or at the very least, you can play for as long as you can afford to.
When your opponents, family or friends see you doing this, their immediate thoughts are that you are a poker fanatic. These are the top ten signs that they are right:
If you witness something bad happening your first thought is “That’s a bad beat.”
You claim that you know exactly what cards every player has, even when you’re not in the game.
When you count, you always follow “8, 9, 10” with “Jack, Queen, King, Ace.”
Every person that beats you, pisses you off, or just irritates you, and they are just “donkeys” to you.
If you could, you would celebrate your wedding anniversary by watching a poker tournament on TV.
When booking any hotel room you make sure they have a computer connected to the Internet. That way you can still play online while everyone else goes to the beach.
You can’t help yourself; when you pay for anything you stack up your cash in neat little piles before pushing them to the teller.
You always think you’re the best poker player at any poker table.
When you lose you can’t accept it graciously and always go on “Tilt”
Whenever you lose a hand, you’ll make statements like “I’m just setting traps,” “I knew exactly what he had.”
There are probably many more clear signs that tell everybody just how big of a poker fiend you really are. You’re welcome to send us any that you can come up with, just send them to us by clicking on the link below.
Last year about this same time we had several people who wanted to know our opinion on the right poker table they should get. Some of them wanted something that they could easily store away when not in use, while others wanted to set up their man cave with just the right table or tables for their in home tournaments. Our answers were simple and here they are revisited for all of you who have recently posed the same questions to us.
There are various kinds of poker tables available in the market and choosing the right poker table for your game room is important. There are folding poker tables that are excellent for the casual home or office games, and there is a variety of table tops that are easy to store away in your closet or take with you on trips. And, of course, there are the professional poker tables that would fit in the best game room in your house, office, ManCave, or poker room.
First thing you need to decide is what kind of table you want. Choose our Aces Pro Poker Table, a 96 inch portable table (pictured above) that you can fold up and store or carry away or a permanent piece of furniture like our 101.5 inch Lumen Poker table (pictured below). You can also choose from standard casino style tables to octagonal folding tables or table tops and with different color felts, with the most popular being green – but they also come in red, black or blue felts to complement your décor. If you take your game seriously then your poker table needs to be a comfortable place for your friends to gather and play for hours. Choose wisely and have fun. And don’t forget, all our tables can be customized with your logo, name, or just about any graphic you would like.
We have a lot of great tables to choose from, as well as tons of other poker supplies, make sure to look around the store and call or email us if you need more information about any of the products we carry.
Okay, the last Texas Hold’em home poker game I
participated in was, for the most part, lots of fun and often exciting, at least until the river crept up on me and drowned me as my head- to-head opponent pulled a straight royal flush, destroying my full house.
Here’s how it went down. I picked up pocket jacks and bet the pot pre-flop; everyone folded except my arch enemy who snap called me.
The flop was J, Q and 9 of hearts, giving me trip Jacks. Feeling pretty damn confident, I bet half the pot . . . and once again he snap called.
The turn was the Q giving me a full boat… Jacks over Queens. I maintained my poker face and bet the minimum. He raised it, and this time I was the one snap calling.
I knew this was shipping my way and played it cool. The river was the K. I immediately figured he was probably sitting on a flush but my Full House would crush him so I shoved ALL IN. To my amazement he did it again… he snap called!
I turned over my boat and watched him smile as he turned the 10 and Agiving him the dreaded Straight Royal Flush.
I grimaced, and wiped the smile off my face as I watched the dealer ship all the chips his way. He laughed and simply said, “Better luck next time buddy.”
What would you have done? How would you have played this hand?
During a recent poker game, I took a pretty large pot with a 7 of hearts and 2 of clubs. A novice player, who was watching the action, asked me a frequently asked question in poker. He wanted to know “when is it a good time to bluff?” I gave him a couple of tips and after thanking me and patting me on the back for taking that hefty pot with just a 7 and 2 off suit, he left.
I thought about his question and decided that although bluffing has been a topic in many “How To Play Poker” books and I had written about it and talked about it many times, I would revisit the topic once again.
Best times to bluff:
Bluff if you only have one other player still at the table.
Hit it hard if the board cards or the cards you have showing allow you to represent a winning hand.
When your image at the table is that you are a very strong player.
If you are in late position and no one has represented any kind of strong hand.
If you can read your opponents and you really believe that they will fold to your bet or raise.
But you have to tread carefully through the bluffing canyons or you could slip and fall pretty heavily. You really need to try to read your opponents and especially pick up on how they played any of their winning hands. There are very definite times when you should not bluff:
Worst times to bluff:
If you know of any player still in the hand who will always call even when he has nothing. When you meet a player like this it’s best to let him or her shoot themselves in the foot!
If one of the players has raked in a huge pile of poker chips and he can easily cover your bet or raise without much damage to him. Stay away; play it safe!
If there are still a lot of players at the table. Don’t do it!
Just remember these simple do’s and don’ts and be a winner! And while you are wondering about bluffing, remember that we co-wrote the song “I May Be Bluffin’ “. Here it is for your enjoyment: