Kick Ass Poker Secrets

As an avid online poker player, especially with Sit&Gos tournament play, and multi-table tournaments such as guaranteed tournaments, I think you’re about to discover secrets I never knew existed! Let me begin by saying that I came across a young man, young by my standards since I’m over 60, and he’s just barely 25.

First let me tell you a bit about his life: It is somewhat inspiring since he’s just a regular guy just like everyone else. He just works really hard at everything he puts his mind to. Ironically, by telling his story, he hopes to inspire other people to set BIG goals and have the discipline and willingness to do whatever it takes… because the only failure in life is giving up.

So here’s this young guy who at a very young age learns to play chess with his dad. Eventually, he gets so good at it that he beats his dad most of the time. He continues playing chess all through middle school and high school.

While in high school (between 9th and 10th grade), he takes up playing trumpet and forms a band. At one point, he suddenly takes trumpet playing very seriously and finds himself playing 6 hours a day. He eventually becomes the best trumpet player in his county and plays at different events between the 11th and 12th grade. This is when he learned a lot about pressure, which was later beneficial to him in poker. Because, when playing in front of crowds you are under enormous pressure, and you need to learn how to fail eloquently.

As he puts it, “most online players have never really accomplished much in their lives, and when start getting good at poker, they don’t know how to control their ego. You need to learn to keep your ego in check. Nobody is that good”.

As a teenager (16 to 17), he had different jobs such as McDonald’s, but eventually landed a job at an airport fueling airplanes. The job came with a lot of downtime which allowed him to study a lot about poker, especially hold’em.

At about 19 years old, he deposited $50 online on a particular site to play poker. He played 25 – 50 limits and grinded it up to about $5000 in bankroll. He then switched to a well known gambling site, 4-tabling 15 – 30 limit tables, and moved up to 30 – 60 limit tables, which at the time were the highest limit tables you could have online. The problem was… he just couldn’t beat them and got very frustrated and depressed about it.

Then one day, he decided he would switch to SitNGos, and although he didn’t know much about it, he ended up winning $10,000 in about a month. Still at the age of 19, he decided to quit his job at the airport because it didn’t make much sense to him to keep working when he was sitting on a bankroll of $15000 playing poker online.

He had also been going to college at the time studying engineering, and found it too hard when all he was doing is spending his free time playing poker. And anyways, it became clear to him that he could never make that kind of money initially as an engineer. Although he admits that everyone should have a back up plan (a college degree), he eventually quit college.

After quitting college, a certain site started making higher and higher limits on SitNGos, all the way up to $2000 SitNGos, which he played quite often. They also had a STEP SitNGo for a cruise to the Mediterranean which he won. By the time he had won this tournament, he was sitting on a bankroll of about $80000.

I think you get the idea… but this story ends that by the time this young man turned 21, he earned over $500,000 playing online poker in multi-table No Limit Hold Em, and at 21 played his first major tournament on the WPT and won. He’s won over $4,000,000. in tournament play by the time he turned 23.

He continues his living in BIG BUY IN tournaments on tour.

The moral here is: Set BIG goals and have the willingness and discipline to learn, and to do WHATEVER it takes… because SUCCESS is never giving up! I’ll add to this at the ripe old age of 62, “that YOUR FEAR OF LOSING is your worse enemy”.

Free Online Poker Games

Free online poker games are everywhere. You can find them on poker stars, absolute poker, full tilt poker etc…FREE OF CHARGE. Now if you are new to poker in general and do not know the poker rules quite yet I definitely suggest you start playing online. If you have been playing poker for years and years at a local casino or a home game, playing free online poker games is MUCH different. Reason being, you can’t actually see someone’s facial expressions and getting a read on an individual’s poker cards is much harder online. Also, catching a bluff online is much harder than in person. The good thing about playing poker online is when you finally get familiar with where to play poker online and how to when playing for play money poker chips you can move into playing for real money.

The first thing you must know when you jump into real money tables is they are MUCH MORE different than playing for play money. Player’s games completely change when money is on the line. Don’t ask me why, but if players don’t have money on the line most of them are just not motivated to try and win. To reach the stage of players trying you have to move into real money games offered on all the same sites that you can play free game online poker on, you can play real money on also. What I suggest you doing is depositing $50.00 if you do not have that much. I was a poor college student starting out when I started playing for real money. It has turned into a house, car, and me being able to quit my job so it is definitely possible. After you deposit this $50.00, many poker sites such as fulltilt poker and poker stars will give you a 100% deposit bonus to match whatever you deposit up to $600.00. That’s great for you, right when you deposit that $50.00 you now have $100.00 bucks to work with. Instead of jumping right into a cash game with this $100.00 I strongly urge you to try out sit n go games. You can’t go wrong with poker tournaments online. If you are unfamiliar with sit n go’s basically they are mini tournaments consisting of 9 players which the top 3 of these players make it to the money. The prize structure is as follows:

3rd place = 20% of the total prize pool offered

2nd place = 30% of the total prize pool offered

1st place = 50% of the total prize pool offered

Looking at these payouts, winning first place in a sit and go is like three 3rd place finishes. It is VERY important to try and get first place each time. A great poker tip you should know is to play tight all the way through until there is 4 players left in which you need to play aggressive. When there is 4 players left everyone will start playing tight but YOU in hopes to hang on for a 3rd place finish and into the money. This is the most perfect time to steal their blinds and cruise your way into a first place finish.

Is Statistical Tournament Poker Gambling?

I’m a poker player, not a professional by any means, but not bad player either. This last month a new poker parlor opened in Portland, Oregon that got my interest. I had seen lots of tournament poker in bars around Portland but they didn’t appeal to me for a few reasons…

1. They were in a bar, which meant a smoke filled environment and I am not fond of cigarette smoke.

2. The nights of play varied, often it was like every Tuesday night but not every night, if I wanted to vary my nights of play I had to go to different locations.

3. There was no guarantee that I could play, if I made the trip to the bar and the seats at the tables were already assigned I was SOL, I made the trip for no reason, or I had to wait 2 hours for the next game to begin, which might already be all assigned.

4. There was an expectation to use the establishment, and I agree with this, if they host a poker game they should expect the participants to buy food, drink, and whatever else. But extra bar food is not always in my budget.

5. Because the game was free it was usually crowded and the seats taken up by regulars who usually did not use the establishment, they even had the audacity to bring food or drink from another location into the establishment where the game was being played.

So, needless to say I did not play in the bar tourneys much. In steps this new poker room, National Poker Challenge, opening a new location here in Portland in the Cedar Hills area. I had to check it out and I was pleasantly surprised. They had addressed all of the issues I had with bar tournaments.

1. The room was non-smoking, a smoking area had been set up outside for the players that had to have their addiction to get their fix.

2. There are games every day, several times a day. They open at 3:00pm and close around 10:00pm with their first game at 3:15pm and their last game currently around 8:30pm.

3. They have online sign-up available or you can call the room for a seat, if the game is full they can tell you the likelihood of you getting a seat as an alternate and if they don’t have enough players for a game they will call you and tell you so. They exercise an in-your-seat policy, at the time the game is supposed to start if you are not in-your-seat or at least called and told them that you are on your way, your seat is given to an alternate.

4. and 5. Because the location is devoted to the game and not a bar or restaurant itself there is no expectation to purchase anything from the establishment because poker is its business.

Their business model is similar to the bar tournaments in that you are not playing for cash but are playing for points and statistical analysis of your play. Rather then charging the bar owners for running the tournaments they charge the players directly and statistically track the players play. The players are charged a monthly subscription that pays for the facilities, the dealers, and the statistic tracking. They do offer invitational tournaments for the top players that have cash and prizes. There is no charge for the invitational tournament. So is this gambling?

According to the Oregon Department of Justice it is, because the players are paying a fee to play and there are prizes at the end. But what makes this different from other events? Is it the poker chips? Are poker players being discriminated against because they use a piece of clay to track their points during a game? Think about it, you can have a chess tournament with an entry fee, there are prizes at the end for the best players, but does the Department of Justice call that gambling?

You can have a marathon where the runners pay an entry fee and there are prizes at the end, and most of the runners don’t even have a chance of finishing first, but is this called gambling? But because poker players play a game that uses chips it is called gambling when the games they are paying for don’t even have prizes. So, again, is it gambling? In my humble opinion, No it is not gambling. You are playing a game of skill and having your skill tracked. My hope is that the Oregon DoJ is not successful in its discrimination of this location and drops their investigation.

I invite you to join us in the poker room and try your skill at the table, see how they track your statistics and see how it may improve your play. After all, their tag line is “Do you know who the best poker player is? We do!”

Where to Play Poker in Mexico Legally

Poker in Mexico has been growing in popularity at an astonishing rate over the last few years and the best example of this is the large number of automated poker tables popping up in casinos around the country. These state-of-the-art, 9-player, mistake-free tables and two-player, Heads Up-style tables allow casino visitors to enjoy one of the most popular games in the world, legally.

The same technology that is used in the United States, Canada, Italy, Spain, Australia and cruise ships around the world is becoming a fixture in the many casinos and poker rooms of Mexico. Players can choose from popular poker games like Texas Hold’em and 7-Card Stud with no mistakes, faster gameplay and no tipping like traditional brick and mortar poker tables.

Mexico’s poker players can also enjoy online poker from the comfort of their own home at top online poker rooms such as Full Tilt Poker. One of the best offers going for new poker players in Mexico looking to build their bankroll is the one offered by the popular free bankroll program called Free Poker Cash Bankroll. This offer can be obtained by any poker player living in the country of Mexico, as well as online poker players from around the world.

Here is where you can play poker in Mexico on one of these unique and legal poker tables:

Caliente Casino

Tijuana

Caliente Casino Bosques

Mexico City

CasinoLife Del Valle

Mexico City

Emotion Casino

Chihuahua

Emotion Casino

Puerto Vallarta

CasinoLife Merida

Mérida

Royal Yak Hipodromo

Mexico City

Royal Yak Centro Magno

Guadalajara

CIE Cumbres

Cumbres

CIE Cancún

Cancún

Dubai Palace

Cancún