How Much Does the Casino Make When We Play Online Poker?

“Last year people won more than one billion dollars playing poker. And casinos made twenty-seven billion just by being around those people” Samantha Bee

When you hear quotes like that, doesn’t it just make your heart drop, I mean we all know casinos make the most money overall but seriously how do they make that much money!

You don’t really think about it when you play online poker how much money the casinos are making from the couple of pounds that are creamed off your rake. It just seems second nature for them to take a fee for you playing there, I mean you can’t expect them just to let you play for free now, or can you?

Well, now I come to think of it why not? All other casino games are free, and that’s the crux, all other casino games are played against the house, poker is one of the only casino games that is played against another fellow player just like me or you. So there you have it, it’s not the large winnings that count, it’s the small savings. If you need any more proof, just read Samantha Bee’s quote again.

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California Gets Closer to Allowing Citizens to Play Online Poker

Faced with a $16bn deficit, California’s Governor Jerry Brown has warned that the governments will need to make deep cuts to spending in education and law enforcement if voters don’t approve a series of tax hikes in November. Now it appears that the Golden State’s coffers may receive a boost from the gambling industry and people may be able play online poker legally for the first time in decades.

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Online Poker and the Art of Staying Cool

“The strong point in poker is never to lose your temper, either with those you are playing with or, more particularly, with the cards. There is no sympathy in poker. Always keep cool. If you lose your head you will lose all your chips.” – William J. Florence, From The Gentleman’s Handbook on Poker.

Few quotes could be as useful when it comes to advising online poker players how to keep their cool and manage their losses. Poker is a fast paced game and it’s easy to get frustrated and hot headed if you suffer a bad beat, especially at the hands of the same player. The easiest mistake to make in poker is letting your emotions get the better of you, but when you start playing with your heart instead of your head and that’s when you start to make mistakes.

As William J. Florence says, “Always keep cool”. There’s no point in getting carried away with a grudge against a player, as you try to win your money back. Remember money is money at the end the day, it doesn’t belong to anyone, in the sense that it is fluid. You might have a bankroll of $5,000 but that $5,000 is not an actual set of notes, it could be any denomination and any note ever made that comprises that $5,000.

However we all know that it is infinitely more satisfying winning the chips you’ve lost back from the player who took them. If you feel that you’re getting too hot under the collar and you’re developing a vendetta against a player, who keeps taking you to the cleaners, then sit out a couple of hands. Trust me the time that you spend cooling off will buy the time to come back in the long run. Check back at our gambling blog for the latest hints and tips.

Free Poker Helps You Learn The Ropes and Gain Experience

For the people out there looking for a place to get to grips with poker and learn the ropes, it couldn’t be easier than playing free poker. Free poker allows you to make all the mistakes without any of the repercussions that would happen in a real game of poker, namely, losing money and going bust.

When you go bust playing free poker, you haven’t lost anything! You might have dented your pride and confidence a bit, and you might have found that you’re not up to the level you thought you were, but that’s all part of the learning curve that comes with playing poker online. It’s all about practice and experience when it comes to winning hands, and free poker is the best platform to accrue that knowledge and experience.

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Bwin Party Partners with UAIC to Provide Online Poker Services to the US digital entertainment has formed a ten-year agreement with the United Auburn Indian Community to partner and provide online poker services to California should the state make it legal.

The partnership combines the technological and operation expertise of with the positioning of the UAIC, which currently operates the Thunder Valley Casino Resort near Sacramento. As a federally recognized Indian tribe it is in the position to apply for a license should California enact the proposed legislation legalizing internet poker.

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Play Online Poker And Learn To Keep Your Pride In Check

“Poker is a lot like sex, everyone thinks they are the best, but most don’t have a clue what they are doing!” – Dutch Boy’d

Nothing could be more true to when it comes to online poker. Offline, you’ll find the people who play poker really know what they are doing, after all they’ve made the effort of going out and finding a casino to play poker at and they’ve set that time aside, so you know they’re serious about it. Online, it’s a totally different kettle of fish, anyone over eighteen can play online poker as long as they have access to an Internet connection and a computer, which means that everyone believes they know what they are doing, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

There are thousands of fish out there, who like the idea of playing online poker and think they’re really good at it, and those players are beaten regularly by the sharks who know exactly what they are doing. However in order to prevent this from happening to you, make sure you don’t punch above your weight. Stay focused and play on a table where the limits match your skill level, don’t be tempted to play on a high stakes table if you’ve only been playing for a few weeks. That is unless you’ve got a lot of experience playing poker in general and you’ve proven your ability.

I spent a lot of time getting beaten playing online, which had a big effect on my ego, it made me realize that there’s always someone out there who is better than me, in fact there are lots of people out there who are better than me. I eventually decided that all I could do is make sure that I avoided the top players and played the people who think they’re good. Let us know your thoughts on the issue below by posting a comment.

Why Other Online Poker Games Are Worth Your While

As an online poker player who’s really into all varieties of poker games, I would thoroughly recommend trying out some online poker games different from the ones you normally play.

I’m guessing that most of you reading this will usually play Texas Hold ‘em and with good reason because it is without doubt one of the best versions of poker know to man. It suits the Internet environment perfectly and is undoubtedly one of the most in depth games around. Having said that if you’re looking for something a little more challenging, have you thought about taking up Omaha or 5 Card Stud, both these games are fantastically involving and really worth you exploring.

I actually learned to play 5 card stud before I knew how to play Texas Hold ‘em and I’m sure it’s helped me to develop my game and think about poker in its manifold variations. It pays to learn some of theses lesser played games, because as people play them less often, it’s much easier to win.

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Play Poker Tournaments For A Taste Of Classic Poker

For those of you who’ve never tried playing in a multi-table tournament then you’re missing out on one of the greatest parts of playing poker. When you play online, it’s incredibly easy to get involved in playing a tournament and it’s a great way of soaking up a couple of hours and winning some big money. I much prefer to play poker tournaments on my computer than playing them offline purely because you feel so much more comfortable in your own home and you can fix yourself a drink for half the price you’d pay at a casino!

The only thing that I’d warn you about playing online poker tournaments is that it is time consuming. Don’t bother playing in a tournament if you don’t have a couple of hours free, and by a couple I mean at least 3! having said that you can always plays Sit N Go’s where there’s no scheduled starting time, you just start when the table’s full, also there are fewer tables involved, so the games are much quicker. They’re a good way of preparing yourself for the serious multi-tabling free rolls and big tournaments whilst building up your bankroll in the process.

Nothing quite captures the spirit of poker like a proper tournament. You know you’re all it for the long haul and it’s a great way of proving your better than your other competitors. So if you’re looking for

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Poker Online Players Can Learn Some Lessons From All In – The Poker Movie

For those of you into poker and its history, will be interested to learn that, All In-The Poker Movie, is about to be released on iTunes and Video on Demand on April 24. It documents the worldwide poker boom which began in the seedy, underground clubs of New York and went onto become a global phenomenon. If you’ve ever played poker online, then this will definitely be up your street.

The film interviews many poker pro’s, and mainly centers around Chris Moneymaker and the Moneymaker effect, who won the WSOP in 2003. What made Moneymaker so unusual is that he came out of nowhere and won, giving the inspiration to thousands of people that they could do something similar. He is credited with creating the “Moneymaker effect” which has encouraged people from all over the world to sign up and start playing.

The film interviews not only players, but actors such as Matt Damon, who starred in the legendary 1998 poker film, Rounders where he played poker player, Mike McDermott. Damon himself plays poker and explain his take on the game. Other famous players include, Phil Hellmuth, who’s won an unbelievable 11 WSOP bracelets since 1989. He is also the youngest person to win the WSOP main event in

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How To Prepare Yourself To Play Online Poker In A Tournament

I was playing some poker with a few mates the other night as part of my friends birthday but by the time it got down to the last three of us it was so late none of us had enough energy to continue.

I find that when I play online poker I have a lot more freedom to get up and leave whenever I want, that is, as long as I’m not playing a tournament. Of course when I’m playing a tournament it can go on for hours and you have to seriously commit several hours to playing it through just as if you were playing a tournament with your mates. When you’re playing with your mates you’re inextricably bound to one another, you have to continue till someone emerges as the overall winner and has all the chips. Cashing out is just not an option.

This has it’s benefits and it’s drawbacks as I’m sure you’ll have discovered playing tournaments online or playing tournaments with your friends. In it’s favor, when you can’t cash out, it means everyone has to be a hundred percent committed to the game. Tournaments are a test of your endurance and your concentration skills. Many great poker players fall by the wayside because they cannot sustain the necessary concentration required for a game which takes several hours. If this is the case for you, then I recommend short hand play, so you come out on top early on and ensure that the tournament does not go on too long, otherwise you’ll flag, lose your concentration and eventually your stack.

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