Five Card Poker Tips And Strategies

Position in the games of five card draw and five card stud is important, but it is important you understand the differences between today’s common online games and other forms in casinos or home games. Five card draw in a home game or a casino usually has the player who opened the betting on the first round be the first to act on the second round. In online poker however, it is much different in that position is handled just like it is for Texas Hold’em or other community games. There is a dealer button followed by two blinds and then play continues to the left. In five card stud, position is handled much like seven card stud with a low card bring in bet to start the action and then the player with the highest showing hand starts the action on subsequent rounds. This article will discuss some strategies and tactics associated with positional play in each game.

Position In Five Card Draw

In five card draw it is very important to play tight and aggressive, especially in early position. Early position is for aces and aces only! Entering the pot from early position with low ranking two pair or a hand like jacks or tens is bad news. You need to play extra tight and be extra strong when you are dealt the right hand. Consider kings in early position if you are confident your opponents are weak. Betting into strong opponents from early position is a horrible idea. From time to time you may use deception in early position to throw off your opponents. You don’t need to make a habit of this, but throwing in a check raise or a soft call from early position with a strong holding can be to your advantage in the following situations:

Players are beginning to figure out your playing style and you need to throw them a change.

You have a clear read on an opponent and you’re in the driver’s seat.

Middle and late positions will afford you the opportunity to enter with queens down through tens. Try to stay away from “shorts” which is any pair under nine. You could play a hand like this to confuse an opponent, but a regular strategy of playing nines in middle or late position isn’t sound. Play four card high ranking drawing hands from late position when the pot justifies it or is close to it, don’t regularly do this from early or early/middle position.

Position In Five Card Stud

Let’s be honest; everything is pretty out in the open in five card stud. Your position is determined by where you sit in relation to the player with the highest showing poker hand. This might be you or it might not. The important things to consider are the following:

- Is your hand better than the lead out players?
- Does your hand have a good probability of becoming better on the next card?

Are you susceptible to a raise from a player left to act behind you? If so, what are the chances that player holds something better than you?

These are all questions that will determine your course of action when considering position in five card stud. If you are the high ranking player you can use this to your advantage. You may have the best showing hand, but none of the other players know what your hole card is. Representing a strong hand is a viable strategy in this position especially when other players up cards are weak. Watch out for a player who raises and re-raises your opening bets when you have the most powerful showing hand. This player could be extra gutsy and trying to bluff, but chances are, they’re holding a hand that they know can beat yours and they’re probably figuring in your hold card as well.


Learn to Play Craps – Tips and Strategies – Dice-Tossing Styles

It’s interesting to note the variety of dice-tossing styles you’ll encounter over your craps-playing life. Some are plain and boring, weird and funny, and others are downright irritating. Ever really thought about it? How many ways can you reach down, pick up the dice, and toss them to the other end of the table? If you’ve played enough craps, you’ve seen it all.

The casino has strict rules for handling and tossing dice, which are the subject of an upcoming article. I’ll mention four of them so you’ll understand the basics. Handle the dice with only one hand. Never bring the dice outside the imaginary plane that extends up from the edge of the table (i.e., always keep the dice inside the table). Don’t toss the dice higher the height of the dealers. And smoothly toss the dice so they both hit the back wall (i.e., the wall at the other end of the table). If you follow these simple rules, you’ll do just fine.

Let’s start with the grip. Most people simply reach down, pick up the dice, and hold them in their palm or between their fingers. Not some people. Some believe their lucky grip will result in a winning number, while others believe they can control the outcome of their tosses so taking a precise grip is the first step in their wacky routines. For example, there’s the ice-tong grip, lock grip, 5-finger grip, 2-finger front diagonal grip, flying-V grip, stacked grip, 3-finger front grip, 3-finger front diagonal grip, 2-finger pincer grip, and many more. (Seriously, I’m not making this up!) And don’t forget, before taking one of those grips, they must properly position the dice with the precise alignment and orientation. For example, the 6 on one die must be oriented so the pips (i.e., the dots on a die are called “pips”) are parallel to the tabletop and the number must be adjacent to the 3 on the other die, and the pips on the 3 must be oriented so they go diagonally upward to the right. (Again, I’m not making this stuff up!)

After they’ve achieved perfect alignment with the heavens and stars, they take their grip. But they don’t just pick up the dice, they must slowly and gently place their fingers on them and precisely measure the pressure applied to each die using the delicate pressure sensors in their fingertips. Finally, with the exact dice alignment and finger pressure, the shooter launches the dice toward the end of the table contorting their wrist, arm, shoulder, and torso. I’ve often wondered how some people don’t throw out their shoulders or keep from tearing the tendons that attach the muscles of the forearm to the arm bone at the elbow joint. These are the irritating shooters because they seemingly take forever. Everyone else at the table is anxious for the next roll, but these clowns who think they’re dice doctors or dice wizards (or whatever they call themselves) delay the game by taking their weird grips instead of just picking up the dice and tossing them.

Some people gently tap the tabletop before tossing. That’s okay as long as it’s just a tap. If you knock or bang the dice, the boxman will politely ask you to refrain. If you don’t heed his request, the next time he won’t be so polite. Personally, I’m a tapper. Also, I like to flash an empty hand just before picking up the dice. As I reach down for them, I quickly turn my palm up, flash open my fingers so the crew (and the camera) can see my hand is empty, grab the dice, and smoothly toss them. It’s an instantaneous, fluid motion just long enough for the crew to see my empty hand, but quick enough that most players don’t notice it and don’t realize what I’m doing. (I make the boxman’s and surveillance team’s jobs easier by showing an empty hand before touching the dice.)

Some people puff on the dice for luck. That’s okay, too, as long as you don’t use two hands, don’t bring the dice outside the imaginary plane, and don’t spit on the dice (accidentally or otherwise).

Some people throw the dice low and hard so they bounce all over the place after hitting the back wall. Avoid doing this because it increases the likelihood that a die will fly off the table causing the game to be delayed.

Some people toss them so weakly that they barely hit the back wall. Although you don’t want to throw them like a Major League pitcher, you should avoid feeble, pathetic tosses. Smoothly toss them so they bounce off the tabletop and then hit the back wall. If you’ve never tossed dice, you’ll get the hang of it after just a few throws.

So, what’s your technique? Whatever it is, be considerate of other players and the dealers. Don’t take forever finding your precise grip. Don’t throw them so hard they continually fly off the table. Don’t spit on them as part of your puffing routine. Don’t aim for the chip stacks at the other end of the table (chips fly everywhere and the dealers have to remember where they all go). Don’t hit the mirror on the side of table (casino dice are hard with sharp points and angles, so don’t break their mirror). A smooth toss so the dice gently hit the back wall and stay on the table is all you need.

Now you know! Remember, learn how to play craps the right way.


Win Online Roulette – Tips and Strategies

With the advent of the internet, it has indeed become easy and convenient to play gambling games such as the roulette. Although you don’t have to go to the casino to play, you will still need a few strategies and tips to win online roulette. Of course, you may find it better to play such a game of chance in the actual setting or in the casino, but playing online can also help you practice and master the game.

If you want to win online roulette, here are some things that you might find important and useful. They may not be the clear-cut rules to winning the roulette game every time you play, but they may help increase your chances of winning.

- Learn the basics of the roulette games. You may want to familiarize the Roulette wheel especially if it is your first time to play such game. Even by looking at the choices on the Roulette wheel, you can actually tell your chances of winning, but sometimes, especially in gambling games, you may be blinded by the amount of money that you can win. If you want to put your money in the inside bets, you may have lesser chances of winning than putting your money on the outside bets but you may also have bigger jackpot prize. Thus, if you want to win, go for the outside bets as well. This will help you have small but frequent wins.

- Choose your roulette game. The need to choose your roulette game is also important if you want to win more in roulette. There a re different types of roulette games and if you are faced with a European roulette, an American roulette or a French one, you may want to go for the European one where the chances of winning is better without the double zero square. Of course, the more numbers on the board, the lesser your chances of hitting the right guess as well.

- Take control of your emotions. In playing any gambling game, it is important that you also keep an eye on your emotions when playing. Learn to accept that losses are part of gambling so you have to train yourself to accept losses and play better the next time around. Get rid of anger when playing. To win online roulette and any other games, it is important that you have to get your emotions under control so that you can make better and wiser betting decisions as well. If you are angry, you would have the tendency to chase your losses or put all your money at risk in the hope of getting all you have lost, but this attitude can lead you to losing more in gambling, so take time and make sure that you relax and enjoy the game and have fun as well.

These are just a few of the things that you need to keep in mind to win online roulette. It is always important to have money management so you will not also lose more than you can afford to lose.