Online Poker Tutorial: Stealing Blinds

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If you’re playing a tight-aggressive playstyle their will be longs periods of time where you’re folding hand after hand. At the start of a tournament, when the blind levels are low, this isn’t really a problem – but towards the end of a tournament the blinds really start to eat away at your stack. Stealing blinds is an important skill to learn for online poker tournaments, but you can’t just steal them whenever you want. If you follow these 5 tips you’ll be able to successfully steal blinds.Position, position, position. It’s so important it had to be repeated twice. If you try to steal a blind in early position, any other player who acts after you can raise. You’re essentially giving everyone at the table the odds to either limp in or raise you. You need to be within two players of the big blind if you want to make a move, if anyone at the table has limped in or made a bet – the steal is off (unless you have a premium hand, but then it’s not a steal anyway). If you’re within two players of the big blind, you don’t even need to look at your hand. Make a bet and put the pressure on the big blind, most of the time he’ll have trash and will have to fold. If he calls then you can always get lucky on the flop and if he raises then you’ll throw away your hand. Believe me, more often than not you will increase your chip stack by doing this.Don’t steal all the time. This is especially important if you’re playing in a cash game (ring game), as your opponents wont tend to change tables often. If you’re constantly stealing their blinds they’ll just start calling or raising you, which would ruin this profitable strategy.Raise enough. If you only raise my 2x the big blind, your opponent will always have the odds to call you. 3x the big blind is ideal, it doesn’t give him the odds to call unless he has a premium hand. If he re-raises (with a premium hand) you have the information you need to make a quick escape and lose as few chips as possible.Know when you’re beat. Don’t be too stubborn when it comes to stealing blinds. If you make a stab at the pot and someone raises you, it’s not ‘gutsy’ to make a call if you have a trash hand… it’s idiotic. Poker is a game of odds, once you’ve made a bet to steal the pot that money is no longer yours. If someone re-raises you it’s a separate decision you need to make.Know when to stay in the hand. If you have a mediocre hand (any ace, any low pair or any suited connector), and someone min-raises your bet – you’re probably still getting the right odds to call them. If they’re min raising you they’ll normally have an ace or two picture cards. If the flop doesn’t look like it helped them then it’s time to take a stab at the pot.These tips for stealing blinds will help you make a profit from poker, especially towards the latter stages of tournaments. Try these tips out at the easiest online poker rooms, you can even use a no deposit poker bonus to try them out for free – the best part is you can still win real money!

Online Games – Can We Make Money Playing Them?

When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.