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If I have to read one more article about some clown winning some chips and then declaring himself a “professional poker player,” I’m gonna go completely on tilt. I hear and read so much crap about this subject, I’ve just got to put my two cents worth in. My two cents worth is this: You aren’t a professional poker player and you never will be, and neither is anybody else, and nor will they ever be. Am I making myself clear? Do you feel me?

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Get it out of your head that you are a professional gambler just because you won some chips. I can beat every self-professed professional poker player in the world heads-up with one hand tied behind my back and they know it, and I’ll give them half their money back just for trying me. That’s an open invitation. My only qualification is once I bust them, they have to sign a contract admitting that they aren’t really a professional gambler and they’re sorry they said they were. That’s all I ask. Because the next time I have to read some half-baked article about ‘what everybody thinks about me now that I’m “a professional player,”‘ I’m afraid I’m going to split my side laughing. There are people who think they’re Napoleon Bonaparte too – don’t forget – but we don’t take that at face value, do we? Well, don’t take these professional gamblers/railbirds/stake-horse hounds/”I spend my life in a poker room” jokers at face value either.

If some broad in a bar takes a picture of herself and then calls herself a “supermodel,” you aren’t going to buy that are you? Same difference. She’s not a supermodel any more than some jack-around with a bunch of chips in front of him is professional poker player. From these harsh judgments I exempt the following people (and few others): Cindy Crawford, Doyle Brunson, Cheryl Tiegs, Johnny Chan, Tyra Banks, T.J. Cloutier, Claudia Schiffer, Puggy Pearson, Twiggy, Chip Reese (once upon a time), Elle McPherson, Scotty Nguyen, Naomi Campbell, Phil Hellmuth, etc. Now THAT’S supermodels and professional Sbobet poker players. Maybe Kathy Kohlberg might be a crossover. They qualify. But you’re not in that kind of company just because you have some chips in front of you.

There may be a few other professionals out there – the Prince of Docness from out of Santa Cruz is making noises like he might be a player – but if you’re not on the preceding list, you might want to check with me to see if you qualify. I guarantee you the odds are way against it. I’ve got the whole list, and it isn’t nearly as long as some would have you think.

For all intents and purposes, forget about being a professional poker player. Chasing poker destiny across the continents has got to be one of the most preposterous “professions” ever heard of. You don’t have to go to school, you don’t have to be able to spell, there’s no salary and no benefits, god knows what the service these talented professionals are offering supposedly is…etc.

I’ve seen some gifted professionals. They work in operating rooms, laboratories, universities, even courtrooms – but not in some smoke-filled poker room trying to borrow some chips when the card gods aren’t smiling on them. The very aspiration to be a professional poker player is a dead giveaway that the suspect in question is undirected, lazy, and no-count. That’s why loitering in a poker room seems like a good idea to him. After all, you can only watch Jerry Springer and game shows so many hours a day. So being a poker scuffler looks like a good idea; that’ll cover some of those other hours when you’re also not doing anything. There’s your professional poker player in a nutshell. If you choose to delude yourself with notions of being a professional player, fine – but keep it to yourself. One too many jack-offs has tried to convince me of this B.S. Every time I hear the latest flash in the pan billing himself as a professional player, I can’t help but think about the girl with a polaroid of herself that thinks she’s a supermodel.

I’ll rest my case with humankind’s supreme illustration of this principle: Even Doc Holliday didn’t bill himself as a “professional gambler.” No, he was a shootout artist, and gambled on the side. Gambling should always be on the side, like Doc Holliday done it. If you put gambling first, it’s because you are too friggin’ degenerate to do anything else. So, using Doc Holliday as my example: first he practiced dentistry, second he shot people, and THIRD he gambled on the side. It’s more respectable that way. History gave him some bad knocks, but Val Kilmer came along (see “Tombstone”) and set the record straight.

Old Doc was a businessman poker player, just like we all should be. So if he helps some fair lady with a toothache in the morning, draws down on her husband in the afternoon, and then gambles all night – at least he’s done something worthwhile. One out of three ain’t bad. But if he just gambled all night, woke up at noon, borrowed some money, and then gambled all night again – like “professional poker players” always end up doing – he wouldn’t be such a great American hero. In other words his day work – dentistry and shootouts – justified his night gambling. Let that be a lesson to all of us. Consider that my final word on the matter.

 

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“Disgrace,” “No strategy!” and “Time to go,” were some of the more restrained headlines in the Korean media after a week of poor results in the East Asian Football Cup.

 

Inevitably, the accompanying pictures showed Coach Jo Bonfrere looking more forlorn than usual as his players failed to beat either China or North Korea and were defeated by Japan – all on home turf.

 

The competition, won by South Korea in December 2003, was supposed to mark the start of the country’s preparations for the World Cup instead it has signalled the beginning of open season against the Dutchman.

 

It was supposed to be a chance for some of the K-League’s young prospects to show what they could do in the absence of European stars like Park Ji-sung and Lee Young-pyo but it demonstrated that without the talented duo, South Korea’s midfield lacks creativity and incisiveness.

 

And it was supposed to be a chance for the hosts to show that they were the region’s top dogs but one goal, two points and last place put paid to any hopes of that.

 

Accusations that Bonfrere is tactically stubborn and too ready to blame his players for his own failings, had gone from the headlines after World Cup qualification was assured a game ahead of schedule but they weren’t forgotten and they soon resurfaced after two dismal draws against China and North Korea.

 

Both teams, ranked well below their hosts in FIFA’s rankings, defended in numbers – China had to as they were reduced to ten men after only six minutes. The problem was that the 2002 semi-finalists never really looked like scoring. The only player to get on the scoresheet was a defender, Kim Jin-kyu, who rifled home a free-kick past the Chinese goalkeeper.

 

Kim Jung-woo, Kim Sang-shik and Yang Sang-min, drafted into midfield for the first two games looked fairly solid defensively, though given the circumstances, they weren’t tested too much in that department, but they offered little going forward.

 

The inability to create chances hasn’t been a big problem for the team in recent history; rather it has been the failure to convert those opportunities which has worried Guus Hiddink’s successors – Humberto Coelho and Jo Bonfrere.

 

Matters improved somewhat in the final game with Japan in Daegu. South Korea dominated the game but still failed to convert possession into chances and they were caught in the 87th minute as the Asian Champions gave their 2002 co-hosts a lesson in taking chances.

 

Unsurprisingly, bitcoin dice fingers were pointed at Bonfrere who had said before the competition – “our target? Three games and three wins.” After three games and no wins, his tune had changed somewhat, “if you look at our target, it was all about testing the players who play in Korea.”

 

Such backtracking didn’t impress the public. Results of internet polls were released showing that over 90% of respondents wanted a new coach – and the KFA gave Bonfrere lukewarm support. “His contract is still safe but I don’t think the KFA should ignore public and media calls forever”, declared You Young-cheul, media director for the Korea Football Association.

 

Perhaps Bonfrere should be worried as he has never been liked by the media and public. He is unemotional, shows no passion and obviously dislikes talking to the media – all traits that are opposite to his compatriot and predecessor, Guus Hiddink.

 

Still, it would be harsh to fire the former coach of Nigeria for three poor results in a fairly unimportant tournament, especially as he has just completed the really important job of reaching a sixth successive World Cup. It would be slightly ironic as Humberto Coelho was sacked for poor qualifying results just four months after lifting the East Asian title in December 2003 – the signals coming from the KFA would be confusing to say the least, if Bonfrere receives the boot for the opposite situation.

 

It is impossible to know the future, of course, but football fans and newspapers all too easily forget the past. Hiddink was almost constantly criticized during his 18 month tenure and suffered worse defeats than Bonfrere. Losing to Canada just four months before the beginning of the World Cup was one low as was two successive 5-0 defeats at the hands of France and the Czech Republic in the summer of 2001.

 

It is a measure of the pressure that the present coach is under that he has called-up Lee Young-pyo from PSV Eindhoven, FC Metz’s Ahn Jung-hwan and Cha Du-ri from Eintracht Frankfurt for August 17th’s inconsequential World Cup Qualifying game with Saudi Arabia. Park Ji-sung will remain in Manchester as Alex Ferguson was assured by the Korean coach that the 24 year-old wouldn’t be necessary for the fixture.

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In the last article, we examined the relative value of starting hands in full and shorthanded games. To summarize, in shorthanded games implied odds are reduced, big cards take down pots unimproved, and hand domination is infrequent. Part II of this topic revolves around the blind structure. Blinds orbit quickly in a shorthanded game. At its most extreme is heads-up hold’em, where both players post a blind. In this article, we will examine heads-up preflop play so that we can review fundamental concepts before moving to larger shorthanded games.

 

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Heads-up play is analyzed by Sklansky and Malmuth in Hold’Em Poker for Advanced Players. If you do not own this book (and study it religiously), then you are placing yourself at a great disadvantage. The first concept offered by Sklansky and Malmuth concerns the preflop play required by the blind structure.

 

In a $10/20 game, the small blind has anted $5 and the big blind has anted $10. If the small blind raises, he is betting $15 to win $15. So, he must steal the blinds only 50% of the time to earn immediate profit (assuming no raising and all things are equal postflop). If the big blind folds too often, the small blind would earn a significant profit by raising 100% of the time preflop. In fact, since the small blind would also win some hands after the flop, the fold percentage required for profit is far less. In other words, blind stealing works incredibly well!

 

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Furthermore, the small blind has a positional advantage after the flop. Position will allow the small blind to bluff more successfully, earn extra bets with big hands, or save bets in many situations. Not only do heads-up games feature a large volume of hands, but plays such as bluffs and semibluffs hold more consequence. Consider the following examples.

 

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It is the same normal $2/4 heads-up game, except you must only pay $1 if you play a hand preflop. Many holdings such as AA are still clearly profitable, but you would think twice before playing most hands, since there is a hefty fee to overcome each time you compete.

 

Defending the big blind is similar to example 2 above. The exact amount lost by not having position differs with the competition, but the disadvantage always exists. For each hand that goes to the flop, the player with position will benefit because they will have an enhanced ability to profitably bluff, earn an extra bet on good hands, or save a bet with bad ones. How can a big blind out of position minimize its losses or even earn a profit against such obstacles?

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Sklansky and Malmuth suggest defending with 40% of all hands, and reraising with the top quarter of those, based on the idea that this calling/raising strategy neutralizes the preflop advantage of raising 100% of the time from the small blind. I propose that this advice is too passive. Furthermore, the percentage of hands played should be fluid, based on the competition’s play after the flop as well as preflop.

 

Before going any further, let’s repeat the authors definition of playable hands, counting up to 40%. “Any pair, any ace, any other two cards that are both nine or higher, any other straight flush combination with no gaps or just one gap (except for 42s and 32s), and any king little suited. (You might add in a few more hands such as J8s, 98, or 97.)”

 

Many beginning players might wonder how to figure out that these holdings represent 40% of all possible hands. It is possible to double-check the authors’ work by reviewing the number of combinations of each holding. Since there are 1326 possible 2-card combinations, a hand like AA, which can be made six different ways, represents (6/1326) of all possible starting hands. In percentages, this equates to ~0.45% of all hands, or about 220:1. Two cards of unknown suits can be combined sixteen different ways, while a suited hand is only formed with four possibilities (e.g. AK, AK, AK, AK). One resource for an aspiring player who is truly interested in learning the fundamental probabilities is Hold’em’s Odds Book by Mike Petriv.

 

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There are three main reasons for adopting a more aggressive reraising strategy to effectively combat the stealer. Reraising punishes the stealer, sets up profitable postflop play, and establishes variation.

 

Punish the opposition.

I’m not the first person to suggest reraising to slow down your opponent on future action. In fact, Sklansky and Malmuth make it apparent that it is critical for your opponent to worry that a raise will cost more than it appears. As they say, “He needs to know that he’s in jeapordy of a reraise. Thus you frequently reraise for the sake of future hands, not the hand that you are holding.”

But is reraising 10% of your hands enough? 10% represents the cream of the crop: AA-99 (6 possible combinations each), AK-AT(16 combinations each), KQ(16), KJs(4), KTs(4), QJs(4), JTs(4). These hands are so dominating that many of them would be 3-bet in a full ring game. Versus a steal raise, the selection is too thin.

 

More importantly, reraising 10% of the time will likely not even affect a blind stealing opponent who is raising 100% of the time preflop. Out of 10 hands, the stealer will immediately win the blinds 6 times, play on the flop against an out of position caller 3 times, and face a reraise only once. In this situation, even against a reraise, it becomes pretty easy for the small blind to fold if the flop doesn’t hit him hard, since he knows he is competing against a premium hand.

 

Set up Flop play.

‘If you’re going to be in the hand to the end, you might as well get the money in early.’ I’m not sure where I read or heard the above advice, but it makes a lot of sense. With a powerful hand, you want to put pressure your opponent and make him pay for the right to outdraw you. You want to earn the most money possible, and fundamentally, you want to get your money in while you are ahead. (This is an oversimplification, but it works for shorthanded play due to a concept called ‘clustering’.)

Mason Malmuth wrote about shorthanded play in Poker Essays, a good book for advanced players to hone specific theories. “Concept No. 3: Be prepared to go to the river.” Basically, if your hand is strong and unless the board develops in a very scary manner, you will often want to showdown. Since you will be going to the river with many hands, you should get the money in early, which makes a showdown strategy more likely to be correct and profitable in the long run.

 

A second factor is initiative. I mentioned above that most preflop stealers will not be affected by reraises, especially those raising 100% of the time preflop. In my experience, most opponents simply fold if the flop didn’t hit their hand since they expect to be against a monster hand. Even those who do not habitually steal raise will still respect an opponent who reraised preflop. In other words, if you are the big blind and raise with a hand like JTs, you should virtually always bet on the flop, even if the flop misses entirely. Putting the pressure back on your opponent is critical. Opponents may simply concede on the flop, expecting to be against a very powerful hand and not wishing to pay a turn and river bet to see a showdown.

 

Establish variation.

The third reason to increase aggression preflop and reraise with a wider selection of hands addresses the predictability of the play. 10% narrows the possible hands considerably, and it creates an undeniable problem if the flop arrives with 3 rags. Under Sklansky and Malmuth’s advice, you would be reraising with big cards 3 out of 4 times; this is simply too predictable against even average competition.

So, what is appropriate for a reraise preflop from the big blind? What if we added 88-66(6 combinations each), KJo(12), KTo(12), QJo(12), QT(16), A9s-A2s(4 combinations each), T9s(4), and 98s(4)? The total is an additional 110 hands, which progresses the amount of reraising hands to 18.25% of total hands. Notice that most of these hands can be taken to a showdown, yet they create enough variation to make any flop potentially dangerous for your adversary.

 

Watching the opposition

An aggressive counterstrategy is only part of the equation. You will still be calling with other hands. You will still need to vary your play to keep your opponent off your scent. I recommend slowplaying AA or KK sometimes, reraising with lesser holdings on occasion, and following up with occasionally unpredictable flop play. Keep them guessing. Meanwhile, watch your opposition. Preflop, you will adjust your standards in the same direction as your opponent. If the small blind stops raising half the time, you should not call as often, since you will too often be playing bad cards with bad position, a costly combination. Reraising is still valuable but should be reduced as well. You want to slow down against an opponent who raises only with legitimate hands.

 

In addition, you must consider the postflop play of your opponent. If the opponent plays very well with position: earning extra bets, staying aggressive, and following a solid bluffing strategy, then he will earn a significant advantage each hand played on the flop. With your higher postflop burden, you must adjust by folding more preflop. Against an expert, you will fold quite often (and therefore call less than Sklansky and Malmuth’s recommended strategy). The important thing to note is that you will be losing money by folding the big blind more often. Repeat: YOU WILL BE VOLUNTARILY LOSING!!!! But you will lose less money folding than playing marginal hands that cost extra bets after the flop. Sometimes (often) you cannot win in the big blind of a heads-up matchup; your best choice is simply to minimize losses. Don’t worry; you’ll make your profits when you are in position and have the advantage.

 

Slow ’em Down

 

Finally, a good preflop game will complement the overall strategy. Getting the money in early with the best hand will help to mitigate your positional disadvantage to some degree. But the best reason to stay aggressive may be intimidation. If you can scare your opponent into slowing down, you will begin to win the blinds for free, and you will not be forced to play at a disadvantage so often. In other words, you want your opponent to stop raising your blinds. So snarl (metaphorically) and attack back! Until next time, good luck!

 

If you have any questions, or comments, please feel free to email me at jason@pokerpages.com. I received a lot of great emails in the last month, and I hope to hear from more of you in the future.

 

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The Gambling Industry Shows its Support to Judi Online Terpercaya

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Many people are still in shock after last week’s terrorist attacks in the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped them from helping those affected by this disaster. Donations have been pouring in to relief agencies, and the gaming industry is offering its support as well.

Many large brick-and-mortar casino companies have made sizeable donations to the relief effort over the past week. Mandalay Resort Group and Harrah’s Entertainment each donated $1 million to the families of the New York policemen and fire fighters who were killed in the attacks.

MGM Mirage made its own $1 million donation to the American Red Cross relief effort, while Pinnacle Entertainment will be donating a minimum of $500,000 to the children of victims and the Mohegan Tribe will donate $1 million to the Twin Tower fund. The fund will assist the families of those killed in the World Trade Center as well as the families of the fire and police personnel who lost their lives.

The online gambling industry has also stepped up to the plate and has contributed to the relief effort. Casino on Net has donated $50,000 on behalf of its staff and members to The September 11th Fund of United Way of New York.

Paypal, the online payment service used by many Judi Online Terpercaya casinos, is also collecting donations. To date, PayPal donations total $1.43 million; 100% of the money raised goes to the National Disaster Relief Fund of the American Red Cross.

WINNERonline has made its own donation to the American Red Cross and challenges all other online gambling portals, news sites, and online casinos to make a similar contribution to this worthy cause.

Donations can be made through Yahoo.com to any of the following relief agencies: the American Red Cross, the New York Firefighter’s Fund, and the Salvation Army. These three funds have raised more than $21 million to date and continue to grow daily.

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Colombia are the Pkv Poker Online World Cup winners, in joy at least

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Win or lose tonight in Fortaleza, Colombia have lit up the World Cup and won a legion of fans across the globe.

 

Los Cafeteros have made the game beautiful again. They play to win and win attractively, dancing in joyous celebration and reminding the football world that a billion people are watching and want to be entertained.

 

God forbid we get another World Cup Final like 2010, when one team (the Netherlands) turned up looking to foul and kick their way to the trophy.

 

Colombia counter-attacking is about the best reason to get out of one’s seat at Brazil 2014, and in the land of o jogo bonito, they have out scored and out performed the home side, whom they face today in the quarter-final.

 

Brazil v Colombia would have been a great final, but FIFA’s misguided ranking system overloaded the first half of the draw and dumped four of the six South American teams in the same quarter of the second round.

 

Argentina have been spluttering along firing mostly blanks, leaving tonight’s clash as the South American final of the World Cup pkv poker online .

 

Colombia have been on a steady upwards curve since former Albiceleste boss Jose Pekerman took over in 2012 and guided the coffee-makers to their first World Cup finals since 1998. Pekerman, who is distantly related to Hollywood legend Gregory Peck, carries himself with the same amount of dignity, refusing to get drawn into the narratives of journalists, whom he tends to shun.

 

Serious and austere he may be, a striking contrast to the singing and dancing image of Colombia, but he lets his results do the talking and is a national hero in Colombia, albeit a most reticent one. When the Cafeteros have found the net, Pekerman’s exterior has melted somewhat as he has briefly joined in with the hysteria.

 

The Colombian nation has been allowed to smile again too. It suffered greatly from the narco-war of the 1990s, which spilled overt into its football, most notably with the collapse of the much-vaunted 1994 World Cup team and subsequent assassination of Andres Escobar.

 

Colombia is still a very economically divided nation with rampant corruption and paramilitary violence spilling over into people’s lives too often. Football cannot solve these problems but can at least temporarily soothe them and give everyone a feeling of communal happiness.

 

The fact Colombia are a relative novelty at the finals created a lot of curiosity and the team have turned the global interest into admiration by winning every game with aplomb.

 

 

James Rodriguez, who also has an Argentine connection having spent two years with Banfield, is the unexpected top scorer at the World Cup so far, netting one more than the marketing men’s favourites Neymar and Lionel Messi.

 

The unfortunate injury to Falcao, who scored nine in qualifying, has let the 22 year-old Rodriguez take centre stage unexpectedly, and his exquisite goals, particularly the shimmy and deft chip against Japan and the exquisite chest to foot rocket against Uruguay, have made him the tournament’s poster boy.

 

There are also the flying wingers Andres Cuadrado and Victor Ibarbo, whose high-speed raids have been thrilling, and goals from Jackson Martinez. Carlos Sanchez is a strong midfield enforcer and Mario Yepes at the age of 38 has been solid at the back. Bringing on 43 year old Faryd Mondragon was a lovely touch, and Colombia have won millions of fans for their joyful dance routines after scoring. Football is fun again and this team is impossible to dislike.

 

All that could end in tears tonight if as widely expected, the home team respond to their fans and the ghosts of 1950. Such is life in the knockout stages.

 

Having sailed through one of the weaker groups and demolished a demoralised Uruguay, Colombia face their first real test tonight.

 

Whether Brazilian or Colombian coffee tastes the sweeter at the end, Colombia’s return to the world stage has been a fantastic one.

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Varying Your Opening Bet Size

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When the amount that can be bet is selected by the player rather than specified by the structure of the game (as is done in fixed-limit poker), it conveys information that is helpful in determining what the bettor is likely to have. In these days of extensive Internet poker-playing, where you cannot see your opponent and may well know nothing about how he plays, his bet size may well be the most pertinent guide in figuring out what he holds. A person’s betting tempo, which is often important in live play, is not really available. (An Internet player who takes a long time to act may be away from his computer getting a drink of water, for all you know.)

 

In no-limit hold’em, you can bet whatever you want. A player is often torn between betting what he believes to be the perfect amount for his situation or some other sum that will conceal his holding better than making the precise optimum-size bet. Which should he choose?

 

In preflop betting, a standard-size raise in no-limit hold’em is the size of the pot. In a normal structure of two blinds, with the small blind half the big, this is three and a half times the size of the big blind. For example, in a $5-$10 blind structure, a pot-size opening raise is to $35. This amount is computed by calling $10 (making the pot size $25), and then raising $25, for a total bet of $35. Naturally, you put the whole amount in at once, or use some other method that avoids the string-bet violation of making a call before announcing a raise.

 

Tournament structures often use an ante in the later stages of the event to supplement the blinds. With antes added, three and a half times the big blind will be considerably short of the pot size — and considerably short of the best amount to raise. You shouldn’t give opponents a cheap shot at a large amount of money. For example, with $100-$200 blinds, a pot-size raise is $700. If this same structure has a $25 ante supplementing the blinds — a common ante for this structure — in an eighthanded game, an open-raise the size of the pot would be $900, because there is $200 added in ante money. When the tournament structure starts using an ante, a good rule of thumb is to increase your regular open-raise amount by the size of the big blind.

 

There appears to be a school of thought that says you should always open for a pot-size raise (unless going all in with a short stack), so opponents will never know anything about the nature of your hand from your wagered amount. I am not a faculty member of that school. There are too many times I would want to do something other than opening for this prescribed amount. Let me explain why I vary my amount for open-raising, and how I select it.

 

A poker qiu qiu player has two main goals when raising preflop. One is to get more money into the pot because he has a good hand. The other is to capture the blind money by having everyone fold. The latter goal is far more important in tournament play than in a money game, because capturing those big tournament blinds often results in a sizable increase in your stack. So, it should be obvious that you need to alter your play for tournaments by raising a greater amount. Even so, I do not stick to the pot-size raise in either setting.

 

It is true that no matter what your position when open-raising, both of the goals mentioned previously are at work. But as your open-raise occurs in later and later position, the ratio of importance of each goal differs. A raise from up front shows a good hand, one that desires a larger amount in the pot. In a full game, if there is a reasonable amount of money in my stack, my raise will be made with premium hands like A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J, A-K, or 8-7 suited. (Of course, I am not claiming an 8-7 suited is a premium hand. The use of an 8-7 here is generic, meaning I open-raise with a piece of near garbage every once in a while to avoid being too predictable. In the same vein, I sometimes limp with one of the above premium hands.) Since my goal is more building a pot than winning the blinds, my raise will be in the moderate range of three to four times the big blind.

 

This is a good spot to mention that opening for only double the big blind is not an established part of my arsenal, even though I have experimented with it a little in cheap no-limit hold’em Internet money games. I tell my students to at least triple the big blind if they decide to open-raise, as my experience with only doubling the big blind has not shown any worthwhile results, even though doubling is not such a bad poker play. You see the play of doubling the big blind a lot on the Internet, because there is a button that does this (as opposed to a sliding bet-size selector). In the same vein, I prefer sites that do not have a “pot-size raise” button, because it encourages good poker and makes the game tougher. There is some argument for such a button in a pot-limit game (allowing you to bet the maximum quickly), but not in no-limit.

 

In late position, I will open-raise with a wide range of hands, many of which are shabby enough that a fold by the blinds would not disturb me in the least. I use a slightly larger amount here, four to five times the big blind, with the purpose of getting called less often. Even though I usually raise from the cutoff or button position, I sometimes limp. This is likely to be early in a tournament, to find out if a person in the blind is going to automatically raise because I showed weakness. If he is quick to pounce, I might limp from the button when holding a big pair against him later on in the event.

 

In middle position, I may open-raise for anywhere from three to five times the big blind, depending mainly on how many chips my hand actually grabs. In other words, I vary the sum in a mostly random fashion.

 

As you see, the amount of my open-raise is affected by position. Another factor is whether my stack size might commit me to calling a reraise if I open for a large amount. For example, if I have a short stack of only 12 times the big blind, open-raising for five times the big blind is quite committal, as a reraise of seven times the big blind, putting me all in, might force me to shut my eyes and call. Merely tripling the big blind would mean an all-in reraise is now nine times the big blind, and I have more flexibility in whether to call or fold. Of course, my opponent may be more likely to put me all in if he sees I have the wiggle room to fold; there’s no such thing as a free lunch.

 

The quality of my hand seldom enters into my decision of how much to raise. In fact, with rare exceptions, whether I have pocket aces or pocket fives, the amount will be the same. One of the biggest no-limit hold’em mistakes is to raise a smaller amount (looking to get action) with your strong hands — or, as some rookies do, use a formula that the bigger your hand, the bigger your bet size. Don’t determine your wager amount by the strength of your hand.

 

If I open for three times the big blind from early position on a hand, then four times the big blind later on in the same game, you cannot draw any conclusion about what I hold. Anyone who reads too much into my bet amount is leaving himself open to making a decision based on a faulty conception. I do not believe that varying the size of my open-raise makes me any more readable than a player who mechanically opens for the size of the pot, because I do not give away the nature of my hand by the amount of my raise.

 

Just out of curiosity, what does a person who tries to use the pot-size formula do when playing with $10-$15 blinds? Only on some Internet sites can he open for the precise figure of $52.50. In a live game, does the poor guy have to either limp or throw his hand away in disgust? Will the frustration of being unable to make a formula-size raise put him on tilt?

 

Always raising a pot-size amount strikes me as being too routine. It also seems a bit paranoid, as if you’re fearful that your opponents are better than you and might have X-ray vision.

 

I recall a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” It makes perfectly good sense to vary your bet size in no-limit hold’em instead of stubbornly sticking to a fixed formula. You are better off being flexible. As long as you do not make your preflop raise-size decision according to the strength of your hand, no one will be able to make a good judgment about what you hold by the amount selected. You will be free to tailor your tool to the situation.…


Real trip up in the Situs Judi Online home straight

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Villareal qualified for next season’s Europa League by beating Elche 1-0. The Yellow Submarine were La Liga runners-up in 2008 and Champions League semi-finalists two years earlier.

 

Down at the bottom, Granada beat already relegated Situs Judi Online Cordoba 2-0 in the Andalusian derby to give them a glimmer of hope of survival.

 

Deportivo La Coruna meanwhile, claimed what might prove to have been a valuable point away to Athletic Bilbao by Alberto Lopo’s 94th minute leveller.

 

It is possible that three Andalucian sides could go down if Almeria swap places with Deportivo.

 

As it stands, Spain’s regions are represented thus in La Primera:

 

ANDALUCIA – 5 – Almeria, Cordoba, Granada, Malaga, Sevilla

BASQUE COUNTRY – 3 – Athletic Bilbao, Eibar, Real Sociedad

CATALONIA – 2 – Barcelona, Espanyol

GALICIA – 2 – Celta Vigo, Deportivo La Coruna

MADRID – 4 – Atletico Madrid, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid

VALENCIA – 4 – Elche, Levante, Valencia, Villareal

 

Aragon, Asturias, Cantabria, Castille La Mancha, Castille & Leon, Extremadura and Murcia have no representation in the top flight.

 

Real Betis from Andalucia and Girona from Catalonia look set to ascend to the first division next season. The other place is currently between Las Palmas (Mallorca), Real Valladolid (Castille & Leon), Real Zaragoza (Aragon) and Sporting Gijon (Asturias).

 

PICHICHI race (goals):

 

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo 42
  2. Lionel Messi 40
  3. Antoine Griezmann 22

Neymar 22

  1. Carlos Bacca 20

 

*Football in Spain could sensationally come to a standstill this weekend however as the Spanish Football Federation (FFE) have weighed in against the government forcing a redistributive TV contract on La Liga clubs and called a halt to proceedings.

 

The Spanish League was meeting on Monday morning to discuss its course of action, with the players’ union also complaining the new collective bargaining agreement does not help second division clubs enough.

 

The directive demands a fairer share of TV money for clubs outside the big two, who up until now have taken the lion’s share.

 

The FFE’s intervention seems curious given the grotesque gap between Barcelona, Real Madrid and the others, but they obviously have sympathies for them.

 

Plus with the egregious Angel Maria “all the fish are sold” Villar in charge, any madness is possible.

 

We should know by Thursday if the strike will go ahead or not, but it is hard to see the league stopping for long with little time between now and end of the season commitments such as the Champions League and Copa del Rey conclusions.

 

*The big two were in Champions League action as well of course and their respective results only underlined Barça are having the better of this season.

 

Real kicked off on Tuesday in Turin, where they lost 2-1 to Juventus but scored a vital away goal.

Alvaro Morata grabbed a poacher’s goal in the eighth minute when he tapped in at the far post after Iker Casillas saved from a classic Carlos Tevez drive.

 

The Spanish international did not celebrate scoring against his old team, but gestured to the visiting fans who had been taunting him.

 

Juve’s marking went astray in the 27th minute however as an unchallenged Cristiano Ronaldo headed in a vital leveller. Juve were back in front ten minutes after the break when Tevez charged down the field on a breakaway only to be hacked down by Daniel Carvajal.

 

The former Man City and Man Utd man hit the penalty down the middle to dig the knife in, but Ronaldo’s goal means a 1-0 win at the Bernabeu will be enough. Yet Juve’s attacking intent and traditionally mean Italian defence means it is by no means guaranteed.

 

Karim Benzema missed out for Real, for whom the returning Gareth Bale once more did his invisible man impression.

 

Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Bayern Munich was a mirror of the scoreline two seasons ago when Jupp Heynckes men won at the Camp Nou.

 

That game, part of a 7-0 aggregate thrashing of Tito Vilanova’s side, appeared to signal the end of tiki-taka and Catalan Euro dominance.

 

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UEFA u21: Germans join England in last Situs Bandarq four

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Halmstad, Sweden – Germany booked their place in the semi-finals after drawing 1-1 with a second-string England in Halmstad this evening.

 

When Gonzalo Castro fired Germany into a fourth-minute lead, it looked like Stuart Pearce’s weakened team selection would backfire into humiliation, but England fought back and deservedly equalised through Everton’s Jack Rodwell on the half hour.

 

After Rodwell’s goal, England had other chances to bag a second, which would have sent Spain, 2-0 conquerors of Finland in Gothenburg, through instead of Situs Bandarq Germany. But as the minutes wore on in the second half, it seemed as if both teams were content to settle for a draw.

 

“I expect a big performance and to win,” said Stuart Pearce before the game, stressing his personal, painful experiences of losing to Germany as an England player, but his starting eleven showed ten changes to the team which had beaten Spain. Actions speak louder than words.

 

Inside the charming little riverside ground the Orjans Vall, German fans, chanting obscenely and belligerently, exploded flares and firecrackers before kick-off, one landing not far from England goalkeeper Scott Loach and the others fogging up the field of play. There were no visible police on show. The Swedes had expected everyone to be friends at the u21s but had not anticipated this.

 

Once the smog had lifted after four minutes, Germany saw clearly enough to snatch the lead in the game. Gonzalo Castro, a 22 year-old Spanish-German attacker from Bayer Leverkusen, outran Michael Mancienne and nutmegged Loach.

 

Germany had the lead and the psychological advantage. But as the succeeding minutes proved, they were not up to dominating their B-team opponents. Both teams slipped up and sprayed passes wildly. Then England replied.

 

Andrew Driver, who plays his club football in Scotland for Hearts, was England’s most impressive player, driving attacks from his right-wing berth in a highly-impressive debut.

 

Gardner got his head onto one of his crosses and should have scored after a quarter of an hour before he and Richard Stearman got entangled in the German box five minutes later and failed to get a shot off. Promising stuff after a horrible start.

 

Just short of the half hour, Gardner curled over a corner from the left and Jack Rodwell, Everton’s young find of the season, rose to power his header into the German net.

 

Panic over, England started to open up and play with more fluency. Germany, up against a B-team and having to avoid defeat, were pinned back and having to play on the counter, though they still posed a threat via Castro’s energy and the mesmeric dribbling of Mesut Ozil, their ace in the pack.

 

But the first half ended with the red shirts of England dominating.

 

At 1-1, neither side needed to do anything, but any suspicions of a gentlemen’s agreement had no wings, though England were clearly experimenting.

 

Three minutes short of the hour mark, Pearce replaced his lone striker Fraizer Campbell, who had worked well up front, with Theo Walcott, in another enigmatic employment of his star man. His retirement of the penetrative Driver with 20 minutes left for the defensive Kieran Gibbs was a sure sign that winning was not Pearce’s top priority tonight.

 

Germany made their first switch ten minutes later, replacing their ineffective left-winger Anis Ben-Hatira with a zippier performer Marko Marin, a pint-sized midfielder reminiscent at times of Thomas Hassler.

 

As the clock ran down so did each side’s enthusiasm for three points, Germany especially knowing only one would do. With Spain leading Finland 2-0 in Gothenburg, an England goal would eliminate the Germans, but by the end they had lost all stomach for a fight.

 

In the semi-finals, England play the Group A runners-up in Gothenburg on Friday, while Germany play the Group A winners in Helsingborg the same day.

 

Scoring:

 

GER – Castro 4′

ENG – Rodwell 29′

 

ENG- Scott Loach (Joe Lewis 45′), Andrew Taylor, Richard Steadman, Craig Gardner, Adam Johnson, Jack Rodwell, James Tomkins, Michael Mancienne, Andrew Driver (Kieran Gibbs 71′), Fraizer Campbell (Theo Walcott 57′), Danny Rose

 

GER-Manuel Neuer, Andreas Beck, Bendikt Howedes, Jerome Boateng, Patrick Ebert (Dennis Aogo 85′), Sami Khedira, Ashkan Dejagah, Mesut Ozil, Anis Ben-Hatira (Marko Marin 67′), Gonzalo Castro, Marcel Schmelzer

 

 

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