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!”

DJ Wild Poker – Now There’s a Casino Table Game That Offers All Deuces and a Joker As Wild Cards

DJ Wild (Deuces, Joker) Poker is a casino table game where players play against a house dealer. The objective of course is for the player to have a higher poker hand than the dealer in order to win.

The game is played with a standard 52 card deck plus one Joker. The unique offering is that the four Deuces and the one Joker serve as wild cards, which can be substituted for any card to improve the hand.

How DJ Wild Poker is Played

Players must first make (2) equal bets in the Ante and Blind positions. An optional Trips wager is also available which pays if won even if the player loses the hand to the dealer.

Each player and dealer receive five cards face down.After reviewing the cards, the player makes one of two choices: (1) Fold, forfeiting the Ante and Blind wagers. (2) Make a Play bet at 2X the Ante. The player then tucks the played cards face down under the wager.

The dealer will then reveal his or her cards, and in turn will compare the hand to the players’ hands that made the Play wager.

If the dealer beats the player, the ante, Blind, and Play bets lose. If the dealer and player tie, the Ante, Blind, and Play bets push. If the player beats the dealer, the Ante and Play bets pay even money, and the Blind bet pays according to the following table:

Hand Payout

Five Wilds. 1000/1

Royal Flush 50/1

Five of a Kind 10/1

Straight Flush. 9/1

Four of a Kind 4/1

Full House 3/1

Flush 2/1

Straight 1/1

All Other Push

Optional Trips Bet

The Winning Trips wager pays according to the poker value of the player’s hand providing the player has at least 3 of a Kind. There are two separate pay tables, one without and one with wild cards. Payout amounts may vary between jurisdictions. Here is a common table:

Natural

Royal Flush – 1000/1

Straight Flush – 200/1

Four of a Kind – 90/1.

Full House – 40/1

Flush – 25/1

Straight – 20/1

Three of a Kind – 6/1

Wild

Five Wilds – 2000/1

Royal Flush – 100/1

Five of a Kind – 100/1

Straight Flush – 30/1

Four of a Kind – 6/1

Full House – 5/1

Flush – 4/1

Straight – 3/1

Three of a Kind – 1/1

Another optional upgrade wager that’s available in some jurisdictions is the Two Way Bad Beat. (A bad beat is when you get beat and get paid.) In this option the player must have Three of a Kind or better without a tie. If the player loses to the dealer. The pay table pays the following:

Royal Flush – 10,000/1

Five of a Kind – 10/000/1

Straight Flush – 5,000/1

Four of a Kind – 500/1

Full House – 400/1

Flush – 300/1

Straight – 100/1

Three of a Kind – 9/1

Strategy and House Edge

Strategy for this game is to raise with any pair of 4’s or better, otherwise fold. The house edge is calculated at about 3.5%.

Online Poker Games

Online poker games are available for those who dislike visiting or are unable to visit a casino to play a physical poker game. Online games are played over the Internet, which has, in turn, provided a way for poker players around the world to enjoy the game.

The online poker game is a very tactical and luck-oriented game. In an online poker game, players do not sit right across the table and can’t observe others’ body language and reactions. In order to be successful in online poker games, players have to learn to focus more intensely on betting patterns and other behavior that are not physical in nature.

There are numerous poker rooms, and so it is often difficult to choose a place for playing the game. Party Poker is the most popular online poker room, with around 70,000 players online at any one time. The next is Paradise Poker, which consists of a more assorted range of poker tournaments as well as good ring-game action and a large array of poker games. Pacific Poker also attracts a fare share of online poker players.

Security measures in online poker game are tight, with most offering 128 bit encryption security, although the more-established poker rooms are the safest. A novice online poker player should stay at the lower limits until he builds up his experience, or the more experienced players might take all his money.

Online poker games offer a virtual way of enjoying the poker game through the Internet. Though a bit difficult, this game can be mastered in due course.

Gambling Poker Players – Bringing The Risk Factor To Light?

Poker being basically an American game has various ways to be followed to play. These days there is a huge variety of poker software games to play. In all the cases the user is engaged in the gamble played using the poker software.

The users who play poker mortgage their money in order to meet their needs. This becomes the reason for many people to invest money in this though they face a high risk of losing it.

In order to keep yourself from wasting all the money gambling, you should have certain limitations. As an initiative before initiating the game, a limitation should be established in such a way that the limitation is followed till the game comes to an end.

During the gambling match one must not drunk and then get set for the game or play when one feels exhausted. The above mentioned factors bring down your involvement in the gamble. Of course gambling match depends basically on the talent of dealing with the cards and not merely luck.

One must never forget that he is not supposed to lose the stuffs gained by gambling. If you have completed the game, you can just move out of the area. Do not stay for a long time even if you can. One may be put in a position to lose the gained money or even gain more money by gambling again.

One must know the general rules for challenging something in the gambling game before playing the gambling poker. If you are not aware of the rules of the game you may be put in a very bad situation, provided you play the game without any idea of gaining or losing your wealth.

There are various methods to go forward in a gambling poker. The methods may be easy or even difficult.

Positive progression betting system is generally used in the gambling poker. Use of this method to proceed with the game helps the player to increase the gains in gambling. The system of playing the game involves investing fewer amounts and can easily lead you to victory.

Negative progression systems also come under one of the methods of gambling poker. The gamblers can add more value to the challenge when the person stands a chance of losing or winning the bet. This system involves more investment but promises the probability of less victory than the previous method. Losing a gamble can be too disastrous.

Another method of playing is insurance betting method wherein a person can reduce the value of the bet when he wins. This victory can be preceded by a primary challenge.

You should be aware of the rules of the game so that one can understand the things that go on during the game.

Besides knowing the types of games, it is also required to know the fundamentals of gambling poker. Your knowledge about them helps you to restrict your gamble to your limitations.

The proper knowledge of the restrictions and the types of game, the various card permutations, the fundamentals of challenging is very important before playing the game. One must also know about the devices used there. One can enhance their knowledge of the game and enjoy it if one does the above mentioned particulars.

One must also remember that gambling pokers are not the right option for the people who are in a look out for a pleasurable work to do. The gambling poker can prove to be a task that inhibits more of tension than satisfaction.

Amarillo Slim commented that poker was a game of public. He also remarked that it was not the hand of cards that mattered but the people he was playing with.

High Five Poker: The Casino Table Game Where the Joker Is Wild

High Five Poker is a casino table game originally developed and marketed by SHFL entertainment. The objective is to have a better five card poker hand than the dealer. If you ever played Pai Gow Poker you’ll find some similarities in that it uses a 53-card deck, where the 53rd card is a Joker. This lone semi-wild card can be used to complete a Straight, Flush, Straight Flush, or Royal Flush; otherwise it can be used as an Ace.

High Five Poker tables are currently at The Brass Ass (real name) Casino in Cripple Creek, CO, which also offers a progressive version.

How High Five Poker is Played

The table has seats for up to six players. Players must first make an Ante wager. The dealer will then deal seven cards face down in a clockwise manner to each player, and seven to him or herself. Each player then examines his or her cards and makes one of the following decisions:

– Fold, forfeiting the Ante bet.

– Discard two cards while keeping the best five card poker hand and make a Play bet equal to the Ante wager.

The dealer then reveals the house cards to make the best five card poker hand. The dealer qualifies if he or she has at least a pair of sixes or against a player who has a straight.

For example, if the dealer has a pair of deuces and player number 1 has a straight, and player number 2 has a pair of three’s, the dealer qualifies against player 1 but not against player number 2. So, what happens to the payouts when the dealer does or does not qualify?

– If the dealer does not qualify, the Ante bet pays even money, and the Play bet pushes.

– If the dealer qualifies and beats the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets lose.

– If the dealer qualifies and is beaten by the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets pay even money.

– If the dealer qualifies and ties the player, the player’s Ante and Play bets push.

The dealer works counter-clockwise when determining the outcome of all of the remaining players’ wagers. The house edge is about 3.6%.

Trips Side Bet

The Trips side Bet pays for a player hand with Three of a Kind or better, regardless if the player wins or loses the hand, according to the following table:

Three of a Kind pays 1/1

Straight pays 2/1

Flush pays 4/1

Full House pays 7/1

Full House (Aces Full) 20/1

Four of a Kind pays 40/1

Straight Flush pays 50/1

Royal Flush pays 100/1

Five Aces (Four Aces w/Joker) 200/1

Pay tables may vary slightly between jurisdictions.

Strategy

The strategy for this game is quite basic in that the dealer does not qualify if he or she has less than a pair of sixes, then you should fold with less than a pair of sixes. Otherwise make a play bet.

The game is relatively simple to play.

Good Luck!

Casino Games – Poker Intellectual Component – Part One

According to the historians’ statements and to the archaeologists’ testimonies, games have existed throughout the whole history of human society. Before we start to learn more about poker we would like to formulate the general classification of games and to identify the place of poker within its frames. Mostly classifications are relative but still we need them in order to have the general idea of any phenomenon.

Athletic games, intellectual games and gambling.

Athletic games: the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved largely at the expense of athletic qualities of the competitors.

Intellectual games: the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved largely at the expense of intellectual qualities of the competitors.

The relativity of these definitions is obvious. Athletic games (boxing, football or any other type) surely contain intellectual component. In every type of games we have to think. The majority of famous athletes today prefer to keep their personal athletic diaries where they describe in every detail all of their competition and training matters.

Standing apart from others is the third type of games: gambling and casino games.

The definition of gambling and casino games based on the idea of the game, where the final result (victory or defeat) is achieved by chance. In such kinds of games the athletic or intellectual or any others qualities of the competitors are not principal. Believe it or not but according to this classification poker belongs to the second category, intellectual games. Let’s turn to the more detailed review of the latter.

Intellectual games. Games with almost perfect information and games with inexact information.

Games with almost perfect information: the idea of the game where all the game information (the position, the players’ actions) is fully open to all participants of the game.

To tell the truth there is restricted information even in that kind of games. That is: every player has its own idea of the game action and these thoughts as a rule are unknown to others. Chess is the most striking example of intellectual games with almost perfect information.

Games with inexact information: the idea of the game, where the part of information is mutually hidden from all its participants. The information type can be different. For example in backgammon the game position and players’ actions are fully open, however, the result of future dice toss is unknown to all of participants. In turn, in poker the scope of hidden information is bigger: the unknown information is not only the future coming out of cards from a pack but also the cards of each participant because they are hidden from the rest participants of the game.

We have made this preliminary analysis in order to draw the readers’ attention to the comparison of two types of intellectual games. As an example for a game with almost perfect information we will examine chess, as this game is probably well-known to our readers. As an example of games with inexact information we will study poker.

We have found out that in both the games the final result is achieved by intellectual qualities. But the intellectual effort is just a verbal definition. What does it stand for?

Poker Game and Its Variants

Poker has been known to exist since 1829. This card game was first recorded to be played in New Orleans with a deck consisting of 20 cards. Four bettors were involved in the game at the time. The game began to use a deck of 52 cards since 1850. Since the introduction of the game, poker has developed rapidly and becoming one of the most popular gambling games. Along with the development of casinos and other gambling houses, this game received many variants mostly created in mid 1900s in the United States. Some of the most popular variants of poker include:

1. Straight

Straight is the oldest variant of poker games. This variant allows a complete hand dealt to each of the players. During one round, the gamblers are permitted to change their bets (either raising or re-raising). This variant was later developed into more complex forms of card game such as Primero and three-card brag.

2. Draw Poker

While straight is a three-card hands game, draw poker uses five-card hands. In this type, after a complete hand is dealt and the players put their wagers, these players can change their hands by discarding unwanted card in hand and dealing with new hands. Developments in this variant create more kinds of draw games such as California lowball, Gardena jackpots, Kansas City lowball, Badugi, Baduci, California high/low split, Q-ball, and some more.

3. Stud Poker

Next to the straight variant, stud poker is the second oldest kind of poker game. The rule of this game is that a hand is dealt in a combination prearranged. The combination may be in the form of face-down and face-up, or streets round. The most common variant of this game is the seven-card stud, followed by the five-card stud. Other forms of this variant also include six-card stud, Mexican stud, Caribbean stud, Mississippi stud, Kentrel, Razz, etc.

4. Community Card Poker

Referred from its name, this game uses face up community cards which are shareable for players and dealt at the center of the gambling table. This game is basically the variation of stud poker. Different from the stud poker, players in community card poker are dealt with incomplete hands combined with community cards to create a complete hand. Currently, one of the most popular community card pokers is Texas hold ’em which was created around 1920s. Other examples of this variant include Omaha hold ’em, Manila, Pinatubo, and Pineapple hold ’em.

5. Other Variants

Apart from variants mentioned above, there are other kinds of card games using poker rules such as:

– Strip Poker

This variation uses the usual rules, except that the players must remove their clothing if they lose bets. Commonly this type uses simple card game variant such as the five-card draw.

– Five-O Poker

This game is played by two players who must play five hands of five cards continuously. When these five hands are down, a one-round betting is begun.

– Video Poker

Commonly available at casinos, video poker machines allow single player to bet, deal, and discard or replace cards. The outcome determines how much money the player will receive.

Playing Video Poker Games Online

Video poker games came to the market over 30 years ago, and became a gaming industry hit in the 1980-s. Traditional table card games like Baccarat or Blackjack, Craps or various types of Poker played live at land based casinos can be a stressful and nervous experience for some people due to the fact that you play a live game against other people sitting right across you, and looking straight in your eyes. Quite a few people would consider this ordeal intimidating and uncomfortable, while playing the same poker game against a machine would put away these negative moments. Video poker games allow players to use their strategic skills so necessary for laying table games and enjoy a quiet, undisturbed time spent alone in front of the game screen.

Video poker is a machine based on rules of five-card poker. While no game strategy will help you win when playing against a slot machine, and the outcome of the game is completely unpredictable and random, the result of a video poker game can be somewhat affected by a well-thought and well-played strategy.

To play a video poker game you bet a certain number of coins to deal five cards on the game screen. If you activate the maximum bet, it triggers larger payouts on the higher ranked hands. You choose cards to hold, and draw poker cards to replace other cards which have been done with. At the end of the video poker game you get paid according to the payout table for the game.

Payouts percentages vary for different poker games. Deuces Wild and Jacks or Better poker machines are well-known for its relatively high payout percentages, which sometimes reach 100%! When you are skillful enough, you have a good edge against the house. Some online casinos offer very large jackpots.

It is recommended to read game strategies and tips before you start playing a video poker game. With thousands of online casinos on the Internet, it has become much easier for video poker players to find a place to practice their skills. You can do it for free and without the need to download any software into your computer at many online gaming parlors. Some casinos even offer you free bonuses, no deposit required, so you can play video poker games and win real money without risking your own. Online casinos offer exactly the same video poker games as land based casinos.

There are many variations of video poker games. Aces & Faces Video Poker, All American, Deuces & Joker, Deuces Wild, Double Bonus, Double Joker, Five Hands and many other kinds of Video poker available online. Some of them offer wild cards, other offer Joker wild cards, some have both kinds.

The software delivers smooth, fast and uninterrupted play, the quality of game graphics is unbelievably high, as well as the sound quality which altogether provide exciting gaming experience for a player.

Master your video poker strategy for free at online casinos. The right strategy, long enough experience and proper skills will help you to increase your winning odds and earnings in a video poker game.