How Free Online Poker Sites Can Propel You to a Full Time Poker Career

Poker has sky rocketed over the last few years and more and more people all around the world are finding that they are starting to play poker. Many people start off by playing free online poker so that they can learn the basics without spending any of their own money.

After many players have been playing for some time, they tend to make their way to the big sites in the hope of winning some big cash for something huge, like a new car, fabulous holiday or even a new house!

Lets face it, not everybody is going to make a living out of poker, but amazingly many people do make it and they do make a lot of money out of it. However, if you decide that the stress of earning a living this way is not for you, then its still worth playing for fun, to alleviate the daily stresses of life and chill out a bit.

Anyone can play poker, it only takes minutes to learn how the game is played, but, as the saying goes, a lifetime to master. To get the best start begin with free online poker sites.

Playing Free Poker and Winning Real Money is Easy

Find the right free online poker sites and you’ll never have to use your own money to join and get playing. There are free poker sites that are supported by advertising that funds the prizes meaning you never risk a penny but can still win them. Obviously playing on free poker sites mean that the winnings wont be life changing, but they do add up and can propel you further on in the world of poker and are also lots of fun to play.

Even without this the next level can now be reached for free from the get go – How?

It always used to be the case that for the bog money sites you had to make a deposit and they’d match you. Many sites now offer totally free money to start playing with and do not require any initial outlay from yourself, making it completely free to play. This way, more people join and the sites start to make a profit.

You can’t get a better offer anywhere else I know of. Play, socialize and interact with People from all over the globe for free!

Television coverage has also helped to contribute to the amazing growth of Poker popularity by showing Players who have basically won millions of dollars for almost or no entry fee or money paid. Poker god Chris Ferguson for example, is well known for having turned an initial bankroll of $1 into $20,000! So it can be done, start low and slow on free online poker tournaments and from there, learn and practice and one day, who knows…

The Free Online Poker Guide To Using The Poker Call

Calling is one of the most underestimated and incorrectly executed moves in both free online poker and cash Texas Hold em poker games. It is such that players who always call are disparaged as “poker calling stations”; however, it is not because they always call that they easily spill their chips to other players. It is because they call for the wrong reasons.

In this free poker games article, we’ll show you by way of example how to use calling in poker correctly.

Are there indeed right reasons for calling?

A right reason for calling, an aggressive player might note, is also a right reason for betting instead.

These are some situations where calling is reasonable.

- For example, if you have A-K in a board of 10-3-K-7-8, if you are first to act, you bet; you do not check and call.

- You value-bet. However, if you are not first to act, what do you do if someone bets?

- Will you raise? Now, right reasons for betting are not-so-right reasons for raising. You don’t raise, but you don’t fold, too, because you still have a hand.

The rule now, for the above hand, is:

- If you are first to act, you bet.

- If you are not first to act, and someone bets, call an amount less than or equal to the amount you intend to bet if you are the first to act.

- If the amount is greater, you fold. This rule applies only if you have a hand.

- If you don’t have a hand, like just Ace-high, you bet, but you fold to a bet.

- Don’t call with Ace-high (unless out of curiosity).

Let us try another hand – You have 8-7 in a Flop of K-6-9.

- You can check-call, but you can also bet. Now, betting is considered the better option, because you can make your opponent fold; after all, your hand is incomplete.

- If you check-call, however (or call a bet), you might send a message to your opponent that you are on a draw, and your opponent may continue bullying you later.

- Nevertheless, you want to complete a powerful hand, so you call.

- Just make sure you have the pot odds to call, however.

- If your opponent continues bullying you when you complete the Straight, you can raise.

Now, in another hand, you have A-6 in a Flop of 9-6-2.

- Because the flop comes small cards, anyone with big cards will fold to a bet.

- You can bet your Sixes. And you can also call with it, especially if your opponent decided to end the hand right there with A-Q.

- You can call, and later, if your opponent continues hammering you with small bets, you can call each small bet, because your odds are still sufficient.

- What’s more, you can pair your kicker or your Six if you call.

Lastly, if you have Q-Q in a Flop of Q-10-10, you have your opponent dead.

If your opponent bets, and you raise, it is more likely that your opponent will fold than not.

- This is because although your opponent might have A-Q, it is not likely because you know there are three Queens already out.

- Also an extra Ten is less likely for the same reason.

- Your opponent may have K-J or A-K (for a useless Straight draw) or a Flush completer.

Give your opponents opportunities to complete their hands so that you can solicit more action from them. If your opponent completes the Straight or the Flush later, then you have the upper hand. So just call, and call, until everyone escalates.

This also applies if you think your opponent has the spare Queen or Ten. You can let your opponent just bet and bet until the river, where he thinks you are calling because you just had a Queen or a small Pair, so at the river you can move your chips in.

Now, what is incorrect with calling stations’ calling beliefs?

- First: they call even with the pot odds against their favor. They usually chase inside Straight draws and they lose their chips in the long run when they keep doing so.

- Second: they call big bets with modest, but marginal, hands even if they know they are beat. In a flop of 9-6-2 above, A-6 may call, but only if your opponents’ bets are small. But in front of a large bet, fold A-6 because you may not win against 9-x if you can’t pair your kicker or turn Trips.

Calling stations are the ones always calling with small pocket Pairs in the presence of overcards.

- Third: they usually believe that every player is bluffing so they are always tempted to call even with Ace-high. In other words, they call a bluff or something that looks like a bluff.

I hope this gave you some good insight into the use of calling in poker. Try to recognise situations where the call can be a useful tool and don’t get caught in the calling station mentality as that way lies poor play and no money!

As ever practice makes perfect so get on back to those free online poker game tables and play with real focus on what you’re doing and you’ll do great!

The Facts About Online Gambling and Propensity For Addiction

I just did some research on online gambling and the same theme kept repeating itself over and over. I am not going to site any statistics because I believe that many statistics can be wrong if not cited from a well conducted study.

What I did learn, however, is the following:

1.Online gambling is illegal in the U.S and is run be offshore casinos that move from location to location. These are remote locations which are operating illegally in many instances.

2. Moving from location to location creates absolutely no accountability or credibility by these offshore casinos. There are no legal controls on the games that are played by unsuspecting internet users throughout the world. The money lost to these unscrupulous casinos is in the millions.

3. Online gambling addiction has been increasing every year, and the individuals playing in online casinos are getting younger and younger by the year. Individuals playing in online casinos are underage as well, and can become addicted to online gambling at a very young age. This does not bode well for their future, as it is much harder to stop an addiction when a person starts at such a young age.

4. The addictive nature and availability of online gambling makes this form of gambling one of the most dangerous. Because a gambler can play casino games right from his or her computer, there is access to gambling 24 hours a day. The implications of this scenario are very disturbing indeed.

5. Internet gambling addiction is very fast moving, and therefore the losses can happen very fast. i Internet gambling addiction is also progresses very fast because of the fast action.