• The Overwhelming Strength of the Free Card Play in No-Limit Hold'em

    Added - Dec. 15, 2014 Poker

    No-limit hold'em is a game that has been mined for strategy in a major way. What we mean by that is that it's hard to find new tactics in this game because there's such an overwhelming amount of material available for it. However, this has created a situation where there's a ton of noise without a strong message for the most part, and you can take advantage of this by knowing exactly what you're going for with your plays. One play that's really good for this is the free card play.

    It's one of the more well-known plays, but it's fallen out of fashion because a lot of players think that it's very transparent. The free card play works by raising in position or betting in position when it's check to you on the flop when you have a draw of some sort. By taking the aggressive route, you take control of the action and have the initiative. A lot of the time, you're going to have your opponent call and check to you on the turn to see what you do. The trick here is that you take ...

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  • Tracking Progress to Improve Your Algorithms in Financial Betting

    Added - Dec. 8, 2014 Financial

    A large part of financial betting is incorporating a degree of testing with trial and error when it comes to seeing if your algorithms are up to a level where they can be profitable. One of the best ways to test your algorithms to systematically improve them is to track the progress of different test options. We're going to show you some examples of how you can use this idea in your own analysis to improve your earnings over time in different types of financial betting. Keep in mind that this is a general concept that applies to many different types of betting, but binary options might be a good place to start since it's very clear how to use it there.

    It all starts with identifying a variable that you aren't sure about. If you're having a hard time placing where this variable should be, then you should pick three guess values that you call high, middle and low. The point here is that you make your best guess which you call the middle, and then you pick a high and low value based around that middle. From here, you'll track how each of ...

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  • Analysis Factors for Single-Person Sports Wagers

    Added - Dec. 1, 2014 Sports

    When you're dealing with sports betting in single-player sports or events, then you have to evaluate everything through a different lense. There are a few major adjustments that you should make to your analysis factors that help you to determine if you have a profitable bet, and we're going to walk you through these factors and how they should be used. We'll also show you how you should be evaluating bets to make sure that you're on the right track towards developing a winning system for spotting profitable wagers. Overall, this is like a crash course in betting on single-person sports.

    Your goal overall is to accurately estimate the chances of each side winning in a single-person sport. You'll do this by analyzing past performances and using all of the information that you can to influence your decision. When you spot winning chances that would give you a good chance at a profitable bet, you take it. If you're right, then you'll become a winning bettor over the long run. The key to this and what makes single-person sports unique with sports betting is that you can get much more detailed with what ...

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  • Avoiding the Traps of All American Video Poker

    Added - Nov. 24, 2014 Casino

    Most video poker games have strategies that fall under a basic set of rules. These rules have to do with which types of hands are worth more than others. In All American video poker, you're not typically going to be able to follow these rules automatically because the payout table is different in ways that are very atypical. In short, you'll get big payouts worth 8x for a full house, straight or flush, and the payout for two pair is reduced to 1x. Also relevant is that the straight flush payout has been increased to 200x.

    Let's look at one good example of a trap hand that most video poker fans would play incorrectly in All American. Suppose you have AdAh9h5h3h. The vast majority of players could tell you that a high pair is stronger than a flush draw in video poker, so they would most likely keep the AA and go from there. In this game, however, that's incorrect. The flush draw is worth about 17 percent more of a bet than the pair is, so you'd be losing some major value even though it's a high pair that you would be passing ...

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  • The Factors to Look for When Firing the Second Barrel in NLHE

    Added - Nov. 17, 2014 Poker

    If you're a no-limit hold'em player who has learned all of the basic plays like continuation bets and blind stealing, then you'll want to start looking at more advanced plays like double barreling on the turn. A double barrel is when you continuation bet the flop, are called and place another bet as the lead on the turn. This can be an extremely effective play, but you have to be very particular about when and how you use it if you want to avoid situations where you just set money on fire.

    There are two main things you need for a double barrel to be effective. You need some amount of fold equity and some amount of pot equity. Fold equity has to do with how often you expect your opponent to fold, and pot equity has to do with how often you'll win the pot anyway if you are called. Essentially, good semi-bluffing hands will have a lot of pot equity and will not require as much fold equity. On the other hand, if you don't have much pot equity, then you're going to need a ton of fold equity to make up ...

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  • Hidden Factors When Evaluating Non-Binary Options

    Added - Nov. 10, 2014 Financial

    When you're getting into financial betting, one of the things you might be tempted to do is get into betting on different types of options without fully understanding what's going on with the payouts. Binary options are simple enough because you're betting on whether or not a value will stop above or below a certain threshold. For other types of options, however, the betting isn't always this simple, and you could be on the hook for a lot more in wins or losses depending on what type of bet you're placing and what type of option you're betting on.

    For example, one type of option will allow you to bet a set amount per point of value. So a bet on this option might be a push if it ends at 57 for the day, and every point above or below that would be a win or loss of $5. Ending at 55 would mean a loss of $10, ending at 56 would mean a loss of $5, ending at 58 would mean a gain of $5, ending at 59 would mean a gain of $10, and so on. There will often be caps ...

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  • Learning How to Weigh Different Variables in Sports Betting

    Added - Nov. 3, 2014 Sports

    The process of winning at sports betting is all about developing a system for ranking teams and their ability to score against each other. When you're developing this system, there are tons of variables that you'll have to take into consideration depending on what type of sport or event you're wagering on. Along these lines, it's not always clear to know how much weight you need to apply to each of the factors you're including in your evaluation. We want to give you some ideas on how you can figure out the relative weights for your own system.

    First off, you should start by making a list of the different factors that come into your calculations used for establishing point totals and things of that nature. A lot of people use recursive methods that have to do with evaluating the strength of the offense and defense of different teams in games like American football and football/soccer. These recursions mean that a small error in your calculations will become magnified over time, so one place to start is to try to play with different values to see how much they will change your end results ...

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