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game) players. Therefore there can be no guarantee of success, with the information in this ebook and any potential success, or possible failure will depend on your personal skills. Since no guarantee can be made as to any potential winnings you are strongly advised to view this e-book for informational purposes only. You are also expressly informed that all information contained herein should be independently verified and confirmed. In case you find any mistakes you are strongly advised to contact us instantly, by e-mailing us. All readers of this ebook assume responsibility and all risk resulting from the application of any of the information provided with this ebook. The Authors assume no responsibility or liability whatsoever on behalf of any reader. The use of information contained in this ebook, should be based on every reader's due diligence and by this every reader agrees that the authors of this ebook can not be held liable for any success or failure of any reader's attempts directly or indirectly related to use of this information. There are great well known risks in gambling; in any case we expressly inform you that gambling is not a certain method of earning money. In no case whatsoever do we say, directly or impliedly, that we have earned any money ever by gambling or that by reading this ebook you could earn money. When gambling the odds are always against you, so it is more likely to lose than earn money. If you choose to risk money, you have to know that you do so at your own risk. Personal decisions made from the information of this ebook should be done with the knowledge that not only it is highly likely you could experience no financial benefits, but also that you could suffer severe financial losses. The authors disclaim any express or implied warranties, for any purpose. The authors shall in no event be held liable to any party for any direct, indirect, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising directly or indirectly from any use of this purely informative in nature material, which is provided “as is”, and without warranties. The authors do not warrant the performance, usefulness or applicability of any sites listed or linked to in this e-book. All links are merely for information purposes and are not warranted for content, accuracy or any other implied or explicit purpose. Gambling could become a bad habit. In no case whatsoever should you even consider beginning gambling ever, believing that with this ebook you will gain all the necessary information in order to earn money by gambling. The readers are advised in case of any doubt or suspected misunderstanding, to be advised by people they consider as familiar with gambling. You acknowledge that Elegant Gamblers located at http://www.elegantgamblers.com is not responsible for the success or failure of your decisions relating to the information presented herein. The information contained in this e-book is strictly for informative purposes. Therefore, if you wish to apply any ideas contained in this e-book, you are taking full responsibility for your own actions.

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Contents

Title Disclaimer Contents Introduction Roulette ... .. .. . . .. ......................................................... . .. .. . . Recommended Roulette Strategy Roulette Tips... Blackjack . . The twenty-one variation The casino variation Poker . Poker Hands...... Poker Principles Texas Hold’ em.. Texas Hold’em recommended strategies Texas Hold’em Hole cards chances Poker Tips . . ... ...

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Introduction
Some people love to gamble, no one really knows when gambling began. When it began it was legal, then it was rendered illegal by many jurisdictions and today legal and illegal gambling coexist. Generally speaking legal gambling provides to the winner legal protection, whereas illegal gambling provides no protection at all. It is imperative to gamble legally. No one wishes to break the law or follow illegal paths, nor should you. This is our viewpoint, and we feel it is an embraceable one by all readers. Online gambling begun in 1995 and the online gambling industry nowadays is a financial titan. Millions of people gamble or bet online. Their number increases day by day for better, or for worse. The revolution of online gambling was not welcomed by all jurisdictions. Nowadays the “war” is still waging. The United States have made it illegal since 2006 for American citizens to gamble online. So has Russia, France, Germany and some other countries. Nonetheless the UK, Spain and Italy have followed a dissimilar approach. The European Union may one day probably instruct all its Member States to allow online gambling as UK already has. It is our opinion that it’s only a matter of time before the online gambling revolution will prevail. Until then you are strongly advised to check whether your country allows you to gamble online. If it doesn’t you will not be able to get paid any of your potential earnings and you could even be criminally prosecuted. So before you gamble online, be aware of your national laws, since online gambling could be already illegal in your country and you may not know it. Always bear in mind that in order to gamble you have to be

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of legal age, i.e. 18 in most jurisdictions, 21 in others. You have to know that before you gamble online. If you are under aged stop reading right now. We feel that gambling legally is an activity you could enjoy, provided of course you are cautious. If you wish to gamble legally then you wish of course to risk money in order to get money back. When e.g. you play the roulette you could bet 10£, 10$, 10€ or whatever currency you are using. However US residents using US dollars should already know that they are not allowed to gamble on line. In any case we will use the “$” sign, given that the dollar is a currency used in many countries worldwide. The odds are never in your favor when gambling. This is why some times, if you win, you win more than you bet. If you bet 10 £,$,€ on a Roulette number you get the money you bet by a 36 ratio, so you get back 360 £,$,€. Of course the chances of winning if you play like this are slim. When you play blackjack you have disadvantages playing against the dealer, but if you win the round you double the money you bet. If you know poker then you could win if you follow strategies you may already know. If you prefer betting there are ways to win but everything of course is based on unpredictable factors. If you follow a strategic plan you could still be victorious. There are strategies you can follow when gambling or betting but bear in mind that gambling and betting is like riding a bus. You have to know where your bus stop is, otherwise you will never get where you want. Before forming any strategy you have to draw two lines. 1. The first line is “How much do I want to win?” 2. The second line is “How much can I afford to lose?”
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Never ever cross these two lines. If e.g. you bet 100 £,$,€ then you could perhaps say that you will stop if you win 150 £,$,€ or 200 £,$,€ and that you can afford to lose 50 £,$,€, or 75 £,$,€ or everything you gamble or bet. We suggest you gamble only half of what you think you can afford to lose and if you lose stop there. Bear in mind that if you wish to bet or gamble you should do so with money you can afford to lose, not money necessary for your survival. If you don't do that, then you may need professional help, i.e. counseling or psychotherapy. People blame casinos for people who lost all their money, but this is rather inaccurate. We don’t have a casino ourselves so if you want to blame the casinos do it. However, you can't blame the distillery company if someone becomes alcoholic. People who are depending on gambling or drinking need professional help, if you are an unhealthy gambler forget everything, stop reading this ebook and seek help right away. If you are under aged do the same. There is no point to gamble if you are not of legal age. You will destroy financially your parents and you will not be able to enjoy any potential profits. If you are a social gambler, then you can continue to read this ebook and share it with your friends in order to develop your own strategies. We can give you some ideas, but it is you in the end who will decide what to do. We suggest you understand the way of thinking we have in our mind and then you can continue. Where you go from there, we leave it to you. The two lines we mentioned before are solely depended on you. If e.g. you know that losing 5 £,$,€ per day is not a problem for you, then you could gamble or bet, provided of course you understand the risks. We don't suggest you lose 5 £,$,€ every day though, this can't be your goal but a risk that you will take, if you can afford to take it, consciously. If you don't fully understand the risks involved stop reading this ebook and do something else.

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Bear in mind that the gambling industry is strong economically because it isn't easy to beat its games. It is hard to beat the roulette. You can win all night long and lose everything in an instant. The thrill is too strong for a lot of people to resist. It is the adrenaline that drives people to gambling. Beat the odds that are against you. And rest assured they are against you. Don't be overenthusiastic. Unless you have won e.g. 1000 £,$,€ beginning with 100 £,$,€ and you are leaving. If you continue to gamble you have to be focused. Never forget that. Bear in mind that people who have destroyed their lives with gambling don't really want to win. People sick with gambling in a moment of clarity said that they really want to lose. If you take them to an artificially created casino and make the roulette give them money all the time, they will quit gambling in an instant. These people want to lose in order to use the monetary loss as an excuse to themselves in order to gamble again and again, i.e. to finally win. If they win they have no allothi i.e. no reason to gamble again. They lose what they have won in order to gamble again and again. If you feel that you want to lose then this ebook won't help you a bit. Seek for professional help if you feel that way. If you don't want to lose you can follow some tips we provide you with in order to increase guarantees increased. If you want to go to a casino the whole surrounding is great but if you drink too much and get distracted by casino noise and by casino lights, chances of loosing money are increased. This is one reason we suggest online gambling, without saying of course that you shouldn't try a real life casino if you want to. Online gambling has many advantages. You can gamble from your own home being as comfortable as you wish. You can call your friends, connect your laptop with your TV and your of chances. course; There are no still mathematically

speaking your chances could be somewhat

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recreate the whole atmosphere by following your own terms. There are many things people can do with online gambling. So how can you beat the roulette? A poker game? How could you win a bet? Blackjack? In order to win a bet we can advise you to bet on odds that seem slim but give a lot in return. For example if the A team is strong and the B team is weak, you won't get too much money unless of course you bet on B team winning the A team and this happens. This however is unlike to happen. Even if it does, you can't follow this strategy on a daily or weekly basis. You can bet however on who the first scorer could be, but don't bet only the players most likely to score first. Calculate how to strategically split the sum you want to bet and you will see, according to what you can afford to lose, what you could win in return. This is up to you. One tip we can give you is not to bet unless you are good in basic mathematics, if you know how to use MS-Excel, or similar software it would be great. We suggest you learn how to use MS Excel, or similar software before you begin betting and if you have a friend who is good in mathematics and knows how to use MS Excel we suggest you ask him to show you how to use it and by any means whatsoever do understand fundamental mathematical principles before you begin betting like crazy. Whatever online gambling or online betting website you chose, bear in mind that you have to trust the company providing the game. Companies providing online gambling games and never paying the winners are not rare to find. If you are new at this you can trust the list we provide at our website http://www.elegantgamblers.com. We recommend you gamble, play poker, or bet on these websites. You can keep checking the list we provide because new entries could be added at any time. You can also check our facebook group. If you think that any website we recommend is not to be trusted or if you have any complaints inform us immediately by e-mailing us and
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we will take immediately the necessary steps to remove the link if we verify that your complaint is legitimate. We again say that these websites we provide are trustworthy according to our best knowledge understanding and beliefs, however nothing remains the same for ever, things could change and since it is impossible to check every recommended website all the time we recommend that you don't gamble too much money unless you confirm yourself that they pay you if you win. We have affiliation with the websites we recommend, but we will have no problem considering interruption of our affiliation if your claim is legitimate. Be cautious. We are not selling you any crap (or giving it away for free) that we are gambling wizards or that we became rich by gambling. We may know a few things that you don't. You could know more than we do. This is something you will determine yourself. If you think that we have something to say, then feel free to spread the word, send this ebook to everyone you know, provided of course they are not legally under aged or sick gamblers.

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Roulette
Before playing the Roulette remember to gamble only what you can afford to lose. Never exceed that parameter. There are two types of roulettes, the European (single zero) and the American Roulette (double zero). We suggest you play the European roulette. The European roulette has 37 numbers. There are numbers from 1 to 36 and 0. If the ball lands in 0 you lose everything you have bet, unless you have bet 0. This number is unique and comes with no combination. If victorious you get your money X35. So if you bet 50£,$,€ in any other combination we suggest you bet 2 £,$,€ extra so that you use it as a safety net. At least you will lose a trivial amount of money. You can calculate what to bet in other combinations and what to bet on 0 if you want to use it a safety net just in case you have a 0. The European roulette has 36 numbers beyond 0. Their order is: 0 – 32 – 15 – 19 – 4 – 21 – 2 – 25 – 17 – 34 – 6 – 27 – 13 – 36 – 11 – 30 – 8– 23 – 10 – 5 – 24 – 16 – 33 – 1 – 20 – 14 – 31 – 9 – 22 – 18 – 29 – 7 –28 –12 – 35 – 3 – 26 Of these numbers:
18 are black: 2,4,6,8,10,11,13,15,17,20,22,24,26,28, 29,31,33,35 18 are red: 1,3,5,7,9,12,14,16,18,19,21,23,25, 27,30,32,34,36 18 are odd: 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15,17,19,21,23,25,27,2 9,31,33,35 18 are even: 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26,28, 30,32,34,36

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The roulette numbers can be divided in three groups either horizontally or vertically. The horizontal groups are the following (if victorious you win X3 your money) Group A: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Group B: 13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24 Group C: 25,26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35,36

The vertical groups are the following (if victorious you win X3 your money) Group A: 1,4,7,10,13,16,19,22,25,28,31,34 Group B: 2,5,8,11,14,17,20,23,26,29,32,35 Group C: 3,6,9,12,15,18,21,24,27,30,33,36

You can also place your bets to the following numerical groups 1-18 (if victorious you win X2 your money) 19-36 (if victorious you win X2 your money)

You can also bet on four numbers, by placing your bet on the table and e.g. include 16,17,19,20. If victorious in such case you win X9 your money. There are also combinations with five numbers e.t.c. You can also bet on one number, the combinations are infinite.

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Recommended Roulette strategy
One strategy that could work is to bet e.g. 30 £,$,€ on the first horizontal group (1-12) and 30 £,$,€ on the second horizontal group (13-24). By doing so the chances of winning are increased. If e.g. the ball lands in number 6 you win 60 £,$,€ i.e. (30£,$,€ X 3 = 90£,$,€, 90£,$,€30£,$,€=60£,$,€), the same is valid if the ball lands in any number from 1 to 24. If the ball lands in any number from 25 to 36, or 0 then you lose everything. So the chances of increasing 33% your money are 2/3 or to be more exact (in calculating 0 as a number that you don't place bets) 24/37 i.e. 64.8% and the chances to lose 100% of your money is 35.2%. We feel that there is no better strategy to follow when playing the roulette. You can switch the horizontal groups if you feel that the ball will land in another group. In any case the chances of increasing 33% your money is 24/37 and losing your money is 13/37, so it seems that the chances could work if you get lucky. At least the Mathematics seems to be in your favor if you play like that. You can bet on 0 in order to cover this as well. If you bet 60 £,$,€ totally then you can bet 1.6 £,$,€, or 2 £,$,€ on 0. In this case you bet 62 £,$,€, (=2£,$,€ on 0, 30£,$,€ on 1-12, 30 £,$,€ on 13-24). If you cover all numbers from 0-24 your chances to win increase to 25/37. If you get any number from 1-24 your earnings will be 58 £,$,€ (=30£,$,€ X 3=90 £,$,€, 90£,$,€-30£,$,€=60£,$,€, 60£,$,€-2£,$,€=58£,$,€). If the ball lands in 0 your earnings will be 8 £,$,€ (2£,$,€ X 35=70£,$,€, 70£,$,€-62£,$,€=8£,$,€). The chances of losing everything are 12/37 i.e. 32.4%. So it seems that by betting only a small amount to cover 0 your chances of winning increase at 67.6%. We feel that it could be worth it. The final choice is up to you though.

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If you play the American Roulette you will have to cover the 00 as well, i.e. you will have to pay more money and get less in return. This is one reason we suggest you avoid the American Roulette. If, however you win and you accomplish to increase your money 33% the best thing to do is leave and not try again. Call it a day. No strategy will last against the Roulette for long. Other strategies could be to bet always on the same number or play everything you have lost e.g. on red or black, if you lose double your bet, and so on, until you win. However these strategies could ruin you if you risk too much. Never risk too much.

We strongly suggest you first test those strategies, or any ideas you may have, yourself, without betting real money, by playing Roulette for free at our website.

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Roulette tips
Tip No 1
The roulette table has a “signature”. You can check and see what numbers the ball prefers. Each ball may have its own “preferences”. If you play little money at the beginning then the chances of earning more later on could increase if e.g. the ball “prefers” odd numbers then your chances could increase if you bet on odd numbers. However the ball owes you nothing, so don't get overenthusiastic. Chances are always slim but a prior evaluation of the ball's preferences could be helpful. If for example you see that the ball prefers red numbers, it could change its mind. So perhaps it could be your turn to bet on black numbers. The more you play, the more accurate your predictions could be. This tip could be very helpful perhaps when betting on a real world roulette table. It is unlikely if you spin the wheel 37 times to see it landing on 37 different numbers i.e. every time you spin it to always land on a different number, 37 times in a row. It will repeat landing in certain numbers. This could be a weakness that a person smarter than us could perhaps exploit. We are not sure how though.

Tip No 2
If you bet 10 £,$,€ and win 20£,$,€ save the 10£,$,€ you have won and continue with the 10£,$,€ you began with. If you lose the 10£,$,€ you began with, leave the table immediately. If you feel frustrated or angry with a previous result leave the table. Bad temper is the worst adviser. The Roulette owes you nothing. Remember that, before getting angry. Anger has helped many people to lose everything they had. Anger minimizes your IQ and rest assured you need all your intelligence against the Roulette.

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Tip No 3
Concentrate on what you are doing, don't play roulette on the Internet and simultaneously watch TV, eat, drink or read a book. Distraction is a bad companion. Don't get too tired. Fatigue shouldn't be fought simultaneously with the roulette ball. If you can't concentrate or if you get tired stop playing immediately.

Tip No 4
We feel that the American Roulette with an extra 00 is harder to win than the European Roulette. Mathematically at least this is true, and mathematics don't lie. We suggest you prefer the European Roulette table where your chances are better. There is no reason to bet against more odds than you already do. “With the extra zero in American roulette, the house has a 5.3% advantage where as with European roulette; the house has just a 2.7% advantage.” (http://ezinearticles.com/?American-Roulette)

Tip No 5
There are on line casinos where you can never beat the Roulette. Of course these casinos are illegitimate so before you bet, try to learn as much information as possible for the on line casino you want to bet. Online casinos must have software generating random numbers. If not then you are dealing with a fraud.

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Blackjack
Blackjack is a game of unknown origin, its original name is “twenty one”, and by this name is known in most European Countries. The name “Blackjack” is of American origin. This card game has its own variations as well.

The twenty-one variation
In certain countries they play it after removing the Kings, Queens, Jacks, 5s and 6s. The Aces count for 11 only, however 2 Aces will suffice for victory. The dealer bets money in the table’s center and has his cards open, the players have their cards hidden, unless they choose to display all of them or one of them at the beginning or later on. The dealer plays with each player separately. Each player places a bet and if he wins he doubles his money, if he loses he loses it all. The player is dealt one card and he can’t raise his bet when getting any other cards. In case of a tie the players are losing automatically. If the dealer has 20 he is automatically declared a winner, because a player with 20 loses against a dealer with 20, and if a player has 21 he has to say so and the dealer pays him immediately, if the player has 21 and doesn’t say it he loses. The players have to show their cards only if they claim victory. If the dealer busts, the players can hide their cards provided they have two cards, otherwise they must show their cards. The player must not bust in order to win and he must get a higher card total without exceeding 21. The players can bluff. The dealer can't. In this variation the Five card Charlie rule applies according to which a player with 5 cards without busting is automatically declared winner without

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the dealer playing as if he had 21. This rule doesn't apply to the dealer though. In other variations it does apply, in other variations this rule doesn't exist at all. A player with 4 cards that add up to less than 10 can claim victory since it is impossible to bust. A player with 11 can bust because the Ace counts as 11, the only exception of that rule is when the player has two Aces. If a player has triple 7 (7 7 7) not only does he have 21, he also takes all the money from the table's center no matter what his bet was. This is the worst case scenario for a dealer, who can win up to that moment and lose it all. In some variations the triple 7 rule doesn't apply. If the player busts the dealer is automatically declared winner without dealing to himself. When the dealer finishes with one player, one way or another, he plays with another player and so on. If the dealer loses all his money he can bet more money and continue, otherwise another player can become the dealer by betting money in the table’s center. If the players lose so much money that the money in the table's center are 3 times more than the initial amount the dealer has bet we have a “Strike Round”. After the end of this round the money in the center of the table belongs to the dealer who becomes a player again. Unless he wants to continue and other players don't object, normally though every player must play as a dealer and they switch clockwise or randomly if they agree. This variation is not the most well known on the Internet and it isn't played in casinos. It also has its own variations. I.e. in certain games no cards are removed, the Aces may count as 1 or 11, two Aces may not win the round, the dealer has his cards hidden, the players and the dealer have their cards open, there is no five cards Charlie rule, no triple 7 e.t.c.

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The casino variation
The most well known casino variation includes all figures that count as 10 and Aces count either as 1 or 11, two Aces however count as 12 (=1+11) not as 21. In casinos it is possible for the players playing against the dealer simultaneously. Some players stop at 12. If another player has e.g. 18 and the dealer is obliged to draw and busts e.g. from 15 the player who stopped at 12 also wins. However the players are dealt their cards open, the dealer deals one card open and the other card is dealt hidden. In case of a tie nobody wins and if the player has 21 the dealer will play as well unlike the aforementioned version. The dealer is also obliged not to draw if he has 17 or more, so unlike the aforementioned version where the dealer can draw from 17, even from 19 if he feels that lucky, (not from 20 though because there is no card that counts as 1 in the aforementioned variation) and is obliged to draw if he has 16 or less, even if the players’ cards add up to 16 or less. The player may win his bet, i.e. he can win the exact money he bets, or he can win at a ratio 3:2 or 6:5. The dealer firstly deals two cards to the players which are not hidden. Unless these cards are an Ace and a Figure, or Ace and Ten, which automatically count as 21, the player can either “Hit”, “Stand”, “Double Down”, and “Split a pair”. When you say Hit you mean that you want more cards, when you say stand you mean that you want no more cards, when you say double down you mean that on your first two cards, you "double" your bet and receive only one card face "down”, by moving a second bet equal to the first into the betting box next to your original bet. When you Split a pair this means that your first two cards are a "pair," I.e. two cards of the same value, and so you can literally "split the pair" by moving a second bet equal to the first into the betting box next to your original bet. The dealer is obliged to split the cards to create two hands, placing one bet with each hand.

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There are too many variations, each on line or off line casino may follow a different variation than the one you know. You have to be absolutely certain on which variation you risk your money, and the exact applicable rules. If you are a card-counter you should try the single deck because you play alone with the dealer and there is no way losing a necessary card to another player, i.e. sufficient for you to have 21, if you have an Ace, you can't lose a figure, or a 10 to another player. Some casinos offer insurance, in other casinos they don't e.t.c. You have blackjack only if the first two cards dealt amount to 21. If you get 21 with 3 cards or more this is not blackjack. Like we said the dealer is obliged to draw if his cards add up to 16 and is obliged to stop if his cards amount to 17. Unlike the aforementioned version where the skills of the dealer make a difference in the casino version the dealer has no liberty. If no one busts the player wins if the cards’ value is bigger than the dealer’ cards value. When you have draw, (Push) the player loses, in some variations no one loses or wins. If you have 21 with 3 or more cards and the dealer has blackjack with two cards you lose. If both the player and the dealer have blackjack the player doesn’t win and doesn’t lose his bet. If the player has blackjack and the dealer has less, or busts the player is paid 150% of the money he has bet i.e. if he has bet 10£,$,€ he is paid 15£,$,€ and gets his money back. In any other case when the player wins he gets paid 100% of his bet, in any other case he loses his bet. There are some basic strategies you need to know before risking your money by playing blackjack. Statistically speaking there are certain things you
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need to remember if you want to play not based on intuition, a practice we advise against. Blackjack has been studied thoroughly and if you know some basic mathematics of this card game, your chances of winning are dramatically increased. You should know that the total value of the cards dealt, will follow the following statistical figures (The format of the following tables is mostly ours the numerical and other figures are taken from the booklet “Win in Poker and Blackjack” translated to English, so we can’t guarantee their trustworthiness): In the left column you see each numerical combination and the chances to get it from maximum numerical combination (21) to minimum (2). In the right column you see each numerical combination from the more likely to the less (the colored numbers have the exact same chances): 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8
th

21 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4

4.8 % 10.3 % 6.0 % 6.5 % 7.2 % 6.5 % 7.2 % 7.7 % 8.4 % 8.9 % 4.8 % 4.1 % 3.6 % 2.9 % 2.4 % 2.9 % 2.4 % 1.7 %

20 12 13 14 17 15 18 16 19 21 11

10.3% 8.9% 8.4% 7.7% 7.2% 7.2% 6.5% 6.5% 6.0% 4.8% 4.8% 4.1% 3.6% 2.9% 2.9% 2.4% 2.4% 1.7%

9th 10th 11th 12th 13th

10 9 8 6 7 5 4

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3 2

1.2 % 0.5 %

14th 15th

3 2

1.2% 0.5%

The dealer’s and the player’s chances to bust are the following:

TOTAL VALUE OF CARDS 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

CHANCES TO BUST (%) 30.8 % 38.5 % 55.8 % 57.7 % 61.5 % 69.0 % 77.0 % 85.0 % 92.0 %

It is needless to day that the more the value of your cards, the more are your chances to bust. The casino dealer stops at 17 since the chances to bust are 69% at 17. It is pointless to try something when your chances to win are 31%. This is the casino’s view. We advise against the insurance. When the dealer draws his first card and has an Ace he asks the players if they want to insure their card. If the dealer draws T, K, Q, J he has blackjack and the player loses. If you choose to insure your cards you get paid your money if the dealer has blackjack. E.g. if you bet 10 £,$,€ and you wish to pay the insurance you have to pay an extra 5 £,$,€. If the dealer has blackjack you get paid your 5 £,$,€ and 10£,$,€ more. However if the dealer doesn’t draw a 10, K, Q, J and there is no blackjack the insurance money is lost. It seems that the casino doesn’t use the insurance for the player’s favor. This seems mathematically correct.

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When playing this card game you may have blackjack (i.e. 21 with two cards) and the dealer could draw an Ace. You could think that by paying insurance you could win the insurance money; otherwise you win nothing if the dealer draws T, Q, J, K. It is more likely that the dealer won’t have blackjack even if he has an Ace already, if you consider that there are 52 cards and only 16 are valued at 10, if you already have a 10 then only 15 cards remain, in this case chances for the dealer to draw a card valued at 10 are 30.6%. So there is a chance of less than 1/3 for the dealer to have blackjack and more than 2/3 chances (69.4%) that he won’t. So it seems that the insurance could help you only 1/3 times and there are 2/3 chances of losing the insurance money. We can’t advise in favor of a tactic that gives you 69.4% chances of losing your insurance money. So we advise against the insurance unless you are a card counter and you are most definitely certain that the dealer will have blackjack. Bear in mind that today’s casinos use 7-8 card packs so it is difficult to remember 364-416 cards even if you count the cards valued more or less than 8 or 9.

We strongly suggest you play blackjack for free at without risking real money and determine yourself if the aforementioned tables are helpful or not.

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Poker
Poker is a game played with far too many variations worldwide. The most well known variation played nowadays is Texas Hold' em. Poker is considered a fascinating game where personality plays the major role, not luck. Luck can help, but it will not determine the winner. A lousy player may have a good hand and win the round; nonetheless this can’t continue for ever. It is a game many people like to play because it resembles life, unpredictable circumstances combined with each individual personality shape the personal history of each and every one of us. Not everything has been in our favor, sometimes we did the best we could and still lost, sometimes we won without reasonably expecting it. This is perhaps why so many people love Poker, whatever variation they prefer. Poker is said to come from Persia, France or China. It is said that it comes from a Persian game known as As Nas. However all these hardly matter, the games evolve one day and variations evolve along with them, or evolve themselves into completely different games and no one records the true history of a game, especially a card game. Before explaining recommended strategies, you need to know the basics. In case you don't know, read the Poker Hands' ranking below, many players don't know the correct ranking though they play the game for many years. Read the rankings first even if you think you know them. We strongly recommend playing poker not only for money buy also for entertainment. You could spend hours playing poker without realizing it. If you find any mistakes please let us know.

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Poker hands
In Poker you have five cards (no matter how many cards you combine in order to get the best hand, the ultimate hand will be determined by 5 cards in almost every Poker variation) that can be combined in many different ways depending on each variation you play. You can have pair, three of a kind, four a kind, straight, flush, e.t.c. Below you can see which hand beats another hand. A player with any of the below mentioned hands could win. The hands are mentioned from the weakest to the strongest. If you have no hand at all then the winner is determined by the best card e.g. a player with A wins all other players, if however all players have A then you need to check the second best card, then if it is necessary the third, then the fourth, and finally the fifth. In some variations A is considered as the less valuable card. If two players have exactly the same cards you have draw and the pot is split. This hand is called High Card. When checking who has the best card the total value of the cards is irrelevant.

E.g. a player with A 2 3 4 7 wins a player with K Q J T 8, because the highest card of the second player is inferior compared to the A card. If a player has A 2 3 4 7 will lose if another player has e.g. A 2 3 4 8. The suit of the cards or the suit of the highest card is irrelevant, unless all the cards have the same suit, because in this case you have Flush, which is a strong hand mentioned further below.

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The best Pair is AA. This beats any other Pair. Other combinations from best to worst are the following: KK, QQ, JJ, TT, 99, 88, 77, 66, 55, 44, 33, 22. If two players have AA then the victor is determined from the best of the remaining three cards, following the High Card. If the best card is the same, then the victor is determined form the best of the remaining two cards, then of the remaining card. If all cards are of equal value then we have draw and the pot is split. In Texas Hold’ em two players with AA or KK or any other hand are automatically equal provided they both begin with the same cards of equal value, and there is no Flush. Otherwise the determination of the winner follows the prescribed procedure. Chances to have this hand in Texas Hold’ em is 42.26%.

The best combination is AA KK. This hand beats any other Two pair. Two pair is stronger than pair. A player having 2 2 3 3 beats a player with a pair of AA or any other pair. If two players have two pair the victor is determined by the player who has the strongest pair in the way described below. If two players have the same first pair the victor is determined by the value of the second pair. If both players have the same two pair the victor is determined by the value of the remaining fifth card.
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If the remaining card is of the same value we have a draw and the pot is split. In Texas Hold’ em, two players are automatically equal provided they both begin with the same cards of equal value, unless one has Flush. Otherwise the determination of the winner follows the prescribed procedure. Chances to have this hand in Texas Hold’ em is 4.75%.

The best combination is AAA, then KKK, then QQQ, JJJ, TTT, 999, 888, 777, 666, 555, 444, 333, 222. The AAA hand beats any other Three of a kind hand. Three of a kind is stronger than Two pair and Pair, so a 222 beats a AA KK. If two players have the same Three of a kind hand the victor is determined by the value of the remaining two cards. If the fourth remaining card is equal then the victor is determined by the fifth remaining card. If all cards are equal we have a draw and the pot is split. In Texas Hold’ em two players are automatically equal provided they both begin with the same cards of equal value. Otherwise the determination of the winner follows the prescribed procedure. Chances to have this hand in Texas Hold’ em is 2.11%.

You have a Straight if all your five cards are in numerical alignment, e.g. 2 followed by 3 followed by 4 e.t.c. The best hand is A K Q J T.
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The suit of each card is irrelevant when viewing this hand. If you have the best Straight hand (A K Q J T) and simultaneously all these cards have the same suit, then you have a Royal Flush, which is an entirely different story. If you have any other Straight hand with all the cards being of the same suit then you have a Straight Flush which is also a different story. Straight beats Three of a kind, Two pairs and Pair. The Straight hand (without all the cards having the same suit) with A card as the leader card beats any other Straight hand with the K card as the leader (K Q J T 9), or any other, the K card leaded hand beats any other Straight hand. The Q leading card hand (Q J T 9 8) beats any other hand and so on. If two players have Straight the victor is determined by the player who has the best leading card. E.g. a player with 3 4 5 6 7 has 7 as the leading card which is inferior to the hand with 8 as the leading card (4 5 6 7 8). The A card can be used as number 1 if you have 2,3,4,5. In this case the leading card is the 5 figure card not the A card. This loses compared to any other Straight hand. Two players with the same Straight hand are automatically equal in any Poker game, even in Texas Hold em. In some variations (not in Texas Hold’ em) the A card can be used as “wild card”. This means that if you have 4,5,6,7 and A, the A card can be used as 8 (if you have 4,5,6,7,A it will be viewed as 4,5,6,7,(8)) and it will be considered that the leading card is 8 not the A card. It can also be used at the beginning of the hand and in this case the leading card is 7 (if you have A,4,5,6,7 it will be viewed as (3),4,5,6,7). Of course no player will ever use the minimum but the maximum hand an A card can give if used as a wild card. A player with two A cards can use one A card at the beginning and the other A card at the end. The leading card is considered by the number that should follow based on the three cards. E.g. if you have 5,6,7 and two A cards the hand you have is A,5,6,7,A and the real use is interpreted as (4),5,6,7,(8) so the leading card is 8.
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E.g. a player with 4,5,6,7,A is equal with a player who has a straight 4,5,6,7,8. In these variations the A card can be used as a wild card only at the beginning or at the end and nowhere else. E.g. you can’t have straight with 5 6 A 8 9, the A can’t be used as a wild card there and you can’t have 5 6 (7) 8 9. You can not use the A card, or any other card to have Straight in a wraparound e.g. you can’t have a straight with K A 2 3 4 which is not a straight. You can’t have straight with 4 as the leading card, the same applies for 3 and 2. Chances to have this hand in Texas Hold’ em is 0.392 %.

You have Flush if all five cards you have are of the same suit. Flush beats any Straight, Three of a kind, Two pair and Pair. The value of the cards is irrelevant in order to have a Flush. It doesn’t matter what suit your cards are. All flushes are equal as it concerns the suit. In some variations some players may argue that Spades are supreme to any other suit. This however is not the rule; it could apply in some variations not in Texas Hold’ em though. If two players have flush then the victor is determined by the value of the best card. If one player has A as the strongest card and the other has K the victor is the first player. If they both have A, they check the second strongest card, if is the same, they check the third card, then the fourth and finally the fifth. E.g. If one player has flush with A 2 5 6 7 and the other has K Q J 9 7 the victor is the player with the A. If one player has A T 9 8 6 and another A T 9 8 2 the victor is the first player, because 6 is better than 2. If all cards are of the same value we have a draw and the pot is split.
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In Texas Hold’ em it is impossible to have flush and draw. The two cards a player is using when having flush are always different from the cards of any other player. Chances to have this hand in Texas Hold’ em is 0.197%.

You have Full House if you have three cards of the same value and two cards of the same value simultaneously. It’s a hand of Three of a Kind and Pair. The best Full House a player can have is AAA KK. Full House beats Flush, Straight, Three of a kind, Two pair and Pair. If two players have Full House the victor will be determined by the value of the cards. What matters more is the value of the 3 cards and then the value of the remaining 2 cards. E.g. a player with 333 44 beats a player with 222 AA. Only if the first 3 cards are equal you check the remaining 2 cards. In this case a player with 222 AA beats a player with 222 KK. If all 5 cards are the same you have a draw and the pot is split. In Texas Hold’ em two players are automatically equal provided they both begin with the same cards of equal value. Otherwise the determination of the winner follows the prescribed procedure. Chances to have this hand in Texas Hold’ em is 0.144%.

You have Four of a Kind if you have four cards of the same value.

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Four of a kind beats Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a kind, Two pair and Pair. The best hand is AAAA that beats any other hand, second best is KKKK, then QQQQ, then JJJJ, then TTTT , 9999, 8888 7777, 6666, 5555, 4444, 3333, 2222. When two players have Four of a kind there can be no draw and the value of the fifth card is of no concern whatsoever. Chances to have this hand in Texas Hold’ em is 0.0240%.

Straight Flush is a combination of Straight and Flush. It is a Straight where all the cards are of the same suit simultaneously. Straight Flush beats Four of a kind, Full House, Flush, Straight, Three of a kind, Two pair and Pair. The best Straight Flush hand is K Q J T 9, if you have A K Q J T you have Royal Flush and in this case you need to read below. If two players have Straight Flush the victor is determined by the player who has the best leading card as we saw above the determination of the Straight winner. The suit is irrelevant in determining the winner. E.g. a player with 2 3 4 5 6 loses to a player with 3 4 5 6 7 and so on. Straight Flash is very rear and it will be a story worth telling to your children if you ever see two players having Straight Flush simultaneously. Chances to have this hand in Texas Hold’ em is 0.00139%.

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Royal Flush is the ultimate Straight Flush there can be. It is top of the top. Royal Flush beats all the above mentioned hands. Royal Flush is having the A K Q J T combination of the same suit. If e.g. you have A K Q J 9 of the same suit, you don’t have Royal Flush, but Flush. If you have K Q J T 9 you have Straight Flush if all cards have the same suit, if not you have Straight. If two players have Royal Flush you have draw and the pot is split. Some say that the Spade Suit Royal Flush is the Supreme Royal Flush; however this is not canon, but rather a variation. Generally speaking two players with Royal Flush are always equal and the suit is irrelevant in determining the winner. In Texas Hold’ em it is impossible to have two players with Royal Flush simultaneously. This can happen in other variations, e.g. if you play the original Five card Poker. If you ever see Royal Flush treasure the moment it happens, take pictures if you can, or record it on camera. You may not live something like that ever again in your lifetime; in any case it will be very long before you do live it again statistically speaking. If you see two players having Royal Flush simultaneously then consider never playing Poker again, this game will have nothing more to give you. In some variations Royal Flush loses to a hand of four cards and a wild card. Not in most variations though. Most certainly not in Texas Hold’ em. This hand is known as Five of a Kind, and the ultimate hand is 4 A cards and a wild card (Joker) that beats 4 K cards and a wild card and so on i.e. AAAA-Joker, beats KKKK-Joker. Even a 2222-Joker beats Royal Flush. However if you ever see in your lifetime a player with Royal Flush losing then I suggest you go the Press and sell the story. History books could

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mark this day. It certainly must have happened, but it is so rare that you will probably never see this happening in your lifetime. If you play a poker variation with Jokers, Royal Flush is not the supreme hand. If there are no Jokers (like in Texas Hold' em and Five Card Draw) then Royal Flush is the supreme hand. So if you see Royal Flush treasure the moment for ever. Chances to have this hand in Texas Hold’ em is 0.000154 %.

(All chances percentages for Texas Hold’ em hands are taken from http://ildado.com/texas_holdem_poker.html)

A brief list of the poker hands (from best to worse) is the following (the right column with the red arrows shows you what you need to look for when determining the combination you desire, the green suits or numbers are less important) You can print this list and use it for reference in case you don't remember the hands by heart and until you do:
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Poker Principles
Legend has it that it is a “masculine” game, nonetheless it is available to everyone who can master it, and the gender is irrelevant. You are always dealing with 5 cards. Poker has many variations so before you start playing, you have to know which version the other players are playing. When betting you have three options. Fold, Check, Raise and if you want to risk all your money you have the option to bet All in. You have to know when to Fold, when to Check, Raise and most certainly when to bet All in, like you need to know when you should ride or not a bus. If e.g. you don't have a good hand and an opponent bets all in he could be bluffing. However instead of risking losing it all you can follow the following advice: “Live on, improve yourself, fight another day”, which is interpreted in Poker “Stay in the Game, wait for a better hand, risk later”. Like the 70’s song “Stay Alive”. If your opponent shows his cards, though he doesn't have to, and you realize that you lost, while you could have won, or that your opponent was bluffing, don't feel angry or sorry, because if your opponent acts like that he probably wants to drive you mad so that you play irrationally. Don't give him what he wants. If you can't help it stop playing immediately. One way or another don't give him what he wants. If he doesn't show his cards don't even mind what happened. Remember that curiosity killed the cat. Many players overbid and they pretend that they have a desirable combination while they have nothing. They give the false impression that they have a good hand. You have no idea of the other players' cards. It’s a game of psychology and guessing.

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You have to know how to read the players' Poker face. Cowboys of the Old Far West used their Cowboy hats and the Poker cards in order to cover their whole face so that no other player could see, let along read their Poker face. Many professional players wear sunglasses even today and train themselves not to be given away by facial micro expressions. If you don't know your co-players take some time to study them. See their faces and mark any facial micro expression and if you see their cards you will determine what their facial micro expressions signify. Many players use sad facial micro expressions on purpose. Get to know if they are bluffing. A Chinese general said: If you know yourself and your opponent don't be afraid of the outcome of every battle, If you know yourself but not the opponent for every battle won you will lose one battle, If you don't know yourself and your opponent you will lose every battle. If you play poker on line no one can see your “Poker face”, and you can't see and read theirs. However you can still read the speed a player responds and by his betting style. If e.g. a player who usually plays fast seems to think about his next move, this could be a sign of weakness or strengtheners. One delayed move could mean nothing, if however after 10 or 20 times you ascertain that a slight delay signifies that the player doesn't have a good hand you can use this information to play accordingly. You can read their personality by analyzing the way they bet. Until you determine what any micro on line move signifies don't risk too much unless you think you have a strong hand. If you can't understand the psychology of an on line Poker player behind the computer screen then you could have trouble in becoming a good player no matter what Poker variation you prefer. After the end of each round the cards should be given back to the dealer and start all over, so that a card-counter guy doesn't have an unfair advantage against other players. Do that and insist on that no matter which Poker variation you play.
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When playing poker on line you have to be really focused. This means that you mustn't play Poker and at the same time watch TV, listen to the News, e.t.c. This game needs discipline. Every Poker variation does. The cards owe you nothing. If you have a strong card and you lose, what you mustn't lose is your temper. If you do lose your temper or if your moral is broken, leave immediately, if you stay you will probably lose more money. Cards are cold, so should you be. If you can't follow this piece of advice forget about playing Poker. When playing poker you need to be prepared to call when raised. You never know your opponent's cards but a player could always be bluffing. So if e.g. you have a pair you could risk it. Remember however a basic rule. Empty guns kill. In Poker Strong hands ruin. If you have a gun you know is loaded you will never turn it against a friend and you will never pull the trigger. Some people in the past shot accidentally friends and relatives by pulling the trigger, believing the gun they were holding was empty. In Poker if you don't have a good hand you probably will never risk too much. If you have a strong hand e.g. a Full House then you will risk. However the more you risk the more you are likely to lose. Still if you have a Full House your chances to win are great. Especially if you manage to give the false impression that you don't have a good hand. However you have to be prepared to lose and if you do never, ever lose your temper. Strong hands could ruin you. Don't overvalue your hand unless you have Royal Flush. A player who was victorious against you, a player who forced you to fold while having no good hand, are players doing what they have to do and they did it better than you. That's all. Or players that got lucky. You need to see what they really do better than you. So don't lose your temper. You will never learn new tricks this way and you will never improve yourself and your strategies. Sometimes losing could lead you in the long run to healthier conclusions than a victory.
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Luck is vital for poker, however the more you play the less important it becomes. The real player is the player who handles the worst combinations. Everyone can risk when having Four Aces (AAAA). The real player is seen when he doesn't have good cards, when he experiences a bad night. A lousy player can be lucky but his luck won't last for ever. Given time the good player will prevail. If you want to bluff you have to be very cautious. If other players read your Poker face, or your Poker screen then you risk losing too much. You have to mix your style to make yourself unpredictable. Send confusing messages to your opponents, in order to make it impossible for them to understand your psychological profile. The best you can do is to give the impression that you are bluffing when you really aren't. When you have a strong hand play week at first to make other players believe you are week and bet more money. If you have a week hand play like you have a strong hand. Don't overdo it though. Then change this tactic again and again, so that the other players will be unable to predict you. Predictability of yourself is not something you should want when playing Poker. If you realize that an opponent is angry it is possible that he will make mistakes. You have to expect mistakes from an angry opponent and be prepared for it. An angry person loses some of his IQ according to what scientists say, so a person with less IQ is vulnerable. Like we said the cards owe you nothing. The fact that you won doesn't mean that you will win again, and the fact that you lost doesn't mean that you won't lose again. Don't get overexcited if you win. If e.g. you play 100 £,$,€ and you want to win 50 £,$,€ and you do, leave immediately, don't try to win more. If you can afford to lose 50 £,$,€ and you do, leave immediately, If you stay and risk to lose more, then do so, but know that you risk losing it all. It's up to you, but we advise against it. Live your emotions aside when playing poker. They are bad advisers. So is greed. So is irrationality. It is like alcohol and driving. Never mix them.

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This is why you should play slowly. Diamonds and Hearts are red, Spades and clubs are black. In order to have a Flush you need 5 hearts, 5 diamonds, 5 spades or 5 clubs. Don't think that you have a Flush because you have 5 red or 5 black cards. Flush is depended on the symbol not its color. Never make mistakes like this. If the other players realize something like that you will be characterized as an incompetent player. Unless you want to give this impression be cautious. If you make this mistake, this means that you are not concentrated. If you are tired or lose your appetite, leave immediately don't fight your own fatigue and the other players simultaneously. An extra opponent is not a desirable opponent. Fatigue will pay you nothing whatever you bet. When watching a tournament on television you can learn from professionals not by doing exactly what they did, but by understanding why they did what they did, i.e. what they hoped to accomplish. If you can't analyze their real incentives don't imitate what they do. Behind every move lies a valley of knowledge and ideas. Don't see the top of the iceberg. The iceberg is larger and at least 90% of it is hidden under water. By viewing the top of it you see nothing. You will never learn how to drive merely by watching TV, it could be a start, nothing more, nothing less. You have to consider the aforementioned advices no matter what Poker variation you play. This is paramount. If you become a good player in one variation this doesn't mean that you will be automatically a good player in other Poker variations as well. No matter how good you are, there is always a better opponent.

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Texas Hold’ em
This Poker variation is the most popular nowadays, it gained its popularity the last ten years, it seems easy but it has its own difficulties. It began in Texas, at least this is the holding view nowadays. It has it's own variations such us No-Limit e.t.c. You are dealt two cards known as the hole cards that you can't change. However you can make combinations with the open five community cards and ultimately choose the best 5 cards of the 7 cards you have before you. The game is played as follows: All players are dealt two hole cards. Two players are obliged to bet. Small blind is set and the player with it bets the minimum bet, while the player having the Big Blind has to double the initial bet. The Dealer has the advantage of watching all other players’ bets before betting. This is why Dealer (Button), Small blind and Big Blind change all the time clockwise, i.e. the Dealer used to have the Big Blind, then the Small Blind. The other players are not obliged to bet if they feel that their cards can't be combined in a way they could win so they have the option to Fold. The players can raise or check-call (call when you follow the bet, check if you don't raise). They can also bet All in though they avoid it at the beginning, even if they have a good pair of cards. Most players check in order to see the first open community three cards known as “Flop”. If a player raises and another player instead of checking also raises the others players can either fold, call or raise. After reaching the player who raised first we have the Flop.

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Players see what combinations they make with their own cards and bet accordingly. Most players who don't have a pair, or a flush, or a straight, or if they don't see any chance of making any combination usually fold or bluff by raising. When the betting is over, the fourth card follows, which is known as “Turn”. The players bet again and then the fifth card follows know as “River”. The players bet again and then they open their cards. The winner is determined by the best combination of the community and their own cards. Of the 7 cards only 5 can be combined. If, however all players fold before Flop there will be no Flop, the same applies for Turn and River. The remaining player is automatically the winner and he is not obliged to show his cards. The aforementioned Poker advices apply here as well. In Texas hold em you have different strategies in Pre-Flop, Pre-Turn, Pre-River and PostRiver situations. Usually a player having a pair could bet before the Flop. Still the pair he may have does not guarantee victory, even if he has AA. In any case a player beginning with AA is more likely to win than any other player statistically speaking. No matter what the hole cards are you must not let your opponents realize their strength or their weakness. It is best if you are able to give them false massages. If you do that you could achieve making them believe that you are bluffing though you aren't. This is the best you can do. In order to accomplish that perhaps you should be caught bluffing provided of course you don't lose too much. Some players fold if they don't have a pair or if their hole cards are less than 10. However a player with 2 3 could win if after Flop, Turn and River 2 3 appear on the table. It is possible to happen. If 2 3 have the same suit many players keep them in order to try Flush. They can also try straight.
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An A a 4 and a 5 would do. However if you have 2 3 don't risk too much if you see that the other players raise before Flop. It is better if you fold. This is up to you. If you don't begin with strong cards you could fold, sit back, see how the other players are playing without risking any money, and when you have good hand you will have more money to risk. Sit back, observe, strike when ready. Before realizing the psychological profile of the other players you shouldn't bet too much, because if you lose you won't be able to take advantage of your opponents' psychological profile knowledge combined with a good hand. Stay strong, be patient. Impatience is a bad companion. After the flop and provided you have remained in the game if you see no Flush, no Straight, no pairs and no potential, fold if the other players raise. If they check you can check and wait for the Turn. If you raise and your opponents fold you could win before Turn, this depends on you, whether you want to win more or take no risk and win what you can, which is not a bad strategy. Better having one than nothing. You can pretend that you are weak. The others may raise believing that you will fold. However if they realize that you tricked them they will be cautious later on. Perhaps it is best if you remain cold as a statute all the time giving them no massages at all. Make your eyes speechless. If you see that other players raise after River and your hand is weak, fold unless you know that the other player is bluffing. If you risk everything by betting all in then your “curiosity” could cost you everything. If there are two players and one of them has bet all in, or if all players have bet all in they open their cards because no more bets will be allowed. It is always better to stay in the game tricked than leave the game broke. Better tricked than broke. Always remember that. If you stay in the game you will get your chances, but not to get even with the player who tricked you. This must never be your goal. Your goal is to win money, nothing more, nothing less. If you realize that you lost your goal fold and leave the table immediately. Play your cards right.
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When playing this Poker variation you need some luck. E.g. if you have AA and the community cards after the flop are 4 7 6 and the opponent has 7 9 you obviously win till this moment, though you may not know it, because the opponent has a 7 pair and you have an A pair. If the Turn is 8 nothing changes, if however the River is 7 then you lose cause three 7 beats two A. You could be really unlucky if you lose like that, however it can happen, so if you see two community cards of the same value don't bet too much if you don't have Three of a Kind. There is a chance if raising before, flop, after flop and before turn the player with 7 9 to fold. If this happens then you win. As you may have already realized nothing is certain. In Texas Hold' em you risk all the time though you may have some idea, however a player could make you believe that he has a card that he doesn't have. It is easy to predict and be tricked or trick i.e. bluff. In any case, theoretically speaking you can have some idea as to what the cards of your remaining opponent could be. You have to check if the cards an opponent has could give him Flush, Straight, or Full House. This is easier to tell after the River. In Texas Hold' em you can use all your cards but if you do you can use only 3 community cards to make the best combination. Alternatively you can use 1 card and 4 community cards. You can use all the community cards if their combination is the best for you e.g. if the community cards give you a Flush or Straight. If all players use all the community cards you have draw and the pot is split. Many players don't know this rule, in other poker variations this rule doesn't apply, so before you begin you need to ask the players if they know and accept this. If they don't they play a variation of Texas Hold' em either by misunderstanding the rules or voluntarily changing them. Classical Texas Hold' em has this rule nonetheless. Don't take for granted that all players know the rules of every Poker variation. We personally have heard players believing that Flush beats Full House. Avoid such players who play their own games unless you are absolutely certain that you know their rules and you accept them.
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Texas Hold’ em recommended strategies
There are far too many strategies for Texas Hold’ em. You can find many tips almost everywhere. One basic strategy or rather a way of thinking we can recommend is the following: Play your cards right. Even a Royal Flush (don’t dream of it ever coming, even if it does it will come only once, and even then it will be merely a winning hand that will win one round, not the whole game) will not give you much profit if you don’t play your cards right. You have to wait for the best possible hand and this takes some time, longer than you may think. The best possible hands are AA, KK, QQ, AK suited, AQ suited, JJ, KQ suited, AJ suited, KJ suited and AK (http://www.casinogeek.com/texas-holdem-strategies-tips/startinghands.html). There are players who play only these combinations. Many players don’t play 80% of the cards they are dealt. A good beginning will definitely increase your chances, so sit back and wait. While you don’t play observe the other players, their facial or body micro expressions and see how they react when they have a good hand and when they don’t. Study them while waiting for your chance. But even if you have your chance, i.e. the right cards you have to play them right. You may again lose, but it is better to lose knowing that you did the best you could. You must be undoubtedly in alliance with luck in some circumstances, but this alliance will not suffice for victory. If you see that you e.g. have Straight when the Flop community cards are dealt don’t bet like crazy because: • An opponent may also have a Straight stronger than yours, or any other stronger hand than Straight so you should check if other stronger hands are possible with Flop. • You never know what Turn, or River community cards will bring, you could be winning until Flop and lose later on. • The others will probably fold if they don’t have strong hands and your profit will be minimal. Some people prefer a minimal profit than a larger risk. This is up to every player.
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If you play with players you have never seen before especially if you bet money, they may let you win in order to see how you bet and what cards you use in order to do so. They will lose voluntarily in the short run, in the long run though you will have provided them with valuable knowledge of your poker style that they will exploit. If you bet like crazy and other players follow, even if you win, in future rounds no one will follow your raising if they know that you raise only when you have a strong hand. It will be as if you let them know of the value of your hand. The strong hand will come rarely and when it does

you will gain nothing. In order to change that impression you will have to get caught bluffing so that they won’t be able to know what hand you may have, when raising. You may need to do that anyway, you will be obliged to do it, if you play aggressively when having a strong hand that wins. Don’t raise if you have a strong hand even with Flop, just check, raise with Turn, so that the others will think that you have a combination irrelevant with Flop. Wait for the others to raise and if you see that there are no chances for someone to have a stronger hand than yours re-raise. When the others raise and you are absolutely certain that you will win, don’t smile too much, or let the others know from your facial or body micro expressions that you are strong. Watch the micro expressions of your hands and your body language. If you play online things are easier. Give the impression that you are afraid of the opponent having Flush even if you already have Four of a kind. Pretend that you are not certain what to do, let the others raise and follow their bets until River. If you are absolutely certain after River that you are definitely the winner wait for the others to raise, if they do re-raise, or raise if they check. However if they check after River don’t raise too much. If e.g. up to that moment a player has bet 20 £,$,€ you could raise an extra 3 £,$,€, which is more likely to follow. If e.g. you raise an extra 10 £,$,€ it is more likely that they will fold. So you will win nothing extra. Still extra 3 £,$,€ is better than
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extra 0 £,$,€. If they re-raise believing that your hand isn’t strong then you should re-raise as well and take them by surprise if you do have a strong hand that wins the round. If you have been in London you must have heard the phrase “Mind the Gap”. In Texas Hold’ em you should always “mind the community cards” in order to determine if you really have the strongest hand. You could start with two Aces (AA) and still lose by a Two pair or higher hand. Some players raise before flop, before turn and before river. They may be bluffing or they may have a strong hand until river. We suggest you don’t follow their bets if the Flop gives you no pair, no Flush or no potential Straight. If you reach river there are a few things you should consider in determining whether you have the best hand after river, and take your chances whether to call, fold or raise, even betting all in if you can afford it. If e.g. you have straight you must see if it’s possible for a player to have Flush, or Full House or any other supreme hand. Bear in mind that:

It is impossible for any player to have Flush if at least three community cards are not suited.

It is impossible to have Full House if the community cards don’t have two, or three same cards.

It is impossible to have Four of a kind if the community cards don’t have two or three same cards.

It is impossible to have Straight Flush if the community cards don’t have three or four cards suited and in numerical proximity. This applies for Straight too though the suit is irrelevant.

It is impossible to have Royal Flush if the community cards don’t have at least three, or more of the necessary cards (A K Q J 10 suited).

You can never exclude the possibility of the Three of a kind hand because a player may have a pair already and one card will suffice, however this will never be apparent. This applies also for Pair and Two Pair.

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All the above apply in Texas Hold’ em only if you play other poker variations you can never draw the same conclusions. If you have a straight hand or higher the three of a kind is not your concern, however if you have a pair or two pair it is, so you shouldn’t bet too much, because it is impossible to know if a player has three of a kind. Even if you have three of a kind with a pair in your hands you never know if another player has also a pair in his hands that gives him a higher three of a kind, or in someone has a Full House. If you have two pair you should also consider if any other player has a two pair hand better than yours. If you have straight with A your leading card and after the river there is no pair or three same cards in the community cards (Full House, Four of a kind are impossible to come), no three suited cards (Flush, Straight Flush, Royal Flush are impossible to come) and you see another player raising and betting all his money in, then you know that he may be bluffing. You could bet and the worst case scenario is draw. The same principles apply if you have Straight Flush i.e. it may be possible for a player to have a stronger Straight Flush than yours. If you have Flush and you don’t have the A card you should be cautious because another player could have a Flush hand stronger than yours, unless you have the K card and the A suited card is a community card, in that case you exclude that possibility. If you have A and four or three community cards give you Flush (provided you have two suited hole cards one of them being A) you should check whether there is a pair or three same cards in the community cards to exclude the possibility of Full House and Four of a Kind. Royal Flush is impossible if you have the A suited card and Flush already by three suited community cards. In any other case it could be possible if the Hole cards you have are no A, K, Q, J, or T.
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The only thing that could go wrong is Straight Flush. If e.g. you have A♥ K♥ and the community cards are e.g. 3♥ 5♥ 7♥ you have Flush, however if a player has 4♥ and 6♥ he would win your Flush, as he would have Straight Flush. If you see that the three or four suited community cards can’t give a Straight Flush, (e.g. if you have A♥ K♥ and three community cards such as e.g. Q♥ 2♥ 7♥ that can’t be combined to give any opponent a straight flush) you could feel lucky. If you exclude straight Flush, if you have Flush with an A and there is no way any opponent could have a Full House, or Four of a Kind (i.e. no pair or three same cards in the community cards) then a player raising after the river can’t have a better hand than yours so you could re-raise. If you have Four of a kind with a pair in your hands and a pair in the community cards you should be cautious if the community cards have another pair stronger than yours. E.g. if you have two 9s in your hands and the community cards are 9 9 T K T you will win a player with 2 Ks but not a player with 2 Ts. If you have one 9 and the community cards are 9 8 9 8 9 then it impossible to lose by another player with four of a kind. But if you see 9 9 T T 9 then a player with a pair of T in his hands could win your four of a kind. In any case you should also mind Straight Flush and Royal Flush, though it is impossible to have straight Flush if you don’t see in the community cards at least three cards of the same suit and numerical alignment, or numerical proximity. E.g. if you have 9♠ 9♣ in your hands and the community cards are 9♥ 9♦ 7♦ 5♦ A♣, if 9♦ 7♦ 5♦ are of the same suit, 9♦ could give you four of a kind but simultaneously could give an opponent with 8♦ and 6♦ a straight flush. Only if straight flush is impossible and any other higher four of a kind you should rest assured that you will win the round.

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aforementioned strategies please let us know (webmaster@elegantgamblers.com). By time you will be able to calculate the chances yourself and the more you play the better for your poker style. Bear in mind that Texas Hold’ em is further divided in four dissimilar games. You are always dealt two cards and the hands’ value is always the same, the community cards are always five, still Texas Hold’ em has four variants. Limit and No Limit are totally different as it concerns betting so the strategies are different. Pot Limit is similar to Limit. In Limit Hold’ em you can’t bet All in, you can raise and re-raise maximum 4 times before flop, turn, river and following river. Limit Hold’ em is more strategic, while No Limit is more gambling. A lucky river can destroy you or lift you to the sky. In Limit Hold’ em this isn’t so easy. Even if e.g. you play No Limit there are cash games and tournaments. The strategies followed in cash games are totally different than the strategies followed in tournaments. The difference is that in cash games the Blinds are always the same, if you win you can leave, you can win in an instant a lot of money or lose it all, your goal is to win money not to eliminate your opponents. In tournaments the Blinds double every 5 or 10 minutes or after certain predefined rounds, in tournaments your goal is to eliminate all your opponents and only one will be the 1st winner, you can’t leave the tournament, and if you do you could lose all your entrance fee money. However you don’t have to win 1st place in order to win money, even the 2nd place and the 3rd may pay, depending on the number of people playing. In tournaments in order to reach the winning places you need strategy, however in the end luck could determine the 1st winner. This is why the 2nd and the 3rd place win also, in a
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tournament e.g. of 10 people. The money you win in tournaments are predefined, so you know that you pay e.g. 10 £,$,€ in order to join a tournament of 10 players and the first place pays you e.g. 60 £,$,€, the 2nd place 25 £,$,€ and the 3rd place 15£,$,€, no matter what money or chips you have as the tournament’s winner. In cash games luck is less important, in tournaments luck is necessary. However in cash games if you lose it all, you are left with nothing, in tournaments if you lose it all and finish 2nd place you win more money than you bet. In cash games where the blind is always the same, you have to raise if you have strong hole cards in order to discourage the other players. If e.g. you have a pair of KK and a player has 2 3 if the blinds are minimal the player with 2 3 will bet and the flop could give him two pair (2 3 kind (2 2 playing. In cash games you can play almost anything before flop. In tournaments when the blinds are really high you can’t play 2 3 or other inferior combinations, such as 4 9 off suite e.t.c. In tournaments you will have to bet all in, in order to “survive” and you have to be lucky as it concerns the cards you are dealt, the cards the opponent is dealt and the community cards. There are players even professionals who are good in Limit Hold’ em and players good in No Limit. There are also professional players good in tournaments and players good in cash games. Only few players can master all kinds of Texas Hold’ em. Still even these players know that they play better in one variation and worse in others. Before playing real money it is better if you find out which variation suits your style best.
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K you should raise it so much that a player with 2 3 will not even consider

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If you don’t risk money don’t consider lightly beginning, there are many professional players out there who could ruin you financially if you are not cautious. Poker needs studying and risking, what we have written in this ebook is only the basis, though we can’t cover all aspects, even the basic aspects. Rest assured; It takes a lot more to become a real poker player. We don’t suggest considering becoming a successful professional player (many players call themselves “professionals” though they lose all the time), the chances of you becoming really successful are less than 1% if not less. If you want to play with people you don’t know, whether you play money or not leave if you are winning and realize that a player is better than you. In the long run you will lose. If you think you are better don’t underestimate your opponents. If you have seen the movie “Rounders” you will have realized that the protagonist is winning all the time, or most of the time, by playing with inferior players, not with players of the same or superior level than his. So before dreaming of becoming the best poker player of all time consider that many of the most so called “professionals” choose their tables and their opponents, because they don’t have to be the best player ever, but the best player of the table. A better player increases his chances. Everything in poker is a matter of strategy even the sunglasses you may be using or your hand to cover your lips. Many professionals use their body language to give false massages. It is easier if you follow the same body language whatever your hand may be, until and if you are victorious. Study your own body language before betting any money. Know yourself first, this is imperative. You could betray yourself easily. In Poker tables where money are bet there are players known as “fishes” and players known as “sharks” in Poker slang. Everybody knows that the big fish eats the small fish. Even a “shark” can be “eaten”, but perhaps not by you. Poker is gambling you can start with AA and lose by a player who has 3 2. It is unlikely, not impossible though. Even the Flop could ruin your Hole cards. If you bet all in and lose like that don’t feel frustrated. Acknowledge that it can happen. Only then you will play wisely.
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We have seen Doyle Brunson the top winner of all time losing a tournament for being really unlucky. This can happen. However we have seen him starting with a pair of Queens, raising and folding when his opponent reraised because he realized that his opponent had better hole cards, indeed his opponent had a pair of Kings. Most professional top players would bet all in with a pair of Queens and even if they hadn’t they would never fold no matter what their opponent would have bet. Doyle Brunson folded and he was right. Though he finished last in that tournament he was by far the best player of the table. It is relatively easy to bluff, raise when you have the best hand but it is really hard to know when to fold, i.e. to realize when the opponent is bluffing and when he isn’t, especially when your hole cards seem unbeatable. Poker seems to provide an answer to a philosophical question as it concerns Fate and Free Will. Do we live our lives the way we freely choose to, or whatever is to come is predetermined? The truth is that if the deck has been shuffled and the cards are ready to be dealt, what is to come will come, so some things are predetermined or in any case not controlled by us. However, what you do with your cards is entirely up to you, whether you play a poker game, or live your life. Poker is like life. You need to play your cards right. Luck will not suffice. If you already risk real money you can play Texas hold’ em for free and improve your skills before risking any more money. We strongly suggest you try this free game. Poker needs time to be deeply understood, this requires time and patience, like the aforementioned games of blackjack and of the roulette, so if you have to lose in order to learn, don’t lose your money.

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Texas Hold’ em Hole cards chances
You may wonder how good your chances are when the Hole cards are dealt before flop. We can provide you with tables, (though we can’t guarantee their accuracy) where chances are calculated for a table with 10 players. The format of the tables below is ours, however not the percentages. (Wilson Turbo Texas Hold’ em http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/324458).
Pairs AA KK QQ JJ TT 99 88 77 66 55 44 33 22 31% 26,02% 22,03% 19,09% 16,83% 15,29% 14,16% 13,36% 12,77% 12,15% 11,99% 11,93% 11,86% Higher than 9 combinations AK 16,67% AQ 14,87% KQ 14,43% AJ 13,45% KJ 13,18% QJ 12,89% AT 12,43% KT 12,23% JT 12,13% QT 11,99% T9 10,38% A9 10,20% Higher than 9 Suited cards AK 20,19% AQ 18,66% KQ 18,08% AJ 17,47% KJ 17,05% AT 16,63% QJ 16,58% KT 16,14% QT 15,84% JT 15,78% Combined with Ace suited cards A9 14,60% A8 13,89% A5 13,43% A7 13,35% A4 13,17% A3 13,07% A6 12,97% A2 12,69%

Combined with King suited cards K9 14,15% K8 12,77% K7 12,23% K6 11,84% K5 11,57% K4 11,40% K2 11,27% K3 11,26%

Combined with Queen suited cards Q9 13,82% Q8 12,42% Q7 11,20% Q6 10,85% Q5 10,55% Q4 10,43% Q3 10,42% Q2 10,28%

Combined with Jack and Ten suited cards J9 13,80% J8 12,47% J7 11,12% J6 10,10% T9 14,07% T8 12,73% T7 11,47% T6 10,31%

Combined with 9 or lower suited cards 98 12,63% 97 11,74% 96 10,65% 87 12,02% 86 11,16% 85 10,12% 76 11,47% 75 10,69% 65 11,13% 64 10,44% 54 10,90% 53 10,18%

Bear in mind that all these percentages change after Flop and will continue to change until River. They can give you an idea, but it’s only a start. It would seem that if you bet money perhaps you shouldn’t bet too much if you start with any other hole cards. You may win even with a 3 and a 2, but it seems rather unlikely, at least statistically speaking. Luck is necessary to win a round, in the long run however the players’ skills will determine the winner.

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Poker Tips
Tip No 1
When you begin betting don’t follow the classical strategy i.e. “betting strong when having a weak hand” and “betting weakly if you have a strong hand”. Bet always the same no matter what your hand is, so that the others won’t be able to guess your hole cards. Underestimate an opponent, overestimate your hand and you need nothing else to lose.

Tip No 2
Every game is different, “you can't enter the same river twice”, you can't play the same game twice even if all players are the same. The mood of every player will never be the same, neither will yours. You play with slightly different players than you did last time, players who have become a little more experienced than last time. Learn to read the table and your opponents.

Tip No 3
There are people who studied Poker for 12 years before they could master it. Some never did. If you haven't studied Poker for 12 years don't think you know too much, if you realize that you have much to learn then so you will. If you begin to realize how ignorant you really are and how vast the knowledge of the Poker game is, you will really begin to learn Poker.

Tip No 4
Never make the same mistake twice. Find out what you did wrong, it is imperative to realize what you really did wrong. Don't blame luck for possible mistakes. You can't be infallible even if you are a professional. If you aren’t a professional it’s only natural to err.

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Tip No 5
If you don't enjoy playing Poker, don't play, let along bet money. Enjoyment doesn’t include drinking. Drinking and playing Poker don't mix. Poker lasts too long and you must be very patient.

Tip No 6
Not all players are the same, and not all players have the same financial background. You can see a player bluffing and losing e.g. 400 £,$,€. You never know if this player is a millionaire or a sick gambler. Don't follow their bettings unless you know their background and you can follow up.

Tip No 7
If a player is losing money and you see him bluffing all the time, don’t underestimate him believing that he will bluff for ever. A player that plays “stupidly” is a player more likely to take you by surprise. You will have to bluff sometimes yourself, however if you do it all the time you will regret it.

Tip No 8
You have to wonder what cards does your opponents have, then guess what your opponent thinks you have. If you do that try to find out what your opponent believes of your guessing concerning his cards.

Tip No 9
Play aggressively if you know what you are doing and of course if you can handle it. Follow the style that suits you best and change it if necessary. Don’t be predictable in no case whatsoever.

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Tip No 10
Bluffing is necessary when playing poker. If poker was all about winning when having a good hand, it would be a game of chance not a game of skill. Without bluffing poker wouldn’t be the game we know. Sometimes you will be obliged to bluff, especially when playing tournaments, nonetheless bluffing is something you need to do cautiously, otherwise you could lose a lot. You should bluff when playing with few opponents, in order to increase your chances to succeed in bluffing. You shouldn’t bluff if you have shown a previous bluff to your opponents or if you have been recently caught bluffing and lost a lot. Avoid bluffing inexperienced players, or unintelligent players who call every bet and lose money all the time. These players may call without ever realizing what hand you pretend you have. You should play against this kind of players only when you have a good hand, so that you give them a lesson not to call when you raise. Sometimes you should want to get caught bluffing without losing a lot though, especially if you have already won with a good hand, in order to confuse your opponents. If you win a big pot with a good hand other players will be intimidated and they are more likely to fold when you raise, so it is more likely that your future bluffs will work.

Tip No 11
Mind the players that follow your bets but do not re-raise you. You could be walking into a trap. This kind of players resembles an avoidable landmine. However you should always try to entrap your opponents by making them believe that you have nothing even when you have royal flush. This could be called “anti-bluff” and if it works it’s very effective.

Tip Tip No 12
No matter how good you play you may still lose it all, even if you are the best poker player the world has ever seen and your game is flawless. Always play poker with money you can afford to lose. Never forget that.

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