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Man vs. Machine: Jungleman Heads-Up with Pokersnowie AI
Pokersnowie is a sophisticated artificial intelligence designed to play game-theory optimal poker, and teach aspiring poker players how to make fewer mistakes and earn more money. At the PokerListings.com Battle of Malta PokerSnowie takes on one of the most successful heads-up No-Limit Hold'em players in history, Dan "Jungleman" Cates, and we capture the match and Jungleman's reaction on video.
In the latest episode of our beginner poker strategy video series How Not to Suck at Poker we show you why most of those huge bluffs you're attempting are costing you tons of money. Despite what a lot of people think, being good at poker isn't about pulling off huge bluffs every other hand. The way to win is by making less mistakes than your opponents, and a lot of the time when beginners are making big bluffs, it's a mistake. There are plenty of opportunities for betting and raising without a hand but most of these spots are about taking advantage of your position, or a big draw, opposed to putting lots of chips at risk with a huge stone-cold bluff. The important thing to remember is that it's better to make lots of simple bluffs that are likely to succeed, than to make one huge bluff for your whole stack where you're basically just praying for a fold. Quick bluffs refer to things like continuation bets and three-betting loose, late-position raisers. They're designed to take advantage of your position and what you know about your opponents, but they're not designed to lead to huge pots or all-ins. These are simple plays that stand a high chance of success. When you're betting and raising with a big draw that hasn't hit yet it's called a semi-bluff. Semi-bluffing is really important because it adds a lot of value to your draws by giving you two ways of winning the pot. Either your opponent folds to your semi-bluff and you win the pot uncontested, or you hit your hand and win a big pot at showdown. Stone-cold bluffs, or naked bluffs, are when you have no clear positional advantage and no hand value whatsoever. People seem to think that stone-cold bluffs are what poker's all about but the truth is, you'd be better off ignoring them completely. Until you're at a level where you can put your opponents on an exact hand and understand how to make them fold, you should focus on playing solid poker and not spewing chips by trying to get fancy.
Not sucking at poker is one of the most important things you have to do if you want to have fun playing poker. In the 6th installment of our landmark poker strategy video series How Not to Suck at Poker we explain one very crucial way you need to not suck, by having a poker bankroll and following proper bankroll management. Most people are extremely attached to money. They work most of their life to have enough of it and losing it can be pretty scary. That's why to be an effective poker player you must have a poker bankroll that's separate from the rest of your regular money. Even the best poker players in the world have losing weeks or even months. The best way to deal with that psychologically is to trust in your ability to win in the long run, and to structure your bankroll and the stakes you play so that you can make it through long stretches of bad luck without going broke. When you have a big enough bankroll you won't be stressed out about a couple losing sessions, and you won't be afraid to pull the trigger on a big bluff, or make a big call when the time is right. The most common guidelines say that in a cash-game you should never put more than 5% of your bankroll in play at a time. That means if you're playing $1/$2 No-Limit at your local casino and you buy in for two hundred dollars, your bankroll should be at least two grand. If you're multi-tabling online you should have even more. For tournaments you should have a bankroll of at least 100 buy-ins. So if you're playing the nightly $10 MTT at your favorite online poker room, you should have at least $1,000 in your account. That probably sounds way too high for recreational players but that just goes to show how much variance there is in tournament poker. These numbers are also designed to make sure you never bust your bankroll. If you're an amateur player who has no problem re-depositing if you go broke, it's definitely okay to take bigger risks with your bankroll.
Nathan “Blackrain79” Williams has played millions of hands of low-stakes online poker and he's here to explain the five most common mistakes he sees beginners making at the micro-stakes. Williams is the author of two very popular poker strategy books but you can get the benefit of his experience right here for free. From stacking off with overpairs against passive players to making poor pre-flop decisions before the flop that come back to haunt you, Williams goes through the most common beginner blunders and how to avoid them. If you play low-stakes online cash games chances are these mistakes are costing you money. Listen to Williams and learn how to plug these leaks and start winning more from your online poker sessions. For more information go to Nathan Williams' website BlackRain79.com and check out his books Crushing the Micro Stakes and Modern Small Stakes Poker.
Nathan "BlackRain79" Williams has been playing poker for almost a decade and now lives in Thailand supporting himself by playing low-stakes online poker professionally. Williams grew up near Vancouver, Canada, and in this interview explains how he got his start playing poker, and how he grinded up his first online poker bankroll by playing play-money poker on PokerStars. Williams is the author of two poker strategy books and is considered one of the foremost experts in the world on low-stakes online poker. Williams' teachings are very useful for beginner players since they focus on strong fundamentals and what kinds of practical strategies you need to know to win at the micro-stakes cash games on the internet. Check out the interview and head to BlackRain79.com to buy his books and take your game to the next level.
We spoke to poker pros Maria Ho, Kara Scott, Andreas Hoivold, Sofia Lovgren and Gaelle Baumann about what makes the PokerListings Battle of Malta so special. With a €500,000 guaranteed Main Event, new celebrity host and a packed schedule of side events and parties, the Battle of Malta will have tons to offer both on and off the felt. This November the Battle of Malta will set the record for the biggest poker tournament every held in Malta and poker pros from all over the world will be competing. Listen to five hugely successful poker pros explain why you should consider adding the Battle of Malta to your poker vacation schedule. Whether you qualify online or buy in directly for the affordable price of €550, you'll have the chance to play in one of the best-value poker events on the planets. Playing out November 6-9 at the beautiful Portomaso Casino, the 2014 Battle of Malta will be held in a new, bigger tournament room and will feature a brand-new High Roller Event. Go to http://www.pokerlistings.com/battle-of-malta for more information and to find out how to qualify!
Even if you learn a ton of poker strategy, it's not going to pay off unless you pay attention to your opponents and what's happening at the poker table. In the latest episode of our beginner poker strategy video series How Not to Suck at Poker, we teach you exactly how to pay attention at the poker table to make more money. Pay Attention to Every Hand This is a tip that every poker player has heard but many fail to put into practice. Every hand that plays out at your table is a chance for you to learn something about your opponents. That means that even if you fold, you need to watch and take note of how the people still in the hand are playing. Pay attention to how often players are raising before the flop and from what position. And if their preflop raise gets called, how often are they continuation betting on the flop? Do they like to play their draws fast by betting and raising, or are they just calling and shutting down when they miss? The second you sit down at the poker table you should be watching every other player in the game and profiling them as tight, loose, aggressive or passive. Most players are a combination of more than one style so make sure to pay close attention. Identify the Weak Spots To win at poker you don't have to be best in the world, you just have to better than your opponents. The same thing goes for your table. You don't have to be better than everyone, but if you're the worst player at the table you're going to lose. Most of your profits will come from the worst couple players at the table so you have to be able to identify the weak spots and focus on playing as many pots against them as possible. You also have to be honest with yourself and be able to see when you're the weak spot at the table. Don't let your ego get in the way. Just pick up your chips and find a game where you're not the mark.
There's no two ways about it: Sucking at poker sucks. We're here to show you how not to suck and our latest episode is an important one: Learning basic poker odds. This video will teach you the basics of pot odds, pot equity and how to compare the two to find out whether you should make a call. Keep watching our 10-part series on How Not to Suck at Poker to stop sucking and start winning today. You don't need to learn any advanced math but you do need to be comfortable calculating things like pot odds, equity, and how common hands match up against each other. If you shy away from learning math, don't worry. You already learned everything you need to know to calculate basic poker odds when you were in elementary school. The whole point of learning poker odds is so you can judge how likely you are to win a hand and how much you should bet or call to get to showdown. Pot Odds The first thing you need to get familiar with is pot odds and it's a really simple concept. Pot odds refer to the amount you have to call compared to the amount you stand to win. Pot odds are important but they're only one piece of the puzzle. Pot Equity refers to your chances of having the best hand at showdown, and by comparing it to your pot odds you can figure out whether or not you should make a call. If your pot odds ratio is bigger than your pot equity ratio you should make the call, if it's smaller, you should fold.
For a limited time you can get big savings and a guaranteed seat to the 2014 PokerListings Battle of Malta. This year our annual tournament is back with a bigger €500k guaranteed Main Event and it's set to be the biggest poker event Malta has ever seen. Get your buy-in to the €500k guaranteed Main Event, four nights at the five-star Hilton Malta, daily buffets and tickets to exclusive VIP parties, all for €1,300. And you can bring a friend, share a hotel room and both play the €550 Main Event for just €1,800. Sign up not for Europe's hottest low buy-in poker event.
Playing poker is a lot less fun when you suck at it. That's why we've put together an easy-to-follow crash course for beginner poker players to get in the game and skip the sucking. The third lesson is how to count your outs. One really important thing to get into the habit of when you’re playing poker is counting your outs. Outs refer to the cards you need to hit to improve to the winning hand, and counting them the first step in figuring out basic poker odds. Accurately counting outs can betricky since you have to be able to put your opponent on some sort of hand, but in a lot of cases it’s really easy. If you have 2-3 suited and flop a flush draw, for example, chances are you’re going to have to improve to win the hand. So how many cards are there left in the deck that will complete your flush? The good news is that if you put in some work counting your outs now it’ll became second-nature really quickly. Even more good news, once you know how many outs you have, there’s a really easy trick to figure out the odds of hitting one of them.
They say Texas Hold'em takes five minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. We can't promise you'll ever master it but we can teach you how to play in way less than five minutes. In the latest episode of Poker Basics we run through the fundamentals of how to play Texas Hold'em. In Hold'em the game revolves around the dealer. It doesn't matter if each person is dealing, or you have a dedicated dealer like in a casino, the dealer button moves one seat to the left each hand and it determines who acts first in each betting round. Before you even deal the cards there are always mandatory bets called blinds. The player directly to the left of the dealer is known as the small blind and the player to the left of that is the big blind. It's important to know what the big blind is because it determines the minimum opening bet on each betting round. So if you're playing a cash game and the blinds are 1 and 2 dollars, the minimum you can bet on any round is 2 dollars. Next comes the deal. Each player receives two hole cards and the action begins on the player to the left of the big blind. This position is known as “ under the gun”. Action always moves clockwise around the table and players have the option of folding, calling the big blind, or raising. If more than one player is still in the hand after this round the dealer deals the flop, three of the five community cards. When you deal the flop remember to “burn” one card face down before dealing the three community cards face up in the middle of the table. Now comes another betting round with action starting on the player to the left of the dealer. Players now have the option of checking or betting. Next comes the fourth community card, known as the turn. Another round of betting follows before the dealer puts down the final community card, known as the river. A final round of betting follows the river and then comes the showdown. The highest ranked hand wins the pot.