Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Poker Research

This is my second posting about mobile gambling. I already wrote in my first posting that I arrived to a homepage that deals with this issue but didn't understand the games there. This time I collected info about Poker using QTSaver and the procedure I described in my first posting.

History The origin of Poker is widely disputed. There are as many possible birthplaces as there are variations of the game.
The history of poker in the United States has a bit more consistency. Poker traveled from New Orleans by steamboat up the Mississippi and Ohio rivers. The game then spread via wagon and train. Modifications such as stud poker, the draw, and the straight became popular, during the Civil War. European influence of poker ended when the joker was introduced as a wild card in 1875.
Through all the varied theories on the origin of Poker, one thing comes shining through. This is a game which has stood the test of time and becomes more rich and full with each generation.
The history of poker is a matter of some debate. The name of the game likely descended from the French poque, which descended from the German pochen ('to knock'), but it is not clear whether the origins of poker itself lie with the games bearing those names. It closely resembles the Persian game of as nas, and may have been taught to French settlers in New Orleans by Persian sailors. It is commonly regarded as sharing ancestry with the Renaissance game of primero and the French brelan. The English game brag (earlier bragg) clearly descended from brelan and incorporated bluffing (though the concept was known in other games by that time). It is quite possible that all of these earlier games influenced the development of poker as it exists now. English actor Joseph Crowell reported that the game was played in New Orleans in 1829, with a deck of 20 cards, four players betting on which player's hand was the most valuable.
There are no such thing as "official rules of poker". However, for the most part, game rules are fairly standard from one casino to another. Below are one in-depth, widely accepted set of rules. Quite a lot of reading, but well worth it to anyone interested in becoming a winning poker player -- or winning an argument with your buddies.
Poker originated in the saloons of the Wild West and has probably the most game variants. It is played player against players and not just against the dealer as in Blackjack, and there is a lot of psychology involved during play. Poker takes a moment to learn and a lifetime to master.
Poker is played from a standard deck of 52 cards. Some variant games use multiple decks or add Jokers or Wild Cards.
The cards are ranked in descending order starting from the highest; Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, Ace. Ace can be high or low. There are four suits; spades, hearts, diamonds and clubs, but no suit is higher than another.
Each player is dealt five cards and is called a hand. The hand highest in ranks wins. In some games there are Wild Cards or Jokers, which can be labelled whatever suit and rank the possessor wishes to.
In games where a player has more than five cards and selects five to form a poker hand, the remaining cards do not play any part in the ranking. Poker ranks are always based on five cards only.
In standard poker there is no ranking of suits. If two hands are identical apart from the suits of the cards then they count as equal. In standard poker, if there are two highest equal hands in a showdown, the pot is split between them.
They hold a higher Online Poker Site ranking hand than anyone still betting at the end (the "showdown"); or All other players drop out of the betting before the showdown in the belief that they cannot win Rank of cards Internet Poker Cards rank in the normal order. Ace usually ranks high, except in the 5,4,3,2 ace sequence; in a "high-low" game it may rank either high or low.
Hands of the same rank When Holdem Poker Online hands are of the same rank, the winning hand is decided by the rank of the cards involved. The following rules apply where no wild cards are used Straight flush: the highest ranking card in the sequence decides the best hand. Thus a royal flush is the highest when there are no wild cards.
In poker, to bluff is to bet or raise with an inferior hand, or with a hand believed to be inferior. The term is also used as a noun: a bluff is the act of bluffing. The bluff is an important part of the strategy of any poker game, though it will come into play more in some games than in others. This is because a bluff is intended to represent a strong hand.
Another strategy useful in short-handed games is to give yourself fake outs: if a jack is not a scare card, pretend that every jack is an out for you, even if it is not. This strategy has a mathematical basis in game theory. [edit] Bluff (the game) Bluff is an ancient predecessor of poker played in the 1800s, where only the cards from 10 to Ace were used, and straights and flushes hadn't been invented yet.
I work as a prop player at the Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles (come say hi) and have been playing poker tournaments seriously since 2002. My favorite games are Omaha HiLo and No Limit Hold'em.
In the time I've been playing tournaments, I've met many of the very best tournament poker players like World Series of Poker winners Chris Moneymaker, Greg Fossilman Raymer, Doyle Brunson, Johnny Chan, Howard Lederer, Daniel Negreanu, Phil Ivey, Joe Hachem, Mike Matusow and World Poker Tour winners like Gus Hansen and Phil Laak (and protégé Jennifer Tilly). Although there are basic facts on each player, I also include my opinions on their styles of play and personalities.
Opportunities to increase the stakes occur when players wants a chance to get even by increasing the ante or stakes in the late hours or during the last round Push rules and ethics to the limit. For example, fake moves to make the next player believe that you have dropped, called, or raised . . . then when he reveals his move (a drop, bet, or raise), remake your play accordingly Credit policies can determine the health of a poker game.
The good player increases the stakes in carefully planned steps. Several temporary increases may be necessary before higher stakes become permanent.
The good Poker player designs a game to yield maximum edge odds. The theoretical maximum edge odds occur only when the perfect player is in the most complex game, under the most confusing circumstances, against the poorest players.
Online poker is the game of poker played over the Internet (online). It has been responsible for a dramatic increase in the number of poker players worldwide, and as of December 2003, revenues from online poker were estimated at US$34 million per month.
Traditional (or "brick and mortar", B&M) venues for playing poker, such as casinos and poker rooms, may be intimidating for novice players and are located in geographically disparate locations. Brick and mortar casinos are also reticent to promote poker because it is very difficult for them to profit from the activity. Though the rake, or time charge, of traditional casinos is often very high, the opportunity costs of running a poker room are even higher. Brick and mortar casinos often make much more money by removing poker rooms and adding more slot machines. Online venues, by contrast, are dramatically cheaper because they have much smaller overhead costs.
For example, adding another table does not take up valuable space like it would for a brick and mortar casino. Online poker rooms tend to be viewed as more player-friendly. For example, the software may prompt the player when it is his or her turn to act.

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