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Pokerstars rakeback

One question that is often seen on poker forums is if pokerstars offer a rakeback program. Is there such a thing as pokerstars rakeback?

And it is not always obvious to find the answer to that question if you do not know where to look. As the Internet can be at time contradicting and by searching on google or bing for example, you may get conflicting answers or even reach pages that do not event attempt to answer the question. Yes search engines are not perfect, far from it.

Bit thank God you can find the answer here: Pokerstars does not offer any form of rakeback and they are en fact completely against any form of rakeback. If they catch an affiliate offering some form of rakeback by sharing his commissions for example, they will close his account. We are not sure why they are so stringent about rakeback, but one theory is that this is related to how they are regulated by the Isle of Man and rakeback might be considered to be forbidden by the regulators.

Fortunately you do not really need pokerstars rakeback because pokerstars offer their own VIP program that acts as a de facto rakeback systems as players get rewarded with gift or cash prizes. This is based on six tiers starting from the Bronze level all the way to Supernova and Supernova Elite, the ultimate VIP status. So this is like an equivalent rakeback system. For the lower tiers the rakeback percent is around 10% but for the higher tiers it can reach 50% or even more.

In fact if you are a super active online poker player, then the best deal on earth is probably to try to reach SuperNova Elite, as this is usually believed to equate a 60% rakeback if not more. Just attaining that level is worth over $100k if you include all various rewards along the way such as milestones bonuses, regular bonuses, VIP freerolls and live tournament entries.

In short the VIP program at rakeback is geared toward low to mid stake active players and no room on the Internet matches the level of benefits you get if you can achieve the top tier. many try, few succeed.

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my online poker beginnings

Recently I was just thinking of when I started to play online poker a while back. It seems an eternity has passed already since that time.

The first contact with online poker was a shock to me. The possibility of earning money while having fun and most importantly at home, had never crossed my mind before.

A whole new world opened to me, but probably not as easy as I had imagined at first sight. Here is a quick summary of my journey that will better define me. And if you can get some advice from this story, then even better.

Like many other beginners, I spent countless hours watching poker on the television like WPT replays, listening to the advice of Mike Sexton and other pros chatting or getting interviewed. The sums of money involved made me almost faint, and like many gamers, I wanted to be part of this money machine.

Unfortunately for me, the transition from the micro-limits at Party Poker to the EPT London did not happen overnight. The learning was painful, costly, in loneliness and by tiny incremental steps.

Poker is no exception to the rule, like any art, mastery comes with experience, and a lot of it for the ones who understand the meaning of the word mastery. If I had to give a few words of advice to a beginner, it would be: progress step by step, bankroll management is the cornerstone of your development and survival as a poker player, never play above your means and always be patient.

Never try to rebuild your bankroll at a higher limit, while slightly on tilt to add to your troubles. This is not the way for solid poker because you can catch up your losses half the time, and use your credit card the other times. Take it from someone who has lived this experience many times, you will feel really miserable when you lose everything. Because it puts you in the face of reality: mathematically, you’re a fish!

Nothing is more important than the love of the game of poker. If you do not love poker, you cannot stand the variance and the downswings. You must put aside the amount of money involved, and only consider your bankroll as a tool that reflect your skill as a poker player.

Be the master of bankroll management and you will have the foundation for building up your skills.

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Five ways to improve your poker game

1. Learn to step away: One huge mistake that gets made all the time, and one of my poker vices, is taking anger, frustration and loot to a table after something goes wrong. Often times, I might catch a bad beat at a final table to finish 7th or 8th, when I could have had a chance to win, and for some odd reason this prompts me to head to the cash table to make up the difference. This is an enormous mistake. You are going there wanting to get into big hands, wanting to win large pots, angry from the bad beat you just took, and probably a bit burnt out from legging out a tourney to get knocked out at the end. It’s best to step away and do something to clear your head. Drink a beer, take a shower, donk off some play chips, just do not take your money where it shouldn’t be.

2. Play less small blinds: This is one I watch people make very often. People seem to think that because it’s only costing half of the BB you should basically play any 2 cards. Think about it this way, if you could wait for a candy bar at full price, would you buy a turd in a wrapper for half? I personally wouldn’t. Where you run into trouble is that you automatically have the worst position post flop. For example: You’re small blind with K4 suited hearts, you make the call cause its half priced. The flop falls 4sQhAh. Jackpot, right? I don’t think so! It looks nice, but if you lead out and are reraised, you are basically forced to call knowing you probably have the worst. If you check and are bet into, you have to make the decision to waste the half blind and fold or chase a big hand. As odds are against you in this situation, most often you will lose a big hand here. Occasionally you will suck out the heart on your opponent, but not enough to make plays like this profitable. Bottom line here, play big hands in the small blind only. Wait until you have better position to make your bigger plays, it will pay off in the end.

3. Learn to lay down big pockets: Billy Jr.: Dude, just got donked A2 vs. KK! John: Allin preflop? Billy: Nah, he called my raise preflop, and flopped a set. John: So you let yourself get donked? Yes, Billy is right here and I see this happen a ton. You’re holding QQ/KK/JJ and get someone in pre flop. Flops turns a set and your opponent busts his chips in or reraises you. For some strange reason, even though you almost know he’s got that set, you won’t waste the big hand. You call. They show a hand they had no business playing and you are pissed. The reality: After that flop fell and that bet was made, you are the one who had no business playing. Be patient, let those go, shake it off, big hands will come.

4. Ditch the suited cards: Start folding any suited hand that is not connected. Fold connected ones in early position. Fold slightly connected ones (97, T8, KT) in middle position. Do not get in situations where you are forced or encouraged to chase cards. Once again, works occasionally, but very unprofitable over time.

5. Take notes. A massively underused tool on all poker sites. Keeping notes can land you major returns. I make notes at almost every table I play, especially if I’m planning to be in a long ring game session. Making a color chart is a good start. On Full Tilt Poker you can flag other players with numerous colors. I mark beginner’s red, tight players blue, hyper aggressive one in orange, and so on. It’s also extremely helpful to make a text note on someone if you see a pattern in their play. It is amazing that players will make the same play or same mistake over and over. I also frequently go back and use my notes to remind someone of a bad play they made to get them tilted.

Use these 5 tips and your results at online poker should improve immediately.

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Texas Holdem Tournament

Referring to the latest Texas Holdem tournaments, we conclude that there is a certain list of common skills to win, common mistakes to avoid and common strategies to follow.

Multitudes of sites contain articles on Texas hold’em tournament rules, strategies, and tips, so you should read a hundred and one articles in order to prepare to play at the tournament. Beginning my career as a gambler, I faced the same trouble too. But after winning a great amount of money, I have decided to facilitate the way for novice gamblers.

The following tips are given according to games I have experienced and mistakes pointed I made, or my competing opponents made. However each peace of information took place in the period from 2005 up to 2008. Texas Holdem tournaments are played just the same as other variants of this game, but there are still some specific tips and strategies to know, that you should learn before getting into the game.

The following tips are considered to be helpful and we hope that you will find something useful for your case.

– Play quick high pairs and very strong hands before the flop, which will put more money in the early pot and encourage weak and nonsense hands to fold and bring you to the easy victory and large pot.

– Don’t draw to the low end or both ends of a straight. In case of nine, eight and seven on the flop, you will resist playing J and 10 and neither 6, 5 nor 10, 6.

– Unconnected cards of medium and low level are usually worthless. This concerns suited cards, which can’t flop a straight. Both ends of 9 and 5 straight are in this worthless category too.

– It is better to play low pairs cautiously, in order to be on the safe side (66 down to 22). It is worthier to play on the late positions, when the price is reasonable. If the set was not flopped you should fold to a bet.

– It is better to play aggressively when you have a two-way draw after the flop. It’s worth doing if your hand can make a straight and a flush, or trips and you usually bet or raise after this.

– Bet an ace or two high over-cards after a worthless flop, when the entire flop is unconnected cards of medium and low value. If somebody raises at such a worthless flop, it is better to fold.

– Watch flops of the 6, 7, 8 type, because they can work out a good straight, which will overcome a high pair and other worthy hand.

– Learn all the possible combination of hands. A worthless flop can turn in a cool hand combined with your pocket cards.

– Be warned of bluffing. Learn to understand when your opponent bluffs to make you fold. Remember, if a player seems to be a professional poker player and then suddenly starts to show sad or happy emotions, he or she is bluffing. Trying to be not predictable, you should learn to bluff too, because this will make you winning some extra cash with very bad players.

– Study the opponent for several purposes such as: if the opponent can be bluffed, or if he bluffs himself; is the opponent in a good condition or he is boozed? all this minutest details can bring you to the easy victory.

– When you have a rather weak hand, but still want to play, vary your strategy to confuse your opponents. The next game they will have no idea of your strategy, which helps you winning too.

Use this tips in Holdem tournaments, and who knows you may win.

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A Heads-Up Cash Game Battle For The Ages

Online poker pro Brian “sbrugby” Townsend is currently involved in a huge heads-up match with high stakes specialist Sammy Farha (2nd place runner-up in the 2003 WSOP Main Event) over at the Bellagio, the official site of the “Big Game” itself.

It was a little over a year and a half ago when Brian Townsend, nicknamed ’sbrugby’ or ‘aba20? online, got his official start playing poker. Townsend, who started out playing at $.50/$1 NL, has since progressed into a cash game phenom. The young 20-something has ridden his small-stakes glory all the way to the biggest games on Full Tilt Poker.

Playing $200/$400 NL, $200/$400 PLO, and $500/$1000 NL Cap on a daily basis. More importantly, he was (and still is) crushing the greatest names in poker regularly. Last month in May, ’sbrugby’ managed to win almost $2 million alone from cash games — consistently beating out other big names like Phil Ivey, David Benyamine, Doyle Brunson, and Patrik Antonius!

His most recent transition has been live poker. Townsend’s appearances on GSN’s ‘High Stakes Poker’ solidified what most online and live players already had pretty much known — that this kid from Santa Barbara was the real deal, and ready for action.

With this year’s World Series of Poker now underway, Brian isn’t the only one looking for action, and definitely not the only one looking for a big game. Enter Sammy Farha, who’s trademark style and unlit cigarette has been a staple of poker notoriety ever since his heads up battle with Chris Moneymaker at the 2003 WSOP Main Event.

Farha, who is also known for being ultra-aggressive in the biggest games in the world, is probably one of the biggest action junkies Las Vegas [and maybe the world] has ever seen. It was only a matter of time that Sammy and Townsend would meet for one of the largest HU games to ever take place. Even internet speculation said this match was inevitable after Townsend reportedly had been staring down Farha and his stack on a number of occasions when they both were playing on the television show ‘High Stakes Poker.’

Well, after all the speculation and rumors, the match a lot of people expected has been going on all this week in Las Vegas. And let’s just say from Card Runners (where BT’s daily blog is housed), the match hasn’t been pretty. The first night they played was $500/$1000 PLO, where most pros will tell you Farha has a distinct advantage in, mainly because it’s his best game and he’s very intimidating with his ultra-aggressive nature and endless bankroll.

The young phenom, who is up over several million in the $200/$400 PLO shorthanded games on Full Tilt, confirmed what most already knew — that Farha was a beast heads-up, and that playing him over a long period of time was very exhausting to say the least.

The 1st session between these two netted Sammy a profit of over $500k, with Townsend noting there were 4 to 5 pots in the half-million dollar range alone during the game.

The next session [reportedly lasting 12 hours], which Brian updated the community on over at his CR Blog, fared much better for him. The young pro actually ended up reversing his huge loss from the first session, turning it into a $50,000 profit overall during the several marathon sessions he and Farha had this week.

Townsend said his “comeback was…quite satisfying,” especially considering he was down $800k at one point during the last match, and $1.2 million overall! So, to end up $50k against a player of Sammy’s caliber is still a nice accomplishment, even given the stakes that were being played out. The favorite part of the story thus far was the last hand they played, where Sammy asked Townsend straight up if he wanted to just flip for the $450k he had just won from him the pot before — Townsend kindly declined, however, stating his unsuredness of being able to get more money in play if he had lost. All in all, just another day for the high stakes pros, right?

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