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Month: December, 2013

9 Great Tips for Texas Holdem Poker

Many poker players go broke chasing massive guaranteed prize pools, placed in online multi table tournaments. The problem is there are normally another 5000+ people trying to do the same thing and the only way you can win is by getting lucky. True! You may play well but ultimately in tournaments with thousands of players you will need lady luck on your shoulder, especially when you are up against a wide range of terrible internet players. Learning to play poker online is becoming one of the most popular games on the internet. You can choose to play either free online poker or for the more adventurous or professionals, play poker online for real money. One particular poker game Texas Holdem’s popularity has grown world wide due to it’s exposure on television (World Series Of Poker) and Internet over the past decade.   cheat cards

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In fact Texas Holdem has now replaced seven card stud as the most common and most popular poker game in the U.S. The games popularity can be attributed in part to the invention of online poker, film, television, advertising and online card rooms. There is no doubting the internet has had a huge impact on people’s lives throughout the gaming world making playing poker online so accessible. If you plan to play poker for fun or money online take the time to learn as much as you possibly can about the game through available resources such as ebooks, videos, DVD’s etc. If you are really serious about playing and improving your Texas Holdem poker skills then you will want to ensure you:

1. Understand all the rules, odds, and hand rankings for no limit Texas Holdem
2. Realize that 99% of poker players don’t know the right way to check-raise and when to use this strategy.
3. Know how to reduce your bad beats and to react appropriately when you do experience one.
4. Know how to instantly size up poker hands, calculate pot odds, recognize tells and identify bluffs.
5. Know exact position manoeuvres that you can use to steal the best position at the poker table.
6. Know some sneaky strategies to intimidate other poker players and force them to fold their cards.
7. Know at least know a few proven winning methods that you can use over and over again to win every single time you play Texas Holdem Poker!  marked cards tricks
8. Know exactly when to make bold moves and when to fold.
9. Know a couple of methods that will strike fear into your opponents in minutes

This Texas Holdem poker strategy ebook has some really valuable tips and techniques to become a killer poker player with a 2 month money back guarantee which I thought was pretty good. These top strategies and tips were based on winning and dominating the game Texas Hold’em.


First time Kanban

In Part One of this blog I discussed how we set up the kanban board and the process we used to try out kanban for the first time on our own internal Timesheets application. Here is what we learned about the process.

The first thing I learned, as Scrum Master on the project, was that there was a major downside of not having the planning poker session. We came to a story where the developers got totally confused and actually were working on a completely different story to the one they thought they were working on. In discussions we would reference them with the story card number, but the story the developers were talking about was a different one to what the Product Owner was looking at. The 2 stories were very similar, but this led to a few hours of waste for a pair of programmers trying to analyse what they were supposed to be doing. It wasn’t until the pair swapped the next day that the new person on the pair realised something was wrong. This is a great advert for paired programming and swapping members of pairs every day, however the problem could have been avoided in the first place had we done a proper planning session and discussed each story together as a team.

Kanban really helps to see bottlenecks, and our bottleneck was with UAT. Unfortunately we didn’t have anyone doing UAT until near the end of the 3 week cycle. This meant that our UAT column had up to 15 stories in it at one stage, even though the column limit was 2. This couldn’t have been avoided as nobody but the product owner or someone he could assign to the project could help out in UAT. I think this proves that if your UAT is done by someone with limited time to work on the project, then limiting the stories in the UAT column is not practical.

We also noticed early that stories were being held up in ‘Needs a Fix’ and not being pushed through to testing quick enough to keep the tester (myself) busy. So bearing in mind the principle of ‘developers need to help testers out when there is a bottleneck in testing’, I got my hands dirty in the code and helped fix a couple of bugs. In an ideal agile development team, testers would be able to jump into development and help them out when there isn’t much testing to do, and vice versa.infrared contact lenses

Originally we thought that having about 3 active cards marked on the board with the date they entered the ‘Ready for Dev’ column would be enough to get a picture of how long our lead time was. However we found it often got confusing. Half way through the iteration I started marking every card as it entered the ‘Ready for Dev’ column, and this worked much better. I then marked on the board the time it took for the quickest and slowest stories to get completed, plus the median of the stories currently ‘active’. This gave us an accurate reading of how long a story should take to travel to the ‘Done’ column, and gave us a real time view of how long it was taking our current stories compared to the average for that iteration.marked cards lenses

more likely to help me find a game.

Smile and treat the matter lightly – almost as a joke. I find that if my query is too serious, folks are scared away from me. By approaching the subject lightly, I lighten up their mood and make them less suspicious. I try to be a likable, easy going fellow. If they like me, they are less likely to be threatened by my question and more likely to help me find a game.marked cards

It’s good if you can couple your request for a poker game with a request for something else that might actually be more in keeping with the mission of the group you’re calling. If, for example, you are a member of a religious organization, ask about services. If it’s a fraternal organization, ask about when they meet and how you might attend to see how they do things. If it’s a union, ask to compare their contract with yours.

That’s what I did. When I called the synagogue I said, on my message that I was looking for two things – a daily service and a poker game. That request for a daily service (that they didn’t have) established my bona fides as a Jew – and made my second request more likely to be listened to and addressed. People are more likely to volunteer information about poker games if they think your request for a game is not at the top of the list of reasons you’re talking with them.

If possible, initiate your request for information about poker by asking for card games in general or card games other than poker. Folks often respond defensively when asked directly about poker specifically. Once you’re in a conversation with them about cards, in general, you will often win them over. It doesn’t usually take me long to build up some trust with a stranger. I once got a lead on a poker game by first asking the fraternal organization if they knew of a bridge game. They said they didn’t, but volunteered that they knew of a poker game, if I was interested. Similarly, I saw a sign for a cribbage tournament at a bar. When I went inside and asked about it and got to talking I quickly learned that there was also a regular “free poker league” at a nearby restaurant. cheat poker

Mastering the poker Bluff

In order to successfully bluff in poker, you need to figure out what bluffs will work on what types of players. A good poker player knows the difference, but a bad poker player doesn’t care. Good players know that people can be bluffed while cards can’t. That’s why a show-down is a bluffer’s worst enemy. Players who are the targets of bluffs have traditionally been referred to as “pigeons” in poker. That may be because pigeons are unsuspecting players who make mistakes and invite being trapped. However, every player (even experienced ones) can become a pigeon at any given time.  marked cards contact lenses

The Four Modes of Bluffing

Poker players come to the tables with different playing styles. To simplify; some are aggressive, some passive, while others are tight or loose. By combining these traits, you will find four basic types of bluffs; dare bluffs, attack bluffs, sneak bluffs, and dream bluffs.

Dare Bluffs

A player will often bet rather than slow-play the best hand as a “reverse-bluff”. When a player is tight, expect them to ordinarily be aggressive when they do play. They are prone to be daring you as if to say, “Call that, if you don’t like money!” Their reverse bluffs are usually planned and their motto is, “Ready, aim, and then fire”. Such players are daring you to call them because they are certain that they have you beat. It’s a reverse bluff because they think they have the best hand, and are hoping you think they’re bluffing.

These players are also highly planned in their actions and they are aggressive when they play. That’s because they only play with potentially winning hands and will make you pay if you are chasing with a mediocre hand. Their dares, however, are not always obvious. Their dares are very often semi-bluffs – what they have is already good and there’s a chance of their improving if you call them.

Attack Bluffs

There are a whole set of players who are not so well planned in their bluffs. They are much looser players who bluff and keep the action going. These attack bluffers play impulsively and are usually thinking, “Ready, fire, and then aim”. An example of this is a “no fold ’em hold ’em” player who splashes the pot with a raise. If you are reading your players, you may already have pegged him as a loose player that likes to draw attention to his actions. You’ll often see such bluffing occur aggressively, with flare, and the bettor hasn’t even looked to see what he or she is betting into.

These players take risks more liberally, and will routinely bluff into over-cards. They can be a threat to the most seasoned of poker players – particularly if the loose player is catching their hands. Such attack bluffers will give you action and stay in longer than they should. However, these bluffers deserve a word of caution. They can modify their impulsive bluffs and may become more structured when needed. card cheating

Sneak Bluffs

Their system of bluffing is to slow-play and let their prey do the betting and find them. They believe that the way to trap a player is to lure them by feigning weakness and then surprising their opponents. While slow-playing is a choice that most players will use at times, it’s a way of life for these sneaky bluffers.