Posts Tagged ‘live poker games’

PokerStars to open World’s Biggest Branded Poker Room in Macau

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Over the past few months, PokerStars has been making some major forays into the land-based gaming world. First, they worked out a deal to buy the Atlantic Club Casino in Atlantic City; then they announced plans to build a branded poker room in London. And now Stars has announced that they’ll build the world’s largest branded poker room in Macau.

The room will be built at the City of Dreams Casino, which is located on the world-famous Cotai Strip. “PokerStars Live at the City of Dreams” will offer cash games, daily tournaments and 13 permanent poker tables. The venue will be spacious enough to add extra tables when needed and host major events like the Asia Championship of Poker, Macau Poker Cup series, Macau Millions and the Asia-Pacific Poker Tour Macau.

Danny McDonagh, who’s the PokerStars Director of Live Operations for Asia-Pacific, discussed the new poker room by stating:

The PokerStars online brand drives more traffic to live poker events than any other. Players know that PokerStars is synonymous with integrity and high quality. That makes this collaboration a natural fit because City of Dreams has been at the forefront in providing the most innovative and premium gaming experience that is second to none in Macau.

Macau is already one of the world’s biggest destinations for live poker games. And now that PokerStars will be building a branded room at the City of Dreams, the Macau poker scene only figures to get bigger.

Some of the famous poker pros who commonly travel to Macau include Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, John Juana and Andrew Robl. Combine these action-hungry players with the Asian businessmen who regularly play in these high stakes games, and you can see why Macau features some of the biggest pots in the world.

Staying focused during Live Poker Games

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Many grinders these days like to play online poker because of the convenience and ability to get more hands in per hour. But that’s not to say the live poker scene is dead because many players feel they still have a big edge here. The only problem involves keeping this edge since it’s harder to stay focused during the lengthy process of playing live hands.

First the dealer has to deal cards to everybody. Then players decide how much they want to bet, which involves lots of chip counting. Finally, there’s no official timer in live games like with online poker, and this can sometimes lead to people abusing decision-making time.

Taking all of this into account, it’s not always easy staying focused during live poker sessions. However, there are a few tips that can help you with this process, and here’s a look at some of the best ones.

Use some Motion in between Hands – One way to keep yourself into the live action is to have some sort of motion in between each hand. For example, you could move your chip stacks around or count chips while waiting. No matter what the motion is, you’ll be able to reset your brain following each hand.

Don’t stop thinking when Hands end – When we’ve folded, most of us like to enter La-La land and stop concentrating on the game. However, you can keep your focus better by sticking with hands after folding your cards. This could involve either thinking about what you’d do as an opponent in each situation, or acting like you are still playing a hand.

Constantly analyze Opponents – One very simple way to stay in the game is by mentally documenting each move your opponents make. Sure you might not pick up on everything this way, but as long as you are trying to figure out what each opponent is doing, you’ll rarely get bored with live poker.

Hit and Run Poker Strategy

Sunday, February 19th, 2012

The typical way that skilled poker players make money is by sitting at the table for a few hours, analyzing all of their opponents, and using these observations to outplay them. Of course, not everybody is a skilled player who’s spent thousands of hours at the table. And the less poker strategy you know, the harder it is to take advantage of other players based on their tendencies.

So what some amateur poker players like to do is what’s called a “hit and run.” In other words, they sit at the table for a little while, win a few hands, and leave while they’ve still ahead in the profits category. The reason this strategy sometimes works for beginners is because the better players don’t have time to analyze them.

Now we’re not going to lie to you…veteran players hate the hit and run poker strategy. However, since the goal in poker is to win money, most people have few morals with regards to how they do it.

Using the hit and run is a little easier in online poker because everything is faceless, and the worst you’re going to get is a negative chat box comment right after leaving the table (which you probably won’t see anyways). Most people are a little more leery of doing this is live poker games because some of the players will say mean things as you’re collecting chips and leaving.

Assuming you want to avoid any harassment in live poker with the hit and run strategy, you can always play another orbit or two after winning a big hand. Sure it will cost you a few blinds, but if you’re folding every hand until leaving the table, at least it looks like you’re not just running with some quick profits.

But we should warn you that it’s tough to make big profits with this method, so keeping learning poker strategy on the side if you plan on utilizing the hit and run method. That way, you’ll eventually be able to stay at the tables and make even bigger profits.