the computer age well under way throughout the world,
it was no surprise that gambling should be affected
by the new technology.
By being played electronically, without any casino
personnel necessary to deal cards, make payoffs, or
attend to customers, video online poker games greatly
reduces the casino's overhead. And the casino loves
situations where it can collect money without paying
attention to the gamblers. Of course, for the video
online poker games machines they need change persons
and mechanics. But one change person can handle dozens
of games, and one mechanic can handle a whole casino
of video online poker gamess.
Of all the games introduced in the last decade, nothing
compares with the phenomenal growth of video online
poker games. On my last visit to Las Vegas, I spoke
with several long-time residents who had been able
to resist the temptation to gamble, except for a fling
of a couple of dollars every month on the slot machines.
But they were hooked on the video online poker gamess.
With good reason.
When you play a slot machine, you simply put in coins
and pull a handle. There will either be a payoff or
a loss. Rarely will there be a jackpot. But there
are no decisions to make, and you can bet mindlessly
and endlessly as long as your coins hold out. You
can play two or three or even more machines at once,
going from one to another, feeding the coins, and
Pulling the handles. You'll know instantly whether
you have won or lost. Coins will drop into the well,
or a bell will ring
indicating that you've hit the jackpot. If nothing
happens, if you're greeted with silence on the part
of the slots, you've lost. Simple and mind-resting.
is a game of big cards and position. The big pair
rules in hold'em and the big pair from late position
rules ruthlessly. One of the things that makes position
so important in hold'em is that your position remains
fixed from betting round to betting round. This gives
you a strong strategic advantage when in late position.
Daniel Negreanu, a poker tournament pro in Las Vegas
and Card Player columnist, refers to the last four
playing positions in hold'em as his "office."
This is because late position is where he plays most
of his hands, being much more hesitant to get involved
from early position. This is the way to play hold'em.
There's no need to get involved from early position,
where it's hard to know whether you have the best
of it or not because you have to act first. Betting
with the best of it is what playing winning poker
is all about. Wait a couple of hands, then you'll
be the one acting last, you'll be the one with the
information, you'll be the one who can bet or raise
with some confidence.