Bluffing on the Internet

There are some big differences between bluffing on the Internet and bluffing in a live game. That much you probably expected. As a general rule, players tend to bluff a little more on the Internet than they do in a live game. The virtual environment of an online poker room makes a lot of players behave more deceptively then they would against a live opponent. Also, it’s easier to commit your chips when you’re playing online, since all you have to do is click your mouse. Compare this to a live game, in which you have to physically move your chips to the center of the table while your opponents are watching you. The end result of this big difference between online bluffing and real-life bluffing is that, online, you’ll have to spend more time keeping your opponents honest.

Looking at it from your opponents’ point of view, however, shows that you should also be careful YOURSELF when bluffing. Your opponents are more likely to call your bluffs online than they would in a live game, since they know damn well how the Internet works! It’s better to choose your bluffs more carefully.

One last thing about bluffing: bluffing can be very valuable under the right circumstances. When you bluff quite often, your opponents are likely to call quite often. You can use this to your advantage when you have a strong hand. Of course, this is one of the oldest poker tricks, and your opponents could very well be doing the exact same thing to you. Also, your opponents online might not be paying as much attention to your moves as your friends do at home, so the whole strategy might not work like it does in live games. Nevertheless, it’s something to save for the right time and place, and hopefully it’ll pay off for you.

Let it Ride in UK online casinos

Let it Ride is also frequently called Let ‘em Ride or Let Them Ride. It’s basically another variation of 5 card poker with one main difference that it’s a solitary game. Let It Ride is a very easy game to learn and to play. Beginners who feel nervous to play traditional Tehas Hold’em should grab a chance to play Let It Ride online first to get familiar with the rules of poker and learn the qualifying poker hands. As for the history of Let It Ride, this card game appeared in the land-based casinos of the United States less than 15 years ago, however this time was enough for Let It Ride to become really popular. Right now you have an opportunity to enjoy Let it Ride both on brick-and-mortar casino floors and in UK online casinos.

UK online casinos usually offer two basic types of Let it Ride- single player and multi player. If you are not familiar with the rules yet, then you should certainly start with the single player variation of this card game. The whole game can be divided into three steps. We decided to illustrate you all these steps on the example of Cryptologic software that is used in such UK online casinos as InterCasino, VIP Casino and Playboy Gaming.

The first thing you have to do is to choose the range of betting options in Let it Ride. InterCasino offers 5 ranges for you to pick from that cater to both low rollers and high rollers. They are $1- $50, $2-$100, $5- $300, $50 – $500 and $100- $1000. The first digit shows the minimum amount of the bet you are allowed to play on while the second digit shows the maximum wager. Once you launch the game, you will see a table that looks somehow similar to the blackjack table. There are 5 playing fields in front of you on the screen, but only one of them is active. As we have indicated above, Let it Ride game is divided into 3 rounds:

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1st part. You are expected to place your bets. Keep in mind that Cryptologic software requires you to place all three bets in the very beginning although you will be able to pull them afterwards. Some other software allow you to place bets one by one. Available chips denominations are $1, $5, $25 and $100. Cryptologic software also includes a so-called bonus bets and bonus payouts for the highest poker combinations. To be eligible to get them, you are required to place a side bet of $1. Side bet is completely optional.

2nd part. You are dealt 5 cards but only 3 of them are face up. After it you have three options: you can pull a bet ( one of three bets placed will be returned) or you can press Let it Ride button and continue the game. Let it Ride All means that you are not going to pull a bet in the final round as well.

3rd part. The fourth card is revealed. You decide whether to pull a bet ( only one bet will stay on the table) or to Let it Ride. After this the last card is revealed. If there is any qualifying poker combination in your hand, then you win a payout specified in the payout table. If not, then house wins.

All the payouts are specified on the table in front of you. The lowest hand is Pair of 10s or better( payout 1 to 1) and the highest hand is Royal Flush (1000 to 1). As for the bonus payouts, they are paid for the highest hands from three of a kind ($5) to Royal Flush ($30 000). A side bet is required to receive them. One deck of 52 cards is used in Let it Ride. As you can see from the explanation above, it is a very simple and exciting game. The only knowledge you need to success in it is the knowledge of poker hands and that’s it. You can enjoy Let it Ride in most UK online casinos nowadays, dear players.

Lesson 4: Do’s and Don’ts of Bluffing

“You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time. But you can’t fool all of the people all of the time,” said the first President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. Maybe the president liked to play poker!

The reason we’re reminding you of Lincoln’s famous quote is because in Lesson 4, we’re going to continue looking at one of the things that makes poker such a unique game: the great art of bluffing. We touched on bluffing briefly in our previous lesson but now we’re ready to step it up a bit with some “do’s” and “don’ts” for the poker beginner.

Bluffing is so common in poker that many players consider it more important than the actual deal! Just look at some of the legends who have famously won with hands that look more like feet, and you’ll see how important bluffing is! But first, some guidelines for you to keep in mind:

Do’s

DO bluff when the pot is big. You don’t need as big a chance of winning as when the pot is smaller.

DO bluff against good players. They will appreciate the opportunity to joust whereas bad players will simply call you, since it’s in their mentality to be impatient. They just want to see the next card.

DO bluff when an opponent is not bluffing. This happens when the pot is huge and the other player knows it will only take one card to beat him. He’s unlikely to be bluffing if he was the first to bet in a game with five or more players and expects to be called.

Don’ts

DON’T bluff when there is only one opponent and a small pot. If you check and he bets, there is a greater average chance that he himself is bluffing.

DON’T bluff when you’ve recently been caught bluffing. You’ve already been labeled as a poor bluffer, so don’t make things worse! Let your opponents forget that hand and start rebuilding a reputation as a straight player. You’ll get another chance soon.

DON’T bluff against lots of players. Chances are that someone has something that they will stick with. From an odds perspective, bluffing in this kind of situation is never worth it.

That’s all for now. Utilize the rest of our site to sweeten your game!

Lesson 3: The Art of Bluffing

Poker player or not, almost everybody is familiar with the term “bluffing”—and there’s a good reason for that. Bluffing is one of the key strategies for getting ahead in a game of poker. Remember: if you only played with your best hands and were honest all the time, you’d have no action when you play!

In order to benefit from bluffing in poker, you have to know when and when not to bluff, since bluffing is a double-edged sword that can sometimes harm your game.

In general, bluffing is a simple matter of mathematics coupled with an elementary understanding of how to read tells, or the hands your opponents have. Let’s say, for example, that there is a $50 pot and you bet $5, in an effort to steal the pot when you basically have no chance of winning. That would be a 10:1 payout on your money. As a result, you would need a 10:1 chance or better of winning the pot in this situation. And if you’re unsuccessful on your 10th crack, you’ll still need an 11th attempt to break even. But that’s really a worst-case scenario.

The main thing to remember is that your bluffs only need to be successful a small percentage of the time in order to show a profit. As a result, they are invaluable poker tool that you can’t afford to avoid.

Good luck and keep playing!

Lesson 2: Mental Preparation and Selecting Your Hand

A quickie but goodie for you today, class.

The game has begun. You’ve received your cards and now it’s time to select your hand. This is the most critical part of your game, since this determines the final outcome.

When making the decision of hand selection, try not to think of the highest overall winning combination. Instead, use your cards to decide your highest-valued hand by considering the most practical winning combination. It’s often that people go for hands that are hard to come by; we think it’s better to stop and take a look around, since there’s usually an easier way.

When it comes to going for the practical winning combination, you can use the poker tools of bluffing and semi-bluffing to keep your opponents off guard. In fact, these tools are necessary when you’re playing at more than just a beginner’s level.