Jul 18, 2019


Poker success or failure is based on the existence of a competitive benefit over your opponents. How do I improve my poker game? Why am I losing so much money in live poker tournaments? Why I, cannot make money while playing online poker? These are some pretty elusive questions you will find on almost all internet forums. Here is a quick list of the top reasons why people lose when playing poker-

Tilting Mode Always ON

It is the most precarious reason to lose any game. It is the condition of making wrong decisions due to mental deficiency. You should know that anything can happen in poker and you can suffer bad plays or bad beats just like any other player. Many players make the mistake of playing the game when on tilt and end up losing lots of money. It is better to take a walk for 10-15 minutes if you notice any signs of tilt.

You Don’t Believe in Bankroll Management

You might risk a lot more if you are not befittingly bankrolled for the table stakes you are playing at. Managing bankroll is really important since you will raucously experience winning streaks and losing streaks.

You CHECK/CALL More Often than BET/RAISE

If you are only checking or calling, then you are giving your opponents the opportunity to take pots away with their own aggression and by not raising, you lose value on your good hands. Being aggressive gives you better prospects to pick up pots when you don’t have a hand and it allows you to amplify the value on your made hands. Most successful poker players are very aggressive and they would rather bet or raise than simply check or call.

You Don’t Make Proper Bets

Missing value in bets is same as losing money, many players bet too small even with big hands as they don’t want to scare their opponents away. Your main goal is to take your opponents entire stack when you make a big hand and to maximize your value on your big hands.

You Play Out of Position

You give your opponent the advantage of seeing how you act before they act when you play out of position. Blinds and buttons are some of the best positions to re-raise. Re-raising from the button will give an impression that you have strong hands as many players simply do not risk to re-raise with marginal hands.

You Play Drunk

Playing poker drunk is an awful thing you can do to yourself and to your money. You will end up losing lots of money or will go on tilt. It might give you a boost or thrill, but losing your own money is just not exciting. So, play first and drink later.

The cards won’t be able to save you if you are playing at a disadvantage. These tips will help you avoid these things and win more real cash in poker.

Poker is generally adjudged by the decisions made by the poker players while playing the live poker tournaments. So, people have different opinions on who they think is the best poker player in the world according to them. Some might consider speed and some might consider strength required to play in the live poker game. We bring out our list of few interesting poker players which we think fits well into this list.

Daniel Negreanu

Total winnings – $30,516,290

Known by the nickname “Kid Poker”, Daniel Negreanu lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He is also the only player to win World Series bracelets in Australia, Europe, and Las Vegas.

Antonio Esfandiari

Total winnings – $25,541,952

Known by the nickname “The Magician”, Antonio Esfandiari was born in Iran and now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. He came into the news when he beat a star-studded field to win poker’s biggest ever prize of more than $18.3m.

Erik Seidel

Total winnings – $21,083,047

Known by the nickname “Sly / Seiborg”, Erik Seidel career came into the news in 2011 when he won more than $6.5m. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. He won the 2015 European Poker Tour Grand Final €100,000 Super High Roller for €2,015,000.

Sam Trickett

Total winnings – $19,439,355

Known by the nickname “Tricky”, Sam Trickett lives in East Retford, Nottingham, UK and is the only European poker player in the Top 10 and came into limelight when he won over $10 million in prize money for finishing second, losing heads-up to Antonio Esfandiari in the Big One for One Drop.

Phil Ivey

Total winnings – $19,224,828

Known by the nickname “The Tiger Woods of Poker / No Home Jerome”, Phil Ivey lives in Las Vegas, Nevada USA. He won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in 2000 and got first place in the Aussie Millions $250,000 Challenge for $2m.

Phil Hellmuth

Total winnings – $16,163,208

Known by the nickname “The Poker Brat”, Phil Hellmuth lives in Palo Alto, California USA. His Favorite Poker Game is Texas Hold’em. He is the winner of the Main Event of the 1989 World Series of Poker (WSOP).

Michael Mizrachi

Total winnings – $14,322,359

Known by the nickname “The Grinder”, Michael Mizrachi lives in Hollywood, Florida USA. He made the headlines when he got a fifth place and won $2.3m in the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event.

Poker is loved universally due to the exhilaration and thrill provided by it but the only woe many embryonic poker players have is the time. Many times you don’t have that plenty of time to play full poker game. Let’s say you come home after a hard day and to pair some respite, you want to play fun oriented poker for a while but that seems to be an impossible thing to some oblivious players. Keeping this requisite in mind, we bring you a list of poker games which only takes a few minutes to play and correspondingly maintains the excitement.

Slovak Double Barrel

It is a great gamble indeed for a short time excitement. Players playing Slovak Double Barrel get two cards face up and two cards face down. A player gets the choice to trade for a face down card by mucking one face-up card. Players will have to exhibit the cards they have. The flop is dealt and the process is repeated once again. Players will have to show cards again and best poker hands triumphs.

Dutch preference

It is exciting yet challenging where each player is allowed to look at three cards given to them face down. Any of the cards is given to opponent sitting on their left. One card is always discarded by each player so they always have two cards. Any player who wins two boards or more wins the game.

Estonian Twist

Want to play with tactics? This is perfect for you. In this, each player is allowed to look at the three cards given to them face down. The flop is dealt afterward. Each player makes the move by tossing one card to the player sitting on his/her left. Best hand triumphs the game.

Blind Omaha

The rules required to play this game is same as that for regular Omaha poker, where each player is dealt four cards down. The next step is a turn where every player displays their two cards. The step repeats also known as the river. Best hand triumphs the game.

Blind Hold’em

This is the most popular game played for a short time where every player is given two cards face down and required to deal out a five cardboard. Hands are later revealed and the best poker hand takes it.

Poker can be frustrating, infuriating, electrifying and breath-taking at the same time. You might not love the game, but you will indubitably not hate it. Of course, the chances of you being the next Aristotle at the end of your poker career are very high. We bring you some quotations written by experts on poker game filled with euphoria and odium.

There is more to poker than life

--Tom McEvoy 

In the long run there's no luck in poker, but the short run is longer than most people know.

-- Rick Bennet

Nobody is always a winner, and anybody who says he is, is either a liar or doesn't play poker.                   

--Amarillo Slim

Money isn't everything... unless you're playing in a rebuy tournament.          


You will show your poker greatness by the hands you fold, not the hands you play.                      

--Dan Reed

If you can't spot the sucker in the first half an hour at the table, then you are the sucker.            

--Rounders, the movie (2000)

If you know poker, you know people; and if you know people, you got the whole dang world lined up in your sights.                                                                                                                  

--Brett Maverick

The good news is that in every deck of fifty-two cards there are 2,598,960 possible hands. The bad news is that you are only going to be dealt one of them.                                                    

--Anthony Holden, author of Big Deal (1990)

Poker is 100% skill and 50% luck.                                                                                        

--Phil Hellmuth

Trust everyone, but always cut the cards.                                                                              

--Benny Binion

It’s not whether you won or lost, but how many bad beat stories you were able to tell.                

--Grantland Rice

The commonest mistake in history is underestimating your opponent; happens at the poker table all the time.                                                                                                                        

--General David Shoup

Who says only men can play poker? Female poker players like Cyndy Violett, Barbara Enright and Linda Johnson dared to get into this club way back and the world has seen many beloveds since then. You can win fortunes in poker as long as you are good at it. We bring you a list of 5 best female poker players in the world. We have compiled facts from various sources citing their winning amounts and uniformity in their overall career.

Vanessa Rousso

Born in White Plains, New York, Vanessa Rousso is an American professional poker player and was a member of Team PokerStars from 2006 to 2015. She has won over $3,500,000 in her poker career. She is listed among the top five women in terms of winning money in poker. She has also appeared on Big Brother, a US-based reality television show.

Loni Harwood

Loni Harwood is a professional poker player and has won two World Series of Poker Circuit events in 2012. She has also won a World Series of Poker bracelet in the 2013 World Series of Poker. Her winning of $609,017 is the highest payout to a woman in any Las Vegas event in World Series of Poker history. Loni Harwood won the 2015 WSOP U.S. National Championship for her second career bracelet.

Jennifer Harman

Jennifer Harman is from Nevada and has won two World Series of Poker bracelets in open events joined by Vanessa Selbst in 2012. She has engraved the limit Hold'em chapter for Super System II and has appeared on the GSN series High Stakes Poker and on the NBC series Poker after Dark.

Annette Obrestad

Annette Obrestad is the youngest poker player to ever win a World Series of Poker bracelet at the age of 19 during the World Series of Poker Europe (WSOPE). She is a Norwegian poker player. She won over $500,000 on Pokerstars and her total live tournament winnings exceed $3.9 million.

Victoria Coren Mitchell

Based out of London, Coren Mitchell is a professional poker player. She was the first player to win two European Poker Tour Main Events (EPT Sanremo 2014 and EPT London 2006). She was also a member of Team PokerStars Pro. Coren Mitchell was named to the Women in Poker Hall of Fame in 2016.

Vanessa K. Selbst

Vanessa Selbst has won over 10 million dollars in live poker tournament earnings. She is the only female to win three WSOP bracelets in open field events. She became the highest earning female in the poker history when won the PCA high roller for $1.4m. She is a member of Team Pokerstars Pro under the username "V. Selbst".

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