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Lets begin with understanding POKER HANDS
A ranking of Poker hands from royal flush to high card
Standard five-card poker hands are ranked here in order of strength, from the strongest hand to the weakest.
- Royal Flush – the best possible hand
Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10, all of the same suit.
- Straight Flush
Any five-card sequence in the same suit (e.g.: 8, 9, 10, Jack and Queen of clubs; or 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of diamonds).
- Four of a Kind
All four cards of the same value (e.g.: 8, 8, 8, 8; or Queen, Queen, Queen, Queen).
- Full House
Three of a kind combined with a pair (e.g.: 10, 10, 10 with 6, 6; or King, King, King with 5, 5).
Any five cards of the same suit, but not in sequence (e.g.: 4, 5, 7, 10 and King of spades).
Five cards in sequence, but not in the same suit (e.g.: 7 of clubs, 8 of clubs, 9 of diamonds, 10 of spades and Jack of hearts).
- Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value (e.g.: 3, 3, 3; or Jack, Jack, Jack).
- Two Pair
Two separate pairs (e.g.: 2, 2, Queen, Queen).
Two cards of the same value (e.g.: 7, 7).
- High Card
If a hand contains none of the above combinations, it’s valued by the highest card in it.
Do NOT Play Poker Online until you learn:
How to cheat by knowing others’ cards
It is not possible to know everyone’s cards, BUT if you have a friend at the table, you can easily share what cards you have by IM or telephone. This information gives you an edge against other players. You can also collude with each other in order to bet and raise people out of pots, even if you don’t have good cards.
For example, if you are sitting 2 seats before the button and your friend is sitting on the button and no one has called in front of you, you can raise 2 bets and your friend can 3 bet before the flop. 90% of the time, no one will call and you will steal the blinds. If you are sitting across the table from each other, you can help trap others in the hand when either player hits a strong hand.
For example, say you flop the nuts. You are in early position and you bet. If there are callers behind you, your friend can raise the pot for you after they call. You can either smooth call or re-raise to increase the pot. In order to trap players, you need to have other players between you. I don’t condone cheating in poker and if you get caught, you will forfeit all of your money in your account. The only reason I teach you this is to bring up my next
How to spot cheaters and avoid cheating tables
With over 50,000 players at the larger poker sites, there are bound to be friends that are cheating and it is almost impossible for the poker sites to police. So you have to be a smart player and look out for yourself.
Fortunately, all cheaters are out to make an easy buck so it’s not too difficult to spot them. As you learned above, if you ever notice 2 players that play hands often together, you should take notice and report them to the casino. High stakes limit (10/20 and up) and high stakes no limit ($400 and up) are much more likely to have cheaters, so if you play these stakes, then you
should be extra careful. I would especially avoid high stakes no
limit tables online.
How to make easy money from deposit bonuses
Poker sites usually offer deposit bonuses of 20-25% about once per month. This means if you deposit $100, you get an extra $20-$25 for free as long as you see the required number of hands. The number of required hands is usually 6-7 times the deposit bonus amount.
For example, to earn a deposit bonus of $20, you must see between 120-140 hands. The EASIEST way to make money is to deposit the maximum amount for the maximum deposit bonus AND play the 1/ 2 limit tables very tight. For example, if the maximum deposit bonus of 20% is $100, then you should deposit $500. Then you have to see 700 hands at the 1/ 2 limit tables in order to earn the $100 bonus.
As long as you play very tight, you can come out even on the tables and still make $100! Many different poker sites offer this monthly deposit bonus, which means you can do it every month for every site and make more than $500 per month without much risk.
– How to win consistently by following the 80/20 rule
In the game of online poker, 20% of the players win 80% of the money in the long term. The foundation of poker is the starting hand. In order to win consistently in a ring game (full table), you should see about 20% of the flops (+/- 2%). If you force yourself to see 20% of the flops, you will find yourself playing very tight with premium starting hands. Below is a quick chart to help you rank starting hands.