Countering a Check Raiser in Online Poker

If you have been playing online poker for a while then you will have encountered just about every type of player on the planet. There is one type of player that never ceases to annoy me and that is the constant check raiser. The check raise has a place in poker but it is a move that I almost never employ. In other situations, it just doesn’t make sense.

If you are lucky enough to get a too frequent check raiser at your online poker table, the best thing that you can do is to teach them a lesson. It might cost you a few chips building up to the lesson, but if you have a bankroll that can last through a bit of trauma then it almost always pays dividends. Tighten up your play, fold unless you have strong pocket cards and wait until you have something a little special. Johnny Checkraiser will often check raise as a bluff, if they have taken a few hands, chances are that he or she will keep trying to bluff you out of the hand. If you think that you have a commanding hand, then it is time to administer the discipline.

  • Don’t re-raise – Bet and call, remember you are drawing them into your trap.
  • Don’t bet too high – If you are holding solid cards, you want to make your opponent think that you are not so sure about playing them. You might need an escape route. You do not want to build up a pot that is so big that you cannot walk away from it.
  • Take your time – When you call their raise, let the turn clock wind down a bit. It gives the impression that you are nervous.
  • Re-raise on the river – If you have a very strong hand, don’t be afraid to go all-in after their raise. Worst case scenario they fold, best case they call and you will sting them.

Check Raisers can be annoying, but they can send a lot of chips your way if you play them in the right way. Remember, in online poker, the tables always turn. All you need to do is to tighten up your game and wait for the right time to pounce.

Roulette Systems – Do They Work

There are a lot of roulette systems out there, however there has to be doubt on a lot of them when you consider the game itself is based on pure chance. Mathematically speaking, each and every number has the same chance of turning up on every spin. Mathematically, the same number could be drawn infinitely. We know this doesn’t happen, however it is that randomness that makes many systems unworkable.

One of the best systems is the Martindale System for roulette. This system is fine in principle and will make you a tiny profit 99 times out of 100. The 100th time could wipe out all your profits. The system itself is fairly easy to understand.

Select any of the even money bets, say red or black, and stick to it. Let’s select red for this example. You betting on the roulette wheel finishing on a red number each and every spin. If you lose, you double your bet. This is a 50/50 bet and as you are doubling your bet each time, as soon as your color comes up you win, recover your loses and make a small profit.

Easy system to understand, easy to follow and easy to implement. The problem arises when your run of outs exceeds the casinos maximum bet for roulette. This can happen quickly. For example, playing a £1 bet on a table with a £250 maximum bet – start at £1, your bets would be: £1, £2, £4, £8, £16, £32, £64, £128, £256 = oops = max bet is £250. That is a run of nine losses.

I have seen roulette tables with a run of 14 consecutive black numbers. That string of losses will total over £500. If you get one winner, say at £128, you will recover your £128 bet plus your losses to that point of £127 for a profit of £1 = would you back a horse at odds of 1/128 – probably not. As you can see you would need 500 wins to get a profit of £500 to cover that one string of nine losses.

Don’t get me wrong. Many people have used this system and made money – not enough to retire on – but they have made money. It’s your call. Try it out and see how your go.

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Some Tips Are Not All They Seem To Be

If you are a reader of gambling tips then its possible you read tips from a variety of sources. Sometimes it pays to closely examine the tips as they are not always tips to your benefit. I came across one article recently that attempted to describe roulette odds and how to capitalise on what the writer described as ‘a roulette anomaly that you can exploit”. Like a lot of so called tips they did not back them up with actual examples. Just a little misguided theory.

There so called roulette anomaly went like this. I have highlighted the so called anomaly in bold.

Single bet (straight up) – 35 to 1
Split bet (two numbers) – 17 to 1 – Equivalent to 34 to 1
Trio bet – 11 to 1 – Equivalent to 33 to 1
Corner bet (four numbers) – 8 to 1 – Equivalent to 32 to 1
Line bet (six numbers) – 5 to 1 – Equivalent to 30 to 1

There argument was that as you took multiple numbers you started to lose money and that you were far better off betting on each number individually. As I mentioned earlier, they did not back this up with actual betting examples.

So let’s look at one example. Take the trio bet at 11 to 1.

Bet 10 units on each number at 35 to 1 – A win would return 350 units plus the 10 unit stake
Bet 30 units on a Trio at 11 to 1 – A win would 330 units plus the 30 unit stake

It seems to me from those figures that either way, you would spend 30 units for a return of 360 units. The same can be said for all the other inside bets.

The bottom line is, when it comes to betting tips, can the tipster back up their rationale with actual numbers or are they just trying to confuse you with statistics and number anomalies. It also pays to sit down and work through a couple of examples yourself.

Better yet, find a reliable source of betting tips and stick to them. Or sign up for a totally free newsletter that has all the top betting tips each and every week.