In this second free online poker instruction lesson on Free Money’ vs. ‘Real Money poker and NoPayPoker vs cash Internet Gaming Sites you will learn an about key concepts for success and how to spot and avoid cheats – because once you get to online poker games where real money changes hands you will find a LOT of cheats.
Use Time as a weapon; vision as a safeguard
The Rolling Stones had an enormous hit with a song that contained the lyrics “Time, time, time….time is on my side”, and, while the words were not about the game of pppppoker, we’re going to apply the famous musical line to our game of pppppoker; duly noting that the traditional spelling of poker has been altered to include the five P’s I so often use, not the one P used by ‘farm animals’, ‘hay munchers’, and ‘chip flingers’.
Here, the five P’s are a reminder that the principal asset we all bring to the tables is patience.
Again, with a touch more emphasis, it’s patience, patience, patience, patience, and patience. Without the quintuple application of this one English word, this one universal Texas Hold-Em skill, we simply don’t belong at a pppppoker table.
Without patience, you might as well just give your money away, or toss it into the wind, or spend it in a respectable brothel, or shop to your partner’s dismay at a shoe store.
Now, ‘new shoes’ absent, patience in abundance, and our vision, yes, vision, as in eyeballs, on a ‘constant alert’ level, we’ve got to accept two givens; our eyes won’t lie, and players do cheat.
True, there is a not-so-frequent optical illusion placed before us; so be it, the apparent ‘lie’ is not a reality. On the other hand, there is a reality that occurs everyday, on every Internet poker and gambling Gaming Site, and everywhere that money can be won or lost in the game of pppppoker. Players do cheat!
Do you want to allow them the opportunity to put a hurting on you? Do you want to allow them to take your money? I don’t think so, and because of what I think, and because you’re in agreement with me, and because what they do is beyond wrong, we’re not going to let it happen.
Plus, if you think that learning something new, or education, or ‘tutorials’, are difficult, try being stupid, or remain in a comatose state of stupidity; it’s a fast-track to the ‘farm animal’ pastures, where everyone is stupid, and everything is difficult.
Yet, how do we stop the cheating from happening? How do we escape even the smallest of ‘stupidity enclaves’?
Especially in light of the fact that these low-life ‘dirtbags’ have been successfully implementing their ‘cheat routines’ for years, going all the way back to when Absolute Poker and Planet Poker were the dominant on-line gaming venues (some 12 years ago).
- Well, we first need to identify the ways in which they cheat.
- Then, we need to circumvent the methods they use.
- Followed by establishing a routine for taking cash away from other players; with regularity, in fairness, through quality of play.
- And, while y’all may speculate that this might be a very difficult set of tasks, I’d like to assure each of you that it’s not.
The ‘dirtbags’ use three different ways to cheat….communication, algorithms, and software.
- Communication(s) is accomplished through the use of various forms of mediums; private on-line chat boxes, instant messengers, land-line telephones, text messaging, cell phones, and other modern-day technologies.
- Algorithms are produced from mathematical analysis of Random Number Generators (RNG’s).
- And, software programs, called poker Bots, are available for purchase from a variety of outlets.
Communication(s): 2, 3, or more players in constant contact with one another for the sole purpose of telling one another about their respective pocket cards.
Obviously, the more that is known about the ‘spent’ cards of the deck, the more accurate is the reading these ‘colluders’ can attain regarding playable pockets, pot odds, implied odds, and numbers of outs, all of which can add up to a significant advantage for the ‘dirtbags’.
Algorithms: RNG’s; not all random number generators are equal.
Some are truly random generators, some are not. However, whether the RNG’s are excellent in their task at producing random numbers (between 1 and 52), or terrible at producing random numbers, is inconsequential.
What matters is that the mathematicians (who have opted to work at scamming the gaming world) can, and do, decipher the ‘random’ ordering of cards; and, nothing produces more profits for the ‘dirtbags’ than any successful algorithm.
A terrible RNG simply makes the mathematicians job easier, while an excellent RNG creates a task requiring a bit more work for the mathematician.
Poker Bots: Where Bots is short for Poker Robots; computer software.
They are not new; by most accounts they have been around for at least 10 years. But, until recently they were not very good. Humans were better at the nuances of the game, and, humans were routinely able to beat these software packages.
Yet, with the advent of near artificial intelligence, poker bots are now good enough to win tens of thousands of dollars on Internet Gaming Sites.
Of note, Shanky Technologies sells licenses for their Holdem Poker Bot at a cost of $129 (US$) per year. It’s the best ‘Bot’ available, and sites like Full Tilt and Poker Stars openly attest to the infamous accolade best available; they also have developed their own software to detect Bots, and now ban them.
The same, however, is not true at most Internet Gaming Sites (of which about 600 exist).
The above information tends to suggest that when you enter the ‘real money’ world of Internet poker play you do so at your peril. Do you?
It’s most unfortunate that countless people have been ‘taken for a ride’, scammed, cheated, and laughed at by the many ‘dirtbags’ who have ‘pulled the wool’ over the eyes of these unsuspecting poker enthusiasts.
Yet, the honest players who eagerly entered the ‘real money’ world could have avoided the tragedies that were ‘dumped’ upon them, they could have opened their eyes and seen what was going on. They didn’t.
But, you will; your eyes will be open. They will serve as your safeguard.
And, the task of using ‘Vision as a Safeguard’ should prove to be a good deal less daunting than you may currently believe it to be.
- Eyes open
- Consistency of Focus (COF)
- Proper Game Selection
- Loss of a Few Blinds
- Abandon a ‘Crooked’ Table
These are the weapons you’ll use to ‘fend off’ the ‘dirtbags’. And, the following will provide y’all with a brief description of each of these weapons
– Eyes Open:
Would y’all actually be dumb enough to sit at a poker table and only look at your own pocket cards? Of course not! God gave each of you 2 eyes for a singular purpose.
He/She wanted y’all to use them to see everything possible, to see ALL of the stuff present or happening around all y’all.
His/Her intent, to the best of my judgment, was NOT for y’all to fold, call, or raise in a perpetual stupor of ‘adorning blinkers’ (the right and left eye shields used by race horses so that the animals can only see what’s in front of them).
– Consistency of Focus:
What are y’all focusing on?
First, see if you can identify 2, 3, or 4 players who NEVER compete against each other pre-flop or post-flop.
- Sure, it’ll take a little time, but each of you use ‘Time as a Weapon’.
- And, if they don’t compete against each other, EVER, it’s likely that they are using some form of communication medium to collude; and win.
Second, see if you can identify a screen name that ONLY plays pocket cards that substantially match the ‘Playable Pockets Matrix’ (re-visit the ‘Building a Bankroll’ Articles).
- Then, look to see if that screen name rarely raises.
- If true, it’s likely a Poker Bot.
And, third, see if you can spot a player who consistently draws out in a winning fashion.
- Someone who is frequently being visited by ‘Lady Luck’ on turn and river cards, while betting pre-turn or pre-river without a current ‘nuts’ hand.
- It’s likely a player who is using an advanced algorithm that predicts, with accuracy, the next card to come from the deck; he/she has broken the code associated with the site’s Random Number Generator.
– Proper Game Selection:
No one, especially the players from NoPayPoker, mostly because all of you are low-stakes poker players, belongs in a ring game (cash game) where the stakes are greater than the 2c/4c through the10c/20c level, or, in an MTT where the buy-in exceeds $5, or, in any ‘sit-n-go’ game that costs more than $2 to enter.
Plus, y’all should NEVER play in a short-handed game (6 or less players); your mandate is to play in games with 9 or 10 participants. Why?
The communication colluders don’t play in low-stake games, the RNG algorithm scammers don’t play in low-stake games, and the Poker Bots don’t play in low-stake games.
Pay Attention! A measure of avoidance, is worth a void of loses; and it’s ‘real money’ that y’all would be losing.
– Loss of a Few Blinds:
Say what? Loss? Absolutely! Every ring game (cash game) that y’all enter, in the 2c/4c through 10c/20c range (and, again, it’s the only stakes level y’all will play in), requires you to focus on everything around each of you for the course of 3 small blind (SB) big blind (BB) cycles to pass you by.
EVERY, no exceptions. Y’all will use the 27 to 30 hands that are played during this time period to evaluate and assess everything that is going on at the table; with a sharp eye patrol for ‘colluders’, RNG’ers, and ‘Bots’.
Do not violate this permissible and necessary ‘chip dumping’ requirement; in the end, your eyes won’t lie, and you may well end up saving money, at a small cost.
– Abandon a ‘Crooked’ Table:
When ‘Eyes Open’, or ‘Consistency of Focus’, or ‘Proper Game Selection, or ‘Loss of a Few Blinds’ have shown any one of you that the table you’re sitting at is a Non-Honest poker game, then ‘Abandon a Crooked Table’. Just leave!
You don’t belong there. And, all of the Internet Gaming Sites have a multitude of other tables where you can play, or, where you might be able to play (you never know, you could find 2 or more tables in a row that you’ll need to abandon).
Last, even though there will be 2 Articles in this series dedicated to Betting Strategies (Articles 5 and 6), it’s necessary to impart an ‘initial winning discipline’. Which, for me, is of near-dire importance.
I recognize that many of you have already begun your ‘real money’ Internet poker play, and, the combination of the ‘quintuple’ application of patience with the ‘initial winning discipline’, will, at the very least, for the near-term, provide you with modest cash winnings.
Interestingly, concerning the ‘initial winning discipline’, there was a recent post (March 22nd) in the NoPay chat lobby; the person’s name who typed the post shall remain anonymous.
However, for the purposes of this Article, we’ll give her/him the screen name ‘PukieDumbo’. And, as the screen name might suggest, the individual is not a good player; frankly, he/she is about as far removed from being a good player as is possible.
This is what ‘PukieDumbo’ posted:
“In Texas Hold’em poker, Set Mining is done by a person who plays mostly pocket pairs in the attempt to flop a set and bust an overplayed weaker hand. This strategy will work against weak competition, but is easily exploited by competent opponents”.
Nothing else was typed, nor did anyone ask about ‘set-mining’. Not before ‘PukieDumbo’ made the post, or after ‘PukieDumbo’ made the post. Possibly, she/he was simply filling a self-required ego boost; believing that the post would impress NoPay members.
However, while the bulk of what ‘PukieDumbo’ had to say was accurate, her/his post ended with the exact opposite of something held ‘dear’ by ALL professional poker players.
It’s a ‘traditionally accepted’ play that none of these professionals would ever want to have eliminated from their respective games, it produces an ROI of more than 100%; a number that is equaled by no more than 2 other betting strategies (out of the hundreds of betting strategies available and written about).
The ‘end of the post’, the issue, the problem, the bad advice, rests within the last seven words. Those words are: “but is easily exploited by competent opponents”. NOT TRUE!
And, the real truth is fairly simple. It’s also an absolute fact.
ALL professional poker players will tell you that the most profitable hands they participate in, cummulatively, are the hands where they hold a pocket pair and the flop yields a set (as an example: pocket 7/7, and a flop of 2/7/A).
Again, It’s ALL professional poker players who hold the ‘set-mining’ strategy as a sacred fundamental to their game; not some, not a few, but, ALL.
They’d much prefer to flop a set, especially a set in the 222 through 999 range, versus any other hand; including paint sets, ‘nut’ straights, and ‘nut’ flushes (a ‘nut’ boat can never exist unless a discard has been exposed, or, unless you hold a pocket card that matches the board pair and you hold a pocket card that matches a board card; i.e., your pocket cards are K/7, and the board holds K/K/7/x/x, and, the above ‘nut’ boat can not exist when the board holds the potential for a straight flush; i.e., Kh/Kd/7c/5c/4c)
The low pocket pair sets, resulting from the betting strategy named ‘set-mining’, generally win very large amounts of money.
The power hands, easily read by opponents, generally win smaller amounts of money.
And, there’s good reason for the professional players preference, and, an equally good reason for the “large amounts of money” won by the low pocket sets.
The low sets are almost totally indiscernible by other players at the table. Thereby creating, over the long-term, the highest possible Return On Investment (ROI) for ALL poker professionals; especially when they are ‘slow-played’.
Moreover, y’all have had considerable experience with both ‘set-mining’ and ‘slow-playing’. And, y’all have undoubtedly added monies to your bankroll as a result of using both strategies; I sincerely doubt that any one of you would ‘take to’ the premise suggested within the post placed by ‘PukieDumbo’; each of you know better.
If not, re-visit the ‘Building a Bankroll’ and ‘Expanding Your Bankroll’ Articles.
So, let’s ‘mind emblazin’ the three disciplines contained within this Article.
- One, the high ROI generated by the combination of ‘set-mining’ and ‘slow-playing’.
- Two, the perenial use of patience; in it’s ‘quintuple’ form.
- And, three, the process of using ‘Vision As a Safeguard’.
At a minimum, for the moment, while waiting for Article 5 (the betting strategies article), the play that results from the preceding will almost certainly put a bit of additional money into your bankrolls.
Plus, as an aside, we owe a bit of gratitude to ‘PukieDumbo’, her/his post, sent to me via e-mail by a former student, served as a reminder for me to include the ‘set-mining’ betting strategy as our ‘inintial winning discipline’; without any such reminder I could have easily waited until Article 5 to enter into any betting strategy tutorial.
Therfore, without malice, I extend a sincere “ty” to her/him, and an even bigger “TY” to my former student.
Let’s resolve to always rely on the poker advice put forth by the many professional players who have placed ‘pen to paper’ or ‘finger tips to keyboards’, like Dan Harrington, Phil Gordon, Mike Caro, TJ Cloutier, and others.
They play to win, we play to win. They play to make money, we play to make money. Plus, they, me, and each of you, play poker to make fools out of the countless ‘hay munchers’ we meet at the tables. ‘PukieDumbo’ doesn’t.
We don’t look for poker FYI’s from ‘hay munchers’; principally because they all appear to suffer from both a ‘contstancy of memory loss’ (CML) and ‘rectal cranial inversion’ (RCI). And, by all medical, practical, and logical reasoning, neither can be cured.
Nor would any of the ‘hay munchers’ bother to seek out a cure. They’re stuck in the mire of the pastures, absent any awareness of their CML and RCI illnesses, and you’re on the road to ‘real money’ gains at the Internet Poker sites.
Best of luck at the tables.
(c) copyright, May, 2011; all rights reserved by D. M. Vadnais
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