As I try to help players progress in their poker game, one of the biggest mistakes I see is in hand choices. Often times, players choose hand that at a glance seem like hands with good potential, when in reality they are setting themselves up for failure. Today I will try to explain the finer points of choosing a good hand and show you some of the common errors that people make. Pay attention, because this information may come has a huge shock to you.Suited Doesn’t Mean GoodA lot of players I see will often play a hand simply because their cards are suited. While it is true that suited cards improve the odds of a hand, this doesn’t mean a suited hand always has good odds. Make sure your cards are connectors (can be used together in a straight) and that your lowest card isn’t below 10.Pocket PairsPocket pairs can be a very dangerous thing for new players. While having a pocket pair does give you better odds before the flop, your odds will generally make a significant drop after the flop. Even pocket aces can be a bad hand to get. Consider this situation. You get pocket aces and raise the blinds. The flop is k 8 6. You’re feeling confident at this point right? So you make a bet equal to the pot and get one player to call. Now the turn comes and it is a king. So now you can be beaten by many hands, while the only two cards in the deck that will help you are the two remaining aces, which probably aren’t even in the deck anymore. Think about that for a minute.My Favorite HandsSo what do you want to look for in a hand? Well you want to keep your cards high. An ace and a six isn’t a good hand, while an ace and a queen is a good hand. If your hand meets that criteria and is also suited, the hand is even better. The next thing to look for is connectors, or cards that can be used a straight together. An example of this would be an ace and a king. Many people say that ace king suited is the best hand you can get. I say it is the second best. My favorite hand is king queen suited. This opens up a straight at both ends. Also, A2, A3, A4, and A5 can be good hands because they are connectors.I hope you take these tips to heart. I generally follow these rules for every hand and every situation. However, occasionally you get a gut feeling and decide to play. I am in full support of gut feeling bets, as long as they make up about 5% of your bets. Remember to stray away from pocket pairs because these usually with a lot of money invested and no outs.
When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.