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All Texas Hold’Em Poker Games Are Not Alike

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When joining a Texas hold’em poker game at a brick-and-mortar casino or its online cousin, the new player must post the Big Blind. This does not have to be done immediately. The new player may pay the Big Blind now and to play the game immediately, or wait a few hands until it is their normal turn to post the Big Blind.

Probability is a huge factor when playing Texas hold’em. Players use odds to determine their actions. The chances of completing a flush or a straight, the chances of getting an over card, the number of times you will flop a set to match your pocket pair in comparison to the number of times that you are betting are all important factors in playing the odds. Knowledge of the statistics is imperative to the chances of winning a Texas hold’em poker game. In online games statistical knowledge is the main factor when playing the odds aids in choosing whether to bet, call, or fold.

The forms of betting can vary. Sometimes antes are used. In a Texas hold’em poker game it is usual for the game to start with the two players to the dealer’s left placing an ante so there is a pot on the table to get things started. This is called posting the blinds.

Another factor when playing Texas hold’em is position and is known by the players directly around you. For example, an aggressive, blind-stealing player to the immediate right of a tight player (name given to a player who seldom raises and folds often preferring safety when unsure) commonly results in the tight player seeing their blinds stolen.

These articles do not cover every possibility when it comes to playing Texas hold’em. The TDA and Robert’s Rules cover a variety of poker games, from razz to stud. TexasHoldem-Poker.com is creating a set of rules meant for playing Texas hold’em.

Blackjack Tips

Keeping Aligned with Blackjack Rules

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In the casino, the game of blackjack is has the lowest house edge, this means that players of blackjack has bigger chances of winning as compared to other card games. However, some players do not know this and go blind, hence bigger advantage is set to the house.

So here are some blackjack rules that will help you minimize such house advantage:

1. Have a plan

First in the blackjack rules is to decide on how much you can afford to spend in playing . Also determine the exact amount of wager for every hand. Should you desire to play many hands in blackjack and you have $100 as your bankroll, play on the blackjack table with a minimum bet of a dollar to five dollars. However, if you want to increase your money fast, then choose the blackjack table with a bigger limit say ten to twenty dollar per hand. Important in the blackjack rules is whatever your kind of play is, be sure to adopt one and keep playing on it.

2. Refrain from coping up with losses

This blackjack rules apply and is good not only for blackjack but for almost all games. In chasing your losses, you had lost on a hand with a considerable amount of money, your emotional reaction is to play aggressively with huge bets on the next hand to compensate for the loss you incurred. Playing aggressively often leads to bad decisions, hence, will end up with more losses. Losing big and continuing to play, resume your game as if nothing happened at all. This will prevent you from getting into the trap of chasing losses.

3. Play different rules

Playing different blackjack rules when ever possible is another strategy in blackjack. A n ideal type of this blackjack rules is the “surrender” rules which some casinos offer. As the name implies, this means that a player can surrender his hand and only half his wager will be taken should he lost. The less profit for the casino this blackjack rule applies makes it rare for some casinos to offer. Nevertheless, make use of it should a casino offers one. Also you can select a blackjack table in which the dealer stand on 16 instead of 17, thus it lowers the house advantage.

4. Keep on practicing

The saying goes ” practice makes perfect” . So with one of the effective rules in blackjack, keep on playing the game. Blackjack is one of the card games where skills and luck goes together. You can practice your game of blackjack with your friends and relatives at home if you will play online. You visit one of the online casinos thru the internet. This is one of the most important rules in blackjack.

Travel and Gamble

Brunei: Jendee’s unique travel experience

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When we think of holiday abroad, Filipinos normally prefer to go to Hong Kong, Singapore or Thailand.  Brunei, a small, but rich Islamic country, is not a normal choice for holiday destination for Filipinos, with the exception of a few; among them, Jendee, a fellow nomadic friend and work colleague.

On this week’s fellow nomad series, we follow Jendee’s short adventure in Brunei. Read about her tips, what she learned about Brunei during her short visit, the places she explored; her tips and why it’s her most unique travel destination thus far at Eleventy traveler blog.

What made you travel to Brunei? Why was it your choice for holiday destination?

My brother-in-law works there so I went with my sister and niece to visit him. During my stay, I didn’t see a lot of public transport so I think it would be hard to move around. I noticed that houses there have a minimum of two cars. Good thing we have a family sponsor so it’s easy to be on the go.

Isn’t it an expensive destination?

Expensive? Maybe because of the lack of public transport, and only a few hotels to choose from (I only saw Radisson Blu and The Empire). Their fuel (at around Php15 per liter) and electricity (which can be bought prepaid) are sold really cheap. Even the food in typical foodcourts are almost priced the same here in the Philippines.

How long were you there and where did you stay? How did you get there? Airline used?

We were there for 4 days and 3 nights and stayed in my brother’s place in an Executive Housing village. We flew by Cebu Pacific Air, direct flight from Manila and touched down in Bandar Seri Begawan airport.

What sites did you see? What strike you the most and why?

The magnifescent mosques, Embassy of the Philippines, Istana Nurul Iman (House of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah), the malls, the Bandar Waterfront, the Empire Hotel, University of Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Shell Science Discovery Center in Kuala Belait (a town about 2 hours away from Bandar). What I was so amazed about are their mosques which have been designed in detail – the lighting, the wall carvings, the ceiling, the floor, the trash bins and even the gates are intricately made works of art. Their mosques look really beautiful by day. At night, it transforms into a shining gold that are readily seen from afar.

How is Brunei different from most of the other countries you’ve been to? 

I have been to the US, Canada, Singapore and Malaysia before coming to Brunei. These countries have a unique thing of their own but already are too modern. Brunei was different. The rich Muslim culture is very evident here. When I go to their malls, seldom do I see modern clothing for women. Majority are “tudong”, or those that cover the hair and face of the Muslim ladies. No high rise buildings, even downtown where most of the business establishments are found. (I was told this is because Sultan does not want any building to rise above his mosque, not sure if true though.)

Give us top 3 unique things have you learned about this country?

1. The mosques which symbolizes the wealth of Brunei, even though they are a small country.

2. The waterfront , where you can see motorboats transporting passengers to the other side of the river (where the first inhabitants in Brunei lived).

3. Safety to move around, that’s why it’s called Negara Brunei Darussalam which means, State of Brunei Abode of Peace.

How much is a rough estimation overall for costs related to the trip?

The trip cost me around Php10,000 (5k for plane fare and another 5k for pasalubongs) since my food, accommodation and transportation are all free. 🙂

What tips can you give our fellow travelers interested in visiting this destination? DO’s and don’ts?

It’s hard to give one since I was there with a guide who is very familiar with the place. Perhaps, wear light clothing because it is very hot and sunny (I was there middle of May) and do not miss the Teh Tarik (Milk Tea) served at the waterfront café. The country is Islamic, so respect the local traditions, customs and laws at all times, and dress modestly.

Could you tell us about the best part of your experience traveling to Brunei, and why?

The best part would be seeing the Brunei Shell oil fields in Kuala Belait. Since I am an Oil & Gas company employee it was sort of a given for me to check it out and I was not disappointed. The place is a very clean seaside park with a lot of donkeys (machines that extract oil from the earth) and pipeline around the place.

Thank you Jen for gracing our website and sharing your travel to Brunei! More power to you and God bless!