It sounds easy, but it’s not. And yet, it is the most important aspect of poker play for beginners.The more you fold, the less you lose. It’s as easy as that. But wait. If I fold, I can’t win, right? That also being true, you have to discern situations when folding is best.Every time you think, that you might fold, yet you don’t. 90% of those hands you should have folded. Even thinking about folding, probably means you should do it.Beginner players tend to fall in love with their hands. The easiest example is when you have played for an hour or so, and nothing worth mentioning has happened by far, and you are pretty bored, but still waiting for your monster. And maybe the situation is even worse and there are many fishy players around, and you just know, that if you hit the nuts, you are going home with a huge pot.And here it is at last. you get dealt KK on button. Could life be better? And you hear a raise before you and two people call, and you re-raise and they all call. So it’s four people on flop which comes A Q J. Everyone checks, and it’s up to you to bet, which you do. Two people fold and the last one goes all-in. This is the situation where you just have to fold. Without blinking or thinking too much about it, you just fold.Any ace beats KK. QJ beats KK. He could even have QQ JJ or AA for all you know. But beginner players tend to be dependent on luck at this moment and think something along the lines of – Even if I am beat now, I still have some outs, right? Like, the 10 could come up to save me, if he really has the A. And maybe, just maybe he doesn’t have it. And I could have the best hand. And anyway it’s the first decent hand I’ve had for all evening, I can’t fold it, right?Wrong! Against any hand that he may have, you will have at most 15% winning chance. And the more you call, the more you lose. And for heaven’s sake, don’t get agitated, if indeed you called in this situation and he showed Q10 or KQ or any other drawing hand.First of all, you need to understand that calling was wrong. And winning once or twice with this kind of call, will never get back the money you will frequently lose by playing this way.As I have pointed out in my previous post, the long term is much more important in poker than short term.So the first tip, I am giving you, is – Learn How to Fold. There is nothing wrong with folding. No one will laugh at you or think you’re a coward. What is more importatnt, you will definitely see an increase of your poker account balance by just simply reducing your losses.Making a great fold in certain situations can feel as good or even better than winning the hand. You just know that you did the right thing, and that’s what poker is about – making good and profitable decisions.
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.