Online Poker for Mac and Linux Users

Online Poker for Mac and Linux Users

Playing poker is definitely a great way to relax oneself. In this busy world, this game is a great way to gain leisure and free your mind from all of the stress that happens in your everyday nerve-racking life. Aside from this, playing poker is also a good chance for you to associate with other people. You can build camaraderie and make long-lasting friends here. I myself love playing poker, but due to my hectic schedule, I just cannot afford to go to casino anymore. However, this does not hamper me from not playing. Why stop yourself from playing this great game? Even if you cannot play within the walls of a conventional card-room, you can still do it in the comfort of your own home. Yes, I’m talking about online Poker here.

As a Mac user myself, I love online Poker, and I wonder why Windows users do not get the same benefits as I do. But Macs can be a pain when it comes to playing poker online. The bulk of online poker playing is determined through downloading software that is compatible with your Windows operating system. Cross-platform downloads have burst up sporadically but as a record, no multi-platform compatible downloadable software contains any good share of the market.

Good thing there is an alternative for Macintosh and Linux users just like me. Some online poker rooms are compatible even with the Mac and Linux operating systems in the instance that you are using an emulator, like Virtual PC. There are of course other emulators in the market that give the same performance as the first. Moreover, Party Poker, Full Tilt Poker, and Pacific Poker also offer some good software for Macs.

By this, nothing will prevent you from playing at your favorite Poker room online, and you will never have to endure faulty performance just because your operating system does not match the program. I understand that aside from the fun and the friends that you will gain, nothing can beat the money you will receive through playing Poker. So enjoy yourself and reach for the pot!

Online Gambling Trends Around The World

Online Gambling Trends Around The World

Our first trend is that of online gambling. This is a trend that is extremely topical and is also extremely relevant to the Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management industry. In particular relation to the Sport and Entertainment industry, there is plenty of betting in sports from both fans and the athletes themselves. As a group we have decided that this trend is primarily economic, but secondary a Sports and Entertainment trend. The two articles we have chosen focus on the recent legislation for a U.S ban on Internet gambling singed Friday 13, 2006. The exact ruling is to ban financial payments to offshore accounts and websites. The reason we choose these two articles because it is a significant change that has occurred recently. Also it heavily affects the SEE industry as many of the bets were placed on sports. We also thought the fantasy waging was interesting and how that relates to bets with actual money.


On October 13, 2006 it was announced that British betting company Sportingbet has sold its U.S operations to an Antigua based company for $1. The move came just hours before the U.S ban on internet gambling recently signed by President Bush. Although it seems ridiculous to sell U.S operations so cheaply it has allowed the company to offload $13.2 million of debt and save the company $14 million on shutting down expense.

The second article we choose as a group was written on October 19, 2006 and is about fantasy wagering websites and is entitled Not So Risky Business. We think this article ties in very nicely with our first because it gives the American consumer a new no risk option. The websites work the same way as regular gambling sites, but no money changes hands. Agenbolabagus.com allows it members to challenge others to wagers on sporting events with the winner collecting points. These points can be later redeemed for prizes such as Plasma TV’s and iPods. This fantasy gambling continues to exist because there is a loophole in federal legislation if there is no actual money involved. Sites such as agenbolabagus.com allow users to gain information they can then use for real bets with offshore sites.

We think this trend and these articles are fairly well related to the Strategic management process. We think that this especially relates to the first article on Sportingbet. In the planning stage as they have made a quick decision to pull out of the U.S market. If such quick decisions were not made they would have been left with huge debt and expense to shut down. Our second article also relates to the Strategic management process in a similar way because they are taking advantage of a loophole to ensure these sites remain open.

Virtual Casinos Are Calling

Virtual Casinos Are Calling

We love gambling and betting to meet challenges with exciting situations. Online gambling has turned into a thriving industry today attracting numerous people to enjoy their free time with much fun. Online gambling is preferred by many people as they can participate in the game from the comforts of their homes and are not seen betting publicly. The quality or the advantage that the online games provide is their easy accessibility and no fixed time frame. You can enter into an online gambling site at any hour of the day depending upon your desire. You can enjoy a real casino atmosphere with original style of the games. Software plays a vital role in making them accessible to us and brings them within our reach very easily.

You can make a little bit of additional money by participating in an online gambling game and draw some exceptional fun. Online casino games are available throughout the day and you can choose from a wide range of varieties of the games like Blackjack, Craps and many others. You have options to play games of slot machines for trying your luck a bit. You have plenty of choices to select from the long list of games. If you want to play the games free, you can choose your game type and when you want to play with money, there are original games to join.

Virtual casinos are rated higher than the casinos in some big cities. They offer a large range of promotions and perks that are not seen in conventional casinos .The land type casinos do not provide the advantage of free play or free cash rewards, which the online casinos do always provide. Unlike land casinos, the online casinos do not have any fixed time frame for play and you can participate at any time 24 hours a day and enjoy the fantastic mood for fun.

Online poker games are for more experienced players and they can take chances with games like Texas Hold’em and many more. You can do your betting on any famous football, basketball or professional golf game. If you are experienced and really interested, you can also take part in live tournaments. They are similar to the ones that are held in real casinos and they pay very lucrative rewards. You are able to participate in a game with players from around the globe. No experience can be more exciting than playing an online casino from the comfort of your home and still enjoying the fun of a gathering.

Addiction of Online Gambling Sites

Addiction of Online Gambling Sites

Have you ever tried on line gambling sites? I did and to be truthful, I personally could not tell if they were legitimate or not because I think too many people lose money on them.
I tried one of them and of course lost some money, thank God it wasn’t a lot and I was wise enough to stop before I got myself in trouble. I lost about thirty dollars that I had made writing on a different writing site. I transferred the money it took me one year to earn in to my pay-pal account and believe me it didn’t take me more than a week to lose that money.

One of the problems I have in believing that they are honest, is because when I play a game like Bejeweled on my own computer, I can score really high points. In fact a lot of my family will be amazed at how high I can score. Well on the site where I played Bejeweled, my scores were extremely low.

There were a few times when I won six dollars. Actually while I was playing against two or three other players, but believe me instead of have points close to one-hundred thousand points I would only score around five thousand, three hundred and twenty-six points. These scores were definitely not anywhere near the scores that I have reached on my own computer where I had purchased and installed the Bejeweled game.

I also have another game on my computer where it has a screen full of balloons in five colors and the idea was to get as many of the same color to pop at the same time. The first balloon would give you two points, the second would give you four points, and the third would give you eight points and so on. Well I play that game at home all the time, and I have the highest score in the family.

My top score is one million, two hundred and eighty-seven thousand and four hundred points and that is not a lie. There are many times when I play the game and I will see Hall of Fame flash across the scoreboard again, so I know that although I am not topping my highest score, I am coming close to it and getting a higher score than other family members and remaining in the top ten high score.

Unfortunately, this game does not list all the names and scores, but I know that I can beat any challengers. Again when I played a game that was very like the balloon game on the site where I paid to gamble, I had such low scores that I couldn’t believe it. I was lucky to hit one thousand points.

In one way I was very glad because this happened because it is very easy to get hooked on gambling and lose a lot of money. It took me approximately one year to earn thirty dollars and I lost it in one week on a site that certainly did not make me think it was honest in the way the games are run.

My question is to ask if anyone else has experienced similar gambling scores when joining one of these on-line gambling sites. Did you win any money or were you losing more than you could afford to lose?

As is often the case, things were getting a bit rough financially for me and I wanted to try my luck at winning some money. It didn’t work, and I’m glad I had the wisdom to quit when I was ahead of the game, because I know that had I stayed on the site, I would have kept losing more money and found myself deeper in debt. Gambling can become an addiction just as alcohol and drugs can. Be careful because very few of us will make big money at the machines, especially when you are playing on a computer and it is so easy to transfer money from various accounts.

Poker Player Types

Poker Player Types

There are basically 4 kinds of players on the tables defining how they play preflop and postflop:

  • Tight-Aggressive
  • Tight-Passive
  • Loose-Aggressive
  • Loose-Passive

Loose (as opposed to tight) is the player who plays more than 25-30% of cards preflop. Passive (as opposed to aggressive) is the player who rarely bets and generally likes to call or check.

Tight-Aggressive style of play (TAGs) is considered as the most profitable and the least exploitable strategy. Most online poker pros are TAGs but there are some exclusions and we shall talk about this later on.

Tight-Passive players care also known as nits or as rocks in extreme cases. These players are hard to exploit but their strategy is non-profitable on the long run.

Loose-Aggressive (LAG) style is probably the most interesting. Many of the best high-stakes pros are considered to be LAGs (for example Viktor Isildur1 Blom or Tom Durrr Dwan). LAG style is very effective against TAG but requires deep understanding of many poker concepts. In no case we would recommend playing LAG style on micro and low stakes simply because players tend to call down a lot with marginal hands.

Loose-Passive players tend to be the biggest loosers at the tables. So called fish or donkey will most probably play this style. They will call with anything pre-flop and give up if they dont hit anything on the postflop. Or when they hit, they will call you down no matter how much you bet. That’s why these players are also known as calling stations.

Now, when you know 4 kinds of players on the tables and how they act during the game, it is time to determine the best strategy for you and follow it. I hope you found this article useful and it will help you to win. Feel free to post your comment if you have what to say.