Review of Homebet88 Poker Website

Review of Homebet88 Poker Website

Homebet88 Poker is an online poker site where players can play with real money and play money. Thousands of players across the world play at Homebet88 everyday. This review of Full Tilt Poker will go over the ease of use, the different game styles, and the different stakes.
Ease of Use

Homebet88 Poker is one of the easiest poker websites to use. A simple download will give you the ability to start playing for fake money, and another click on the “Cashier Button” will allow you to play poker with real money.

To join a game, simply click on the type of game style, pick what stakes you want, and click on the empty seat at the table. Homebet88 Poker makes it very easy to get into the game, as well as add money to your account, which can be a bad thing if you aren’t careful. If you lose all of your money, the next minimum cash deposit is $50, which will stop some compulsive gamblers from constantly depositing money into their account.

Game Styles

Homebet88 Poker offers players the opportunity to play different styles of Poker. These styles include Texas Hold ‘Em, Omaha, Stud, and Razz. Texas Hold ‘Em is the most popular game on the Homebet88 site, which utilizes thousands of different tables. Full Tilt also offers poker tournaments and Sit amp; Go playing styles.

Different Stakes

The Full Tilt Poker review would not be complete without a review of the different stakes that the website offers. Buy-ins can range from as high $5,500 to as low as $1. The higher the stakes the more you can potentially earn, but you can lose it if you are not careful. With a $1 buy-in, first place at a 9-person table will win $4.50. With a $10 buy-in, first place at a 9-person table will win $45. Depending on the stakes involved, and the amount of people at the table, there will be different places paid.

Homebet88 Poker offers a different number of places at tables. The lowest number of people in a game is 6, but Homebet88 has tournaments for as many as 180 different people. These large tournaments are very fun, but can take anywhere from 2 hours to 6 hours, so make sure you have enough time to complete a large tournament before you join one.

I recommend Homebet88 Poker to any responsible person who is looking for a little fun when they can’t make it to the real casino. Once again, please be careful not to become a compulsive gambler.


Becoming a Poker Pro Player

Becoming a Poker Pro Player

Since the poker craze started many of us have fantasized or thought about how cool it would be to become a Poker Pro. Being realistic to yourself is the first step to eventual success; and even if you don’t become the next Johnny Chan or Chris Moneymaker you can still become a good poker player with a rewarding experience and some extra cash in your pocket.
Since the majority of ‘semi-pros’ make their poker livings online, that’s the area I’ll focus on for this article. I personally think if your making even a partial income through online poker you are in fact a ‘pro’ in many aspects. My experience with online poker was a wild ride and still continues to be. I only play No-Limit Texas Hold Em and to quote the movie Rounders- “In No Limit not only can you watch a man lose all his chips in a single hand, but his mind along with it”.

I got my start playing a few small cash games at college with friends, losing to my one friend quite often. Sometimes by playing in this site Off and on I dabbled in online poker to brush up on my skills and have some fun. I’ve also played in small tournaments, my largest in person one being with over 150 people. One day I decided to take the financial plunge and play for cash online. Within a few hours my initial bankroll quadrupled; I felt I was playing excellent poker with some added luck of course. I of course hit a bad beat and my bankroll dwindled; within a week I lost not only my initial bankroll but more then I would’ve liked to from my financial portfolio.

So here’s a few tips from my real world experience and I think advice others would support as well especially relevant in online poker.

– Most poker sites will let you set a deposit limit; Full Tilt where I play was nice enough to set the minimum limit after my string of bad beats which protects me from letting my emotions get the best of me.

– Make sure your bankroll is enough to pad your playing for a while. Always do the max buy in at a table (advice I didn’t heed early on) so you can survive the blinds and the swings inevitable in this game. Don’t feel weird taking 20 bucks into an online table that is 5cent/10cent blinds; pots can easily reach a nice chunk of money since it is no limit.

– Never be blinded by your own hand. The movie Rounders makes this point clear; Mike was so focused on his full house that he had Teddy KGB on a Flush; he lost 30k because Teddy had a higher full house. It may only be a movie, but its easy to be blinded by your hand and assume that you have it won. You need confidence in your hand so you play like its the best, but always consider a higher hand could be there and your opponents betting may give you some hints.

– Raise if you’re late action; early action betting risks you losing your bet because 2 seats down someone could be holding the hole cards. Especially risky pre-flop.

– Make notes; Full Tilt allows you to make tabbed notes on each player; sometimes this can mean the difference between taking down a pot and losing all your money.

– Play sober and alert. This is an obvious one; I lost my initial buy in and let my emotions charge me up to buy back in. For some people this becomes a battle to regain lost money which means you’ll be chasing far off straight draws; going all in with the lower pocket pair, and ignoring the signs of a higher hand at the table. Set a limit or walk away after a bad beat for a few days.

You might be asking why after a string of bad beats and lost money I’d be back on the game? To be honest I enjoy online poker and I enjoy Texas Hold Em; I enjoy playing it and watching it. I became re-inspired by pro Chris Fergason (Who actually plays freerolls with regulars on Full Tilt).

Chris told on a challenge; turn 1 dollar on Full Tilt Poker into 30 thousand dollars in 3 months time. Now this is a millionaire, WSOP winner playing with 1 dollar to start. This means he played at the lowest limit possible, I believe 2 cent/4 cent blinds. Hes used to betting hundreds and thousands on a single hand and here he is playing at a table where if the pot reached 5 bucks it was big. Through patience, bankroll management, and excellent playing he turned 1 dollar into 30 thousand in 3 months.

His next challenge he has decided will be to turn ZERO dollars into 25 thousand in 3 months. He will do this by winning a free roll and moving from there.

I have begun playing online again, I play free rolls when I have the time. Places 1st-27th get paid with prizes ranging from 15 dollars to 2 dollars which if managed properly can grow over time. Also I am in the USA so it is getting harder for me to deposit money into the game, my goal is to place in at least one free roll and begin a drive to grow my bankroll. I believe it will increase my skills and my patience.

So go and play some cards, and don’t forget to have fun!

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. 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 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.

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.