Like every year, when the WSOP events are fast approaching, little else occupies the minds of avid poker fans. Which poker pros will assert their dominance at the poker tables yet again? Will new talents be uncovered? Who will win the Main Event? And will the WSOP events affect the way we use poker bonuses?
COVID-19 has taught us one thing: nothing is guaranteed. Since the moment the WSOP organizers announced they plan to host some of the events live, the rules and COVID restrictions have changed multiple times – confusing poker players all across the country.
The WSOP is one of the anticipated poker events of the year. Every player dreams of winning a bracelet and joining the ranks of legendary pros who have achieved this status beforehand.
The poker community had to deal with some sad news recently: Matt Marafioti, a Canadian poker pro, was found dead at the age of 33. And although Marafioti hasn't played in high-scale games and tournaments in a while, he is still a rather well-known figure in the industry.
In the past year and a half, online poker has become popular due to the fact it often was the safest – and sometimes an only – available option. But now that land-based casinos have re-opened, an important question arose: is online poker still a relevant thing?
The summer is nearly over, but the heat is not letting off – on and off the screen. As major tournaments are scheduled to begin in the upcoming months, including some WSOP events, poker fans are getting excited.
And since live games might be cancelled and take place online instead, the online poker industry is experiencing another surge of popularity. To make your online betting experience as enjoyable as possible, online poker rooms do their best to provide you with a spectacular adventure with the help of poker promos.
Lucrative bonuses and promotions can easily boost any win – whether you have a low pair or a straight flush on your hands – as long as you use them correctly.
But since this is not just any regular year, and gambling patterns are changing, you should learn how to maximize your wins in our Intertops poker guide!
How to Have the Best Poker Experience in 2021
In the past year, we've all learned a lot about flexibility and caution, which have affected the way many of us play poker online. Since the pandemic hasn't disappeared from our lives just yet, you need to learn how to deal with the situation and enjoy your poker session to the best of your ability.
- Follow the news – Covid-related guidelines and restrictions often change briskly and unexpectedly. So, there is no knowing whether land-based poker rooms will be open for long or not, which makes online casinos a more reliable gambling option. And when live venues close their doors, online poker casinos try to pick up the slack with better games and offers. If you follow the news and know what's going on in the world, you will be able to predict when's the best time to have a poker session.
- Keep track of changing promotions and poker events – Every day, week, and month, casinos offer different poker promos. In addition to that, there are always time-limited events and tournaments you can join. To make the most of each promotion and event casinos like Intertops host, make sure you know exactly when all offers are available. Visit the promotions' page and read your newsletter, and always remain on the lookout for new ways to make your experience more enjoyable.
- Stick to what you know – When you're playing poker online, it is very hard not to get distracted by all the available options. There are always different poker variations and playing styles you can try, but it is important you play games you're familiar with. Going for games you have less experience with can lead to unpredictable results, as you can lose more cash than you intend to.
- Don't go over budget – When playing poker at land-based venues, you arrive at the venue with a certain amount of cash you're willing to spend. When you do that, you can control how much you spend on gambling, thus reducing the risk of going over budget. But when you play online, you can easily lose track of how much money you've spent, as the money you're betting with isn't tangible. So, to make sure you have no regrets as you place bets, pay close attention to how much money you spend!
Since Covid-19 entered our lives, online poker has became more popular than ever. As reported by Statista, in 2019, the industry has brought in a revenue of 272 million euros, but once the pandemic hit us – it practically doubled, reaching an all-time high of 446 million euros.
And since online poker is such a big deal nowadays, you get to enjoy the game in unpredictable ways – as long as you adjust to the changing gambling patterns. Are you ready to make the most of your online gambling experience?
In the past 18 months, land-based poker rooms have either been closed or had to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions and social-distancing rules. That's why the industry had to adjust and offer alternative gambling options.
We thought the worst was behind us when it comes to Covid and that we can go back to pre-pandemic routines. But can we? In recent weeks, there has been a rise in Covid-19 cases all around the world, and US casinos are probably be affected by it sooner rather than later.
As nowadays, online poker is more popular than ever before, the number of available gambling venues rises every year. And while the selection of online casinos is impressive, it can present poker players with a unique problem: which casino should I join? What is the best online poker venue I can find?
And the Mike Postle saga continues. After making headlines for almost two years, the notorious poker player is rocking the poker world yet again. But this time around, it seems as if the Postle case might come to a close once and for all.
Poker-related fraud cases make the news every once in a while, but they tend to be smaller-scale crimes. This time around, however, a man from New Jersey committed fraud of epic proportions. News reports state that the police have arrested a man who stole 1,800 identities to play poker online and place bets online without limitations. But that's not all!
Every poker pro knows that the game teaches you invaluable life lessons. Apart from teaching you a lot about math, mobile poker also has a lot of influence on the player's character. Poker can teach you a lot about confidence, dealing with intimidating opponents, and making decisions in stressful situations.
Recently, a new trend has emerged. Every few months, the poker community wakes up to find out that another US state is planning on regulating online poker. And this time, it is Connecticut's turn to join the excitement!
Every mobile poker player knows that gambling can turn into addiction if not treated carefully. And even though problem gambling has been discussed at length over the years, and it seemed as if there is nothing more to say about the subject, the issue has resurfaced as a result of Covid-19.
At the beginning of 2020, the unthinkable happened: countries closed their borders to non-essential travel to try and regain control over Covid-19 spreading rates. And now, more than a year later, many countries still keep their borders closed, as the world is still dealing with the raging pandemic.
COVID-19 has been a part of our lives for about 18 months now, becoming an inseparable part of our lives. And while many countries still battle with the virus, others show promising signs of getting life back to normal.
In the past year, Daniel Negreanu has made headlines multiple times, as he was involved in numerous feuds and intense poker battles.
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In recent years, women have become a major part of the poker community around the globe. But even though they are generally accepted at the poker tables, they still face massive difficulties on occasion.
After a long waiting period, many countries around the world began to roll out vaccines. The uncertainty and chaos that accompanied us throughout this year are now replaced with a sense of hope – especially when it comes to gambling.
Michigan joined the online poker frenzy fairly recently, and in no time at all – it managed to attract the attention of the masses. In the span of one month, Michigan has generated more online poker revenues than many other US states – which many consider that occurrence a straight flush win.
COVID-19 restrictions in many states across the US begin to ease, and it finally seems as of almost a year-long routine is about to change. Slowly but surely, entertainment venues all across the country begin to open their doors – although not as freely as we might have wanted.
Poker cards have looked the same for quite some time, and most people didn't question their design or meaning. For many decades, the higher-valued cards were represented by members of the royal family – kings, queens, and princes.
Sheldon Adelson, an American businessman - and billionaire - died on January 11, 2021. At the age of 87, he lost his battle with cancer, after almost two years of treatments. And while Adelson owned many businesses, he will be mostly remembered for his involvement in the gambling industry.
While Intertops Poker has always accepted players from Michigan this article is about a change in the Michigan law regarding online poker rooms operating from within Michigan.
On December 30, right before the glorious New Year's celebrations, another poker pro was inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame. Huck Seed became the 59th member of this exclusive club, earning him a spot in the pages of poker history for good.
Before we became preoccupied with the latest Negreanu and Polk grudge match, there were other poker rivalries to keep us entertained. For months, we followed the Galfond Challenge and its outcomes, but since COVID-19 began spreading, we heard very little about it.
Writing new resolutions for the upcoming year is a great tradition many people around the world cherish. By putting all your greatest wishes into words, you make your dreams more tangible and more achievable.
Since 1979, the best poker players get the chance to compete for a spot in the Poker Hall of Fame every year. In the past, the nomination process was fairly easy, and multiple players could get inducted simultaneously.
Good news: multiple companies are ready to release COVID-19 vaccines, raising hope in the hearts of millions of people around the globe. At the same time, restrictions are lifting. Therefore, some aspects of life are getting back to the new normal, and that includes the gambling industry.
On November 4th, the most anticipated poker grudge match of the year began. Daniel Negreanu and Doug Polk started the intense battle with Negreanu in the lead, but things have changed a lot since the first game.
In the past nine months, life as we knew it changed dramatically. At first, adjusting to the new pandemic restrictions was tough on everyone – especially poker players all around the globe.
Who doesn't love watching two poker legends compete in a battle of wit? Especially eternal rivals like Negreanu and Polk, who never tried to disguise their contempt for one another? Apart from learning new moves, which you can use on your next poker download session, these kinds of battles are simply too exhilarating to ignore!
It's official: America now has a new president, and the turbulent year can finally come to a somewhat peaceful close. But even though the elections are over and done with, we won't soon forget the heated debates surrounding both Biden and Trump – especially the ones concerning those who play poker online.
The human brain is a fascinating thing. When the time comes to assess whether we are good at a particular skill or not, most people will go down one of two roads: either we will underestimate our abilities, or overestimate them.
Previously, we reported that Michigan was expected to legalize online poker during 2021. Now we have an update....
It is now official: the most anticipated grudge match in recent years will start on November 4th. Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu have been feuding for years, ever since Negreanu called Polk out for offending other poker players more than 4 years ago.
For many months, we've been following the Galfond challenge and the surprising outcomes of the matches. But in April of this year, Galfond took a break from the game, and the matches only got renewed in late September.
Mike Postle, best known for his role in the notorious cheating scandal that took place last year, hasn't had the last word. The poker player, who was sued for supposedly cheating on multiple occasions, now filed a counter-sue against his former accusers.
The scandalous cheating case, involving Mike Postle and the Stones Gambling Hall, has been occupying poker players for almost a year now. And after months of waiting, the matter is finally coming to an end.
Throughout history, poker was a game played by men from all walks of life. Rich and poor, working-class or upper class – male players got to enjoy the card game regularly. But women, and certain age groups, were often excluded from playing poker due to social limitations.
It has been known for quite some time that Michigan is planning to legalize online poker in upcoming months. A new report shows how soon locals will be able to enjoy poker no deposit bonuses and under what conditions.
2020 is halfway over, and it is pretty clear that this year has been good for the online casino world. Unsurprisingly, new players joined casinos in droves, having fun with the best poker bonuses and online tournaments every day.
Evolution Gaming, one of the leading software providers that offer live online poker games, has made an exciting announcement in June 2020. Shocking the gambling community, the company made a move to acquire another popular online casino games provider – NetEnt.
Daniel Negreanu, a renowned poker pro, recently announced that he set his heart on winning a WSOP bracelet this year. The World Series of Poker is one of the most coveted poker tournaments in the world, and it usually takes place at a land-based venue. This year, however, chances are the competition will have to take place online. Therefore, the WSOP winner will also get the title of the best online poker player of 2020.
Winter is often the best season for online gambling, as more people play poker online when it’s cold outside. And this year is no different! First-quarter reports are coming in from Europe, and they all say the same: online poker is more popular than ever.
In recent weeks, the web has been filled with rumours about a new poker scandal. Bill Perkins, the high stakes poker player from Texas, left mysterious hints about a cheating incident. However, he chose not to tell the public much. According to his tweets, it supposedly happened on a poker download app or online platform.
Poker is a universal game, enjoyed by people from all walks of life. That includes businessmen and women, blue-collar workers, actors, and even famous athletes.
The past couple of years have been tumultuous for the gambling world, as various scandals rattled the industry. They have affected the way players react to new tournaments, poker promotions, and even friendly games. But are those scandals all behind us? Or is there another storm brewing?
Since COVID-19 turned into a global issue, we’ve had to adjust to a new routine and way of life. And while we had to learn how to work from home and how to communicate via apps and social media, we also had to seek new sources of entertainment.
Once upon a time, people recognized Phil Galfond for his great achievements in the poker field. But nowadays, the poker savant is mostly associated with the online poker challenge he initiated.
In the past few months, our lives have taken an unexpected turn. And while some are struggling to adapt to all the drastic changes, a few unexpected perks managed to delight online poker players.
Cyber-attacks halted the operations of gambling apps and poker online venues on two separate occasions in recent months. That is not the first time in history hackers have tried to obtain personal information through gambling venues, but the proximity of those attacks is worrisome.
Unusual circumstances often lead to some unpredictable outcomes and responses, as was proven by a few poker pros in recent weeks. The COVID-19 virus has managed to send the world into a spin, and people have to adjust to new situations quicker than ever.
From the moment the Coronavirus, also known as the COVID-19 virus, began to spread outside of China, it was clear the gambling industry will undergo some massive changes.
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Have you ever heard about celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay? You probably have. Apart from owning multiple successful restaurants, he also appears in popular reality cooking shows like Hell’s Kitchens, Kitchen Nightmares, Master Chef, and more.
Al Alvarez, acclaimed author of The Biggest Game in Town, has died of pneumonia the age of 90. The Biggest Game in Town, about the 1981 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas, is considered by many to be the best book ever written about the game of poker.
Robert Campbell of Melbourne, Australia, has been crowned the World Series of Poker Player of the Year for 2019. The Player of the Year award capped an extraordinary year for Campbell that included two World Series of Poker gold bracelets.
The entire world has been preoccupied with the Coronavirus in recent weeks, as everyone wants to know how it is going to affect the world as we know it.
Australia has been dealing with catastrophic bushfires for more than two months now, which led to some disastrous consequences, the dimensions of which are hard to grasp. Lives were lost, properties were damaged, and wildlife has suffered greatly.
Earlier this year Phil Galfond, the founder of “Run It Once Poker”, challenged his fellow poker pros to a series of challenges for all the world to witness. Six online poker players accepted the challenge, agreeing to face off against Galfond, and the entire poker online community held their breath while waiting for the first event to start.
The legal status of online gambling in India was brought into question yet again. In November, India's high court approached the government with a demand: decide on the legal status of online poker once and for all.
The legality of online poker across the US has been in discussion for a while, as various states began fighting the restrictions preventing gamblers from enjoying the game.
The Global Poker Index, aka GPI, keeps track of all poker pros in the world and their ranking. Apart from the general list where men and women are judged equally, GPI also dedicated a separate list solely to women poker pros.
New reports are coming in regarding a Danish player who was prosecuted for cheating at online poker venues for six years, each incident is quite scandalous.
Merely a few months ago, Facebook revealed they developed an AI called Pluribus, which can outsmart even pro poker players. At first, the AI was met with a shocked and subdued response, as people were impressed with the progressive tech, but the implications of such a change remained unclear.
Millennials, AKA generation Y, are becoming the more dominant generation all around the globe. Generally speaking, people born anywhere from the mid-‘90s to early 2000s are considered as part of this generation.
In the spirit of transparency, the Division of Gaming Enforcement in New Jersey releases monthly revenue reports. The latest report, summarizing October’s revenues, shows some interesting changes in gambling trends.
For months and months, we’ve been waiting for online gambling to reach the state of Pennsylvania. Finally, on June 15th, the dream became a reality.
Every year, countries release quarterly reports depicting trends and changes in the gambling industry. Those reports give us an insight into what kind of changes you can expect to see in your casino of choice.
All poker players go through a natural process the more they play, evolving with each game. It takes a long while for players to learn the game’s rules and develop enough confidence in their skills before they start winning.
It is no secret that women used to, and they still do, earn less money than their male counterparts – no matter what field of work comes to mind. From actors to businesswomen, most women had to deal with gender discrimination in their work environment.
The gambling industry in the Philippines was always a prominent source of income for the locals, but things might change for the worse in the future.
Poker is one of those casino games that require lots of practice for you to master it and become a pro. On top of finding the right gambling venue that has the best poker tables and practising for hours on end, you need to learn a bit more about the game itself.
Artificial Intelligence (also known as AI) has been a part of our culture in decades, but for the most part, it was a fantasy. A theme for a great movie, or a distant dream that we only heard about in passing.
American President Donald Trump recently gave an exclusive interview to reporters from Time Magazine. The cover of that issue, with President Trump in the Oval Office, went viral on the internet. It read, “My Entire Life is a Bet”. That heading and the enormous response it got from supporters and detractors both, prompted us to ask what we as online poker players could learn from Mr. Trump.
Poker has become the game of the century. A poker player can be out of shape, too old to play physical sports, or simply not inclined to sports as such. Poker is an amazingly challenging game that has gained exponentially more players in the 21st century than it ever had before.
The language of poker is so rich that we use many poker or other gambling terms in everyday speech. At Intertops Poker, we are as interested in the language of poker as we are in the minutiae of how to play poker. This is the second article that explains how different poker terms have entered the English language.
In most countries, little boys, and increasingly many little girls, dream about becoming star athletes. American kids fantasize about hitting a home run in the World Series or leading their team to a Super Bowl win. For the massively overwhelming majority, it’s best to work towards getting and holding a good “day job”.
A new study called Hedge Fund Hold’em by Yan Lu, Sandra Mortal, and Sagata Ray was reported on in Bloomberg. The study came to the conclusion that playing poker helped hedge fund managers succeed. The study explored both online poker and land based poker.
The mathematics of poker have to do with such formerly arcane ideas as expected value. However, there are some old-fashioned ideas about poker that many players these days either ignore altogether or give less importance than they give to mathematical minutiae.
Donald Trump never held an elective office until he was elected President of the United States. In many ways, he has shown characteristics like those of the best poker players. It could be that Donald Trump is a “poker great” turned politician. He is certainly unlike any American politician in living memory.
There is an internal contradiction in modern-day poker that points to both the difficulty of becoming great and the myriad opportunities to learn from your and other players’ mistakes. The contradiction is that there are so many poker players that a vast number are amateurs while so many players means that even among the amateurs many of them will be top-notch players!
The fiftieth annual World Series of Poker opened on 28 May in Las Vegas. Every year more and more online poker players qualify for or enter the WSOP. Their presence is a far cry from 2003 when Chris Moneymaker became the first WSOP finals winner after qualifying at an online poker tournament.
Many poker players, especially new ones, flinch at the mere juxtaposition of the words poker and math. The problem is that these players use hunches when they should consider the “odds”. So, we decided to try to simplify poker math for you.
Poker is a game in which we have to make reasoned decisions without complete information. Many of the decisions we make in our everyday lives also involve insufficient information but we have to make these decisions anyway. What can we learn from poker and what can poker players learn from decision-making in general?
Poker is only about 150 years old but in that short time, it has developed a language of its own! Poker online and poker on land have their own jargon. There are also many terms that overlap online poker and land-based poker. In this article, we’ll go over some useful poker terms that confuse many new players.
There are innumerable sites and books that try to teach us how to avoid tilt and how to get out of tilt when it occurs. There are a lot fewer articles about how to take advantage of a player on tilt. Clearly, it is very good to avoid tilt as much as possible but it is also fair to use an opponent’s tilt to your advantage.
Poker is a game of feelings and intuition. Especially when we play online poker, where we can’t see our opponents, we have to observe them in different ways. These ways are mostly feelings and intuition. Even in land-based casino poker, when we feel that an opponent has shown us a tell, we feel that way through intuition.
Online poker is growing by leaps and bounds because it affords players the chance to play several games against many different types of opponents from all over the world. At any given moment there are thousands of players at online poker rooms such as Intertops Poker. You could never have a pool of players that large at a land-based poker room.
A computer program with a massive data base and the ability to improve itself in real time went head-to-head against four poker pros and won. This happened over one year ago. Now the news is that Libratus has joined the United States military. Is this good news?
Every great poker player has a characteristic that sets him apart. Let’s look at some of these traits of world-famous poker players. We know these players from YouTube clips but online poker players can learn a great deal from them and improve their game.
We talk often about the complexity of poker. It is extremely educational to compare some of the skills great poker players have and similar skills great politicians or political negotiators have. It is also a fascinating side of modern poker that some skills that are needed at a live poker table are very different when you play poker online.
Poker players have to learn how to deal with the emotional highs and lows of the game. Online poker clips don’t often show players dealing with their emotions. Thus how we handle our emotions is one of the hidden aspects of poker.
Of all the games that we can play on a computer or mobile device, poker is unique. It requires sound deductive judgment based on many factors plus sound inductive reasoning based on historical examples. Poker can raise us up, train us for success in our chosen professions, and give us heightened levels of self-confidence.
Poker is a game in which the fear of loss is always at or just beneath the surface. Since we can’t eliminate fear, we need to learn to use it to our best advantage. This can result in causing an opponent to fold a winning hand or can simply allow us to shrug off a bad beat.
Until just recently, which we would date at about the time chubby Chris Moneymaker won the WSOP tournament in 2003, poker still had the image of a saloon game which as often as not was settled with a six-shooter and not just the cards on the table. The image had long outlasted the reality. Suddenly, the image changed.
People are motivated to give to good causes. Billions of dollars are donated every year to a vast list of charitable organizations and individuals in need. Poker is fast becoming a vehicle through which large sums of money are raised.
The United States has been a sleeping online poker giant for over a decade as the law that nearly destroyed the online gaming market is under renewed pressure from the states. Many states are looking to legalize and regulate online gaming and poker.
Every Hand Has Its Own Hidden Secrets
One of the aspects of the poker boom brought on by Chris Moneymaker’s win in 2003 is the great popularity of online video clips from tournaments around the world. The hands presented there are extremely informative and well worth the time you might spend studying them.
Poker Online Can Be a Boon to States
In May 2018, the United States Supreme Court threw out a law from 1992 that had made sports betting illegal in 46 of the 50 states. Since then, many advocates of legal online poker and gaming have renewed efforts to achieve that goal. Still, the opposition remains strong as well.
Poker will enter a new "Golden Era" as online poker becomes legal in many places where it has not been legal. The United States will lead the way. The fifty states and their 330 million citizens await new laws that will make online poker legal.
We all relate to winners. When casino gamers look at the news, we often see a lot about poker - news about tournaments and news about the political side of gambling in general. We would like to see more about talented poker players just starting to become well-known.
If the bright lights of Vegas and this summer’s annual WSOP are a step too far for the average player, finding an alternative for your poker adventure might seem to be rather difficult – but there are a host of tournaments out there vying for your attention – and scanning the calendar, the European Poker Championships in Velden looks to be one of the best on offer.
To celebrate the official start of summer in America, Intertops Poker is giving players a chance to pick up an extra $50 in their Memorial Weekend Casino Quest. Players that hit a set of Blackjack and Video Poker hands collect an instant $50 bonus.
Four players represent Intertops Poker at the PPC Aruba main event: Tim O'Keefe, John Curcuru, Ashley Hine and Joan Sandoval.
John, Ashley and Joan made their way to Aruba just by playing our $10 satellites and are now enjoying this amazing tropical island and the incredible live poker action!