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!