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On The Buses: Traveling Togel World Cup 2010

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As usual I ignored all the hype and planned to do my own thing for this World Cup. Having befriended a South African in Ghana during CAN 2008, I was offered accommodation in Cape Town. I decided to take up this offer and spend my first week there.

 

Arriving in Cape Town on the first Sunday of the Togel tournament I immediately set about finding the ticketing centre based in the airport, as no tickets were sent out of the country, all tickets were to be collected in South Africa by providing the card used for payment and the applicants passport.

 

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The centre was quickly located and my request just to have my tickets for Cape Town released was granted. This meant that I did not have to carry my other tickets around with me. I was delighted to be able to report that this is the most efficient ticketing process discovered on my travels.

 

Having done my homework on my hosts whereabouts I found that there was a restaurant at the foot of the block of flats – Arnold’s. A useful reference point for finding the accommodation.

 

Unfortunately the weather in Cape Town for the first few days did not live up to its surroundings, as the days were overcast and wet, whilst the nights were cold especially at home where central heating appeared unheard of.

 

Ocean to the right.

 

The weather did improve towards the end of the week and this enabled me to see the beauty of the area. Numerous golden beaches adorn the peninsula and a trip to Chapman’s Peak brought back memories of the Amalfi coast, (to help you, think of the minis in the Italian Job driving along the costal roads, with rocks falling!!!!)

 

The first match I saw was Italy v Paraguay, outside the stadium news broke that the security guards had gone on strike, but the police handled affairs with no apparent problems. It seemed a very European crowd, until of course the vuvuzelas got going.

 

I am sorry but anyone who thinks that this adds something to the game needs their head examining. The game itself was cagey with Italy managing to scrape a draw. Remembering the scenes at the Fan Fests in Germany I decided to try the South African version. Whilst the backdrop with the town hall and Table Mountain looked good, unfortunately the weather proved to be the deciding factor. In Germany the weather had been glorious here it was still wet and miserable. Fan Fests in winter don’t work as well as they do in summer.

 

On The Buses: Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

My next game was England v Algeria, the highlight of this was strolling down the Fan Mile to the stadium, pedestrianised with plenty of bars and eateries and being made to realise how good this was compared to what I have to come, by friends who had already visited a number of stadiums. By this time the weather had turned and it felt like a warm summer’s evening back home in the UK, so of I went to freezing Johannesburg the next day.

 

I had read all about the Gautrain, the new rail link which connected the airport with Sandton a popular area for tourists, in fifteen minutes. So upon arrival at the airport I headed off to find the local transport intent (as ever) on making my own way to my accommodation. Eventually I located the local mini buses, in order to get into town I would need to change at Kempton Park. Then I would be dropped off near the train station. From there I could catch a train to Soweto.

 

On The Buses: Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

I remember the advice given to me by South African friends in Cape Town, and realised that within three hours of arriving in Johannesburg I had done most of the things that they told me not to. But I had made it, finally by hijacking a minibus near Orlando station, to tour the area in order to find my accommodation.

 

The B & B was frequented by a number of Mexicans, all of whom had hired cars. They warned me that it was not easy to get around with out them. Undeterred I set out on the afternoon of the Brazil v Ivory Coast match to make my way to Soccer City.

 

I was aware of a new bus service provided by Rea Vaya that had started a few weeks ago and was I believed set up to provide transport to and from the games in Johannesburg. Despite the fact that no locals appeared to know about this I made it to the stadium by bus with just a fifteen minute ride. The instructions for getting back were simple get the bus from wherever you were dropped off. So after the game I did exactly that only to be told that this was not the case. (This is Africa.) A trek around the perimeter and I found the bus back home.

 

On The Buses: Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

 

I had found details of a bus company that were taking fans to games outside of Johannesburg, so I decided to use their services to get to Rustenburg for the Mexico v Uruguay game. Whilst Rustenburg is a mere 121 km away from Johannesburg and therefore what I would class as a two hour journey, the truth was from from this. The town of Rustenburg is reached by a single lane road which meant a horrendous build up of traffic approaching the town.

 

However just when you reach Rustenburg you realise there is no stadium in sight and the situation persists for another 30 minutes until you reach the Park and Ride the other side of town. On the bus one passenger decided he had had enough as we slowly crawled towards the Park & Ride entrance and he decided to get off for a toilet break. One minute later we reached the entrance and as the cars turned off we sped down a deserted dual carriageway.

 

Traveling World Cup 2010

 

His son was still on board and gave his dad directions. I directed his dad back to the Park and Ride to get a lift. A good job as the stadium seemed to be a further 10 miles out of town. As ever the Mexican supporters provided good entertainment on a day when both teams were virtually assured of their place in the next round.

 

Returning back to Johannesburg around 11, the next dilemma was, how to get back to Soweto. I heard someone nearby say that he was going back to Soweto so suggested we go together. He agreed and then asked how brave I was as we got off the coach at Johannesburg Park Station! Fifteen minutes later and we were in a minibus in Carlton Square where a certain Dr Mutalezi drove us back to Soweto going through every red light as though he was coiour blind!

 

Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

On Thursday I had a choice to make. Do I stay in town and go to Ellis Park to see Slovakia v Italy, or do I take another four coach ride to see Paraguay v New Zealand. Off course I took the coach.

 

Arriving at the pick up point fifteen minutes early I was not surprised to see no-one else there. Found that the set off time had been delayed by an hour and that we were to wait for people to be brought from Sandton. We eventually set off at 10.30 for the 4p.m. kick off in Polokwane. I noticed the driver seemed unsure of his directions and read the signs with him and realised we were not heading north as I expected.

 

He answered a phone call (whilst driving) and then explained that he was now heading to the airport to pick up some other passengers. This decision did not go down well with the current passengers as we sat stationary in queuing traffic. We then had the farce of picking up the passengers and driving round in circles trying to get out of the airport.

 

We finally made it out of the airport and headed towards our destination, only for the driver to answer his phone again and then slow down. His boss was bringing another passenger from the airport and we were to wait for him. The rest of the passengers told the driver, in no uncertain terms, that he should not stop.

 

On The Buses: Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

Seeing police at the side of the road he quickly parked up and walked towards the police for refuge. Whilst he did this the passengers argued between themselves about who should drive the minibus to its destination. A foolhardy thing to do when the driver was with the police just 50 metres away. Several members of our party decide to relieve themselves at the side of the motorway. One of our party approached the police to complain about the service we had received as he had an important football match to go to.

 

The policeman well aware of the unrest on the bus, threatened to arrest all of those urinating in public. This turned the tables, and silence ensued. At this moment I asked the policeman if you were allowed to answer your phone whilst driving, he replied that you were not. I was confident now that we would finally get going. We eventually arrived 30 minutes before kick off after I directed the driver to the correct parking spot.

 

On The Buses: Traveling World Cup 2010.

 

The game itself wasn’t great but the atmosphere was better than I had experienced elsewhere. There was a large number of South Africans present and to hear them sing their national anthem, instead of blowing on their vuvuzelas was a welcome relief.

 

My final few days and some better football games. Chile gave a good account of themselves against Spain at Loftus Versfeld, whilst on Saturday I returned to Rustenburg for the USA v Ghana match, the journey back home being completed by 4a.m. My final match was Argentina v Mexico, would you believe, this time, on my third visit to Soccer City I caught the bus back from where I was dropped off.

 

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TOP 10 ONLINE TOGEL CRICKET BETTING SITES

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Cricket was always thought to be one of the most difficult and complicated sports. As you may have guessed, this means that cricket is not always one of the easier sports to bet on and understand. Usually, you will only see three types of a cricket match, and the longest one lasts up to 5 days and is called a Test match. These are the more competitive games (international), with opposing teams battling out for the four innings. There will also be the shorter matches that the bettors can enjoy. They are called the One Day games, as well as the well-known expression Twenty20 format. People usually think that since these games are shorter the players would be calmer, but it is quite the opposite. The shorter versions of cricket games encourage a more aggressive style of play. Since each of the sides will be attempting to outscore their opponent, with a fixed period of ‘overs’. After you have decided to place a bet on cricket, you need to choose a bet to wager your money on and you must know all of the possible cricket game bets. If you are planning to wager your money online, then you should find your own site and have fun. Bellow you will be presented with a top 10 sites for placing a bet on a cricket game.

 

888 Sport: has been in this bookmaking Togel business since 1997. Because of a number of well-received advertisements campaigns, several betting promotions, and competitive pricing, 888 finally established its website. It uses a software that is provided 888’s in-house development team. Their platform is very user-friendly, so beginners should not have a problem navigating from one gamer to another.

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This is a very practical Cricket betting site, however, it does offer a lot of different sports to bet on. 888 Sports site loves to keep its customers loyal and happy with a lot of bonuses and promotions. Every customer will get a free matched bet on a first punt, and they can also expect to get some free bets every time there is a significant betting sports event.

 

Coral: this site has really built up a reputation as one of the best sports betting sites in the UK, since its organization was founded in 1926. The website uses the platform that is powered by Playtech sports betting, which ensures the consistency from all across its own range of gambling sites, making Gala its sister company.

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It is both desktop and mobile friendly, so this site can fit with anybody. Coral Sports is a leading site especially when it comes to in-live betting section, which gives another experience to its customers. It also has a lot of random promotions, and special offers; for example, free bets and generous 1st deposit scheme for the new users.

 

Winner: even if this site is relatively new since it was launched in 2009, it has really established itself as one of the best gambling sites on the market. Winner’s partner is the developer Playtech since they use its software, which provides its users with a degree of consistency and graphics, together with the usability between its casino and sportsbook.

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The platform is made so that both a PC and a Mac user can access it with no problem while taking its full advantages. It has one of the most user-friendly websites and is a leading site when talking about user’s security. There are also a lot of friendly promotions and bonuses.

 

Ladbrokes: this site is licensed by the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, in Gibraltar, and it uses the industry leader OpenBet and the Playtech’s Geneity Limited, to be able to give its sports betting platform.

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This is one of the easiest platforms to use, and it is very practical. Ladbrokes Mobile is also very heavily promoted all across the sportsbooks. They offer bets on over 30 different sports. The new users will get a free £10 when they deposit and bet with at least £10.

 

Bet365: this site is known throughout the bettors from all over the world, and is one of the leading and trusted bookmakers online. There are no flash marketing banners since this site is only focused on the promotions for a lot of betting opportunities.

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Since it is one of the top UK bookmakers, its popularity, and its loyal customer base is huge. There are all kinds of traditional betting options. When a player deposits a minimum of £10 or €10, then they will receive a 100% bonus that can go to a maximum of £200 or €200.

 

Paddy Power: this is the Ireland’s largest and most independent bookmaker. They are different from other bookmakers because of their humorous and often innovative and edgy content, with quirky betting makers. This site is powered by the OpenBet, which is an industry juggernaut of the online bookmaker software.

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Because of this software platform, the navigation of the site is simple and easy to understand. There are a lot of bonuses and promotions; for example, when you register the Paddy Power will offer you a £20 free bet. This is the only site where instead of £10, you will be offered a bonus of £20 when signing up.

 

NetBet: if you want a site that loves to please its customers, then this site is perfect for you. The iSoftBet (ISB) software powers this site, which is a relatively new addition to the online betting markets. It also has outstanding graphics, and selection of different plays options (instant, download, mobile).

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This is also one of the few sites that really has a potential when it comes to in-play betting options. There are few bonuses that you can get, for example, when you make an account for the first time. If you are not sure about something, you can always ask their live support.

 

William Hill: was originally founded in 1903, and is one of the famous powerhouses for the sports betting markets. This site is supported by some of the best softwares. It is powered by a well-known face called the OpenBet, together with the 2DB. The initial thought you might have when you see this site is that it is very traditional, which will give you an impression of being a serious betting site.

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Besides being one of the top Cricket betting sites, it also offers a lot of different sports that you can wager your money on. William Hill is not really known for a lot of promotions, but from time to time it likes to give friendly bonuses to its loyal users.

 

BetVictor: is one of those sites that really stands out from the crowd. They are fully regulated and licensed online sportsbook, and they have their headquarters based in Gibraltar. If you are looking for a number of different cricket betting options, then you should definitely bet on this site.

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Keep in mind, that this site does lack a bit of the in-play betting, but it does offer a lot of different promotions. If you have never placed a bet on this site, then this is a good time to sign up and get a free bonus. When you place a wager of £25 you will be able to place another bet of the same value free.

 

TitanBet: also known the new beast in the online sportsbook market. It is regulated and licensed in Barbados and Antigua and they have everything they need to be the one-stop shop for all of the online bettors.

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Its web design and layout are high quality designs and they offer a user-friendly interface, platform. There are a lot of decent promotions you can get, especially if you are a new gambler, however it does offer some weaker odds, There are a lot of other sports you can wager you money one, other than cricket, with a lot of different banking options.

 

Reading the rules of each of the sites is another good advice to follow. After deciding on the site that suits you the best, you should have fun placing a bet on a Cricket match, or any of the given sports.…

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Cate Hall Leads Female Togel Player of The Year Race

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With just one month left of the year, it is down to the wire in the GPI Player of the Year Ladies race. When we looked at the rankings in September, only four points separated Argentina’s Maria Constanza Lampropulos, who had 1,735 points at the time, and Cate Hall. Since then Hall has continued to go deep on several occasions, and she now leads the race with 2,227 points; nearly 500 points more than Lampropulos.

 

Winning the race seems more and more like a lock for Cate Hall. In October she secured herself valuable points finishing in 13th place of the IPT Main Event in Malta and in 11th place of the 8-handed High Roller at the same venue. In November Hall went on to take 5th place in the High Roller event at WPT Montreal, which equals 147 points that is not yet registered, and which brings Hall even more ahead of Lampropulos.

 

Even though Lampropulos has not collected any points in the last couple of months, she still sits in second place of the rankings. But maybe not for long. With 1,655 points Maria Ho has moved up in top three after a 6th place finish in a side event at IPT-EPT Malta and a 3rd place finish in the High Roller event at WPT Johannesburg. Loni Harwood has dropped one spot, and Esther Taylor-Brady climbed from 7th to 5th.

 

Anna Antimony is new in 6th place due to her impressive runner-up finish in a deep stack Togel event at Borgata Fall Poker Open, worth $123,146. Jamie Kerstetter (12th), Liv Boeree (15th), and Kathy Liebert (11th) are no longer in top 10. Bracelet winner Safiya Umerova (7th), WPT finalist Mina Greco (8th), newlywed Natasha Barbour Mercier (9th) and Kitty Kuo (10th) roundup top 10.

 

1 Cate Hall, 2,227 pts.

2 Maria Constanza Lampropulos, 1,735 pts.

3 Maria Ho, 1,655 pts.

4 Loni Harwood, 1,602 pts.

5 Esther Taylor-Brady, 1,474 pts.

6 Anna Antomony, 1,400 pts.

7 Safiya Umerova, 1,392 pts.

8 Mina Greco, 1,387 pts.

9 Natasha Barbour Mercier, 1,386 pts.

10 Kitty Kuo, 1,362 pts.

 

With EPT Prague running December 8-19 and the WPT Five Diamonds on Monday, we are likely to see some changes in the rankings, and I would not be surprised to see Liv Boeree re-entered top 10. But Female Player of the Year 2016! The title goes to Cate Hall.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF TOGEL BLUFFING

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There are some casino en ligne francais players ¾ it’s only a few of them to be sure ¾ who never bluff. Once you learn who they are, playing against them is easy. If they bet once all the cards are out, you can safely throw your hand away unless you believe that your hand is superior to theirs. If it is, you should raise.

 

Others are habitual bluffers. When they bet, you have to call as long as you are holding any reasonable hand. Although habitual bluffers will also make real hands every now and then, the fact that they bluff far too often makes your decision easy. By calling, you’ll win far more money in the long run than you would save by folding. Stay tuned. There’s much more to come about bluffing in the next three issues. In the meantime, look at how Bobby Baldwin bluffed Crandall Addington out of a big pot during the finals of the World Series of Poker.

 

Famous Bluffs: Baldwin versus Addington

 

During the 1978 World Series of Poker no-limit hold’em championship Bobby Baldwin, then a professional poker player and now President of the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, was matched up against San Antonio real estate investor Crandall Addington for all the marbles.

 

Addington was heavily favored at the time, having about $275,000 in chips to Baldwin’s $145,000. Baldwin bet before the flop and Addington called. The flop was Q¨4¨3§. Baldwin bet $30,000. What could he have? A flush draw or straight draw was a possibility. So was a pair of queens.

 

Crandall Addington called without a moment’s hesitation, a sure sign he also had a good hand. The A¨fell on the turn, making a straight and a flush distinct possibilities. Baldwin made a $95,000 bet, adding it to the $92,000 already in the pot, and leaving himself with only a few remaining chips if he lost the hand.

 

Addington went into deep thought. If Addington called and won, Baldwin would be nearly broke, and he would almost surely be the winner. If he called Baldwin’s bet and lost, the tables would be turned and Baldwin would then be favored to win the event. If he folded, he would still have a substantial chip lead on Baldwin and still be favored to grind him down as the tournament wore on.

 

Addington folded. As Baldwin gathered in the pot, he tossed his cards toward the center of the table. They were the 10©9©. Baldwin had run a naked bluff, winning a $92,000 pot with absolutely nothing ¾ not even a draw.

 

That turned the tide and Bobby Baldwin became the 1978 World Series of Poker champion ¾ although whether he won it or stole it right out from under Crandall Addington’s nose is subject to interpretation.

 

KEEP ‘EM GUESSING

 

What should you do about players who bluff some, but not all of the time? There’s no easy answer. Opponents who bluff some of the time are better poker players than those found at either end of the bluffing spectrum. Better players, of course, will be able to keep you guessing about whether or not they are bluffing. And when you’re forced to guess, you will be wrong some of the time. That’s just the way it is.

 

Of course, you might be able to pick up a tell and know when your opponent is bluffing, but that’s not too likely in most cases. The sad truth is that players who keep you Togel guessing are going to give you much more trouble than predictable opponents.

 

In most low-limit games, players bluff much too often. After all, when you are playing fixed limit poker all it can cost is one additional bet to see someone’s hand. And the pots are usually big enough relative to the size of a bet to make calling the right decision.

 

Here’s an example. Suppose the pot contains $90, and your opponent makes a $10 bet. That pot now contains $100, and the cost of your call is only $10. Even if you figure your opponent to be bluffing only one time in ten, you should call. By calling, you’d lose a $10 bet nine times, for a loss of $90. Although you’d win only once, that pot would be worth $100. After ten such occurrences, you’d show a net profit of $10. As a result, you could say that regardless of the outcome of any particular hand, each call was worth one dollar to you.

 

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Cheating at Togel Blackjack I: Casino cheating

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Quite often you’ll come across cheating in such games as Blackjack at most casinos. Cheating can be performed either by players or the dealer. The most negative side is that cheating may lead to huge losses from both sides.

 

Cheating is always illegal at any casino, whether online or traditional. Authorities do their best to control casinos and decrease the level of cheating. Sometimes they will have to close a certain casino or make them pay a heavy fine. If the dealer is caught red-handed, he could even end up being brought an action against. As a matter of the fact, respectful casinos do not allow cheating, since their reputation can be easily lowered.

 

Here are several ways a Togel casino can cheat you in:

 

Shoe Games: A casino removes ten-point cards like tens, Jacks and others from the deck thus giving you less chance to hit 21, while the dealer does not have any complications getting 21 and winning over the players. The thing is that in Blackjack your priority cards are face and ace cards. The casino wins back with the help of smaller domination cards.

 

Dealer’s action: Some casinos hire those dealers who have a knack for cheating. A dealer can easily remove the next card in the deck thus getting a chance to estimate the next move. He can also hand out a card that will likely spoil your combination.

 

Different types of online games

 

Where could you find more entertainment but on the Internet? Online casino games are developed for various players – both experienced and beginners. There are simple games that do not require certain gaming skills and are meant for time spending like during breaks.

 

Hundreds of software developers design new games every day. Some of the games are presented as freebies while others are bought by online casinos. That means a software company gets profit from advertising their games in online casinos.

 

There are several types of online games. There are educational games for children like strategy games or complicated puzzles for developing the children’s memory and attention. Another kind of online games is video games. With latest Internet technologies video games have become extremely popular since their graphics has become of high quality.

 

The third type of online games is casino games, locate d at online casino sites. More and more people admit that online gambling is more advantageous, than the offline one. One of the most attractive things in online casinos is an opportunity to stay at home and do the same actions to win. People enjoy playing their favorite games like Roulette, Poker, Blackjack, Slots and others. Some online casinos offer their clients to participate in freeroll online tournaments. A freeroll tournament is famous for its free entry.

 

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Platinum Play Mobile Casino

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Platinum Play Casino is a great online casino site that has been in operation for four years. With their extensive selection of games, they’ve realized that they should tap into the mobile casino market, and they’ve now introduced Platinum Play Mobile Casino. Platinum Play Mobile Casino offers it all for the mobile casino player, with great games, amazing promotions, easy banking methods and so much more. Get into the game today with your mobile phone and learn more about Platinum Play Mobile Casino.

 

Platinum Play Mobile Casino Offerings

First of all, in order to encourage players, Platinum Play Mobile Casino is offering a €400 signing bonus. Powered by Microgaming, they have oodles of great new mobile casino games for people to enjoy. They feature Tomb Raider, Thunderstruck, Major Millions, Scratch Card, Baccarat, BlackJack, Double Magic, Fruit Fiesta, Jacks or better, Keno, 3 card poker, Pub Fruity, Scratch n Score, Roulette and Treasure Nile. That’s a lot of mobile casino games to enjoy in one location!

 

Banking with Platinum Play Mobile Casino

When you play at the Platinum Play Mobile Casino you’ll enjoy easy banking methods for your games. You can use credit or debit cards or choose from 11 other purchase methods. These methods are all safe and protected, ensuring that you enjoy your mobile casino time and can have fun without worries. They also offer 24 hour a day support at Platinum Play Mobile Casino Togel  through phone service, email, live chat and call back. This means that you’ll never have to worry if you don’t understand something or if you have questions with the mobile casino games.

 

Other Tidbits about Platinum Play Mobile Casino

Platinum Play Mobile Casino is available in English, Spanish and German software and is licensed in Gibraltar and independently reviewed. They accept USD, Pounds and Euro at this time. Today, Platinum Play Mobile Casino is the greatest way to have fun with the convenience of your mobile phone. You can enjoy their vast array of games when you want to play them, anytime that you have your phone available and ready to go. You begin by filing out the page on Platinum Play Mobile and selecting which game you want to download. The game will then be sent directly to your phone through SMS. And then you’ll be ready to play and to enjoy everything that Platinum Play Mobile Casino has to offer!

 

Enjoy Platinum Play Mobile Casino, A Name You Can Trust

If you already play at Platinum Play Casino, then you know that Platinum Play Mobile Casino is a name that you can trust. They’ve built a great reputation as a company that values their customers and that wants to entertain and to help customers to have fun. Now, you can do that from your mobile phone with their mobile casino offerings. What could be better than using the tool you love the most – your phone – to play games that you’ve enjoyed online for years? Get in the game with Platinum Play Mobile Casino today!

 

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Building Better Poker Strategy – Poker Psychology and the Art of Deception

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If you have ever sat down at a poker table, one fact must have been abundantly clear – everyone at the table is trying to abscond with your money, and to do so they are trying to trick you. Poker is, as many would attest, a game of skill. In order to be a top earner, or even sufficient, you will have to adapt to the psychology behind the game of poker. Simply knowing which hands win, which hands lose, and how the game flows is simply not enough. You will need to know when and how to psych out your opponents – as well as avoiding them doing the same to you.

 

For all intents and purposes, we will focus primarily on Texas Hold ‘em. As one of the most commonly played types of poker, and indeed the most televised, Texas Hold ‘em is the game that many poker fans have turned to. Since Hold ‘em is broken down into four rounds of betting, you will have sufficient opportunities to be the puppet master over your opponents, or have the tides turned against you.

 

Assuming you already understand the basics, let us begin with the pre-flop betting round. Folding weak hands is almost always advisable, depending on your play style. A well rounded, adaptable play style is suggested, though when you first sit at a table it is best to establish one type of play togel and stick to it religiously. This will allow you to ultimately throw your opponents off guard when you play in a wildly different manner. If you convince your opposition that you only play the best and the brightest hands, they may be more willing to fold under your pressure – even if you have nothing.

 

In order to sufficiently set a stage, you will have to play the part. If you are a bad liar, you may want to reconsider anything found here in. Bluffing is essential, but only when the time is right. Many top players will say that tight aggressive is the best way to play, and after some experience with this style, you may agree. By playing tight aggressive, you will not be in on many hands, but those in which you are active, you will be playing hard and fast. Pre-flop raises, continuation bets, and similar tactics are common with the tight aggressive player.

 

This strategy works well against most play types, and can even crush the infamous poker bully if played properly. Once you have established yourself as this sort of player, you can then turn the tides and abuse the psyche of your opposition. If you can thoroughly convince your opposition, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that you are set in your ways, you can abuse their trust and begin to take down more pots. You will not want to bluff on every hand, as they will soon learn that you are being fake, thus making your sound strategy turn trite.

 

Knowing When to Hold and When to Fold

 

If you do begin to use a bluffing strategy, you will have to remember that not every hand can be a winner. If you are trying to bluff, the amount you bet can make or break your return on investment. You will need to spend some chips in order to successfully put off your opponent, but always be wary of the check raise, or indeed any raise. If you are trying to bluff, three to five times the blinds would be a wise bet. If your opponent calls, you may want to fold – especially if you carry no weight, before or after the flop. Knowing when you are beaten is essential, so keep in mind that folding is not always a bad thing. Conversely, you will usually let your opponent know that you were bluffing if you fail to meet their raise. Maintaining an air of carefree arrogance can help, but you will not want to throw away your fortune simply because your pride or fear got the better of you – especially if they are counter bluffing.

 

Avoiding A Bluff

 

Since you want to be the puppet master and not the puppet, you will have to learn your opponents. Sitting at the table is simply not enough to learn about the enemy. You must watch your opponent’s every move, learning their habits and their flaws. If you can pick up on their distinguishing features, you should be able to avoid the lies they wish to tell at the tables. Over raising and shoving all in are two signs that they either have nothing or a powerful hand, and it can easily be determined which. A high raise from under the gun is typically a solid hand, though the big blind raising after everyone has limped into the pot is a sure sign of a stolen pot. An all in shove with no possibility of a straight or better on the table is also a good sign of a bluff, but as is the converse. If a flush or straight draw is showing, provided it is a middle straight, then there is a good chance your enemy is bluffing.

 

Misreads To Avoid

 

If you think your opponent is working his or her way into your psych, you will have to tread lightly. As a rule of thumb, always calculate the possibilities in the community cards. If the board is showing a flush, you may want to fold that set or two pair you are holding. Pocket aces may be a solid starting hand, but they can be cracked. Your worst enemy? The check raise. Check raising is a tactic that can easily turn the tables against you, and you can always be assured that the cocky grin and the large raise is a sure sign of a solid hand. If you are attempting to bluff it out, you may want to consider folding to the check raise. If your enemy happens to bet pre-flop then fails to make any continuation bets, you may also want to apply pressure.

 

The fact of the matter is, you can never be certain. Poker psychology is completely dependent on a number of variables, not the least of which is the cards, both apparent or otherwise, as well as the players involved. No tactic will always work, no players will always be the same. Poker is a game of adaptation as much as it is deception, so make yourself flexible. The moment you become a static player is the moment you start to lose.

 

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