In this blog we will cover how the poker landscape changed forever with the internet and smart phones.
Free online poker started in the late 1990s. Planet Poker was the first online card room with real money games.
Over time, access and ease of use websites increased. People came in droves to learn about this fascinating game and what the excitement was all about. Free access to virtual games and free trials brought in even more players.
Today, a huge number of players invest hundreds (sometimes thousands) of hours playing per year. Many play multiple tables at once.
Beyond gaming websites there are an amazing number of useful resources on the web such as:
In recent years smart phones are another major portal to poker websites, podcasts, blogs, magazines, training sites and social media. And, there are some incredible apps such as the WSOP App, the Poker Heat App and the PokerCruncher App.
The Poker Landscape
The internet has changed the poker landscape forever. All these portals mean that people can get huge amounts of poker experience and knowledge in a much shorter time than in the past. Even though it isn’t face to face, the learning curve has been slashed dramatically.
In the next Blog we will cover the fascinating story of the Chris Moneymaker effect and how massive number of players emerged because of this Rocky type story.
In this blog we will cover the first major books written on poker, the Hole Cams and RFID Technology and how these things helped change the poker landscape to become as popular as it is today.
One of the first major books on poker was Doyle Brunson’s Super System published in 1978. It had many different games including Texas No-Limit Hold’em. It gave away some of the secrets of the poker greats.
Other seminal works were David Sklansky’s book: The Theory of Poker which came out in 1987 and Mike Caro’s: Caro’s Book of Poker Tells in 1999.
Over time what started as a trickle turned into a waterfall of books as more and more pros exposed their secrets. The floodgates of how to play excellent poker is out in print and accessible to anyone with $20 in their pocket, a few hours of spare time, and a hunger to learn. But it didn’t stop there.
Henry Orenstein invented the hole cams that display player’s hole cards. It became popular in 1999. Watching people play poker before this was as exciting as watching paint dry.
Seeing someone’s hole cards coupled with engaging personalities and the romance of being in control of your own destiny made the game a great deal more fun to watch.
Armchair poker players came in by the droves. Many of them started playing themselves.
In recent years a new king of hole card technology called radio-frequency identification (RFID) is being used at some live poker productions. Instead of hole cams, RFID uses special playing cards with radio-frequency identification chips known as “tags.” RFID readers under certain spots on the poker table read the card tags. The readers send the information to tournament or TV production computers.
In the next blog we will cover how the poker landscape changed forever with the internet and smart phones. Stay tuned!
The next several blogs will be about the history of poker, how to become a New Breed of Poker Player. Let's get started!
“Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” ~ Stephen Hawking
Excelling in Texas No-Limit Hold’em is all about using as many of your advantages as possible to defeat opponents. Those advantages have changed over time. In this section we will review key events in the evolution of Texas No-Limit Hold’em and what is required today to become A New Breed of Poker Player.
The Early Days of Poker
Mystery shrouds when Texas No-Limit Hold’em was invented, however it is thought to have started in the early 1900’s in Robstown Texas.
It gained traction when the early pioneers such as Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, Johnny Moss and Bobby Baldwin played it. These men had to learn the game relying on their knowledge of human behavior, intuition, tells, basic math skills, and table experience.
There were no books, no internet, no courses, no training, no YouTube video’s, no hole cams, and no easy access to play. At times these trail blazers would drive long distances just to get into a game. Many of those games were in the back rooms of shady places. Poker players were looked down upon. There was little respect for them in regular society.
When they won money, they would still have to avoid being robbed or beaten. Their sheer passion and force of will helped them to become excellent players. It was truly a time of the Wild West in the poker world.
The first World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event was in 1970 with only 7 entrants. Johnny Moss was the winner. Poker has grown exponentially since.
In the next blog we will cover the importance of books, hole cams and RFID Technology in the growth of poker.
"The majority of players are looking for reasons to fold. I am looking for reasons to play." ~ Daniel Negreanu
The Rule of 2 and 4 are quick shortcuts to help us work out the percentage needed to get a draw in Texas No-Limit Hold'em. These shortcuts aren’t exact. However, they are good enough for doing quick probabilities in our head at the tables.
The Rule of 2
The Rule of 2 states: Multiply your number of outs by 2 to get the approximate percentage of a draw you have on the turn or the river.
For example, let's say you have a flush draw after the flop.
The Rule of 2 works because there are 52 cards in the deck
and 52 goes into one hundred approximately twice.
The Rule of 4
The Rule of 4 is used when you are considering an all-in move after the flop and will see both the turn and river cards. Multiply your number of outs by 4 to get the approximate percentage of a draw.
Like the Rule of 2 example, you have a flush draw after the flop.
Once again, that’s close and useful for quick estimate at the tables.
Note: The Core Math Chapter of Mastering Poker Math provides more detail on how this equation is derived.
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