Category Archives: Poker Questions

Online Poker Free – Online poker with fake money, and against a computer?

Does Full Tilt, or Stars let you play against CPU? I haven't really played any serious poker before... just wanna practice

If you are going to play online, you might as well play against real people. You'll learn more. Most online sites (Pokerstars, Full Tilt) let you play with fake money. You can also find poker as a facebook/myspace app, but you won't learn as much, the people there play terribly.

If you don't want to play against real people, there are PC games and TV plug-in games to practice with. I haven't tried the software, but I bet there is build-in training to help you learn.

Neither Full Tilt Poker nor Poker Stars offers play against a computer opponent. It would be somewhat silly to do so. They would have to write programs to play against you and running those programs would take up a lot of resources (they would have to have the ratio of bots to players be like 7 to 1). This would reduce the number of resources they have for real money play.

Both sites provide play chip games, where you play for a free fake currency. Of course, the people who play at this level are much more reckless than people who play for real money, so it's not an exact simulation of a real money game. In reality though, you can play at a micro-limit game (1c / 2c) and the players are almost as reckless.

When you start playing for money, start at the lowest limit and work your way up. This is probably the best way to learn if you have limited financial resources.

If you go to websites or you can play against real players with free chips. I am not aware of any sites that allow you play against bots. The .com version of these sites are for real money.

.net = free
.com = real money

Poker Hands – What is the easiest way to remember my poker hand rankings?

Hello. I am a beginner poker player trying to memorize all of my hand rankings but I find it hard to. Is there like a trick to memorizing them. For example, the order of opearations. I memorized them by saying please excuse my dear aunt sally when I was a kid.

I dunno...Try this:

Super fine fornicators fully housed and flushed straight trees with two pairs of Juan's parents.

Super fine - Straight Flush
fornicators - Four of a Kind
fully housed - Full House
and flushed - Flush
straight - Straight
trees - Three of a Kind
with two pairs - Two Pair
of Juan's parents - One Pair

You can also practice at Full Tilt:…

By the way, I was told it was "Please exhume my dead aunt Sue" (exhume = dig up from the grave)

Just learn them! It's not that hard. But it's also common sense.

Two pair beats one pair. Three of a kind (trips) is better than one or two pair. You've heard the expression 'straight flush' and you know it's not a FLUSH STRAIGHT, so now you just learned the order of the next two. Straight, followed by flush.

When you hear the term straight, think of a nice straight ruler with numbers along the edge. So now you know that a straight is numbers in order.

When you hear the term flush, think of someone's face flushing all the same color (suit) when you beat them with your flush.

Beyond that you have a full house. Again pretty easy to remember, because you KNOW that is better than a flush or straight. It's three of a kind AND a pair all in the same hand.

Next you have quads or four of a kind. Well clearly four of a kind is better than three of a kind. So pretty easy to remember this is an even better hand.

Finally you have a straight flush (also called a Royal Flush if it is ace high), and you'll probably see one about once a year, so by the time you see your second one, you'll certainly remember what it is.

So if you step through the hands logically, it is pretty easy to remember. Then once you've figured that out, it's just a question of learning some of the exceptions. Like is AA222 better than KK888?

I suggest you play for play money on Poker Stars. On the play money tables the hand you hold is written out for you at the bottom. So it will tell you if you have two pair or a flush or whatever.

No easy way, but for the most part it's pretty obvious. The only tricky one sometimes is flush over a straight, but everything else is self explanatory. Just play enough and it will come to you.

high card
2 pair
full house
straight flush
royal flush

i think your "trick" needs to be updated

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Free Play Poker – PurePlay legit? – Play free poker, win real cash?

Has anyone played on this site before? How do you collect the winnings - (it says that they're sent to your email)? Seems like a good site but I would like to hear from other players what it's like.

PurePlay is legitimate and pays you cash fast by check sent to your home address. You can play for free, but the site is geared up for you to pay a monthly fee. The free play tournaments are limited, and the paid member subscription tournaments offer a lot more chances to win.

It is a USA legal site that allows players to play poker for a monthly fixed amount and win cash in tournaments. I play there as a subscribed member in the bigger tournaments, and I am on the Leaderboard there.

The play is VERY loose, since the site is basically a series of freerolls and there are a lot of lotto players there.

Here is a link that provides more information:…

Good luck and have fun!

I've been playing there for several months now. After a few weeks, I joined for about $17/month. Haven't managed to cash out as yet, but I've been concentrating mainly on earning entries into the WSOP satellites.

In most of the tourneys (especially the freerolls) the first few minutes are pretty crazy as the all-in donkeys go at it, but things settle down a bit after most of them get knocked out.

They also have a rating system of red, green and black for members and some tourneys are only for members with that rating. The black members are the better players, so you get a lot more serious play there.

They have a nice mix of tourney types - one recent one they started is the 15-minute turbo. Blinds go up every minute, which makes for a nice quick game...15 minutes is just about what they usually run, as opposed to around 2 hours for most tourneys.

I prefer which is based on a similar concept. However, it is sponsored by Cardplayer magazine so to me its legit. Plus I've won tournaments on the site and they do pay out in real cash. I haven't had any trouble collecting my winnings. You can try the site for free for two weeks using the code ACESFULL and form your own opinion.

Poker Rules – Texas Hold Em Poker Rules?

I've got most of it... But not the community cards... When the 5 cards are there, who can take them and when? If you need 5 cards in the end with the best score... Then how come theres only 5 cards on the table.. Doesnt that mean someone will end up with 4?

If me and my cousin are playing and we're onto that part... Who gets what? Plz help

the community cards stay on the table all the time - that is why they are called that: community cards - you use you own 2 cards and match the best cards that are lying on the table to combine your winning hand, but you will not physically take any of the 5 cards, you will just put your 2 cards down on the table when it comes to a show down, or you never show them if anyone else gives their hands up before it comes to a show down

I'm curious what you mean by "I've got most of it". Seriously, it doesn't sound like you've got any of it. No one "takes" the cards.

You don't ditch your 2 cards, you make your best 5 card hand out of the 7 available. Everyone can use the community cards. Seriously, go to a site, read the rules, because you aren't even close.

Yes, if your best five-card hand happens to be the 5 community cards, you don't use your 2 hole cards at all. For instance if there's a Royal Flush on the board, everyone is "playing the board" and whoever is still in the hand will split the pot.

No one takes the cards everyone can use them. You use the best five cards either a combination of the two cards in your hand with three flipped cards or 1 of yours with four flipped cards or all five flipped cards.

Poker Rooms – Best poker, cheapest limits in downtown Las Vegas?

I'm going to be staying in downtown Las Vegas this Memorial Day weekend. What are the best poker rooms in downtown Vegas? 1/2 NL Holdem with less than $100 buyins? Best cheap poker tournaments in downtown vegas?

Any information pertaining to poker in downtown Vegas is much appreciated, thanks!

Binions is the current king of poker (it is, after all, where the world series of poker began) with 18 tables in the main room and dozens more close by. 7-Card Stud $1-$5: Hold-em $2-$3-$6 mostly: Omaha occasionally. They have no-limit, and other high-limit games on busy nights.

The Golden Nugget has ten tables, comfortable chairs but the room is open and noisy. Only Hold 'Em, $2-$4, $3-$6, and a $1-$2 no-limit game with a $200 minimum buy-in. They have a couple tournaments every day.

Fitzgerald's has 6 tables. Hold 'Em only in the $1-$2 no-limit and $3-$6 limit varieties.

El Cortez has 3 tables usually Hold 'Em 1-3-6. Games are going most of the time.

Those are the only ones I am familiar with. I think the Plaza has a poker room but that place is too seedy for my taste.

Good Luck!


If your new to Vegas and/or casino poker give the Shara a shot. It was the first place I played poker in a casino. On the limit games there is only a big blind so you can save some money there and the level of competition is weak so it is really a great way to get a feel for the game.

After that I suggest any of the downtown casinos. The horseshoe, four queens and nugget are all good places to play with low buy ins.

Info on the poker scene in Las Vegas

For info on daily poker tournaments…

Poker rooms - tables
Binion's - 14
El Cortez - 2
Fitzgeralds - 6
Golden Nugget - 10
Plaza - 10


I just read a great e-book about online poker. It teaches a very basic method that lets even a poker rookie profit hard from online poker. Very simple idea and a fast read!

When I was in Vegas last month I finally played at the Mirage, and I was suprised how awesome the play was, and how many stupid people were playing. I took home over 500.00 it was awesome!

Poker Player – What skills seperate a amateur poker player and a pro poker player?

People always say pro poker players are amazing and they are likely to beat amateurs hands down every time. But what skills do pro players have that amateurs don't have? Pro players cant be that advanced.

What skills would an amateur need to develop before they become a pro poker player?


pretty much to quote the song, "you gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them". it doesn't sound like its that big of a deal but knowing when to fold your cards is a BIG part of being succesful in poker. I've been playing poker (amateurly) for about 4 years now and still make stupid calls that really shouldnt have been made. Another skill they have is just knowing how to read people. Many people have "tells" that they do when they get the card they need. whether its move a certain way, or tap their finger.. people usually do these things involuntary.. but yeah, knowing when to fold is a big thing.. a good example would be having an ace high flush when theres a possibility for a full house on the table... someone who is fairly new would go all in with that hand but a pro would think about laying it down if he feels the other guy has a full house.

Experience! The more hands you have played, and analyzed, and learned from, the better you will play. A pro understands the odds for every hand, and knows how to "read" other-players.

One of the main differences is in continual hand evaluation for starting hands, after the flop, turn and river.

An amateur will look for reasons to play a hand, or to continue to play his hand.

A pro will look for reasons NOT to play the hand.

Like a prior poster noted, You have to know when to foldem, and know when to holdem.

Here is a link to a poker strategy page that provides information on some of the skills an amateur can develop to play a better game Texas Holdem Poker.…

Good luck at the tables!

The difference is how much of their play each player leaves to chance and guess work. Poker pros are very experienced, know all of the odds and always know the relative strength of the hands they're dealt. An amateur either plays with less confidence or else a complete lack of self control, over-betting their hands. Pros are very disciplined.

Naturally, there will always be an element of luck to poker, but the difference between a Pro and your everyday Joe is that the professional minimized luck's effect on his hand by playing it in such a way that, statistically, he will profit in the long run.

In my opinion the single most important attribute is emotional control. I've played with some very good players who have lost all their money playing badly after getting a bad beat or played for more money than they can afford (2nd biggest skill, managing your money). Bad beats are why the bad players keep playing, hoping they can get lucky. If you're getting unlucky then you got your money in good, that's all you have control over. In the long run you'll win.

On managing your money (bankroll=money solely for poker), there are guidelines on how much of your bankroll you should put at risk on any one table. If you're relying on poker as your only source of income I would recommend you have 40x the buy-in of the table you're playing (e.g if you had £2000 for poker, play on tables where the buy-in is £50 or less). If you're a recreational player, having 20 buyins for the table should be fine, as long as you have the discipline to move down limits when necessary. This will minimise the risk of you losing all of your money.

Many players also quit when they're winning, to save losing it, and keep playing when they lose, to get it back. It should be the other way around. When you're playing well and winning, your opponents often play worse and you should play on. When you're losing it often affects your play and you'll lose more. Poker, especially if you play online, will still be there tomorrow and you'll be more likely to win when you're not trying to win money back.

Notice I haven't mentioned anything about actually playing yet. At the levels most of us on here would probably play you should just play basic, ABC poker. That is waiting for a good hand and betting it hard. Most players at low levels will often call you down regardless, so don't try bluffing or using advanced techniques against them. They'll be oblivious to the fact that they "should" fold and you'll lose.

As you move up in levels the game becomes more like psychological warfare. The top pro's think on "levels". Such as: "I think he has XX, but he knows I think he has XX, so therefore I should play as if I have XX" and so on. After a while it becomes less about the cards and more about playing the player.

Another answer was dead on that the best way to improve is to play a ton of hands. After a while you'll know what to do in a lot of situations without having to really think about it.

To finish, becoming a pro certainly isn't for everyone. What other job could you work loooooooong hours, do your job perfectly, and have less money than when you started?! I'm taking a shot at doing it myself now, and while it certainly beats a lot of jobs I've had, the swings I've experienced in a relatively short time can really get to you. I'm not sure if it's really for me yet, but I'm gonna give it a go.

Good luck at the tables everyone!

Sunglasses and a $40,000 pickup truck.

Honestly, as much as people say there is, it doesn't make it so, there's very little skill or strategy in poker.

Cross your fingers for good cards.

If you've got a bad hand, don't bet on it.

Make everyone think you've got a better hand than you really do with your betting strategy.

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Quote: "Pro players cant be that advanced."

That cannot be any farther then the truth. Pro players have played hundred of thousands of hands, have done endless studying, and learned the odds of poker in and out.

What does an amateur player need? Work. Lots and lots of work.

Pro players define themselves by knowing what to do in every situation. They can play the player instead of the cards, and that's the number one thing that separates the amateur and a pro. I'll put this in caps so you can see it.


Amateur players will almost always depend on having the best hand in order to win, and that's just not always necessary. Knowing when your opponent is weak, knowing when they'll fold and how much will make them fold is prime to getting to the final table. You do not have to have the best hand to be the winner in any pot, you just have to be the only player. A pro will be able to tell, just by your eyes, body language or movements, even the way you bet your chips, how strong or weak your hand really is. They know these tells, and do their best to avoid doing the same themselves, and even sometimes, they'll give you false tells to lure you into making a fold or call when you really shouldn't.

Experience is a cop out answer, but they do have it. They've seen it all, from Royal Flushes to getting felted. The more you play, the better your game becomes. Poker is a learning game, and every time you play, it will be a different experience, so learn from it.

Learning and memorizing the odds is another way the pros have an advantage over the average Joe. Situations will warrant a call sometimes and the same situation in a different hand might call for a fold. Knowing when the bets ahead of you warrant a call or a fold will improve your chances of staying alive in the longrun.

To summarize this up, the best thing an amateur can to do improve their poker skills is to learn, learn, learn. Poker is a tough game, and it is by far the game that takes the most skill to learn, but a lifetime to master... or was that Othello? Eh, anyway, just keep on looking for new things, study the things that you have and apply them to the table. The more you have in your poker knowledge arsenal, the better chance you have to beating the best.