Poker – A Game or A Lifestyle?

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There are some things that can be practiced and done to ensure that you have a chance to win poker every time you play. The first thing you need to do is to check out the place you are playing in, is it safe, is it possible to rig this by some one is the first thing that you need to look out for.Check out who you are going to be playing with and the terms of the game, what is the stake involved, is it high or low. What is the earning potential for the day or game? Define at the start how much money you are ready to invest for the day, keep it within a pre-defined limit; do not exceed this at any cost.Always make sure that you should only take a risk if you can take it on. Practice playing poker before committing to a game, you should be well aware of the rules and regulations and also practice a good poker face, you should not show any emotions which could betray the kind of cards you are holding giving an unfair advantage to your opponents.Do not be greedy, try to make a little at a time and do not try to win it all in one shot, which rarely happens and is not a sign of a strong poker player. Do not abuse any substance including alcohols as this reduces your capacity to think. Always be on your toes, make quick decisions by thinking, do not talk to much, it detracts your attention, think through your every move, stare at your opponents without the show of any emotions, this would have a double advantage of you being able to unsettle your opponent to give you an advantage and also will keep you from revealing your hand to the opponent.Also keep in mind that you need to enjoy the game and know when to stop as this is what will always hold you in good stead and keep you winning. Another pointer is that you need to maintain your cool and have a definite objective in mind for each game and work towards achievement of that objective. Any losses that you suffer should not be taken personally, any comments that the opponents pass should be taken as a way to unsettle you and the attacks are not personal but made to get them an advantage. The essential aim of the game is to bluff your opponent and keep him guessing and making sure you always have the upper hand in all the games, every move should be reviewed so that you ensure your game is mistake free.Always keep your opponents guessing your next move so that they are not able to concentrate fully on their moves giving you the advantage.

Online Games – Can We Make Money Playing Them?

When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.