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Betfair Live Video

September 29th, 2010 Comments off

About Betfair Live Video Streaming

There have been all sorts of phenomenal developments in online bookmaker software and features.  Things like mobile betting; daily match pics, odds calculators and in-play betting have become the norm.  Now though you can even get involved in all of the action by watching live streaming games on Betfair Live Video.  In order to watch hundreds of live sports events and games during the week, all you have to do is sign up to Betfair and register an account.  Don’t forget to make a deposit and take advantage of the £25 Betfair Bonus too! 

Betfair Live Video

Betfair’s Live TV streaming channel, “Betfair Live Video”, let’s you watch a number of live sports games during the week.  The sports that Betfair Live Video offers include Football, Horseracing, Tennis, Basketball and Snooker. 

European football fans should sign up to Betfair to take advantage of the types of football games and European leagues that you can watch. Betfair have the rights to show Serie A, Portuguese Superliga, UEFA Cup and most importantly international friendlies.  One of the upcoming football games include Santos v Joe Public and Estudiantes v Gimnasia La Plata.  A month ago Betfair even broadcast the Spain vs Argentina match after the World Cup which Argentina went on to win 4-1, courtesy of some brilliant goals by Athletico Madrid striker Hun Aguero.

What’s really nifty about Betfair Live Video is that you can use it in concatenation with live in-play betting, which allows you to become fully ensconced in the action and drama.  You can sit at your computer watching the Horse Racing and Football Derby for instance and place bets at your disposal as you watch the event live.  A tip when you are planning on watching or betting on  live football streaming is that you need to be aware that the feed broadcast has a 10 second delay. This is very important since the live odds will not necessarily be in synergy with the time of play.  It only takes 2 seconds to score a goal, so you have to be careful not to rely too much on Betfair Live Video services just in case you’ve missed an important event like a penalty of goal that inflates or creates big changes in the live odds.  The same caveat can be said about horse racing too.  Your favourite horse called “junior” or “deathtrap” might be in front in Betfair Live Video, but in actual fact with a 10 second delay the horse race could all be over in real-time before you even saw it start.  Your horse might even have had a cardiac arrest, have fallen flat on its rider and killed him, bailed every other single horse in the race, all before you can even see it happening on the Betfair video feed.

In order to use Betfair Live Video services for Horse Racing, you need to have placed a minimum of £2 on the “Day of the Race Market”.  Tote bets do not qualify for this service and you’ll also need to be aware that SP bet don’t qualify as match bets until the start of every race.

Start Watching Live Football Games by Signing up to Betfair.

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The Check-Raise in NL Holdem

September 13th, 2010 Comments off

The Check-Raise in NL Holdem

The check-raise is a relatively simple yet profitable concept to execute.  From my experiences there are plenty of low stakes players who check-raise boards when the time is right.  The biggest problem however, is that they don’t always apply it to their game relevantly or against the right sorts of opponents.  Often in 6-max cash games I will implement the check-raise against loose aggressive opponents who I know are cbetting virtually every flop I check to.  In order to exploit these opponents and extract maximum value from a big hand like trips on the flop, I will check-raise them out of position.

The best boards to check-raise opponents are one’s that are either likely your opponent has missed and is cbetting blank, or one where you know your opponent has a good chance of catching up with you and will happily call a re-raise.  If he has a flush draw or outside straight draw, then he might be calling for implied odds.

In terms of who to check-raise, the best types of players to pull off this move against are LAGs who overplay their hands post-flop.  The majority of LAGs will be cbetting flops with thin air.  They also tend to attack pots with limited action and take advantage of weaknesses at the table.  This means that next time to have a superb hand like AQ on a A-Q-5 board, against a LAG, you should be happy to check-raise in position.  You can also do this against TAGs too, but given their lack of aggression in post-flop play on missed boards, a lot of the time you’ll only be getting called by hands that beat you and folding hands that are behind.  In either case, the foundations of a successful check-raise is that you’re confident that your opponent will fire into the pot as soon as you exhibit weakness..  The last thing that you want to do in this situation is give your opponent a free card and limit how much value you get from a strong hand on the flop.

The size of a typical check-raise should be no less than 3x the opening raise, and sometimes even 3.5x.  This is a scalable amount, because if you bet less than this than you’ll be giving good pot odds to your opponent.

On a final note, a really important message that I want to render across is that you should actively be check-raising with a variety of hands.  This is known in the mid-stakes world as balancing your range, and when you look for poker sites you should always be looking for the fishiest sites where this move is most profitable.  The reason it’s important to vary the sorts of hands you check-raise with is because you want to keep your opponent guessing and keep extracting maximum value down the line.  If you only check-raise with monster hands then you’re opponent will learn to stop calling these value bets.  But, if you start check-raising with a loose range of hands and include the bluff-raise into your arsenal, then you can end up stealing more pots and getting better calling equity for your premium hands.

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Online Craps Rules

September 12th, 2010 Comments off

Casino Game Craps

You’ll find a number of different games and tables at the casino.  One of the most popular casino games around the world is Craps.  The Craps tables are normally swarming with players and women screaming in excitement as the dice get thrown.  Hence, why wouldn’t you want to find out more about this game?

Casino Craps has a very simple spine yet can be a turn off to first-time players because of the strangeness of the Craps table.  It can look extremely awkward to first time users – with lots of different segments, dotted-lined boxes and areas to place your chips.  Boxes such as the Come, Pass Line/Don’t Pass, Field Bets etc all make it appear difficult to understand, and gazing at it for the first time isn’t exactly straight forward.  What’s more, the chaos of chips being thrown, the number of dealer surrounding the table (including stickmen, 2x base dealers and a pit boss) and the massive variety of betting  options doesn’t make the game easy for new players.  A great way of learning the rules of the game that I’ve found is by playing online craps.

The truth is, Craps is a very simple game to learn.  It revolves around wagering on the roll of the dice, which are always thrown by the “shooter”. Players take it in turns to be the shooter in clockwise manner, you of course skip if wanted.

 To begin the game, the shooter must place a Pass Line or Don’t Pass bet and wager his money on the first roll.  The first roll is also called the Come Out roll, as it establishes the Point number which all the other players can cover or lay bets against.  If the first roll is a 7 or 11, players who made a Pass Line bet will straight away receive double their money back.  If a 2, 3 or 12 is roller (Craps) then the Pass Line bet loses its money.  (In contrast, if you make a Don’t Pass bet by placing chips in the Don’t Pass Line section of the board, then you win 2:1 if Craps is rolled and lose your money to a 7 or 11).

If a 1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10 is rolled then it establishes the Point Number.  Players with a Pass Line bet will win 2:1 on their money if the Point number is rolled again before the next 7.  If a 7 is rolled first, then the round ends and Pass Line bets lose their money (known as seven-out).  In contrary, players who made a Don’t Pass bet will be betting on a 7 being rolled before the Point number.

Understood everything so far?  Right, well this is where the game gets kind of tricky…If you’ve seen any Craps table, you’ll have seen all the different boxes with numbers on.  It can look very confusing and obfuscated, but each of these areas represents a type of bet you can make.  In Craps, there are a number of bets you can make which each have different odds.  For example, you can make Field Bets, which involves betting on the next roll of the dice; Come/Don’t Come Bets, which is when you bet on a 7 being rolled again before the last number rolled, Single-Roll Bets (e.g.  betting on 2 or 6), Hard Way Bets (2,2; 4,4; 6,6 etc) or Pass Odds bets (these let you cover certain numbers being rolled at true odds so long as you have made a Pass Line/Don’t Pass bet.  Casinos normally limit these 5x your pass line bet).

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