A strategy and chance game: Playing Poker

If you want to play a game that involves both strategy and chance, then Poker might be it for you. You can easily invite a few friends over to play, download apps to play the game, or you can play it online.

What is Poker?

This game belongs to the family of gambling card games, where betting is an intrinsic part. There are many variants to the game itself, but all of them involve showing a high-scoring hand. A poker hand always contains five cards – the player can hold these cards in entirety or they can be drawn from the pool of community cards. As the rounds are played, players bet on their “hand” and draw cards.

How to play

In traditional poker, and in some of the variants, the person who has a dealer button/buck has the right to deal. This right to deal rotates among the players. The cards, one at a time, are given to the players in a clockwise direction around the table.

The players have to make bets. The cards are shuffled by the dealer, and then dealt in either a face-up or face-down position depending on the type of game. Various betting rounds commence after the initial deal.

The hands change through some rounds, with the players being dealt extra cards or putting back previously dealt cards. In the central pot, the bets are collected at the end of each round.

If no opponent chooses to match/call the bet and they fold, the hand ends. The bettor gets the pot and no cards need to be presented. Thus, the next hand can begin.

When the time comes for the last betting hand and there is more than one player, the players have to show their hidden cards in a showdown. The person with the best hand wins the pot.

Deception: A Poker strategy

In order to win, the players employ several strategies in order to garner a winning hand. Let’s look at deception as a poker strategy.

The use of deception in poker games is one of the most common strategies found. If a player makes use of deception – bluffing or slow-playing – they hope to convince the opponent(s) to play differently. It is well known that the winner of a poker game wins precisely because of how much they were able to persuade other players to change his/her strategy.

Bluffing is employed when a player bets strongly on a weak hand in order to convince the opponents to fold their (better scoring) hands. The semi-bluff is the opposite – the player does not have a strong hand and hopes to improve it later on in the game, so they bet strongly on the weak hand, hoping the other players with weak hands will fold.

When playing poker, you have the chance to win a lot of money and also put your thinking cap on – how to best deceive the other players so that they will fold or even raise the stakes if you want a high payout.

Manipulating the odds

Bookies or the so called Bandar bola have flourished in the market due to the lenient system that has engulfed many countries. These bookies make money by playing the odds in their favor to reduce the chances of the opponent winning. Since it is their business, bookies manipulate the odds so that they win irrespective about the outcome of the game. In this section we have discussed the various tips and tricks that the bookie can resort to win money from every game.

The bookmaker always takes money from bettors and applies the bet on the desired sports the bettor desires to bet on. The Bandar bola has the main objective of earning a decent revenue for every bet placed by the bettor. The bettor will be awarded with the decided odds if he wins the bet but lose it all if he loses the bet. Thus the bookie will always try to increase the money inflow and reduce the outflow to earn a profit. Although these bookmakers cannot control the course and the outcome of the game but they surely can control the stakes the game is played with.

Odds are very important to the betting system. It is the odds that control the betting system of the way. Small odds mean that the game is tight and there is equal percentage of winning. Whereas huge odds mean that there is a huge difference in the playing level of the two teams. An odds compiler will help the bookie create odds that will favor him. For example if two teams are playing a cricket match, while calculating the odds of the game all the previous instances of the match are taken into consideration. Therefore for odds compiling, you need knowledge about sports as well as a statistical compiler. Based on the strength of the teams and the conditions of the pitch a specific set of odds are calculated. To gain a profit from every bet, the bookie will take a certain percentage from the game. For example if the odds are 2 and 4 for the two teams, the bookie will take a percentage of 5% from the game which will result in 1.9 and 1.8 respectively for the respective teams while keeping a .1 and .2 odds for themselves.

An over round is a cut or a percentage taken out from every bet placed by the bettor. This is a safeguard by the bookie to ensure that the bookie gets a sum from the bet amount irrespective of the outcome of the game. If a coin is tossed, the outcome of the result is 50:50. If the bookie offers fair odds of 2 then the bettor will get double of what he bet for every win. But this is not a good bet by the bookie because he will always be a mediator without any commission. Thus the bookie takes a commission of maybe 5-10% of every bet he makes. This will thus reduce the odds from 2 to 1.9.

These are some of the ways wherein the bookie tricks the bettor to gain a profit from every bet.