So while the "majority" of poker game variations are played "high hand", where the best high "straight, flush etc. Ragged A flop or board that doesn't appear to help anybody very much. If a player appears not to realize it's his turn, the dealer will say "Your action, sir. One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained. The year is known as the infamous year of Black Friday, when the U.
Sorry, but I'm still struggling with this concept of a "line. But other experts say things like "the opponent was on a value line" or "villain was on a semi-bluff" line. In my opinion, these clearly are two different notions.
The former is the literal sequence of betting actions the villain performed. Is there a formal agreed-upon definition somewhere, or do we just interchange the two definitions of "line" willy-nilly? Sorry to be pedantic, but I'm honestly trying to differentiate the two notions in my feeble brain and understand what the correct definitions actually are.
Line is basically a term that denotes the path from the beginning of the hand to the end of the hand, hence the word, "line. In general, a line defines an approach to a situation. Specifically, it can describe how a specific hand is played. For example, it is valid to say that "A common line with top-top in position on an uncoordinated board is to bet flop, check the turn, and bet the river". You could also say "I liked player y's line in the main event in that hand against player x, as it his opponents from putting him on a range" You can use line somewhat synonymous with the words 'play' or 'approach'.
As a poker player, one of your overall goals is to be able to recognize different lines in different situations, and use them to help identify what your opponent is doing. As ell as to recognize what lines you should be playing in different situations. So much of poker is repetitive, with similar situations being encountered, that it is often useful to generalize your approach to a situation note: BB code is On. All times are GMT The time now is Beginners Questions Poker beginner?
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Payout is based on the odds that this is possible, based on the difference in values of the first two cards. Other poker-like games played at casinos against the house include three card poker and pai gow poker. In a January article  published in Science , a group of researchers mostly from the University of Alberta announced that they "essentially weakly solved" heads-up limit Texas hold 'em with their development of their Cepheus poker bot.
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Articles with Curlie links. Views Read Edit View history. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikibooks Wikiquote. Online venues may be more vulnerable to certain types of fraud , especially collusion between players. However, they have collusion detection abilities that do not exist in brick and mortar casinos. For example, online poker room security employees can look at the hand history of the cards previously played by any player on the site, making patterns of behavior easier to detect than in a casino where colluding players can simply fold their hands without anyone ever knowing the strength of their holding.
Online poker rooms also check players' IP addresses in order to prevent players at the same household or at known open proxy servers from playing on the same tables. Digital device fingerprinting also allows poker sites to recognize and block players who create new accounts in attempts to circumvent prior account bans, restrictions and closures.
Free poker online was played as early as the late s in the form of IRC poker. Planet Poker was the first online card room to offer real money games in The first real money poker game was dealt on January 1, The major online poker sites offer varying features to entice new players.
One common feature is to offer tournaments called satellites by which the winners gain entry to real-life poker tournaments. He went on to win the main event, causing shock in the poker world, and beginning the poker boom. The World Series featured three times as many players as in At least four players in the WSOP final table won their entry through an online cardroom.
In October , Sportingbet , at the time the world's largest publicly traded online gaming company SBT. L , announced the acquisition of ParadisePoker. Since then, several other card room parent companies have gone public. In early , PartyGaming moved to acquire EmpirePoker. Later in the year, bwin , an Austrian-based online gambling company, acquired PokerRoom. Other poker rooms such as PokerStars that were rumored to be exploring initial public offerings have postponed them.
As of March , there are fewer than forty stand-alone cardrooms and poker networks with detectable levels of traffic. There are however more than independent doorways or 'skins' into the group of network sites. As of February , there are approximately online poker websites. The year is known as the infamous year of Black Friday, when the U. From a legal perspective, online poker may differ in some ways from online casino gambling.
However, many of the same issues do apply. For a discussion of the legality of online gambling in general, see online gambling. Online poker is legal and regulated in many countries including several nations in and around the Caribbean Sea , and most notably the United Kingdom. In the United States, the North Dakota House of Representatives passed a bill in February to legalize and regulate online poker and online poker card room operators in the state.
The legislation required that online poker operations would have to physically locate their entire operations in the state. The measure, however, was defeated by the State Senate in March after the U.
Department of Justice sent a letter to North Dakota attorney general Wayne Stenehjem stating that online gaming "may" be illegal, and that the pending legislation "might" violate the federal Wire Act. However, many legal experts dispute the DOJ's claim. In response to this and other claims by the DOJ regarding the legality of online poker, many of the major online poker sites stopped advertising their "dot-com" sites in American media.
Instead, they created "dot-net" sites that are virtually identical but offer no real money wagering. The sites advertise as poker schools or ways to learn the game for free, and feature words to the effect of "this is not a gambling website. According to the UIGEA, "unlawful internet gambling" means to place, receive, or otherwise knowingly transmit a bet or wager by means of the internet where such bet is unlawful under any law in the State in which the bet is initiated, received, or otherwise made.
As a result of the bill, several large publicly traded poker gaming sites such as PartyPoker , PacificPoker and bwin closed down their US facing operations. Part of the PPA's mission is to protect and to advocate for the right of poker players to play online.
D'Amato's responsibilities include Congressional lobbying. In April , the PPA claimed over 1,, members. Other grassroots organizations, including the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative , have formed in opposition to UIGEA, to promote the freedom of individuals to gamble online with the proper safeguards to protect consumers and ensure the integrity of financial transactions.
The move blocks regulations to implement the legislation which requires the financial services sector to comply with ambiguous and burdensome rules in an attempt to prevent unlawful Internet gambling transactions. The bill would legalize and regulate online poker in the United States. In September , the Washington State Supreme Court upheld a law making playing poker online a felony. On April 15, , in U. A grand jury charged 11 defendants, including the founders of the poker sites, with bank fraud, money laundering, and violating gambling laws.
The prosecutors claim the individuals tricked or influenced U. He asserts that, "Online poker is not a crime and should not be treated as such. On September 20, , in response to guidance requested by the states of Illinois and New York regarding the sale of lottery tickets online, the Department of Justice issued a memorandum opinion stating that the Wire Act does not prohibit lottery sales over the internet because it deals solely with wagering on sporting contests.
While this opinion does not address online poker specifically, the reasoning employed interprets the Wire Act in such a way that its provisions don't apply to the game of poker.
On August 21, , a federal judge in New York ruled that poker is not gambling under federal law because it is primarily a game of skill, not chance. The ruling resulted in the dismissal of a federal criminal indictment against a man convicted of conspiring to operate an illegal underground poker club. The judge relied in his decision largely on findings by a defense expert who analyzed Internet poker games. On April 30, , Nevada became the first U.
In late October, Delaware launched its regulated online gambling market. Controlled by the Delaware Lottery, the state offers online casino games in addition to online poker. On November 21, , New Jersey became the third - and the largest state population-wise - to offer legal real money online gambling to residents and visitors. The industry in the Garden State launched in "soft launch" mode on November 21 with a full-scale launch occurring five days later on November 26, On February 25, , Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed the first interstate poker compact, an agreement that will allow online poker players from Nevada to play for real money against players located in Delaware.
The compact is limited to online poker only, as that is the only game currently permitted under Nevada law. Should more states enter into the agreement, something that is provided for under the terms of the compact, more games could be offered.
Following an agreement between Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey governments to allow player pooling between all three states, a 3-state online poker compact went live on May 1, Typically, online poker rooms generate the bulk of their revenue via four methods.
First, there is the rake.