Poker Book Report Wars: Arnold Snyder Challenges David Sklansky

Arnold Snyder is not new to gambling, but he is a new writing force in the world of poker. Having recently written a ground breaking tournament poker manual, he has ignited a debate of old school verses new school, aggression versus conceding, and blunt force betting verses the fear of losing. With the publication of The Poker Tournament Formula, Snyder has captured a loyal and expanding audience of strategy-hungry tournament players that contribute to Snyder’s online forum like packs of wolves, frequently taking frisky bites at the old school tournament thinkers.

Collectively, those thinkers are represented (at least ideologically) by David Sklansky the resident professor and writer of Tournament Poker for Advanced Players. This book, now several years since its first publication, and before the boom, put into motion the tight-early and tight-aggressive strategy that simply made common sense of hold’em tournaments. This strategy is guided in nature by the Gap Concept described in Sklansky’s book as “you need a better hand to play against someone who has already opened the betting, than you would need to open yourself”. Even modern superstar writers like Dan Harrington and Phil Gordon use this in their strategies as well, so you know it has to have some merit. As such, it is not unusual to find that squeaky, tight-aggressive player at numerous final tables that has got enough playable cards during the tournament to have survived to the final table.

Survived is the key word here, as he (insert any Sklansky drone) is rarely among the chip leaders. Further, rarely does the player return to a final table, because the basic tight strategy of relying on enough quality hands also has to be fused with having them actually win pots, and hold up throughout the tournament. As Snyder points out with much experience, it is those “quality” hands he gets kicked out of tournaments playing, as opposed to position plays with weak holdings.

Where Snyder feels The Gap is a completely misguided concept is in the smaller buy-in tournaments that many players participate daily, in local casinos, regional events and online poker sites. Snyder feels that this is a lucrative segment, as many players may never have a bankroll big enough for $10,000 and $15,000 entry fees for the WPT and WSOP. However, if you play these smaller tourneys the way Snyder plays them, you will soon enough be able to pay for a $10,000 entry fee!

Snyder breaks these smaller tournaments down, and categorizes them into a skill level based on the chip and blind structure combined with the amount of entries. Depending on the skill level and patience factor of the tournament, your strategy is going to be radically different than anything Sklansky would recommend. The underlining of that strategy is based largely on position play, and pressuring your opponents, who have likely missed the flop as much as you have. This is executed in spite of your hole cards, not because of them. Snyder’s wolves say this strategy works it sheer numbers in large part because of the Sklansky type tournament opponents who know nothing more than to fold out of position or out of flop weakness.

Both writers have forums and both have supporters, and it is interesting to hear some of the challenges put forth from the Snyder Wolves – “specific mistakes in Sklansky’s and Malmuth’s advice”, “I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the “Gap Concept” and why it’s wrong.”, “Waiting for Sklansky to speak”, ” The burden of proof was Sklansky’s, and all he did was add to his errors”, “Sklansky’s “proof” is a perfect example of his incompetence at poker logic” and on and on. This is juicy stuff!

All I can say is, between the two of them, someone has got to know what is going on here! All we want to know is how to win a bloody tournament! It seems to me that elements of both strategies are needed to win tournaments. Take a look at players like Daniel Negreneau, Erick Lindgren, Gus Hansen, Greg Raymer or Gavin Smith. They have often made some amazing lay downs to aggressive opponents, but I more often see them playing stuff like QJos, 57s, KTs and even more rubbish hands to not just one raiser, but two! These guys truly understand, like Arnold Snyder, that if you laid down like Sklansky does, you are just not going to see many final tables. By the way, have you seen David Sklansky at a final table recently?

All of the above tournament players, who are definitely more tuned into Snyder’s slant have won big, and won often. Yes, I want some of that.

Qualities Of A Good Casino Gambling Site

With numerous casino gambling websites, it is easy to find one to play and bet on. The downside is, the number makes it hard to spot the real deal among other casinos. Here is a guide to help you find and hit on the best possible casino gambling website in the Internet.

A telltale sign that the casino site is serious about providing quality casino gambling services is its choice of software provider. Brand name casino software providers don’t come cheap so having these kind of software in its site indicates that the site is bent on operating a good casino. Brand names that are known to produce good software include Boss Media, Microgaming, Cryptologic, RTG, Playtech, and Net Entertainment. Customer support is also a good indicator of a site’s quality. Good sites usually post many options or ways to contact the casino operators. Popular methods include 24-hr telephone support, live chat tech support, and email. The more options the casino offers, the better. But don’t be fooled — test these communication methods and wait for the casino’s response. In this case, a helpful and quick response is a good sign.

To get the partial measure of the casino, look into casino forums. This is where casino players bitch about their casinos, their winnings, losses, and other information you won’t get in the casino site’s FAQ page. Post a question about your casino and somebody will surely react and reply. But keep in mind to read the other posts first; forum people usually forego questions which have been discussed before. Reading reviews is also a good option. This way you get objective reviews from other experienced casino players who know the real deal about casino gambling.

Of course, your satisfaction is a key element in playing casino. Try a few free games or download a trial software. If slow connection time bugs you, ditch that particular casino. You can’t play a good game if something about your software bugs you. There are different online casino looks from the intensely graphic to the “cartoony”. Choose the one you’re most comfortable in and you’re sure to have a good time casino gambling. It is also important to be clear about the conditions and terms of play. Sometimes, casinos offer different bonuses but slow cash outs. With the additional conditions, a good deal ends up worse. You better contact the casino’s service support and inform them that you do not want to avail of their bonuses.

Finding out what games the casino has to offer is a wise move. Even if the casino has outstanding service or design, it is useless if you do not know the games it offers. You play casino games for fun, but also to win. Find a casino the offers the best pay-outs schemes so you can collect your winnings in the most efficient way possible. Casino gambling is a game of chance as much as skill. Finding a good casino is almost like winning the jackpot so take your time surfing until the right combination comes.

Sports Betting Systems and the Psychology of a Winning Sports Bettor

If I had a nickel for every forum title I read that started out something like “Can you really make money betting sports?” I would be the richest man on the planet. Fact: If every bettor lost all the time there would be no sports betting market. It is that simple. I am a winning bettor. I don’t have to pick the paper up anymore and study statistics all day. It took some hard work to achieve this status. If you are tired of losing money and want to start making profits, keep reading.

Let me provide you with some basic statistics for the sake of the discussion. There are over 6 billion people in the world. Lets say only 3 billion are adults. Of those adults, only 10 percent bet on sports. That is 3 million people that bet sports. Of those 3 million people, only 2 percent actually make a living betting sports. The other 98 percent lose money. That leaves 60,000 people in the world who profit from betting sports for a living! These numbers are extremely conservative; it is estimated that over 200 million people ALONE will bet on the Superbowl in a given year. Not only is it possible to make a living betting sports, it happens every minute of everyday to real people just like you.

I have identified three crucial issues that keep amateur sports bettors from turning professional and turning profits in their sports betting careers.

1. The single biggest problem with those who lose money betting sports is a lack of discipline.

2. The second biggest problem is non-application of any substantial sports betting systems to keep you consistent and on target.

3. The third issue is thinking like the typical square bettor and not like the bookmaker.

I will address all of these fundamental betting flaws and give you a glimpse on how a winning sports bettor thinks and acts.

One of the best ways to lose your shirt over the long run is bet chasing. Scenario: You thought you had the lock of the century last evening with the first game. You lost that bet on some unbelievable nonsense, maybe a back door cover in a game that was long over for both teams. You got angry, saw the next game of the night coming up and impulsively doubled your bet for game two to cover your losses from game one. Then, since you had no real system in place to keep you in check, that game ends up a loser as well and you are now down big. Everyone has done this, and I am no exception. This is the lack of discipline I am talking about. You will lose some nights, just like your 401k will lose value some days. It comes with the territory. Bet just that one game and if it loses, cut your losses there and tomorrow is a new day.

There are tons of sports betting systems that exist, but some are very good if you have the discipline to follow them verbatim. Most sports bettors do not have the time, patience, or inclination to hypothesize, test, analyze, retest, and apply sports betting systems. This is why most sports bettors lose over the long haul. There are professionals who do have systems in place and are happy to share those systems with anyone who thinks they have what it takes to follow the system. You MUST have a system in place that keeps you on the winning path. Betting random games night in and night out without proper research is no formula for success. It is fun, but it is a money loser and that is not why you are here. You are here to become a winner. Remember, you will lose some nights. You will lose and losing is not fun. With a sports betting system in place that has been proven to win, over the course of your investment you will make money. How much you make and how often is entirely up to you applying discipline and consistency to your sports betting systems.

Think like the bookmaker. It has been said that books are only concerned with having an equal amount of bets placed on both sides of the same game. That way, with the vigorous factored into the game, the bookmakers earn a small profit regardless of who wins the game. This is a half truth. Yes, this is one way books make money. If you think that books won’t bait you into thinking a line is too good to be true, knowing that you, the general betting public, will pounce on that bet (a sucker bet or a trap bet) I have a bridge in San Francisco to sell you CHEAP. The real money for the bookmakers is in those games that are bet heavily on one side (and subsequently lost) by the general public. If a line is too good to be true it probably is. The bookmakers know the public loves the favorite. They also know more about tonight’s games than you could possibly research. They know you don’t have the discipline to stop while you are ahead (or down for that matter). They know you have no clue what sports betting systems give you an advantage. They also know that you think like an amateur bettor. This is precisely why you are not making money.

In my betting career one of the affirmations I would continuously rehearse was to never, ever think like the general betting public. Zig when others zag. It became so much more than just that but it was a start. The next thing is to trust the individuals who have paved the path before you. Put a system in place and follow it with precision and accuracy. Those sports betting systems exist and are being used every day. Over time, you will win. Winning translates into profits. Start winning and you will be able to do things in your life you couldn’t have dreamed of before. People every day are winning consistently betting sports. This should be you.

Article Marketing, Online Submission Sites and Gambling, Bingo and Casino Categories

Should online article submission websites have gambling categories? Well some advertisers do not like them much or care to be associated with them. Why you ask? Well for many reasons really one reason is that many of the Online Gambling Websites are illegal and operating outside the law. Some have set up servers in foreign lands and allow illegal gambling on the Internet to people in states who have outlawed gambling for the citizens of that state.

But that aside should online article submission sites have Casino, Gambling and Bingo Categories? If they broke up the sector they could indeed separate out the various elements of the Industry Sector. You know it seems to me that Bingo Night and bingo supplies is not really the type of Gambling that any Advertiser would care about anyway.

Could it be its own special category? Bingo although I guess is gambling could just as well go into the Business Category of Fundraising? Since so many non-profits use this a way to make money. I wonder if such Bingo Articles belong along side online gambling sites?

Bingo is certainly not the same as online offshore gambling or Casinos. Of course some Indian Casinos do in fact have Bingo because maybe their states do not allow full on gambling. Interesting the sub-category issues.

State Lotteries are also gambling and I am sure the Advertiser would not mind about that either. And it is legal gambling and the profits from State Run Lotteries often go towards education too. Apparently this subject has so many various sides too it. Well, knowing the entrepreneurs in the online article submission Internet sector, well I’ll just bet that new sites pop up to handle such gambling categories. Perhaps we should consider this in 2006.

The Truth About Betting Loopholes

There are dozens of websites advertising ‘top-secret betting loopholes’ that are promised to make anyone an instant millionaire. Of course, everyone would like to easily earn gazillions from bookmakers, but the common sense tells us that there must be something wrong with such claims.

After all, if there actually was an enormously profitable gambling loophole, why would someone try to cheaply sell it to you? They would instead take advantage of the loophole themselves, hoping that no one else will discover it. Therefore anyone who claims to have a secret loophole that will make you large sums instantly is actually just trying to deceive you.

That, however, does not mean that there are no profitable betting methods at all. There are some low-risk ways to make money from bookmakers that could be considered ‘loopholes’; however, they are far from being secret. These two low-risk betting systems are arbitrage betting and matched betting.

Arbitrage betting involves placing different bets with different bookmakers or with bookmakers and betting exchanges in a way that generates a guaranteed profit. This is possible because of the differences in the odds at various bookmakers. Probably the most common type of arbitrage is between bookmaker and a betting exchange. If the back odds (odds FOR the selection to win) offered by a bookmaker are larger than the lay odds (odds AGAINST the selection to win) at the exchange, it is possible to make some money by carefully placing both back and lay bets on the same selection.

Unfortunately arbitrage betting is not only profitable, but also complicated. Good Arbitrage opportunities are very hard to find and they often last for a very short time (sometimes only a few seconds). Furthermore, the returns from arbitrage betting are relatively low. Even the best arbitrage bets will only earn you a tiny percentage, say two or three percent of your stake; therefore a large bank is needed to make any significant profit.

Matched betting is somewhat similar to arbitrage betting: both back and lay bets are placed on the same selection, hence enabling to extract bookmakers’ free bets and signup bonuses with practically no risk. Matched betting opportunities are easier to find since you are not looking for the extremely rare cases when back odds exceed lay odds, and you do not need to have a large betting bank to successfully do it. However, matched betting requires you to open multiple bookmakers’ accounts to qualify for new free bets, which can get a little annoying.

There are indeed some low-risk ways to make money from online bookmakers, but none of them are ‘secret betting loopholes’ that are going to make you an instant millionaire. However, if you are willing to spend some time and effort, both arbitrage betting and matched betting are valid and reasonably profitable methods to make money from online sports betting.

Horse Racing Betting System – Designing a Simple System

Putting together a system is not as difficult as it may sound, even for a beginner. The important thing, and with any betting, is that you write down every rule and follow it for at least 100 bets. You do not need to trade real money, paper trading is best at first. If after 100 bets it is in profit, you can then give it a betting bank and start gambling.

Starting an untested system with real money, and packing it in on its first losing run, putting it down as failed, will only cost you more and more money in the long term. Being patient saves you money.

So let us get down to starting a system eh? I’ll show you below how simple they are to put together, this example is profitable, so no reason why you can not follow it with a betting bank, but its yearly profits are not huge, but have a go at your own, always making sure that you understand way a rule works.

The system below is designed for National Hunt racing.

‘The NH High SR Non-Handicap Fav System’

Rule 1: Non-Handicap races only.

This ensures that we do not include handicap races, which are more difficult to get profitable systems out of. Although when you do they are more profitable than non-handicap races.

Rule 2: Forecast Favourite only (if joint VOID bet)

Just to make sure we have one clear qualifier for our non-handicap race.

Rule 3: Forecast price must be odds on.

I know that the lower the odds the more likely it is to win, although the lower the odds the smaller the profit for a new bank.

The first 3 rules of any systems I quantify as the main system rules, they ensure we have the main set of qualifiers we are looking for. Those rules after, I regard as filters to take out any facts I know are not profitable long term.

Rule 4: Horse age must be 6+

This is because in the UK, horses are not generally full wound up for jumping until they are at least 6, so those of a lower age have erratic results that do not prove profitable, so no use including them.

Rule 5: Horse must have finished 2nd or worse on its last run.

Horses that won last time out usually go off at lower odds than they should, so an edge is taken away.

Rule 6: Must be a gelding.

Geldings win the majority of races over fences, and are generally have the most consistent and reliable form.

Rule 7: Going must be Good-Soft or better.

Any softer than this and results can get a bit random.

That is it. Over the last 10 years it has produced a 48pt profit even at those low odds, and a 63% SR overall. It has had 3 losing years in that period, the worst being 5pts, but using the betting exchange prices, they would also have shown a profit.. There are around 100 bets per year.

So you can see by this example, it does not profit every year, but long term it still shows a profit, and it is long term that any professional gambler will tell you is the only time span that matters.

Can You Make Money From Betting? An Introduction to Private-Closed Betting Forums

Many people are trying for years to do that, and mostly are unsuccessful.The reason is poor knowledge about the events they are betting on, poor money management, greed and maybe the most important thing – poor overall strategy. But with help and professional work, this can be accomplished on the long term.

A professional punter will never bet on an event that knows nothing about it but the league table. He will never “pick a winner” no matter what the odds are! And this because you actually bet on odds not on a team, and that is why the odds are the most important thing in betting.

Staking is also vital. There are several resources on Internet about staking, and also there are several styles of staking, depending of the punter (some use flat staking, some only maximum bets, etc.) but most probably you should find the strategy that fits you the best, according to your hit rate. But never forget one thing: don’t bet more than you afford to lose.

The best successful strategy may be the “betting syndicate”. Punters meet in places like private forums and share their bets. And usually each has an area (league, sport, etc) that he is following closely to gain an advantage over the bookmakers, and to find value in odds (this means he can actually estimate the chances for an outcome better than the odds maker did so he can see if an outcome is overpriced). It is vital that you follow all that punter’s bets, and also very important to bet on the same odd he did. If he`s a good tipster and makes profit, you will do too.

What’s the advantage of a syndicate? Well, if each of it`s members gain let’s say a 10 % yield do a small calculation and see how much this means when there are 20-30 members on that betting team.

7 Undisclosed Tips to Never Lose Your Bet

Yes, you’re reading it right, you can always become a Winner no matter how bad your winning rate is, what sports you bet on, or what bookmakers you join.

Are you saying, “It’s IMPOSSIBLE!!” ??

Ok, here is the reality…

You may end up with some really bad losing strike one day. Every tipster, even the professional ones have their own terrible day when every single bets they placed are going to the wrong side. However, surprisingly, they still manage to collect some profits at the end of the day.

Here are the 7 secrets that will open your horizon in sports betting:

1. Knowledge is power! Read the form statistics, past records, head to head, injury lists, team fixtures, psychological situation of the players or even tradition each team has. Analyse every single aspects of a team carefully before placing your bets and keep yourself updated with the latest news. That’s the key to successful betting.

2. Keep your winning… Once you hit your winning goal, cash them in! Do not be greedy! Withdraw your winnings before placing anymore bets is always a good idea. Enjoy your hard earned winnings! Don’t keep spending your winning money on subsequent bets just because it’s your luckiest day in your life. That will prevent you from losing some of them (if not ALL) back to the bookmakers.

3. Budgeting… A good money management is important. Set your daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly budget, which is maximum amount of money you are prepared to lose. Take control of your finances and that will make your loses will not become a big problem because you have budgeted them in advance.

4. Avoid Difficult Bet… Try to avoid such bets like “Man of the Match”, “First Goal Scorer”, “To Win Premier League”, “Exact Scores”, and some sort of things. You may say that the odds look really tempting, but, it’s almost impossible to grab a long-term winning with this kind of play.

5. Follow the game Closely… Most of bookmakers offer what we call “In Running” or “Live” bets. That means, you can place bets whilst a match is in progress. Use this feature to make your bet a “risk free” bet.

See this example: You placed a $100 bet at -1/4 for a Chelsea to win over Liverpool. During the game, the odds change drastically and now the odds become -1/4 for Liverpool. This means, something is happening on the pitch which gives Liverpool a greater chance to win. With In-running bets, you can place an opposite bet to back up Liverpool.

With this simple example, you can NOT lose (even though you will also not win big), but the important point is you manage to save your $100 for a better match with higher winning chance.

6. Search for the Hottie! This may lead a controversy for some of you, since looking for this ‘Hottie’ will make your betting life even more difficult. However, if you carefully follow your favourite sports or betting forum, you must be having an idea someone who currently has a fortune goddess walking around him. Send me email for the updated list of the hottest tipsters who consistently perform above average…

7. Finally… Engage A WINNING SYSTEM. The last one is my most important secret to make money at sports betting, you need a good system. Without a proven betting system, all of above points will become less usable and that means you can not maximise your winning. This is whereBookie Buster is specializing in. Bookie Buster’s system tells you exactly how to ALWAYS WIN in sports betting. Even with disappointing 33% winning rate (which means only 3 wins in 10 bets or in more extreme calculation, 30 wins in 100 bets!!), you will end up with a huge profits in your bankroll! Something that you WILL NOT find in traditional betting system. Imagine how much you can win if you have a better soccer tipsters who can give you free tips to follow with, or you follow your favourite sports closely enough to consistently pick over 50% winners. To learn how to use Bookie Buster’s services, just drop me email.

Free NFL Football Picks – Start Winning Today!

Do you watch NFL football? If you do, then you must be an avid fan of football. If so, then there is a thing that you can do to make yourself enjoy the NFL Football picks even more. How? You need to bet on sports betting forums online. There are lots of ways to place a bet on sportsbook. There are many bookmakers around you that would very much appreciate you and the money you’ll place as bet. But if you don’t want to waste time finding bookmakers, then you should just relax, use your computer, connect to the internet, and find a reliable sports betting forum. But you can’t just bet on whichever team you would like. You still need to analyze which team you are going to bet on. That would be hard work. If you want it to be easier for you to bet, with a full knowledge of the game, then you should get Free NFL Football Picks.

If you are going to bet, then you could avail for a NFL football pick. You can pay for one online. But if you don’t have the money, or you simply don’t want to waste money on it, then you can try researching on your own. You will then have to research on all of the teams. This includes knowing each player and their coaching staff. You should also make charts for halftime betting situations just in case. You should also look at each team’s trends. Then, you must understand how to manipulate things with the odds so that you can ensure your victory each time you bet. But all of these would require hard work. If you want to just sit back, and relax, while being able to make a wise decision on placing a bet, then here is another good option for you: Get NFL football picks for free.

Free NFL football picks are available on many websites. NFL football picks would guide you on betting on a specific game by giving you an in-depth anaylsis of the team competing, and other important information. NFL football picks offer lots of information that you’ll need so that you can decide which team you should bet on. These information are supplied by handicappers. Handicappers would give you all the information and you can get it via free Football NFL picks. They can give you a list of injured players of the two teams competing.

They’ll also let you know the weather forecast of the city where the stadium for the game is. They also analyze what the coaches of the teams do on certain situations like when they are the road team, or are down by some points, etc. These are what the Free NFL football picks can give you so that you’ll never have to research on your own.

If you really like to place bet on sports events, or specifically, NFL Football, to gain money while enjoying the game, then you need to make a wise decision when placing a bet. Free NFL football picks will help you do that so that you don’t need to worry as you’ll easily gain money.

Online Sports Betting Forums Available

Betting on team sports has become an important service industry in many countries including the USA, the UK and Australia just to name a few. For example, millions of Britons play the football pools every week. By definition sports betting is the process of predicting sports results by making wagers on the outcome of the game. Forums online that allow you the ability to bet on your favorite team have revolutionized sports betting. Forums more often than not offer a lively “give and take” where the bettors will talk about their predictions and help one each other decide on profitable bets.

If you are interested in forums or websites such as these, there are a few million places you can visit but some of my favorite ones are listed below. Note I take no responsibility for these sites nor am I an affiliate or an owner, they are just ones that I like personally! It’s your responsibility as a bettor to check out all sites beforehand!

Docs Sports

Robert Ferrigno

The RX Forum

Betting Talk

Ultimate Capper

Predict Em

Major Wager

Further more, if you are interested in doing sport bets online or you would like some extra tips and hints, I found a really cool site with lots of information about these topics in mind. Here are a few tips that were listed on the website:

Money Management –

Be sure not to bet more than you can afford to lose. Also, know when it’s time to stop. If you set aside $500 be sure not to go over $500!

Never Gamble Under The Influence –

It might seem obvious to some people, but just because gambling casinos give out free drinks while you are gambling, doesn’t mean you should take advantage of it! Alcohol can cloud your judgement. When you are gambling you need a clear mind.

Do Your Homework –

Follow a niche carefully and learn everything about it that you possibly can.

Bet At The Right Time –

Gambling isn’t just about winning or just about money, it’s also about being sharp, knowing when to bet and when to not bet. If your one of those people that get “gut feelings” and most of the time you’re right, it’s a good idea to follow what you feel!

Here are a few gambling, casino and sports betting sites you can check out:

Absolute Poker

Full Tilt Poker (awesome site!)

Doyle’s Room

The Greek

Bingo Knights

Cool Cat Casino

Cirrus Casino

International Slots League

I wish you great luck with finding the right site online for all your gambling needs and I hope you win a whole lot of money in the process!