Below I have compared the current Player of the Year rankings from Bluff and CardPlayer Magazines. I have a couple of observations:
-David Pham & Bill Edler seem to be the top players so far this year;
-J.C. Tran, Robert Mizrachi & Ted Lawson seem to be top ten players;
-CardPlayer gives a lot of weight to the WSOP (Schneider, Hamby, Clements)
-Will CardPlayer change its rating system for the new CardPlayer Europe Magazine?
-For that matter do either of these publications know there is QQWIN99 outside of the United States?
Gambling Declines in UK
The Gambling Prevalence Study, released in the United Kingdom, has shown a decline in the total number of adults that have participated in some form of gambling within the last twelve months.
Numbers in the report show that 68% of the population, or about 32 million adults, had participated in some form of gambling activity within the past year. This compares to 72% of the UK population 8 years ago.
Only 3% had gambled via the internet on activities such as online poker and casino games, while 4% placed bets with an internet bookmaker.
The UK gambler is mostly likely to be of white ethnicity from a higher income household. In general, gambling was looked upon as more harmful than beneficial but prohibition was rejected over the individual’s right to choose their own lifestyle.
No Limit Hold’em Bluff Calculator
Yes that actually is a formula for when to bluff. Specifically for when to bluff post-flop in No Limit Texas Hold’em. It comes from a very interesting website and it even has an attached Excel spreadsheet calculator in case your math skills have slipped since algebra. Notice what the skilled mathematician has considered in his equation.
O= The skill level of your opponents (1-10 with 1 being “your neighbor’s kids”). Because you can’t bluff bad opponents—they’ll call even when they shouldn’t.
C= How conservative are the opponents who are still in? Again, you can’t bluff against loose cannons—they’ll call even when they shouldn’t.
I= Your table image (1-10 with 10 being “have consistently thrown away everything except for pocket rockets”). If people think you’re a loose cannon, they’re more likely to call you.
F= The Flop. An ideal bluffing flop is one in which either all three cards are junk, or in which two are junk and one is a high card you can represent.
N= The number of people still in after the flop. No bluffing into a family pot.
P= Your position. You want to act last, ideally after watching everyone check their junk to you.
S= The Strength of other players’ hands. This assumes you have some reading skills; don’t all the good scientific equations always seem to relie on at least one fundamental assumption? You know like gravity or warp drive.
There’s a catch, this equation defines the perfect situation in which to bluff. However, if you’re always bluffing in the mathematically perfect situation, your opponents will know you’re bluffing! You know it’s the old: If he knows I am bluffing then will he think I know he knows or will he know I know he knows I know and therefore…..