20 Years of Online Poker: Star of the Party (2004-2006)
The term Big Lick is a reference to a specific hand in Hold'em, 69 as a play on words from Big Slick and a reference to the sexual act of Results oriented thinking is a faulty way of examining the merits of a certain play in poker, often times as a justification of a poor play. Making a backdoor hand means you've sucked out on an opponent. Likewise, the kicker in a flush is the second-highest card and the three lesser kickers may help break a tie, if need be. What Lodden Thinks is a prop betting game that revolves around guessing what some other person will think about a subject. Backdoor straights and backdoor flushes are the bane of many poker players' existence. Normally, however, hitting three or more Scatters on the reels will trigger a special bonus feature as well as a special bonus cash prize.
The WPT has come a long way since 2002
Their sportsbook and from what I can tell, their entire website is mobile responsive. As far as the sportsbook is concerned, you can access it from your browser — no download needed.
That goes for mobile bettors, too. I checked them out on my iPhone and their site looked and functioned great. This sportsbook is geared towards recreational bettors, which is who I think will enjoy betting here the most. Between limiting winners and the lower betting limits, pros will want to bet at a sportsbook with fewer restrictions like Bookmaker.
However, a little less than a year ago news surfaced that a player won a jackpot playing a Betsoft slot machine, and neither the casino or Betsoft would pay him. But this rule was added after the fact. It was a bad situation. A situation that prompted some of the bigger and more popular casinos to remove Betsoft from their casinos.
This is an okay selection. Most look like regular blackjack games though. The only variants are blackjack switch and Spanish blackjack. Not much to add here. This is a pretty good and diverse selection of table games.
I think most people will be happy with the options here. There are a couple of options that dropdown to display the actual games. The top-level options include:. What I like about this is how they separate the games into single or multi hand categories. This makes finding the type of video poker game you want to play a little easier. And that makes up the majority of their casino. That goes for mobile devices, too. And if I remember correctly, some of their games are compatible with Windows mobile devices, possibly Blackberry devices, too.
I like their casino. As is the case with most US-focused gambling sites, the poker room at Sportsbook. The biggest reason why? Poker rooms need traffic to be successful, and Sportsbook. Smaller trafficked often turn pros and other high-volume grinders off, but will still attract smaller stakes grinders, recreational players and crossover traffic from the sportsbook and casino.
In other words, the games are much softer and thus easier to turn a profit from. If that interests you, then keep reading — we go over the most important details of their poker room below. Sportsbook uses Merge Gaming software. Other sites on this network include:. Back in the day, Merge used to be a great network with solid software. The most popular site back then was Carbon Poker.
I really liked the freerolls they ran every 4 hours — which offered real money prize pools. Often they took their customers money down with them. Carbon Poker remained pretty strong — however, for whatever reason the network as a whole went downhill. No limit holdem and pot limit omaha are by far the busiest games. Everything else is hit or miss. But it looks like they no longer do. They have satellites to this tourney too, so you can get a seat for much cheaper than the posted price.
I would definitely play this tournament — or any other larger guaranteed tourney on this site. This means the same amount of money the guarantee , but fewer players to fight through to get a piece of it. They run nightly guaranteed tournaments, too.
Here are some of the tournaments you can look forward to playing:. Here are the tournaments you can join:.
They offer plenty of SNGs, too — some are satellites while others are your normal handed game. Here are the SNGs you can expect to find at Sportsbook.
And it looks like they have a mobile poker room for iOS, Android and Blackberry users. They say it works on nearly all smartphones and tablets. There might be some opportunity for value hunters. Other than that, though, I think Sportsbook. There are far better options out there. Their poker room is a waste of time.
Everyone else will have more than enough options to choose from between PokerStars, Full Tilt, , Party and so on. My understanding is that they should be paying players when they hit a jackpot and then settling up with the casino later. It looks like they failed to do that, while retroactively adding terms to support their actions.
This is considered rogue behavior. That leaves their sportsbook. Payments that should take days or maybe weeks takes weeks, if not months to complete. Between that and all the negativity surrounding their brand, and I simply have no choice other than to recommend you play somewhere else. There are far better gambling sites out there. I highly recommend you check one of those out instead. This review was made by: Alternative payment methods may be used at our discretion.
You will be informed of these options as they become available. Chris 17 Jul Have bet with sportsbook. It's always been amazing to me, really. I have had a streak of luck this year and am up a bunch, and I have never worried about being paid. Because they are adept, and unapologetic, about sniffing out and shutting down scammer accounts, I think they get this poor online reputation. I think that so long as you are an honest player, this book should definitely be in your stable of wagering options.
James 22 Jun They are the worst, for some reason I went back and then remembered why I left. Awful customer service, casino is an absolute scam, stay away, far far away. A cold deck in poker is equivalent to a 'cooler. A combo draw is a hand that has multiple draws to different hands such as both a straight and a flush.
When you are 'on the come' in poker, it refers to the fact that you are drawing; it is also one of the most common bets in a game of craps. The comeup is a poker slang term used to describe a positive series of results in a gambling situation that nets an extraordinary profit. Completing is a concept that arises in stud games and refers to a bet made after the bring in that is eqal to the amount of the lowest betting limit. It derives its name from a computer simulation of starting hands.
A continuation bet is when a player bets out at the flop who was the raiser during the previous round of betting. The contributed rakeback method is a way of calculating the amount of rake a player accumulates by only counting the times that player puts money in the pot. The term 'cool million' is simply an ironic way of referring to one million dollars in a poker situation.
Such as, 'He bought in for a cool million. Coordinated boards are the opposite of ragged boards in poker. The term Countdown to Busto refers to when a player always breaks bankroll management and his or her friends begin a countdown to when they are broke. Counterfeited describes a poker situation where a hand that once had value of its own has been rendered null and void due to the board texture. The slang term Crabs is a nickname for the starting hand of 33 in Hold'em, a reference to how a 3 looks like a sideways crab.
Cracking cards means overcoming a strong hand with a weaker one. It's often used in conjunction with cracking aces or a pocket pair. A cranberry is gambler parlance for a poker chip that is worth twenty-five thousand dollars.
It is called a cranberry because of its reddish hue. Credit Card Roulette is a randomized way to gamble on communal costs; it is often used by poker players to determine who picks up the check at a restaurant. Crowbar is another term invented by NYC legend Alfonse, in which he would taunt his opponents by stating that he would 'crowbar' them, beating them in a hand.
Crying call refers to a situation where you are likely to be paying off your opponent and less likely to be calling with the best hand. A dangler refers to a card in Omaha that is one card that doesn't work well with the other three cards in a hand. The term dark is an action declared by a player first to act after the better round closes but before the next card is revealed. A Dark Tunnel Bluff is a repeated continuation bet on multiple streets based on the belief you have to bet but do so without thinking why.
A dead blind is posted when a player returns to a game after leaving the table while the game was still running. A dead button is when a player leaves the table as the button is about to placed on him. Dead cards refer to cards that would be useful for making a poker hand but have already been exposed or discarded.
Dead cards are critical for computing outs. A dead hand is one that has been disqualified from play typically due to a rules infraction. The dealt rakeback method is a way of calculating the amount of rake a player accumulates by counting every time that player is dealt a hand in a raked pot. Deuce is the preferred, if not unanimously used, term for a 'two' in poker. If you say you have a 'pair of twos' it is likely that you will be mocked.
The term 'dime' is a classic example of gambler lingo, as it reduces the substantial amount of one thousand dollars to a metaphorical unit of one small coin. A dirty out is when a player has a given amount of outs but when several of those outs actually might give an opponent a better hand. A dirty stack is a stack of chips that has mixed denominations within it. The hand 95 any suit is referred to as the Dolly Parton because of her role in the famous s movie 9 to 5.
Dominated is a term used when one hand is a significant underdog to another hand. The title of donator is given to someone who routinely spews his money at the poker tables or generally plays losing poker. A oft-used expression on poker forums, the term doomswitched refers to a player running bad. In other words, they've been getting unlucky. Door card, also know as the window card, is the first card visible in a stud hand, or the first card revealed by the dealer as he spreads the flop.
A Double Belly Buster is a hand with 2 gut-shot straight draws. A double gutter is a draw to eight outs for a straight, It is equivalent to an open-ended, or 'up-and-down' straight draw, but looks different. Downswings in poker are a series of negative long term results.
One losing session does not constitute a downswing, but a net losing result does. Drawing Thin is a term used to describe when a player is drawing to very few outs. Dream table is a phrase poker players employ to describe a table draw in a poker tournament in which they are facing off against especially weak players. A dry board in poker refers to a flop that is not a coordinated and and most likely safe grouping of cards.
The hand 22 in Hold'em is referred to as Ducks since the number 2 resembles the profile of a swimming duck. The term 'dust off' referes to the act of losing money in a poker game or gambling situation in a frivolous or unthinking manner. Edge is a concept that is almost as intrinsic to poker playing as 'EV' and describes the relationship a player's possibilities of success in a poker game.
A face card is a card that has a face on it, meaning any King, Queen or Jack. Fade, or 'fade outs' is a poker term that indicates a player had to dodge many outs in order to win a poker hand. Related to the term 'hold. Fifth Street is the fifth card dealt in a Stud game or the river card in a game of Hold'em or Omaha.
The slang term Fill Up describes when two pair or a set hits a card - usually when the board pairs - that turns their hand into a full house. A fish is an inexperienced poker player. It's also called the sucker. Made famous by the movie read more. Fist pump is a metaphorical expression for a situation in which you are very happy to be calling or going all in during a poker hand.
Flag is the slang term for a casino chip that has a value of five thousand dollars. Flags often get stored or exchanged for use in large buyin games. Flat, or 'flatting' refers to calling a poker bet as opposed to raising.
It may also refer to a style of tournament payout structure. To flop a set is to hit a third card of its kind while holding a pocket pair. Forced bets are simply antes and blinds, or any kind of bet that is required from each player at the table at random in order to generate action. Forward Motion is a rule held by most casinos constituting any movement of chips towards the pot to be a committing action.
Four of a kind refers to when a player holds all four cards of the same rank. The term four to a flush refers to when a player has four cards, but not five, towards a flush and is drawing to get the fifth card of that suit. Fourth Street is the fourth card dealt in a game of Stud or the turn card in a game of Hold'em or Omaha.
When a poker player is in a frenzy, he is usually on tilt for an extended period of time. Degenerate behavior and poor decision making are common. Similar to Sklansky Bucks, G Bucks are a more accurate way to estimate your equity after running a certain scenario over and over.
Gamey, related to the expression 'running game,' is a phrase in poker circles meant to indicate that a particular play or action might not be 'on the level. The term 'gapper' is usually heard in the form of 'one-gapper,' 'double-gapper' etc. It refers to the space between two hole cards, the opposite of a connector. Gears refers to a trait possessed by some poker players who vary their play, as opposed to being stuck playing one particular style or another.
A gift in poker is similar to a 'donation' and refers to a poker play that is so glaringly bad, it amounts to one player simply giving his opponent the pot. GodMode is a reference in the poker world to a donkey that always comes up with the nuts.
Going South is the generally frowned upon practice of taking money off the table after winning some pots. A grinder in poker is someone who plays significantly over-bankrolled while also playing a style that will slowly win them money at a consistent pace. Ground skinner is the southern poker player's version of the term 'walk. A Guarantee is used in poker when a casino or online poker room puts out a guaranteed prize pool amount for a tournament. The term gypsying refers to a situation in double-limit games where players open by calling the blind.
Hachem Syndrome describes the completely unnatural sense of entitlement that some WSOP champions are overcome by in the years following their victory. The term hand for hand is when a money bubble is approaching and multiple tables will play a hand and wait until all other tables are finished to start next.
A hanger is a card at the bottom of the deck that sticks out further that the rest and is a sign of cheating. The hero in a poker hand is the one you are taking the perspective of while watching it happen either live or in a hand history.
A hero call is when a player makes a marginal call solely based on a pure read or gut feel. High card refers either to a poker ranking, such as 'ace-high' or to the process of dealing out cards in order to give some reward to the highest card. When ordering stacks of high society, you are asking for a stack of the highest denomination of chips at that casino or card room.
Hit By the Deck is an expression used to indicate that a poker player is experiencing an unusually good run of cards in a short period of time. Hold is an expression that indicates that a poker player hand has remained in the lead, usually in a situation where it was vulnerable.
Hollywood is a verb used to describe the mode of pretending or acting in a poker hand, used both for deception and saving face. The 'idiot-end' in poker refers to the low end of a straight, also sometimes known as the 'sucker-end' or 'sucker straight. When a player says he is 'in the hunt,' it means he is still alive in a poker tournament, usually with a reasonable chance of winning.
Jackson Five is a good example of the sort of annoying nicknames Vince Van Patten assigned to random poker hands in his capacity as WPT commentator. Juice is synonymous with other terms like 'rake' and 'vig' and refers to the amount of money a gambling operator withholds from the amount being wagered. A Kill Button is a designation given to a player that has to post an over-blind that increases the betting limit.
A kill stack is one that's small in size but represents a large number of chips. Knish's Truck is a reference to the movie Rounders, in which Michael McDermott must resort to finding income by doing truck deliveries for Joey Knish. The slang term Kojack is given to the starting hand of King-Jack in Hold'em, a reference to the s cop television show. Laydown describes the act of folding a poker hand, usually used to indicate a very difficult fold or a very easy fold.
A live ace is a type of qualifying low hand in omaha eight-or-better that involves a hole card being duplicated on the board. As a poker term, it is somewhat antiquated. A lock is an unbeatable poker hand or, in other forms of gambling, a proposition or wager that is guaranteed to win. The term longhanded refers to a poker game played with seven or more usually 9 or 10 players sitting at the table. Makeup is the term used to describe the accumulated losses in a staking arrangement in which past buyins must be recouped before profits are split.
In poker, a master baiter is someone who baits other poker players in a masterful manner. The word meh is often used on poker forums to communicate apathy and indifference towards a subject matter. A minraise is simply a raise that is equal to the original bet. It stands out as an unusual play in games of big bet poker, and is often considered weak. A misdeal in poker occurs in a poker hand when the deal is corrupted. For instance, when one of the first two cards off the deck is exposed, it is a misdeal.
A monster poker hand is a hand that has excessively high value. The most obvious examples might be a rolled up hand trips in stud or pocket aces. A multi-way pot is one where there are three or more players left in the hand vying for the pot. Mush is a related term to 'cooler' in the William H. It can also be used as a verb to describe the same thing--the generation of bad luck.
Needling refers to the act of taunting someone during a poker game in an effort to get under his skin and cause him to play worse as a result. A negative expectation is a poker play that will lose money in the long run. A negative freeroll when a player goes all in and can only either tie or lose in the hand. The term nitfest is usually mentioned in the context of discussing a poker game where there is limited action or most of the players are especially tight.
Nosebleed refers to poker games that are extremely high stakes, generally much higher than the most regularly played high stakes poker games.
When a poker player says he has nothing, he means he doesn't even have a pair and is playing a high card. Similar, 'number 2' consists of 7,6,4,3,2. The nut air is when a poker player has the best possible hand on a board without holding a pair or better. A nut low hand is the best possible low hand in games of split-pot poker or lowball. In a vacuum, the nut low hand is a wheel. Nut no pair is a colloquial hand ranking that indicates the best possible cards that do not create a pair with the board in Texad hold 'em.
Nut nut is a synonym of 'lock lock' and refers to an occurence when someone has the best possible high hand and the best possible low hand in a split-pot game. An observer is someone who is watching an online poker game but is not seated at the table, otherwise known as a railbird. Omahahahahaha is a slang term for the poker game Omaha.
The one chip rule applies to live poker and states that if a player puts out one chip into the pot after a bet, it is considered a call. A one eyed jack is a nickname for the jack of spades and the jack of hearts, which only have one eye showing. The one player to a hand rule is meant to define self-interested play in poker games. It is a standard for live poker and exists in a gray area online. Opening refers to the act of initiating the betting in a poker game, genereally indicating the first bet made in a poker hand after the blinds.
The move Open Shove refers to when a player acts first in a hand and shoves all of their chips in all in to raise. Open-ended straight draws, aka 'up-and-down straight draws,' are identical in strength to 'double-gutters' and refer to a straight draw that has eight outs.
Option is the choice given to a player in the big blind or straddle to raise the action or check the action during a poker hand. An overbet is a bet that is larger than the size of the pot in a poker game. If the pot has one hundred dollars in it and someone bets a hundred and fifty. An overlay occurs when a poker room has to add money into the prize pool for a tournament because not enough players entered to meet the guarantee.
The term paint is used in poker and refers any card with a picture on it, specifically a King, Queen or Jack. Pass is another way of saying 'fold' in poker, to give up or laydown a hand.
The term has origins in British poker circles. Pat is to draw poker what 'made hand' is to other forms of poker such as Omaha or Hold 'Em and refers to a hand that will not improve via drawing cards.
Catchin 'perfect perfect' describes a poker situation in which a person has to catch the exact two specific runner-runner cards to beat his opponent's hand. It's commonplace to hear poker players say 'plus ev' in reference to their supposed positive expectation. But 'plus v' simply means plus value. Poker face is a well-known term used to describe the type of expressionless visage necessary to keep opponents guessing in a poker game.
Poker players almost universally will pray and curse the Poker Gods who apparently control the fate and outcome of every poker hand. The term positional awareness in poker refers to the conscious alertness of where a player sits in a hand and if it is an advantage.
The word price refers to the cost to a player to make a call on any given street. The feature known as Put Me Here is found on most poker sites and moves your position to the one specified by the player while rotating the rest accordingly.
Pwned is a derivative of owned, a term used to describe one player totally dominating another. PZD refers to the process of getting peaced out in a poker situation. It was brought into mainstream consciousness by poker player Cory Carroll.
A qualifying low hand in hi low split games is one that fits the minimum requirements to count as a low hand, such as 8 or better.
Rags are crappy cards in poker, they are opposite of 'premium hands' or 'monster hands. When a poker player is simply watching the action rather than playing, they are known to be 'railing' the game, and are often referred to as a railbird. A rake race is a competition to see who can accumulate the most paid rake at a rakeback affiliate site and results in a monetary prize.
A rakeback pro is a player who is not a winning player in terms of win-rate but earns neough rakeback to produce a profit.
Re-raising is often frustratingly used by amateurs as a synomym for 'raise. A redraw is a made hand that has a draw to an even better hand. Reload is a slang term in poker for when a player deposits money into a poker account that they already opened before. When you play as if you hold a particular hand, you represent it with your style of play on that hand.
Results oriented thinking is a faulty way of examining the merits of a certain play in poker, often times as a justification of a poor play. RiverStars is one of the many nicknames for PokerStars, referring to players being drawn out on the river at a supposed higher frequency than normal. Robusto is the hilarious-sounding way to describe being the opposite of 'busto,' in other words, having a bankroll or being 'pumped-up. A rolled up hand in stud is the strongest possible starting hand.
This applies to both games of stud 'straight high' and stud eight or better. Rough, of course, is the opposite of 'smooth,' a way of describing drawing to a flawed low hand in a game like or having a weak razz hand. The phrase 'running like a Kenyan' is an expression amongst poker players to brag how they are running great over a long period of time. The nickname Sailboats was given to the Hold'em hand 44, a reference to how the number 4 looks like the profile of a boat.
Sandbagging refers to when a player makes a call with a very good hand to disguise its strength to keep the opponent betting. The term second pair means that a player has the second biggest pair possible given the board.
The term session refers to the duration of time a player begins and ends playing poker. The term set under set refers to when two players show their hands in a Hold'em or Omaha game and one has a higher set than the other. A shark is an expert poker player.