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Playing Poker Related to Popular iPhone Game Temple Run

Many people see poker as a sport while others see it as a game of endurance, well now playing poker has been linked to one of the most successful mobile games, Temple Run. Here, we will look at some of the similarities between the two and work out if playing the game can help you with poker.

Practice makes perfect

At the tables, like on the game, the more you play the further you will progress. Of course, from time to time you will stumble in the early stages, but generally if you are learning from your errors you will progress more and more each time.


Gems are not always worth getting

In Temple Run, there are gems that you can collect to gain points, and while the temptation is there to collect every gem sometimes it is better to stay alive and not put yourself at risk. The same can be said of poker. In reality, while we would like to be in every hand in the majority of cases, it is best to sit out and stay safe. In fact, if you were to go for every gem (play every hand) you will find that while initial success could be rewarding in the long run you will never progress very far.


Relying on your instincts

There are occasions in the game (later on more than anything) when the speed increases to such a level that you have to use a gut instinct to work out what you are going to do next. The same can be said for poker. Calculating the majority of your moves is exactly what you should be doing, but sometimes your gut instinct should come into play. As you play more and more your instinct will get better, and soon you will realise when people may be trying to bluff you. Having the confidence to trust your instincts on occasion will set you apart from the robotic players and will allow you to become a better player. Many professionals are where they are now because they have a terrific gut instinct that they developed from an early stage in their poker journey.

Sometimes you can’t win

In poker, it does not matter if you get your chips in as a 99% favourite every single time there will still be one time when you lose. You can’t win every hand, and the sooner you learn that the better player you will become. On temple run, sometimes there are jumps that come to quickly after a corner or trees in the way that are impossible to avoid, the main thing is you do not throw your gaming device out of the window.

These are just four of the similarities between poker and temple run. It is believed that many poker players play this game because it teaches patience and is generally a good way to pass the time. In fact, a Welsh professional by the name of Roberto Romanello actually carries one of the highest registered scores.

Understanding the Reverse Tell

In poker, you need to have a certain level of knowledge and be able to implement it into your game to be considered a good player. However, there are other advanced ‘special’ moves that often make the difference between a decent player and a great one. Here, we will explore a bit more about one of these moves, the reverse tell.

What is the reverse tell?

A reverse tell (or false tell) is a move that you intentionally play to throw your opponent off your hand. This move will therefore make it much harder for them to gather information about your potential hands. True masters of the reverse tell will be able to make somebody think they're bluffing when they have the nuts, and that they have the nuts when they have nothing.

Why you should never use the reverse tell against bad player or grinders

In order for it to work the player you are up against needs to be watching your table and paying attention. If you are up against somebody that is playing 10 tables, then the chances are they haven’t seen your move. At the same time, a poor player isn’t likely to pick up on what you are trying to tell them so it makes this move worthless.

You should actually target good players with this move who will spot your tell and try to use it against you even though by doing this they are falling into your trap.

Good idea to play the long reverse tell

If you play regularly, then you will inevitably come up against the same players. When you are making notes about their style of play, you should also note how they react to your moves as well. If you can tell that they have clearly spotted a weakness in your play, then implement it next time you have a monster. They might not call, but if your little move gives them that extra push to trap them then it is well worth it.

Moves to consider

People expect that you will try to delay a hand when you have the nuts to make it look like you are thinking about playing it. They also expect that you will bet hastily if you are on a decent hand so try reversing these. Bet quickly if you are bluffing and try thinking about your hand when you actually have something that is worth thinking about.

It may also be worth trying to chat a bit on the table. If you can strike up a discussion, you may be able to tempt somebody into playing you without them even knowing it. For instance, say you are talking about poker, and you get tied up in a hand, and you change the subject, or stop talking altogether, this may suggest nervousness, which you can use to your advantage.

Playing a reverse tell is much easier when you are playing offline because you can use your body language to throw your opponent, but there are ways you can implement the reverse tell into your online game.


Identifying an internet tell

When you play offline, you will come across people that have strong physical tells, but this is something that you instantly lose when you play online. When you are playing live, players may scratch their head when they are on a monster, or act nervously when they are bluffing, and while this type of obvious tell is rare, you always have the chance to factor in body language when you are sitting at a physical table. However, online players may also act in a certain way that may allow you to gain additional information. Here, we will explore some of the most common ‘generalised’ tells with internet poker.

A delay followed by a bet or check could indicate a strong hand or weak hand respectively

Now, it is important to remember that if somebody is multi-tabling, then this point could be irrelevant because the player in question could be active on several tables, which would obviously delay their time. However, if somebody is playing on just the one table and has been playing at a good speed throughout the tournament, and they wait for a while before checking they may have a poor hand. Generally, if somebody wanted to check-raise, they would check quickly before coming over the top. If somebody waits for a long time before betting, this is often a sign of strength because the player is trying to indicate that they are weak by giving the impression they have to put a lot of thought into making their bet.

An instantaneous check often indicates weakness

Barely any decent player uses the check/call button, or at least they should not. This means if you are faced with an instantaneous check the person will often have selected the check/fold button. If this is the case, then this is about the biggest sign of weakness you can come up against. If you are up against somebody that has checked instantly, even if you do not have a strong hand, you should put out a small bet to try to take down the pot.

There are some people that use the check/call any button to slow roll the nuts, but this is not common, especially if you are up against an experienced player. If you think that you may be falling victim to a slow roll, work out if you could realistically be up against the nuts (based on how the hand has developed) if you have any doubt, then it is probably best to check to fold.

Remember, it is important to keep in mind both points above are general tells that any good player will be well aware about. Therefore, not everybody will fall into the same patterns. In fact, if you are playing a good player, they will use these against you. As this is the case, it is imperative that you always pay attention and keep notes on players to see if they fall victim to the most common online tells as detailed above.

How to catch a bluffer

Catching a bluffer is one of the best feelings you can get when playing any type of poker. However, unless you are an experienced player then trying this move is not something that would be recommended. Furthermore, even if you are experienced, you would also need to be really sure that you are making the right move. Here, we will explore some points that may help you catch a bluffer.

It should be noted that in order to catch a bluffer, unless you intend to push him off with a raise, you should have something decent behind you. Remember, your hand only needs to beat your opponents to win the pot. With this in mind, calling or re-raising with little is not something that you should do often because there is a fine line between raising somebody you think is bluffing and becoming a loose player.

Alterations to their normal game

The most obvious way to catch a bluffer is to find alterations in their game. For instance, if you are playing against somebody who you know will raise two-thirds of the pot almost every time when they have something, why are they raising half or the whole pot this time around? Either one would suggest they could be trying it on.

Sometimes you may just be up against a loose player

Some people play poker to win, and some play for the thrill. The latter type of player will often fall into the loose-aggressive category and if this is the case then you should find it quite easy to catch them out. In many cases, these players will make themselves known to you quickly. The majority of them will show you their bluffs to boast that they have won with nothing in order to boost their ego a bit. However, what they are actually showing the smart player is that they will bluff from time to time.

Roughly what percentage of hands should I play before the flop?

A lot of the most important decisions that you make in poker come before the flop. At the end of the day you can choose to fold, call or bet, and any one of these moves will eventually lead to you winning or losing chips. Furthermore, as the community cards are not available and the action before you is limited you have to work harder to find out the right move. With this in mind, many people play very robotically pre-flop, but this is not a bad thing. In fact, many of the top professionals will tell you that over time your pre-flop range will be very similar to everybody else’s. Here, we will explore this point in more detail.

This is a general rule

It is imperative that you know that the percentages detailed in this guide offer a general rule rather than something you need to stick to religiously. The percentage you should want to play depends on the amount of players you are up against, because obviously, the less players the bigger your range.

Ten or nine seated tables (cash) – in this situation you should not play more than 20% of your hands. A tight player may only play 10-15% of hands in this situation, and that is fine. If you are playing more than 25% or less than 7%, you need to evaluate your play.

Six seated tables (cash) – in many cases you should be playing the same amount of hands as you would on a full table. However, you can make minor alterations to your range. Even if this is the case you should not be playing more than 25% of hand's pre-flop. If you are playing more than 35% or less than 10%, you should make a change.

Multi table tournaments – in the early stages you should be playing no more than 15% of hands. As the blinds increase your range of hands from the late position will increase so this percentage will go up as well. If you are playing more than 20% or less than 4% in the early stages of a multi table tournament, then you should re-evaluate your play.

It is important that you remember that this is the percentage of hands you should be looking at getting involved with over time. If you are worried that you are playing too many/few hands you should get your hand statistics from the site you are playing on. If when you evaluate your hands, the amount varies from the above you can go through the hands you folded and see if you could have played or folded without looking at the outcome of the hand because that could cloud your judgement.

Remember, in some tournaments you will be dealt a high percentage of good hands and therefore, your percentage of hands will naturally increase. However, in other tournaments, you will find that you get nothing and this is when it starts to level out. You should only start to look at your statistics when you have played over 1000 hands in order to get a clear view.


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