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Playing poker is more than just jumping in a chair and grouping a few cards together and betting money. Learning the foundation of the game is essential. The following offered by 2 Poker Game are very key poker terms to describe all actions that occur during a poker game.

As surprising as this may be but many poker players don't realize what a bet really entails. A bet is a wager of a particular amount of money in a poker game. Bets can be placed in fixed limits like $5 or $10 or spread limits, which allows players to wager any amount within a particular limit like $2-$10.

Pot limit is another form of betting where a poker player can bet any amount up to the amount in the pot. No limit is another betting form which has gained much attention especially with the World Series Of Poker Tour online. No limit poker allows players to wager any amount of money that the player may have in front of them.

Blind bets is a forced bet by one or more players before the cards are even dealt .Blind bets are really popular in poker games like Texas Hold' em and Omaha.

Call is a main form of betting where an amount wagered is basically matched and placed into the pot.

Check is another poker term widely used and unlike the other forms of betting this includes no money. When a player is checking, a player keeps the right to call any bet made by a player who acts after he does, or even to raise. However if a player has already placed a bet when it is already your turn to decide what to do, you now can't check, so you either must fold, call, or raise.

Check raise means to check and then raise if one of the opposing players bets. This is a very popular tactic when a check raiser has a very strong hand and wishes to bait players for a bet or two.

Fold means to decide whether or not to call a bet or raise. Folding is giving up on the pot especially if you have a very poor hand.

Raise means to increase an amount net which was wagered by an opposing player.

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Alan Goehring caught the attention of the public when he came in third in the $3,000 No Limit Hold 'Em event at the 1997 World Series of Poker (WSOP). The tournament featured such greats as Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Kathy Liebert, Dan Harrington and Donnacha O'Dea. Goehring won $61,845 in the tournament.

Goehring finished 2nd in the $10,000 No Limit Hold-Em Main Event of the 1999 WSOP. He lost to Noel Furlong, but took home $768,625 for his efforts. This, coupled with several other 2nd place finishes, including the one in Bellagio's Inaugural No Limit Hold 'em tournament, gave Goehring a reputation for being the player who "could not win the big one" - or being a "perennial bridesmaid," according to Card Player Magazine.

But this pattern was broken in 2003, when he bagged first place in the $25,000 World Poker Tour (WPT) No-Limit Hold 'em Championship event of the Bellagio Five-Star World Poker Classic in Las Vegas. This televised event was Goehring's first major tournament win. He had gone up against a very talented young Russian player named Kirril Gerasimov, who had gone all-in with nothing, while Goehring flopped a set of Queens.

This was during season one of the prestigious WPT tournament. Goehring took home the $1,011,886 grand prize. The final table also included Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson and Ted Forrest. But after this event, he seems to have gone back to making final tables. In the 2005 WPT €10,000 Grand Prix de Paris, he placed 5th and finished with $89,753. The winner turned out to be Roland De Wolfe.

Goehring was born on February 21, 1963, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a retired junk bond analyst and trader. He only started playing poker professionally at age 37. This good-natured player claims that he plays poker for fun, not money.

Howard "The Professor" Lederer, brother of Annie Duke and another well-respected poker player, has made some commentaries about Alan Goehring's plays in his official website. "I am looking forward to sitting across from Alan Goehring again soon," he said in an article. "I may not do any better, but I know I will be thoroughly entertained."

Though he rarely finishes first, Goehring's accomplishments in the circuit are nothing to scoff at. As of 2005, he has made over $2.5 million in tournament play, perfectly on par with the achievements of other star players. Goehring lists his hobbies as "stocks and bonds." He is currently residing in Henderson, Nevada.

Carlos Mortensen enjoys the prestige of being thought of as one of the handsomest poker players alive. This half-Spanish, half-Danish player sports an intense yet suave look. But besides handsome, poker enthusiasts think of him as an expert bluffer. His play style is frequently loose and cool, but Mortensen himself says he mixes up his style in order to match his opponents'.

The poker heartthrob has been called "El Matador." Carlos Mortensen is best known for his performance in the 2001 World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event, where he won $1.5 million. His opponent was Dewey Tomko, a former kindergarten teacher with over 35 years of poker experience. Mortensen also won $1 million at the Doyle Brunson North American Poker Championship in 2004. He has collected two WSOP bracelets and over $3.6 million in live tournament winnings as of 2005. Mortensen has also placed in the World Heads-Up Poker Championship, and was a semi-finalist in the Poker Superstars Invitational Tournament's second season.

Mortensen was born in Ambato, Ecuador, on April 13, 1972, to a Spanish mother and Danish father. He has two brothers and three sisters. His family had farms in Ecuador, but they moved to Spain when he was 15 years old. Notably, poker wasn't popular in Spain, and was even illegal. But it was at around this time that Mortensen began to play.

Young Mortensen used to play chess at a private club in Spain, where he worked as a bartender. He came to the club one day and spotted people playing Texas hold 'em. Mortensen could still remember the date: April 15, 1997. Since he was still waiting for his wife, he sat down to play, and promptly lost the equivalent of $100. The loss troubled him, but he came back to play the next evening. And he won. That was when his winner's colours showed; he kept on winning for four straight days.

After this exhilarating experience, Mortensen decided to pursue poker full-time as a profession. When he came to America, he did not know any English, but his observant nature made it easier for him to adjust. He prides himself in having acquired his skills more through experience than through reading books on poker. His wife, Cecilia Reyes, also plays poker. They have been together since January 1990. Carlos Mortensen travels frequently between the US and Europe to play in tournaments, sometimes with his wife by his side.

David "El Blondie" Colclough is a highly aggressive player. He is best known as an Omaha expert, enjoying top rank in Europe and second overall. His total live tournament winnings exceed $1.65 million as of 2005.

David Colclough has finished in the money 12 times in the World Series of Poker (WSOP). According to Colclough, he won a WSOP event in 2000, presumably at the $2,000 Pot Limit Hold 'em event, but he had to give away the bracelet in a deal. It was shortly after this happened that he turned professional. He had a final table appearance on the World Poker Tour (WPT), in an event also featuring Chip Reese and Sam Farha. He took home $103,507 from this achievement.

Quite a few great things happened to Colclough in 2003, besides voted European Poker Player of the Year. In November, he won the £1,000 No-Limit Hold 'em event at Midland Masters, Walsall. The win earned him £54,000, or $91,993. He also placed first in quite a few events, including the €2,000 Omaha Cup Summer Tournament, held in Paris, which earned him €66,000 or $75,920. There was also the €400 Pot Limit Omaha event at the Irish in Dublin, in which he won €21,740 or $23,723.

2005 was also a good year. In May 2005, Colclough reached the semi-finals of the €2,000 World Heads-Up Championship. He earned €20,000 in the event. He was also inducted into the European Poker Players Hall of Fame at the age of 41, making him the youngest inductee of all time.

Colclough was born on March 4, 1964 in Carmarthan, South Wales, to a Welsh Mother and an English father. He played a lot of poker as a child during family weekends in Stoke-on-Trent. While he was taking his A levels, he was warned and detentioned twice for playing poker in the common room. Undaunted, he proceeded with his education, eventually getting a BEC/TEC qualification in Information Technology.

While working in the IT industry he found employment in the Post Office, the National Health Service, the Inland Revenue and Fujitsu. He gave up his IT career when he saw that the demanding hours were getting in the way of playing poker. Professional poker had always worked well for Colclough, although he hit a spot of bad luck in an investment; he had put in most of his winnings, savings and time on a failing night club, and ended up almost broke before he closed it down. Fortunately, that was also when his life at the poker circuit went on high gear.

He has one daughter named Sian from his ex-wife Anna. David Colclough and his wife Rhowena live in an apartment in Birmingham.

Howard Lederer, also known as the "Professor," stands out in the poker scene because of his even temper and mild-mannered approach to the game. At the poker table Howard Lederer is calm, steady, remarkably self-assured. His long history of wins proves that his analytical play style is effective enough for champions.

Howard Lederer is also known for his vicious competitive streak. He plays mostly in large tournaments and high stakes games. He has won two World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelets and two World Poker Tour (WPT) titles as of 2004. His titles include first in the 2003 Party Poker Million Limit Hold 'em, first at the Bellagio's World Poker Classic No Limit Holdem and third at the Bellagio for Omaha Hi Lo. Besides playing in tournaments, Lederer also works on poker-related projects. He has also made an instructional poker video called "Secrets of No Limit Hold 'em." He runs the Howard Lederer Poker Fantasy Camp. He also co-hosts a tournament poker show for Fox.

Lederer came from a family of scholars and gamesmen. His father, Richard Lederer, a writer and linguist, had taught at St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. Howard's sister, Katy Lederer, wrote a book about the Lederer family, titled "Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers." As it happens, Lederer's first love was chess. After high school he moved to New York in order to attend Columbia University. But he had dropped out of college, intending to become a professional chess player. Somehow, he found his way to the poker tables, and after a run of beginners' bad luck, he quickly evolved into the formidable player that he is today.

However calm he seems to be at the boards, Lederer has shown that he, too, can be indignant. He seems especially annoyed with players who dispense insults without a care. This makes him not unlike a scholarly gentleman expressing disdain for the rough and uncouth, and unfortunately, this makes him vulnerable to controversy. Lederer has publicly criticized Daniel Negreanu for making inappropriate comments about Annie Duke. He also refused to shake hands with infamous heckler Tony Guoga at the end of the 2003 World Poker Tour (WPT) Grand Prix de Paris.

The Professor appears to lead a spartan, scholarly lifestyle, though the fun-loving gambler in him sometimes wins over. Though a long-time vegetarian, he once accepted a $10,000 proposition bet that he could eat a cheeseburger. Howard Lederer is living with his wife Suzie, his son Matti, and their three dogs in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In poker or in life, Phil Gordon plays big. Gordon has won nearly $1.1 million in poker tournaments since 2001. On that year, he finished fourth in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) championship event where he won $400,000. He also landed a spot on the Travel Channel documentary ("Inside the World Series of Poker").

The following year, Phil Gordon made two final tables, finishing sixth in Pot-Limit Hold 'em, and third in Omaha 8/Better. He also won the Pro Division of the World Poker Tour (WPT) inaugural tournament in Aruba. Then he lost to the winner of the amateur division, Juha Helppi.

In 2003, sports journalism became especially attractive to Gordon. He provided expert analysis for the WSOP Championship Event for Binion's live Internet broadcast, as well as daily reports for a national radio audience. And in March 2004, he knocked out two players at once to conquer the WPT's "Bay 101 Shooting Stars" tournament. One of two said players was Chris Moneymaker, whose Cinderella run in the 2003 WSOP has made him an overnight poker sensation.

At the age of 15, Gordon reached the finals of the National Merit Scholarship. Phil graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Computer Science before the age of 20. Gordon began his working career in 1989, immediately after graduation, when Lockheed Missiles and Space recruited him fresh off campus.

Barely two years later, entrepreneur Herb Madan drew Gordon in to become software architect of his start-up company, Netsys Technologies at Palo Alto in California. Thanks to the boom in LAN and WAN market, the company was eventually purchased lock, stock and barrel by Cisco Systems for $95 million, making Phil Gordon a rich man overnight.

Gordon retired early and began his trek across six continents and fifty countries. He has swum with the Great White Sharks off the island of Zanzibar, climbed the almost half-a-kilometre high Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, covered 20,000 kilometres in a Land Cruiser in Australia... to make things brief, he has lived the king-sized life that many have only dreamed about.

Five years later, Phil Gordon settled in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. At the time, poker was an up and rising sport, and the media glitz caught Gordon's fancy. He brushed up on the basics and plunged right in, his nonchalant play style immediately making him a memorable and formidable player.

Gordon is also a member of the infamous group of energetic young poker players called the "Tilt Boys." Some of the Tilt Boys' escapades are featured in their homepage (http://www.tiltboys.com). Gordon and a few of the other Tilt Boys coordinated on the design and software that was eventually used by the website FullTiltPoker.com

Phil Gordon has written three books on poker. A tip booklet he wrote for Celebrity Poker Showdown is now sold as a fundraiser for the Cancer Research and Prevention Organization, a charity he has supported since his Ultimate Sports Adventure fundraising tour in 2003-04.

GOOD POKER BOOKS

Caro's Fundamental Secrets of Winning Poker
Mike Caro

Gambling For a Living
Mason Malmuth & David Sklansky

Gambling Theory and Other Topics
Mason Malmuth

Getting the Best of It
David Sklansky

A Friendly Game?
Mark Swindler

Awesome Profits: From Kitchen Poker Table to Tournament Final Table
George Elias

Basics of Winning
J. Edward Allen

Handbook of Winning poker
Edwin Silberstang

How to Play Winning Poker
Avery Cardoza

New Poker Games
Mike Caro

Poker Essays
Mason Malmuth

Poker, Gaming & Life
David Sklansky & Mason Malmuth

Secrets of Winning Poker
Tex Sheanan

Sklansky on Poker
David Sklansky

Super System: A Course in Power Poker
Doyle Brunson

Theory of Poker
David Sklansky

Winning Poker for the Serious Player
Edwin Silberstang

Complete Book of Hold Em Poker
Gary Carson

Hold Em Excellence: From Beginning to Winner
Lou Krieger

Hold Em Poker
David Sklansky

Hold Em Poker for Advanced Players
David Sklansky & Mason Malmuth

Low Limit 7 Card Stud: Casino Strategy With Practice Hands
Gary Oliver

More Hold Em Excellence: A Winner for Life
Lou Krieger

Poker, Omaha, High/Low Split, Intermediate
Andy Nelson

Poker-Seven Card Stud High Low Split
Andy Nelson

Secret to Winning Big in Tournament Poker
Ken Buntjer

Seven-Card Stud for Advanced players
David Sklansky

Winner's Guide to Texas Hold Em Poker
Ken Warren

Winning Concepts in Draw & Lowball
Mason Malmuth

Winning Low-Limit Hold Em
Lee Jones

Poker For Dummies
Lou Krieger and Richard D. Harroch

The Rules of Neighbourhood Poker According to Hoyle
Stewart Wolpin

Poker: One Hundred and One Ways to Win
Andy Nelson

Poker - Hold 'Em: Book One
Andy Nelson

FINAL ADVICE

If you want to play poker at a high quality level, you will need a combination of strategy skills and good luck. However, you can improve your skills by playing on a regular base. This will positively enhance your win/loss ratio.

Keep in mind the following tips, when you strive for improving your poker skills:

· Never drink and play

· Know your own playing limits

· Manage your bankroll wisely

· Always pace yourself when playing for money

It might be a good strategy to set an amount to wager with and never to exceed it.

In online poker rooms you have lots of possibilities to gain poker playing experience. Most reputable online casinos offer great poker platforms, where you can play just for fun without risking any money. Of course there are differences between playing in an online poker room and playing offline in some casino. However, the similarities are apparent. Most important is to know the rules of the game well enough to react confidently when the cards are dealt. When playing poker online, there is no need of a poker face; this should not minimize the impact of a poker game online.

It requires a lot of practice to learn how to start a poker game. You need to get experienced in how to wager a fat bankroll, when it is advised to fold, when to hold, how to pace the game in a skilful way, when to play big or small, and when to back out. If you only start to play poker now, you can get important tips and tricks in online poker schools that are offered by many poker providers. This will surely help you to understand the game better. What online poker rooms earn from poker games is only the rake – a small cut on money. That’s why it is in their own interest that the players understand the game and enjoy playing poker.