Your Questions About Poker Table Top Plans

Ken asks…

Can one supplement their income by playing internet poker?

Thanks to Yahoo answers about playing Holdem for cash. I’ve been on their a week or two and I would say 66 percent of the time, place in the top 3 at pokerstars SnG tables (3.30 and 15 NL holdem).

My question is it realistic to think of my winnings as a part time second job. All I want to do is fund my IRA roth for next year thru winnings.

Is this a realistic expectation. How would I know to progress up to the higher games? Any websites that can formulate a plan?

admin answers:

Is it possible in general? Yes. Lots of people are already doing it.

Is it possible for you? Maybe. It depends on your skill level. You know you’re ready to move up when you are winning consistently at the lower tables. (Not just cashing in 2nd or 3rd, but winning.)

Like Pokercoach said, it’s important to keep notes. Keep notes on yourself & your money output & income and also keep notes on every one at your table. (Easy way to start is to just write down any cards a player ends up turning over & what position they were in.) I can’t even begin to tell you how many times this will come in handy. After a trip or two around the table, you will know who’s loose & who’s tight. As more hands are revealed, you will know what types of hands a certain player is more apt to play. (Also try to note any hands the player made big raises on pre-flop.)

Here’s an example… Let’s say we are down to the final 3 players. I’m in the Big Blind. The Button raises 3x the big blind. The Small Blind then re-raises to 6x the big blind.

Now the action is on me and I consult my notes… I notice that the Button player has seen nearly every flop and has attempted to buy out the blinds several different times with garbage cards. I then notice that the Small Blind has only played 4 hands the whole game and the only hand he raised pre-flop was AA. Now… I would be 100% comfortable calling the Button player with my QJ suited because he shown a willingness to play loose. BUT I would be 100% apprehensive about calling the player in the Small Blind because he has played tight and rock-like throughout the game. If I did not have any notes, I might not know what to do, but since I have been keeping notes the whole game, I know this is 1 I wanna get away from.

One other reason to keep notes… Some of your opponents will be people like pokercoach and I, and we will definately be keeping tabs on what you’re doing. It’s wise to level the playing field and not give anyone taking notes an advantage on you. Instead, you will be the one with the edge over anyone else that’s not taking notes.

Good luck.

Michael asks…

My online poker company refuses to send me my winnings. What can I do? Any thoughts?

I won’t mention any names, but I play poker on one of the top 3, possibly top 2 online poker sites in the world and I finally have a fairly substantial cashout after years of playing without ever making a cashout. It may not be much by most players standards, but its over a thousand dollars and thats a heck of a lot of money to me. So after jumping through hoops attempting to verify my personal ID and bank account information in order to be approved to receive my cashout in the form of a check ( instead of one of the 4 or 5 other “options” they offer, non of which I find very trustworthy ), they have informed me out of the blue that they have closed my account. I was expecting the email to say something more along the lines of “your cashout has been approved and please allow 15 days for delivery”. Needless to say I was very surprised. Then my surprise turned to anger when the follow up email said they are “seizing all of my funds” due to collusion with another player. I feel Im being nothing short of robbed since Ive never done anything remotely close to what they are accusing me of.

This other player they are referring to and I are indeed friends, we have played at tables together in the past, maybe 8 to 10 times out of friendly competition yet never to work together to win any money ( as Im certain records would indicate it would be very very rare to find he or I finishing in the top 3 during any of those 8 to 10 games, mostly because neither of us are very good players I guess ). Heres the part that upsets me the most. Im certain it has been well over a year, closer to two years since he and I have found ourselves on the same table either intentionally or by accident. I find it EXTREMELY ironic that they decide only now to close my account; 3 days after requesting a cashout and nearly 2 years after sitting at the same table with the player they accuse me of somehow cheating with. Our play at the same table together is obviously something they have had record of since the last time he and I have played together, like I said, well over a year- closer to two years ago. Yet they never said anything about it to me until now and gladly took deposit after deposit after deposit from me, only now raising an issue 3 days after requesting my first cashout.

Heres the problem I immediately find myself in at first glance: Online poker seems to still be operating in the wild wild west even though its been around for several years now. Its not something I can solve by simply having my attorney send a threatening letter or whatever. All the legal implications seem to reside in whatever dark shadow of a country they operate in. I feel like I am at a loss for any kind of defense to what they are accusing me of. And thats a terrible feeling, particularly knowing I have done nothing wrong. I plan on requesting records of the games he and I have played in together in and requesting proof of the outcome to prove he and I made virtually NO MONEY at any table we have both been sitting at together. But if they decide to ignore me, then Im at a loss of what to do next. Regardless, I was at 0 dollars in my account a month ago and now have over 1,000; all of these winnings being achieved in the past 30 days while the wrongdoing they are accusing me of took place a very long time ago. Should I not at least be entitled to my winnings of the past 30 days, even if they want me to refund any money I may have made while playing with this other player? That only seems fair.

Does anyone know of an agency which may loosely govern the online poker community which may give me some assistance in this matter? Is there anyone I can turn to for help? If not, can anyone refer me to a players organization or websites where I can share my experience and expose these people as criminals assuming they dont have a change of heart and listen to my appeals in the next few days. THANK YOU VERY MUCH YAHOO COMMUNITY FOR ANY HELP WITH THIS ISSUE!!!! I want to make sure this issue gets resolved and equally as importantly, I want to make sure this doesnt happen to anyone else.

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions they would like to share with me off the record, or has any ideas as to how I can really get even with these people ( even though that will be my last plan of attack, after I have finally thrown in the towel and admitted defeat to something I am being wrongly accused of ) please please please send me an email at [email protected] and share your thoughts with me.

admin answers:

Your only move is to continue to email them about this.

Address the collusion. Proving that you weren’t cheating is the only thing that can save you. They reserve all rights, but they have been known to make mistakes in these cases.

However, especially if it’s Pokerstars, fulltilt, bodog, absolutepoker, or UB, they are usually accurate when they accuse people of collusion.

Their only fault is that they are sometimes overcautious. Question everything about it though. Call them up to talk about it if you can. Dispute as much of it as you can.

It’s also possible that you aren’t aware that something you were doing was under the category of collusion, and in that case, you may be able to get them to understand that you didn’t know and won’t do it again.

Good luck.

Chris asks…

Do I have any recourse against my online poker service in this day and age? They are denying me my winnings.?

I won’t mention any names, but I play poker on one of the top 3, possibly top 2 online poker sites in the world and I finally have a fairly substantial cashout after years of playing (mostly for fun of course, 10-20 dollars at a time maybe ) without ever making a cashout. It may not be much by most players standards, but its over a thousand dollars and thats a heck of a lot of money to me.

Instead of replying and informing me they are processing my cashout request and informing me I should expect 15 days for delivery or whatever, I received an email out of the blue telling me that they have closed my account. Needless to say I was very surprised. Then my surprise turned to anger when the follow up email said they are “seizing all of my funds” due to collusion with another player. I feel Im being nothing short of robbed since Ive never done anything remotely close to what they are accusing me of. I literally am being wrongly accused of something and I dont know what to do.

This other player they are referring to and I are indeed friends, we have played at tables together in the past, maybe 8 to 10 times out of friendly competition yet never to work together to win any money. [side note: he and I have both played over 500 games on this website, 8-10 of which we may have found ourselves sitting at the same table]

Heres the part that upsets me the most. Im certain it has been well over a year, closer to two years since he and I have found ourselves on the same table. I find it EXTREMELY ironic that they decide only now to close my account and tell me they “have completed the results of an ongoing investigation”; 3 days after requesting a semi-substantial cashout and nearly 2 years after sitting at the same table with the player they accuse me of somehow cheating with. Im assuming they are implying I was on the phone with this other player sharing my card information in attempts to work together to tilt the odds against the other players, but Im not 100% certain of that as a fact.

Our play at the same table together is obviously something they have had record of since the last time he and I have played together, like I said, well over a year- closer to two years ago. Yet they never said anything about it to me until now and gladly took deposit after deposit after deposit from me, only now raising an issue 3 days after requesting my first cashout.

Heres the problem I immediately find myself in at first glance: Online poker seems to still be operating in the wild wild west even though its been around for several years now. Its not something I can solve by simply having my attorney send a threatening letter or whatever. All the legal implications seem to reside in whatever dark shadow of a country they operate in. I feel like I am at a loss for any kind of defense to what they are accusing me of. And thats a terrible feeling, particularly knowing I have done nothing wrong. I plan on requesting records of the games he and I have played in together and requesting proof of the outcome to prove he and I made virtually NO MONEY at any table we have both been sitting at together. But if they decide to ignore me, then Im at a loss of what to do next. Regardless, I was at 0 dollars in my account a month ago and now have over 1,000; all of these winnings being achieved in the past 30 days while the wrongdoing they are accusing me of took place a very long time ago. Should I not at least be entitled to my winnings of the past 30 days? The wrongdoing they loosely accuse me of supposedly took place well over a year ago.

Does anyone know of an agency which may loosely govern the online poker community which may give me some assistance in this matter? Is there anyone I can turn to for help? If not, can anyone refer me to a players organization or websites where I can share my experience and expose these people as criminals assuming they dont have a change of heart and listen to my appeals in the next few days. THANK YOU VERY MUCH YAHOO COMMUNITY FOR ANY HELP WITH THIS ISSUE!!!! I want to make sure this issue gets resolved and equally as importantly, I want to make sure this doesnt happen to anyone else.

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions they would like to share with me off the record, or has any ideas as to how I can really get even with these people ( even though that will be my last plan of attack, after I have finally thrown in the towel and admitted defeat to something I am being wrongly accused of ) please please please send me an email at [email protected] and share your thoughts with me.

admin answers:

It is illegal to play at these sites in America. Now, the companies use places like SeaLand and other shady nations to set up it. You can’t go to the FBI and say, ‘I committed a crime and they won’t give me my take.

Lastly, if you were chatting with the alleged partner of yours, either what appears to be a code, or on say, AIM, you are just out of luck.

Mary asks…

Do you think I might have Dyscalculia?

-Frequent difficulties with arithmetic
– Difficulty with everyday tasks like checking change and reading analog clocks.
– Inability to comprehend financial planning or budgeting, sometimes even at a basic level.
– Difficulty with multiplication-tables, and subtraction-tables, addition tables, division tables, etc.
– Difficulty navigating or mentally “turning” the map to face the current direction rather than the common North=Top usage.
– Having particular difficulty mentally estimating the measurement of an object or distance (e.g., whether something is 10 or 20 feet (3 or 6 metres) away).
– Often unable to grasp and remember mathematical concepts, rules, formulae, and sequences.
– Difficulty with games such as poker with more flexible rules for scoring.
– Inability to concentrate on mentally intensive tasks.

I looked up the symptoms and I have all of these, but I don’t have one of the major symptoms which is reading a number backwards. Ex: 56 would be 65. I did well in other subjects in school especially English and Social Studies… but horribly in Math, and Science.

I dropped out of school when I was 16. I have yet to get my GED because I’m afraid I will just fail the math section. I’m afraid to get a job as well because of my poor math skills.. I really don’t know what to do. Advice please? Thanks in advance…

admin answers:

I think you might

Robert asks…

Do you think I could have dyscalculia?

Do you think I might have Dyscalculia?
-Frequent difficulties with arithmetic
– Difficulty with everyday tasks like checking change and reading analog clocks.
– Inability to comprehend financial planning or budgeting, sometimes even at a basic level.
– Difficulty with multiplication-tables, and subtraction-tables, addition tables, division tables, etc.
– Difficulty navigating or mentally “turning” the map to face the current direction rather than the common North=Top usage.
– Having particular difficulty mentally estimating the measurement of an object or distance (e.g., whether something is 10 or 20 feet (3 or 6 metres) away).
– Often unable to grasp and remember mathematical concepts, rules, formulae, and sequences.
– Difficulty with games such as poker with more flexible rules for scoring.
– Inability to concentrate on mentally intensive tasks.

I looked up the symptoms and I have all of these, but I don’t have one of the major symptoms which is reading a number backwards. Ex: 56 would be 65. I did well in other subjects in school especially English and Social Studies… but horribly in Math, and Science.

I dropped out of school when I was 16. I have yet to get my GED because I’m afraid I will just fail the math section. I’m afraid to get a job as well because of my poor math skills.. I really don’t know what to do. I just turned 18 btw. Advice please? Thanks in advance… I

admin answers:

I don’t think you have dyscalculia, If you did you wouldn’t be able to ask the good questions you do. I think you quit school at 16 only on paper but you left school long before that mentally. You just missed the classes when they were doing all this stuff.I know 95% of the people i know, when you mention math or science, they start yawning. There are only a small amount of people on earth that it turns them on. If i am with friends and we meet someone after they leave someone might say. What was their name, and maybe one person will remember their name.I think you are a smart young girl who has made some bad choices in the past and now wants to improve her future. I think you just haven’t found your calling yet. In time you will be very good at what ever you do.

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