Biggest Mistake while playing Texas Holdem POKER

Written by Rory Monahan

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continues as Nathan and Greg- who are both sitting left of you- call your raise.
The next few players muck their hands, and then Cindy, who is just to your right, jumps intorepparttar action and calls.
You really didn't want this much action with your pocket nines.
But hey, you've built up a nice pot, and you might get lucky and spike onrepparttar 135921 flop.
Plus, everyone simply called your pre-flop raise (no one came back overrepparttar 135922 top), which is a good sign.
The flop hits:
K, 7, 4.
Not too great of a flop for you, but not that bad either.
You would feel a lot better off without that King onrepparttar 135923 board.
Cindy, first to act right now, taps her hand on repparttar 135924 table and checks to you.
This isn't surprising, since you took control beforerepparttar 135925 flop.
Sorepparttar 135926 action is to you...
This is where most poker players would CHECK.
Big mistake.
Right now, you have absolutely NO WAY of knowing who hasrepparttar 135927 best hand atrepparttar 135928 table.
And that is PRECISELY why you must make a feeler bet...
Think about it:
If you CHECK, you're portraying weakness to your three opponents... letting them know thatrepparttar 135929 flop didn't help you.
Which gives one of THEMrepparttar 135930 opportunity to make a bet or try to buyrepparttar 135931 pot.
And you still won't know where you stand.
So instead of checking, you throw out a small FEELER BET that isn't going to get you into much trouble.
This isn't a bluff.
This is just a bet to find out who has a real hand and who doesn't. And it keeps you in a position to WINrepparttar 135932 pot.
"Thirteen dollars", you say as you push in a stack of chips.
Remember, this FEELER BET isn't going to get you into trouble. You're not going broke if you lose this pot... because you've got over $200 in your stack of chips.
And this isrepparttar 135933 ONLY WAY you've got a chance at winning this hand.
Nathan and Greg both immediately muck their cards.
The action goes to Cindy now, who thinks for a few moments while peeking at her hand a second time. Finally, she calls your bet.
Your feeler bet worked well. You got rid of two players... and you've got a read on Cindy now.
Because she called, you think she might be on a draw or might haverepparttar 135934 King without a decent kicker.
The turn card is an Ace.
This is GREAT for you.
It's great because you made that feeler bet...
Because you're confident that Cindy is NOT holding an Ace. If she had Big Slick, she would've made a pre-flop raise, rather than simply limping-in and calling your feeler bets.
She checks again.
This is where you can takerepparttar 135935 pot down with a real bet.
"Forty dollars", you say as you push in a stack of chips.
Cindy folds, of course, and you rake in a nice pot... all of which was SET UP through your two feeler bets.
If you hadn't made your feeler bets, there's no way you would've wonrepparttar 135936 hand.
Because you wouldn't have scared outrepparttar 135937 other players, you wouldn't have created good positioning for yourself, and you wouldn't have had a read on Cindy.
This is why I make feeler bets allrepparttar 135938 time... and why you should too.
I throw out "feelers" with top pair, second pair, bottom pair, or draws.
These bets arerepparttar 135939 only way I know whether I have repparttar 135940 best hand at any particular point in time...
Sure, I get re-raised often. And that's when I foldrepparttar 135941 hand and loserepparttar 135942 bet I just put in.
If you get re-raised after a feeler bet, then you know you probably don't haverepparttar 135943 best hand atrepparttar 135944 table... so muck it.
Losingrepparttar 135945 few dollars you made with your feeler bet is perfectly fine...
Because it's MUCH BETTER than just CALLING bet after bet without getting a read on your opponents... and then losing after allrepparttar 135946 cards get flipped over.
That's a SUCKER way to lose a pot.
And you'll go broke that way.
Plus, my feeler bets give me CONTROL and create ACTION atrepparttar 135947 table...
If a nine had come out atrepparttar 135948 flop inrepparttar 135949 example above, I wouldn't have needed to slow-play it...
And I wouldn't have been worried about having a monster and not winning any money with it (which happens to a LOT of amateurs)... because I had already created action with my FEELER BET.
Sorepparttar 135950 next time you play no-limit Texas Holdem, throw out feeler bets consistently and use them to your advantage.
Nothing too big... just enough to get a read on your opponents and find out where you're at in each hand.
You'll IMMEDIATELY realizerepparttar 135951 POWERFUL EFFECT that feeler bets will add to your game.
Because you'll have HUGE stacks of chips in front of you atrepparttar 135952 end ofrepparttar 135953 night...
While EVERYONE ELSE will just be sitting there, with their jaws wide-open, wondering how inrepparttar 135954 world YOU BEAT THEM SO BADLY...
If you want to learn how to KICK ASS like this in no-limit Texas Holdem poker... night after night... then go to my website.
There you can read about more great techniques and download my online eBook. You can download it right now by clicking on this link:
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The Music Revolution Has Begun--A Guide to Internet Music Downloads

Written by Larry Denton

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Musicians and distributors are tapping intorepparttar consumer anger to rewriterepparttar 135883 rules ofrepparttar 135884 music industry amid financial turmoil. is one example. Once just a community of online musicians, it is now becomingrepparttar 135885 Internet's answer to a record label as well, one that leaves much ofrepparttar 135886 power--andrepparttar 135887 selection process--inrepparttar 135888 hands of musicians.

So far,repparttar 135889 digital music movement has been a double-edged sword for artists. Newcomers and struggling musicians findrepparttar 135890 Internet to be a revolutionary way to produce and distribute their own music, bypassingrepparttar 135891 major record labels. The Internet can provide what every musician needs to be successful--exposure. Without exposure, no one buysrepparttar 135892 CDs, attendsrepparttar 135893 concerts or purchasesrepparttar 135894 T-shirts, ball caps, beer mugs and posters sold byrepparttar 135895 artists.

Onrepparttar 135896 other hand, some artists have reacted negatively to online music, fearing a drastic reduction inrepparttar 135897 royalty payments from CD sales and losses of other revenue.

Whether you supportrepparttar 135898 idea of music downloading or not, there is no turning back. As ofrepparttar 135899 end of 2004, 200 million songs were downloaded that year--a tenfold increase fromrepparttar 135900 previous year. Andrepparttar 135901 courts have ruled that file sharing software is NOT illegal, in and of itself.

Whilerepparttar 135902 major legitimate online music services like iTunes Music Store, EMusic, and Napster 2.0, with deals from major record labels, carry between 700,000 and 1 million songs, Internet upstarts like already claim an expanding library of 1.8 million songs available for free.

Whether you use a subscription site and buy your tunes, or search out free music onrepparttar 135903 Web, there is no doubt thatrepparttar 135904 entire music world has been radically changed byrepparttar 135905 Internet andrepparttar 135906 advent of digital music.

So get online, download your favorite tunes, turn uprepparttar 135907 volume, and "letrepparttar 135908 good times roll."

Larry Denton is a retired history teacher having taught 33 years at Hobson High in Hobson, Montana. He is currently V.P. of Elfin Enterprises, Inc., an Internet business providing valuable information on a variety of timely topics. For a recording studio full of information, resources and suggestions about music downloads, visit

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