How to set up the perfect billiards room

Written by Reno Charlton

Continued from page 1

Lighting is another very important consideration, and this can make all ofrepparttar difference torepparttar 110003 look and atmosphere of your billiards room. You can select from a wide choice of billiard room lighting, such as swag & bar lights or stained glass lights. Again,repparttar 110004 choice is your and should depend uponrepparttar 110005 rest of your décor. It is important to also consider wall lighting as well as lighting for above your billiards table. In addition torepparttar 110006 wall and table lights, you can add neon signs torepparttar 110007 walls, which will add a really great touch and authentic atmosphere to your billiards room.

Why have a billiards room?

There are many ways in which a billiards room could enhance your home and your life. If you enjoy a game of pool down atrepparttar 110008 local bar, then having access to your very own billiards room will be a dream come true. You can invite your friends round to play a game or two, and make your billiards room in to a real entertainment center forrepparttar 110009 whole family. Some great reasons for having your own billiards room include:

• Spending more time withrepparttar 110010 family: It’s not always easy to get quality time withrepparttar 110011 family, and there aren’t all that many places in whichrepparttar 110012 whole family can get together and enjoy themselves without paying a fortune. Your new billiards room will providerepparttar 110013 perfect environment, where you, your partner,repparttar 110014 kids, and even granny can relax and enjoyrepparttar 110015 atmosphere, fun and relaxing ambience that will surround you.

• Givingrepparttar 110016 kids access to some fun: Most kids live to play games like pool, but generally can’t get into bars and play like adults can! If you want to give your kids something to do, and you would rather they were at home inrepparttar 110017 evenings rather than wanderingrepparttar 110018 streets, your billiards room isrepparttar 110019 perfect solutions. Your kids can invite their friends around from time to time, and they will all be thrilled to spend time in your cool billiards room.

• Enjoying beingrepparttar 110020 host and entertainer: If you like to have friends around, thenrepparttar 110021 billiard room will be a fantastic addition to your home. Having dinner parties will never berepparttar 110022 same again, and you can all retire torepparttar 110023 billiards room for a few games, a couple of drinks, and to listen to some music. You can even enjoy a few pre-dinner games – and even if you’re not inviting friends around for dinner, they will be delighted to come around simply for a game of pool and a couple of beers.

• Increaserepparttar 110024 value of your property: A well designed games room could really add value to your property, as these rooms are becoming more and more popular. People like nothing more than having a space in which they can relax and enjoy themselves, forgetting about everyday hassles, and this is what you will be giving them with a billiards room.

Enjoy your new billiard room

Once you have got your billiard room fully kitted out and decorated, you will be ready to reaprepparttar 110025 rewards with years of fun and relaxation with family, friends, even alone. You can use your new billiards room to entertain, enjoy quality time with others, brush up on your billiards skills, enablerepparttar 110026 kids to learn how to play, and to have a great time withrepparttar 110027 important people in your life.

Billiards is a universally popular game, and people won’t fail to be impressed with your fantastic new billiards room. This will be a place where you can get away from it all – no more having to slope off torepparttar 110028 local bar for a couple of beers and a game or two; you can simply go to your billiard room and enjoy a game whenever you want to. You could even have a well-stocked mini-fridge in your billiard room filled with beers or soft drinks, so you can enjoy a cold drink as you play a relaxing game of pool.

Reno Charlton is an experienced freelance copywriter and an award-winning children’s author from the United Kingdom. You can read more of her informative articles on pool tables and billiard accessories at

Texas Holdem Tournament Strategy - Winning vs. Aggressive Players

Written by Rick Braddy

Continued from page 1

The turn came and it wasn't a five - then someone pipes up and says "he's drawing dead". Believe me, you never want to hear that when you're in a showdown! I looked over as he said something in Russian to his buddy - another violation of tournament rules, as everyone is compelled to speak English atrepparttar tournament table. It wouldn’t matter, as he stood up, grabbed his jacket and left after receiving some consolation from his friend.

His older friend glared over at me and uttered something derogatory in Russian. I had no clue what he said, but I knew from his tone that I didn't like it. I also knew I'd gotten under his skin by taking down his buddy and raking in all of his chips. I responded with "what's that, I don't understand what you're saying since you're not speaking English?” loudly so everyone atrepparttar 110002 table could hear me.

He mumbled something about his friend...I smiled and said politely with a smile "I deliberately laid that trap for your friend and he fell right into it!", pushingrepparttar 110003 knife in deeper, knowing he'd be gunning for me anyway - might as well make sure my next trap was fully set. This also signaled to everyone else atrepparttar 110004 table that whenever I checked or limped, it could be extremely dangerous if assumed to be a sign of weakness - something I’d leverage later asrepparttar 110005 blinds and antes rose andrepparttar 110006 proper time to bluff and steal blinds actually arrived.

After a slight pause, my Russian friend noticed that everyone was now looking at him. He looked down at his chips and said "nice play" with a reluctantly polite tone.

Boy, I was elated! My battle plan was definitely becoming field-proven here - and my next target was clearly sighted. It had taken careful observation, planning and a lot of patience to wait forrepparttar 110007 right hand, and then play it correctly to take this highly-skilled, aggressive player out and rake in all of his chips.

About ten minutes later, it was tournament break time, after two hours of play. I counted my chips, which totaled 14,900 (we started with 5,000 each), then grabbed a quick bite to eat, reflecting on what had just taken place.

Within ten minutes of returning from break, I finally picked up a serious starting hand: Cowboys (KK). I knew it was time for my new Russian friend and me to tango, so I fired out a bet of 3 timesrepparttar 110008 big blind: 3,000 chips, bait that I was sure he couldn’t turn down. Sure enough, he bit - big time. His all-in raise came almost instantaneously, before I could even get my bet ontorepparttar 110009 table. He was totally ready to engage, and had been laying in wait for me - just like I had planned. I had set him up by taking out his friend and then challenging his poker ego in front of everyone. He just had to retaliate against me – it was a totally predictable “full-tilt” response from this kind of player.

This is whatrepparttar 110010 game of poker is really all about – having a well-defined strategy,repparttar 110011 patience to wait forrepparttar 110012 right hand, and then executing properly. It’s what makes poker a game of strategy instead of a game of chance (for some of us).

He raised by going all-in with around 8,000 chips to my roughly 14,000. I quickly called his all-in bet. Everyone else quickly folded and got out of our way.

I flipped my pocket kings over, then looked him straight inrepparttar 110013 eye and just smiled. Then someone says "Yeah! Now we've got some action!" He sighed and flipped over QQ - he actually had a real hand for a change. That's one ofrepparttar 110014 problems with these kinds of "semi-solid, aggressive" players, like my Russian friend here, and other poker greats like Gus Hansen. You never really know exactly what to expect from them. Of course, my opponent could've held pocket rockets (AA), but I'll play those KK cowboys strong each and every time I get them, since there’s only one hand that can beat them heads-up. I also knew this aggressive player on tilt was likely to be overplaying his hand, improving my odds significantly.

The flop, turn and river came and went without another Queen and it was done - my cowboys stood up and I had all of both Russian’s stacks, which included most ofrepparttar 110015 other two poor maniac’s chips (who lost torepparttar 110016 Russians earlier). This instantly made me by farrepparttar 110017 chip leader at our table with well over 22,000 chips!

I went from having an average chip stack to beingrepparttar 110018 table chip leader, against tough, aggressive opponents, within less than half an hour by:

a) Playing solid, reasonable tournament poker,

b) Not taking big, undue risks with weak or "drawing" hands,

c) Studying my aggressive prey and whererepparttar 110019 chips were sitting,

d) Formulating and refining a battle plan while observingrepparttar 110020 game progress,

e) Remaining patient while waiting forrepparttar 110021 right hand to make my move, and

f) Executing this plan with precision against a predetermined opponent, and on terms of my choosing – notrepparttar 110022 opponent’s.

There was no luck involved at all – except that my opponent didn’t hold AA or pull some lucky cards with a trash hand – which was simply playingrepparttar 110023 odds in my favor.

I started out with a high-level strategy to target aggressive chip leaders, and go after them with strong hands fromrepparttar 110024 right position. I planned this before I ever arrived atrepparttar 110025 casino that day, or knew who these players would be. Then, I refined my plan once I knew for certain whomrepparttar 110026 evening’s targets would be and how I’d provoke them. It certainly helped that I caught two decent hands during those first hours of play.

Unfortunately, I later lost to a legitimate full house, but made it intorepparttar 110027 top 40 – it happens…

The key to playing against aggressive and maniac players is having a viable Texas Holdem strategy you can profit from when you get some good hands. If you have a good plan, you can convert it into a formidable stockpile of chips - a stack that you‘ll definitely need asrepparttar 110028 blinds and antes increase andrepparttar 110029 tournament field narrows inrepparttar 110030 latter stages.

This is how I approach Texas Holdem strategy for tournaments now - at least whenrepparttar 110031 tables are full with 8 or more players, some of them aggressive and maniacs. So,repparttar 110032 next time you encounter wild and aggressive players at your poker table, get ready to have some fun! It's like Tae Kwon Do - usingrepparttar 110033 opponent’s own energy and momentum against them.

Inrepparttar 110034 next installment, we’ll detail this Texas Holdem strategy more formally, along with exploring some other tournament tips for playing better Texas Holdem poker.

Until then – good luck!


Rick Braddy is an avid writer, Texas Holdem player and pro software developer and marketer for over 25 years. His websites and software specialize in helping people become better Texas Holdem poker players. If you're a poker player, be sure to visit his website today and learn how you can play better Texas Holdem, too.

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