How to set up the perfect billiards room

Written by Reno Charlton

If you enjoy relaxing over a game of billiards atrepparttar local bar, then what could be better than having your very own billiards table at home? Your home isrepparttar 110003 place in which you want to relax and enjoy life without having to think about work and other hassles, and if billiards is your thing then it makes sense to have your own table, which you can enjoy whenever you like. With your own billiards table at home, you can invite friends around for a few beers and a few games, or you can simply brush up on your billiards skills inrepparttar 110004 comfort of your own home.

If you are thinking of getting your own billiards table,repparttar 110005 first thing you need to decide is where your table is going to go. The perfect solution is to create a billiards room, where you can createrepparttar 110006 perfect look, atmosphere, and ambience to complement your billiards table. Of course, having a large home and a room going spare would be ideal, but not many people have this luxury, sorepparttar 110007 next best thing is to make room. Depending onrepparttar 110008 size of your home – and your family – you could relegate another room, such as a little-used dining room or even a large basement. A few changes in décor, colour, lighting and furnishings can make this into a perfect billiards room environment.

If you don’t have a room that you can convert, you may want to think about building on your property. A proper games room such as a billiard room can make a fantastic addition torepparttar 110009 home, and not only will you get hours of enjoyment and delight from this addition but it could also add value to your home. You can get some excellent prices these days when it comes to extending your property, and if you have building skills you may want to have a go at it yourself. Even a large conservatory can make an excellent place to have your billiards room.

Wherever you decide to have your billiards room, you need to ensure that it will serverepparttar 110010 purpose. You need to have room for your pool table and for necessary accessories that will give your billiards roomrepparttar 110011 right ambience and look. You also need to have room to freely move around, so don’t be tempted to go for a room that can just about squeeze in your pool table with very little room for anything else, includingrepparttar 110012 players!

Accessorize, furnish and light it up

The key torepparttar 110013 perfect billiards room is to haverepparttar 110014 right billiards accessories, furniture and lighting as well as a suitable space. You can get some fantastic accessories these days, so you can make your billiards room really individual and unique. You will need to look atrepparttar 110015 more fundamental accessories as well, such as:

• Cue sticks • Pool cue racks • Pool table covers • Pool table lights • Other pool table accessories

Other pool table accessories include essentials such as ball racks, table felt, table hooks, chalk and brushes.

In addition torepparttar 110016 essential products, you will find a range of really cool furnishings and accessories that are perfect for your billiards room. You can get billiards clocks, framed posters of famous pool players, pool coat racks, billiard room signs, beer signs (to add torepparttar 110017 authentic setting), ashtrays, mugs, towels – just about anything you can think of.

Furniture and décor for your billiards room will largely be a matter of personal taste. However, your room will look so much cooler if you can stick torepparttar 110018 billiards room theme. You can get an excellent range of furniture to select from these days, and you can enjoy giving your room a great look with:

• Wooden or metal bar stools • Spectator chairs or stools • Pedestal table and chair sets

Coupled with accessories such as billiard prints, neon signs, cue racks, andrepparttar 110019 other fantastic items available these days, this can give your billiards room justrepparttar 110020 right appearance to make itrepparttar 110021 perfect place to relax and hang out.

Texas Holdem Tournament Strategy - Winning vs. Aggressive Players

Written by Rick Braddy

The Texas Hold’em poker phenomenon has takenrepparttar country by storm. There are reportedly over 100 million active poker players worldwide. Poker’s popularity is largelyrepparttar 110002 byproduct of technology and several recent trends: 1) online gaming, where players engage and socialize in real-time overrepparttar 110003 Internet, and 2)repparttar 110004 broad publicity created by high profile TV shows likerepparttar 110005 World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour.

With allrepparttar 110006 poker-mania, there’s an amazing shortage of quality information to help people learn how to play properly and become great players quickly. This isrepparttar 110007 first in a series of Texas Holdem strategy articles aimed at helping players learn how to win at Texas Hold’em poker. Tournament play is a popular, fun sport. These articles will help players understand how to approach tournaments, which differ greatly from regular “ring game” play.

This installment deals withrepparttar 110008 most-asked question: “How do I deal effectively with aggressive players?” Many players struggle against "maniacs",repparttar 110009 aggressive, wild players who play most every hand, somehow seem to pull cards out of thin air, and often manage to dominaterepparttar 110010 table.

Here's what actually happened in a recent poker tournament. I entered a tournament atrepparttar 110011 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida, about 20 minutes from my home in South Florida. This weekly $300 entry-fee tournament fillsrepparttar 110012 poker room with 220 players every Monday night.

The blinds start at 50/100 and go up every 15 minutes. I spentrepparttar 110013 first 30 minutes just hanging out and occasionally limping in to see a flop. The reason for "treading water" was to study my opponents and their playing patterns very closely. There were a number of solid poker players, but right away I spottedrepparttar 110014 aggressive ones.

I was sitting inrepparttar 110015 middle, directly across fromrepparttar 110016 dealer. There were two "wild men" to my right. These two participated in most every hand, and agonized with themselves whenever they had to throw a hand away. This was hilarious to me, and it was also very telling. I knew these dudes were doomed fromrepparttar 110017 onset, yet they were extremely dangerous if they caught something with one of their trash hands. These types are great targets, but only when you know how to play them correctly. If you do, you’ll end up with most or all of their chips in your stack. The key is to get to their chips before someone else does.

There were some squeaky-tight and solid players, as usual. Finally, there were two other players to my left who knew one another very well and spoke what sounded like Russian. These two played very aggressively. They rarely called or checked. They would bet or raiserepparttar 110018 pot significantly, so if they played a hand, you knew they were going to bet it big and you’d better be prepared to push a bunch of your chips intorepparttar 110019 middle. As a result,repparttar 110020 table became tight overall, except for these four players who controlledrepparttar 110021 early action andrepparttar 110022 dictatedrepparttar 110023 table tempo forrepparttar 110024 first hour or so. They gambled with wanton abandon, trading chips with each other asrepparttar 110025 rest of us just observed and wished for a real hand to materialize.

It became apparent that our maniacs were playing mostly garbage hands, and using assertive chatter in an attempt to intimidate everyone. They were enjoying pushing everyone around with their aggressive betting and raising style. Humorously, they got into a number of showdowns, causing all of their trash hands to become openly exposed; e.g., 69 off-suit, Q3 suited, etc. I definitely had these guys pegged now – if only I could get a strong hand…

Later, one of my Russian "friends" came in overrepparttar 110026 top of a bet I’d placed with a huge raise, then smiled at me as he leaned his head back as if to say “Go ahead. I dare you”. My middle pair just wasn't strong enough to engage with him, but I remembered this little "lesson" and my mistake. He'd used this tactic many times againstrepparttar 110027 others and I should’ve expected it. I also realized that we had not seen any of his supposed "big hands", as he always mucked them. Whenever you see an aggressive player dominating, and then mucking all those supposed "great hands", you know you've spotted a target.

We played on, withrepparttar 110028 two maniacs to my right getting busted out byrepparttar 110029 Russian contingent. It’s been an hour and fifteen minutes - and I still haven’t seen even one decent hand yet! This is, unfortunately, typical poker.

After about an hour-and 45 minutes, I finally pick up a pair of wired 9's (99). Now I was hopingrepparttar 110030 flop would yield a set (trips). Sure enough, it came: 9, K, 5. I was elated and jumping up and down (inside). I was finally in a position to make my move, and hoped it would be against one of my aggressive Russian friends with their big stacks.

To prepare my trap, I delayed and muddled around for about ten seconds, and then casually "checked" verbally and using my hand in a chopping motion, with a slightly disgusted look. Next,repparttar 110031 younger Russian moves in with a big bet of 3,000 chips. I was sure I had him now. As expected, everyone else quickly folded and got out of his way – except me. This fellow had pushed everyone around and I was finally properly armed and ready to do battle on my own terms. Note that this had been my "battle plan" all along. I was deliberately targeting these aggressive characters, knowing that whenrepparttar 110032 time was right, their ill-gotten stacks would become mine!

The action came back around to me, so now it was justrepparttar 110033 two of us heads-up. The two Russians said something to each other thatrepparttar 110034 rest of us couldn’t decipher. I delayed and bobbed my head around as if to be struggling with my decision. Then, I motioned with both hands and uttered “I'm all-in". I knew this series of actions would likely trigger an aggressive reaction, since my “check-raise” made it appear as if I was trying to steal this pot! A check-raise almost always triggers a full-tilt response from an aggressive player.

He immediately called me - he was so aggressive (and pot-committed) that it was like a fish takingrepparttar 110035 bait and running for deep waters - hook line and sinker! I threw my pair of 9's over, revealingrepparttar 110036 trip 9's. There was a low murmur aroundrepparttar 110037 table fromrepparttar 110038 other players. My young Russian friend reluctantly flipped his five/trash hand over - he had a pair of fives (with a King over-card showing onrepparttar 110039 board!). He was definitely angling to drive me out of this pot with his ascertive play – one too many times…

You see, no one actually gets that many great hands in poker - nobody. If someone plays 30% to 40% or more ofrepparttar 110040 time, they're just "gambling" and bluffing. This guy thinks he has a "good" hand, because he actually had a real pair – something he doesn’t often have when pushing everyone around with mostly aggressive betting as his only real weapon.

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