Poker is not only an incredibly popular game these days but it can also be quite difficult to get into. Sure it’s gambling but it’s based more on skill than on luck and getting those wins when you’ve just begun playing is certainly not easy. It’s of course expected to lose more games than you win when you’re just starting out but considering that you’re playing with money it’s still best to try and win. That’s why we’ll be covering some of the best strategies for winning in crypto poker. Of course these strategies will work pretty similarly both on bitcoin poker sites and in casinos so even if you go to play poker in person they should still be useful to you.
Play only the strongest hands
While it may be obvious not to play awful hands, a lot of players tend to play their hand even if it’s of middling strength. Generally, you’ll see the most success if you play only a small percentage of hands and of course only the strongest ones. This limits your losses and if you’re playing a poker type that has penalties for too many played hands then it allows you to avoid those repercussions.
The exact place where you should draw the line between playing the hand and folding is up for debate and depends on a lot of factors, but where the line is drawn isn’t nearly as important as just drawing it and playing with only very good hands. If you watch high-tier poker players you’ll notice that unless they’re going for some specific strategy they’ll generally fold if they don’t have a hand that statistically has a high win chance.
Know when to bluff
This isn’t exactly a strategy but it’s necessary for many actual strategies to be viable at a decent level of play. It’s important to understand that bluffing with nothing is a horrible idea most of the time and that bad bluffs can certainly lose you games. That’s why knowing what hands are good for bluffs and which aren’t is so important.
Being able to quickly make the choice of whether bluffing is worth it or not is invaluable for more complex strategies, so if you wish to dive deeper into poker and learn such things then you’ll definitely need to start with learning when to bluff and when to simply fold with a mediocre hand. Believe us, you’ll thank yourself for it down the line.
Skip bluffing altogether
If you’re bad at bluffing or simply don’t know when to do it then there’s a perfectly viable strategy for you, just don’t do it, ever. Playing poker without bluffing is a surprisingly effective strategy and we recommend that everyone tries it at least once because it can be a nice change of pace if you’re used to bluffing often.
It is a low-risk strategy that can often lead to people trying to call your bluffs when there is none and getting burned because of it. Oftentimes people think that because you haven’t bluffed the last 5 times that you may do it the 6th so this strategy can be a passive trap to catch people who are used to the usual way that people play poker. It’s a strategy that newer players can utilize to great effect simply by not trying bluffing which is what you should do anyway if you don’t fully understand it yet.
Always look at the odds
This is something that may take a while to get used to but it’s important to look at the odds of certain things happening. For example, if you need a specific card to complete a powerful hand and they make up about a quarter of the remaining cards then you have about a one in four chance of getting it which may be worth the risk depending on the situation.
Understanding some of these things and the probability that makes up poker is incredibly important, and while it may not be easy to learn it’s something that you will be using for as long as you keep playing. It will never be useless knowledge to you so it’s definitely worth trying to figure out and making use of it if you intend to play the game for an extended period of time.
Employment Growth Quickens Amid Efforts to Deal With Workloads
The Nigerian private sector registered a slight loss of growth momentum in January, with output and new business rising further markedly, though at softer rates than at the end of 2022.
On a more positive note, firms raised employment at the fastest pace since June 2018 as part of efforts to complete work on time.
On the price front, rates of inflation of input costs and output prices softened in January but remained elevated.
Analysis by Stanbic IBTC Bank showed that the headline figure derived from the survey is the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI®).
Readings above 50.0 signal an improvement in business conditions in the previous month, while readings below 50.0 show a deterioration. The headline PMI dipped to 53.5 in January from 54.6 in December. Although still signalling a solid monthly strengthening of the private sector and the thirty-first in consecutive months, the rate of improvement was the softest since August 2022.
Business activity increased at a much slower pace at the start of the year, despite the rate of growth remaining marked. The latest rise was the weakest in five months. Demand continued to improve, but some firms reported a moderation in customer numbers.
Activity increased across each of the four broad sectors covered by the survey. The rate of expansion in new business also softened in January but remained sharp nonetheless, again reflecting higher demand from customers.
A desire to try and complete projects on time led companies to ramp up their hiring activities at the start of the year. Employment increased at a solid pace that was the fastest since June 2018.
Despite expanded staffing levels, backlogs of work increased for the first time in three months. Firms reported having been hindered by issues with machinery and power supply.
Higher workloads and positive expectations regarding the outlook for activity led companies to expand their purchasing activity sharply again, with the rate of growth unchanged from December. In turn, stocks of purchases also rose further. Efforts to secure inputs were helped by improving supplier performance.
Competition among vendors, quiet road conditions and prompt payments all contributed to a shortening of delivery times, one that was the most pronounced in four months. The rate of input cost inflation softened for the second month running in January, and was at a one-year low.
The slowdown in overall cost inflation largely reflected a softer rise in purchase prices, albeit one that was still substantial. Purchase costs increased on the back of rising fuel and raw material costs, exacerbated by currency weakness.
Meanwhile, staff costs rose at the fastest pace in 11 months as companies increased pay in line with higher living costs. Output price inflation also remained elevated as higher cost burdens were passed on to customers.
NASD OTC Market Appreciates by 0.95%
By Adedapo Adesanya
The duo of FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria Plc and Central Securities Clearing System (CSCS) Plc buoyed the NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange by 0.95 per cent on Thursday, February 2.
They lifted the market capitalisation of the bourse by N8.80 billion to settle at N940.51 billion compared with the previous day’s N931.71 billion. They also raised the NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI) by 6.70 points to wrap the session at 715.76 points compared with 709.06 points recorded in the previous session.
During the session, the price of FrieslandCampina went up by N3.23 to settle at N68.06 per unit, in contrast to the previous day’s N64.83 per unit, while CSCS Plc appreciated by 50 Kobo to sell at N13.50 per share compared with the preceding session’s N13 per share.
The volume of transacted stocks decreased by 4.3 per cent to 261,439 units from the 273,038 units traded in the preceding session. However, the value of shares traded went higher by 38.9 per cent to N15.7 million from N11.3 million, while the number of deals recorded an improvement, as it grew by 300 per cent to 20 deals from five deals on Tuesday.
Business Post reports that there was no price loser at the session.
Geo-Fluids finished the day as the most traded stock by volume on a year-to-date basis with 321.2 million units worth N317.2 million, UBN Property Plc stood in second place with 35.8 million units valued at N25.8 million, while FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria Plc was in third place with 2.4 million units valued at N159.4 million.
Geo-Fluids Plc also maintained its summit position as the most active stock by value on a year-to-date basis, with 321.2 million units sold for N317.2 million, FrieslandCampina WAMCO Group Plc was in second place with 2.4 million units valued at N159.4 million, while VFD Group Plc was in third place for trading 561,810 units for N137.0 million.
Continuous Bargain Hunting Leaves Local Stock Exchange Higher by 0.93%
By Dipo Olowookere
The local stock exchange closed higher by 0.93 per cent on Thursday amid continuous bargain hunting by investors, who are digesting a flurry of full-year corporate earnings.
It was observed that the growth reported during the session was strongly influenced by buying pressure in the energy sector, which rose by 5.17 per cent on the back of gains posted by Seplat, MRS Oil and others.
The banking and insurance counters depreciated on Thursday by 0.44 per cent and 0.39 per cent, respectively, as the consumer goods and the industrial goods sectors closed flat.
At the close of trades, the All-Share Index (ASI) of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited increased by 498.44 points to 53,998.12 points from 53,499.68 points, and the market capitalisation grew by N271 billion to close at N29.411 trillion compared with the midweek session’s N29.140 trillion.
MRS Oil topped the gainers’ chart after it gained 10.00 per cent to finish at N17.60, Northern Nigerian Flour Mills appreciated by 9.88 per cent to N8.90, International Energy Insurance rose by 9.76 per cent to 90 Kobo, Seplat went up by 9.50 per cent to N1,325.00, and Cornerstone Insurance improved by 9.09 per cent to 60 Kobo.
On the flip side, Sunu Assurances topped the losers’ log after it lost 8.11 per cent to trade at 34 Kobo, Mutual Benefits fell by 7.69 per cent to 36 Kobo, Linkage Assurance dropped by 6.25 per cent to 45 Kobo, Veritas Kapital declined by 4.76 per cent to 20 Kobo, and PZ Cussons depleted by 4.65 per cent to N10.25.
Business Post reports that the market breadth was positive as there were 27 price gainers and 12 price losers, indicating a strong investor sentiment.
Investors transacted 2.9 billion shares worth N8.1 billion in 3,940 deals, in contrast to the 200.4 million shares worth N5.5 billion transacted in 3,716 deals on Wednesday, showing an increase in the trading volume, value and the number of deals by1,331.88 per cent, 47.27 per cent, and 6.03 per cent, respectively.
Universal Insurance traded 2.7 billion shares due to an off-market deal to close as the most active stock and was followed by AIICO Insurance, which sold 14.0 million stocks, GTCO transacted 13.9 million equities, Sterling Bank exchanged 10.3 million stocks, and Fidelity Bank traded 9.9 million equities.
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