When we refer to online games we are normally referring to video type games that we play on a computer via the internet. Some video games are played over the internet using mobile phones and video consoles, but generally speaking online games means computer games that need an internet connection to be played. Simple text-based multiplayer games were the first of these types of games as internet connections were slow and expensive when these games were first introduced in the 1980s. Gradually these games became popular in the 1990s, with today’s online games featuring virtual communities, realistic graphics and multiplayer games where people can even play one to one or in knock out tournaments for cash prizes. We all know that the internet is the fastest growing market place in the history of the world but did you know that there is an online games sector that is growing 4 times faster than the internet overall! Yes! and it’s the “Online Skill Games” market.There are many styles of Online GamesSome of the different types of online games that exist:1. Real time strategy games: This type of game is all about strategy where, for your army to fight successfully against the other internet players you need to develop a game plan by building lots of resources2. First person shooter: Here the players compete with each other one to one. In most first-person type games, the online game allows the death match or arena style of play. In this style of game play the view you see is the one seen from your character’s eyes.3. Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG): In this type of game each person has to keep trying to reach the next highest level until he has reached the top one written for that game and these online games can have, simultaneously, thousands of players from every part of the globe, playing in a giant virtual world interacting against or with each other. Gamers can keep playing these types of games for months or even years!4. Browser type games: These are pastime games that are quick, simple and small that are played in your browser. The popular Java and Shockwave technologies are used to develop these games.5. Online skill games: An online skill based game is a web game played in tournament format or one to one. Each player pays a cash entry fee to play with a cash or merchandise prize going to the winner or winners. The outcome of each competition is based on the player’s ability and performance not luck.How Do Online Game Companies Make MoneyAll games today, are playable online. How do we make money? This is the question that companies making the online games have to ask themselves. The majority of companies make single-player games that are played at home and in this the player has to beat the artificial intelligence of the enemy. Today these games normally include an online multiplayer version which can be played against or with other Internet players. By selling their game DVD/CDs is how these companies earn their profit e.g. Warcraft 3 and Counter Strike. Advertising and promotions is how browser game companies make their money. MMORPG companies generally charge their players a monthly fee and continue to add content by programming new scenarios etc in their games e.g. Everquest 2 and World of Warcraft. Some don’t, but survive because their DVD/CD sales are high e.g. Guild Wars.What is the future of online games?Soon there will be a new entry into the online skill games market. According to their Free Online Games Market Report they will be the first company with their new online skill games platform, to launch a business that encapsulates three of the newest phenomena on the internet today. Online Games Entertainment, Social Networking using web 2.0 and a new way of marketing which has been described as Social Marketing 2.0. One of the core differences with this new platform over the conventional models is that we the players can if we want share in the profits while we play our games. With the market today (2007) worth approximately $5.2 billion USD and predicted to rise in the next 3 years to over $13 billion USD that’s $412 per second and with social networking sites already reaching 45% of web users and the 4 major Instant Messengers having more than 400 million users between them this potentially could be a whole lot of money.
If you’ve read the first two parts of this article, you should know what good starting hands are and what impact position has on them. Now I think it’s time to tell you exactly what you should do with different hands.Let’s make this clear – this is a manual of how I am playing the hands and I’ve been earning money from poker for quite some time so I have faith it is one of the correct ways.Premium hands are easy – AA, KK, QQ you just raise with them pre-flop, see the flop, continue betting if there are no overcards, see what happens. Read a player if he raises and so on. That’s easy stuff. When it comes to marginal hands like JJ 1010 AK AQ AJ, it’s much harder to decide what to do. I, for example, rarely raise AQ AJ JJ 1010 if I’m out of position. If I am in early position, I just plain call and see what happens. If no one raises, I see the flop and if I hit, good, if not, well, I didn’t lose a lot did I?If I am in better position, like middle or close to the button, I raise, because there are less players behind me and more chances of me being in good position after the flop and less chance of hearing a re-raise. If I hear a re-raise, I usually just fold unless I know something about the player.AK is a poker hand that deserves additional attention – it is considered a premium hand though for it to be good, you have to hit your flop. That is one tough poker concept to grasp for many beginners, because it seems that this hand is so strong. But without the help of the hole cards, you have nothing.Whenever I am dealt AK, I feel sorry for myself. I raise most of the times, see the flop which rarely hits and then decide what to do.Here is another poker concept for you – continuation bet, called c-bet for shorter version. Meaning is easy – it’s just a bet you do on flop after you’ve raised, because you showed a strong hand before flop so it makes sense to show strength still. Most of the times people will fold this bet and you will take the pot no matter what you have in hand. Sometimes that won’t happen. I think c-bet is a very important aspect of poker so I will try and write an article about it as soon as possible, because I have a lot to say about it.So anyway, I raise with AK, see the flop and decide whether I should make a c-bet or not. It mostly depends on whether I think my opponent has hit something or not.OK move on, shall we? Small pocket pairs and suited connectors – everyone has seen huge pots being taken down in high stakes poker by these seemingly mediocre hands, so everyone is trying to play them nowadays. I can tell you that it’s wrong. Small pocket pairs and suited connectors – the more raises you call with them, the more you are behind in hand and just praying to hit something. Small pocket pairs are even worse than suited connectors, because you are praying only for one card (technically two, but still…)I suggest playing these hands only if there are many players in the pot – it will give you much better pot odds to call and if you really hit, then you will be paid more often and bigger amounts. Ok, so in early positions I fold suited connectors but call small pocket pairs – I do that for one reason only. Suited connectors can hit two cards you need but not the third one. It can leave you on a great flop with a good flush draw or a straight draw and facing a huge bet, which mathematically thinking you will have to fold. Be honest – how often do you flop nuts, right?In middle and late positions I will call if there are limpers, I could even call a raise if there are a lot of limpers.After reading this you could deduce that I am tight aggressive player – that is believed by many to be the best style of poker. I don’t know about that, but I know that is has been bringing me income for a long time now.