April Showers Birthday Party Theme

April is a great month to have a birthday. Despite the proverbial rain showers, April is often the beginning of spring and warmer weather, budding plants, and longer days. An April Showers birthday party theme is a great theme for a variety of ages. If your child has an April birthday consider using this April Showers birthday party theme. Previously, I have used casinonightdenver.com to find inspiration for parties with my friends but since this one had to be a birthday party, I was looking for more sober themes. 

Decorations. Decorations for an April Showers birthday party theme should reflect the idea of rain. For example, raindrops could be cut from papers in various shades of blue and hung from the ceiling to give the effect of an “April shower” falling during the birthday party. Blue paper products (plates, cups, etc) should be used as well as blue balloons, tablecloths, and streamers. A few pretty glass containers filled with water dyed blue using food coloring make a great centerpiece for the food or cake table as well. Decorations for an April Showers birthday party theme are easy to assemble and easy on the wallet.

Food. The food for an April Showers birthday party theme should also be based in the color blue. A blueberry salad made with gelatin and fresh blueberries is a great addition. Blue corn chips with salsa are another great April showers food. Consider making some blue punch and make sure to purchase little drink umbrellas to place in the cups. The cake could be one large raindrop (just cut it from a sheet cake), decorated with simple blue-dyed icing. Or, you could create raindrop cupcakes by simply shaping raindrop sugar cookies, icing them, and topping the cupcakes with the cookies.

Favors. Favors for an April Showers birthday party don’t have to break the bank. Inexpensive umbrellas, often available at dollar stores, make great favors for this fun Spring birthday party theme. Or, put together a little bag of goodies that includes a disposable poncho, blue candy or gum, and a blue drink box or bottle. Print off some “rainy day activities” from the computer to really top off a great April Showers birthday party favor bag.

Games and Activities. To start your April Showers birthday party off right, create a playlist of great “rain” songs. “Singing in the Rain,” “Blame it on the Rain,” and “Kentucky Rain” are just a few examples. Water-based activities, that aren’t too messy since you will likely be indoors, are perfect for an April Showers themed birthday party. Consider making an ocean in a bottle by filling a bottle with half blue-colored water and vegetable half oil. Leave a little room for motion and add some glitter for a fun effect. Seal the top and all of the guests have an “ocean in a bottle” to take home. You could purchase “paint with water” pages for younger party-goers and watercolor paints for older ones as well.

April is a great month to have a birthday. Embrace the proverbial April Showers by creating a cute and unique April Showers birthday party theme for your child.

Memorial Day Salute

The red, white and blue were on full display this past weekend as America honored those who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces. This is a very special holiday that is very near and dear to my heart.

Many of you might be aware of this, but I am currently finishing up my term of service in the U.S. Army. I’ll finally be returning home for good next month. As I sat there on Monday watching the celebrations throughout the various sporting events being held that day, it was easy to see why this country is so great.

Sports are a perfect example of the tremendous freedoms this nation possesses. But it’s also very easy to get caught up in these sorts of things, and I’m just as guilty as the next person. It’s important to remember that it is just a game and even vitally more important we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifices to provide us with the opportunities to enjoy those freedoms.

At the same time, it is not easy as it looks but requires tremendous amount of dedication and practice to become an expert in any sport and definitely not for the weak hearted who look up to it just for entertainment and pastime but end up biting off more than they can chew at the 안전토토사이트.

During my time in the Army I had the honor and privilege of serving with some of the bravest and heroic individuals of my generation and I just want to take a moment to take a step away from the sports arena and honor those who took to the battle field and are truly worthy.

From April of 2007 to June of 2008 my unit was tasked to deploy to Iraq in support of OIF. We spent 15 months with various stints of time split between Baghdad and also Baqubah and Muqdadiyah, located in the Diyala Province. It was an intensely demanding period of time and several casualties were sustained. I personally knew eight soldiers who paid that ultimate sacrifice and I want to make it a point to ensure that their memories will always live on and will always be honored appropriately.

SGT Joseph Dahl, 21, from Los Lunas, NM. He was a victim of sniper fire just one week before he was scheduled to return home to see the birth of his first child. He was survived by his son Kayden and wife Alia.

CPL Luke Runyan, 21, from Spring Grove, PA. During a night operation his team was ambushed and he sustained a number of gunshot wounds from the exchange which he was ultimately not able to survive. He is survived by his infant daughter Brynn and his wife Courtney.

CPL Chad Groepper, 21, from Kingsley, IA. He was the second victim claimed in the previously described operation. His wounds were similar to the injuries that befell Luke. He also was a new father to infant daughter Clarissa and was also survived by his wife Stephanie.

CPL Luigi Marciante, Jr, 25, from Elizabeth, NJ. While driving a Stryker along an uncleared route, his vehicle was struck by an IED and he was unable to survive the blast. He was survived by his infant son Lorenzo and wife Stephanie.

CPL Donald Valentine III, 21, from Orange Park, FL. During an extensive clearing operation he and his squad rushed into a building and were followed by a local national wearing an explosive vest. Upon detonation of the device he and two others were lost. He was survived by his wife Lucia.

CPL Joseph Landry III, 23, from Pensacola, FL. I actually attended basic training with him in Fort Benning, GA. He was one of the three victims claimed by the acts of the suicide bomber. He was survived by his parents, Joseph and Karen, and his brother Christopher.

CPL Nicholas Olson, 22, from Novato, CA. He was the third and final victim of the tragic events that transpired in the previous two descriptions. He was survived by his wife and young daughter.

CPL Jason Lemke, 30, West Allis, WI. While travelling in a Stryker, the vehicle was hit by an IED and he sustained wounds that eventually lead to his passing. He was survived by his parents and two daughters, Elizabeth and Casey.

There is hardly a day in my life that passes without a memory of these great men. So while we only have this one particular day specifically set aside to pay tribute to their incredible sacrifices, their honorable acts are much more deserving than that. As we celebrate their lives and accomplishments, do so with the proper perspective and appreciation and remember those who made all of this possible for us.

I’m sure a lot of you have many others that you know who have made similar sacrifices. Therefore I not only want to thank these individuals I had the honor of serving with, but all of those before and after. As a great nation we are indebted to you and we thank you. Happy Memorial Day!

Wii Review – Medal of Honor: Heroes 2

Listen up ladies! Stop yer grinnin’ and drop your linen, it’s time for JB’s review of Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 for the Nintendo Wii. Developer EA brings us the 13th addition to the Medal of Honor franchise and there’ve been a lot of questions concerning whether or not it is worth the price of admission. Wii owners have a great deal to be skeptical about. With control scheme nightmares like Red Steel and Call of Duty 3 still fresh in our minds, the thought of picking up another first-person shooter on the Wii is a little worrisome.

Fortunately, there’s good news! With excellent controls, customizable layouts, and support for the Wii Zapper, Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 delivers a much smoother FPS experience than we’ve seen yet on the Wii. Gestures with the Wii-mote and Nunchuk such as reloading or leaning out from cover tend to feel natural. While the default controls for the game work great, they can be modified by the player to their liking. With the additional option to use the Wii Zapper, the controls can be modified to suit virtually any player’s preference.

So with all of these great new controls there has to be a great 먹튀 game here too, right? Well the answer is yes and no. If you are looking for a first-person shooter with an engaging storyline, memorable characters, and an overall satisfying single player experience you should look elsewhere. The single-player campaign mode hasn’t changed one bit since the first Medal of Honor game. Taking the role of yet another fictional hero of The Great War you will gun, bazooka, tank, and mortar your way through various war torn battlefields and Nazi installations. Do you know what you’ll be doing? If you answered, “shooting Nazis” you’d be absolutely right! And apart from completing objectives and making a few gestures with the Wii-remote and nunchuk, that’s all you’ll be doing.

The only thing that could make the single player campaign more boring would be to remove the player’s control of the character and essentially make an on-rail shooter. However, if that sounds exciting to you, MoHH2 has you covered with an Arcade Mode. This mode features even less to offer in terms of game play than the standard campaign mode. The computer will handle all of the movement while your job will be to control the targeting reticle and gun down hordes of dim-witted enemies. If your health runs low, med kits appear at points and can be shot for a life boost. It plays like the Time Crisis arcade games, or Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles… only poorly.

What Medal of Honor: Heroes 2 lacks in single-player game play, it more than makes up for with its 32-person online multiplayer. For the first time, Wii owners can get a taste of what Xbox owners have had for years… really big online frag-fests! There are 6 maps and 3 modes available for play over Wi-Fi, with very little lag. They are: deathmatch (DM), team deathmatch (TDM), and Capture the Flag (CTF). EA has also included rankings and leader boards, as well as the EA Messenger… it’s a buddy list.

You will start by creating an account name which requires a valid e-mail address. Once created, you have the option of creating a Persona. The Persona is the name you will display in-game. In order to add a friend to your buddy list, you need to know that person’s EA account name. You can also look in the “Recent Opponents” tab of the EA Messenger. This tab shows you the Persona name of people you’ve fought against in your most recent game. From there you can request to add that person and if they accept, their EA account name will be added to your friends list. Unfortunately, even with someone on your friends list, you can’t go directly to them if they are online and in a game. You’re not even shown which game they’re in! You must know the game already. Then again you could also find them the old fashioned way which is; scroll through the games one by one, check the list of players in that game, and hopefully find your friend.

At peak times, there are upwards of 2000 users, in over 70 games. At any time from the game lobby you can create or join a game already in progress. You also have a number of filters that you can use to sort through the game types you don’t wish to play. You are provided with a great deal of options but many other features are still missing that 360 and PS3 owners may take for granted. Things like voice chat, or the ability to communicate with your own messages instead of pre-made macros and messenger comments.

If there’s one thing to be learned from Medal of Honor: Heroes 2, it’s that a game doesn’t need to be perfect to be fun. Despite the lackluster single player and the multiplayer missing some basic features, the game still feels like a success. The excellent controls may have a great deal to do with that, but also it’s the fact that there’s finally a first-person shooter on the Wii that not only uses the Wi-Fi, but is also a lot of fun to play.

Game play 7/10: Excellent multiplayer modes, but lacking in other areas. The single player campaign feels like playing through a game we completed 5 years ago.

Control 10/10: Superb controls! EA truly has raised the bar on the standards of FPS controls on the Wii.

Graphics  amp; Sound 6 /10: Generic World War 2 sound effects and an uninspired soundtrack, combined with Wii graphics. Ouch…

Replay Value 8/10: Very few unlockables or extras to warrant playing the full single player campaign. Multiplayer, however, provides enough hours of entertainment to keep you coming back.

Overall 8/10 (Good): Wii owners can finally test their skills in 32 person multiplayer. That alone is reason enough to buy this game. If that’s not your thing however, then you may want to rent it first. Apart from the multiplayer, there’s nothing here that hasn’t been seen and done before.

Do The Nba’s First Ever Pre-Game Potty Break?

I have seen and heard some unbelievable things in my life, many of them were indeed jaw-dropping sports phenomena that involuntarily would cause me to jump out of my seat and shout at the television, but on Tuesday night I saw and heard something that I had never ever, ever, ever seen in sports history… An NBA player M.I.A. (no pun intended) for the beginning of the game starting line-up introductions.

Now, unless you are a hermit or absolutely have no interest in sports whatsover, you must know about the ongoing LeBron James’ soap opera that began when he decided to “take his talents to South Beach.” Since packing his clothes, entourage, basketball, and talents up in his travel case and journeying on down to greener pastures – or should I say a sandier beach – the NBA’s heir-apparent has moonlighted as the NBA’s leading bad guy in what has turned out to be an 82-game season/serial drama starring Lebron James and the Miami Heat.

It is true that the team has three superstars in James, Wade, and Bosh and that the pairing of the two dynamos, James and Wade, alone sparks sports fans and basketball aficionados alike to think championship(s) and dynasty, but unfortunately for the Miami Heat – and fortunately for those who love soap operas – it’s been more drama than winning this year. And just when you think the twists and turns on the plot diagram couldn’t be more predicted, LeBron does something else to further is campaign as the NBA’s leading villain… He decides not to show up for the starting line-up introductions in his second return to the team that he left high and dry, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

As a sports fan and basketball junkie, I couldn’t believe it. Immediately, my thoughts went to how intentional his absence had to be, and the gumption and nerve and arrogance it took for him to actually not show up. If one looked close enough, they could actually see the angst and discomfort in Dwyane Wade’s face as he kept his eyes lowered towards the floor in front of him while he waited to be introduced after LeBron. Simply incredulous! It was a direct slap in the face to the order of how things are to work in the NBA, but I doubt there will be a fine because after the game, he gave the most plausible excuse… He was using the restroom. The 토토사이 is the site that will verify the documents of all gaming websites. The playing of the Sports will be enjoyable and entertaining for the players.

It was obvious that LeBron had been humbled by the Cavalier defeat of his Miami Heat, and all the gall that it took for him to be so brazen in not showing up for the introductions had lost its luster as well as power. In the locker room, LeBron James lowered his hubris and immediately placated the situation when asked about missing the introductions by saying that he was in the restroom. Again, simply incredulous! What is even more remarkable about LeBron James, maybe even more so than his basketball talents, is his ability to adjust within his role as the NBA’s number one villain. It is true that every story needs a foil for the good guy to battle and that most of the time it is the foil that is the most intriguing character that the audience loves to hate. For Lebron James, his taking the first ever NBA potty break while he is supposed to be being introduced at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland only adds to his villainous legend and puts him in the ranks of some of the best known antagonists of all time: Lex Luthor, Sylar (from Heroes), Cruella de Vil, the 1980’s NBA “Bad Boys” the Detroit Pistons, and now LeBron James. Little did [we] know that when LeBron James announced to the world that he was going to take his “talents'” to South Beach that his bag of tricks included the uncanny ability to adlib.

All About The Use Of Wii Fit Plus

Wii Fit Plus is a fun way to sweat off a few pounds. I should know, as it has helped me shed about 40 pounds, so I can vouch for its effectiveness.

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The game is cute, that’s for sure! If you’re into the whole cutesy thing, Wii Fit is great. That being said, the graphics can get a little fuzzy sometimes. I have a fairly nice television (720p), and it can look like there are some stuck pixels at times, which doesn’t happen on my other games, or while I am watching TV. The audio is fairly good, you definitely don’t have to worry about it being loud enough! The only qualm that I have is that sometimes the audio is off from the actions on the screen, but this is rare, so never a big problem.


Wii Fit Plus’s gameplay is engaging and fun. In the game you get to choose between Yoga, Strength, Cardio, Balance, and new Wii Fit Plus exercises. Each of these categories has a variety of activities ranging from easy to hard, you unlock the harder exercises as you master the easy ones. There are a few irritating issues, however. One issue is that the new games added to Wii Fit Plus are under their own menu instead of sorted into the actual categories. This was probably done for aesthetic reasons so that the screens wouldn’t be crowded, but it is irritating that they are not properly sorted. Another issue is that although there is a routine option now, it’s not nearly what it could be. You have to combine what areas you want to work on, then leave it up to the game to choose the exercises, and it always chooses the least strenuous exercises. The routines also only last from 7-15 minutes. It would be very convenient if they could be 30 minutes so that it would easier to get the recommended exercise in per day.


Wii Fit was the first of its kind, and Wii Fit Plus follows in this vein. As always, the activities are unique and engaging, and there is plenty of variety to choose from Slot Online Terpercaya according to your preference and budget. It helps the customer to know about the benefits of using such kind of equipment. The use of the Wii Remote, Nunchuck, and Balance Board allows for further innovation, and expands the gameplay. The combination of these three peripherals track your movements and can evaluate them, providing you with feedback, and although some other fitness games do this now, the Wii Fit line was the first.


This game is fun for all ages! Due to the variety of exercises it includes, even the pickiest of gamers can find something they like. The cute visuals combined with the creativity of the game combine to create an innovative product that will surely be appreciated by all.

The Michigan and Ohio State Football Rivalry Tradition

This rivalry, in my opinion, is the greatest in all of college football. Actually, it could perhaps be the greatest in all of college sports, depending on who you’re talking to. The reason this rivalry has always remained competitive each year is the consistent strength of the programs year after year. They are ranked among the top schools in the country each season and often times the conference title, as well as the hopes for a national championship, are at stake each time they take the field. It’s a special rivalry to watch, even for a North Carolinian like myself.

Though ESPN just recently named the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry as the second best rivalry in football, the seeds to this rivalry were planted long ago. In fact, the rivalry has been played each season since 1935 and each year the hype gets bigger and bigger. I’ll take you even further back with a story I heard from my step-father that just happens to be a Michigan native. He claims the tension between the two states really happened in the mid 1830’s when there were disputes and battles over the border. This was called the “Toledo War.” Whether or not this spawned the intense rivalry we’ll never know, but it certainly adds to the mystery and romance of the Michigan-Ohio State football tradition.

The first game between Ohio State and Michigan was played in 1897 and was a victory for the Wolverines, who didn’t allow a single point from a weak Ohio State team. Actually, Michigan held the advantage for the first twenty years, winning the majority of games.

Ohio State joined the Big Ten Conference in 1912, while Michigan came six years later in 1918. The first ever win for the Ohio State program came in 1919, finally breaking the losing streak and building some much needed confidence for the team. However, Michigan continued to impose its will on much of the early to mid 1900’s, including a 30-12 record against Ohio State by 1950. Up until this point it was clear that the rivalry was one-sided.

In 1950, perhaps the most memorable game in the rivalry was played in Ohio. However, Mother Nature had a different plan for the series. Or was it fate? Often referred to as “The Snow Bowl,” the eighth ranked Ohio State team was set to host, but a blizzard tore through Ohio and forced the Ohio State program to make a decision. They could either cancel the game, which would allow actually allow them to clinch the conference title, or play the game. Ohio State wanted to win the fair way. They chose to play the game. Though I wasn’t born at this time, I’ve heard stories from those who actually went to the game and they tell me about the snow and wind that invaded the game that day. Clearly, strategy played a big role in this game and there were over 40 punts throughout the game. Each team was hoping the other would fumble or turn the ball over and capitalize on the mistake. It worked for Michigan, and after a few blocked punts and a touchdown they clinched the victory and made their way to the Rose Bowl. Wes Fesler, the coach at the time, fell under criticism from the public and administration and he resigned shortly after. Woody Hayes took over coaching duties and the momentum started to immediately swing toward Ohio State.

In fact, within seventeen years under the Woody Hayes administration, Ohio State won 12 out of 18 games. In the 1968 game, Ohio State dominated with a 50-14 performance, clinching the conference title and a birth to the national championship. They were clearly catching up in the series. In 1969, Bo Schembechler took over the coaching duties for Michigan. Schembechler was actually an assistant to Woody Hayes at Ohio State, but decided to switch sides and add yet another puzzle piece to the rivalry. In their first contest, Michigan actually won the game and started what is often referred to as “The Ten Year War.” Many sports writers claim this was the best years for each program.

Later in the rivalry around the late 80’s, Michigan began to dominate again well into the mid 90’s. The 1990’s produced great talent from both schools, including former Tennessee Titan receiver Eddie George and current Cowboy’s wide receiver Terry Glenn. In 2001, Jim Tressel took over coaching duties for Ohio State after much success with Division I-AA school Youngstown State. It was there that Tressel compiled an impressive resume of four national titles.

Tressel immediately found success and won his first game against Michigan in a narrow margin of 26-20. In 2002, he beat Michigan again in consecutive years and went on to face Miami in the national championship. Ohio State won the game and were again crowned national champions. Michigan immediately responded in 2003, winning the 100th game between the rival teams in front of the largest crowd to ever witness a Michigan-Ohio State game. The next two years were dominated by Ohio State.

If there was ever evidence that the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is indeed a special one then it came in 2006. The game was set for November 18, 2006 and both teams were coming in with a record of 11-0. The night before the much anticipated game the story took another twisting turn. Former longtime coach, Bo Schembechler passed away, adding even more significance to the meaning of the game. He was honored with a tribute at Ohio Stadium, and the stage was set. The game was tight throughout, but when the dust cleared the Ohio State Buckeyes remained the victor with a score of 42-39. Many critics hoped for a rematch in the national championship, but Florida was chosen as the opponent over Michigan, and Florida actually went on to win the game.

This rivalry has been special for nearly 100 years and will continue to do so in the future.

Rivalries are quite common in a competitive field like sports and football is one which tends to grab the limelight more than other games due to it being so popular a sport for which youngsters are suckers. You’ll find a young lad at every nook and corner who aspires to be like Lionel Messi, Kaka, Fernando Torres, etc. but they don’t get a platform to prove their mettle. An easy way is the football index new customer offer where you just have to register to learn everything about football.

Garth Brooks Un-Retires; Signs 5-Year Deal with Wynn’s Encore Casino in Las Vegas

According to Live Daily, Garth Brooks announced this week that he would be coming out of retirement to do shows for 16 weekends per year for the next five years at Wynn’s Encore Casino in Las Vegas. The country singer has been in retirement for nearly ten years, promising that he would stay retired until his children were grown. And he almost made it. They’re teenagers and part of his deal with Wynn’s Encore Casino provides Garth Brooks with a private jet to take him home to his daughters after each weekend engagement.

Garth Brooks said, “[Wynn has] taken care of my children, he’s taken care of my wife. My life is not going to change, except that I’m going to get to play live music.”

Garth Brooks would more than likely have stayed retired if Steve Wynn hadn’t given him the oft heard about “offer he couldn’t refuse.” Brooks told the Associated Press that Wynn, who had approached the bestselling solo artist in history (US sales) with the idea to play regularly at his casino, didn’t have enough money to get him to do a regular show. “I told him he couldn’t afford me,” Brooks explained. “I was wrong. Wow.”

Steve Wynn told the gathering of reporters and fans that the first show would be on December 11. Garth Brooks will perform four shows during each weekend engagement — one Friday, two Saturday, one Sunday — and they are to be spread out over the course of a year. Tickets will sell for $125 each.

Neither Garth Brooks nor Steve Wynn would discuss the financial agreement that Brooks couldn’t turn down. Wynn joked, “If I were to tell you that, I would probably be fired by my stockholders.”

Garth Brooks, although staying out of the spotlight for the most part of the last decade, has a huge fan base to draw from, so Wynn’s investment will no doubt pay off. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Brooks has sold over 128 albums in the U. S. during his career. His sales are second only to the Beatles in the U. S., and since 1991, according to Nielsen Soundscan, through September 2008, Brooks had sold over 11 million more albums in the U. S. than the Beatles.

And he did it with energetic showmanship, a couple of pop-tinged songs to go with his predominantly traditional sound, and a humble manner that endeared him to his fans. He brought the high energy rock-patterned stage show to country audiences in the early 1990s, appealing to a younger audience, and it paid off for both the Okahoma singer and for country music in general. In the following years, Garth Brooks would sell millions of tickets to sold-out arenas around the world.

But if Steve Wynn was afraid Garth Brooks might not sell out his shows in the much smaller Encore Casino, he need not worry. In 2007, the demand for Garth Brooks tickets at a one-show Kansas City Sprint Center Arena Wal-Mart event was so great it led to an expanded 9-day sellout.

And with Garth Brooks’ return to the stage, could a new album not be far behind? Fans haven’t seen an album of new material from Brooks since November 2001 when he released “Scarecrow,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has sold over 5 million copies to date. To learn more about this deal between Garth Brooks and Wynn’s Encore Casino agen judi is the best option for you that is out there. You get all the relevant information and predictions from there as well.

The Three Card Poker Principle: Choosing the Right Starting Hand

The biggest mistake players new to poker make is putting too much faith in the cards. The standard poker deck consists of 52 cards. This high number of cards creates many possible of hands. New players are often overwhelmed and feel they have many more achievable hands than is actually realistic. The principle I am introducing to you today is the three- card principle. The idea of this principle is to control your bets on the five -card hands (the straights and flushes)(also known as “reach hands). By limiting the number of “reach hands” you stay in on, you will lengthen the time you stay at a table and increase your earnings per hand.

When you are playing a game of Five Card draw, there are at least fourty-seven possibilities of cards you could draw after your opening hand. If you are looking at a hand with only a King High, chances are there isn’t much you can make, even after the draw. This idea of having a weak hand also applies to a hand where you have two pieces of a five card straight. So remember when you were playing online poker at Bandar judi bola, it is really important to have a strong hand in playing.

The best way to ensure you continue on to see the better hands later in the game is recognizing when your hand just can’t see through to the end of the pot. By realizing your hand has very little possibility of carrying you through and folding, you save yourself valuable chips that will let you see better draws as the table goes on. The 3-card principle is a simple way to evaluate your beginning hand. If you have at least 3-cards of a 5-card winning hand (either a straight of a flush) you can consider your hand a strong hand that you should pursue continue to pursue. The common trait all professional poker players have in common is the ability to recognize they are not going to win a hand and make the decision to fold.

For example, consider an opening hand of Ace-Heart, 4-Diamond, 7-Heart, King- Club, and 9- Club. When a new poker player sees this hand, they aim high and want to return the 4,7,9 in hopes of completing the Ace-High straight. In reality, the chances of completing a straight with only two pieces are low. On any given table with 8 player seated, there is over a 30% chance that one player will have a pocket pair. That pocket pair will be your “hopeful straight” nineteen times out of twenty. By saving your stack until you see a “3 out of 5 piece hand” you stand to go home with some big money. A new player to poker is likely to convince himself or herself to see the draw and bet liberally while a poker pro recognizes the risk and will either bet conservatively or fold before the draw.

When evaluating your opening hand in a game of Five Card draw, always remember the three- card principle. Without at least three pieces of your target hand, you should always either bet conservatively or fold. Avoid getting drawn into a heads up situation with a player who can simply beat you with a high card or a pair they pulled in their opening hand.

A Beginners Guide to the Top Ten Starting Hands in Texas Hold’em Poker

Now that you have started to play poker, be it for fun, or competitively, you’re most likely looking for a real easy way to improve your poker skills. Because after all poker IS a game of skill. One of the most important poker skills you can have is a good grasp on odds and probability. Even though most poker players will tell you that poker is a skill game, there is still an element of chance involved. One of the best ways to manipulate the chance in your favor is to understand odds at the poker table.\An easy mistake lots of new poker players make, is their apparent inability to lay down a hand that even they know is beat. This comes from most new poker player’s inability to pick and choose their starting hands wisely. You need to understand that poker is NOT a two card game. Take Texas Hold’em for example. It’s a very popular poker variant that is responsible for 90% of the new poker players out there. In this form of poker you are dealt two cards face down. These are your hole cards, or “pockets”. Some pocket cards or combinations of pocket cards have a greater starting value than others. For Texas Hold’em poker details you can have a look at https://koinqq.com/.

Understanding starting value in your hole cards is very important. Even though your pocket seven’s you were just dealt look very attractive, they really are just a middle pair. A middle pair is going to be “out drawn” by two higher cards a good deal of the time. For example, if you have your starting hand of sevens, and I have a starting hand of Ace-Jack, I can draw any one of the other three Jacks or Aces to beat you. That’s six cards I can catch to win, or six “outs”. You only have two sevens left in the deck to catch. A pair of sevens could make a straight, provided you get a running combination of four cards. My Ace-Jack only needs a running combination of three cards to make a straight.

Obviously there are more factors involved than what I have explained thus far, but if you begin to explore the possibilities of other starting hands as we have begun to here, you will begin to see, that there are starting hands that are statistically far and away better than others. Let’s go over the top ten starting hands in Texas Hold’em. They will be ranked from one, being the best, to ten, being the tenth best.

#1. Ace-Ace. Sometimes called “bullets”, or “weapons of mass destruction”. Mathematically the best starting hand in Hold’em poker. Aces will get cracked by two random cards only 15% of the time.

#2. King-King. Also called “cowboys”, kings will only loose to a pair of aces more often than not.

#3. Queen-Queen. Referred to as “ladies”, queens are a strong high pair and a good solid starting hand, but can be out drawn by two cards.

#4. Jack-Jack. Sometimes called “fishhooks”, it can be tough to play. Jacks will be out drawn by a lot of attractive starting hands. It’s pretty solid anyway.

#5. Ace-King suited. Also called “big slick”, it’s got two top cards to draw on, and catches a “nut flush” with any three cards of the same suit. If it doesn’t catch it’s just a high card.

#6. Ten-Ten. Referred to as “dimes”, tens look great starting out early in a hand, but loose value fast as the higher cards hit the board.

#7. Ace-King off suit. They call this one “big slick” also, and it has the same chance of making a nice high pair, but substantially lower chance of making a flush than its suited counterpart.

#8. Ace-Queen suited. Sometimes called “big chick”, it’s an attractive drawing hand, and has a lot off power in terms of making small pairs lay down.

#9. King-Queen suited. Known as the “royal couple”, two top pair makers to draw on make this hand easy to play, and it makes for a nice “second nut flush” with the addition of three cards of the same suit.

#10. Ace-Jack suited. This should bring back fond memories for you blackjack players, and is known to poker players as “ajax”. Nice to look down and see this in the pocket, even nicer if that lonely Jack hits on the flop.

There you have it, the top ten starting hands in Texas Hold’em poker. I have found that a great way to practice figuring out how your starting hands stack up is to try and work out the next ten or twenty hands on our list. Try to figure #11 through #30, I am sure you’ll be surprised to see what is and isn’t there when the dust settles.

When you play don’t solely rely on math and probability to guide your decisions, use your instincts, and trust you gut. If you loose, learn from it, and try hard to not make the same mistakes over and over. That’s the only way to really improve. After all, poker is a game of skill.

Until next time remember: A good poker player can dodge bad luck, a great poker player doesn’t have to.

Poker Etiquette Number 1

Poker is a great game, but it can become very stressful. When doing anything stressful, especially when money is involved, people tend to become angry and tempers may flare. It is very easy to see why so many people were killed during poker games in the past. Anyone who has played a great deal of poker has seen someone throw a fit after losing. People becoming angry when they lose money will happen but there are ways to avoid causing unnecessary tension. There are many impolite actions that can be taken offensive at the poker tables. Some of which you may not have thought were rude, such as “going south” during a cash game. If you do not know the meaning of “going south” then read on and you may learn bad habits of your own. These can be very useful to know when you are playing a game of Domino100.

The first of which I am going to bring up is “going south.” This refers to taking chips off the table and not betting them anymore. This is only applicable during cash games. Many players will do this after winning a large hand. A player will simply take some of the money he won and pull it off the table. This is a very quick way to upset others at the poker table. This will particularly upset people who you won from in the hand since they no longer have the opportunity to win their money back. The best policy is simply to leave all your money on the table until you are ready to leave the table.

The second bad behavior is splashing the pot. A player throws there chips into the center of the pot making it difficult for the dealer to count it. This slows down the game and is considered very rude towards the dealer. This is a move you see in commercials and movies but should not otherwise be done. When betting simply place your chips neatly out in front of you. Be sure they are close enough for the dealer to reach but not in the pot.

Do not under any circumstances purposely miscall your hand. This is done often by someone trying to appear funny at the table but it can be very irritating. Also if the dealer or other player is not paying attention to your cards it could cause some confusion. This will slow down the game and upset the other players at the table.

String betting is by many casinos considered against the rules. A string bet is when you push in one stack of chips in to the pot and then push in a second stack. You must push in all the chips you are betting at once or declare the amount that you are going to raise. The reason string betting is not allowed is it can cause confusion, which slows down the game. The other problem with string bets are that you can make the bet and if it does not appear that your opponent is folding you can grab for more chips.

The very last and possibly most important etiquette rule when playing poker is never “slow roll.” This is when you allow your opponent to turn their cards first or slowly flip your cards over. Only in the movie Maverick is this ever done (and almost gets shot for it). By slow rolling your opponent you are letting the suspense build which creates more tension. This can also cause an opponent to think he has one the hand only for you to turn your cards over and take their glory.

Always remember how strenuous poker can be on the mind. The game is supposed to be fun, and when people are upset it begins to ruin the game for the whole table. So follow these five poker etiquette rules so as to keep everyone happy. If you are interested in seeing more articles of this nature such as poker etiquette and manners let me know. I appreciate your messages and comments.