Welcome to Pokerphile.net and thanks for stopping by. This is my personal blog on everything I know about online poker. Pokerphile.net is your guide to competing in the online poker community. You can learn tips and strategies as well as find the best poker rooms and tournaments.

Poker is still going strong across the online communities, with players battling for millions each day. Though the legalities may seem chaotic, there are many options within the US that allow players to do what they love. You will want to ensure you play the best poker out there!

Online casinos are here to stay

If you’ve gotten tired of playing poker – as occasionally happens – it might be time to try something new. Nowadays online casinos offer wide variety of slots, table games such as baccarat, blackjack, roulette and other entertaining games. Whereas poker has an element of skill, slots (or pokies as they call them in AU) are purely games of chance. That doesn’t make them any less entertaining. In fact, the opposite is true. If you want to try your luck, head out to the nearest casino and give it a shot!

Video poker as an alternative

If you enjoy playing poker, but are not so keen on all the technical aspects of the game, you might find video poker enjoyable. Video poker keeps many elements of skill in play, but is certainly more luck based than say Texas Hold’em. After all, it’s a slot machine where player gets some control over the result of the game. If you’re interested in learning more about video poker, check out our article about video poker strategy. Another good resource is Veikkaajat.com, they explain how video poker works in detail, but it’s in Finnish.

March 20, 2018 10:12 am

Foolproof Ways How to Find Out if Online Casino is Safe

Almost every casino player has at least once asked one crucial question: how safe is it really to play online casino games? Safety is a real concern always when dealing with money and internet, not to even mention there are more than a few rogue online casinos that might seem tempting but in reality never pay out your winnings. So, how to make sure your information and money are safe? Here are a few things you should consider. Check whether the casino uses safety measures The first red flag should be missing SSL certificate. Though it surely doesn’t mean hackers can’t ever access your information, it does add a layer of security. More than that, all reputable casinos use a variety of safety measures, sophisticated encryption and more. If the casino site doesn’t refer to any safety measures

February 27, 2018 12:39 am

7 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make When Playing Online Blackjack

Blackjack is notorious for two reasons – it is simple and it has tens of strategies out there that promise you will earn a quick buck when using such strategies. Unfortunately, nearly all of these strategies are nothing but scams that don’t really work, meaning you are likely to lose money. As Blackjack is surrounded by so many myths and issues, we put together this quick list so you could avoid some of the greatest mistake you could ever make while playing Blackjack. 1. Using the Martingale system (or any other progressive system) There’s nearly no Blackjack fan that hasn’t at least heard about this infamous strategy. Essentially, the strategy states that after every loss you should double your next bet so in the long run you would compensate the lost amount and stay profitable. The

February 16, 2018 12:42 am

Reasons Why You Should Try Playing in Online Casinos

Casinos, money and internet – sounds like a mix that is deemed to fail? If that has been your biggest worry and the reason why you’ve so far preferred land based casinos, it’s time to face the music. Things have changed big time and nowadays online casinos are safer than ever. More than that, there are various reasons why you could actually consider ditching the brick and mortar casino and try playing in online casinos instead. That being said, here are a few reasons why that change might be a good idea. 1. House edge is lower The infamous enemy of every casino player – house edge – is especially high in land based casinos which in a way also makes sense. After all, it’s a lot more expensive to keep the wheels spinning in a brick and mortar casino. Most online casinos however have

February 14, 2018 12:39 am

Quick Guide to Understanding Casino Bonuses

One of the reasons why online casinos have grown in popularity are bonus offers. These promotional goodies are created so players would have continuously reasons to return to that particular online casino. The greater the competition in the field gets, the greater the casino bonuses get and now it’s not unlikely to encounter bonuses that reach to even thousands of dollars. As a first time online casino player, you might initially be confused by the vast choices, so we put together this quick guide that explains the most common casino bonus types. Bonuses for new players Every decent online casino offers some sort of a sign-up bonus that you are eligible for if you don’t have an account in that casino yet. These bonuses can be various, but often they are matching bonuses that you can receive

September 30, 2017 6:45 am

Best Progressive Slots to Play in Online Casinos

Online slots with progressive jackpots belong to a league of their own. With an ounce of luck, hundreds of players have walked away from the online casino with a million dollar jackpot and that could happen to you too if you play progressive slots. There are several choices though and in this article we’ll introduce some of the most popular progressive slots to you a bit closer. Mega Moolah and Mega Moolah Isis Microgaming’s Mega Moolah and Mega Moolah Isis are legends. Mega Moolah, which is a 5 reel and 25 pay line slot machine introduces wild jungle theme. Similarly to other jackpot slots, you need to trigger a function that resembles Wheel of Fortune. From there, you have the chance of landing on a gigantic jackpot. What’s noteworthy is that Mega Moolah is responsible for producing

December 3, 2016 6:44 am

Video Poker Strategies

There are many strategies for playing video poker. These strategies come in one of two forms: either it is a general theory for how to wager and the best practices for gambling or it is a direct strategy for playing the individual video poker variations. This article will give you both types of advice to give you the best possible chance of winning some money. First, you need to know where you should play video poker. Most people will play the video poker machines that are located inside of the casinos across the country. You can also play for real money at some of the online casinos; however, you will want to make sure that you visit a website with a good reputation. Also, mobile games are all the rage these days. You can check out some cool video poker games for mobile devices as well. The

July 8, 2015 6:16 am

Your Bitcoin Poker Guide

The world of poker seems to be constantly evolving, after all, you might consider the internet as the biggest game changer of all. Whilst technology has helped dramatically change the landscape of poker, there’s a new contender on the block which has also effected how we can play poker. What’s that I hear you ask? Bitcoins. Whilst many might argue that poker has its own currency, that’s because you play with poker chips, the Bitcoin is a new kind of money which is officially listed as a currency. This new currency is starting to become popular among gamblers and poker fans. You should also check out bitcoincasino.org for additional information surrounding the world of Bitcoins and gambling – where you’ll find reviews, tips, guides and more information. This article takes a brief

May 27, 2015 6:17 am

The biggest poker networks of the world

Although the poker boom is already over, online poker remains one of the most lucrative and entertaining forms of online gambling to date. The gaming halls have moved to servers, and they have expanded with no geographical boundaries (well, some legal ones still remain), so today almost everyone can have access to a game of Sit-n-go Hold’em by using a smartphone, a tablet or a desktop or portable PC. Not all poker rooms have their own custom software, though. With a few exceptions – like Unibet’s poker room, for example, that uses proprietary software – most poker rooms run on software provided by online poker networks. Here is a short list of the biggest ones of the world where you can play and win at online poker non stop. 1. iPoker and iPoker 2 iPoker is the largest online poker

January 28, 2015 6:19 am

Shorthanded Texas Holdem

Adjusting your play – An introduction for beginners This information is not a template for a winning game. It is on the contrary an explanation of the factors that matters when you only play a few players and what the game at shorthanded tables looks like. Will you make a profit or a loss? Well this is mainly up to your ability to read the game and to change and vary it and of course pick the right opponents. Therefore it is recommended that you do not play any NL games before you have played for quite a long time and thus have gained some experience. The major part of this text applies to fixed low limit shorthanded Holdem although it to some extent also applies to NL. When the number of players at a table has gone down to about 6 or fewer you start talking about shorthanded play. Playing

April 18, 2014 6:21 am

Aced Poker Review

Aced Poker has been around for several years. However, they have not always been available to the US poker market. This has recently changed as the Aced Poker site has recently changed domains. Aced is part of the Merge poker network along with the more commonly known Carbon Poker. If you are new to the poker network concept, it means that all of the poker players in the Merge poker network will be shared among the different poker sites that use the network. Being a part of the same network, Aced and Carbon have many similar features which will be explained below. So the obvious question would be “Why would I want to play at Aced Poker instead of Carbon?” The simple answer is that you may have already used your sign-up bonus at Carbon and playing at Aced Poker will allow you to earn a

February 14, 2014 6:35 am

Value Betting the River in Texas Holdem

If you read any types of advanced poker ebooks or strategy articles at any of the online poker sites, you’ll learn that one of the biggest flaws amongst even winning players in the micro-stakes games is that they don’t value bet the river properly. Unfortunately a lot of regulars butcher the river. They either don’t value bet the river enough with strong hands, or they value bet in awkward situations where they would be much better off checking for value and taking the safer route. Think about this one for a second. Have you ever caught yourself with Ax or mid-pair and decided to raise the board after a check only to get bluff-raised off the pot and fold? Well this is precisely what I’m talking about when I say that most players don’t play the river profitably enough or exploit enough

November 5, 2013 6:51 am

Becoming a VIP at PokerStars

PokerStars is currently the most popular online poker room in the world. They have between 100,000 and 150,000 real money players at any given time. Therefore they also offer the best perks for VIP members. You might ask yourself, “How do I become a VIP poker player at PokerStars?” That is what this article is going to answer in a simple and straightforward way. First, when you create a new account with PokerStars, you are automatically enrolled into the VIP Club. However, this VIP Club has many different levels. You will begin with the BonzeStar status. This is followed by ChromeStar, SilverStar, GoldStar and Platinum Star. You will attain these different levels by collecting VIP Player Points (VPPs). These VPPs are based off of the number of Frequent Player Points (FPPs) that you earn.

August 15, 2013 6:52 am

William Hill Poker Review

For the UK visitors to the website, I’ve decided to review several of the poker rooms that are based over in England. Of those that specialise in British poker players, I find William Hill to be the top flight. You will find up to 20,000 poker players at the tables during peak hours (evenings and weekends). Now, I know what you’re going to say; “Your not from England so how can you review these sites.” You have a good point. I can’t play at these poker rooms for real money. That doesn’t mean that I can’t play at the Play Money tables. It also doesn’t mean that I can’t watch the players at the Real Money tables and tournaments. That just means that I can’t comment on how fast the transactions are. But, I know for a fact that depositing and withdrawing from poker accounts

August 7, 2013 6:53 am

Bovada Poker Review

Bovada has been earning their reputation as the best choice for players in the United States. You will usually find roughly 500 players in the Cash Games section even during non-peak hours (I.E. working hours and in the middle of the night). This easily goes over 2000 players during the peak hour in the evening. The Scheduled Tournaments section offers at least 1500 players at any given time. This increases two or three fold when you play during peak hours. This lets you know that the state of online poker USA isn’t dead yet. The number of players that are in the Sit & Go Tournaments sections can leave something to be desired, however. You may only want to play in this section during the peak playing hours. Otherwise, you may be waiting for 10 minutes or more to get one of these small

April 24, 2013 6:54 am

Full Tilt Poker Games & Tournaments

Full Tilt Poker offers a wider selection of poker games and tournaments than the majority of competitors. With traffic starting to grow at the poker site again (5000+ Players on Average) the tables are filling up quickly and there is plenty of action on the felt. Types of Poker Games at Full Tilt Full Tilt Poker spreads over a dozen poker games that can be played on real money tables. Full Tilt offers Holdem, Omaha (Hi/Lo), 7 Card Stud (Hi/Lo), HA, 5 Card Draw, Razz, 2-7 Triple Draw, Badugi, 2-7 Single Draw, a-5 Triple Draw, 10-Game Mix and HORSE. The poker games above can be played at varying limits (NL, PL & FL) and stakes ($.01/$.02 to $2000/$4000). No other poker site has as ring table games with stakes as high as Full Tilt Poker (click here for source), which is why FTP is home to

November 27, 2012 6:55 am

Poker Rakeback mistakes you should avoid

At first sight a very large rakeback percentage might seem like the perfect deal, since it looks so attractive. The truth is that a great headline with a high rakeback percentage might not be an excellent deal in case you are planning to take everything into consideration over the long term. In this article we are planning to offer you some of the most important rakeback mistakes that you can make. By knowing what the mistakes that can be done are, it’s going to be easier for you to avoid doing them. Poker Rakeback Mistake #1 – Choosing the wrong poker room There are currently many online poker players out there that are going to sign up for an online poker room just because they are offering a good rakeback percentage and they will not have a look at what that poker room has to offer.

October 11, 2012 6:56 am

Different Types of Poker Games

Poker Games are not only a games that may bring you a lot of cash in your pocket, but they can also give you a lot of full of excitement hours and new friends. The Poker Games are not just a games – these are huge groups of card games played in order to bet on the cards that players receive or form with the help of the cards dealt in the center of the table. The Poker Games can be differentiated into three groups according to the way the cards are dealt. Community Card Games – this type of games use board cards – a number of cards dealt in the middle of the table in order to be used by all of the players to form their best hands. This group consists the most popular Poker Games, played both online and offline. This includes Texas Holdem, Omaha, Cincinnati, Pineapple and many more. The

October 10, 2012 6:58 am

Simple Online Poker Tips

If you feel like you’re in a rut when it comes to playing poker, there are some simple things that you can do to get you moving in the right direction again. The following tips are very easy to follow for even the novice poker player. Joining an online poker site is simple You can play free games without giving any credit card information. You should play the free games for a while to get the hang of how the game plays, what buttons to click, what happens when you click a button that you aren’t sure what it does. The free games have almost no value in learning to play to win though. They are excellent for a novice, offering a way to practice calculating basic odds and discovering the relative strengths of hands. Positional is key when playing this game. You will find that some hands that

September 26, 2012 6:59 am

Different Types of Poker Tournaments

Texas Hold em poker has become one of the most popular poker games played both online and at land based casinos. Several yearly major poker events brought that popularity including large tournaments, which give the opportunity to the players to gain big amount of money. What exactly does a poker tournament looks like? Mostly at tournaments the competitors play No Limit Texas Hold em but it is not unusual competing in the limited version of the game. The online poker tournaments are structured competitions where players compete against each other to gather all the chips held by the opponents. In normal cash poker games, each hand is unrelated to any other. Players can quit whenever they want but in tournaments, players cannot quit and cash out their chips. Play continues until there is a winner.

September 6, 2012 7:02 am

Omaha Basics

Many poker players say that if you can play Texas Hold’em, you can play Omaha. While it is very true that these two poker games have many things in common, there are also a few fundamental differences between the two. In this section we will show you the basics of playing Omaha and the different variations of this very popular poker game. The main and most commonly played version of this game is played as a split-pot game. The highest ranking hand shares the pot with the lowest ranking hand. Because it is a high-low split-pot game, you will tend to see more players staying in the game, more action, and higher pots than Texas Hold’em. Omaha is a nine card poker game. Each player must make their best five-card poker hand by using precisely two cards from their four private cards, and three