Troy dice and gambling through the ages

The Troy movie gave rise to many heated discussions of a both spectacular and historical nature. But for me it posed another question: what leisure activities did the Greek soldiers have according to Homer’s classic, The Iliad. I can’t believe that they were only fighting and resting, but maybe they were also gambling. Sieges of cities are usually much less epic than is depicted in movies. So there should have also been periods of relative calm. With all those warriors left to themselves, they must have looked for some entertainment. As all the women were on the other side of the wall, they had little else to do but gamble. And my guess was confirmed. They played dice! The dice in turn was invented by one of the Greek heroes named Palamed to help his fellow warriors cope with boredom. He was praised by them and should still be by all craps players today.

Troy is both a legend and history. And nowadays there are a number of casino’s which make legends online with the help of history. You know them well:,,,,

So I would like to give you – readers of Gambling Gates – some feel for ancient gambling. In the following series of articles we`ll travel though the ages to different countries to see how our ancestors gambled.

The tales of many cultures and peoples all over the world hold more than a handful of references to games of chance. They are often the pearls of these stories often being more exciting or even dramatic than the tales themselves. Greek and Roman myths mention Fortune – the Goddess of Chance and Gambling, and Tyho – the Goddess of Luck.  And both the Irish and Scottish peoples have a number of tales about unusual bets and about fortunes not claimed by the victors.

But the most numerous dramatic tales of gambling are found in the folk culture and literature of Asia, especially South-East Asia, Japan, the Philippines and India. Asia has produced a myriad of popular legends and tales of games of chance and unusual bets. Some of these legends have very ancient origins. And while some of them relate to games of chance with the gods, many others have an absolutely secular nature.

Another continent rich in gambling legends is North America. North-American Indians represent almost half of all the historical evidence from known world cultures that mention gambling. So it is no wonder the Red Indian’s gambling has spread so widely.

Most of the cultures we are going to speak about enjoyed games of dice. It really is one of the most simple, yet most exciting of the games of chance. Playing dice is one of the age-old leisure occupations. The first dice games in human history were played in ancient India, China, Libya, Egypt, Greece, and in the Roman Empire. Many ancient nations – North American Indians, Mayas, Aztecs, Eskimos, and Africans – used to play dice, made from peach or plum stones, plant seeds, nuts, bison or sheep bones, deer horns, beaver teeth, ceramics, bronze, agate, onyx, black amber, mountain crystal, marble, or many other materials.

So, let’s go further. As we began by mentioning Troy, Greece, and Palamed, our retrospective should definitely start with Ancient Greece. So, look forward to Ancient Greece: Gambling with the Gods and Heroes.

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U.S. casino giant launches betting site in U.K.

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Talented poker players quit day jobs to make a living online

As the popularity of poker is steadily growing due to televisized shows such as Travel Channel’s World Poker Tour and Fox Sports Net’s Poke , more high-skilled players are quitting their regular jobs to make a living by playing online poker, reported.

One man who quit his job in April this year to take a chance on poker, has cited the increasing number of novices making bad plays on online poker sites as a reason why more experienced players are now able to make their living from playing poker at online casino.

For Silver the risk was worth taking, as he is confident of being able to earn an annual income of $100,000, twice the amount he was earning on his regular job. He said his earnings increased as more newcomers joined the online poker community: “You’ll see people make terrible plays routinely. For the most part these people call too much and play too aggressively”.

Online poker offers lucrative money earning opportunities for those who take the game seriously, with reports of people who do not go so far as quitting their jobs earning an extra $20-30,000 on top of their salary, by playing on evenings and weekends., a website which tracks the amounts of money spent on online poker games, stated that last month the figure hit $136.1 million, from $11.1 million in January 2003.

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What you need in poker

Some say that to play poker, you have to have the guts, the mental capacity, and lots of luck. But I say to play poker, you will need first and foremost cards, poker chips, poker tables, lammers, cut cards and card protectors. Literally, these are the basics that you need to play poker.

Cards – cards are the most essential of all. Poker is a card game so it would be impossible to play poker without cards. There are 52 cards in a dexk, thirteen kinds, four cards to each kind. There are different types of cards, but the caasinos use the standard type. They change the deck evry few hours of play.Cards would last longer if taken care of properly. There is a right way of shuffling and dealing the cards. It would also be wise to advise the poker players to refrain from folding the cards.

Poker Chips – these are rounded objects used in poker to replace money for betting. In house games, money will do. Poker chips are more convenient in poker than money itself because they are easier to add for they are color coordinated. Bills also have the tendency to fly from the table. Poker chips are used in casinos, and they lessen the chances of theft because you transact business at the counter, and you do not have to take money out at the poker table.

Poker Table – For house games, any table will do just fine. But in casinos, poker tables are large enough to seat 10 or more poker players. The top of the table is made of felt, so that the cards would not slide easily. The top’s softness also prevents the cards from scratching.

Lammers – they are buttons that represent the dealer role in Texas Hold’em poker. The dealer button is important in marking who is the dealer, because in that way, you will also know who shoul post the big blind and the small blind.

Cut Card – house poker games can do without cut cards, but in casinos, they are used for preventing the bottom card to be revealed. The cut card is placed at the bottom of the deck so that nobody would see the bottom card and prevent them from having clues for the game.

Card Protectors – these are the things you put on top of your cards to prevent them from flipping over. In house games, you could use almost anything as card protector, even your remote control.

Five Factors that Affect Poker Decisions

In Texas Hold’em, there will be four rounds of betting. For each round, the poker player will have to decide about which action he will take. Would he check, bet, call, raise, or fold? In deciding which action to take, there are five factors that must be considered. These are the cards, the position at the table, the number of players, the pot odds, and the playing styles of the opponents. Here is how each of these factors should affect one’s decision.
The Cards

According to statistics, a poker player gets good cards about 10% of the time. But this does not tell when one will have the good cards. This gives the first challenge in poker. Yet, there is a way around this too few times of getting good cards. That is, the poker player need not be holding the strongest hand or the nuts. But, at showdown, his hand must be the best. After all, when the poker player places a bet, he wagers his money that he has the highest hand. If the player is still new at poker, the basic rule is this: bet aggressively when the cards are strong. Otherwise, fold.

The Position

In Texas Hold’em, the positions of the players are fixed. That is, the blind will always stay as the blind throughout the hand. Such an aspect of this poker variant affects how a poker player should play. This is because the poker player at the early position, which is one or two seats after the blind, will have little information on which to base his decision. He will not have a clue as to how much the pot size will eventually be. And the poker player at the early position cannot also predict how many players will decide to stay. Thus, a poker player will do well if he sticks to this standard technique: play only the stronger cards. With cards that need improvement, the poker player must fold.

The Number of Players

Texas Hold’em can accommodate many players, but the usual maximum number of players found in casinos is 10. With this many players, there will be rounds that everyone will remain, and there will be rounds when only two or three will stay. The large disparity of these two rounds will affect the winning potential of one’s cards. This means that the number of players that opted to stay will decide whether a certain hand will be playable or not. With one or two opponents, a poker player’s best chances lie on high pairs. But with more than six opponents, drawing hands that will form flushes or straights will most likely win.

The Pot Odds

The pot odds are determined when one compares the amount that a poker player should bet and the amount in the pot that can be won. In deciding if the pot odds are good, one must borrow the point of view of the businessman. That is, the bet will be the investment and the amount in the pot will be the potential profits. If the amount of the bet is small and the amount in the pot is large, then the pot odds are good. If the amount of the bet is large and the amount in the pot is also large, the odds are risky, but with strong hands, a poker player may go ahead. But if the amount of the bet is large and the pot money is small (twice or barely higher than the bet), the pot odds are not good.

The Playing Styles of Opponents

The playing styles of the opponents will determine the kind of poker game that one has joined. With loose players, one will be getting large pots. The opposite happens with tight players. A poker player must determine the kind of opponents that he is up against and he must play accordingly.

The above five factors may not have equal weights when determining one’s decision during the betting rounds. What the poker player needs to learn is to identify when a certain factor will have the greatest influence.