There are plenty of people out there claiming to have all the answers. Who is the go-to to learn more about you favorite table games? What types of sites are reputable and have experience to back their bold tactics and tips? How can you tell if the strategy your researching is proven and effective? Here are a few things to keep in mind…
I do not know the best way to play blackjack or poker. I am a writer, and one that plays from time-to- time, but I am far from what you would call an expert.
Like you, I also want to learn more about the games I play. Where to start? Who should I ask? How do I know the source I’m referencing knows what the heck they’re talking about?
Although I don’t know much regarding the in-and- outs of games of chance – I do, however, know a thing or two about evaluating a source and its content.
I would like to share with you a few things to consider as you go about your search for the answers to your gaming questions.
Pokerdictionary.net, right here, is a great place to start (and end) your search. Why?
This site is a reference and it’s not full of a bunch of ads and extra content other than information. Their motivation and mission is to provide information. In order to be successful the site must create and publish high-quality, accurate information.
A site or author’s motivation or goal is a big factor when it comes to determining the quality of the piece. When you visit a site for information quickly ask yourself, “What is the author or website trying to accomplish?”
“Does them helping me help them?” If yes, the content is likely good.
Knowing the author and company’s background can be extremely helpful for evaluating information. A quick Google search or a peek at the person/company’s Facebook or Twitter should be enough for you to decide if they are trustworthy or qualified.
You wouldn’t go to a home and garden site to find out information on space travel. You wouldn’t ask an NBA basketball player how to play tennis. Look for someone qualified in the game you are looking to learn more about, possibly a former player, casino employee or reporter on the subject.
Knowing if the website or author has a “dog in the fight” helps too. Third-party sites, like review sites don’t get paid by how much you spend at a casino, maybe only if you visit. They know that the better and more knowledgeable you become with a particular game means more playtime which leads to the fact that you may want to play at more places and would likely use their reviews.
CasinoSmash is a great casino review site with a whole bunch of tips, tricks and strategy articles provided to make you more knowledgeable. They know that more knowledgeable gamers do more research and that that research will lead you back to the review site. Here is an example of one of their articles. They succeed when their content is reputable and thus quality is their business.
I encourage you to keep searching for the answers to your questions. Learn as much as you can and use these tips to make sure that what you’re learning, you’re learning from the best!
I hope this helped and I hope we both can get a little better at poker in the future.