PokerMaster app: Tap into Chinese ‘private club’ poker action
The edge you have as a professional online poker player is getting thinner on traditional poker sites. It’s been getting thinner since Black Friday for various. Many regs who were marginally profitable have either found themselves repackaged in tuna fish cans by other pros or have simply been forced out of the game.
For a large part of the community, it feels like a supertrawler has dropped more than a 100 meters of net and scooped up every fish big enough to keep the poker economy afloat. Of course, this really just means that professionals keen on continuing their careers and supporting their lifestyles as online players must find new waters to fish.
Enter poker apps, specifically PokerMaster, which is your direct line into the bountiful Chinese market through a system of private-club games that have a similar feel to live home games.
What is PokerMaster?
PokerMaster is a poker app that links you to other players around the world, specifically to the Chinese market, which is known for its addiction to gambling and government restrictions on the popular pastime – there’s a reason Macau exists. The company is aspiring to “build a Texas Hold’em & Pot Limit Omaha Poker communities focused on bringing friends together and maximizing fun,” which creates the sort of super soft games for which you and other professionals are searching.
In line with the company’s stated goal, the majority of the games on PokerMaster are Texas Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha Cash games. Hold’em tables offer anything between CNY(RMB) ¥5-¥10 (equiv. NL$150) and CNY ¥300-¥600(NL$9000). To beat the system and multi-table your way to a reasonable hourly wage, you can install an Android emulator such as BigNox or MEMU on your computer – or you can play from your smartphone or tablet.
The biggest difference, outside of playing with Chinese Yuan at a currency rate of ¥CNY6.5, will be that you can’t directly deposit into your account. Instead, you’ll need to work with one of the reputable agents online. An agent doesn’t only manage your deposits for you, they are also your direct link to the softest club games – more on this later.
Why is PokerMaster Profitable?
With the demolition of rake back and many bonus programs, as well as basically worse and worse playing conditions for you and other pros on poker sites, poker apps, such as PokerFishS, PokerLords, and PokerMaster, offer new opportunities to increase your profits.
These poker apps allow you to play a virtually unlimited number of tables against a weak, abundant field of amateur players, making it a profitable place for pros to pull up a chair.
The amount of soft traffic on the apps is directly linked to the company being originally designed for the enormous Asian market. PokerMaster reigns king, as the traffic through the app is three to four times higher than that of their competitors, such as PokerFishS. No matter which app you play on, there is no shortage of wealthy Chinese to continue stocking the market. Back in 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported that there were 2,378,000 millionaire households – and the Chinese economy has only continued to boom since then. A major reason this poker market isn’t slipping on to more traditional poker sites is because of regulations and VPN masking issues. So, the Asian market has mostly turned to poker apps.
“Have you ever found yourself stuck in a traffic jam on your way to a poker night? Or lacking players when organizing a home game? Now PokerMaster can let you play poker with friends anywhere, anytime” the Google Play Store says. If you’re struggling to beat someone who jumps on their phone to dump cash while stuck in traffic on the way to a poker night, you might not be in the right business. And, don’t forget, people in China can be stuck in traffic for days.
We all know that a good home game is the softest kind of game in the world, which is one of the many reasons that PokerMaster is so profitable for pros. It’s hard to imagine, but the games are thought to be similar to what was happening on PokerStars, FullTilt, PartyPoker, and the rest of the big sites nearly a decade ago. This is your chance to apply that “if I knew what I know now back then” and take it to the bank.
Just like in a home game, which can be derailed by absurd wild-card games, PokerMaster is designed to keep the action flowing with the sort of things that put fish in a frenzy.
Unlike in your home game, there are claims that several world-famous high rollers play at the highest limits available on PokerMaster with their cashout volume exceeding several hundred thousand dollars.
At first glance, the only major downside of PokerMaster is that unlike many poker sites, it does not offer deposit bonuses or other similar promotions. Though such incentives can seem important at first, they really do have a negligible impact on your long-term profitability. If you’re making a living at poker, a $1,000 sign-up bonus isn’t going to make or break your year.
Another reason PokerMaster is a so profitable for regs, especially low-stakes and mid-stakes grinders, is that the rake is fixed at 5% of your winnings. When you book a losing session – variance is just a part of life – you don’t pay any rake.
“PokerMaster prides itself on being a fair and trusted platform, which is why the card dealing algorithm, or RNG(Random Number Generator), utilized in our game is certified by GLI [Gaming Labs],” explains the company website.
Get the Right Agent for PokerMaster
Similar to Hollywood for actors or New York City for writers, the key to tapping into the full potential of a market, such as the one provided by PokerMaster, is having an agent with access to the best clubs and lowest cashout fees.
“If you get yourself an access to a private club with juicy games, there is a big chance you will share it only with few regulars. Hence, it is important to get into the game through a good affiliate with a wide range of clubs. PokerWarmUp can connect you to an agent who currently offers access to more clubs than anyone else and also guarantees players funds and the best cashout fees,” explains one of the professional poker players behind the PokerWarmUp.
PokerMaster app: Tap into Chinese ‘private club’ poker action
As with any poker opportunity, the profitability versus the risk of playing beyond the odds at the table, are the two most important factors when it comes down to taking a chair or not. The Chinese market, flush with gamblers and cash, that can be accessed through PokerMaster is without a doubt worth the trouble of getting used to using a poker app rather than a traditional poker site. As it is with so many other business ventures, the frontier for expansion is in China. This is especially true with Poker. The key to taking full advantage of this new frontier is by being connected to a reputable agent who not only guarantees your capital but is also able to find you seats at hundreds of the softest tables in the private club atmosphere created by PokerMaster.
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We probably should change the order of steps during the Poker warm up. As per Jared’s suggestions in his article, the “Around the Table” step should run before anything else. And this is quite logical, we want to remove any distracting factors first, so that they can not even distract us from the Warm Up procedure itself. But I would like to hear some feedback first though, as I am using this routine myself for many months already, and the process of closing my skype, gmail , etc as the last step, gives me some extra motivational push and sense of accomplishment just before starting the session. Also sometimes I send some “last” messages in skype or gmail during warm up – to clean my head off of them.
Several days ago I was describing to my friend a routine that I go through almost every working day and which works very well for me. And I decided to write a post about this. It took many words, but in reality all this lasts 30-40 minutes at maximum, especially if you do it several days in a row and get used to it. This make my mind and my body to wake up completely and make sure I am ready for some serious work.
1. Wake Up 5am. My mind is very clear in early mornings and games are quite sweet this time too. I sleep 7 hours and usually wake up 3-5 minutes before the alarm clock,
The first thing I do is:
– Remembering Why I wake up today?
To do something good and useful. To improve myself. To make myself and other people more happy.
Something positive enough to bring a meaning, inspire and make you smile.
2. Wash up myself. Clean up the room, my working place, etc. If there is an order everywhere, there is an order in your head too. And its just a bit lazy sometimes to do the morning exercise straight away. Sometimes I check e-mail, Facebook just to make sure there is nothing new in there, same pictures, same people and same 80% of spam messages.
***Update. I now also do a 30 mins meditation session every single morning, regardless if I play today or not.
3. Do the morning exercise, its highly desirable to start sweating. I do Ashtanga yoga or just general set of stretches, push-ups, sit ups, etc. If there is a swimming pool around, I swim. This should take at least 15 minutes. I need to start breathing deeply and freely, as sometimes my nose is blocked in the morning.
During this warm up I try to think ONLY about warm up. Like: “this is my hand, touching the ground. This is my breath, I am inhaling now. My knee still hurts a bit, probably after that basketball game”.
I think only about NOW, not yesterday, not in another city… But Here and Now. By doing this I prepare my mind, restraining it from random thoughts, stopping it from wandering away at every favorable moment, and instead make it do what I want it to do, namely make good poker decisions.
Often thoughts completely unrelated to what I am doing at this moment would come into my mind:
“I am going to Australia next month, where will I stay?”
Fk this, I’ll sort this out just before or when I come there. Now I am lifting up my left leg…
“My Girlfriend is gonna have a birthday next week, what should I buy her for present?”
Ok. I’ll put this task into my daily planner (using Simpleology ) and will think about this later. Now I am making a deep, deep breath…
4. Shower with cold water and breakfast. I eat cereals with fruits, salads, soy milk or juice, scoop of protein. I never eat something fried, like eggs or bacon or any bread like toasts or cookies – this makes me lazy and sleepy, and it’s just an unhealthy food overall.
During the shower and breakfast I keep thinking about here and now.
“ehhm.. This water is cold. Goosebumps on my skin. The pineapple is sweet and tasty.”
Some unwanted thoughts would keep coming into my mind:
“It’s friday. How should I entertain myself today?”
I’ll think about this after I finish my work, It’s not something urgent. Now I am chewing my pineapple and enjoying the taste.
“What if result of my today’s session will be negative like yesterday?”
Doesn’t matter. I am aware of variance, and If I make any mistakes I will review them later and discuss with my poker friends. Now I gonna play with huge edge against fish. And more often my sessions are positive than negative.
Or even better just to leave them Unanswered and ignore.
5. Ready to go. If I still have some thoughts running in my head, I write them down to a notepad or online, I use http://simpleology.com/.
6. I open my Poker Warm Up, check if there are some newly discovered leaks to be added to my warming up routine (though I usually do this afterwards, during my session review).
Start Warm UP and attentively go through all the steps completing it like it’s the most important checklist of my day:
a) My Poker Goals. I remember why I play, except for the play itself. Besides money, what else gives me her majesty Poker? If I have some new Goals to add, I quickly check it is a SMART goal. b) My Technical leaks.To become better these must be eliminated. And to eliminate I need to constantly be aware and work on my weaknesses. c) Mind leaks. To evaluate results of my play, I use not only monetary measures but how I coped with various forms of tilt too. Recognizing signs of upcoming tilt is the most important thing I took from Jared Tendler’s Mental Game of Poker. d) Distracting factors. Yeah, I can play 3 tables HU and discuss plans for the evening with my friend on the phone. But can I be sure that the quality of my decisions during this time is the best? Not at all, rather opposite. e) Check my Concentration. Several days a month I would delay or even skip playing poker just because I don’t feel like playing. I had enough cases in my experience when I ignored this strong feeling and had a very bad session that day, including 10 hours non-stop play, broken mouses and keyboards, chairs flying across the room and screams like “I knew I shouldn’t play today”. So I learned it hard way. Most probably this is caused, as Jared Tendler defined, by accumulated emotions tilt.
7. And the last step, as Poker Warm Up suggests I set up the Poker session Timer for 1,5 or 2 hours with strong intention to have a brake or finish the session when the Timer tells me do so.
8. Only after this is done, I start opening tables…
The picture on the main page is temporary, and will be changed soon to a kewl one. A friend of mine draws really nice caricatures and I gonna use her talent. I hope people will be able to recognize who is on the picture 😉
But this is only like 10% of the work.
Now its a time for some marketing stuff. We do understand there will be bugs and feature requests, so we basically look for beta testers now. 10 – 20 people whos gonna use it every day, share their experience with us and other people, so that we can promptly make changes to the software.
There is also a Feeback form, which players can use to submit any questions, bugz, wishes, etc. We will do our best to make this tool comfortable and +EV for every poker player. I personally use it every day before my sessions for long time already. Of course I do a lot of various work outside of tables, but this tool executed just before the game makes my mind sink into the framework of poker thinking: “I learn while playing” , “I don’t care about variance”, “Poker is fair”, “there is no tilt, only this hand and correct decision”, “I will be doing poker mistakes forever, even Ivey and Galfond do”.