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understanding hand combinations in poker, discussing the probability of specific hand occurrences, the impact of blockers on potential hand combinations, and how to quickly calculate the likelihood of certain hands based on visible cards and known blockers
Every serious poker player knows that bankroll management is a huge part of the game regardless of what variant they’re playing. What are the keys to it? Playing at the highest stakes you can beat and ensuring your bankroll is large enough to give you a reasonable shot at winning over the long haul.
Tens or Better is found in a lot of casinos, both live and online. It’s very similar to Jacks or Better and you don’t have to be rocket scientist to spot the biggest twist: the lowest ranked hand that pays out is a pair of tens in this variant. The payouts...
Betting for value is critical in any small-stakes, live Limit Hold'em cash game. We'll look at an example hand, changing a few variables around, to see under what circumstances we have a clear bet for value. It's important to keep making correct bets and raises without being results-oriented.
insights into effective strategies for live poker cash games, emphasizing the importance of understanding opponents, adjusting to table dynamics, and making informed decisions based on various factors
the significance of poker tells, emphasizing that while some behaviors are universal across players, others are unique, and the ability to discern these tells can provide a strategic advantage in the game
By carefully observing the speed with which your opponents act at the poker tables, you can often glean valuable information about the strength of their hands. Perhaps more importantly, you should always attempt to prevent your opponents from gaining any such information about your hands.
Omaha High-Low is one of those rare poker games that appeals to people that like to gamble it up as well as to nits who don't like to play many hands. Good players have a substantial advantage over either category of opponents as long they remember to draw to the nuts.
It's happened to all of us at one point or another. Even the great Phil Ivey went bust several times before hitting his stride. Rather than beating yourself up over it, take your bust-out as an opportunity to learn.
how equities change throughout a hand, the impact of flop texture, and the advantages of having draws on different board types
the importance of observing opponents' reactions when they look at their cards in poker games, suggesting that players can gain valuable insights into their opponents' hands by noting their behaviors, such as the speed of their reactions, shuffling habits, and responses to the flop
While value-betting is important in PLO, it's also important to have bluffs in your ranges. Semi-bluffs have incredible value because many drawing hands are tied with or even ahead of decent made hands. Holding blockers to the nuts can really help your bluffs succeed.
Blackjack players face the house, not each other. Psychology and game theory do not come into play with blackjack unlike poker; instead it is all about mathematics. Computer simulations have been run to determine the optimal strategy to use in blackjack, and this is...
the importance of hand reading in poker, explaining that understanding the game is futile if one can't effectively read hands; it delves into the nuances of categorizing hands into strong, medium, weak, draws, bluffs, and combo draws
pitfalls of playing seemingly strong but actually weak hands in poker - specific hands like A-10, K-J, J-J, and K-10 can lead to trouble
Hand combinations for no-limit 2-7 single draw are much more complicated than hold'em, but they can be made relatively easy with this method.
Poker tracking software has become increasingly common lately. This leads to the question: Can a player succeed at higher levels without using a HUD or other software? What if the player is only playing a single table? The answer, as it should always be, is "it depends."
By paying close attention to your opponents' actions at the poker tables, you can get pretty solid reads on their play. Using this information, you can make some of your ranges stronger while making others weaker in order to seriously exploit your foes.
the importance of understanding and comparing the range of hands you and your opponent might have in poker, emphasizing that if your range is ahead of your opponent's, you should bluff more, and if it's behind, you should play tighter
Loose Deuces takes its name from the fact that deuces are wild in this Video Poker variant, meaning you can use a deuce in the place of any other card in the deck to make up a hand. If you’ve ever played Deuces Wild before then it should be a familiar concept,...
Searching for a quick strategy guide to get some video poker tips? Read and study this page in full and I guarantee it will increase your video poker knowledge! If you can’t remember everything, that’s fine, use it for reference while you’re playing....
Bonus Deuces Wild is much like its ancestor, Deuces Wild, but thanks to a few tweaks to the pay table, the potential returns from this game are notably improved! The main “bonus” feature is as follows, using Bovada Casino’s pay table as an example:...
While video poker started with only one type of poker, today there are several different ways to play video poker. One type is Jacks or Better, a good game for beginners or anyone else to play at any time. There are also Joker’s Wild machines with standard 52-card...
It's common for beginning players to perform poorly at the poker tables. Some of the errors frequently displayed by novice Limit Hold'em players include playing too many hands, cold-calling with inferior holdings, folding good hands to a single bet on the river and more.
By carefully examining your hand histories, you can learn to identify spots where you've misplayed the bubble in two- or three-table sit and gos. It's important to learn how to play these potentially profitable spots well. Find out how to maximize your EV.
It's possible to apply classic decision-making processes to poker games. For example, by understanding your c-betting leaks, coming up with a plan to fix them, implementing that plan and observing the results, you can make drastic improvements in your c-betting game.
There's a lot of money to be made in Pot Limit Omaha, but if you're a No Limit Hold'em player, then you're likely making big mistakes. Read on to find out how to properly evaluate starting hands, estimate the value of drawing hands and control the size of the pot.
An easily digestible explanation of continuation betting in No Limit Texam Hold’em. This article demonstrates which hands are ideal for c-bets, which aren’t and how, when and against whom a c-bet should be used to maximize winnings. It also explains how much you should bet in certain situations.
challenges the common adage, asserting that while practice is essential, it's the quality of practice that truly matters, emphasizing that perfect practice leads to optimal performance and highlighting the importance of understanding and correcting mistakes outside of live play
There have been a lot of one - hit wonders, but these ten stand out among all of them
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proper bankroll management not only protects you from going broke but also enables you to make better decisions by reducing the psychological pressure of potential losses
Online casinos are growing rapidly in popularity with millions of players each year scoring mega jackpots. But maybe you’re someone who still isn’t sure if you want to make an actual deposit? And playing with “fun money” just doesn’t give...
In Limit Hold'em, you'll often have a pot equity edge, even with less than 50% equity, if there are many players in the hand. If you can get them to keep putting chips in the pot, you should probably raise with such an edge. If some of them will fold, though, you should probably just call.
Find the Texas Holdem starting hands that have a positive expected value when playing from the Hijack Position.
If you've watched televised poker tournaments, the players were probably playing No Limit Texas Hold'em. With two blinds to get the action started and four rounds of betting, there's plenty of action to be found. All-in confrontations are somewhat common especially in tournaments.
the strategic importance of three-betting against players who frequently raise from steal positions, highlighting the need to understand opponents' raising frequencies, adjust three-betting ranges based on equity and position, and be cautious of over-aggressive plays
Expected value of hands played from the small blind position.
Satellite poker tournaments can be very profitable, but they require strategic adjustments from normal tournament play. You don't want to risk your stack early on because survival is more important than chip accumulation. This changes later on in the tournament.
revisits the original ISF Theorem, emphasizing the importance of understanding the strength of poker hand ranges in relation to opponents' ranges, and highlights the need for players to adapt their strategies based on the dynamic interplay of these ranges
In order to value bet successfully on the river, you need to analyze your opponent's calling range. Thinking about unexploitable bluffing and calling frequencies can be helpful. Be sure not to value bet hands that will win less than half the time that your opponent calls.
Video Slots have long been one of the more popular forms of online gambling. Virtually every live and online casino will have a wide range of video slots games for all of their members. For those new to online casinos, the sheer variety of games can be quite...
If you decide to go pro, you need a plan first. These are the top 10 things you should consider when drawing up your plan
intricacies of blind structures in multi-table tournaments (MTTs), emphasizing the need for players to adapt their strategies as blinds increase
Just imagine, for a second, where your favorite players would be without their massive poker income. What careers would they have?
Find out which are the top 10 toughest final tables to emerge in the modern era of poker
Find out the top ten ways people try to cheat the games in the modern poker era.
You need to learn the odds of completing common drawing hands in order to have any chance at the poker tables. Memorize the chart contained in this article or at least learn how to approximate your chances by applying a simple formula. There are also software tools that allow precise calculation.
Below you will see a Blackjack chart we had made. The strategy is from Lance Humble’s book, The World’s Greatest Blackjack Book. You can right click and save the chart on your computer, if you wish. The above chart does not show surrender plays. 16 should...
Find the Texas Holdem starting hands that have a positive expected value when playing from UTG + 1.
by combining the skills and attributes of various top players, one can conceptualize the ultimate poker player, with attributes such as the fundamentals of Antonio "The Magician" Esfandiari, the aggression of Phil Ivey, the creativity of Tom "Durrrr" Dwan, and the hand-reading abilities of Phil Galfond
LOL think of your poker game like your beatufiul woman
We want to take a deeper look at open-limping pre-flop to see if it's really as bad as its reputation in no-limit hold'em.
recap of the 2005 WSOP Main Event, detailing Michael1123's experiences and observations during the tournament
The video focuses on maximizing profits in heads-up situations during 18 or 27 man sit & go's, providing a detailed review of three hands played heads-up and the strategic thought process behind each decision on every street
being in position provides players with an additional street of information compared to being out of position, allowing for better pot control, and highlighting that the strength of a player's hand can often be overshadowed by the advantages of position, even when facing stronger hands
the strategy of pot control in poker, highlighting the balance between extracting value from strong hands and managing the pot size, the challenges of pot control against skilled players, and the importance of balancing bluffs with value bets to avoid being too predictable
If there's any better way to bring yourself out of a funk at the tables, I have yet to learn about it. Sometimes, playing a few less-than-premium hands can generate big wins and increase your level of play.
mathematical analysis of the profitability of calling a pre-flop raise with a small pair, emphasizing the importance of understanding the odds of flopping a set and the potential risks of facing a better set
comprehensive strategy guide for Sit-N-Go poker tournaments, emphasizing the importance of understanding the game's structure, adjusting to different stages, and making informed decisions based on stack sizes and opponent tendencies
Whether players achieve good or bad results, looking at them can be satisfying either way
Being able to calculate two or more EV equations at the same time is the focus of this week's poker spreadsheet tutorial.
the distinction between equity and expected value in poker, emphasizing the importance of understanding how equity changes over the course of a hand and how future betting can impact overall expected value
Since the wave of online gambling legislation has hit the world, some countries have fared better than others and some are in very bad shape
concept of the FTC (Fold-to-Continue) Theorem in poker, emphasizing how players can exploit opponents with high FTC ratios by making strategic bets and raises, while also cautioning players to maintain balance in their own play to avoid being exploited
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the importance of understanding how often certain hand ranges hit pairs on various flop textures and how this knowledge can guide players in assessing the strength of their hands in relation to their opponents' potential holdings
Badugi is a weird, yet addictive, type of poker. You get four cards, and you have to try to make the lowest possible hand without repeating ranks or suits. There are three draws, so you have ample opportunity to get rid of cards you don't like.
the concept of geometric escalation in No Limit Hold'em, emphasizing the importance of understanding how pot sizes can rapidly increase and the need for players to adjust their strategies accordingly to avoid overcommitting with suboptimal hands
7 Card Stud was "the" game before Texas Hold'em became popular. Though it has been surpassed in popularity, there are still many players who enjoy 7 Card Stud. With neither community cards nor flops, the dynamics of the game are very different from what you may be used to.
poker is fundamentally a game of mathematics, dismissing the notion of "luck" and emphasizing that every decision in poker can be expressed in terms of Expected Value (EV) or utility
the importance of understanding hand strength and provides guidelines for starting hand preflop play, cautioning players against strictly adhering to charts and underscoring the significance of raising with big hands like AA-TT and AK to maximize expected value
the concept of the "Reverse ISF theorem" advises players to manipulate their opponents' actions by adjusting their own play style, aiming to make opponents play passively when the player has a weaker range and more aggressively when the player has a stronger range
the significance and proper application of the alpha value in poker, highlighting its utility in specific single-street situations, while cautioning against its misuse in multi-street scenarios
There are both similarities and differences when playing online video slots compared to playing at a casino. Both have their pros and cons, but in general, playing at an internet casino is much more convenient, profitable, and fun. The biggest benefits to playing...
the significance of starting with the lowest stakes in online poker, known as "Microstakes", and emphasizes the importance of bankroll management, choosing the right poker sites, adopting a basic strategy with a tight pre-flop hand range, and the value of post-flop play
the importance of proper bet-sizing in No-Limit Hold’em, discussing the intricacies of value betting, protection betting, and bluffing, and how the right bet size can significantly impact a player's win rate
the concept of hand ranges in no-limit hold'em poker, emphasizing the importance of understanding and counting starting hand combinations, and provides exercises to help players practice this essential skill for analyzing hands and situations in the game
When playing live Limit Texas Hold'em, you'll need to know how many outs you have when drawing. Sometimes, this is easy, but if your outs are not to the nuts, you'll need to learn how to estimate and discount them. Don't forget to include your backdoor draws.
the differences in strategy required for playing at varying buy-in levels, from 20-50bb to 100-250bb, and the impact of antes on gameplay
the mathematical concept of Expected Value (EV) in poker, emphasizing its significance in making profitable decisions by consistently choosing the most +EV situations, and discusses the intricacies of calculating EV in different poker scenarios, particularly in NL SNGs
a strategy that emphasizes understanding and adjusting to poker situations based on intuition and observation rather than relying heavily on mathematical calculations
introduces a foundational strategy for new poker players, emphasizing the importance of playing a limited set of 19 strong starting hands to cultivate discipline, avoid common pitfalls, and build a solid understanding of the game before exploring more advanced tactics
Small broadway hands are sometimes playable in Limit Hold'em. Suitedness greatly increases their playability, and there are many cases where you should fold them if unsuited. Small pocket pairs should be played almost exclusively for set value, which means you want a multiway pot.
the probabilities associated with various poker scenarios, detailing the chances of being dealt specific hands pre-flop, the likelihood of achieving certain hand combinations post-flop, and the odds of hitting desired hands on the turn or river
guidance for poker players transitioning from lower stakes to slightly higher stakes, emphasizing the significance of post-flop play, strategies like check-raising, taking free cards, understanding when not to fold, and aggressively raising draws
detailed pre-flop strategy for no limit Texas holdem, emphasizing the importance of selecting the best starting hands, with references to rankings by David Sklansky and Mason Malmuth, and adjustments for no limit play
The pre-flop and post-flop games change when you play 10+ big blind stacks with a pre-flop raise that is not all-in.
Playing from the blinds in a SNG tournament is tricky. You'll often be getting very favorable pot odds and thus be inclined to play many hands. But you should remember that you'll be out of position without the initiative. In early levels, it's far better to stay out of trouble by playing tight.
Freeroll tournaments are a fine way to increase your bankroll without risking any of your funds. Many players play too loosely and crazily in these events, but you should resist the temptation to do so yourself. Make sure that the prizes offered are sufficient to interest you.
Chardrian's rebuy tournament strategy in poker, emphasizing the importance of aggressive play during the rebuy period and adjusting tactics based on opponents and stack sizes
strategic intricacies of playing pocket pairs in high-stakes poker, advocating for a cautious approach that often favors folding preflop
while implied odds consider the potential future gains when making a call, reverse implied odds focus on the potential future losses, and understanding both is crucial for making informed decisions during gameplay
intricacies of non-Holdem poker games, emphasizing the strategies and nuances of Deuce to Seven single draw and triple draw, badugi, and five card draw
Some of the craziest hands from the golden era of televised poker
Making things as easy and effective as possible is a major part of being a good poker player, and that's exactly what you'll be able to do with planning your hand after you read this week's column.
the psychological and strategic aspects of winning in poker, emphasizing the importance of maintaining a grounded perspective after a big win, distinguishing between tough and bad calls, and understanding one's motivation for playing
the key to maximizing profits in poker is to focus on long-term results and to play more hands, cautioning against the pitfalls of emotional decision-making based on short-term fluctuations, much like in stock investing
detailed guide on how to maintain patience and set the right pace in multi-table poker tournaments, emphasizing the importance of setting chip goals, understanding the relationship between your stack and the blinds, and staying composed even after significant chip losses
The study of tactical play in poker is about figuring out which plays are likely to work well against certain player types and against the field as a whole.
author's journey from being a novice online poker player with frequent losses to gaining expertise and building a substantial bankroll, emphasizing the significance of learning from the FTR community
When drawing at hands in Limit Hold'em, you need to consider not just your pot odds, but your implied odds as well. This means that you'll have to estimate how likely it is that your opponents give you action after you make your hand. Don't use this as an excuse to draw against terrible odds.
In our final installment of this series, we look at how strategic and tactics are related and other resources for continuing your study.
World Series of Poker action sees some talented players square off against each other. By examining the televised hands, we can often gain insights into excellent plays and boneheaded mistakes that the pros make. It's very important to extract as much value as you can with your monsters.
various conspiracy theories related to online poker, ranging from beliefs about rigged Random Number Generators and "Action Flops" to more outlandish theories like online poker's connection to Osama Bin Laden's demise
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When it's folded to your SB in a poker tournament, you ought to be shoving pretty wide if your stack is small. You need to consider how often the big blind will fold, how often he will call and win, and how often he will call and you will win to be able to calculate if it's profitable to go all in.
Check out all of the factors that go into post-draw play with drawing hands and how they affect range distributions.
the significance of the Stack to Pot Ratio (SPR) in poker, emphasizing that its importance varies based on game texture and player dynamics, and discusses the intricacies of SPR in relation to aggressive history, game strategy, and the challenges of certain bet sizes in various game situations, highlighting the nuanced nature of SPR in decision-making
The math involved in poker analysis turns a lot of people off, but using spreadsheets can make life much easier.
Poker is a complex, difficult game, so it's only natural for beginners to make a lot of errors. The problem is in identifying these errors -- if you knew what they were, you wouldn't be making them! Take a look at these common leaks to see if any of them are present in your game.
strategies for effectively building and maintaining a chip stack during the middle stages of a poker tournament
Before playing any type of poker, you need to know the rules of the game. Texas Hold'em is the most popular type of poker, so you should learn its rules first. There are four rounds of betting and three common betting structures that you need to be aware of.
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a session of 400PLO, highlighting the author's aggressive playstyle and strategy across various hands, emphasizing the importance of table image and the dynamics it creates with other players
Establishing a set of routines to perform before you begin playing poker will produce long-term, positive results. By properly training your body, you'll be able to condition your involuntary responses to make you calm, focused and ready to play whenever you want to.
debunks nine common misconceptions that beginners have about playing microstakes No-Limit Hold'em poker
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the mindset of poker players during winning streaks, emphasizing the importance of understanding and analyzing one's behavior and strategies during such periods, as it can lead to sustained success and growth in the game
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