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detailed analysis of common flop odds in poker, specifically focusing on 8-out straight draws, and categorizes them into two types—TYPE-1 and TYPE-2—while offering mathematical probabilities for each scenario based on different types of connectors
challenges and solutions for playing online poker on iPhones and other iDevices, highlighting that native real-money poker apps are currently not allowed on the App Store but there are workarounds like using Java clients through jailbreaking or employing remote desktop methods
There are important differences in play between single-table and multi-table SNGs. There are other important considerations if you're playing satellite Sit and Gos. Regardless of the type of SNG you play, you should observe your opponents and take relevant notes on them.
the strategic importance and probabilities of having an Ace in one's hand during pre-flop play in Hold'em, emphasizing the dominance of pairs of Aces and the frequency of hands like Ace King (Big Slick)
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
When sitting in the blinds in Limit Hold'em poker games, you'll be getting a substantial discount to play your hand. This doesn't mean that you should play any two cards. You still need to consider how your hand's equity fares against your opponents' ranges.
insights into pre-flop strategy, emphasizing the importance of being selective after the Big 10 starting hands, detailing the rankings and playability of Group 3 and Group 4 hands, and highlighting the challenges of drawing hands in no-limit games compared to limit games
Using a spreadsheet to study situations where you're checking to induce a bluff can make life so much easier.
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
Ever wonder what differentiates good bluffs from bad ones? This article explains the conditions that are the most ideal for you to pull off a bluff and the situations in which you’re least likely to succeed at bluffing. Your playing image and other factors determine when bluffing is a wise move.
Low-limit novice players will move all-in at the drop of a hat, or make ridiculous calls in obvious folding situations. They're playing for pennies, not pride, and their decisions fall into the “What the hell, let's gamble” category more often than veteran players would like.
Straddling under the gun is sometimes done in live, loose poker games. When a player straddles, the blinds lose value, but every other position gains value. Because the pot will play about twice as large as normal, you should change your starting hand requirements to take account of the straddle.
the importance of considering not just individual hands but the overall strength of your betting and checking ranges, guiding players on how to adjust these ranges based on the opponent's tendencies and the specific situation at hand
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.
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.
While many novice poker players place significant emphasis on physical tells and bluffing, the article highlights the challenges and inaccuracies of relying solely on these cues, emphasizing that tells can be misleading, often overlap with standard play, and can detract from more critical aspects of the game like spotting betting patterns and board reading
the importance of disciplined play in Limit Holdem
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
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
Players often exhibit specific tells when bluffing at the poker table, and while individual reactions may vary, there are general tells, as discussed by Caro, that can indicate a bluff
the tactic of "floating" in poker, where a player calls a pre-flop raise and then a continuation bet on the flop, especially in heads-up pots, to put the raiser in a challenging position
As we begin to work with complicated poker situations, the difficulty of EV calculations increases. However, by breaking down each scenario into smaller parts and performing the appropriate calculations for each part, the equations become easy. Then you need to simply tally up the results.
challenges the traditional poker terminology, arguing that there's no true distinction between "made hands" and "draws," emphasizing that both types of hands have varying equities depending on the progression of the game and the strength of opponents' ranges
Appropriate for lower stakes players, this article demonstrates how to calculate your unexploitable bluffing frequency and your competitor’s unexploitable folding frequency. It also explains how and when to apply these unexploitable strategies to your advantage to maximize your winnings!
Having the faith to lay down hands when facing aggression from loose/passive players requires a strong understanding of why you can fold.
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
the importance of the "bet/fold" strategy in poker, emphasizing that low stakes players can significantly improve their game by understanding and implementing this concept, as it allows them to take control of the hand and avoid difficult decisions on later streets
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
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.
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
delves into the common characteristics of small stakes games, emphasizing that most players in these games are loose and passive, often attributing outcomes to luck rather than skill and suffering from the "monster under the bed syndrome.
Crazy Pineapple is just like Texas Hold'em, but it has a fun twist! There are three hole cards, and after the flop, you choose and discard one. Due to the extra card, hands tend to be stronger than they would be in a normal Texas Hold'em game.
We have the three major weaknesses that players have when dealing with pot odds and implied odds, but we'll also show you how to correct them.
recap of the 2005 WSOP Main Event, detailing Michael1123's experiences and observations during the tournament
beginner's guide to understanding the concepts of equity and fold equity in poker, emphasizing the importance of maximizing equity for profitable play and the value of making opponents fold to relinquish their equity
7 Card Stud Hi/Lo is an exciting variant on normal 7 Card Stud play. In this split-pot format, players can win the high half of the pot, the low half of the pot or scoop the entire pot. Beware of getting quartered though! It can be costly.
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
5 Card Draw is a game that's familiar to many poker players through fondly remembered games around the kitchen table. With only two betting rounds and the possibility of replacing cards you don't like, the game is completely different from Texas Hold'em.
During my time at the tables, I've had a chance to observe an extensive amount of human behavior. Thanks to the growing popularity of the game, I'm seeing more and more diverse personalities sported by players operating on a variety of skill levels.
But with the ever-expanding pool of competitors, I find many of my brothers and sisters who've been around for a while are forgetting some of the cardinal rules of the game. I'm talking, specifically, about the treatment of new players at the tables. It happens both at live events and when surfing through the online card rooms. There are veterans (and even more who think themselves to be veterans) who, by carrying themselves in a certain fashion, do themselves a disservice and consequently reduce their own level of play.
There are a few superficial similarities between No Limit Texas Hold'em and Pot Limit Omaha. The names of the streets and the rounds of betting are identical. There are important differences as well, not least of which is the fact that there are four hole cards in PLO.
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
explores lesser-known poker variants, specifically focusing on the intricacies and strategies of Chinese Poker and Pineapple, emphasizing the unique rules, hand structures, and gameplay dynamics that differentiate them from traditional Texas Hold'em
insights on transitioning from being a novice micro-stakes player to a consistent winner
provides a comprehensive breakdown of the hand rankings in Texas Hold'em
the importance of adapting one's poker strategy based on the table dynamics and opponents, cautioning against rigidly following any single approach, and highlights the need to play poker based on situations and opponents rather than just the cards in hand
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 significance of mastering one's emotions in poker, highlighting the detrimental effects of tilt on gameplay and overall well-being, and offers insights into recognizing and harnessing emotions as a strategic tool in poker
detailed analysis of a Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo hand played by Salsa4ever, discussing the strategic decisions made at each stage of the hand, from pre-flop to the river, with insights on betting patterns, hand strengths, and the implications of board texture
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
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.
various MTT poker strategies, emphasizing the importance of understanding betting patterns and making accurate reads on opponents, while also highlighting the detrimental effects of tilt and the need for emotional control, using vivid metaphors and references to literature to drive home key points
contrasts Limit Texas Holdem with No Limit Texas Holdem, highlighting the distinct strategies and dynamics of each game, with a focus on the greater control and strategic depth offered by No Limit Texas Holdem, which allows players to exploit larger edges against less skilled opponents
various scenarios and challenges poker players to think about how they would adjust their strategies in response to specific opponent tendencies, emphasizing the importance of observation, information gathering, and adapting to different forms of aggression to succeed in higher stakes games
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.
in-depth analysis of a poker hand played from the hijack position in a NL100 full-ring game, emphasizing the strategic decisions made at each stage, from pre-flop to the river, and the importance of understanding opponent tendencies, hand ranges, and board texture to make informed decisions
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
This article will walk through an example poker hand, showing you how the equity of Hero's hand stacks up against Villain's range on every street. By learning to get a feel for the equities of different ranges, you'll be able to make superior decisions at the tables.
distinguishing between "made hands" and "draws" based on their equity properties against different ranges, and offers strategies on how to play weak made hands and draws effectively, emphasizing the importance of understanding opponent ranges and optimizing equity in various game situations
breakdown of the odds and percentages associated with various poker hand match-ups, both pre-flop and post-flop, helping players understand the likelihood of specific outcomes, such as the chances of an overpair beating a flush draw or the odds of a set over set scenario
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.
unique method for table selection in poker, suggesting that players can attract fish by starting at an empty 6-max table and waiting for them to join, emphasizing that this strategy can lead to a table filled with less skilled players, thereby increasing one's chances of winning
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.
three pivotal facets of successful poker playing: the right mindset, effective techniques, and sound money management
a strategy that emphasizes understanding and adjusting to poker situations based on intuition and observation rather than relying heavily on mathematical calculations
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.
several strategic poker plays that players should be familiar with before advancing to higher stakes, emphasizing the importance of understanding and effectively utilizing these plays to maximize profitability and outmaneuver opponents in various game situations
Bluffing is an integral, exciting part of poker. Defending against suspected opponent bluffs is no less important to your overall strategy. But becoming too focused on bluffs to the exclusion of other considerations can lead you straight to the poorhouse.
Whenever you read poker strategy guides or books, you must be prepared to study them carefully. Merely skimming the contents will not advance your game very much at all. You should always consider the strategic implications of anything you read to get the maximum value from it.
cautions players about the potential pitfalls of playing an Ace with a low kicker in early positions during a full, 10-person Limit Hold'em game
the strategic advantages of raising after one or more players have limped into the pot, particularly in late position, highlighting the importance of position, initiative, and exploiting opponent tendencies
There's a weird school of thought that check-raising in live poker is unfriendly or ungentlemanly behavior. But it is merely just another tool in your strategic arsenal. It's usually not used to make a personal assault against an opponent. Use it to bet for value or bluff as usual.
Six-max poker tables offer excitement but require a different style of play than full-ring games. You will want to remain reasonable with your opening ranges, but three-bet liberally. You should c-bet a lot, but be more cautious on future streets.
Limit Omaha Hi/Lo has become popular due to its prevalence not only at dedicated Omaha Hi/Lo tables, but also in mixed games like HORSE. Half the pot is awarded at showdown to the high hand, and half is awarded to the best qualifying low hand.
insights into winning Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs) in poker, focusing on avoiding common mistakes like overbetting good hands and emphasizing the importance of stealing pots through timely bets and re-raises
the importance of discipline in various aspects of poker, from bankroll management to in-game decisions, highlighting that while knowledge is crucial, the discipline to execute that knowledge is equally vital for success in poker
Disclaimer: This guide is based on my experiences of $10 Double or Nothing SNGs (DONs). Introduction This is a brief introduction to the ‘Double Or Nothing’ tournaments (DONs) that run on PokerStars. These are 10 man SNGs but with a flat payout...
Once you understand the basis of tactical play, you can start to move towards strategic play which will give you a lot more options for exploiting your opponents.
Even if you’ve never played anything but Texas Hold’em, there are universal poker principles that will make it easy for you to learn how to play other variants of the game before you master them. Your position, seat selection and bankroll management are critical when you are picking up a new game.
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.
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
the importance of making strategic adjustments in low stakes poker to exploit opponents, emphasizing that many players fail to grasp the true essence of exploitation and offers insights on how to recognize and implement effective adjustments based on opponent behavior
the challenges of consistently profiting in high-stakes online poker games, emphasizing that even top players have weaknesses and can be targeted by well-prepared opponents
the inevitability of bad beats in poker, emphasizing that they are a part of the game, often reinforcing poor play in some players, and highlighting the psychological stages players go through when faced with such situations, from anger to indifference
the strategy of three-barrelling against bad regular players, emphasizing the importance of maintaining the lead in the hand and highlighting that many players at the NL50 level will play two streets post-flop but rarely three
the significance of table and seat selection in poker, highlighting that optimal table and seat choices can greatly enhance a player's win rate without necessarily improving their poker skills
You have a pretty looking hand and your opponent has a funny, lopsided looking hand and you’re happy to see that all the money goes in the pot. The end. Everything after that is just an illusion taking your focus away from a truth in poker. You’ve made the...
advice for 200NL or lower 6Max poker games, emphasizing the importance of adjusting strategies based on effective stack sizes of 80-125BB preflop and considering opponent's assumptions about one's play
the importance of understanding both pot odds and implied odds in poker, particularly when playing draws, and explains how to make profitable decisions based on these odds
Hand groupings for no limit texas holdem. Play the different hand groups differently depending on position.
expected value charts for Texas Hold'em poker hands when playing with 5 players, offering insights into which hands are profitable and which are not
various tactics, primarily effective in live poker games, to psychologically unsettle opponents, ranging from bluffing and making snide comments to slow rolling and incessantly talking about irrelevant topics
When playing live poker, you can get important tells on your opponents by carefully paying attention to their movements and actions. Whenever players seem to deliberately go out of their way to give you information, the actual information is usually the opposite of what they're trying to tell you.
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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.
guidance on how to effectively put opponents on hand ranges at every street in poker, emphasizing the importance of hand reading, understanding opponent tendencies, and using mathematical probability to make informed decisions during gameplay
Learning how to study post-flop tournament scenarios, especially push/fold scenarios, is important in the growth of an SNG player.
intricacies of blind structures in multi-table tournaments (MTTs), emphasizing the need for players to adapt their strategies as blinds increase
challenges and misconceptions faced by skilled players when playing at lower stakes, emphasizing the importance of adjusting one's strategy, avoiding over-bluffing, and recognizing that advanced poker knowledge can sometimes be a hindrance in games where straightforward play is more effective against weaker opponent
the importance of selecting the right table and seat in poker, detailing criteria such as observing limping patterns, player stack sizes, and aggressive betting behaviors
Talking about making adjustments to your play is easier than actually making them at the table. Read through this example of how to make an adjustment to learn how to pull them off when you’re playing. Studying examples of successful adjustments will help you learn to execute them under pressure.
the psychological challenges faced by poker players, emphasizing that while technical skills can be learned, managing emotions and understanding one's own personality and risk tolerance are crucial
how to effectively utilize the NLHE Foundations Course, emphasizing the importance of analyzing specific opponents and situations, generalizing learned tendencies, and proactively applying these insights to improve one's poker gameplay
Razz is a form of poker very similar to 7 Card Stud. The difference is that you're playing for low instead of high. A "wheel" consists of A2345 and is the best possible hand. Straights and flushes don't count against your low hand here.
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For as long as online poker existed, conspiracy theories about every aspect of it have constantly been floating around. Just like any other persistent conspiracy theories, logic and facts never really phased any of them and the craziest ones live on to this day. Most...
Only a small percentage of dedicated professionals choose poker as their lifelong career and most of those who consider themselves professional poker players sooner or later choose to move on to a different career path. Fortunately, poker leaves long time players with...
Chris Moneymaker stopped by Flop Turn River’s forums for an Ask Me Anything Event at the beginning of May, 2015, and shared his views on politics, poker and super heroes, among other things. Read this summary to see what he had to say regarding a wide variety of interesting topics!
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Is poker a game of skill or luck? Does it really take skill to win? Isn’t it just a gamble, like roulette or the slot machines? These age-old questions have dogged poker since its inception, and I want to set the record straight. While there is no denying that luck...
Many people consider Chris Moneymaker to be solely responsible for the poker boom after he won the WSOP Main Event in 2003. At 12pm ET on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Moneymaker will visit FlopTurnRiver.com for an Ask Me Anything event. Get ready to ask him anything during his AMA!
Poker, much like most other forms of competition, has real-life parallels. The skills you learn grinding it out on the felt have more use than just getting your opponent to jam into your nut flush (although that is important). Controlling emotions, dissecting other...
A few weeks ago it was announced that 2015 will see the launch of the first 24/7 poker channel. While many poker players agree that the heyday of televised poker has passed, this is still an interesting development for poker, which shows that the game is not as ‘dead’...
Jaime Staples answers questions about his personal life and professional pursuits in this fascinating AMA summary. With an audience of more than 1,000 regular viewers, Staples continues to live stream his online poker play on Twitch.tv while interacting with his viewers throughout each broadcast!
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Every year, poker players and organizations alike donate millions to various causes all around the world. Just a few decades ago, poker may not have been associated very closely with charitable causes, but this perception has been strongly changing ever since the...
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As poker players know, very few things can’t be measured in dollars, but health is definitely one of them. Staying healthy should be a top priority for anyone, especially someone sitting at a PC or a poker table for hours and hours at a time. Improving your heath is...