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The Essential Poker Tactics for New Players

Introduction During December 2014, I ran a series of articles in this column about the study of tactics vs. strategy in poker. While that series got a lot of attention from intermediate players, it left out a lot of people who weren’t really established with a...

Why is SPR Important?

Note – SPR stands for Stack to Pot Ratio. I think a lot of SPR importance is based solely on the texture of the games you are playing in. To say a general statement like "SPR of 13 is bad for top pair" would be wrong, since with aggressive history 13...

Balance is the Key

Recently I have switched poker sites again, I do this periodically if I find good games and plenty of fish. I don’t play anywhere near as much poker these days and most of that is at between NL50 and NL200 full-ring NLHE. Recently I have been watching the games...

ISF – Why Being OOP Sucks

The most repeated advice in poker. We’ve all heard it before. Position, Position, Position. The proof is in the pudding. Our statistics show that we win much more money on the button than we do UTG. But the advice to play in position is not very powerful when we have...

Be Vito, not Cyclone Hart

I’ve been reading about the psychology of winning lately, and I came across this interesting anecdote from a New York Times article: — Cyclone Hart was a powerful puncher who fought as a middleweight out of Philadelphia about 25 years ago. He was as...

Evaluating NLHE MTT Structure

The structure of no-limit hold’em (NLHE) multi-table tournaments (MTTs) is an often overlooked factor that should affect the way you play at all stages of a tournament. There are many forms of tournaments, ranging from “ultra-turbo” pushfest satellites that...

The True Essence of Poker

The Fundamentals Poker players have a really bad habit of getting seduced by what appear to be fancy tactics like over-the-top bluffs, laying down big hands and making huge calls with weak hands. In an effort to emulate the professionals who they see making these big...

Cues of the Shoes

We, as a civilization, have been raised to lie with our faces. Think about it. When, as a child, you were forced to take family pictures or eat an unpleasant food, your parents would often say something like, “At least pretend you’re happy. Smile!” Faking a...

Hand of the Week 5A (TT UTG w/ 25 BBs in MTT)

Hand of the Week 5A (TT UTG w/ 25 BBs in MTT) by carlcarlsoniv | Mar 15, 2021 | Poker Videos In this missing edition of hand of the week, donkbee looks at an interesting hand where Hero had pocket tens UTG with around 25 BBs. Part 1 | Part 2 >> Discuss this...

Can You Trust Online Poker?

Let’s face it, poker is played by humans for money and sometimes very substantial sums of money. This is the case be it live or online. Unfortunately, my understanding of human nature tells me that there are too many people out there who will stop at nothing to...

7 Card Stud Rules

7 Card Stud is probably the second most popular of the online poker games, and all the online poker rooms also offer 7 Card Stud, both for free and for real money. In fact, most of the online poker rooms offer two variations of the game – 7 Card Stud and 7 Card...

Poker Hands Odds

Have you ever wondered what the percentage and odds are of certain poker hands? How much of a favorite are you with Aces against Kings? How often will the flush draw hit and crack your Queens? Is the best hand on the flop ever an underdog? We answer all of these...

Building Your Poker Pyramid

If poker was all about exercising knowledge, then it would be basically all too easy to earn money at the game, but life is never that easy is it? For instance many authors have written excellent poker books without the effects of having written that book having any...

The Math of Poker

I have just read a thread in which people said “poker is not all about maths,” “luck is a factor in poker,” “it is not always right to take +$EV decisions.” I am now going to show that everything in poker can be expressed...

Avoiding Tilt

{Discuss here: https://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/beginners-circle/discussion-taking-breaks-and-avoiding-tilt-a-117347.html} HOW TO PROFITABLY NOT PLAY POKER Well I haven’t written a useful strategy post in a while, so what better time to write one than now! Now...

Moving from $.50/1 to $1/2

The play here isn’t too much different. After playing 10,000-15,000 hands of .5/1, you should be more than bankrolled to play at the $1/2 limit. document.write(BwinPokerA);document.write(BwinPokerB); players are a mixture of loose/tight players but they all play...

[FTR Quick Tip 006] 3-Betting, Part 3: Merging

[FTR Quick Tip 006] 3-Betting, Part 3: Merging by carlcarlsoniv | Mar 2, 2021 | Poker Videos FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. Opponents who frequently call your 3-bets make it difficult for you to bluff against them. But this means that...