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## EV Calculations Tutorial 3: More Complicated Scenarios

If you haven’t read part 1 and part 2, then you’ll need to go ahead and do that before you jump into this week’s article because I’m going to assume that you know and completely understand the contents of those two parts. This week, we’re...

## Renton Theorem aka ABCD Theorem

In poker, we attempt to make money by playing the best we can, making what we feel is the most profitable play in every scenario, making as few mistakes as possible. Assuming you know the exact hand range of your opponent, there is almost always a clear best play, and...

## SnG Key Strategies

I’ve seen some excellent sng guides out on the boards. Now it’s my turn to put my own personal spin on it…. This is not intended to be a step-by-step sng guide. It is an attempt to answer the big picture question: What are the main strategic areas...

## Rules for Table Selection

There are many things you can do to increase your poker skill and you should do them. However, it is unlikely that you will do anything between now and your next poker session that will dramatically increase your skill. Reading the right books, studying some articles,...

## \$3/6 and Beyond

Don’t get so discouraged from playing the \$3/6 tables at document.write(PartyPokerA);document.write(PartyPokerB);. True, the Party tables are full of rocks and TAGs, but as long as you are able to avoid them, then you should be okay....

## EV Poker Charts – Texas Holdem Hands

The table below shows expected value (EV) numbers in LIMIT Texas Holdem. This data includes all holdem games, stakes, and positions. These overall EV statistics are based on 122,031,244 pairs of pocket cards dealt at real money tables. You sort the graph by ev based...

## PokerStars Sit And Gos – HORSE

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. PokerStars features Sit & Go Tournaments (SNGs) for over a dozen different poker games, offering something for everyone, no matter what your favorite game or skill level. For those that excel in multiple types of games, or...

When I interviewed Kingsofcards for my weekly interview, one comment he made about heads up changing his game rung a bell with me. Until after playing HU, when playing 6 max I never really took into account bet sizing, timing tells or things like that nearly as much...

## Applications and Limitations of the Alpha Value

The alpha value is one of the most important numbers in a discussion of poker because it gives you a lot of information with a simple calculation. However, it’s often applied incorrectly because of a lack of understanding of what it can and should be used for....

## Card Looking Poker Tells

One big lesson to learn, in any poker game, is to never look at your hand first. If for example you are playing 7 card stud, look at the reactions when your opponents look at their final face down card before you see yours. The same goes for Texas Hold’em. It helps a...

## How to Make Actual Adjustments While Playing

In one of the very first editions of this weekly strategy column, I discussed the importance of being able to break down situations to a basic level to look at how they work. We’ve looked at a lot of theory-heavy material since then, and as I mentioned in last...

## Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 1

We’ve all been in this situation before: We’re on the bubble, our stack is down to 10 big blinds, it is folded around to us in the small blind, and we look down at J8o. Is it good enough to push or should we wait for a better spot? In this series...

## Should You Multi-Table?

If you were to ask this question to any player who is a successful multi-tabler, then they would probably laugh you out of the room. Anyone who successfully plays multiple tables and plays them very well without making stupendously dumb plays and who makes good money...

## Pre-flop Strategy – Starting Hand Rankings: Group 6

There are still some good hands yet to be played, but you must be careful! We are running pretty thin at this point. Here are my Group 6 hands: Group 6: KT QT JT A7s K9s Q9s T9s J9s A5s A6s A4s A3s A2s Again, this group is a clear departure from Sklansky and the...

## Building Your Bankroll & Moving Up

So you don’t have \$150 to start playing. You’ve already lost money and if you deposit any more money in your poker account your Wife/Girlfriend/Mother is going to kill you. Don’t worry! You can still play for real money. Some sites offer a promotion...

## Chardrian’s Guide to Small Stakes Live Poker (Part 4)

It is finally time to start getting to the nitty gritty.  My previous posts have dealt more with getting you psychologically prepared for the game, and that is a very important part of the game, but most people reading this are likely to be more interested in finding...

## Going After Multi Tablers

I wrote an article on FlopTurnRiver a couple of weeks ago about the merits of multi-tabling. I feel that there are deeper strategic consequences behind what was in that article. With poker there is an almost pendulum like motion with regards to what tactics and...

## Hyper’s 6-Max Limit Hold’em Guide

Just as a counterargument to the 1bb an hour on the main page, it is true that in limit you cannot make as much as NL. However, I find the advantages of limit make in a viable choice over NL for many people. For one, limit is all about making the decision with the...

## Raising Behind Limpers

I’m going to try to tie this in as much as possible the points I made in my post on blind stealing, Blind Stealing 101. I think that for the people who don’t already raise behind limpers often, it will be best if they think of it as an extension of blind...

## Playing Blinds in SNGs

After reviewing a couple of tournies on here, and after seeing some of the worst blind play ever last night, I wanted to just post some thoughts on blind play in SNGs. You see there seems to be a switch in a poker players head when it comes to playing in the blinds....

## Texas Holdem Position

This is a discussion taken out of our very popular poker forum. A beginner was asking about what we mean by position and why it’s important. Some of our more experienced players eloquently described the importance of position in the game of Texas Hold’em. FNORD:...

## Independent Chip Model/ICM Calculations

I’m not going to cover the theory underlying ICM as this has been covered much more comprehensively elsewhere (Link here), so these posts are intended to be a step-by-step guide to the following situations that cannot be calculated using SNGPT (note that SNG Wiz...

## An Easy Guide to Exploiting Your Opponents

Over the past few weeks, we have looked at exploiting our opponents in flop situations. Our focus has been on looking at our ranges on a conceptual level, but now we’re going to look more at the process of exploitation. The goal with this week’s article is...

## Micro Stakes Poker Without HUD Reads by Bigspenda (\$5NL 6 Max)

Micro Stakes Poker Without HUD Reads by Bigspenda (\$5NL 6 Max) by carlcarlsoniv | Mar 30, 2021 | Poker Videos In this video I play 2 tables of \$5nl 6max without the use of a Heads-Up Display (HUD). This means I really have to pay attention and try to generalize some...

## Poker Notes Live Premium Review

FTR recently gave the app Poker Notes Live a closer look to see if it would be worth recommending for live poker players. To sum it up in one short sentence, yes we do recommend the app and find it to be useful for live grinders. For the longer version, read our...

## The Power of Position in Poker (\$200nl 6-Max by JGB)

The Power of Position in Poker (\$200nl 6-Max by JGB) by carlcarlsoniv | Mar 20, 2021 | Poker Videos This was JGB’s first video. In it, he describes a solid, tight aggressive approach to the game. Heavy focus is placed on positional play. He planned a 2-part...

## The Truth About the Dangers of Playing Under Rolled

This article aims to express just why, in a theoretical sense, you can’t play poker under rolled. It’s for people at all levels of the game who don’t know/havn’t read this stuff, and I really hope to be explicit. There are also points that even...

## An Introduction to Abstract Thought in Poker (Part 2)

Introduction Back in my very first edition of this strategy column, I outlined what I believe to be a very efficient method for approaching the process of learning in poker. Later on, I expanded on these ideas in late 2014 in my original article An Introduction to...

## 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...

## Vanessa Selbst Interview at EPT 9 London 2013

Vanessa Selbst Interview at EPT 9 London 2013 by carlcarlsoniv | Mar 11, 2021 | FTR Interviews, Poker Videos Vanessa talks about getting into Poker, her Civil Rights work and Poker Strategy with Rob “Hippy” King from FlopTurnRiver.com. Category: Interview...

## Poker and Life

All serious poker players are familiar with the idea of tilt. Tilt is a change, for the worse, in our poker play due to emotions. Most players recognize tilt as a negative reaction to play on the felt: a bad beat, a cooler, or even winning a large amount of money can...

## Studying Poker With Spreadsheets (Part 5): Checking to Induce

Following the same organizational ideas as we have used so far in this series, this week we’re going to look at one of my favorite topics in poker: checking to induce a bluff. We’re going to make a simple spreadsheet along the lines of what we have made in...

## A Real Life Brain Hack for Poker Players

Introduction My goal with this strategy series is to help you to make more money. I’ve had posts on the mental game in the past, but this one is going to be the most important. We’re going to essentially cover a super-simple form of meditation that is...

## Chardrian’s Guide to Small Stakes Live Limit Poker (Part 8)

Before I move on to flop play I just want to do a quick recap of preflop play and guidelines. 1) Tight is Right The biggest mistake most small stakes players make is that they just play way too many hands preflop.  Your only objective preflop should be to play hands...

Max and Danny Steinberg are probably the most successful identical twins in poker today, if not ever. They both have a slew of achievements and poker earnings under their name and have been playing poker professionally for the past 4 years. Max Steinberg plays under...

## Finding the Motivation to Improve at Poker

This week’s topic is that of motivation, something that a lot of players have trouble with when it comes to studying to get better. Extrinsic motivation in the form of more money and a better win-rate will only carry you so far, but here we’re going to...

## Poker Thoughts for Beginners

I’ve been through all the ups and downs of poker. I just thought I’d share some things with some of the beginners to help them not make mistakes early on. We all make mistakes starting out and I was making the same mistakes over and over and for far too...

## How the Games Have Changed

It’s common knowledge that the games of 2010 are much different than the pre-legislation games back in 2006. When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed nearly four years ago the games online were booming. Full of fish and with plenty of money...

## [FTR Quick Tip 007] 3-Betting, Part 4: Example Hands

[FTR Quick Tip 007] 3-Betting, Part 4: Example Hands by carlcarlsoniv | Mar 3, 2021 | Poker Videos FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. In this installment, we look at some hand histories illustrating the 3-betting principles explained in the...

## ISF – Predicting the Future and a Hand For Analysis

We are on the river with 97s on a JJ922 board. Our opponent has bet 3/4ths the pot into us, and we are put in a tough spot. We know from the past streets that our hand look weak and our donk opponent, who seems to never fold (ever), could easily have a J, 2, overpair,...

## A Different kind of quiz for SHNL: Adjusting?

So everyone who reads and posts in this forum knows how to evaluate a HH, knows about preflop, knows about continuation betting and knows something about hand values and hand ranges. Perhaps the most important thing about poker though, and why some "bad"...

## [FTR Quick Tip 021] Video: Making Adjustments

FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. It’s very important to be able to make adjustments based upon your opponents’ actions in No Limit Hold’em cash games. You should go beyond making the most obvious possible adjustments. By...

## Five Ways To Improve Your Game In 2010

The new year typically brings resolutions in your personal, professional, and more importantly, poker life. Many players view the beginning of another year as a fresh start, a time to get rid of bad habits and to begin implementing changes.  Those looking for some...

There are many things that are important in Poker; your position during a hand, your starting hand (cards), your opponent tendencies, the odds for a certain draw to hit, how that draw fares versus your holding, bluffing opportunities, recognition and exploitation of...

## Analyzing some WSOP Main Event Hands

I don’t know about you, but I am a poker junkie.  I religiously watch (even DVR) the WSOP coverage every year on ESPN and had a mini-orgasm this year when ESPN televised much of the Main Event live.  People like my wife hate the live coverage because each hand...

## iPhone Online Poker How-To

This article explains some methods for how to play online poker on your iPhone and other iDevices like the iPad. If you would like to read our article explaining more of the background and relationship between the iPhone and online poker, please see this related...

## Tactics vs. Strategy (Part 3): The Practical Basics Balanced Play

A Critical Warning You can find part 1 and part 2 of this series in these links. Make sure you read those before you continue with part 3 here for this week which is the final edition of this column for 2014. Before you start with this week’s column on balance,...

## No Limit 2-7 Single Draw Strategy (Part 4): Pre-Draw Overview

For the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at the basis of pre-draw hand distributions. In this week’s edition, we’re going to put it all together and start looking at actual pre-flop hand ranges as a whole. You will need to know the material from...

## Texas Holdem Expected Value Hand Charts – 7 Players

Below is a table of Texas Holdem starting hands, ordered by their Expected Value (EV) in a 7 player holdem game. These statistics were produced by using millions of hand histories to compute the following results....

## Microstakes Grinding

Most players who are new to online poker will start at the lowest stakes possible, commonly known as “Microstakes”. In general, microstakes are considered to be any poker stakes up to \$0.10/\$0.25 blinds in NL and \$0.50/\$1.00 in Limit games. The concept of...

## Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 4

This is a continuation of DavSimon’s Single Table Tournament (SnG) strategies. Click here to read DavSimon’s Part 1: Sit-n-Go/Turbo Strategy Guide here to read Part 2: SNG Strategy Guide – 6 Max SNG & Other SNG’s, or here to read Part 3:...

## Developing a Feel for Equities in No-Limit Hold’em Part 6: Meaningful Practice

Over the past several weeks, we’ve been looking at a number of different ideas and concepts that have the overall goal of helping players to learn how to build up a better feel for equity in different spots. Here we’re going to finish off this series by...

## Brodie’s Brick and Mortar Guide for Online Players

Brodie discusses games, seats and opposition in the brick and mortar poker setting. DaNutsInYoEye suggested that someone write up a brief guide to playing poker in B&M venues. I do a fair amount of B&M playing, so I thought I’d start it out as sort of a...

## NLHE Foundations #03: Calling to Close the Action in No-Limit Hold’em

This is the third installment in the No-Limit Hold’em Foundations Course. Before you read this lesson, you should have completed lesson 1 and lesson 2, and this includes doing the exercises and posting them in the forum threads for each lesson. Also make sure to...

## Texas Holdem Rules

The first set of poker rules that needs to be discussed is, of course, the Cadillac of Poker Games, Texas Holdem. Texas Holdem is the game that the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker focus on, particularly the No-Limit variance of Texas Holdem. Texas...

## Win MTT Poker 14 – Final Table, Heads Up

Point 42: Heads Up The most frequent question I get asked is how do I play heads up. This is truly a difficult part of the game for most people because they have so little experience. All most all their poker play is based on tables with large fields. I haven’t...

## Playing Big 8 or 9 Out Drawing Hands

I’m sort of at a weird spot in the development of my game. I’m going to type out a bunch of random crap about common drawing spots with straight or flush draws in hopes that it’ll internalize some things I still probably screw up occasionally. Also,...

## ISF – Beginners Guide To Equity and Fold Equity

There has been a request for a beginners guide to equity so that’s going to be the article for this week. Equity is our mathematical chance of our hand or hand range winning the hand against our opponents hand or hand range. For example, the hand AA has 80% equity...

## Finding the Fish, if Only Life Were That Easy!

Actually, I almost didn’t write this article simply because I thought that writing it might be a waste of time. The reason being is that the vast majority of players who read this will probably, through a combination of conceit and egotism, think that I am not...

## Exploitation and the FTC Theorem

Progression through the micros naturally trends us toward unbalanced lines. We start playing basic TAGG, then learn to steal blinds more, to cbet more. Hey, it works. When we face better competition at 100nl or higher, the lack of balance is very exploitable. Trust me...

## How to Adjust to Multi-Player Hands in No-Limit Hold’em

Why You People Need Help I’ve seen quite a few posts recently in the Small Stakes No-Limit Hold’em forum that center around a multi-player hand that was handled in a really poor way just because someone didn’t adhere to the basics concepts that drive...

## Full Tilt Poker vs PokerStars Coverage at EPT 9 London 2013

Full Tilt Poker vs PokerStars Coverage at EPT 9 London 2013 by carlcarlsoniv | Mar 16, 2021 | Poker Videos It’s the battle of the giants as team pros from PokerStars take on the professionals from Full Tilt at EPT 9 London. Which team gets the upper hand? This...

## Michael1123’s Multi-Table Tournament Strategy

Michael1123 has been a member of FTR since June of 2004 and has over 1,700 posts in our poker forum. Michael1123 is a successful and accomplished tournament player. Michael1123 had a fantastic run at the 2005 WSOP Main Event, which you can read all about here. Below...

## Thoughts on Small Pairs in MTTs

I see people misplaying small pairs (22-66) a lot so I want to go over my thoughts on them and maybe we can start a discussion because some people probably disagree with some of these thoughts. I believe small pairs are extremely overrated hands that are often...

## Developing a Feel for Equities in No-Limit Hold’em Part 3: Hitting the Flop

In last week’s article, we looked at some of the reasons why equity isn’t the end-all, be-all of evaluating how two ranges will perform against each other. With that out of the way, we’re going to be able to get into the nitty gritty aspects of the...

## Low-Hanging Fruit for Newbies in No-Limit Hold’em

Last week, I promised that we would continue in our series about no-limit 2-7 single draw. However, I find myself writing this week’s column without my notes for what will be part six of the series, so we’re going to do something that will be a little bit...

## Pre-flop Strategy – Starting Hand Rankings: Groups 0 to 2

One of the most difficult and yet crucial decisions you will make when playing no limit Texas holdem will be whether to even play your hand. This decision should not be made haphazardly. Hitting your card on the flop only to end up with the second best hand can be...

## Back to Basics (Part 4): Continuation Betting

In the Back to Basics series, we’re taking concepts that you probably learned early in your poker career and looking at them from a more detailed standpoint than you likely did when you first learned about them. This week, we’re going to look at...

## HuD & Poker Stove Strategy (\$200nl 6-max with JGB)

HuD & Poker Stove Strategy (\$200nl 6-max with JGB) by carlcarlsoniv | Mar 14, 2021 | Poker Videos On top of typical tight aggressive play, JGB includes discussion on his PokerAce layout, and a session review including using PokerStove to evaluate the value of [Ac...

## Omaha Beginner Strategy for Hold’em Players (2 Tabling \$25 PLO by bigspenda)

Omaha Beginner Strategy for Hold’em Players (2 Tabling \$25 PLO by bigspenda) by carlcarlsoniv | Mar 7, 2021 | Poker Videos Here Spenda plays two \$25 Pot-Limit Omaha tables. This is a great beginning video for people who do are trying to switch from Hold’em to...

## When the Game is Good……

Poker has almost as many constants as it does variables, and that is part of what makes it such an interesting game.  You expect that if you play in a tight, solid fashion, the money will eventually flow to you.  It may take awhile, and you may run very hot or very...

## [FTR Quick Tip 018] 4nl Session Recording

FTR Quick Tip Getting reads on your opponents’ play based upon stats and observations at the table is an important part of poker. In this recording of two \$.02/\$.04 no-limit Hold’em cash game tables, we focus on paying attention to opponents’ actions...

## Before Moving to \$3/6

This section will go over some very popular, yet still very profitable ‘plays’ that you should do (and will see) against opponents. I recommend you study these plays – how to use them to your advantage, how to recognize them when they happen, and how...

## Using Game Theory in SNG Tournaments (Part 3): Semi-Bluff Analysis

Moving right along with our study of game theory in the SNG environment, we’re going to be looking at some bluffing and semi-bluffing scenarios this week. The point here is to introduce players to incorporating ICM into their EV calculations and to give you some...

## Tactics vs. Strategy (Part 4): Practical Use of Strategy

Practical Play After part 1, part 2 and part 3 of this series, you’ve probably seen that we’re working a lot more within the realm of what’s practical than trying to get into heavy, mathematical explanations and range analysis. This is mostly out of...

## No Deposit Poker Bonuses

Almost every poker site going offers some form of meaty deposit bonus. Invest a chunk of money into a site and they’ll give you the chance to earn some extra cash. However, budding players with small bankrolls may feel that they can’t take full advantage of these...

## Learning the Other Games

There might be a time in your poker career when you grow tired of playing a certain game. Most learned No-Limit Texas Hold’em first and while it is often referred to as the "Cadillac of Poker" it is actually not the best preparation for other games...

## Mindfulness and the Manifestation of Mental Weakness in Poker

In a post from a few weeks back, I outlined six items that I feel like cover most of the principles of performance as regards poker. In this week’s discussion, I’m going to look at the connection between points three and five on that list. We’re...

## soupie’s Win MTT Poker

I recently found this site and thought I would post a few thoughts. I play on Party, Paradise, and Stars in the largest MTT no limit tourneys available after 6:00 pm PST most nights under this name. I especially like the 8:00 pearl and 6:00 R&A on Paradise, the...