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  • Beginner Poker Strategies (104)
  • Cash Game Strategies (56)
  • Featured Poker Strategy Articles (37)
  • Heads Up Strategies (5)
  • Limit Hold’em Poker Strategies (33)
  • Live Poker Strategies (36)
  • MTT Poker Strategies (34)
  • No Limit Hold'em Poker Strategies (176)
  • Omaha Poker Strategy Articles (14)
  • Open Face Chinese Poker (2)
  • Poker Psychology Strategies (59)
  • Poker Rules (20)
  • Poker Tools (12)
  • Poker Videos (46)
  • SNG Poker Strategy Articles (33)

  • Does Your Poker Game Suit You?

    Does Your Poker Game Suit You?

    the importance of selecting a poker game type that aligns with one's personality and preferences, highlighting that success in poker is not just about mastering the game's mechanics but also about finding a format that resonates with the player's mindset, ensuring both enjoyment and profitability
    [FTR Quick Tip 018] 4nl Session Recording

    [FTR Quick Tip 018] 4nl Session Recording

    Getting reads on your opponents is crucial in any form of poker. It is especially important in cash games where you might play against the same opponents for an hour or more. By carefully observing what your opponents do, even in hands where you've folded, you'll be able to exploit them.
    [FTR Quick Tip 018] 4nl Session Recording

    [FTR Quick Tip 021] Video: Making Adjustments

    If you play the same way against different opponents at the poker table, you're making a big mistake. The true pros always tailor their actions to the leaks and tendencies that they identify in their foes. You can get a lot of information by carefully observing the other players.
    5 Card Draw Rules

    5 Card Draw Rules

    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.
    Does Your Poker Game Suit You?

    Building Your Poker Pyramid

    the concept of the "poker pyramid," a collection of skills and personality traits essential for success in poker, emphasizing that technical knowledge is just one layer and that emotional stability, discipline, and experience are equally important for long-term profitability
    [FTR Quick Tip 018] 4nl Session Recording

    [FTR Quick Tip 008] Slowplaying Flopped Monsters

    the strategic value of slowplaying strong hands in no-limit Hold'em cash games, highlighting that while it can maximize value from concealed monster hands, inappropriate slowplaying can be costly, and players should recognize the right situations to deploy this tactic effectively

    Moving from $1/2 to $2/4

    Although you have the bankroll, you may not decide to move up just quite yet, which is more than understandable. However, there are two reasons in doing so: First: The players play just as bad at $2/4 as they do in $1/2. In essence, the same quality play will net you...
    Danny & Max Steinberg 6 Max Strategy & Concepts ($200nl Cash Game)

    ISF – Forming Ranges: Part 2

    the complexities of forming postflop hand ranges, emphasizing the importance of strategically grouping hands to maximize profitability, understanding the interplay between hands within a range, and making informed decisions based on the strength and potential of hands relative to an opponent's range
    The Proven Best Poker Training Books of All Time

    Should You Multi-Table?

    explores the pros and cons of multi-tabling in poker, suggesting that while it can increase earnings, it's not suitable for everyone and may depend on individual skills, the competitive landscape, and the ability to adapt to faster gameplay
    5 Card Draw Rules

    HORSE Rules

    In HORSE, players must play 5 different poker games: Hold'em, Omaha/8, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud/8. All games are in limit betting format, and each game is played for eight hands before the next game in the rotation begins.
    No Limit Texas Hold’em Rules

    No Limit Texas Hold’em Rules

    a guide to the rules of No-Limit Texas Hold'em, covering the game's structure, betting rounds, and special scenarios like "going all-in" and "side pots," while also highlighting key differences between online and live poker
    Exploiting Your Image

    While Waiting Poker Tells

    insights into reading opponents' body language and actions when it's your turn to act in a poker game, covering topics like identifying potential openers, raisers, and bluffers, as well as understanding subtle cues that can indicate a player's intentions
    Michael1123’s Multi-Table Tournament Strategy

    Higher Stakes MTT Strategy

    There are big differences between low-stakes MTTs and tournaments at higher levels. In larger tourneys, there are fewer loose-passive players and more tight-aggressive opponents. It's important to be able to mix up your ranges a bit so that you can't be easily read.
    Michael1123’s Multi-Table Tournament Strategy

    Radashack’s MTT Tournament Advice Part 2

    the psychological and strategic aspects of multi-table poker tournaments, emphasizing the significance of understanding one's motivation, mastering the art of misdirection, recognizing signs of strength and weakness, overcoming various forms of fear, and the importance of consistent aggression
    Michael1123’s Multi-Table Tournament Strategy

    chardrian’s Analysis of a $26 Freezeout

    Sometimes, it's valuable to go over your completed poker tournaments with a hand-history viewer to analyze spots that you are unsure about and identify errors in play. You can use a replayer that automatically cuts out hands that you folded preflop so that you can focus on the important hands.
    How to Put Your Opponent on Tilt

    Tilt and Why

    the psychological aspects of tilt in poker, highlighting how humans inherently link failure with self-worth, and emphasizes the importance of recognizing and managing these emotions in real-time during poker games to prevent irrational decisions and maintain optimal gameplay
    Heads Up SNG Survival Guide

    Heads-Up: The Ultimate Art

    Heads-up is, without a doubt, my favorite way to play. It's a true test of your poker skills, and the best way to improve your game. While it may be nearly impossible to find a one-on-one table in a brick and mortar card room, online clients offer it as a regular staple.
    Poker Discipline

    Bless the Beats

    how to handle and recover from poker losses, emphasizing the importance of taking breaks, reflecting on gameplay decisions, avoiding sharing bad beat stories, maintaining a positive attitude, and the significance of resilience and returning to the game with renewed focus
    OFC Beginners Guide: Introduction

    OFC Beginners Guide: Introduction

    An introduction to Open Face Chinese Poker for beginner's looking to play. This is the start of a multi-part guide which will (hopefully) take you from a completely new player, to understanding the basics and get you on your way to becoming a winning player.
    No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Strategy (Part 1): The Basics

    2-7 Lowball Rules

    2-7 Lowball is a favorite among some of the most well-known poker professionals. Playing for low offers a refreshing change from standard high-hand poker. But before you can play, you must understand the rules and how to read your hand.
    5 Card Draw Rules

    7 Card Stud Hi/Lo Rules

    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.
    Poker Discipline

    Avoiding Tilt

    the significance of recognizing and avoiding tilt in poker, emphasizing the importance of taking breaks, understanding the emotional triggers, and implementing strategies to maintain optimal gameplay and mental well-being
    OFC Beginners Guide: Introduction

    OFC Beginners Guide: It Starts with the Set

    In part 2 of the OFC Beginner's Guide, I focus on the foundation of your hand: the set. The set is arguably the most important part of the hand, as how you set your hand dictates how the rest of the hand will play out. See some specific examples and general concepts with setting up your OFC hands.