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## Applications of EV Calculations (Part 3): River Checking vs. Bluffing

We have to consider the alternative to the aggressive option a lot of the time if we want to make sure that we're making the best plays possible.

## Understanding the Importance of Shania (theory post)

the concept of Shania theory in poker, which emphasizes the importance of having a balanced range of hands when making bets, raises, or calls, thereby reducing the likelihood of making big mistakes and increasing the expected value (EV) of your plays

## ISF – Making Your Opponent Uncomfortable

strategies for identifying and exploiting the strengths of an opponent's poker game, emphasizing the importance of unbalancing their play and taking unconventional lines to force them into difficult decisions

## ISF – Pocket Pairs

strategic intricacies of playing pocket pairs in high-stakes poker, advocating for a cautious approach that often favors folding preflop

## Renton Theorem aka ABCD Theorem

When playing No Limit Texas Hold'em poker, it's common to try to make the best play with the hand you're given. However, you should also be considering how to maximize the value you get out of your whole range of hands. Usually, your range will be divided into four parts.

## 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

## A Hand in Action from the Hijack

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

## Bluff or Check? Missing the Flop in NLHE (Part 1): Introduction

There are several factors that you have to learn about when deciding whether or not to bluff when you've missed the flop, and we'll cover them in detail.

## The Incorporation of Second-Level Thinking

In today's tough poker games, you can't just think about what cards your opponents have. You have to also consider what they think you have. By doing so, you can strengthen some of your ranges and weaken others depending on what kind of action you expect to face.

## Texas Holdem Poker Hands Position (Full Ring)

Depending on your position, your poker hands order will change; this is especially true when the table is full. The later you are to act, the more liberal you can be with the order of the hands you choose to play. The closer you are to being first to act, the more conservative you’ll need to be.

## Getting Off the Bottom

insights on transitioning from being a novice micro-stakes player to a consistent winner

## Expanding Your Pre Flop Range

strategies of broadening one's pre-flop hand selection in poker, emphasizing the significance of positional awareness, understanding opponents' tendencies, and choosing hands that allow aggressive play

## Transitioning from Online to Live Play

If you’ve only played poker online, you will need to make some changes to your game before you play live in a brick-and-mortar casino. For instance, you’ll need to manually track your opponents’ stacks and the pots, abide by the casino’s house rules, tip your dealers and adapt to slower play.

## Checking to Induce in No-Limit Hold’em

In games dominated by aggression, checking to induce is one of the plays that has been lost for a lot of players.

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

third installment in the No-Limit Hold’em Foundations Course, emphasizing the importance of correctly analyzing situations where one can call to close the action, detailing the process of determining the equity needed for a profitable call

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

## Developing a Feel for Equities in No-Limit Hold’em Part 4: The Basics of the Turn

the intricacies of understanding equities during the turn phase in No-Limit Hold'em, emphasizing the importance of intuition, observation, and strategic adjustments based on the turn card, while also providing examples to illustrate how different turn cards can impact a player's equity in the hand

## An Easy Guide to Exploiting Your Opponents

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.

## How to Determine Whether or Not to Call an All-in Bet

A tricky spot in poker tournaments is deciding whether to call when your opponent has gone all-in. You need to carefully consider the pot odds to determine how much equity you need to proceed. Then compare your hand against his range to find out if you have the needed equity.

## Spenda’s 5 Biggest Leaks of a Losing NL Player – Leak 1

If you're a losing No Limit Hold'em player, then you probably have big leaks in your game. Always remember to consider the value of position at all times. Another thing that losing players have a problem with is controlling the size of the pot.

## No Limit Betting

guidelines for betting in No Limit Texas Hold'em, focusing on how to handle Top Pair Top Kicker (TPTK) and overpairs by betting half to 2/3 of the pot, and advises that if you're raised, you're likely beaten and should fold unless you have a strong redraw

## EV Calculations Tutorial 1: Introduction

When dealing with complicated poker decisions, it's often helpful to make expected value (EV) calculations. If the decision is a close one, you might not be able to tell at a glace what the correct play is, so these calculations can help you determine what you should do.

## EV Calculations Tutorial 4: Organizing Large Calculations

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.

## ISF – Five Rules To Beating Low Stakes

ISF's five rules for beating low-stakes poker games, emphasizing the importance of playing tight preflop, avoiding loose play out of position, opting to bet rather than check when planning to call, being straightforward with strong hands, and ensuring you're at a table with at least three weak players to maximize profitability

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.

## Theory Read – River Check/Raise

in-depth discussion from the High Stakes forum about the strategy and considerations behind river check/raises, including factors to consider when deciding to make a river check/raise with nut hands or as a bluff, and showcases several hand examples to illustrate the concepts

## NLHE Foundations #02: Basic No-Limit Hold’em Bluffing Analysis

the fundamentals of bluffing in no-limit hold'em, emphasizing the importance of understanding hand combinations, calculating fold frequencies, and using a shortcut method to determine the profitability of a pure bluff

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

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

## Player Types

various strategies and post-flop tendencies of different poker players, classifying them based on their actions such as "call, fold, raise," and offering insights on how to exploit each player type's weaknesses and tendencies for optimal gameplay

## 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

## ISF – Manipulation 202 and Questions

advanced techniques in poker strategy, focusing on the concept of manipulation through bet sizing and range manipulation to influence opponents' behavior and decisions

## Spenda’s 5 Biggest Leaks of a Losing NL Player – Leak 5

the importance of hand-reading in poker, detailing how processing information from opponents, analyzing board texture, using the process of elimination, and diligent note-taking can enhance one's ability to make correct decisions and improve overall gameplay

## EV Calculations Tutorial 6: Calling Scenarios

When considering calling a bet or a raise, it's important to be able to make EV calculations to determine if the call is profitable or not. You need to figure out how much money you will win or lose and how often each outcome will occur.

## Cbets, HUD Reads and Problem Solving

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.

## New Approach to Table Selection

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

## Bluff or Check? Missing the Flop in NLHE (Part 4): Anticipating the Second Barrel

You'll need to learn to anticipate firing the second barrel if you want to get the most from continuation betting on the flop.

## Why is SPR Important?

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

## Calling with a Small Pair

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

## A Beginner’s Guide to Adjusting for Multiway Pots

Playing multiway poker hands requires certain strategic adjustments. Here we show you some of the right adjustments to make.

## Breaking Down Check-Raising to Basics

Learning to check well is extremely important, but unfortunately it's ignored because people think it's a neutral action.

## Should I Fire a Second Barrel?

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

the importance of self-awareness in poker, emphasizing how players' perceptions of you can be manipulated to your advantage, whether you've been playing aggressively or conservatively

## Game Flow in No-Limit Hold’em Cash Games

the concept of "game flow" or "meta game" in No-Limit Hold'em cash games, emphasizing the importance of understanding the underlying dynamics and patterns of a game, and how players can adjust their strategies based on the evolving game environment

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

advises caution when playing Group 6 hands like KT, QT, and A7s, suggesting these are best suited for late position plays and should be used sparingly to mix up your strategy

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

## ISF – Revision Of ISF Theorem

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

## ISF – Putting Together Ranges: Practice

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

## Should You Always Use Pot Control?

the concept of pot control in poker, highlighting that while it can be a useful strategy to manage the pot size, it's essential to recognize situations where pot control might be counterproductive

## Importance of Table Position

the critical role of position in no-limit hold'em poker, explaining that having a later position allows players to gather more information about their opponents' actions, which is invaluable in a game based on partial information

## “To Check/Raise or Not to Check/Raise?” That is Today’s Question

A check/raise is a potent move at the table which should normally be used sparingly, preferably in the later stages of cash games and tournaments. This article discusses some situations when you would and would not want to check/raise your opponents to increase your winnings or cut your losses.

## Applications of EV Calculations (Part 2): Bluffing Considerations

Position and outs are connected when it comes to bluffing, and most people don't realize how they relate to each other through the EV of checking.

## Texas Holdem Starting Hands – 19 Hand Strategy

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

## Developing a Feel for Equities in No-Limit Hold’em Part 2: Equity is Not Everything

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