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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)



  • Omaha Hi/Lo Rules

    Omaha Hi/Lo Rules

    Omaha Hi/Lo is a form of Omaha poker that, unlike regular Omaha, is usually played in limit rather than pot limit format. You'll be trying to make hands for both high and low in this format. With any luck, you'll scoop both parts of the pot!
    [FTR Quick Tip 006] 3-Betting, Part 3: Merging

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

    the strategy of 3-betting with a merged range, discussing the importance of adjusting one's 3-betting approach based on the opponent's tendencies, especially against players who frequently call 3-bets, and highlights the value of using hands that can perform well post-flop when incorporating bluffs into this merged range
    Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 1

    Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 1

    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.
    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
    Building Your Poker Pyramid

    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
    Small Stakes Heads Up

    Small Stakes Heads Up

    the evolution of small stakes heads-up cash games, emphasizing the importance of adapting to aggressive players, the value of patience, and the shift from preflop and flop aggression to mastering turn and river strategies
    Preparation in Poker

    The PokerJanitor’s Philosophy

    author's personal approach to poker, emphasizing the importance of consistent practice, unpredictability, learning from televised poker (with a discerning eye), staying true to one's personality at the table, and handling intimidation and losses with resilience and a growth mindset “Well,” she said, “I've always wanted to get good at poker. Could you teach me?” So, rather than simply tossing “Super System 2” in her lap and watching the NFL playoffs, I'll spend some quality time teaching her how to play. That shows what a caring guy I am, right? I think so, at least. Also I get to eat homemade bread. What's not to love?
    [FTR Quick Tip 006] 3-Betting, Part 3: Merging

    [FTR Quick Tip 017] Checking Back the Turn

    while aggression is a key trait of a successful poker player, there are situations where checking, even with a perceived best hand, can be beneficial; the video specifically discusses reasons to consider checking on the turn in No Limit Hold’em cash games
    Should You Multi-Table?

    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
    Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 1

    Poker Tournament Skills

    the essential skills required to consistently win at Multi-Table Tournaments (MTTs) in poker, highlighting key areas such as inflection point play, chip extraction, selective aggression, and the importance of patience and resilience
    Betting Poker Tells

    Betting Poker Tells

    the significance of betting patterns in poker, emphasizing how they serve as crucial tells for reading opponents, with professionals often relying on the nuances of how much and how players bet, rather than just physical reads, to gauge the strength of their hands
    chardrian’s True Value of AK

    chardrian’s True Value of AK

    AK is, without a doubt, an excellent hand. It is ahead or flipping against every hand except AA and KK. Nevertheless, you should exercise caution with AK if there are multiple raises in front of you. If there are folds, limpers or a single raise in front of you, you should absolutely play it.
    Small Stakes Heads Up

    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.
    Preparation in Poker

    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
    iPhone Poker

    iPhone Poker

    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
    Omaha Hi/Lo Rules

    Texas Holdem Rules

    Before playing any type of poker, you need to know the rules of the game. Texas Hold'em is the most popular type of poker, so you should learn its rules first. There are four rounds of betting and three common betting structures that you need to be aware of.
    A Sensible Approach to Controlling 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
    Preparation in Poker

    Poker Goals

    the importance of setting proper goals in poker, cautioning against monetary objectives due to their unpredictability and potential to negatively influence gameplay; instead, it advocates for achievable, volume-based goals that don't compromise decision-making
    Omaha Hi/Lo 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.
    Building Your Poker Pyramid

    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
    Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 1

    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.
    vqc’s Sit-n-Go Poker Moves & Plays

    Playing Blinds in SNGs

    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.
    Thoughts on Small Pairs in MTTs

    Thoughts on Small Pairs in MTTs

    There are only a few situations in poker tournaments where small pocket pairs are valuable. You can try to set-mine if stacks are deep. If stacks are short, you may be able to go all-in with small pocket pairs and still have good equity against typical calling ranges.
    chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Hold’em (part 12)

    The UTG Live Straddle

    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.
    Omaha Hi/Lo Rules

    How to Play Texas Hold’em Poker

    If you've watched televised poker tournaments, the players were probably playing No Limit Texas Hold'em. With two blinds to get the action started and four rounds of betting, there's plenty of action to be found. All-in confrontations are somewhat common especially in tournaments.
    chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 10)

    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
    Omaha Hi/Lo Rules

    7 Card Stud Rules

    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.