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  • Beginner Poker Strategies (104)
  • Cash Game Strategies (56)
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  • 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)

  • [FTR Quick Tip 008] Slowplaying Flopped Monsters

    [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
    ISF – Forming Ranges: Part 2

    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
    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
    While Waiting Poker Tells

    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
    soupie’s Win MTT Poker Chapter 1

    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
    Mindfulness and the Manifestation of Mental Weakness in Poker

    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
    FTR SNG Strategy: Maximizing value in HU situations Part 3

    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.
    Bless the Beats

    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
    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.
    7 Card Stud Hi/Lo 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.
    Bless the Beats

    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
    Should I Fire a Second Barrel?

    How the Games Have Changed

    the evolution of online poker since the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, highlighting how the games have become more challenging due to an educated player base, the rise of multi-tabling, and the increased use of aggressive strategies
    Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 1)

    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.
    Mindfulness and the Manifestation of Mental Weakness in Poker

    Be Vito, not Cyclone Hart

    illustrates the psychological aspects of winning, emphasizing that both the "coward" and the "hero" feel the same emotions but react differently, and relates this to the mental challenges faced in poker tournaments, particularly after the bubble bursts
    soupie’s Win MTT Poker Chapter 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
    Dealing With Bad Beats

    Dealing With Bad Beats

    the inevitability of bad beats in poker, emphasizing that they are a part of the game, often reinforcing poor play in some players, and highlighting the psychological stages players go through when faced with such situations, from anger to indifference
    [FTR Quick Tip 008] Slowplaying Flopped Monsters

    [FTR Quick Tip 002] Preflop Raise Sizing

    the importance of appropriately sizing your preflop raises in poker, emphasizing situations when one might want to raise larger due to dead money in the pot or exploitable tendencies in opponents, and when to raise smaller, especially when facing short stacks or frequent three-bettors behind
    [FTR Quick Tip 008] Slowplaying Flopped Monsters

    [FTR Quick Tip 009] Isolating Limpers

    the importance of using selective aggression and position to exploit players who frequently limp at the poker table, suggesting that players should not only raise with their strongest hands but also widen their ranges to capitalize on the mistakes of limpers in no limit Texas Hold'em cash games
    7 Card Stud 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.
    [FTR Quick Tip 008] Slowplaying Flopped Monsters

    [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