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Poker Strategy | Beginner's Poker

Let's Talk Poker - Is Attitude Your Friend?

Poker is a funny game, it doesn't just slide quietly into your life, it usually slaps you in the face to get your attention and then locks onto your senses. It is amazing how fast it spreads, filling your immediate universe with chip clatter and...

An Introduction To Playing No Limit Holdem Tournaments

Many people get into playing poker because they watched it on television and it got them curious about the game. Most televised poker is No Limit Holdem tournament poker. The action is fast paced and the capability of being able to risk it all in...

Poker Plays with Pokerpeaker: Calling When The Bet Makes No Sense

I play tight poker. I don't apologize for that. It's who I am. But that means I need to pick off people who think they can take advantage of my ability to fold. How do I do it? I call when the bet makes no sense. I've got $47 in chips at a...

Switching From Holdem To Omaha 8

The problem with playing Holdem cash games is there is an insane amount of literature and sources available to poker players on that subject. While you can find the right game, for the most part you will be facing people that have an understanding...

Poker Plays With Pokerpeaker - Why A Small Raise Can Save You Big Money

Some poker players are afraid to raise unless they have the nuts. Instead, they prefer to call and "control the pot" with hands that can be beaten. But a raise can actually save you more money than calling and controlling the pot when you have a...

Poker Plays with Pokerpeaker: Winning A Pot With Middle Pair

It's possible that no hand is tougher to play after the flop than a middle pair in your hole cards. Oh sure, you can try to hit a set and if you don't, just pitch it. But that's probably not going to be profitable in the long term, given that you...

Poker Plays with Pokerpeaker - The Over Bet For Value Can Befuddle Your Opponent

Sometimes you can fool a decent player with the most basic play that seems more complex than it really is. By now you might have heard of the Over Bet For Value. In blog speak, we label it OBFV. I'm here to give you an example of why it works. I...

Poker Plays With Pokerpeaker: Implied Odds Call For Sets and Multi-Way Pots

Implied odds are a pretty simple concept to understand, but usually they are either excuses to make horrible calls hoping for a miracle hit or worthless because you've already got the pot odds to call anyway. However, there are some instances when...

Poker Plays With Pokerpeaker: Making A Good Decision After Several Bad Ones

Hands change with each street, and with those changes come decisions that can change with every street as well. That means there's always a chance to make a good decision even after you've made several bad ones. I've got Q-Q in the cutoff. One guy...

Poker plays with Pokerpeaker: Why Passive Play Always Costs You Money

I have K[d]-10 in the Small Blind in a .25/.50 NLHE game on PokerStars. I hate these kinds of situations. I have a so-so hand, and a hand easily dominated, in the worst position possible. To be honest, I hope someone raises here. It would give me...

Poker Plays with Pokerpeaker: Stacking With A-A When You Want A Call

I'm holding the nuts. A-A. I'm a happy man. I'm playing .25/.50 on PokerStars, and I've got A-A in early position. No need to get cute here. I raise to $2. I prefer to raise a little more in early position with a big pair, as I really don't want...

Poker plays with Pokerpeaker: Pushing With Your Big Draws

Omaha is a drawing game. It might be even more of a drawing game than drawing games like 5-card draw or Triple Draw Lowball. So when I have K[d] - Q[d] - J[s] - J, I'm definitely calling a raise here. Position is irrelevant with a great drawing...

Boot Camp: Taking A Time Out Can Really Help Your Game

Whenever my 2-year-old, or my 2-year-old, or my 4-year-old does not display what I would call ideal behavior - like smacking me - I put her, her or him in time out. But I'm also learning to put myself in time out when I'm not playing what I would...

Poker plays with Pokerpeaker: Don't Fear The Reaper (Or A Set)

Sometimes you have to ship in your chips if you think you have the best hand, even if there's a decent chance you're beat. I'm playing .25/.50 NLHE on PokerStars. I'm in the Blg Blind. I have K[d] - 6[s]. It's a hand I plan to fold if anyone...

Size does matter – especially when it's your stack

How many times have you been playing in a cash game or tournament and someone asked you how deep you were or how many chips you had. Why are they asking this? Some people might be hoping to garner information from you from your response but the...

Playing Against Calling Stations

If you're a poker player who has played for any length of time, you've probably run into more than your fair share of calling stations. Many players have problems playing against these types of players and actually look to avoid them at all costs...

Poker Plays with Pokerpeaker - Don't Fall In Love With A Flop

A-K and I have broken up, for the most part. She's a dangerous lady. She makes me fall in love far too much with flops. Let me show you what I mean. I've got A-K[c], and I'm second to act, and I'm playing .25/.50 NLHE on PokerStars. So I thought...

Poker plays with Pokerpeaker - A bad run leads to a bad read

OK, so recently I talked about how calling off a bunch of chips in anger, even when you know you're beat, was a bad play. But bad beats and tough losses can also make you tentative and unwilling to call, even when you know you should. It's...

Bluff Like The Pros

When High Stakes Poker first started airing on GSN, it was a whole new experience to poker viewers. We were used to watching tournaments but never before had we seen cash game action with so much money involved. One of the thrilling parts of the...

The Seven Deadly Sins of Poker

After returning from the World Series of Poker a couple years ago, I asked my new friend Eric Baldwin a.k.a. Basebaldy (Eric has cashed in numerous WSOP events including a 10th and 15th place finish and is a well known Internet professional) a...

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