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Poker Strategy | Beginner's Poker

Defending Against the Float

In this article, I discussed the "float play," which is used to take opponents off of better hands. Essentially, it involves calling a preflop raise and a continuation bet on the flop and then betting the turn if checked too. As you move up in...

Boot Camp - Trends after the Tots

*An ongoing series of articles on how to squeeze poker into the daily mainstream of life and how to handle yourself while you are doing it.* The twins are here. It's been hectic. It's been crazy. It's been, at times, chaotic. But it's also been...

Mixed Games: Play to Your Strength(s)

For those of you who read PokerPerambulation, you know that Ken has been dabbling in the HORSE games recently. In fact, Ken's mentioning this fact is the reason why I began playing some HORSE myself several months ago. Like 99% of the HORSE players...

Levels of Poker Thought

One of the biggest errors in poker is the failure to quickly and properly classify the level of thinking used by each of your opponents. Every time you hear a player complain, "I can only beat good players." You can probably assume that he suffers...

The Float

What is the float? The float is a somewhat advanced play used to take someone off a hand. Generally you call someone's preflop raise and then call the continuation bet on the flop. That is technically the float (i.e., you float the flop bet to the...

Bad Runs vs. Bad Play

This is Geiststaat, reporting to you live from the midst of a bad run. Okay it isn't exactly live, but I am in the midst of a bad run. If you play poker for any length of time, you will eventually run smack into a bad run. This is not my first nor...

Defending Your Blinds Against the Steal

In my last article, I discussed stealing the blinds in no-limit hold'em. It is a money-making play, but lots of people know this, and so they will be attempting to steal your blinds. Defending against this play is rather difficult, but I'll try and...

Getting Started In Online Poker

Unlike many people, I don't have years and years of experience playing poker under my belt. But to some who are just starting out, there's some general concepts that should be followed, based on my personal experience. Yes, there are those who you...

In Poker, Never Say Never and Mean It.

I write about this quite often because so many people tend to use absolutes when describing possible poker plays. Poker is just too situational to use "Never," or "Always." How often have you heard, "Never slow play Aces?" Well each of us know that...

They will call.

In novice or beginner games there is little or no fold equity. We have three home games locally. One is a restricted no limit cash game. The others are really small, and use a tournament structure, and even the best player would probably get killed...

Stu Ungar was a loser

How often have we heard that Stu Ungar was the greatest player who ever lived? Well if poker is about the long run, Ungar was a loser. He definitely was one of the best card players to ever see a flop, but in the long run? I know a lot of excellent...

Dicing with the Devil

With all of the "expert" commentary on TV poker these days, we've all heard it a least once a week; "The pot is giving him the right odds to call." The statement may be correct, but when faced with that situation in tournament play, sometimes the...

Quitting in Poker

Today I want to talk about quitting. Basically there are 3 levels of quitting. Level 1 is quitting on a hand. We call that folding. Level 2 is quitting a table. We call that walking. Level 3 is quitting the game. We call that quitting. Lots...

Is Short Stack Play the Way to 20K?

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson turned $1 into $20K in only a few months. "Well, that's Chris" you say. "If I had his ability I could do that to." Funny thing is, according to Jim Rose, Chris played a mechanical system that anyone can play. Rose explains his...

Play Money vs Real Money

When you start playing on-line poker games like Texas Hold'em, you'll note that the game play is actually slightly different with real money compared to play money. The reason is simple: A lot of play money players tend to go all in and hope to get...

Luck vs Skill in Poker

A lot of new players tell me that poker is a game of luck, and to them I say poker is a game of skills. Luck is just one random factor which you have no control over, and it's not that important when considering all the other variables that you can...

Badugi Poker Rules

Badugi is a game of low played with four cards and is normally played with triple draws.. The deal begins in front of a Dealer Button with two players posting the small and big blind for the limit. The object of the game is to make the best possible...

Poker Playing Tips

How many times have you spent a session at the poker table and never found a playable hand? To make the whole picture a little more bleak, the same scenario has repeated itself so many times that you wonder if you will ever climb up out of the ‘dead...

Aces vs. Kings

Over the last few years as a poker dealer, I have often heard players at the table discuss whether or not they had ever thrown away pocket Kings pre-flop. I remember the very first time I ever heard this discussion. It was during the 2003 World...

Playing against a poker maniac

"How should I play when there's a poker maniac at the table?" Good question! We all know what a maniac is. He is overly aggressive, and that's putting it mildly. Everyone understands that a tight and aggressive style is a winning style. The maniac...

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