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Poker Strategy | Beginner's Poker

Holding or folding

New players often ask the following questions: "How do I become a winning poker player?" "What separates the winners from the losers?" "What's the most important thing I can do to become a winner?" Like most things in life, to be successful, it...

Raising in poker

The question of raising can be vexing. How do you know when to do it? Sure, if you have a big pocket pair, like Aces, Kings or Queens, the answer is pretty obvious. But suppose you have a small pocket pair, such as fours? There is always a huge...

Basic poker strategy

A non-poker playing friend recently asked me what the most important skills are for success in the game. Assuming math was of great importance, she wondered how I could achieve good results without a strong foundation in statistics. The answer...

Poker Tells

Many players that are new to the game of poker are preoccupied with the notion that learning another player’s ‘tells’ are the key to success. I have heard many people say that they could never be a good poker player because they have a...

How I played with a poker maniac

I went to play poker at Foxwoods on Saturday night. I was in a great frame of mind and determined to win. In fact, I was determined to win a lot. I had a goal of somewhere around $1,000. That may seem like a ridiculously large amount, but Foxwoods...

So You Want to be a Pro!

Over the years, I have talked to quite a few poker players and many of them envision themselves as becoming a professional player. Dreams of sleeping in as late as they want, not having a boss to answer to, or a time clock to punch, and the thought...

Player Protection – What is it?

As a student of the game of poker, nothing drives me up a wall more than bad etiquette at the table. Bad etiquette comes in a variety of forms. Showing or talking about cards while a hand is still in progress can affect the outcome of a hand just...

Shorthanded Poker

Online and even in some land based tournaments, short handed poker is a fast and furious way to play the game. But how does it differ from the standard format and how should you try to adapt? Short handed poker is becoming more and more popular...

Losing in poker

The importance of knowing when to quit is a truism among poker pundits. You should leave the game, they opine, when any of the following factors are present: You are tired. You are on tilt. A beatable game with lots of weak players has suddenly...

Split pot poker

In the first of a series of brief explanations on the terms used in poker, what they are and when they occur, today we're looking at split pots. There are a number of ways pots can be split between two or more players. In short, when the pot is...

Heads Up

There are two main situations in which you might find yourself in a prolonged heads-up battle in a no limit hold’em tournament. One comes at the end of a single or multi-table tournament where everyone else has gone by the wayside and you and...

Bluffing in poker

If you've been playing poker for a while now, you've probably already semi bluffed in Texas Hold 'Em on a number of occasions, perhaps without realising what you are actually doing. Semi bluffing is very different from an outright bluff. When you...

Poker Etiquette – Table Talk

How many times have you sat at a table and listened to players talk about the hand they threw away while the hand is in progress? Or listened to them openly discuss what the best possible hand is after the River card is on the table and the action...

Going on tilt

Above all else, emotional control at the poker table is essential. 'Tilting' or Going on tilt' is the phrase used for the loss of control. This loss of control may cause you to simply shout and swear, it may cause you to quite poker for the evening...

Poker Etiquette - Showing Your Cards

There are a lot of unwritten rules in poker. They are known as Poker Etiquette. Common sense is all one has to have to figure out what is accepted and what is not. Yet infractions of etiquette happen all the time at the table – and in all limits...

Pot Odds

There are several key elements to playing poker successfully, both online and in your card room. One of these elements is pot odds. But, what are pot odds and how are they calculated? Pot odds are used to compare the odds of completing a hand to...

Playing Short

All games and limits have a minimum buy-in. The reason for a minimum is to make sure that everyone starts with a required amount for the game. This amount is structured around the limit and the normal required buy-in in low limit games is ten times...

Limit vs. No Limit Poker

If you've been a regular player of Limit Hold'em you may wonder what possible reason you could have for moving to No Limit Hold'em. Perhaps you're a winning Limit Hold'em player and not entirely comfortable with the 'all-in' scenarios that pop up...

Position in poker

Your position in any game of Texas Hold'em is vital. By position, we mean your seating position in relation to the dealer button. A player has position in relation to the players on his right, as it is his turn to act after them. At the same time...

Poker hand rankings

Poker can be played with two or up to ten people. Most poker games are played with a standard deck of 52 cards. In particular cases jokers and some other additional cards can be added. A standard Deck contains: 4 suits: clubs (c), hearts (h)...

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