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Poker Strategy | Beginner's Poker

Post-Flop Betting Assignment

It's Not All About The Cards This assignment is relatively simple on the surface. You are to use the pre-flop betting assignment for what hands you are to play and from what position There is one exception - anytime you are first to act from the...

Post-Flop Betting Introduction

It's Not All About The Cards Post-flop betting is all about controlling the tempo, keeping yourself in the position of power - that is, having your opponents deferring to you to make their decisions for them. Via your bets you can do several...

Pre-Flop Moves Conclusion

It's Not All About The Cards There are several reasons I had the assignment use the moves/plays that I did. Either they were ones I had seen used a lot or ones that are frequently misapplied. Additionally, some of the moves are seldom used and as...

Pre-Flop Moves

It's Not All About The Cards Often when playing a poker tournament at a site like Pokerstars or Full Tilt, you will find yourself not getting any cards and watching your stack dwindle. One of the toughest things in poker is sitting through these...

Gap Concept Conclusion

It's Not All About The Cards The assignment was meant to force you to apply the Gap Concept in every conceivable situation so that you could see what works and not works. Obviously, raising every time you are first to act is not the best way to...

Gap Concept Assignment

It's Not All About The Cards Now that we have a basic understanding of the Gap Concept, let's do an assignment that will better help you understand it. For this assignment you are to do the following: Play 3 NLHE tournaments at an online poker...

Boot Camp: Ways To Survive A Tough Economy

It's tough out there, even if you don't own a 401K or play around the stock market. Food prices are up, jobs are disappearing and the economy flows about as well as a blood clot. It's getting tougher online as well. Lately I've found it...

Introduction To The Gap Concept

It's Not All About The Cards An important concept in poker, especially in tournament poker where survival is paramount and players cannot reach back into their pocket to replenish their stacks, is a concept known as “the Gap Concept.” This concept...

Playing Out Of the Blinds Conclusion

It's Not All About The Cards What this assignment was NOT about... it wasn't about always calling out of the small blind with any two... it wasn't about always raising a late position "apparent" steal raise out of the blinds... it wasn't about...

Playing Out Of the Blinds Assignment

It's Not All About The Cards For this assignment you are to play a minimum of three no limit hold em tournaments at an online poker site such as Full Tilt or PokerStars (preferrably deeper stack type of events). The assignment rules do not apply...

Pre-Flop Betting and Hand Selection, Part Two

It's Not All About The Cards There was a purpose to the pre-flop assignment - it wasn't about post-flop betting, this was purely a pre-flop assignment meant to address three things... 1) having a standard way to raise when first to act 2) having a...

Pre-Flop Betting and Hand Selection

It's Not All About The Cards One of the most common problems I run into is how inconsistent most people are in their pre-flop betting (both raising and re-raising). This assignment is designed to do one thing - instill some consistency in your...

The Importance Of Position

It's Not All About The Cards I have a saying I tell my students all the time – Position Is Power. This simple statement is at the core of so many various poker decisions that I've decided to spend a whole article discussing the importance of...

Pre-Flop Play, Introduction

It's Not All About The Cards While play on the flop is often considered the most important skill to have as a tournament poker player, it is proper pre-flop play that will do the most to contribute to a poker player's success. What you do...

Playing The Player, Conclusion

It's Not All About The Cards When I first started playing tournament poker, I was what most people might call a rock; except that was actually probably a little too kind. I was so tight I made the tightest of players look like Gus Hansen. And I did...

Hand Reading Assignment, Part Two

It's Not All About The Cards In the previous Assignment, I listed several hand histories and asked you to put certain players (usually myself and another player) on a certain range of hands. For the first two hands, I am going to go through each...

Hand Reading Assignment, Part One

It's Not All About The Cards For each of the following hands, give a range of hands for each of the players in the hand and why you think they have these hands. I am “thehazyone” in each of these hands. When doing these, try and put together the...

Playing Raisers, Part Three

It's Not All About The Cards As I mentioned at the conclusion of the previous section, I wanted to let you all read one of the best responses to this assignment that I've ever had as a teacher of the game. I feel that it will provide you a lot of...

Playing Raisers, Part Two

It's Not All About The Cards Now that you have had the opportunity to watch people raising and classify their raising tendencies, we're going to try and put this to good use. This assignment will require that you play a minimum of 3 NLHE...

Avoiding Burnout

I’ve only been playing poker for five years but there’ve been times over the past couple of years when I get tired of poker and don’t look forward to sitting down to play the game I was so passionate about just a few short years ago.   When you...

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