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Poker Strategy | Beginner's Poker

Playing Raisers, Part One

It's Not All About The Cards It is difficult for a poker player to grasp how to react to a player raising. The main reason is that usually when a person raises, the price of getting involved is substantial and as a result your entire stack could be...

I Turn 21 this Year

Saw this on a forum this week: "I turn 21 next year, and will get to play poker live at the local casino.  I start in May 2009 with a bankroll of $1000. What can I do to improve my results? Here are my suggestions for the intrepid youngster: 1...

Playing Callers Assignment, Part Three

It's Not All About The Cards Now that you've had time to complete the assignment, I want to go over three different hands against three distinct types of callers to show you how I was able to utilize this information to my advantage. Pre-flop...

Playing Callers Assignment, Part Two

It's Not All About The Cards You've now had the opportunity to observe several tournaments and watch people’s calling tendencies . Now what? Well, if you are able to figure out a player’s calling tendencies, there are things you can do to take...

Playing Callers Assignment

It's Not All About The Cards We're now going to move on and look at when people call. This is important information that can help you accumulate and save chips. Before I get onto the assignment, I am going to show you a couple of real life examples...

Boot Camp: Tips On Moving Up A Level

OK, i finally did it. I finally moved up a level. I've played poker for three years now for real money, and I've won at every level. I won at  10-cent blinds, quarter blinds and, finally, 50-cent blinds, all of it playing no-limit. After winning a...

Playing Folders Assignment

It's Not All About The Cards In the last part, I had you spend some time observing and studying people's folding tendencies. Before I get into the next assignment which will help you use this information, I wanted to show you a couple of real life...

When Do People Fold Assignment

It's Not All About The Cards Slowly but surely we are advancing into discussion of advanced player and table dynamics. These next few parts are going to help you focus in on particular tendencies. Learning when people fold, call, or raise can help...

Player Classification Assignment Played Out, Part One

It's Not All About the Cards In the previous assignment, I laid out a complicated assignment that would help you learn to classify players. I went ahead and played a tournament using the assignment and am going to post the results here so that you...

Getting Into The Mind Of Your Opponent Assignment

It's Not All About The Cards Now that we have figured out how to classify the players, I believe it is important to understand the motivations and reasons players play the way they do. It is hard to understand this without going outside your...

Player Classification Assignment Played Out, Part Two

It's Not All About The Cards In the last part, I classified the different players at my table. A reminder of what they were: Seat 1 = Weak Seat 3 = Combination between Calling Station and Maniac, loose aggressive player but because he seemed to be...

Player Classification Assignment

It's Not All About The Cards This will be the most complicated and difficult assignment for all of you to do. Write down questions you have and see if you are able to figure out the answers, if you can't go to the PokerWorks.com forums and leave a...

Taking Advantage Of Your Observations

It's Not All About The Cards Now that you have spent time studying players, the question is how do you utilize this information? Let's look at the seven key areas a little bit in depth. #1 - Hand Selection observation – this will help you...

Player Observation

It's Not All About The Cards Poker can be a boring game, especially when you aren't getting any cards. Many players spend time in between hands roaming between tables, talking with their friends, playing with their iPod, or even taking a quick cat...

Table Dynamics, Adjusting Play To Your Table Classification

It's Not All About The Cards In the previous assignment, we learned a method for how to classify your table. Obviously when you are playing in a poker tournament, you aren't going to be able to sit there and assign point values for every action a...

Table Dynamics, Classifying Your Table

It's Not All About The Cards This assignment is going to require that you pay careful attention. Turn the tv off, kick the boyfriend/girlfriend out of the room, and take notes. Lots of them. In order to adjust your play to your specific table, you...

Table Dynamics

It's Not All About the Cards What is table dynamics? It's a question I am often asked when I start talking about it. The student looks at me clueless and I go into a lecture I've memorized. When you are playing a poker tournament, each individual...

Playing The Player

Without an understanding of how your opponent's play, you won't be able figure out when is the right time to play a particular hand or how much to bet against a certain player. Being able to figure out how to “play the player” is what will make...

Boot Camp: YOUR Peak Hours

I'm a runner in addition to the whole mountain climbing thing (now you know what PokerPEAKer stands for; you can thank me later for solving the mystery for you). One of the things we runners strive for is to peaking when our races come around. I...

Making Deals

It's Not All About The Cards An aspect of poker that goes largely undiscussed by everyone but math geeks is making deals once you're in the money, or in some cases, close to the money. Making a deal can be confusing for amateurs and professionals...

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