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Poker Strategy | Beginner's Poker

Bankroll Considerations

It's Not All About the Cards As I mentioned in the previous chapter, when it comes to choosing what tournament to play the most important factor is how will it affect your bankroll? The quickest downfall for many professional poker players is that...

Running Bad – What Should You Do?

Many players will continue to play at their current levels or even move up higher chasing their losses. Some will stay at the table and tilt off more money after a cooler or bad beat while cursing their luck. Others will play ultra passive with...

It's Not All About The Cards, Poker Your Way

A while ago I was approached by a small publisher that was interested in me putting together a NLHE tournament poker book. I went through some negotiations with them including preparing a table of contents and sending some sample chapters, but in...

Take Your Shot At H.O.R.S.E. on PokerStars

A couple weeks ago, I was inspired by the World Series of Poker. I didn't fly out to Vegas. Flights were expensive, and I didn't want to take out a second mortgage so I could afford the gas to drive out there, and the wife probably wouldn't like me...

A Closer Look At Two Big NLHE Hands From Week One Of The WSOP

There is a reason no limit is the game of choice for the biggest events in poker. It's the most compelling to watch. Why? There are probably a number of reasons but the biggest one has to be the fact that a player can go broke on any given hand...

Boot Camp - Pay Attention To The Game

Once you know that calling an all-in pre-flop after a raise, a re-raise and another re-raise when you're holding 8-5, even if it is suited, is probably not a good idea, what's the advice you can expect to hear from top players the most? That's...

Don't Try This at Home

Every poker show on TV should be obligated to add the caveat at the beginning and end of every poker broadcast. Most of the poker seen on TV is bad poker. First we probably see about 1 in 10 hands. TV poker is about excitement and raise, fold...

Why make a standard bet of ½ to ¾ the pot?

A common question I am often asked is “why should I make a standard sized flop bet?” Let me start by pointing out some of the advantages to making a standard bet. #1 – it sows confusion, and can be perceived as a trap bet. #2 – it is usually...

Poker plays with PokerPeaker - When showing strength means weakness

I am playing .25/.50 NLHE on Full Tilt in a full-ring cash game. I'm dealt K-K. There's an early position raiser to $3. That raise will probably accomplish my goal of driving everyone else out so I'll be heads-up with my big pair. So I do not...

Table Dynamics – what is it and how do you use it?

What is table dynamics? This is a question that I am often asked and it's a hard one to answer and an even harder one to teach. The simple answer is it's how the other players at YOUR table are playing and how you can best take advantage of their...

How Would You Play This Hand? – Bodog 100NL cash game

In addition to tournaments and sng’s, I play full ring cash games. I prefer 9-handed games because the play is pretty straight forward. Short handed games have much higher variance and the swings are bigger. With that being said, I’ve found Bodog...

Poker plays with PokerPeaker - Top Pair against a minimum pre-flop raise

I'm playing $50 NL on Bodog Poker. I have A[s] - J[d]. A player in early position raises the minimum to $1. I'm definitely calling here, but I'll do so with caution. Minimum raises either mean the player really doesn't know how to make a proper...

Poker plays with PokerPeaker - Playing a paired board strong

I am playing $50 NL on Bodog Poker. I'm dealt K-K. Sweet. It's not the nuts, but it'll do. A player calls under the gun. There are two more callers. No, no, no, we can't have that. So I bump it to $3. I've said this before, but I really prefer...

Short Stack Play

If you play tournament poker, it is inevitable that you will find yourself short stacked. The easy thing to do is to shove all your chips in and hope you get lucky, but there can be an art to playing the short stack and if done correctly you will...

How Would You Play This Hand? – Full Tilt Poker, $10+1 DS Knockout

Full Tilt Poker offers 90 player $10+1 sit and go tournaments which payout $2 for every player you knock out. This tournament structure offers a good value for a low buy-in tournament. Each player starts with 3000 chips and the blinds go up every...

Poker Plays by PokerPeaker – Making the right play after bad play

I have a nice pocket pair, Q-Q, and I'm playing $.25/.50 NLHE on Bodog Poker. Now before I start, I have a confession to make. I really hate Q-Q. I always have. Every time I get the ladies, it seems an Ace or King comes on the flop. When it...

Boot Camp - What Parenting Can Teach You About Poker

Parenting has taught me a lot about life. I'm a better person for having kids. I've talked many times about how to be a father or mother to young children and keep poker in your life. I've called this my Boot Camp series. Now as the series slows...

How Would You Play This Hand – Full Tilt Poker NLHE, $9500 Guarantee

Full Tilt Poker runs a daily $24+2 “Knockout” tournament at 3:00pm EST. You receive 2000 starting chips and the blind levels increase every 10 minutes. This is a fun format because you receive $4 for every player you knockout of the tournament...

Poker plays with PokerPeaker - The 4th raise means A-A

I'm playing .50/$1 NLHE on PokerStars. I'm dealt A-A. That's pretty good. Even so, I'm not going to mess around with them. I've got them in 4th position, so I need to raise here. To be honest, these limits are a bit high for me, so I really don't...

How Would You Play This Hand – Full Tilt Poker $24+2 6-max NLHE

This is a 6-max no-limit hold ‘em tournament hosted on Full Tilt Poker. You receive 3000 starting chips with blind levels increasing every 10 minutes. I prefer to play double-stack tournaments because the increased starting chip stack gives you a...

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