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Poker Strategy | Beginner's Poker

Poker Plays with PokerPeaker - Getting value from a flopped straight.

I've got A-J[d]. I'm playing $25 NL on PokerStars. I raise to $1.50 in middle position. I get one caller from the small blind. The flop comes 10[s]-Q-K. GIN! The small blind checks the hand. This surprises me. He called a raise, remember, and...

When to Call it Quits

I used to struggle with this quite often; I’d sit down to play, get cold decked, run into tough situations or just play bad. The second best hand really is the worst hand in poker. I know this but, I’d sometimes trap myself into thinking I was...

Surprise, Surprise

The article, “Online Poker Measures Up ”, on the use of Poker Tracker and the Poker Ace HUD evidently generated a few new users of the software. Players on forums have posted, what to them were some startling findings. Poker Tracker and the HUD do...

How to Induce Tilt

Probably one of the easiest ways to induce TILT is to bust a player’s premium hand with rags. I like to play suited gappers in late position. If you can crack A-A with 4-6 it will put most players on steam tilt, especially if you called a raise...

DOs - not DON’Ts

Often when discussing poker we find ourselves talking in “DON’Ts:” Don't do this. Don’t do that, etc. Good poker does lend itself to negative, “DON’Ts,” discussions. After all, in a full ten handed game you will only be dealt the best hand one out...

How to Play When Things are Going Well

I hesitate to bring this up because I don't want to call the doom switch on me. But poker is going well right now. I've had a great two months playing at Bodog Poker and Poker Stars. Razz is going well for me, and Hold 'Em continues to make me...

Poker Plays with PokerPeaker - A set isn't golden against a big draw

I'm playing with a full stack at Bodog Poker at a $.10/.25 NL table. I'm dealt 5-5 and I'm sitting one off the button. Someone in front of me raises to .50, a minimum raise, and another guy in front of me raises to .75. This is a strange raise...

But They Were Suited

On Full Tilt Poker, BoDog Poker, and many other online poker sites, how often have you raised with your good hands, only to see the flush draw flop, and subsequently the flush hit on the river, and your opponent turn over Q-2 suited to cap off your...

Develop a Plan to be Profitable at Poker

Winning players don’t sit down at a table expecting to lose. It happens but, not because we “plan” to lose. Many of us just aren’t disciplined in our approach to the game. Before you’re about to sit down and play, ask yourself why you chose that...

Turning Down 65:1 Pot Odds

Good poker is played by making the best decisions. Often that involves calling or folding based on the odds of winning the hand are better than the pot odds, but as often said, “Everything in poker is situational,” and sometimes in poker...

Poker Plays with PokerPeaker – Mining for Sets Against an Obvious Over Pair.

At a full ring .25/.50 NL cash game on Ultimate Bet . I'm dealt 10-10[s]. I have about $55. I call along with four others before the Big Blind raises 7xs the blind to $3.50. The Big Blind has $150, so he has hit some hands and has to be feeling...

Defying the Poker Odds

Most poker players at least have a definition for “odds,” and many know that there are different types of odds; the odds you will make your hand, pot odds, and implied odds, but that doesn't mean that they understand the definitions or how to use...

Boot Camp - Ten Things You Need for a Good Session

Having children taught me many things, not just how to change a diaper in the dark at 3 AM; I've used several of those lessons to improve my poker game. I've presented these tips in a series of articles aptly named Boot Camp (and for more of these...

Big Slick

A walk back to Houston, A-K, or Anna Kournikova (looks good but never wins), it doesn't matter what you call it, A-K as a starting hand in Hold'em, probably gets and deserves more “meaningful” discussion than any other starting hand. Although...

Trap your opponent by leading out weak

In situations where you’re playing out of position against an aggressive player, I find that leading out weak with a strong hand can be very successful. Here’s a scenario. You’re at a Bodog Poker cash table and you’ve encountered an opponent who...

My Nemesis – Poker Hands

Usually when poker players are dealt Q-Q, they think "who hoo!" Not me. I think, "oh, shit." Because I gotta play Queens, right? I mean, I have to. They're the third best hand in poker. Premium hands only come along so often, and as you might have...

Stack dynamics

I talked about one critical component you must evaluate when it comes to the end of the tournament and short-handed play in this article. However, that is not the only thing that must be looked at when making a decision. Stack dynamics, or the...

Depth of money dynamics

You might be wondering what depth of money dynamics is. Simply put, it is the relation of your chip stack in proportion to the blinds. Let's look at three different situations that might appear, on the surface, to be identical but are really polar...

Play like the money doesn't matter

Doyle Brunson once said, "To be a successful gambler, you have to have a complete disregard for money." Making good decisions at the table is what's important. Not how much you might win or lose in a pot. Leave the fear of losing money out of...

Why Limping First to Act is Bad

One of the key principles in NLHE tournament poker, that everyone should apply to their game, is to RAISE whenever you are first to act, ESPECIALLY if you are in middle position or later, and ESPECIALLY once the dead money (antes/blinds) is...

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