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Poker Strategy | Beginner's Poker

Embrace your inner donkey – SNG Madness

There are certain situations where pushing all-in pre-flop with any two cards in a tournament or sit & go is a good play. Here’s a good example: No Limit Hold'em - Blinds at 250/500 Seat 1: (6,190) Seat 2: (10,806) Seat 3: (8,326) Seat 4:...

Can you Overvalue the Math?

Often, when playing a big field, low buy in online tournaments at PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker, the money will become so shallow at the end of a tournament that you will feel compelled to make a mathematically correct call even though your stack...

When and When not to Bluff

Everyone loves a good bluff. It's what makes poker exciting. The chance to win something with nothing... the chance to intimidate someone... to get them to fold the best hand. If poker was about the best hand winning every time, the game would lose...

Rebuilding your Bankroll

I’ve used my poker bankroll as sort of a savings account in the past, withdrawing large chunks of cash for various purchases. Then, I’d forge on and sometimes lose money over successive sessions consequently trudging through Busto City searching for...

Playing Draws

A common problem for poker players, at all levels, is how to play draws. Too many times a player will call off large bets on the flop, and turn, on a draw and when it does not arrive, they end up having leaked off a substantial portion of their...

Using Betting to Gather Information

In a previous article I talked about when it is okay to check and call. However, it is important to note that one of the biggest mistakes you can usually make is to check and call. It is a mistake that many players make and is for the most part, a...

Playing While You’re Exhausted

I've had to learn some things about my poker game since the twins were born seven months ago, but I think my most important skill is one that many others should learn as well. I learned how to play exhausted. Endurance, more than skill, sometimes...

When is it Okay to Check and Call?

Sometimes it is okay to check and call or just call. Most of the time it's not, but there are times, usually against loose aggressive players who like to make small bets, to check and call as raising will generally lead to either being re-raised or...

The biggest mistake in poker

Over the years I've had the good fortune to teach many people how to play poker and more than anything, I run into one mistake that people make OVER and OVER. Not only is it the biggest mistake newcomers to the game make, but it is often the biggest...

Maximizing value with pocket Aces

A problem that many people have is not knowing how to get the maximum profit out of a hand. Too often players will get overanxious... excited because of the hand they have... and end up costing themselves valuable chips they can use later on down...

Boot Camp - Don’t let the Grind get you

You'll have to excuse me if I seem a little tired, cranky or downright pissy. Six months straight of 3 a.m. feedings will do that to you. I have noticed that it's not the screaming or the diapers or the lack of free time that will get to you when...

Playing to Win

When you sign up for a tournament at PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker, do you have a goal of making the money? The final table? You would be surprised how many people consistently set low goals when it comes to playing poker. Your goal... each and...

What is table dynamics?

I wrote about the importance of table dynamics and how it can help players in many situations during a poker tournament or cash game. But what is table dynamics exactly? That is a difficult question to answer and probably an even harder one to...

Having fun

Many times we forget, first and foremost, that poker is a game. Is it a game where money is involved? Sure, and as such people tend to take it a bit more seriously than, say, a card game like Spades. However, most of us started playing this game for...

Boot Camp - Take a Chance on Poker

If you asked me, after we had Jayden, if it were possible to raise twins, I would have said no. Actually, that's not true. I would have said, “HELL NO!” That was, of course, before we had those twins, and we were forced to do something I initially...

Learning from your mistakes

I read somewhere once that poker is a game of decisions. The better players make the correct decisions and take advantage of the poorer decisions made by their opponents. Most players can tell you with unerring accuracy the hands they've lost huge...

Understanding Aggressive Play

Playing aggressive poker is winning poker. You won't see many people win tournaments by calling and folding... they win by raising and betting. The problem many players have is they do not understand aggressive play and how to properly apply it. It...

The Round Table – Jonathan Little - Pot’s Good!

While no limit hold’em has dominated the poker scene for the past few years, another similar form of hold’em is growing, pot limit hold’em. It is very similar to no limit except, you guessed it, you can only bet as much as what’s in the pot. This...

The Importance of Table Dynamics

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 Mark Gregorich look like Gus Hansen . And I did well enough playing this way, even...

Common betting errors

Knowing how much to bet and when to bet can be one of the most difficult things poker players face. This article is going to address some common betting errors that players make and some tips on how you can avoid them. 1) Not raising enough first to...

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