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Poker Strategy | Beginner's Poker

How to Find Yourself

The best poker player in the world, Phil Ivey, recently wrote what I thought was the best article by the pros on Full Tilt. His advice was simple yet so important. He said in order to be the best poker player you can be, you have to be yourself...

Taking an Ace to the River

One of the most disappointing situations in hold 'em occurs when an Ace flips on the river and your opponent turns over A-x off suit to beat your K-K or top pair. Every poker player has a bad beat story about it. It hurts when it happens but at...

How to Stop a Losing Streak Before it Starts

When we poker players use that term, we never talk about the good times. We use the term "variance" to talk about our losing streaks. That's because "variance" sounds better than saying we're losing a lot. The term even implies that we have no...

A Friendly Poker Game

Or a poker game among friends? We've all heard there is no such thing as a friendly poker game, but why? In a normal poker game, when your money is at risk, that is almost always true, but today when many home games use a tournament structure...

Why the early big stacks often lose

Everyone that plays online, single table Sit & Gos have probably noticed that the early big stack often loses. The phenomenon occurs for two reasons. 1. Current wisdom suggests that a tight strategy is the best strategy until only four or five...

Should or Expect in Poker

Many poker players use those two words interchangeably when talking about poker and it often causes a lot of stress and disappointment. In truth the two words have significantly different definitions. Many may feel that when discussing semantics...

>NP (Nice Play)

On the second episode, WPT (World Poker Tour,) week of "Poker After Dark ," Tuan Le made a great play, that many of us would have missed. As the Big Blind, Tuan Le held K-9[d] Five players saw the flop. • The Flop: Q[c]-[9[s]-K[c] • Tuan Le bet...

Varying Your Play

Varying our play is one of those concepts that most poker players hold near and dear to their heart. Most don't embrace it for its utility. They embrace it because it gives them an excuse to play marginal hands that should have been tossed in the...

Reduce the Risk by Playing Smaller Pots

No Limit Texas Hold'em is a double-edged sword; not only can you win a large pot at any time, but you can also lose your entire stack at any time. If you are risk adverse, there are ways to help reduce your chance of losing most, or all, of your...

Chris Ferguson turns $0 into $10,000 on Full Tilt Poker

When it comes to bankroll management, maybe we should all just ask What Would Jesus Do? Team Full Tilt Poker member Chris Ferguson recently showed that with the right mixture of responsibility and discipline, it's possible to turn very little money...

Boot Camp - Ten Things Your Toddler Might Say

God bless my toddler, but man, sometimes he sure can be whiny. Part of that only seems that way because he's up against twin, infant sisters, so Mom and Dad's patience is pretty darn thin already. Especially Daddy's! But he's also earned that...

Luck vs. Skill In Poker #2

The burning topic that new players contemplate when they take their first few bad beats is always, it must be all luck, right? Well, that's entirely untrue. When you get your chips in with the best of it and someone calls with a gut shot straight...

Bet Big and Get Paid Big

The occasional situation arises in no limit hold'em where you have a monster hand yet can make a big bet that is almost sure to be called. Additionally, when playing online on such sites as Full Tilt Poker, Party Poker or Poker Stars, loose players...

Boot Camp - Cash Game Primer

If you've got small kids, especially babies, and you want to play poker, you're going to have to play cash games. You can play SnGs or tournaments, but only if your kids don't wake up, ever, once you put them to bed (and if that's the case, I hate...

How Big is Your Stack?

One of the most important considerations when sitting down at a no-limit hold'em game is to decide how many chips you want to buy in for. Some games have a cap on the buy-in (like $500 for a $2-$5 blinds game, for example), while others have no cap...

The threat of future bets

Part of what makes bets on the flop and turn so effective in Texas hold'em is the threat of future betting. Players who call bets at these stages of the hand (especially those out of position) know they could face even larger bets later in the...

Bluffing considerations

Before you try to pull off a bluff, you must consider a few factors about yourself and your opponents. For one, you must consider you reputation. Do people perceive you as loose or tight? Have you been caught bluffing recently? You must also...

Arms full of chipsMix up Your Heads up Play

Heads up play is poker at its most basic, yet it's also among the trickiest aspects of the game. If you're predictable when facing only one opponent, you're going to get beat. (And when I mean only one opponent, I mean both heads up matches and...

Boot Camp - Ten ways to avoid tilt for your tots’ sake

Three weeks ago, I could sniff a $100 night. I've only hit that magic number a few times in my many days of play $25 NL. Since I've learned to multi-table those games, I've had several $50 nights and even a few $75 nights, but it's still rare when...

How good are you, really?

There aren't many ways to rate poker players, Bracelets or money won, but although they can't lie about the bracelets, many poker players do lie about how much money they win. The ones that don't exaggerate how much they've won usually claim about...

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