Category Archives: Poker Strategy

Heads Up Poker Strategy

Being aggressive is the number one key to winning any match hands down! Now, at times you will find some players who have the same heads up strategy as you and when those times do present themselves you have to adjust to their style, otherwise just be aggressive. So, how do you handle playing against another super aggressive player?

Well, first off you should make damn sure that the person you think is actually a good aggressive player “is actually a good aggressive player” and not just some fishy player who has decided to start being aggressive and donk off all of their chips. One of the best ways to find this out is that a “” will be calling you with almost anything and re-raising with just about anything. But if you happen to find out that your opponent truly is a good aggressive player, then you will absolutely need to choose your starting hands very wisely, as they will put you in lots of tough situations with medium strength hands. Continue reading →

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How to Read Flop Board Textures

In No Limit Texas Hold’em, reading the flop and how it connects with your hand and your opponent(s) is an extremely important skill to have. One of the keys to being a winning poker player is evaluating the flop board texture and how it relates to your hand and your opponent’s range.

It can be incredibly easy to get caught up in the excitement of flopping a strong hand that can put you in a great position to win a lot of money, but what you really want to think about when the community cards are dealt on the flop is the type of hands your opponent could have. Continue reading →

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Postflop: The Edge You Need in No Limit Hold’em – Book Review

Published in April 2015, Postflop by Ben “Gamb64” Hayles is an excellent addition to the poker literature, as it provides detailed analysis of postflop decision making. Given the broadness of the topic it is no surprise that the author decided to break the book into two volumes: Volume 1 and Volume 2. It was a wise choice and makes it a little easier to take in the huge amount of information on offer.

Volume I starts off by introducing readers to the postflop universe. The author talks about 12 postflop dimensions, which is essentially a list of considerations to run through in your mind before making a decision on each street. The dimensions comprised in the book are: Continue reading →

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Starting Hand Selection in No Limit Texas Hold’em

starting-hands-no-limit-texas-holdemThe popularity of No Limit Texas Hold’em has skyrocketed over the last decade thanks in large part to online poker rooms on the Internet. Television has also played a role in fuelling the growth of poker world wide. In this blog post, we explore the question beginning poker players most often ask: “What is a good starting hand in NL Hold’em?”.

I think the game of poker and the stock market have a lot of similarities. You only want to place your bets on the blue chip stocks i.e. premium starting hands (especially when you’re just getting started and lack post-flop skills.) Continue reading →

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Beginner’s Guide to Pot Limit Omaha

Due to the increasing popularity of Omaha poker, it makes sense to dedicate an article to some of the basics of the game to quickly get you up to speed with it. This beginner’s guide to Pot Limit Omaha () covers starting hands, sizing of bets, and how to play your drawing hands.

Starting hands in Omaha

omaha-poker-handAll beginner Omaha poker players should stick to playing only strong Omaha starting hands. The best starting hands in PLO are hands like A-A-K-K double suited. This hand can flop top set/quads, two different nut flush possibilities, a straight or some combination of those. Continue reading →

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4 Mistakes To Avoid When Playing An Online Poker Tournament

Playing poker is an activity that you can enjoy doing online and it rewards skillful players. In this article we’ll discuss the most common reasons that novice and some experienced online poker players lose when playing a No Limit Texas Hold’em poker tournament.

1. Playing Bad Hands

Winning poker players will tell you that you do not need to play every hand! Poker players tend to feel that they have to make the best of it. If you’re dealt one of the worst starting hands in Texas Hold’em they’re not worth playing and you should instantly fold them. Continue reading →

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How to Win the WSOP Main Event

Dream of being the next Doyle Brunson, Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada or Greg Merson? If you’re serious about giving it your best shot, you should follow this plan and your dream of winning the most prestigious tournament on at the 2014 World’s Series of Poker just might come true.

This is a one to two year plan of intensive studying, self analysis, physical and mental conditioning that will no doubt will test your very heart and soul.

You didn’t think it was going to be easy did you? But you can claim a free poker bonus to give your bankroll a boost. Continue reading →

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Putting Your Opponent On A Range Of Hands

How often have you heard an amateur poker player try and put a player on a single hand? Most players make the mistake of attempting to put a player on exactly two cards when in reality their actions and tells could represent a range of different holdings.

By putting an opponent on a specific range of hands, you’re essentially assigning certain card values that they could have. For example, if you see a tight player re-raising pre-flop, you can probably assume that their range is AA, KK, QQ, AK. Continue reading →

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Learn How to Play Pocket Pairs in Hold’em

Some of the toughest hands to play are , especially small and medium pairs when you have to play them in early position. Pocket pairs are strong hands in Texas Hold’em, but they are not always easy to handle since there are so many flops where there will be overcards to your pair showing and you will not know if you’re ahead. If there are many players at the flop, there is a very good chance that someone now has a better pair.

These are some poker strategy tips that hopefully will help you maximize your poker winnings. Continue reading →

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Why You Should Raise To Gain The Initiative

In poker, the power of the raise can not be denied. A raise will turn your opponents imagination on, like opening the refrigerator will turn on a light (well maybe not quite as consistent but you get my point.) A raise will give you momentum in the hand. A raise will give you the initiative.

Initiative:

  1. The power or ability to begin or to follow through energetically with a plan or task; enterprise and determination.
  2. A beginning or introductory step; an opening move: took the initiative in trying to solve the problem.

You are on the button with 57s. You have 15,000 chips and the blinds are 200/400 with an ante of 50. There is a one limper from cutoff+2 who has a stack of 13,500.

You could easily fold here and wait for a better spot but you could use your position and take the initiative and raise the pot. There is 1450 chips in the pot, so I like to raise somewhere around 1400-1600. Let us say that you raise it to 1600. Continue reading →

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