Could Learning the Kelly Criterion Improve Your Poker Game?

According to pokerplayersresearch.com the 2.6 percent of the adult population who consider poker to be something more than a hobby is constantly looking for ways to improve and get to a higher level. In the cutthroat world of poker in which more and more people are competing every year, this is imperative. The playing figures at the World Series of Poker say it all. In 1970, there were only seven entrants to the Main Event where it was decided that Johnny Moss was the best in the world, but in 2017, when Scott Blumstein emerged victorious, there were 7,221 players. This massive increase not only shows the growing popularity of the game but also highlights the fact that getting to the latter stages of major tournaments like this is getting ever more difficult. Continue reading →

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Who To Trust: How To Evaluate Tips, Tricks & Strategies

There are plenty of people out there claiming to have all the answers. Who is the go-to to learn more about you favorite table games? What types of sites are reputable and have experience to back their bold tactics and tips? How can you tell if the strategy your researching is proven and effective? Here are a few things to keep in mind…

I do not know the best way to play blackjack or poker. I am a writer, and one that plays from time-to- time, but I am far from what you would call an expert.

Like you, I also want to learn more about the games I play. Where to start? Who should I ask? How do I know the source I’m referencing knows what the heck they’re talking about? Continue reading →

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Multi-Table Tournament Strategy

Playing in MTTs (Multi Table Tournaments) provides an excellent buy-in/likely return ratio. Although the odds of beating out several hundred, or even several thousand opponents drag the equation down, MTT play is still a pretty good EV+ one for an experienced poker player.

General MTT strategy is pretty simple. Since tournament chips are your life-blood in the game, you have to do whatever it takes to protect them. In this respect, in the early stages of a MTT, you need to play tight, and act only on good starting hands, from late position. Continue reading →

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Different Types of Online Poker Variants

When someone asks if you play poker, they generally mean Texas Hold’em. It is of course the poker variation that is played in the World Series of Poker Main Event. However, there are many versions of poker beyond No Limit Hold’em. Some poker players like to stick to one game whilst others play many different poker variants.

Most online poker games can be divided into one of the following categories:

  • Stud Poker – The most common games of this type are Five-card Stud and Seven-card Stud. Players receive both face-down cards and face-up cards, with multiple rounds of betting taking place.
  • Draw Poker – Five-card draw is the most common example of this game. Players receive a full hand, face-down, and may discard and redraw a set number of cards.
  • Community Card Poker – Texas Hold’em and Omaha are the most popular examples. Shared cards are dealt face-up, while each player also receives a certain number of face-down cards. Community cards and cards in the player’s hand are combined to make the best possible poker hand.

Other common poker variants include:

  • Lowball – In games such as Razz, the lowest poker hand wins the pot.
  • High-Low Split – The highest and lowest hands split the pot.
  • Pai Gow Poker – Player and dealer are dealt seven cards. The player must make a five-card hand and a two-card hand. To win, both of the player’s hands must beat the dealer’s hands.

These poker games can sometimes be played in land-based poker rooms. As you’d expect, it’s the more popular poker variants that can most often be be found at online poker rooms. Texas Hold’em and Omaha are the games you’re most likely to find in your favorite online poker site’s lobby, however, don’t let this discourage you from trying out other variations of poker, including mixed games such as HORSE (which allow you to play multiple poker variants at the same time). Just expect to find less tables to join for the less commonly played poker games. Continue reading →

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Using Position to Steal Pots

The power of position is crucial in all forms of poker and all winning players take advantage of it. When you’re playing Pot-Limit Omaha, position is a very important consideration; perhaps even more so than in No-Limit Hold’em, and this is true regardless of whether you’re playing at a full-ring table or when it’s short-handed.

In and at the table you will be open raising a lot when you want to play your hand, as you will be first to open the action, but there will be many situations when you just want to call pre-flop in position to see how your hand connects with the flop. Continue reading →

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Understanding Side Pots

Normally at the end of each betting round in a game of poker, all of the chips that each player has bet are moved to the center of the table and added to the pot. However this will not do when one or more players have gone . Player(s) can go all-in when they do not have enough chips to call the previous bet and as a result it is necessary to use in order to equitably manage the process of distributing the correct amount of chips to the winner(s).

Method for determining side pot(s) at then end of a betting round when one or more players have gone All-In: Continue reading →

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Playing More Poker Hands Is A Winning Strategy

To become a winning poker player, you’re expected to know the rules and terminology. If you don’t know the different texas holdem hands to determine what makes the winning poker hand, then you would be advised to check out the video below.

Most advice aimed at beginning poker players will tell you to play a tight poker strategy. In other words, sticking to playing pairs and AJ+. But in order to take your game to the next level in No Limit Texas Hold’em, you need to play poker, so to speak. This is especially true in online games where the aggression is dialed up. Players are playing much wider ranges in NL cash games and tournaments, especially in late position at the table, since position is the most important consideration. Continue reading →

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How the Social Media Accounts of Poker Pros Can Improve Your Game

Following the social media accounts of the top, poker-playing pros is a great way to beef up your felt-top skills regardless of whether you play poker online or at in-person games. It doesn’t matter if you’re gambling in New Jersey or New Delhi, the opportunity presented by social media to collect poker insights and step into the psyche of world-class players is not to be missed. But who should you follow and what do they offer to a poker player looking to hone his or her skills? Here’s a look at four of the most active poker pros on social media who also share cool tips and strategies. Continue reading →

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Inside the Mind of a Poker Player

Learning how to read your opponent and keep your hand a secret are two of the most important things for an aspiring poker player to master. Keeping your face as expressionless as possible, exuding an air of confidence that you’ve got the best hand even if you have nothing but a high card, and handling the pressure as someone calls your bluff – all vital skills that help to show you’re not just some amateur.

But what about when everyone has the same poker face? Or, more commonly, what if you aren’t playing face to face but you’re having showdowns in online casinos where you can’t see the person and they can’t see you? Continue reading →

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How to Sign up for an Online Poker Account

This begins a series of how to guides for beginners covering the basics and trying to make you feel more comfortable if you are new to the online poker world.

How to sign up for a poker account is the best place to start because you won’t be able to play online poker cash games and tournaments if you don’t have an account with a poker room. Fear not, the process is not at all complicated and is very quick which means you’ll be off and playing poker online in no time.

Register your Details for an Online Poker Account

The first page or set of pages you will have to deal with is where you will need your personal information. Personal information includes things such as your date of birth, to check it’s legal for you to play, your address as a correspondence and some contact details in the way of a phone number or an e-mail address. Continue reading →

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