Most Recent Articles by Carl Sampson

  • Do You Need Poker Tracking Software to Make Money?
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Aug 16, 2017
  • Poker tracking software has become increasingly common lately. This leads to the question: Can a player succeed at higher levels without using a HUD or other software? What if the player is only playing a single table? The answer, as it should always be, is "it depends."
  • No-Limit Hold’em… A Flaw in Design
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Aug 14, 2017
  • As you begin to peel away the surface of no-limit Hold’em and in particular, no-limit Hold’em cash games, it becomes apparent that the game itself has design problems. What in heavens name do I mean? Well to put it in plain English, what other field of activity or game is…
  • Exploiting Your Image
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Aug 13, 2017
  • Whether you are playing live poker or online poker it really makes no difference, your opponents will still be watching how you play. If you think that low-stakes online players be it at limit, no-limit or whatever do not fit into this category then think again. They may be unsophisticated…
  • The Reality of Online Poker
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Aug 8, 2017
  • Having spent around twenty years in the gambling industry in one capacity or another and numerous years in online poker, you cannot help but become aware of the seedier side of the industry. But this applies to all fields, it doesn’t matter what it is or how high profile something…
  • A Hand in Action from the Hijack
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Aug 3, 2017
  • I was watching a NL100 full-ring game on Pokerloco yesterday when the following hand came down which I thought was somewhat instructive. It was folded around to our hero who raised from the hijack to $3.50. The button called as he had done several times already. Both players had $100+…
  • Game Flow in No-Limit Hold’em Cash Games
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Jul 30, 2017
  • Over the years, many people have asked me for advice on what is the “perfect” strategy for certain types of games. I think people get somewhat seduced by the thought that something as complex as poker can be simplified to a few basic strategies that can be easily executed. Do…
  • Planning Your Moves in Limit Hold’em
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Jul 27, 2017
  • In Limit Hold'em, you'll be seeing more showdowns than you would in No Limit poker. This means that you should carefully consider your ranges preflop by judging your hand's showdown value when deciding whether or not to fold, cold-call, open-raise, or three-bet.
  • Bluffing on the flop in low-stakes limit
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Jul 27, 2017
  • One of the hallmarks of a good solid reg is the ability to be precise with bluffing at all stages of the hand. In heads up and three way situations precise bluffing can significantly add to a player’s bottom line. You need to be on the lookout for opportunities that…
  • Playing Overcards in Limit Hold’em: Part 1
  • Posted by Carl Sampson on Jul 26, 2017
  • This first hand takes place in a $5-$10 full-ring game on Pokerloco. One player had limped in and I held the Ah-Qd and raised from middle position. The button cold called the raise behind me and everyone else folded except the original limper who called. Before we move on it…
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