Most Recent Articles by Fnord

  • 6 Max Starting Hands
  • Posted by Fnord on Aug 14, 2017
  • Group 1: any two cards Group 2: any two cards you found in your wallet (Blockbuster, Visa, library card) Har har! Not really. But yes, the starting requirements are a lot looser and a lot more vague than in a full ring game. I don’t consult a chart – a…
  • Rules for Table Selection
  • Posted by Fnord on Aug 10, 2017
  • There are many things you can do to increase your poker skill and you should do them. However, it is unlikely that you will do anything between now and your next poker session that will dramatically increase your skill. Reading the right books, studying some articles, reviewing your play will…
  • Fnord’s Brick and Mortar/Live Poker Guide for Online Players
  • Posted by Fnord on Aug 2, 2017
  • There are a few important principles to remember when transitioning to live poker play from the online tables. In live poker, you should try to maintain a fun, friendly image. You don't want the rest of the table to realize that you're playing serious poker. Beware of relying overmuch on tells.
  • The UTG Live Straddle
  • Posted by Fnord on Aug 2, 2017
  • Straddling under the gun is sometimes done in live, loose poker games. When a player straddles, the blinds lose value, but every other position gains value. Because the pot will play about twice as large as normal, you should change your starting hand requirements to take account of the straddle.
  • Texas Holdem Position
  • Posted by Fnord on Jul 26, 2017
  • This is a discussion taken out of our very popular poker forum. A beginner was asking about what we mean by position and why it’s important. Some of our more experienced players eloquently described the importance of position in the game of Texas Hold’em. FNORD: You have position on the…
  • Calling with a Small Pair
  • Posted by Fnord on Jul 20, 2017
  • Since this has come up a couple times on this board, please correct any errors. I only have the equivalent of a minor in math. There are a lot of factors not included in this simplistic analysis such as straits, quads, flushes, other pair on board and bluffing. Situation: You…
  • Small Stakes Limit Holdem Theorems
  • Posted by Fnord on Jul 12, 2017
  • “Poker is a game of cards, people and position” – Multiple sources “There is nothing you can do about the cards” – Multiple sources Consider that playing cards well will only get you so far if your ultimate goal is to score as many points as possible. If I’m beating…
  • Half-Stack Appraoch to NLHE
  • Posted by Fnord on Jul 8, 2017
  • General Approach: Buy-in for 50bb. Re-load when you drop below 40bb. At 75bb re-evaluate table conditions. If you don’t like your seat or table, nit it up until your blinds hit, then leave. Tend to leave if you drop 100bb at a table. Advantages to a less than 100bb stack:…
  • Why You Suck At Limit Holdem
  • Posted by Fnord on Jul 4, 2017
  • It's common for beginning players to perform poorly at the poker tables. Some of the errors frequently displayed by novice Limit Hold'em players include playing too many hands, cold-calling with inferior holdings, folding good hands to a single bet on the river and more.
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