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ISF – Adjusting

When I interviewed Kingsofcards for my weekly interview, one comment he made about heads up changing his game rung a bell with me. Until after playing HU, when playing 6 max I never really took into account bet sizing, timing tells or things like that nearly as much...

Why is SPR Important?

Note – SPR stands for Stack to Pot Ratio. I think a lot of SPR importance is based solely on the texture of the games you are playing in. To say a general statement like "SPR of 13 is bad for top pair" would be wrong, since with aggressive history 13...

Poker Aggression Guide

Gah, I got this idea in my head and thought I’d write it down. A month ago I essentially explained to my AIM buddies something I was thinking about in a lot of depth, as it was a concept that was integral in killing tight passive games. Pretty much everything I...

ISF – Strategic Bet Sizing

A lot of people don’t think about their bet sizing much. They have a “standard” bet size they use in nearly all situations, in hopes of not giving away further information as well as not wanting to make a mistake by betting too much or too little. However, some go a...

ISF – Pocket Pairs

From now on every Friday I will be taking some of the strategy discussion from the forums, sum up some of the cool content in case you missed it, and make my own comments on the issues discussed. In the high stakes forum this week, there was a hand posted by...

ISF – Why Being OOP Sucks

The most repeated advice in poker. We’ve all heard it before. Position, Position, Position. The proof is in the pudding. Our statistics show that we win much more money on the button than we do UTG. But the advice to play in position is not very powerful when we have...

ISF – Forming Ranges: Part 2

In my first strategy post on forming ranges, I mostly touched on preflop. But postflop, as we all know, is where the big money is at. And it’s postflop where forming ranges is the most important, it’s just a whole lot harder! The basic premise of forming ranges is...

ISF – Revision Of ISF Theorem

For the original ISF theorem post go here: ISF Theorem When I wrote ISF Theorem a half year ago, I was at a very frustrating point in my game. I was a very marginal winner at 200nl and was going on two straight losing months, which was absolutely devastating to my...

Sunday Tournament Report – March 16th

Sunday we saw the same weekly patterns continue: Top players in the final table, prize pools getting bigger, and Bodog 100k guaranteed’s huge overlay. In the Poker Stars Sunday Million, C00lHandNuke played it cool and took down the top prize of $208,000. Cash game...

Sunday Tournament Report – March 3rd

The Poker Stars Sunday Million is looking like it may become the Sunday Two Million, as for the second street week the prize pool reached beyond 1.6 million dollars. In the end, “s0stndrd” fought through a field of over 8,000 to take down the $250,000 top prize. FTR...

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Tuesday featured FTOPS VII Event #10, which was one of the most sought after events of the series. The buy in was $1060, the highest in FTOPS VII so far, and had a guaranteed prize pool of one million dollars. Yes, you heard me right, one million dollars. But...

Full-Tilt-Poker-FTOPS-7-Event-2

FTOPS VII Event #2 featured the first Pot Limit Omaha tournament of the series. The $256 buy in event had a $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. It also had an odd format called “knockout.” In the knockout format, for every player you bust out $40 is credited to your...

Sunday Tournament Report – January 6th

The headline of this weeks Poker Stars Sunday Million was tournament pro Mkind0516, who battled it out with FTR’s Sauce123 in the Super Stack series ME at TurningStone; he received 5th place for about $42,000, $200,000 was the prize for winner giorango. The Sunday...

Sunday Tournament Report – December 23rd

In the biggest Sunday tournament around, Romanoff11 scored the near $200,000 first prize in the Poker Stars Sunday Million. Not so far behind was low stakes cash game regular littlepotato in 2nd, who earned just over $100,000. The Sunday Warm up paid nearly $100,000...

Everest-Poker New Live The Dream Promotion

Everest Poker has a new “Live The Dream” promotion, a unique contest where they are choosing 10 players to represent their website and spend a year living the life of a poker pro. The ten who are chosen will win free entries into the world’s biggest...

WCOOP Event ME: Report

Anyone who had the money couldn’t resist entering into the WCOOP Main Event on Sunday September 30th. The $2300 buy in conclusion to the WCOOP series hosted nearly 3,000 players, and, more importantly, the biggest prize pool in online poker history: $7,495,000!! The...

WCOOP Event #11: Report

Normally playing bad cards is a bad thing. In Razz, you try to play as many bad cards as possible. It’s not a surprise then that a player who likes playing bad cards, a player named OnlyPlayRagz, would be the winner of Event #11, the only Razz event of the WCOOP....

WCOOP Event #9: Report

WCOOP Event #9 may have been the most exciting of all the events so far. Rebuy events are known to have some crazy and aggressive play. Players often joke that the Swedes are the most aggressive players around, so it’s not too much of a surprise that a Swede ruthan...

WSOP ME: Hour 17

I just woke up to see that maxxscam got out in 216th, for about $6k, not too bad. gp333 didn’t cash and neither did busto_soon. Right now I don’t recognize barely any names left. We have our final table, and the one name I do recognize, HelmetSky, is just...

WCOOP ME: Hour 7

Sorry guys I took a break because I had to study. So gp333 has had an incredibly up and down day and right now it is down. He is under 30k chips and has only just over 10bb. Busto_soon has been less swingy in his day, but still has failed to get anything going....

WCOOP ME: Hour 4

gp333 has been up and down. He has stabilized at 52k chips. Unfortunately gabe misclicked off 7k chips. He got some of that back by letting his opponent bluff into his KK. PokerStars Game #12366146604: Tournament #70000023, $2500+$100 Hold’em No Limit –...

WCOOP ME: Hour 3

gp333 suffered a horrible beat and now finds himself in the middle of the pack. PokerStars Game #12364448401: Tournament #70000023, $2500+$100 Hold’em No Limit – Level V (200/400) – 2007/09/30 – 19:12:37 (ET) Table ‘70000023 171’...

WCOOP ME: Hour 2

gp333 continues to dominate his table with aggression. He’s unstoppable right now. His postflop skills are so good he is raising hands like J6o profitably. PokerStars Game #12363373539: Tournament #70000023, $2500+$100 Hold’em No Limit – Level IV...

WCOOP Main Event: Hour 1

WCOOP ME is underway! Nearly 3000 player have entered and first place is nearly 1.4 million dollars! Top 8 will recieve 6 figure paydays! It’s going to be somebodies lucky day today, and right now its looking like it could be gp333’s day! The FTRer is in...

WCOOP Event #8: Report

Although a known tournament pro made the final table of event #8 of the WCOOP, a $530 buy-in Limit Omaha H/L event, the winner of the tournament was an amateur. A player simply called Copi beat a field 917 entrants to take the $103,804.40 first prize in a prize pool...

WCOOP Event #7: Report

The 7th WCOOP Event was the first of two Limit Hold’em events of the series. Although it featured only an $100,000 guaranteed prize pool, by the time the tournament began the prize pool was four times that amount, a whopping $400,000! The field featured one of the...

WCOOP Event #6: Report

We may have had our first player to ever have a WSOP bracelet and a WCOOP Bracelet. FossilMan, more commonly known as the WSOP 2004 main event winner Greg Raymer, beat out 771 people on the way to winning his first WCOOP event ever.  This event was a $320 rebuy and...

WCOOP Event #5: Report

The 5th Event of the WCOOP proved to be the best so far. The tournament had 6025 entrants and a prize pool of over 3 million dollars. AB_illusive, a respected high stakes cash game regular, took home almost 400 thousand dollars in the biggest prize pool of the WCOOP...

WCOOP Event #4: Report

The World Championship of Online Poker’s $215 buy in, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball tournament, was the 4th installment of the WCOOP series. It was the smallest tournament of the Championship so far. It had a field of only 649 players, and a prize pool $129,800. The winner,...

WCOOP Event #3: Report

The 3rd WCOOP tournament, a shorthanded $215 buy-in pot-limit Omaha high event, had a field of 1818 players and a prize pool of over $350,000. Although some professionals had a strong showing the eventual winner was jalla79, an amateur who took home just under...

WCOOP Event #2: BadgerPro Interview

BadgerPro, a top MTT professional, recently entered the WCOOP Event #2: 5 Card Draw. He Final Tabled the event and recieved a 5th place finish for over $6,000. Interestingly enough, Badger hadn’t played 5 Card Draw seriously before he entered the event, but...

WCOOP Event #2: Report

The 2nd WCOOP tournament, a 215 dollar buy-in pot-limit 5-card draw event, showed a field of 857 players and a prize pool exceeding 170,000 dollars. The eventual bracelet winner, spielraum.at from Salzburg, Austria, took home a cool 26,265 dollars, a nice chunk of...

WCOOP Event #1: Report

WCOOP kicks off, almost one million dollars up for grabs! The World Championship of Online Poker kicked off last Friday with Event #1, Short Handed No Limit Hold’em, which had $215 buy in. Big names came out for the event, including Victor Ramdin, The__D__RY (16th...

WCOOP Kicks Off

Event #1, $215 Short Handed NLHE, reached a prize pool of almost one million dollars! The winner was samh133, a well known high stakes cash game player. Event #2, $215 PL 5 Card Draw, reached quadruple the guaranteed prize pool! ($400,000) The winner was spielraum.at...

Pleased to Announce FTR is offering full WCOOP coverage!

Hi all, Tomorrow the WCOOP will officially start with the $215 short handed NLHE event. There is 400k guaranteed, which yours truly will be fighting for. Through this coverage we will be giving you recaps of each event, which will include quotes from your favorite MTT...

Hey All

So my month has been real up and down. If you haven’t seen the graph i posted in the commune go look. It’s the topic with the frowny face… lol. In it you’ll see in a little over 10k hands i have a 40BI upswing, and then in that same amount of...