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## ISF – Putting Together Ranges: Practice

A great piece of advice Sauce123 gave me is put people on ranges on every street. I tell this to many people and post it in many threads, because it is some of the best advice around. But sometimes you can hear something, try it, and just not get it. So this week, I’m...

## ISF – Five Rules To Beating Low Stakes

I have to admit, most of my articles give advice that is hard to understand. When you don’t understand preliminary concepts to the ideas of talking about, it’s almost impossible to truly understand anything I or high stakes players talk about. In later articles I’m...

## ISF – Beginners Guide To Equity and Fold Equity

There has been a request for a beginners guide to equity so that’s going to be the article for this week. Equity is our mathematical chance of our hand or hand range winning the hand against our opponents hand or hand range. For example, the hand AA has 80% equity...

## ISF – There’s No Such Thing As a Made Hand

There are many names of hands in poker. For example we often call pocket Ace’s pocket rockets, or Ace-King off suit big slick. There are also names for the type of hands we get. A pair is normally referred to as a “made hand,” and four cards to a flush or straight are...

## 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 – Forming Ranges

Something I like to do, and what I always advocate people who seek poker help from me, is to break down the elements of poker so we can understand concepts behind them and further apply them. I feel like most of the problems with people stuck at low and midstakes is...

## ISF – Manipulation 202 and Questions

If you read my posts in the forums, you’ll notice I’ll throw around this word manipulation without too much explanation. In my earlier blog, I did write an article about manipulation where I talked about it in terms of bet sizing. Well, my old blog is gone now, and as...

## Theory Read – River Check/Raise

Below you will see an interesting discussion on river check/raises which took place in the High Stakes forum.  It started with ISF showing hands and posters such as Sauce123, Massimo, Toadstool, and gabe adding their replies.  View the check raise theory...

## 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 – 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 – General Hand Reading

When it comes to getting better in an early stage of your career, hand reading is a premium. You can understand poker as much as you’d like, but it’s not going to help if you can’t read hands well. It’s hard to know what to do when you have no idea what your opponents...

## ISF – Predicting the Future and a Hand For Analysis

We are on the river with 97s on a JJ922 board. Our opponent has bet 3/4ths the pot into us, and we are put in a tough spot. We know from the past streets that our hand look weak and our donk opponent, who seems to never fold (ever), could easily have a J, 2, overpair,...

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...

## ISF’s Heads Up Cash Game Strategies

After about 2 months of playing 90% HU, I have become really confident in my game and feel like I have knowledge to share about it. Initially, I wanted to write a strategy guide but my thoughts are just so scrambled Idk that I could organize it. My thoughts will be in...

## 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 – 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...

## 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...

## Reverse ISF theorem and Manipulation

These thoughts about manipulation keep running through my mind and it’s keeping me awake, so I decided I’d write them down. A few months ago I got really into manipulation and made some pretty good blog posts about it. Eventually, I got more into exploring...

## ISF – There’s No Such Thing As a Made Hand: Part 2

In an article from a few months ago, I explained the real differences between draws and made hands. In summary, draws and made hands weren’t simply names for hands, but actually each of them have certain equity qualities versus different ranges. Made hands were then...

## The biggest leak among .5/1 and 1/2 grinders

The indepth discussion on the bet/fold and the check/call: I’d like to discuss a really simple concept that is killing your winrate. I discovered it not to long ago. It’s really not that hard, but truthfully for the 1/2 grinder who just can’t seem to...

## 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...

## ISF – Making Your Opponent Uncomfortable

Often in HU matches, I’ll come across a player who doesn’t seem to have many leaks. He’ll raise a solid range from the BU, not play too loose OOP, and have a good mix of cbets and two barrels, as well as balanced ranges in other areas. Many when playing, whether it’s...

## ISF Theorem

Amazingly, when I was high yesterday from some horrible weed, I came to a breakthrough thought in my poker game. I called sauce up and explained to him what I just realized and he had no idea why it was so amazing. It took me awhile, but then I realized that the...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Johan "busto_soon" Van Til

We are pleased this week to have with us Johan “busto_soon” Van Til, one of the top online tournament players in the world. The 26 year old from the Netherlands has been playing professionally for 2 and a half years. Van Til has a fabulous resume of wins, including...

## Sunday Tournament Report – April 6th

Lots of big names won last Sunday, as poker players prepared to break on Monday for the NCAA basketball championship. High stakes cash game player Vaga_Lion took home the gold in the Poker Stars Sunday Million for a cool \$216,576. He beat out a tough final table...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Phil "takechip" D'Auteuil

You hear a lot about the Phil Gordon, Phil Hellmuth, and Phil Ivey, but how about a young online stud named Phil D’Auteuil? Phil “takechip” D’Auteuil from Quebec, Canada recently burst onto the online poker scene, winning over \$700,000 in the past 3 months, half a...

## Sunday Tournament Report – March 30th

Poker Stars had its buy in raised to \$1050 this week, creating a gigantic prize pool of over 1.8 million dollars! The spoils went to UH Big Tex, who won \$366,698 for the victory. The 2nd place finish of Governator may not be a victory in the literal sense, but his...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Jonathan "JonnyCosmo" McGowan

Jonathan “JonnyCosmo” McGowan’s didn’t look like much a few years ago. The 22 year old journalism major was just plodding along at San Diego State University, and was only showing gradual improvement at his poker hobby as well. But with the help of fellow poker...

## Sunday Tournament Report – March 23rd

A player named Tsipor took down the Poker Star’s Sunday Million this week for nearly \$210,000. He beat out a tough final table consisting of cash game regulars jaywks, blacenegro, and  tourney profressional pbdrunks. Pbdrunks continued his success in 2008 with another...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Martin "Dr. Giggy" Giguere

When you read the title to this interview, you may have asked yourslef “Who is this Dr. Giggy guy, and why does he like Family Guy so much?” Well, Martin “Dr. Giggy” Giguere (it’s pronounced “Djiggy,” although he does love Family Guy!) is likely the biggest winner in...

## 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...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Thomas "Renton" L.

If you want an example of a successful low and midstakes grinder, look no further than Thomas “Renton” L. Even though Thomas has been grinding 1/2 and 2/4 NL for over a year, he has profited a handsome \$125k. He may not be flashy, but the one half Native American has...

## 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...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Jesse “spoonitnow” Eddlemen

Jesse “Spoonitnow” Eddlemen found poker 4 years ago during his freshman year in college, although he did not take it seriously until two years ago.  In light of UIGEA, Eddlemen withdrew his whole bankroll; he was only having marginal success anyways . However, when he...

## Sunday Tournament Report – February 24th

The Poker Stars Sunday Million was \$530 buy in this week, pushing the prize pool to nearly \$1,600,000! The winner usourcek, beat out high stakes cash game professional hotmark777 heads up for \$278,066. In the Sunday Warm-Up, a player named reilly11014 received...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Chris “Ilikeaces86” Olson

This week we have an interview with FTR member and FTOPS Event #12 winner Chris Olson. You can find the audio here. Solid quality this week. Podcast  The text is below. We’re here with 21 year old Chris “ilikeaces86” Olson. Chris has been playing poker professionally...

## Sunday Tournament Report – February 17th

Last Sunday was the biggest tournament day in months. We had the Poker Stars Sunday Million, 3 FTOPS events including the Main Event, and a one time Poker Stars 2 million guaranteed 10,000 FPP buy in tournament. With over 6 million dollars in tournament prize pools...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Jerry Vanstrydonck

Jerry Vanstrydonck has had an odd journey to poker success. After getting into poker in high school, Jerry confessed he was a losing poker player from 2004 to 2006. Any good poker player friend of Jerry’s probably would’ve told him to quit right there. Luckily no one...

## Full-Tilt-Poker-FTOPS-6-Event-10

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...

## Sunday Tournament Report – February 10th

On Sunday we so a lot of familiar faces in the winners circle. Full Tilt had a \$1,000,000 guarantee this week rather than 750k because of the FTOPS VII, and it was won by none other by well known pro Erick Lindgren.  He was the one who hosted this event and scored...

## 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...

## FTR Exclusive Podcast with Shaun Deeb

This week we have another Podcast, which came out much better than the previous. The only technical issue is my volume is pretty small, but if you jack up the volume all the way it shouldn’t be an issue. Podcast with Shaun Deeb DS: Hey all, this week we have...

## Sunday Tournament Report – February 3rd

The Super Bowl didn’t seem to have a very large affect on the turnout of the big Sunday’s this week. In the richest tournament around, the Poker Stars Sunday Million, a player named Volcano360 won a solid \$180,000 for his victory. He edged out Wildman75, who received...

## FTR Exclusive Podcast with Max “Massimo” Steinberg!

Hey Everyone, FTR weekly interviews is back! This week we have a podcast as our interview. We’re trying out this new audio format with Max “Massimo” Steinberg, I think it came out really well, but I’m really sorry about the echo, we tried to...

## Sunday Tournament Report – January 27th

Poker professionals crowded the final tables this week. Brian “Sn8wman” Hawkins, ranked in the top 100by pocketfives.com, won the Poker Stars Sunday Million for a cool \$278,000. High stakes HU and 6 max cash game regular Suck My Ace received 6th for about \$62,000. The...

## Sunday Tournament Report – January 20th

In the biggest Sunday tournament of them all, Poker Stars’ Sunday Million, StudMaverick took down the slightly higher than normal \$212,000 top prize at a final table of amateurs. In the Sunday Warm Up, Murmelpapst received first for over \$100,000. WestmenloAA was...

## Sunday Tournament Report – January 13th

A player ironically named Mr. Wrong had everything go right for him last Sunday, winning the Poker Stars Sunday Million for just over \$200,000. In the Warm Up, midstakes cash game player TheFan83 took down the top prize of \$104,000, while another midstakes cash game...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Aaron"Aejones" Jones

Ask high stakes SNG and cash game player BrynKenny about a 21 year old kid from Indiana named Aaron Jones, who took \$62,000 off of him in a HU grudge match, and \$50,000 more on a prop bet from the match. Ask mu_empire, who lost nearly \$20,000 to Jones in a HU match....

## 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...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Daniel "DCal Zone" Didech

Daniel Didech is known on the internet for his ability to play a massive number of tables for a massive number of hours. But don’t let that overshadow the fact that he is just as skilled as any at the poker table. Didech has had success at a variety of games, SNG’s,...

## Sunday Tournament Report – December 30th

The Poker Stars Sunday Million was a \$1,000 buy in this week, and with nearly 2,000 entered 1st prize was nearly double the norm: \$350,000. It was won by amateur Mighty_L, in third was Tulkaz, a professional from Denmark, who scored \$126,000 for his respectable...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Tom "Kingsofcards" Marchese

Tom Marchese is a student just turned professional poker player. He has enjoyed an abundance of success anywhere from \$400 buy in all the way up to \$5000 buy in No Limit Hold’em games and has made over \$200,000 in the past 3 months alone. While his game showed...

## 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...

## FTR Exclusive Interview – Ben "Sauce123" Sulsky

Ben Sulsky is a high stakes cash game regular who plays mostly No Limit Hold’em at the 5/10 and 10/20 level. He has been playing poker seriously for only about a year and a half. In only a couple months after he began he vaulted himself into elite cash game...

## Sunday Tournament Report – December 16th

A new Sunday tournament was introduced this week on Poker Stars. A high stakes \$5200 buy in winner take all freeze out featured top online professionals such as Gigabet, MezemerizePLZ, ADZ, as well as others including Barry Greenstein entered the event, however...

## Sunday Tournament Report – December 2nd

The Poker Stars Sunday million reached just over a 1.3 million dollar prize pool and had nearly 200k up for grabs for first place. No poker pros could be found at the final table, which cleared the way for amateur BigBossM to take down top prize. No names also won the...

## 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...

## Sunday Tournament Report – November 4th

Pokerstar’s Sunday Million final table consisted of all amateurs. WhatArunAA eventually pulled out the win for about \$180,000. At one point late in the tournament, Pappiri had a gigantic chip lead. So large that at one point he lost 3 hands in a row for 4 million...

## 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...

## Aesthetically pleasing Results

Thought I’d post these for entertainment. Here’s September so far http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f193/d_b0d/Septembersofar.jpg Here’s a 25 day span from Early July to Early August....

## 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...