PokerJanitor's Biography

A former PokerStars player, Josh now spends most of his time at the live tables. He counts baseball and books among his other passions. Follow him on Twitter @JWuss.

Most Recent Articles by PokerJanitor

  • Freeroll Finesse
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Aug 14, 2017
  • Freeroll tournaments are a fine way to increase your bankroll without risking any of your funds. Many players play too loosely and crazily in these events, but you should resist the temptation to do so yourself. Make sure that the prizes offered are sufficient to interest you.
  • Bust-Out Blues
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Aug 8, 2017
  • It's happened to all of us at one point or another. Even the great Phil Ivey went bust several times before hitting his stride. Rather than beating yourself up over it, take your bust-out as an opportunity to learn. But before you leap right back into the action, take a few minutes to consider how you want your comeback to go down. Will you make the same mistakes you did the first time around?
  • Cues of the Shoes
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Aug 7, 2017
  • At the poker table, we watch for the flare of a nostril, the wink of an eyebrow, or the twitch hiding at the corner of an opponent's mouth. But the face, thanks in large part to our respective upbringings, is the least honest portion of our anatomy. We've been taught since infancy to mask our true emotions before they flicker across our countenance. So where, then, can we hope to glean the most truth from an enemy? The answer may surprise you.
  • Handfuls of Trouble
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Aug 3, 2017
  • Much like a big, juicy fast-food burger on a television commercial, there are hands in poker which look amazingly delicious, but are in reality terrible for you. It seems as though both of these apparitions come along when we're at our weakest, fooling us and giving rise to poor decision making. But whether it's the hunger for food or the hunger for cash, we must keep our appetites in check, lest we affect our long-term health.
  • Babysitting Blunders: How Not to Treat New Players
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Jul 31, 2017
  • During my time at the tables, I've had a chance to observe an extensive amount of human behavior. Thanks to the growing popularity of the game, I'm seeing more and more diverse personalities sported by players operating on a variety of skill levels. But with the ever-expanding pool of competitors, I find many of my brothers and sisters who've been around for a while are forgetting some of the cardinal rules of the game. I'm talking, specifically, about the treatment of new players at the tables. It happens both at live events and when surfing through the online card rooms. There are veterans (and even more who think themselves to be veterans) who, by carrying themselves in a certain fashion, do themselves a disservice and consequently reduce their own level of play.
  • Heads-Up: The Ultimate Art
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Jul 25, 2017
  • Heads-up is, without a doubt, my favorite way to play. It's a true test of your poker skills, and the best way to improve your game. While it may be nearly impossible to find a one-on-one table in a brick and mortar card room, online clients such as Poker Stars and Full Tilt offer it as a regular staple. They've even gone so far as to incorporate heads-up tournament play. It's something that any aspiring poker player should check out.
  • Comfort Zone
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Jul 23, 2017
  • We've all fallen prey to the common ills of online poker – playing while you're too tired, playing for too many hours, forgoing meals or hydration, or sitting at the table with too many thoughts swimming in our heads. Here are a few simple tips that are guaranteed to make you feel better at the digital felt.
  • Bless the Beats
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Jul 23, 2017
  • It's never easy to shrug off a losing session. We've all taken our share of beats, both good (if there is such a thing) and bad. Sometimes, they can effect us so deeply that they permanently alter the way we play. But, even in the midst of these trying ordeals, there are lessons to be learned. Each hand we lose becomes a teaching opportunity, and the careful student of the game will gather up these bits of knowledge like so many invisible chips. Here now are some of the best ways I've found to recover from a rough stretch at the tables.
  • Dumpster Diving: A Guide to Playing Trash Hands
  • Posted by PokerJanitor on Jul 23, 2017
  • If there's any better way to bring yourself out of a funk at the tables, I have yet to learn about it. Sometimes, playing a few less-than-premium hands can generate big wins and increase your level of play.
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