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The True Essence of Poker

The Fundamentals Poker players have a really bad habit of getting seduced by what appear to be fancy tactics like over-the-top bluffs, laying down big hands and making huge calls with weak hands. In an effort to emulate the professionals who they see making these big...

5 Card Stud Rules

5 Card Stud is a popular home poker game, but is not offered by many of the online poker rooms. document.write(ParadisePokerA);document.write(ParadisePokerB); and document.write(MansionPokerA);document.write(MansionPokerB); are two of the few online poker rooms that...

iPhone Online Poker How-To

This article explains some methods for how to play online poker on your iPhone and other iDevices like the iPad. If you would like to read our article explaining more of the background and relationship between the iPhone and online poker, please see this related...

Texas Holdem Rules

The first set of poker rules that needs to be discussed is, of course, the Cadillac of Poker Games, Texas Holdem. Texas Holdem is the game that the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker focus on, particularly the No-Limit variance of Texas Holdem. Texas...

Nakamuras 2k Post

Background About 3 years ago my house-mate introduced me to the idea of online poker. I started playing cash games at Party Poker and I wasn’t very good. I had little what I was doing and was playing anything up to $1/$2 on a bankroll of less than $100 (in fact,...

Card Looking Poker Tells

One big lesson to learn, in any poker game, is to never look at your hand first. If for example you are playing 7 card stud, look at the reactions when your opponents look at their final face down card before you see yours. The same goes for Texas Hold’em. It helps a...

Win MTT Poker 11 – Betting and Checking

Point 33: The Biggest Lie in Poker What is one of the first things everyone learns playing poker? Starting hand requirements. What hand beats what and what the best hole cards are. Then armed with that certainty, neophytes all over the world are firing up their...

Back to Basics (Part 6): True Equity

Equity is a term that’s thrown around a lot in poker. There’s pot equity, fold equity, and all kinds of other terms that you’ll hear, and while you might have a vague idea of what they mean, they’re not often explained in a way that illustrates...

Pocket Pairs and Over Cards Chart

Pocket pairs can be great hands in Texas Hold’em. High pairs like AA and KK can win pots without improving. Lower pairs like 22 and 33 often need help but when it arrives the hand can be dominant. For example if you hold 22 then the odds of flopping a set are...

Psychology of a Tilting Player

pokerfanatic has been a member of FTR since August of 2004, and has over 1,400 posts in the FTR Poker Forum. Below pokerfanatic discuss thetopic of tilt, which as you know, is one of the worst enemies of the poker player. pokerfanatic’s Psychology of a Tilting...

Poker, the Beautiful Woman

Yes, poker is definitely like her. It can give you feelings of great exhilaration, and then bloody annoy you, all within the space of a few minutes. When you first meet poker, you just want more. You can’t stop playing with her, and think she’s the best...

HORSE Rules

HORSE is a mixed-rotation game consisting of five games played in a limit format. Each game is played for eight hands and then the next game is dealt. HORSE is an acronym for the games in the rotation. H – Hold’em O – Omaha Hi/Lo R – Razz S –...

The Greatest Obstacle in Poker

I really do not think that reading poker books or watching coaching videos can prepare you one hundred percent for the mental trauma that professional gambling can throw at you. There are many similarities with regards to poker with many other fields and one such...

The Anatomy of an Adjustment

Low stakes play is all about making adjustments that exploit your opponents. Unfortunately, most players at micro stakes and many at small stakes, even winning players, don’t really understand what it means to exploit someone. While it’s easy to say that...

Evaluating NLHE MTT Structure

The structure of no-limit hold’em (NLHE) multi-table tournaments (MTTs) is an often overlooked factor that should affect the way you play at all stages of a tournament. There are many forms of tournaments, ranging from “ultra-turbo” pushfest satellites that...

Calculatem Pro Odds Calculator

Below is a nice write-up provided by Calculatem Pro that describes the software package, its benefits, and some testimonials! How To Take Advantage of Bad Players At Online Poker The increase of poker popularity has led to a flood of fish who are just WAITING for you...

$3/6 and Beyond

Don’t get so discouraged from playing the $3/6 tables at document.write(PartyPokerA);document.write(PartyPokerB);. True, the Party tables are full of rocks and TAGs, but as long as you are able to avoid them, then you should be okay....

Badugi Rules

Badugi is a 4-card triple draw poker game originating in Korea. It is one of the simpler poker varieties, and can be played online at sites such as PokerStars To win a round of Badugi you are aiming to construct a four card hand with one card of each suit and no...

Pay Attention and Stop Spewing Chips

You Don’t Pay Attention A lot of your problems in poker could be fixed if you started paying a little more attention. Just ask yourself if what you’re doing makes sense or if you’re just reacting because you think you’re on auto-pilot. For the...

Comfort Zone

Most of my recent blogs have been geared toward live poker. However, since we’re in an online environment, I felt that it was high time that I gave some tips and tricks to help you in the internet age. We’ve all fallen prey to the common ills of online...

Playing Blinds in SNGs

After reviewing a couple of tournies on here, and after seeing some of the worst blind play ever last night, I wanted to just post some thoughts on blind play in SNGs. You see there seems to be a switch in a poker players head when it comes to playing in the blinds....

Betting Poker Tells

Betting patterns are one of the most important factors when reading people at the poker table. Many professionals have even stated that reads can only get you so far, but what really helps putting someone on a hand is how much a player bets, how they bet, and the...

Moving from $.50/1 to $1/2

The play here isn’t too much different. After playing 10,000-15,000 hands of .5/1, you should be more than bankrolled to play at the $1/2 limit. document.write(BwinPokerA);document.write(BwinPokerB); players are a mixture of loose/tight players but they all play...

The Basics of Thinking Ahead in Poker

Misguided Ideas There’s this idea that you should think ahead in poker, but very few people actually do it. While it’s easy to try to say that people just don’t do it because they’re lazy, the real reason is a bit more insidious than that....

Bless the Beats

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 affect us so deeply that they permanently alter the way we play. But, even in the midst of these trying...

2-7 Lowball Rules

One of the fastest growing card games around is 2-7 Lowball. This game has become more and more prominent in the mixed rotations in live high-stakes card games and has recently been introduced online. 2-7 Lowball is a Draw game in which the object is to make the worst...