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3 Bet Strategy

This advice was written for 200NL or lower 6Max games. It applies when effective stacks are 80-125BB preflop. Please deviate from this strategy as necessary when you have either developed good reads or know your opponent has certain assumptions about the way you play....
Exploring Open-Limping Pre-flop

Exploring Open-Limping Pre-flop

Introduction Open limping before the flop in no-limit hold’em cash games is almost always the sign of a loose/passive, weak player. However, this doesn’t have to be the case, and you can definitely add open limping to your game in the right circumstances...

7 Card Stud Hi/Lo Rules

Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, often referred to as Seven Card Stud 8b (eight-or-better) is a game often included in mixed-game formats (as the “E”) including HOSE and HORSE. Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo is a split-pot game where half of the pot is awarded to the best five-card...
An Introduction to Abstract Thought in Poker

An Introduction to Abstract Thought in Poker

Introduction Whether you want to call it “playing on feel” or whatever else, the fact of the matter is that practical play on a strong level is based around a higher level of abstract thought. The reason for this is simple: Poker is a very complicated...

You Can’t Make Your Opponent Fold

A lot of people ask how to make opponents fold so they cannot suck out. Here is a long story. It will be meaningless to some. To others, it may resonate and really help. In my 20s and early 30s I practiced an old, particularly brutal martial art. For those who have...

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...

Hand of the Week 5A (TT UTG w/ 25 BBs in MTT)

Hand of the Week 5A (TT UTG w/ 25 BBs in MTT) by carlcarlsoniv | Oct 13, 2018 | Poker Videos In this missing edition of hand of the week, donkbee looks at an interesting hand where Hero had pocket tens UTG with around 25 BBs. Part 1 | Part 2 >> Discuss this...

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...

Poker Discipline

Anosmic’s Year One post inspired me to do something for my first FTRnniversary. It’s been a great year for me, poker-wise. I started last February playing $10 SNGs and 25NL ring with a $300 bankroll and am now playing 200NL with a $8k bankroll. I’ve...

Intuition: Semi-Bluffing With Non-Nut Outs

Last week we started looking at the relationship between bluffing and semi-bluffing for the purposes of being able to construct examples to study that allow us to build our intuition, or our feel for the game. We specifically looked at scenarios where we only had nut...

Bluffing In Omaha Poker

After educating yourself on pre-flop strategy, positional awareness, and other basic poker fundamentals, it is time to move onto more complex strategies. One of which is the oldest form of winning a pot, bluffing. There are a few different types of bluffs including...

Reversing the Initiative in a Hand

Reversing the initiative in a hand (when is this appropriate and why is it valuable) First I think it’s important to define what initiative is, and how it varies. Player A open raises preflop, and Player B calls in position. Player A has the initiative. In order...

No Deposit Poker Bonuses

Almost every poker site going offers some form of meaty deposit bonus. Invest a chunk of money into a site and they’ll give you the chance to earn some extra cash. However, budding players with small bankrolls may feel that they can’t take full advantage of these...

Win MTT Poker 10 – Developing Skills

Point 30: Artificial Intelligence Can Be Deadly On this site and others, there has been a lot of talk about what style to play, what hands to play, what situations to play in, etc. All of this serves as a mock up of real play, similar to building a model suitable for...

Moving from $.25/.50 to $.50/1.00

After making 300 BB at $.25/.5 (or you have $300, both will work), then you should move to $.5/1. You need to play the $.5/1 at document.write(FullTiltA);document.write(FullTiltB); until you have reached $500 in your account, essentially 200 BB over the minimum. If...

Texas Calculatem Odds Calculator

Below is a nice write-up provided by Texas Calculatem that explains the benefits of using a poker odds calculator while playing online Texas Holdem poker. How To Use An Odds Calculator To Win More Money At Online Poker Do you use a poker odds calculator? I sure hope...

Preparation in Poker

In the context of poker, preparation could mean a number of different things, but we’re going to focus specifically on a few instances here. First, we’re going to look at how to and the advantages of preparing when you make a bet or raise. Second,...

Dealing With Bad Beats

Recently I have seen a number of posts by newer players complaining about bad beats and suckouts and perhaps even suggesting that certain sites deliver a greater proportion of bad beats than others. There is already a sticky in the bad beat forum about this but I...

[FTR Quick TIP 016] Identifying Fish

FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. Identifying weaker players is a critical skill for any poker player. While there is some money to be made from strong players, the lion’s share of the profits will go to those who win chips from the...

Chip Stack/Stacking Poker Tells

There are many tells you can gain on your opponents even before you see them play a pot. How they stack their chips can give you some clues on how they are going to play. If you notice their chips are neatly stacked, and organized, you can probably assume they will be...

Higher Stakes MTT Strategy

So I have been very successful in lower stakes MTTs and I’m bankrolled substantially enough to start venturing into higher stakes. Thus far I’ve tried five higher stakes tourneys, a few 20s, a fifty and a 100 (Though not bankrolled for it, I had to...

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...

Win MTT Poker 09 – Big Hands, Stealing Pots

Point number 27: A Common Mistake – Overbetting a Good Hand This is a mistake many of you may have not considered because you usually win the hand. Let me set it up for you with an example, I was in the big blind a couple days ago with AQs, blinds are 50 100....

Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 4

This is a continuation of DavSimon’s Single Table Tournament (SnG) strategies. Click here to read DavSimon’s Part 1: Sit-n-Go/Turbo Strategy Guide here to read Part 2: SNG Strategy Guide – 6 Max SNG & Other SNG’s, or here to read Part 3:...

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...

Live Poker Cash Game Strategies

Massimo makes a couple of insightful posts about good adjustments to make when playing poker in a live casino cash game. Because the competition is so much different than a “tight”, online game, these strategies can help the online player succeed in the...

Half-Stack Appraoch to NLHE

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...

Win MTT Poker 14 – Final Table, Heads Up

Point 42: Heads Up The most frequent question I get asked is how do I play heads up. This is truly a difficult part of the game for most people because they have so little experience. All most all their poker play is based on tables with large fields. I haven’t...

Learning the Other Games

There might be a time in your poker career when you grow tired of playing a certain game. Most learned No-Limit Texas Hold’em first and while it is often referred to as the "Cadillac of Poker" it is actually not the best preparation for other games...

Freeroll Finesse

Whether you’re looking to build a bankroll or stop a losing skid, there is no better way to gain free money than by entering into a few freerolls. These no-buy-in contests have become staple offerings at most online poker sites. Players could, with a large...

[FTR Quick Tip 014] Capped Ranges

FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. At the poker tables, it is extremely useful to determine when your opponent is likely to have a weak hand. By observing his previous actions, you can often determine that he does not have a big hand. Learning...

The Problem with Physical Tells

Whenever you speak to a novice poker player or someone who knows very little about poker then you will often get similar opinions as to what it actually takes to make a good poker player. One person may say how it is all about “mathematics” while another...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – Single Table

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. Sit & Go Tournaments on PokerStars are arguably one of the most popular pursuits for the online poker player in today’s environment. Their appeal is simple, they are called Sit & Go’s because once you enter...

chardrian’s True Value of AK

This post is dedicated to Zidane and others who believe AK is basically unfoldable (especially early in an MTT). I truly hope he realizes that my criticism directed at him is not personal. There is a lot of talk about using position, the ability to win pots with any...

TLR’s Guide to All Things Turbo

It has been a while since I posted something that is more general then comments about specific hands, and I decided to try to come up with some dos and don’ts that are specific to turbo SNGs. This is mainly targeted for mid buy in stars SNGs ($15+1 and $25+2) single...
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