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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....

2005 WSOP Main Event – Michael1123’s Recap

Michael1123 had a great main event in the 2005 WSOP. He knocked out legendary Barry Greenstein and finished in the money! This post will basically be a detailed account of my run in the Main Event of the WSOP, along with all the hands and table compositions that I can...

[FTR Quick Tip 009] Isolating Limpers

FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. Use selective aggression and position to punish players who limp at the poker table. By observing your opponents’ tendencies, you will be able to formulate a strategy to exploit their errors. Raising...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – HORSE

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. PokerStars features Sit & Go Tournaments (SNGs) for over a dozen different poker games, offering something for everyone, no matter what your favorite game or skill level. For those that excel in multiple types of games, or...

Renton Theorem aka ABCD Theorem

In poker, we attempt to make money by playing the best we can, making what we feel is the most profitable play in every scenario, making as few mistakes as possible. Assuming you know the exact hand range of your opponent, there is almost always a clear best play, and...

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...

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...

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...

Win MTT Poker 05 – Rebuys, Strong Leads

Point 15: Thoughts on the Rebuy/Addon Tournaments The two rebuys I regularly play are the 30 dollars rebuy on Paradise at 6:00 PST and the 10 dollar rebuy on Stars at 7:15 PST. My strategy changes, but varies widely with the table make up. Sometimes you sit down on...

Avoiding Tilt

{Discuss here: https://www.flopturnriver.com/pokerforum/beginners-circle/discussion-taking-breaks-and-avoiding-tilt-a-117347.html} HOW TO PROFITABLY NOT PLAY POKER Well I haven’t written a useful strategy post in a while, so what better time to write one than now! Now...

Mac Supported Poker Rooms

Mac users don’t have it easy when it comes to online poker. But before you begin to weep uncontrollably into your ergonomic keyboard, pause for a moment and take stock. We may not be afforded the attention lavished on our Windows-using compatriots, but things aren’t...

Poker Bad Beats And You

You have a pretty looking hand and your opponent has a funny, lopsided looking hand and you’re happy to see that all the money goes in the pot. The end. Everything after that is just an illusion taking your focus away from a truth in poker. You’ve made the...

Hand of the Week 4B (6 Max, AQ in SB)

Hand of the Week 4B (6 Max, AQ in SB) by carlcarlsoniv | Feb 11, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. In part 2, now Courtney looks at the hand from the other perspective – AQ from the SB. What do you think of...

Scuba Chuck’s What is Expected Value(EV)?

What is Expected Value? (EV). Poker is a mathematical game. And, if you approach it as such, there is opportunity to make it a profitable game. Furthermore, if you delve deep enough into the analysis, you can ‘tweak’ your game enough to understand how to maximize your...

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...

Back to Basics (Part 1): Implied Odds

This is the beginning of the Back to Basics series. The point of this series is to use basic EV calculations to examine basic concepts in more depth than a lot of players probably ever have before. You will have needed to work through the EV Calculations Tutorial...

[FTR Quick Tip 012] Hand History Review

FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. In this video we look at a couple of hand histories played by members of FlopTurnRiver. There are a wide array of options that you have for any given decision at the poker tables. We will look at many of...

Pyroxene’s Common Flop Odds

If you’re interested in some online poker odds calculators, check out our Poker Tools section where we have our own FTR Poker Odds Calculator and some recommendations of great online poker tools that can help you on the fly while playing online! Pyroxene’s...

The ABCs of Continuation Betting

I want to initiate some discussion on c-betting, so I decided to post some of my thoughts on c-bet, hopefully this will inspire some discussion on the topic. Definition of c-bet The following definition is taken from the FTR lingo: C-Bet/cBet/Continuation bet –...

Building Your Poker Pyramid

If poker was all about exercising knowledge, then it would be basically all too easy to earn money at the game, but life is never that easy is it? For instance many authors have written excellent poker books without the effects of having written that book having any...

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...

When It’s Safe to Bet Poker Tells

In poker, you need to know when it is safe to bet and when it is dangerous. Caro even says that you cannot study this enough because he feels this is where half the profit is going to come from by concentrating on tells. Before you make a bet it would be a smart idea...

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 Sit-n-Go Beginner Pitfalls

After a few months of playing online poker for real money I thought it would be appropriate to summarize a few of the common mistakes that I learnt through losing my money, and I saw my friends make and I commonly see on this site. Nothing I say here is any new and...

The Essential Poker Tactics for New Players

Introduction During December 2014, I ran a series of articles in this column about the study of tactics vs. strategy in poker. While that series got a lot of attention from intermediate players, it left out a lot of people who weren’t really established with a...

[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...

vqc’s Sit-n-Go Poker Moves & Plays

*These are not moves that I made up. I do not claim to be the creator of these moves. These plays are ones that I have collected, saved, and typed up from multiple sources. *if anyone who DID create these moves objects to me posting the move here, please tell me * I...

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...

Hand of the Week 4A (6 Max, 88 in HJ)

Hand of the Week 4A (6 Max, 88 in HJ) by carlcarlsoniv | Feb 8, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. In the next hand of the week series, Courtney looks at a 6 Max hand from 2 players. First, we start with 88 in HJ....

Poker Goals

There are several similarities that you can find between the game of Poker and Life in general. One of these would be to compare a poker player to a major league baseball pitcher. Every at bat is a world on itself, and you have to keep a cool head through all of them....

Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how to calculate your expected value (EV) for pushing all in from the small blind against the big blind. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at what to do with very short stacks. There are a few factors that compliment the EV...

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...

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....

6 Max Starting Hands

Group 1: any two cards Group 2: any two cards you found in your wallet (Blockbuster, Visa, library card) Har har! Not really. But yes, the starting requirements are a lot looser and a lot more vague than in a full ring game. I don’t consult a chart – a lot...

Win MTT Poker 03 – Tilt, Patience

Point 9: Thou Shalt Not Steal From the Wounded. Anyone every notice that when you are losing you can’t wait to play again and when you are winning you are just looking for a polite way to hit the door and bank those winnings. That is common to all investment...