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ISF – Adjusting

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...

Hand of the Week 3B (QJs on the Button)

Hand of the Week 3B (QJs on the Button) by carlcarlsoniv | Dec 14, 2018 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. Continuing from Part I, we now look at the hand from the Button’s perspective with QJs. How do you think the...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – Multi Table Turbo

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. The Multi-Table Turbo Sit And Gos at PokerStars are a faster-paced version of their regular SnGs. The blinds escalate much more quickly, causing players to be eliminated much faster and greatly shortening the time of each...

FTR SNG Strategy: Thin River Value

FTR SNG Strategy: Thin River Value by carlcarlsoniv | Dec 13, 2018 | Poker Videos In a new series dedicated to Sit & Go poker strategy, FTR member, Artur, discusses two hands from his session which have some river decisions. Should he bet, check, call down, or...

The Math of Poker

I have just read a thread in which people said “poker is not all about maths,” “luck is a factor in poker,” “it is not always right to take +$EV decisions.” I am now going to show that everything in poker can be expressed...

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...

Win MTT Poker 12 – Poker Secrets and Tilt

Point 36: A Really Big Secret, ssshhhhhhhhhh There is a whole load of people who play like me on the internet. Tight/aggressive/with a little BS mixed in. And here one thing we almost never do, reraise without the nuts or near nuts. If you are playing with me and see...

9 Hands From an Aggressive PLO Session

Here’s some hands from a session of 400PLO I had tonight. With the exeption of Hand 0 which precedes all the other hands, I’ve mixed up the hands so as to not give away the results by the fluctuations of my stack. I won’t give reads, but this was the...

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...

While Waiting Poker Tells

Pick the Opener One thing you should always be looking out for is when players are waiting for you to act. Their body language and posture are very important. You always need to be looking out for players who might be strong before you bet into them. When are you...

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...

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...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – Double or Nothing

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. PokerStars recently introduced a new format in their offerings of Sit & Go tournaments. These “double or nothing” tournaments, as the name implies, only result in two outcomes. You either make the money and win...

Can You Trust Online Poker?

Let’s face it, poker is played by humans for money and sometimes very substantial sums of money. This is the case be it live or online. Unfortunately, my understanding of human nature tells me that there are too many people out there who will stop at nothing to...

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...

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...

Finding the Motivation to Improve at Poker

This week’s topic is that of motivation, something that a lot of players have trouble with when it comes to studying to get better. Extrinsic motivation in the form of more money and a better win-rate will only carry you so far, but here we’re going to...

Win MTT Poker 15 – Winning, Tough Calls

Point 45: What to do When You Win? Winning a large tournament can be quite a high, your bank roll gets a tremendous boost and you feel like the best player in the world. Very likely there are quite a few people who are happy with you, spouses, parents, etc. All of...

Crazy Pineapple Rules

Crazy pineapple is an interesting extension of common Hold’em poker games. The biggest difference between the two games is each player is dealt three cards with one being discarded after the flop. All three cards are dealt face-down, as in Hold’em. There is a typical...

soupie’s Win MTT Poker

I recently found this site and thought I would post a few thoughts. I play on Party, Paradise, and Stars in the largest MTT no limit tourneys available after 6:00 pm PST most nights under this name. I especially like the 8:00 pearl and 6:00 R&A on Paradise, the...

The Reality of Online Poker

Having spent around twenty years in the gambling industry in one capacity or another and numerous years in online poker, you cannot help but become aware of the seedier side of the industry. But this applies to all fields, it doesn’t matter what it is or how high...

Texas Holdem Poker Table Selection

The key to table selection is having a good seat at a great table. Beware, there is such a thing as a bad seat at a great table. I primarily look at games with 6-8 players and a large pot size. I do this so I’m less likely to join a game that’s already...

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...

iPhone Poker

This article explains the relationship between iPhone/iDevices and online poker. It also explains the current problems with playing poker on your iPhone. If you would like to read our detailed how-to article explaining how to play poker through your iPhone, please...

Radashack’s MTT Tournament Advice Part 2

This is a continuation of Radashack’s essay on Multi-Table Tournament advice and strategies. Click here to read Radashack’s MTT Tournament Advice Part 1. Your Why A large part of success is understanding your motivation to be successful (in anything). So...

Exploitation and the FTC Theorem

Progression through the micros naturally trends us toward unbalanced lines. We start playing basic TAGG, then learn to steal blinds more, to cbet more. Hey, it works. When we face better competition at 100nl or higher, the lack of balance is very exploitable. Trust me...

Hand of the Week 3A (KQs in the BB)

Hand of the Week 3A (KQs in the BB) by carlcarlsoniv | Dec 6, 2018 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. In the next Hand of the Week series, Courtney breaks a hand down from Hero and the Villain. First, in Part I, you will...

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...

PLO Survival Guide

With the recent explosion of non-Hold’em games such as Pot-Limit Omaha and mixed games, there are many players realizing there are profits to be made outside of NL Hold’em. With television shows such as the FullTilt Million Dollar Cash Game broadcasting...

TLR’s Pocket Pairs in SnG’s/Sit n Go’s

Pocket Pairs 101 Pocket pairs are considered one of the easiest types of hands to play, but as with usual with poker, nothing is really easy and straight forward. In this guide I will try to cover basic playing strategy with pocket pair, with some emphasis on specific...

Your Bankroll and You

There are many things that are important in Poker; your position during a hand, your starting hand (cards), your opponent tendencies, the odds for a certain draw to hit, how that draw fares versus your holding, bluffing opportunities, recognition and exploitation of...
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...

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...

Rada’s MTT Tournament Advice Part 1

Playing your table A lot of poker players will tell you their most feared opponent is the loose aggressive guy who you can never really tell what he is raising with, and if you want to play with him, you are essentially gambling. Maybe this time he is bluffing with 10...

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

Hand of the Week 4A (6 Max, 88 in HJ) by carlcarlsoniv | Dec 3, 2018 | 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....

Top Poker Tell Tips From 5 Pros

Poker tell: “A tell in poker is a subtle but detectable change in a player’s behavior or demeanor that gives clues to that player’s assessment of his hand. A player gains an advantage if he observes and understands the meaning of another player’s...

Hand History Converter

The FTR Hand History Converter is a great tool which should be used to help Players share their Hand Histories with other poker Players on a variety of poker forums. Players can convert hand histories from their favorite poker sites or databases into a forum-friendly...

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...