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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...

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...

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...

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...

Texas Holdem Position

This is a discussion taken out of our very popular poker forum. A beginner was asking about what we mean by position and why it’s important. Some of our more experienced players eloquently described the importance of position in the game of Texas Hold’em. FNORD:...

Order of Poker Hands – Omaha

Omaha-Hi, one of the most popular non-hold’em game types, utilizes many of the same rules as other poker games. Indeed, Omaha is extremely similar to Hold’em in several respects. The betting structure (blinds, flop, turn, river, etc.) is identical, the...

Chardrian’s Rebuy Tournament Strategy

Ok – this post is probably going to be coming in segments. Instead of posting my entire hand history, I’ve decided to post pertinent hands and discuss how they did or maybe did not go with my overall strategy. First of all – a little background. I...

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....

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...

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,...

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...

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...

A Hand in Action from the Hijack

I was watching a NL100 full-ring game on Pokerloco yesterday when the following hand came down which I thought was somewhat instructive. It was folded around to our hero who raised from the hijack to $3.50. The button called as he had done several times already. Both...

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...

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...

Omaha Hi/Lo Rules

Omaha Hi/Lo is typically played as a limit game but can be played as pot-limit as well. Omaha Hi/Lo is also known as Omaha8b, or Omaha 8-or-better. Omaha H/L is a split-got game in which half the pot is awarded to the player holding the best five-card hand while the...

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...

Poker Tournament Skills

We can all agree that there are many skills you need to win consistently at MTTs. Many of us have enough experience to form an opinion on which skill is the most valuable and important. Here are a few skills that I think are extremely important in becoming a top MTT...

ISF – Forming Ranges: Part 2

In my first strategy post on forming ranges, I mostly touched on preflop. But postflop, as we all know, is where the big money is at. And it’s postflop where forming ranges is the most important, it’s just a whole lot harder! The basic premise of forming ranges is...

Limit Holdem Goals

Making goals in Limit Holdem is very important in order to progress your game. Your goal for these microlimit Holdem poker games shouldn’t be to get rich quick, because it WON’T happen. You are here to learn the game and deal with the bad beats and...

[FTR Quick Tip 019] Resteal Defense

[youtube]http://youtu.be/HtRjJSlSbFw[/youtube] FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. Stealing the blinds is a very important tactic in No Limit Hold’em cash games. Yet this is a well-known strategy, and it has spawned counter-strategies...

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...

FTR SNG Strategy: Thin River Value

FTR SNG Strategy: Thin River Value by carlcarlsoniv | Sep 8, 2020 | Poker Videos [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-c2EZcwmx8E[/youtube] In a new series dedicated to Sit & Go poker strategy, FTR member, Artur, discusses two hands from his session which have...

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...

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...