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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....

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...

Basic Poker Odds

Here we will present some basic scenarios so you can see what your poker odds are of getting dealt certain cards or making certain hands. If you’re interested in some online poker calculators, visit our Poker Tools section where we have our own FTR Poker Odds...

Betting to Protect Your Hand in Poker

In this week’s column, we’re going to investigate the idea of betting to protect your hand. A number of people bet with the excuse of protecting their hand almost every chance that they get. On the other hand, a lot of people dismiss this concept as being...

Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 2

This is a continuation of DavSimon’s Single Table Tournament (SnG) strategies. Click here to read DavSimon’s Sit-n-Go/Turbo Strategy Guide Part 1. SnG Strategy Guide – Section 4 Alright, now we know what stakes we should be playing at, we now have to...

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...

An Introduction to the [0, 1] Model for Ranges

One of the problems with studying poker as a whole is that different poker games have different ways of dealing the cards across multiple streets. If you want to study poker on its own, then you need to have some sort of standardized model for dealing with ranges. It...

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...

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 UTG Live Straddle

Often in live games you will see the looser, gambling players posting a live straddle. What is it? How does it affect the game and what should we do about it? This article will take a more technical online-like view of the phenomenon usually only seen in live...

How to Earn Online Poker Bonuses

One of the biggest mistakes players make when signing up for a new poker site is failing to take advantage of bonus offers. Every site offers some sort of initial deposit bonus to new clientèle, and for those new to the game it can make the difference in having to...

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

Hand of the Week 3B (QJs on the Button) by carlcarlsoniv | Apr 11, 2019 | 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...

Low Buy-in SNG Do’s & Dont’s

OK, here’s v1.0. Most comments have been incorporated below. Further comments most welcome. There are countless other strategy guides out there; however I thought that since FTR seems to attract a high proportion of beginner/low buy-in SNG players I would...

Pot Odds and Outs Chart

Below you will see our pot odds and outs chart, which shows the percentage of winning a hand by the turn/river or river only, depending on how many outs you have. You can right click and save the chart to your computer. If you don’t like memorizing charts then...

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...

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...

10 PLO Hands From Salsa4ever

A few of you have been PMing me to post hands and strategy for PLO high. I’m not in the mood to write out strategy articles, but I don’t mind posting annotated hands. This way I can also get some feedback on my own play and keep improving. Please do give...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – Single Table Turbo

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. Sit & Go Tournaments are a very popular option for players looking to get a tournament environment without the time commitment of a regularly scheduled Multi-Table Tournament. Since Sit&Go’s (SnGs) start whenever...

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...

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...

SnG Key Strategies

I’ve seen some excellent sng guides out on the boards. Now it’s my turn to put my own personal spin on it…. This is not intended to be a step-by-step sng guide. It is an attempt to answer the big picture question: What are the main strategic areas...

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...

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...

Calculating Hand Combinations

List of Topics: 1. Introduction to Hand Combinations 2. How to Calculate Possible Combinations of a Pocket Pair Hand 3. How to Calculate Possible Combinations of a Non-Pocket Pair Hand 4. Brief Discussion of Blockers 5. Effect of Blockers on a Villain’s Range...

[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...

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...

Win MTT Poker 02 – Be a Big Picture Person

Point 6 Be a Big Picture Person. As I am writing this today, I have failed to place in the last 16 MTT’s I have played. Not 1 dollar, nothing, natta, zippo. Not a very good feeling. I did get and 2 and a 6th on Sunday that paid quite nicely, but those emotions...

Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 1

Several people have been after me to write down my thoughts on SnG (sit & go) tournaments. I do not claim to be an expert at one and two table tournaments; however I have enjoyed a great deal of success playing them. To clarify, my style of writing and teaching...

Tilt and Why

Rondavu re-evaluates the psychology of tilt and why it occurs. Another Look at Tilt I’m going to explain tilt the way I understand it. I hope it rings true for a lot of you, as it does for me. We are flawed as humans. One of our major flaws is detrimental to...

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...

Before Moving to $3/6

This section will go over some very popular, yet still very profitable ‘plays’ that you should do (and will see) against opponents. I recommend you study these plays – how to use them to your advantage, how to recognize them when they happen, and how...

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

Hand of the Week 3A (KQs in the BB) by carlcarlsoniv | Apr 4, 2019 | 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...