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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...

Big Backfiring Bluffs

Bluffing: it’s perhaps the most exciting part of poker. When executed perfectly, the bluff can convince your opponent of anything, and win you their chip stack without a decent hand to in sight. Like the players say, cards only matter when you turn them over....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
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...

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...

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...

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 Omaha High-Low Guide

Omaha-8 Is A Low Variance Game Low stakes limit O8 is said to be one of the lowest variance games in poker, especially when played at a full ring table. There are a variety of reasons for this. First, most players at low stakes are simply just very bad. LO8 is an...

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...

Salsa4evers PLO Hand of the Day

Hopefully this will be a semi-regular feature where I’m going to make strategy posts or hand analyses of varying lengths on varying Omaha topics depending on my mood. Here’s today’s installment – a hand that I discussed with a friend: Pot Limit...

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...

PLO Books

Just trying to learn PLO here and was wondering if there are any "staple" kind of books for someone trying to learn PLO? Doesn’t have to be a beginner book necessarily. I bought Pot-Limit Omaha Poker by Jeff Hwang and it arrived today and been reading...

How to Play AK When You Miss the Flop

Introduction A lot of players, especially newbies, get confused on what to do when their AK misses the flop. This is especially true in 3-bet pots where you aren’t really sure just what you’re supposed to be doing. A lot of players will blindly c-bet, but...

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...

Planning Ahead: Multi-Street Bluffing

Introduction If you look over the past few weeks of my strategy column, you’ll see how this week’s topic came together. I had a set of Mental Tricks for Preperation in NLHE which was related to the Basics of Thinking Ahead in Poker. I also covered Double...

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...

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...

Making Game Theory Easy With Simple Shortcuts

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at an introduction to game theory in poker with a special emphasis on avoiding math. We have been looking extensively at a very specific type of situation over the past couple of weeks where a player bets all-in on the...

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...

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...

Pot-Limit Omaha Fundamentals

Pot-Limit Omaha is one of the most popular poker games being played today. From micro-stakes online, to some of the biggest stakes in the world live, PLO is a game that anyone and everyone can play. Pot-Limit Omaha tends to be an action game which draws a lot of...

7 Card Stud Rules

7 Card Stud is probably the second most popular of the online poker games, and all the online poker rooms also offer 7 Card Stud, both for free and for real money. In fact, most of the online poker rooms offer two variations of the game – 7 Card Stud and 7 Card...

Bless the Beats

It’s never easy to shrug off a losing session. We’ve all taken our share of beats, both good (if there is such a thing) and bad. Sometimes, they can affect us so deeply that they permanently alter the way we play. But, even in the midst of these trying...

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...

2-7 Lowball Rules

One of the fastest growing card games around is 2-7 Lowball. This game has become more and more prominent in the mixed rotations in live high-stakes card games and has recently been introduced online. 2-7 Lowball is a Draw game in which the object is to make the worst...

Why is SPR Important?

Note – SPR stands for Stack to Pot Ratio. I think a lot of SPR importance is based solely on the texture of the games you are playing in. To say a general statement like "SPR of 13 is bad for top pair" would be wrong, since with aggressive history 13...

Player Types

Poker should not be thought of as a game that starts when the cards are dealt and ends with the showdown. At its core, poker is a game of competing strategies. This is why when we classify players, we classify them by their strategy and skill level. Here, we will...

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...

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....