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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...

Poker Discipline

Anosmic’s Year One post inspired me to do something for my first FTRnniversary. It’s been a great year for me, poker-wise. I started last February playing $10 SNGs and 25NL ring with a $300 bankroll and am now playing 200NL with a $8k bankroll. I’ve...

No Deposit Poker Bonuses

Almost every poker site going offers some form of meaty deposit bonus. Invest a chunk of money into a site and they’ll give you the chance to earn some extra cash. However, budding players with small bankrolls may feel that they can’t take full advantage of these...

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...

Learning the Other Games

There might be a time in your poker career when you grow tired of playing a certain game. Most learned No-Limit Texas Hold’em first and while it is often referred to as the "Cadillac of Poker" it is actually not the best preparation for other games...

Handfuls of Trouble

We’ve all been there – short stacked and blinded half into oblivion with nothing but cold cards coming our way. Then, suddenly, we look down to see queen-jack unsuited. “A monster,” we muse, and limp into the first pot we’ve played in a half hour. But when...

How the Games Have Changed

It’s common knowledge that the games of 2010 are much different than the pre-legislation games back in 2006. When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed nearly four years ago the games online were booming. Full of fish and with plenty of money...

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...

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...

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...

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....

Should You Multi-Table?

If you were to ask this question to any player who is a successful multi-tabler, then they would probably laugh you out of the room. Anyone who successfully plays multiple tables and plays them very well without making stupendously dumb plays and who makes good money...

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...

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...

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...

Semi-Bluffing Examples to Build Your Intuition

One of the problems that some players, especially newer ones, run into is that they don’t quite understand the power of semi-bluffing. A lot of these players use the bet/(bet+pot) guideline to figure out about how often an opponent has to fold for a bluff to be...
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