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Chip Stack/Stacking Poker Tells

There are many tells you can gain on your opponents even before you see them play a pot. How they stack their chips can give you some clues on how they are going to play. If you notice their chips are neatly stacked, and organized, you can probably assume they will be...

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...

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...

ISF – Five Rules To Beating Low Stakes

I have to admit, most of my articles give advice that is hard to understand. When you don’t understand preliminary concepts to the ideas of talking about, it’s almost impossible to truly understand anything I or high stakes players talk about. In later articles I’m...

The Value of a Bankroll

I think that the concept of bankrolls in poker is something that is misunderstood by the vast majority of poker players. In fact I have read more opinions and articles on the subject of bankroll management and earn rates than I can remember. I find most of the...

ISF – Making Your Opponent Uncomfortable

Often in HU matches, I’ll come across a player who doesn’t seem to have many leaks. He’ll raise a solid range from the BU, not play too loose OOP, and have a good mix of cbets and two barrels, as well as balanced ranges in other areas. Many when playing, whether it’s...

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...

Drunk Aggressive Multi-Tabling with Funny Commentary (\$200nl 6-Max by ville18)

Drunk Aggressive Multi-Tabling with Funny Commentary (\$200nl 6-Max by ville18) by carlcarlsoniv | Feb 28, 2019 | Featured Poker Videos, Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. Ville18 aka wiwwe aka SEXXXXXXYBOI aka evallongoria...

Sauce123 Common Mistakes & Strategy (6-Max \$200 NLHE)

Sauce123 Common Mistakes & Strategy (6-Max \$200 NLHE) by carlcarlsoniv | Feb 28, 2019 | Featured Poker Videos, Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. My first video. I tried to explain my thought process when going through...

Poker Tells – Top/Most Common Poker Tells!

Poker tells are one of the most important aspects of poker, however they are often deemed less important than the math involved. While playing, it is crucial to observe your opponents in order to get clues as to the cards they are holding or the actions they may take....

3-Betting an Apparent Stealer in Limit Hold’em

With most forms of poker, your play in and around the blinds will often define what type of success you have. This is simply because of the positional importance in all forms of poker. However, In a way, limit hold’em places a greater need for sound play in and...

Beating 6 Max No Limit Holdem by Sauce123

Sauce123 destroys the competition. Trust me. He put together a really solid, concise guide to beating the 6-max no limit holdem tables – particularly on US friendly poker rooms Post-UIGEA (when many poker rooms closed their doors to US players, ultimately making...

About Pot Odds and Implied Odds When Playing Draws

Surprisingly I couldn’t find any posts detailing this, so I’m going to do my thing. A Common Scenario With 100bb effective stacks, EP opens for 4x preflop, there are 2 callers, and we call on the button with 9 8 . Both of the blinds call. The flop pot is...

Implied Odds Plays at 25NL and Below

Over the past twelve months, I have been observing the lower stakes no-limit games and playing in them quite extensively including around 100k hands at NL50. I have been observing the games on Pokerloco recently which is a site that is situated on Ongame. I have been...

Applications of EV Calculations (Part 1): Dealing With Short Stacks

A while back, I wrote the EV Calculations Tutorial series to help people to deal with the math side of poker. We followed a very simple process that kept our analysis organized and clean, and we did so only requiring basic addition and multiplication. While this is...

ISF – Strategic Bet Sizing

A lot of people don’t think about their bet sizing much. They have a “standard” bet size they use in nearly all situations, in hopes of not giving away further information as well as not wanting to make a mistake by betting too much or too little. However, some go a...

Sit-n-Go Strategy Guide Part 4

This is a continuation of DavSimon’s Single Table Tournament (SnG) strategies. Click here to read DavSimon’s Part 1: Sit-n-Go/Turbo Strategy Guide here to read Part 2: SNG Strategy Guide – 6 Max SNG & Other SNG’s, or here to read Part 3:...

Mindfulness and the Manifestation of Mental Weakness in Poker

In a post from a few weeks back, I outlined six items that I feel like cover most of the principles of performance as regards poker. In this week’s discussion, I’m going to look at the connection between points three and five on that list. We’re...

Advanced Value Betting in Simple Scenarios With Game Theory

Last week, we looked at one of the scenarios that helps to form a foundation of poker understanding. This scenario was when we are on the river, heads-up, in position with a single bet left behind. More specifically, we looked at the bluffing frequency of the player...

Poker Aggression Guide

Gah, I got this idea in my head and thought I’d write it down. A month ago I essentially explained to my AIM buddies something I was thinking about in a lot of depth, as it was a concept that was integral in killing tight passive games. Pretty much everything I...

No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw Strategy (Part 5): Post-Draw With Draws

In our first article of this series that will deal with post-draw play, we’re going to look at how the outs work for different types of draws. This isn’t an exceptionally difficult topic overall, but certain parts of it are anti-intuitive, so it will take...

NLHE Foundations Supplement A: How to Use This Course

Introduction As part of the free NLHE Foundations Course, I’ve been providing a “hold my hand” approach to different types of analysis that you can do to learn about poker. If you want to take part, go to the link above, post in the thread, and...

Being Three Bet by Aggressive Players

Let’s face it, we all know how important aggression is in poker. But years ago I used to remark how easy it was to be aggressive and that anyone could do it. If I told a novice player to empty the clip every time he entered a pot then his violent aggression...

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...

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...

Poker and Life

All serious poker players are familiar with the idea of tilt. Tilt is a change, for the worse, in our poker play due to emotions. Most players recognize tilt as a negative reaction to play on the felt: a bad beat, a cooler, or even winning a large amount of money can...

\$3/6 and Beyond

Don’t get so discouraged from playing the \$3/6 tables at document.write(PartyPokerA);document.write(PartyPokerB);. True, the Party tables are full of rocks and TAGs, but as long as you are able to avoid them, then you should be okay....

When it comes to getting better in an early stage of your career, hand reading is a premium. You can understand poker as much as you’d like, but it’s not going to help if you can’t read hands well. It’s hard to know what to do when you have no idea what your opponents...

Beginner’s List of Poker Leaks

chardrian’s Beginner’s List of Poker Leaks I have decided to use my power as god of this section to stickify myself. I wrote this post as somewhat of a checklist to keep in mind when playing MTTs, but the majority of the points can be used in any game. Ok,...

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...

Bluff or Check? Missing the Flop in NLHE (Part 3): Understanding Your Range

Introduction In last week’s edition of this series, we looked at some specific things that you can tell about the flop texture that will give you a good idea of which types of flops are good for continuation betting with all other factors being considered equal....

Chardrian’s Guide to Small Stakes Live Poker (Part 4)

It is finally time to start getting to the nitty gritty.  My previous posts have dealt more with getting you psychologically prepared for the game, and that is a very important part of the game, but most people reading this are likely to be more interested in finding...

PokerStars SnG Tournaments – Types/Definitions/Descriptions

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. Have you ever wondered what Sit & Go tournaments were available on PokerStars in your favorite games? Have you ever wondered what the buyin levels were, so you could plan your moves up? Well, wonder no more. We here at FTR...

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...

The Principles of Performance for Poker

People who know how I approach things will be able to tell you that I focus primarily on depth instead of breadth. However, this week’s column is going to be a bit different. Over the past couple of months, I’ve been laying out a way to think about the...

Microstakes Grinding

Most players who are new to online poker will start at the lowest stakes possible, commonly known as “Microstakes”. In general, microstakes are considered to be any poker stakes up to \$0.10/\$0.25 blinds in NL and \$0.50/\$1.00 in Limit games. The concept of...

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...

[FTR Quick Tip 017] Checking Back the Turn

FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. Aggression is rightly considered the hallmark of a winning poker player. Yet there are many times to check — even if you think you have the best hand. In this video, we’ll look at some reasons...

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...

EV Calculations Tutorial 1: Introduction

This week’s article is the beginning of a new series about expected value calculations. A lot of people have expressed an interest in having a good set of tutorials explaining how to do more math-related things since that’s something I’m kind of...

General Advice for Handling No-Limit Hold’em Ranges

Introduction Learning to deal with ranges is hard enough as it is, but there are a number of ideas about handling no-limit hold’em ranges that are a bit mislead. In this forum thread, I asked about the questions that people had about learning to work with...

How to Decide Which Hands to 3-Bet for Value Pre-Flop

In last week’s edition, we looked at some very simple basics for 3-bet bluffing before the flop. We focused primarily on how new players could start to open up their 3-betting without feeling like they were getting in over their heads. We’re going to...

Tactics vs. Strategy (Part 1): The Study of Tactics in Poker

The Fundamental Problem If you’re looking to win in poker in today’s games with the state of the industry being what it is, then you’re going to have to be on another level when compared to the competition. The only way to do this is to seek out as...

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...

Implied vs. Reverse Implied Odds

This seemingly simple topic might be one of the most misunderstood by beginners in poker. Learning about reverse implied odds was quite eye-opening for me and led to a large improvement in my ability. Most players, even those new to the game, understand what is meant...

Fnord’s Brick and Mortar/Live Poker Guide for Online Players

Fnord plays a lot of both online and offline poker. His brick and mortar tips are good for online players looking to transition to the live poker environments. Stuff to consider Overall, B&M games are far softer than online games. Players are looser, raise less...

Higher Stakes MTT Strategy

So I have been very successful in lower stakes MTTs and I’m bankrolled substantially enough to start venturing into higher stakes. Thus far I’ve tried five higher stakes tourneys, a few 20s, a fifty and a 100 (Though not bankrolled for it, I had to...

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...

Study Poker With Spreadsheets (Part 2): Multiple Betting Options

In last week’s column, we started looking at how to make a basic spreadsheet to do repetitive EV calculations for us so that we don’t have to do them by hand over and over again. This week, we’re going to look at the homework for last week and some...

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...

Now I know this may be obvious to many of you but it’s something that I have learned about small stakes HU cash games. I had to stubbornly beat my head against the wall over and over before I finally realized this so hopefully I can save some of the trouble for...

ISF – Manipulation 202 and Questions

If you read my posts in the forums, you’ll notice I’ll throw around this word manipulation without too much explanation. In my earlier blog, I did write an article about manipulation where I talked about it in terms of bet sizing. Well, my old blog is gone now, and as...

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...

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...

Win MTT Poker 07 – Reads, Trips, Aggression

Point 21: Remember to Remember What They Remember. An essential question to ask when contemplating your next move is what do my opponents know about me. What cards have I shown down, from what position, what size of bets have I made, do they have player notes 2 pages...

No Deposit – All Returns: How to Build a Bankroll from Nothing Part I

In today’s world of online poker, it is extremely easy to build up a sizable cash position without ever having to make a single deposit. This proves to be an increasingly attractive alternative as many credit card companies and banks (especially in the US)...

6-Max 2-Table by Renton High Stakes \$400 – Part 2

6-Max 2-Table by Renton High Stakes \$400 – Part 2 by carlcarlsoniv | Feb 24, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. 90 minute session (2 parts). I attempt to fully explain my thought processes, and digress on...

Be Vito, not Cyclone Hart

I’ve been reading about the psychology of winning lately, and I came across this interesting anecdote from a New York Times article: — Cyclone Hart was a powerful puncher who fought as a middleweight out of Philadelphia about 25 years ago. He was as...

EV Calculations Tutorial 2: Basic Poker Scenarios

In last week’s article, we looked at the basic components of EV calculations. We made two very important points that we’re going to use this week: The EV of an event is equal to the EVs of each possible outcome added together. The EV of an individual...

Short Handed Hold’em Beginner Tips & Table Selection (\$200nl 6-Max by JGB)

Short Handed Hold’em Beginner Tips & Table Selection (\$200nl 6-Max by JGB) by carlcarlsoniv | Feb 24, 2019 | Poker Videos Part 1 LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. JGB attempts to implement a strategy discussed by sauce123 in...

Using Game Theory in SNG Tournaments (Part 3): Semi-Bluff Analysis

Moving right along with our study of game theory in the SNG environment, we’re going to be looking at some bluffing and semi-bluffing scenarios this week. The point here is to introduce players to incorporating ICM into their EV calculations and to give you some...

How to Beat a Calling Station in Poker (\$50nl 6-Max by bigspenda)

How to Beat a Calling Station in Poker (\$50nl 6-Max by bigspenda) by carlcarlsoniv | Feb 23, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. This is a video of me 2-tabling 50NL on PokerStars. I play my normal TAGG game and make...

Card Looking Poker Tells

One big lesson to learn, in any poker game, is to never look at your hand first. If for example you are playing 7 card stud, look at the reactions when your opponents look at their final face down card before you see yours. The same goes for Texas Hold’em. It helps a...

How to Determine Whether or Not to Call an All-in Bet

A type of question that continually arises on poker forums deals with whether or not it is advisable to call an all-in bet.  Often the question will be something like this: I was dealt XX and raised; someone then moved all-in on me; should I have called or folded? In...

iPhone Online Poker How-To

This article explains some methods for how to play online poker on your iPhone and other iDevices like the iPad. If you would like to read our article explaining more of the background and relationship between the iPhone and online poker, please see this related...

How to Adjust to Multi-Player Hands in No-Limit Hold’em

Why You People Need Help I’ve seen quite a few posts recently in the Small Stakes No-Limit Hold’em forum that center around a multi-player hand that was handled in a really poor way just because someone didn’t adhere to the basics concepts that drive...

A Jedi Mind Trick for Improving at Poker

Last week, I looked over some basic principles of performance for poker. The first principle I mentioned was, “It is within our power to improve.” This item is incredibly important to understand on a deep level, but the reality of the situation is that...

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...

Double or Nothing SNG Advanced Strategy – Pregame

Disclaimer: This series is going be quite long, there is a lot to digest and I don’t intend that you read it all in one go. It’s probably best to read it in several short sections. To help you, I am splitting the guide into several smaller threads, which...

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...

Away From the Felt

There are a lot of factors that go into becoming a winning poker player that do not happen while you are actually playing the game. Whether playing for fun, to earn a bit of side money, or professionally, there are many things one can do to improve their play while...

Turbo SnG 2-Table by BjsAust Micro Stakes \$3+\$0.40

Turbo SnG 2-Table by BjsAust Micro Stakes \$3+\$0.40 by carlcarlsoniv | Feb 22, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. BjsAust demonstrates a simple ABC SnG poker style suitable for beating low stakes STTs. Video is aimed...

Looking More Into Implied Odds

Introduction When you’re calling hoping to hit a hand, there are a lot of variables at play that aren’t always in your favor. We’re going to look at some of those variables here and see how they all come together to affect your total EV of calling....

Texas Hold em Poker Hands Order

Most of us have played poker in one form or another. The game is universal, reaching across the world to unite players of all ages and nations. Let’s get to the basics. Players are each dealt a set number of cards in a predetermined timing system (deal, flop,...

Moving from \$1/2 to \$2/4

Although you have the bankroll, you may not decide to move up just quite yet, which is more than understandable. However, there are two reasons in doing so: First: The players play just as bad at \$2/4 as they do in \$1/2. In essence, the same quality play will net you...

Dumpster Diving: A Guide to Playing Trash Hands

We’ve all run across players who refuse to put their money in the pot without the benefit of premium cards. Indeed, players who wait on suited connectors, pocket pairs, or high face cards are practicing sound poker strategy, and will almost always make deep runs...

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...

Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 2)

In my last post I gave an introduction of who I am and how I got to playing live small stakes limit poker.  In this post I want to just jump into my actual guide of how to play.  The best place to start is just in the basics. THE RAKE My local casino does not offer a...

The biggest leak among .5/1 and 1/2 grinders

The indepth discussion on the bet/fold and the check/call: I’d like to discuss a really simple concept that is killing your winrate. I discovered it not to long ago. It’s really not that hard, but truthfully for the 1/2 grinder who just can’t seem to...