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## 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...

## Back to Basics (Part 4): Continuation Betting

In the Back to Basics series, we’re taking concepts that you probably learned early in your poker career and looking at them from a more detailed standpoint than you likely did when you first learned about them. This week, we’re going to look at...

This is part five of the Back to Basics series. Last week, I said that this week’s installment would be about using spreadsheets to simplify analysis. Well, I lied. I’m going to do a future series on that because I don’t think I can do the topic...

Max and Danny Steinberg are probably the most successful identical twins in poker today, if not ever. They both have a slew of achievements and poker earnings under their name and have been playing poker professionally for the past 4 years. Max Steinberg plays under...

## No Limit Texas Hold’em Rules

One of the most popular forms of poker today is Texas Hold’em. In Texas Hold’em each player receives two hole-cards and five subsequent cards are dealt face-up in the middle of the table, also known as the “flop”, “turn”, and...

## When the Game is Good……

Poker has almost as many constants as it does variables, and that is part of what makes it such an interesting game.  You expect that if you play in a tight, solid fashion, the money will eventually flow to you.  It may take awhile, and you may run very hot or very...

## Rules for Table Selection

There are many things you can do to increase your poker skill and you should do them. However, it is unlikely that you will do anything between now and your next poker session that will dramatically increase your skill. Reading the right books, studying some articles,...

## Psychology of a Tilting Player

pokerfanatic has been a member of FTR since August of 2004, and has over 1,400 posts in the FTR Poker Forum. Below pokerfanatic discuss thetopic of tilt, which as you know, is one of the worst enemies of the poker player. pokerfanatic’s Psychology of a Tilting...

## Cues of the Shoes

We, as a civilization, have been raised to lie with our faces. Think about it. When, as a child, you were forced to take family pictures or eat an unpleasant food, your parents would often say something like, “At least pretend you’re happy. Smile!” Faking a...

## Hand of the Week 4A (6 Max, 88 in HJ)

Hand of the Week 4A (6 Max, 88 in HJ) by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 24, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. In the next hand of the week series, Courtney looks at a 6 Max hand from 2 players. First, we start with 88 in HJ....

## Chardrian’s Guide to Small Stakes Live Limit Poker (Part 9)

After 8 posts which could easily be summed up by saying raise with your value hands preflop and tighten up otherwise, we are finally on to postflop play.  I believe that a good preflop game will make you a breakevenish player, but when you add good postflop play to...

## EV Poker Charts – Texas Holdem Hands

The table below shows expected value (EV) numbers in LIMIT Texas Holdem. This data includes all holdem games, stakes, and positions. These overall EV statistics are based on 122,031,244 pairs of pocket cards dealt at real money tables. You sort the graph by ev based...

## FTR SNG Strategy: Maximizing value in HU situations Part 4

Grinding sit & go’s, most of the profit comes from heads-up situations. In part 4 you will see a review of 3 more hands played heads-up and the thinking behind maximizing your profits on each...

## 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)...

## Liv Boeree Interview at EPT 9 London 2013

Liv Boeree Interview at EPT 9 London 2013 by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 24, 2019 | FTR Interviews, Poker Videos Liv talks about her entry to the world of poker, her recent near misses with glory, and guitars with Rob “Hippy” King for FlopTurnRiver.com. Category:...

## Delayed Continuation Betting

This is my winning essay, cross-posted in the win money, coaching from nutsinho thread. I agree with nutsinho that I should have discussed bluffing more. I also suspect that many will have a problem with my supposed ranges. I wrote the essay as a FR player guessing at...

## Online Poker Multi-Tabling Strategy

When is a good time to start Multi-Tabling? Playing multiple tables has pretty much become the norm for online poker players. Actually, it’s a necessity for serious players looking to build up a bankroll or wanting to earn some regular extra spending cash. This...

## 6 Max 2-Table by Renton High Stakes \$400 – Part 1

6 Max 2-Table by Renton High Stakes \$400 – Part 1 by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 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...

## Poker Hand Strategy | Poker Starting Hands with Deep Stacks

In no-limit hold’em, the most popular form of poker in the world, what poker hands you choose to play pre-flop is mostly dependent on how well the hands are going to play post-flop. How well hands play post-flop depend on a few main factors, like the ability to...

## When It’s Safe to Bet Poker Tells

In poker, you need to know when it is safe to bet and when it is dangerous. Caro even says that you cannot study this enough because he feels this is where half the profit is going to come from by concentrating on tells. Before you make a bet it would be a smart idea...

## Pre-flop Strategy – Ace In Hand

A pair of Aces is the most powerful hand in Hold’em. Ace King or Big Slick is also a great hand. Aces become very important in head-up situations and some players will raise with any Ace in head-up action. The list below documents some of the math involved in hands...

## The Mathless Approach to Poker

Every post in the spoonitnow strategy series has been leading up to this moment. While there is obviously going to be some math involved when it comes to basic things like pot odds, a lot of people are under the impression that things like balance and exploitation...

## Why You Suck At Limit Holdem

Fnord provides tons of strategy advice in our community. He put together this list of why folks suck at Limit Hold’em. You play too many hands You ignore the size of the pot (including chasing with bad pot odds) You call 2+ small bets cold pre-flop with unpaired...

## Hyper’s 6-Max Limit Hold’em Guide Part 2

Hyper put together a sequel to his initial guide on 6 max/short handed play. Click here to read version 1 of his 6 Max Limit Holdem Guide. Short-Handed Limit Holdem Guide v.2.0 Hyper’s Limit Guide, Specializing in Shorthanded Play: Version 2.0 This guide is an...

## chardrian’s Guide to Live Smallstakes Limit Hold’em (Part 11)

Implied Odds vs. Pot Odds In a previous post (part 9 to this guide), I defined pot odds as the ratio of the amount of money already in the pot to the amount of money you have to call to stay in a hand.  Thus if the pot has \$40 and you have to call an \$8 bet then you...

## The Newbie Circle of Death

I just went through a maddening circle that wasted 3 weeks of my hard work, and nearly washed my entire bankroll down the drain… Hopefully I can give a little insight to prevent someone from going through the same thing… Just a side note, I play the 6 max...

## Typical Players in Small Stakes NLHE

There are many players in the online poker community who use some sort of tracking software. I have never been one to go with the masses and while others have been knocking themselves out using PokerTracker or Hold’em manager, I have and will always continue to use...

## Continuation Betting in NL Hold’em

One seemingly simple concept in No-Limit Texas Hold’em which tends to get a large amount of discussion is continuation betting. For those unfamiliar with the term a continuation bet (c-bet) is a bet by the pre-flop raiser on the flop. The term refers to this...

## New Approach to Table Selection

Meeloche presents an interesting approach to table selection. Perhaps there is an alternative to just looking at preflop percentages and pot sizes… My contribution to table selection, maybe even a new idea… When it comes to table selection, we still should...

## Should I Fire a Second Barrel?

Written by Carl Sampson, aka The Dean, 2009. Years ago the continuation bet was a very little known poker concept. This was knowledge that only regular strong players tended to have. This is not the case anymore and continuation betting is so basic that it basically...

## Theory Read – River Check/Raise

Below you will see an interesting discussion on river check/raises which took place in the High Stakes forum.  It started with ISF showing hands and posters such as Sauce123, Massimo, Toadstool, and gabe adding their replies.  View the check raise theory...

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

This is part 2 in a 2 part series.  Make sure to check out Part I before reading this – No Deposit – All Returns: How to Build a Bankroll from Nothing Part I Freeroll Strategies Whether you are playing the freerolls at FullTilt or PokerStars you have...

## NLHE Foundations #02: Basic No-Limit Hold’em Bluffing Analysis

NLHE Foundations Course This is the second lesson in the free No-Limit Hold’em foundations course, and all you have to do to sign up is create an account (if you haven’t already) and post in the forum thread I just linked to saying you want in. I’ll...

## 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...

## ISF’s Heads Up Cash Game Strategies

After about 2 months of playing 90% HU, I have become really confident in my game and feel like I have knowledge to share about it. Initially, I wanted to write a strategy guide but my thoughts are just so scrambled Idk that I could organize it. My thoughts will be in...

## 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...

## Win MTT Poker 12 – Poker Secrets and Tilt

Point 36: A Really Big Secret, ssshhhhhhhhhh There is a whole load of people who play like me on the internet. Tight/aggressive/with a little BS mixed in. And here one thing we almost never do, reraise without the nuts or near nuts. If you are playing with me and see...

Recently the world’s largest poker site, PokerStars, announced the way they were handling the minimum/maximum buy-in amounts at their cash game tables. This mainly affects NL/PL Hold’em as well as Pot-Limit Omaha games as shallow/deep stacks in limit games...

A lot of time is spent discussing proper bankroll management. While this is an important fundamental everyone must conquer, players must also learn how to build their roll to move up in stakes. Between good play, cashing in on bonuses, promotions, and/or rakeback, and...

## Texas Holdem Starting Hands – 19 Hand Strategy

One of the biggest problems new poker players have is that they play too many hands. A simple but effective first step for new players is to learn the 19 hand strategy. This simple strategy forces the new player to exercise discipline and learn a tight game. Aokrongly...

## Micro Stakes Poker Without HUD Reads by Bigspenda (\$5NL 6 Max)

Micro Stakes Poker Without HUD Reads by Bigspenda (\$5NL 6 Max) by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 22, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. In this video I play 2 tables of \$5nl 6max without the use of a Heads-Up Display (HUD)....

## [FTR Quick Tip 006] 3-Betting, Part 3: Merging

[FTR Quick Tip 006] 3-Betting, Part 3: Merging by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 22, 2019 | Poker Videos FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. Opponents who frequently call your 3-bets make it difficult for you to bluff against them. But this means that...

## 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...

## You Can’t Make Your Opponent Fold

A lot of people ask how to make opponents fold so they cannot suck out. Here is a long story. It will be meaningless to some. To others, it may resonate and really help. In my 20s and early 30s I practiced an old, particularly brutal martial art. For those who have...

## No-Limit Hold’em… A Flaw in Design

As you begin to peel away the surface of no-limit Hold’em and in particular, no-limit Hold’em cash games, it becomes apparent that the game itself has design problems. What in heavens name do I mean? Well to put it in plain English, what other field of...

## 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...

## Win MTT Poker 09 – Big Hands, Stealing Pots

Point number 27: A Common Mistake – Overbetting a Good Hand This is a mistake many of you may have not considered because you usually win the hand. Let me set it up for you with an example, I was in the big blind a couple days ago with AQs, blinds are 50 100....

## 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...

## Pre-flop Strategy – Ace with a Small Kicker

Some players at a full, 10 person Limit Hold’em table will play any ace at any time. Those who have read Sklansky know that Ace-little unsuited does not make it into his 8 hand groupings and often times should not be played from early position. Suppose you are in...

## Double or Nothing SNGs – Part III – Bubble Play & Collusion

Disclaimer: This guide is based on my experiences of \$10 & \$20 DON SNGs.   Introduction This post follows on from my ‘DONs Mid-Tournament & Post Flop Play’ and looks at end game strategy based around bubble play and collusion.   Bubble...

## Limit vs No Limit Texas Holdem Poker

Limit Texas Holdem vs. No Limit Texas Holdem – the debate goes on. Which game should you master? Well, everyone here at FTR has their own opinion. We have very skilled and profitable players profiting from both forms of the game. I have my opinion too, and No Limit...

## Pay Attention and Stop Spewing Chips

You Don’t Pay Attention A lot of your problems in poker could be fixed if you started paying a little more attention. Just ask yourself if what you’re doing makes sense or if you’re just reacting because you think you’re on auto-pilot. For the...

## What Makes a Player Top-Tier?

I have been thinking a lot lately on self-analysis and focusing on what I need to do to become a better, more profitable player. Tournament play is a very results oriented business and the internet ranking systems and idolization that follows from it make this...

## Renton’s Small Stakes NLHE Ring Strategy: Postflop I

Addendum to Preflop adaptations that must occur Dealing with reraises- When you get reraised from position from a typical player, it sucks, and you’ll have to fold most hands if the reraise is substantial, such as AJ/AQ/KQ and weaker cards than that. Oftentimes it is...

## Daniel Negreanu Interview at EPT 9 London 2013

Daniel Negreanu Interview at EPT 9 London 2013 by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 21, 2019 | FTR Interviews, Poker Videos Daniel Negreanu talks about his history as an outspoken commentator on the poker world, his thoughts about US regulation of online gaming, and the Full Tilt...

## Simple 3-Bet Bluffing for Not-So-Advanced Players

A lot of my recent columns have been geared towards the intermediate crowd, and so this week we’re going to take a step back and look at a topic that a lot of beginner players have trouble with: 3-bet bluffing pre-flop. This is a critical part of today’s...

## Comfort Zone

Most of my recent blogs have been geared toward live poker. However, since we’re in an online environment, I felt that it was high time that I gave some tips and tricks to help you in the internet age. We’ve all fallen prey to the common ills of online...

## Win MTT Poker 08 – Bankroll Management

Point 24: Celebrate Your Bad Beats I realize the title of this point sounds moronic, but let me expand. When you take a bad beat, someone had to draw uphill on you. They committed their chips in a situation where they had negative expectation. This my friends is the...

## Playing Long Sessions

Whether you are a cash game, tournament, or SNG grinder, putting in time at the tables is a big key to becoming a winning player. It takes hundreds of thousands of hands to become proficient at any of the poker disciplines and to do so you will have to grind. Some...

## AJ in SB with 20 BBs in MTT – Hand of the Week 2B

AJ in SB with 20 BBs in MTT – Hand of the Week 2B by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 21, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. In Part II in Week 2 of “Hand of the Week”, Courtney Gee now looks at how to play AJ...

## How to Play Hold’em Poker

Most people have seen people playing poker on TV or in movies. The most common type of poker shown on the tube is going to be no-limit Texas Hold’em. Why? Because it makes for pretty exciting television with people going “all-in” and shoving a huge...

## 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...

## Thinking & Decision Making in Poker (\$50nl 6-Max by bigspenda)

Thinking & Decision Making in Poker (\$50nl 6-Max by bigspenda) by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 20, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. In this session, Spenda 3-tables \$50 No-Limit Hold’em on PokerStars. He runs pretty...

## 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...

## 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....

## “To Check/Raise or Not to Check/Raise?” That is Today’s Question

Let’s suppose, just for purposes of illustration, that you and I are both playing in our local casino’s 10/20 Limit Hold ‘Em game.  We both play about the same number of hours per year, and we are similar-style players.  Let’s just be...

## Pre-flop Strategy – Starting Hand Rankings: Groups 0 to 2

One of the most difficult and yet crucial decisions you will make when playing no limit Texas holdem will be whether to even play your hand. This decision should not be made haphazardly. Hitting your card on the flop only to end up with the second best hand can be...

## 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...

## Adjusting to Fish in Low-Stakes 6-Max Limit Hold’em

Strange as it may seem, many players who go looking for weak players in poker games end up not knowing what to do once they find them. Quite often they make the wrong adjustments and end up either recycling money or becoming frustrated and thus leaving what are...

## Expanding Your Pre Flop Range

After familiarizing yourself with key poker fundamentals such as bankroll management, positional awareness, and aggression, there are a few other aspects of your game you can improve to take the next step in your poker playing career. One of the best ways to improve...

## 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...

## Combating Geometric Escalation in NLHE

If you are going to be successful at a form of poker, like NLHE ring, then being aware of how the pot can escalate with certain types of hands is critical to your success. I think that there are probably tournament players and six max players who struggle to adapt to...

## The Truth About the Dangers of Playing Under Rolled

This article aims to express just why, in a theoretical sense, you can’t play poker under rolled. It’s for people at all levels of the game who don’t know/havn’t read this stuff, and I really hope to be explicit. There are also points that even...

## 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...

Alright, so you’ve made the final table. Then, slowly but surely, your opponents fall before your mighty stack until, finally, there is only one player standing in your way. As you tally up the chip count, you realize that the two of you are nearly dead even....

## 5 Card Draw Rules

5 Card Draw is one of the most popular draw variants of poker. This means that players, after being dealt a complete hand, may discard some of the cards in exchange for new ones. Usually the game is played with six or less players per table and either as fixed limit...

## Traits of Great Poker Players

While all great poker players are certainly not created equal. Most do share similar qualities in their styles of play. By looking at a handful of the best players in the world, we can draw from what they have in common and apply it to our games. Here are five of the...

## Brick and Mortar/Live Poker Strategy

INTRODUCTION If you are an online player who’s about to try B&M poker for the first time, this sticky is meant for you. Unlike Brodie’s excellent article on B&M etiquette (a must-read), this one is intended to prepare you mentally for the...

## 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...

## Applications of EV Calculations (Part 3): River Checking vs. Bluffing

Introduction A lot of the time in poker, we get caught up on the idea of wanting to know if something is profitable or not. We often make mistakes in our game because we’re taking an aggressive action that we have deemed to be profitable since we have made a...