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## Moving from \$.25/.50 to \$.50/1.00

After making 300 BB at \$.25/.5 (or you have \$300, both will work), then you should move to \$.5/1. You need to play the \$.5/1 at document.write(FullTiltA);document.write(FullTiltB); until you have reached \$500 in your account, essentially 200 BB over the minimum. If...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## The Proven Best Poker Training Books of All Time

Poker is easy to play, difficult to win at, and downright tricky to turn a profit at. For those players looking to go from amateur to profitable, it is hard to know where to start. Well, that’s just what this list is for! Below are the top six best poker training...

## Texas Holdem Poker Table Selection

The key to table selection is having a good seat at a great table. Beware, there is such a thing as a bad seat at a great table. I primarily look at games with 6-8 players and a large pot size. I do this so I’m less likely to join a game that’s already...

## Using Game Theory in SNG Tournaments (Part 1): Heads Up Basics

In a bit of a departure from the cash game focus that I normally have, I’m going to cover some basic to intermediate ideas involving SNG endgames. We’re going to start with some basic game theory concepts as regards heads-up spots, and we’re going to...

## NLHE Foundations #03: Calling to Close the Action in No-Limit Hold’em

This is the third installment in the No-Limit Hold’em Foundations Course. Before you read this lesson, you should have completed lesson 1 and lesson 2, and this includes doing the exercises and posting them in the forum threads for each lesson. Also make sure to...

## Taking the Next Step

There are a few moments in a poker player’s career than will define their future. Your inevitable first downswing, that “a-ha!” moment, and moving up in stakes for the first time. Being able to move up to bigger and better games will be crucial in...

## 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:...

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

AJ in SB with 20 BBs in MTT – Hand of the Week 2A by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 26, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. In the newest Hand of the Week segment, Courtney Gee “donkbee” looks at a blind battle...

## 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...

## ISF – Predicting the Future and a Hand For Analysis

We are on the river with 97s on a JJ922 board. Our opponent has bet 3/4ths the pot into us, and we are put in a tough spot. We know from the past streets that our hand look weak and our donk opponent, who seems to never fold (ever), could easily have a J, 2, overpair,...

## 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...

## [FTR Quick Tip 007] 3-Betting, Part 4: Example Hands

[FTR Quick Tip 007] 3-Betting, Part 4: Example Hands by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 25, 2019 | Poker Videos FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. In this installment, we look at some hand histories illustrating the 3-betting principles explained in the...

## Value Betting Dilemma

First, two hands…. \$5/\$10 No Limit Holdem 6 players   Stacks: UTG fakker11 (\$1594.00) UTG+1 GIVEmeSOME99 (\$815.00) CO traheho (\$1062.00) BTN Bttech86 (\$1000.00) SB Hero (\$1095.00) BB zero2lose (\$2772.75) Pre-flop: (\$15, 6 players) Hero is SB 4 folds, Hero...

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...

## ISF – Pocket Pairs

From now on every Friday I will be taking some of the strategy discussion from the forums, sum up some of the cool content in case you missed it, and make my own comments on the issues discussed. In the high stakes forum this week, there was a hand posted by...

## Study Poker With Spreadsheets (Part 1): The Basics

A few weeks ago, I promised a series showing how to study poker using spreadsheets. This week, we start that series. There are some prerequisites that you’ll need to have under your belt before you can get started with this series. First, you need to work...

## chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Hold’em (part 12)

My previous 11 posts have gone through some strategic and theoretical guidelines.  However, for me at least, it is much easier to grasp concepts with examples.  So in however many post it will take me to finish this guide, I am going to use examples to try and bring...

## Playing Big 8 or 9 Out Drawing Hands

I’m sort of at a weird spot in the development of my game. I’m going to type out a bunch of random crap about common drawing spots with straight or flush draws in hopes that it’ll internalize some things I still probably screw up occasionally. Also,...

## aokrongly’s Patience & Pacing in a Multi-Table Tournament

Patience is a very important factor when playing larger field MTT’s. Maintaining concentration, proper pace, and patience is key to making it deep in a tournament. aokrongly discusses his thoughts on maintaining patience and pacing in the essay below. aokrongly...

## 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...

## Practical Game Theory in Poker (Part 2): Pre-Flop Ideas

This is the second in a series for beginning and intermediate players on building a practical understanding of game theory as regards poker. In our first edition of this series (link), we looked at how attack and defense correspond to exploitation and protecting...

## 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....

## 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...

## 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...

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....

## 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...

## Omaha Rules

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi is becoming one of the more popular card games around the world. Known as an action game, PLO is played at the highest of limits in card rooms such as Bobby’s Room in Las Vegas where typical blinds are \$500/\$1000. Pot-Limit Omaha is a high-hand only...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## Breaking Down Check-Raising to Basics

Introduction If you’re reading this, then chances are that you don’t check-raise enough and that you really have no idea when you should be doing it except when you decide to on a whim. We’re going to set out to change that today by giving you an...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## 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...

## Finding the Fish, if Only Life Were That Easy!

Actually, I almost didn’t write this article simply because I thought that writing it might be a waste of time. The reason being is that the vast majority of players who read this will probably, through a combination of conceit and egotism, think that I am not...

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...

## 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...

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)....

## 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...

## [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....