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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....

Rada’s MTT Tournament Advice Part 1

Playing your table A lot of poker players will tell you their most feared opponent is the loose aggressive guy who you can never really tell what he is raising with, and if you want to play with him, you are essentially gambling. Maybe this time he is bluffing with 10...

Playing the Small Blind in an MTT Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at how to calculate your expected value (EV) for pushing all in from the small blind against the big blind. In Part 2, we’ll take a look at what to do with very short stacks. There are a few factors that compliment the EV...

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...

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...

Hand History Converter

The FTR Hand History Converter is a great tool which should be used to help Players share their Hand Histories with other poker Players on a variety of poker forums. Players can convert hand histories from their favorite poker sites or databases into a forum-friendly...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – 6-Max (Shorthanded)

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. A popular format of PokerStars SNG format is their new 6-handed structure. PokerStars offers a variety of games, buy-ins, and blind structures for their 6max games. 6max SNGs are offered from $1+$0.20 up to $50+$5. PokerStars...

Heads-Up: The Ultimate Art

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....

2 Tabling $25NL 6 Max Cash Game by Bigspenda

2 Tabling $25NL 6 Max Cash Game by Bigspenda by carlcarlsoniv | Apr 19, 2019 | Poker Videos LinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. In this video I play 2 tables of 25nl 6max on PokerStars. I book a nice win by just playing my normal TAGG...

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...

Limit Holdem Goals

Making goals in Limit Holdem is very important in order to progress your game. Your goal for these microlimit Holdem poker games shouldn’t be to get rich quick, because it WON’T happen. You are here to learn the game and deal with the bad beats and...

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...

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...

Scuba Chuck’s What is Expected Value(EV)?

What is Expected Value? (EV). Poker is a mathematical game. And, if you approach it as such, there is opportunity to make it a profitable game. Furthermore, if you delve deep enough into the analysis, you can ‘tweak’ your game enough to understand how to maximize your...

Double or Nothing SNGs – Part I – Pre-Flop

Disclaimer: This guide is based on my experiences of $10 Double or Nothing SNGs (DONs).   Introduction This is a brief introduction to the ‘Double Or Nothing’ tournaments (DONs) that run on PokerStars. These are 10 man SNGs but with a flat payout...

TLR’s Guide to All Things Turbo

It has been a while since I posted something that is more general then comments about specific hands, and I decided to try to come up with some dos and don’ts that are specific to turbo SNGs. This is mainly targeted for mid buy in stars SNGs ($15+1 and $25+2) single...

[FTR Quick TIP 016] Identifying Fish

FTR Quick Tip: Helping you plug leaks in 5 minutes or less. Identifying weaker players is a critical skill for any poker player. While there is some money to be made from strong players, the lion’s share of the profits will go to those who win chips from the...

Analyzing some WSOP Main Event Hands

I don’t know about you, but I am a poker junkie.  I religiously watch (even DVR) the WSOP coverage every year on ESPN and had a mini-orgasm this year when ESPN televised much of the Main Event live.  People like my wife hate the live coverage because each hand...

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...

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...
Breaking Down Check-Raising to Basics

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...

Does Your Poker Game Suit You?

Lets face it, if making money playing poker was that easy then there wouldn’t be so many people who are still scratching their heads trying to figure it all out. There are many facets to playing successful poker but one of the least understood is in selecting suitable...

ISF – Why Being OOP Sucks

The most repeated advice in poker. We’ve all heard it before. Position, Position, Position. The proof is in the pudding. Our statistics show that we win much more money on the button than we do UTG. But the advice to play in position is not very powerful when we have...

Betting to Protect Your Hand in Poker

In this week’s column, we’re going to investigate the idea of betting to protect your hand. A number of people bet with the excuse of protecting their hand almost every chance that they get. On the other hand, a lot of people dismiss this concept as being...

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...

Calculatem Pro Odds Calculator

Below is a nice write-up provided by Calculatem Pro that describes the software package, its benefits, and some testimonials! How To Take Advantage of Bad Players At Online Poker The increase of poker popularity has led to a flood of fish who are just WAITING for you...

PokerStars Sit And Gos – Single Table

Click here to read our PokerStars Review. Sit & Go Tournaments on PokerStars are arguably one of the most popular pursuits for the online poker player in today’s environment. Their appeal is simple, they are called Sit & Go’s because once you enter...

FTR SNG Strategy: Thin River Value

FTR SNG Strategy: Thin River Value by carlcarlsoniv | Apr 15, 2019 | Poker Videos In a new series dedicated to Sit & Go poker strategy, FTR member, Artur, discusses two hands from his session which have some river decisions. Should he bet, check, call down, or...

The Reality of Online Poker

Having spent around twenty years in the gambling industry in one capacity or another and numerous years in online poker, you cannot help but become aware of the seedier side of the industry. But this applies to all fields, it doesn’t matter what it is or how high...

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...