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Poker Strategy: Live Poker

Learn how to transition from online play to your local casino.

Live Poker

Live poker games tend to be much softer than their online counterparts, but it’s still crucial to adjust your game so that you don’t leave any money on the table. While you could probably play like you usually do online and still make a profit, it’s far better to acclimate yourself to common live poker situations so that you can maximize your returns. There are many more multi-way pots in brick-and-mortar poker, so you’ll want to become familiar with how to take advantage of these bloated pots. Then there’s the whole aspect of spotting tells while giving away nothing yourself, which is largely missing from poker played over the internet. Adding live poker to your repertoire can really boost your bottom line. The articles below focus on traditional poker, as played around a physical table, so they’ll help you get a leg up on your opponents in casinos and home games.alike.

Featured Live Poker Articles

Personal Attacks and the Check Raise

There’s a weird school of thought that check-raising in live poker is unfriendly or ungentlemanly behavior. But it is merely just another tool in your strategic arsenal. It’s usually not used to make a personal assault against an opponent. Use it to bet for value or bluff as usual.

The UTG Live Straddle

Straddling under the gun is sometimes done in live, loose poker games. When a player straddles, the blinds lose value, but every other position gains value. Because the pot will play about twice as large as normal, you should change your starting hand requirements to take account of the straddle.

More Poker Tells and Reviews

When playing live poker, you can get important tells on your opponents by carefully paying attention to their movements and actions. Whenever players seem to deliberately go out of their way to give you information, the actual information is usually the opposite of what they’re trying to tell you.

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

There are a few important principles to remember when transitioning to live poker play from the online tables. In live poker, you should try to maintain a fun, friendly image. You don’t want the rest of the table to realize that you’re playing serious poker. Beware of relying overmuch on tells.

Most Recent Live Poker Articles

Adjusting to PokerStars Buy-in Levels

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 means next...

Beating Small-Stakes Cash Games

A few years ago I wrote an article for a poker magazine called “coming in under the radar”. In that article I mentioned playing lower stakes games than you normally would and taking advantage of weaker players. In essence, online poker has grown up an awful lot since...

Continuation Betting in NL Hold’em

Continuation Betting in NL Hold’em

An easily digestible explanation of continuation betting in No Limit Texam Hold’em. This article demonstrates which hands are ideal for c-bets, which aren’t and how, when and against whom a c-bet should be used to maximize winnings. It also explains how much you should bet in certain situations.

The Efficient Frontier of Poker

euphoricism recently made a post entitled The biggest money-making secret in poker. https://www.flopturnriver.com/poker-strategy/biggest-money-making-secret-in-poker-19084 I’m not going to rehash it here (read it if you haven’t already – it's good...

Optimizing Your Sessions With Simple Routines

Establishing a set of routines to perform before you begin playing poker will produce long-term, positive results. By properly training your body, you’ll be able to condition your involuntary responses to make you calm, focused and ready to play whenever you want to.

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 mathematically, and prove that those people...

No Limit Betting

Beginners generally have trouble knowing how much to bet when they hit a hand. For the most part they know to "take away the other guy's pot odds," but there's more to betting than that. Because... tell me if this happens to you... You have AK in early position. You...

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...

Breaking Down the Non-Hold’em Games Part 2

In Part 1 of this series we looked at the more common non-Hold'em games like Omaha and the Stud variations. Now it's time to dive into some of the more obscure games, including all of the draw variations like 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw, Badugi, and 5-Card Draw....