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Categories in Poker Strategy

Beginner Poker

Beginner Poker

112 Articles
Basic strategy concepts to teach new players how to play poker.

Cash Games

Cash Games

58 Articles
When the value of your chips actually means something.

Heads Up

Heads Up

6 Articles
Learn how to battle and beat your opponents, mano y mano.

Limit Hold'em

Limit Hold'em

38 Articles
Strategy articles that help you bet, raise, 3-bet, and cap your bets.

Live Poker

Live Poker

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

MTT

MTT

35 Articles
We teach you how to make the final table and lock up a big score.

No Limit Hold'em

No Limit Hold'em

182 Articles
What are the two most powerful words in poker? I’m all-in.

Omaha

Omaha

14 Articles
When two cards just aren’t enough.

Open Face Chinese

Open Face Chinese

4 Articles
Learn how to get those Queens up top for Fantasy Land.

Poker Dictionary

Poker Dictionary

1,236 Articles
Learn the lingo and terms used by poker players.

Poker Psychology

Poker Psychology

67 Articles
The power of the mind in poker: There is no spade.

Poker Rules

Poker Rules

14 Articles
The rules of the road. Learn how to play various forms of poker.

Poker Tools

Poker Tools

37 Articles
Improve your game by learning how to use the tools of the trade.

Poker Videos

Poker Videos

98 Articles
Watch and learn from the best in the world.

SNG

SNG

41 Articles
For the players who only have two decisions, shove or fold.

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Featured Poker Strategy Articles

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

The study of tactical play in poker is about figuring out which plays are likely to work well against certain player types and against the field as a whole.

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The Psychology of Losing

You can’t win every hand or tournament when playing poker. But an extended losing streak can often have severe emotional repercussions that may compound over time, causing you to lose even more. Learn how to break out of the cycle and start winning again.

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Taking the Next Step

In poker, it’s important to keep improving your game so that you can move up in stakes. By carefully considering bankroll management, studying the player pool at your new level and approaching the bigger game with the right mindset, you can increase your chances for success.

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ISF Theorem

Amazingly, when I was high yesterday from some horrible weed, I came to a breakthrough thought in my poker game. I called sauce up and explained to him what I just realized and he had no idea why it was so amazing. It took me awhile, but then I realized that the...
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Beating 6 Max No Limit Holdem by Sauce123

Six-max poker tables offer excitement but require a different style of play than full-ring games. You will want to remain reasonable with your opening ranges, but three-bet liberally. You should c-bet a lot, but be more cautious on future streets.

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Bankroll Management 101

Bankroll Management Calculator Current Bankroll: Show Clear Cash — 100 BUY-INS Conservative — 40 BUY-INS Recommended — 20 BUY-INS Risky MTT — 100 BUY-INS Conservative — 75 BUY-INS Recommended — 40 BUY-INS Risky SnG — 75...
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Most Recent Articles in Poker Strategy

[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...

Texas Calculatem Odds Calculator

Below is a nice write-up provided by Texas Calculatem that explains the benefits of using a poker odds calculator while playing online Texas Holdem poker. How To Use An Odds Calculator To Win More Money At Online Poker Do you use a poker odds calculator? I sure hope...

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...

Building Your Bankroll & Moving Up

So you don’t have $150 to start playing. You’ve already lost money and if you deposit any more money in your poker account your Wife/Girlfriend/Mother is going to kill you. Don’t worry! You can still play for real money. Some sites offer a promotion...

Hand of the Week 4B (6 Max, AQ in SB)

Hand of the Week 4B (6 Max, AQ in SB) by carlcarlsoniv | Jul 29, 2018 | Poker Videos Facebook Twitter Google+ EmailLinkEmbedCopy and paste this HTML code into your webpage to embed. In part 2, now Courtney looks at the hand from the other perspective – AQ from...

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.

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...

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...

HORSE Rules

In HORSE, players must play 5 different poker games: Hold’em, Omaha/8, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud/8. All games are in limit betting format, and each game is played for eight hands before the next game in the rotation begins.

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...

SnG Key Strategies

There are a lot of strategic concepts involved in proper Sit and Go play. By learning how to wield your stack as a weapon, playing appropriately tight and developing proper preflop ranges, you’ll be well on your way to beating the games. You’ll also need to consider what other players are doing.

Chardrian’s Guide to Live Small Stakes Limit Poker (Part 1)

Ok, to start this off, I figured it would be a good idea to give a little background about myself.  I was a 2nd year law student at the University of Wisconsin when the poker boom began in 2003.  Like many young(ish) males at the time, I got caught up in the wave of...

Heads Up SNG Survival Guide

Heads-up SNGs can be extremely fun and profitable. Before playing, however, you need to make sure you’re adequately rolled for the stakes you’re going to play. Also, it’s probably helpful to brush up on your push/fold game because these types of tournaments often feature short-stacked play.

Win MTT Poker 14 – Final Table, Heads Up

Point 42: Heads Up The most frequent question I get asked is how do I play heads up. This is truly a difficult part of the game for most people because they have so little experience. All most all their poker play is based on tables with large fields. I haven’t...

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