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There are times when it can be profitable to bet purely for the sake of protecting your hand even when it doesn’t work out as profitable as a value bet or bluff by itself.
Recently I have seen a number of posts by newer players complaining about bad beats and suckouts and perhaps even suggesting that certain sites deliver a greater proportion of bad beats than others. There is already a sticky in the bad beat forum about this but I...
Surprisingly I couldn't find any posts detailing this, so I'm going to do my thing. A Common Scenario With 100bb effective stacks, EP opens for 4x preflop, there are 2 callers, and we call on the button with 9 8 . Both of the blinds call. The flop pot is now 24bb. The...
There are several factors that you have to learn about when deciding whether or not to bluff when you’ve missed the flop, and we’ll cover them in detail.
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...
In live, low-stakes Limit Hold’em games, you’ll want to pay careful attention to the size of the pot. Postflop, you’ll need to know what pot odds you’re facing whenever you’re considering making a call. Be sure to know how much equity you need to call a given bet size.
Working on preflop ranges can be difficult because you’ll almost never have a valid sample size. Check out these results from millions of 7-handed Texas Hold’em tables to see what hands are profitable for other players and what hands lose money.
A reader-friendly, easy to understand explanation of game theory and its applications in poker. Explaining the differences between theoretical terms such as strategy, strategic options, domination and exploitation, the article teaches players how to use these principles to maximize their winnings.
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 is...
Point 12: Consider the Blinds. A recurring theme of several posts is something like " I am a great player until about 3/4 of the way through then I never seem to make the money" or "I just cant get to the final table." Below is posted a blind structure I lifted from...
Pot Limit Omaha is becoming increasingly popular especially among jaded Hold’em players. While both games contain the same flop, turn and river game-play dynamics, there are important differences, not least of which is that Omaha features four hole cards.
Ok, now here's where the play gets a bit more tricky. These hands are pretty delicate, yet still playable. Group 5: 66 55 44 33 22 KJ QTs A9s A8s QJ Now, by this point, we've drastically departed from Sklansky and the Carnegie Mellon group's hand groupings. Both...
5 Card Draw is a game that’s familiar to many poker players through fondly remembered games around the kitchen table. With only two betting rounds and the possibility of replacing cards you don’t like, the game is completely different from Texas Hold’em.
This week, we’re going to cover the types of things you should be considering when you’re deciding if you should fire the second barrel or not.