Final table set for WSOP Main Event

The most important poker tournament of the year is the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, but those who want to find out the name of the winner need to wait until November. The new tournament structure states that the last nine players will take a four months break before returning to Las Vegas […]

When Not to Go All In With AK

Poker commentator and sports writer Norman Chad once mentioned that every professional poker player should have written on his tombstone, “He Started With Ace King.” He was only partly kidding. Ace King, or Big Slick as it is commonly called, is one of the best starting hands in Texas Hold’em, and if they are suited […]

Changing Gears in Tournament Play

Tournament poker games can be a very different sort of animal than cash poker games. There are chip stacks to manage, people dropping in and out of the game, getting reseated multiple times, and the finality of it all; unless you are in a re-buy event, when your chips are gone, so are you.

Pot Odds

You’ve heard the phrase before, and may have even caught a partial explanation listening to the commentary on ESPN’s World Series of Poker broadcasts, but really, what are Pot Odds?

Big Blind Action

A lot of players hate being in the big blind. The idea of being forced to bet before they even see their cards puts them off, if someone raises then they are tempted to stay in regardless of their starting cards to “protect their blinds”, and then to top it off they are going to […]

Middle Pair Is not Top Pair

When it comes to Texas Hold’em, yet another thing that is important to keep stored in your arsenal of poker knowledge is the following bit of wisdom: Middle Pair is not Top Pair. Now, it may seem a fairly obvious statement, but it is important enough to bear consideration, especially when your money or your […]

All In – The Ultimate Equalizer

When playing No Limit Texas Hold’em you have a tool called the All In that can be used very effectively to take power away from the other players and give it to yourself. In No Limit you may, at any point in any hand, declare that you are All In and push all your chips […]

Tight Means Tight-Fisted

When playing online poker you have the advantage of playing many more hands per hour than you do in live poker games at brick and mortar casinos, or even home games. With the amount of table chatter at home games, especially more than at home. With more hands you have the potential to make more […]

Betting With the Best Hand

Do you have the best hand? Then you need to act as if you do. Sounds like silly advice, doesn’t it? Naturally, if you have a Queen and Jack of hearts in your hand and the board flops Q Q x, you likely have the best hand and should be betting and raising. The problem […]

Slowplaying Strong Hands Is A Losing Proposition

This advice is mostly relevant to Limit Texas Hold’em, as opposed to Pot Limit or No Limit Texas Hold’em. When you are playing Limit Hold’em properly, you are avoiding a lot of hands.

Dodge The Flop

It may seem like odd advice to give a poker player who favors community card games like Omaha or the crowd favorite, Texas Hold’em, but one of the best ways to succeed at the game is to avoid seeing the flop. It seems counter intuitive because you only start out with two cards, and really […]

Stealing the Ante in Stud Poker

Once everyone has anted up in a game of stud poker, there will be a small pile of chips sitting in the middle of the table. Stealing the ante is when you claim these chips as your own with a hand that would need a defibulator and some really good drugs to life. First of […]

Playing Suited Connectors

Conventional thinking says that small suited connectors should be played only when the flop is good enough to give you the best draw. When the suited connectors are big, like an Ace/King, you can feel a little more confident with an overpair. In short, you should raise. This hand has winning potential.

Omaha Hi/Lo: Point Count System

There is a big difference between a system and a sure thing. A good example of a sure thing would be a date with Anna Nicole Smith if you are over 70 and a multimillionaire. The outcome of that event is almost predestined. A system is something you do during a game to put yourself […]

Basic Poker Tips

There are ways to make winning at poker almost a guarantee. Unfortunately most of these strategies involve hypnotism, sleeping with the dealer, or committing a felony with a firearm. These are not things that most gamblers are willing to do. However there are ways to tip things in your favor that are perfectly legal.

A Starting Hand of Ace and Queen

Everyone knows what to do when your hole cards are AA, KK, or AK, but sometimes you get a hand that is a little more difficult to figure out exactly what to do with it. When your hole cards are an Ace and a Queen you are entering some very tricky waters.

Leave The Blinds

You have likely heard the phrase if you have either played enough Texas Hold’em or watched it on TV. Players are sometimes known for “defending their blinds.” What does it mean to defend your blinds? Ultimately it means you will lose more money than you have to.

Should You Go On? The Flop

Texas Hold’em, in all three varieties (No Limit, Pot Limit and Limit) is, like all poker games, about making the right call. Not calling a bet, but making the right decision. The first decision is whether or not you should stay in the hand to the Flop, the point in the game where the dealer […]

Bluff Power

Everyone likely understands what a bluff is in the game of poker. When you have a garbage hand and you want to represent that you have a strong hand, you fire at the pot, putting in enough money to make your deception convincing. If your bluff works, other players will lay down their hands, believing […]

Calling Can Help

Does it bother you when other players call you a “Calling Station?” Are you constantly being told that calling is bad? If you listen to the majority of professional poker players, they will tell you that you shouldn’t be calling. If the hand you start with is not good enough to raise with, then you […]

Weak Foundations

When you are playing limit Texas Hold’em, there is one primary directive that takes precedence over every other bit of poker advice you have ever learned: you need a strong foundation. A strong foundation means picking the right cards to play pre flop. If you start off with the wrong cards you are going to […]

Getting the Most out of SNGs

When it comes to playing online poker, one of the best ways to learn the game and make money is by playing tournaments. When you play in cash games it is harder to have a stop limit and you may find yourself getting sucked in over your head especially if you are not playing well […]

Give Trapping a Try

One of the trickier elements in playing poker is getting the maximum value out of a hand. While some poker advice will have you going aggressive to the max each and every time you draw two aces or something similar as a starting hand, you can often scare off potential money. The art of the […]

When Not to Go All In

When playing No Limit Texas Hold’Em poker one of the biggest weapons in your arsenal is moving all in. At any point in any hand you can declare “all in” and shove your entire stack of chips to the center of the table, putting an incredible amount of pressure on your opponents. The all in […]

Make It Stick

If you are like a lot of poker players these days then you are trying to improve your game. Drawn along by the success stories of Moneymaker, Raymer, Hachem and the rest, you may have decided to give turning pro a try, or perhaps you just want to see if you can supplement your income […]

The Cash Game Sieve

If you are like many new poker players, you likely got your interest piqued by Poker TV; either you watched the artificial drama of the World Poker Tour or the down home competition of the World Series of Poker, or even the shenanigans of the crew on the Celebrity Poker Showdown show.

Strategy for Learning Poker – Write a Book

Here is a novel idea for learning how to play poker — write a book about it. Okay, writing a full-fledged poker strategy book might be beyond your means at this point, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do some poker writing to help cement the lessons you have learned. There are tons of learning […]

The Cash Game Walk Away

Poker is one of those odd games where you win by losing. Not literally — whether it is a tournament poker game or a cash game, you still want to get all the chips or all the money. However, if you consider folding a bad hand to be losing that hand, than the majority of […]

Calling Momentum

There is a difference between being in a zone, and getting caught in a rhythm. Smart salesman, the kind who gets you to put your name down on the condo package after a two hour tour of property, even though your better judgment tales you not to, know all about something called the “yes momentum.”

Visualization and Poker

Anyone who caught the most recent Winter Olympics may have noticed an interesting sort of dance taking place among the downhill skiers waiting for their shot on the slopes. The Olympians would stand, with their eyes closed, and wave their arms in an undulating motion, their head and body rocking from side to side.

Demand an Edge

Winners demand an edge. There’s no question about it — a person who is honestly dedicated to winning is going to demand an edge in whatever they are doing. If they don’t have an edge, they simply won’t play. This may fly in the face of the concepts of good sportsmanship and “giving it the […]

Consistency in Poker

You’ve heard it probably a thousand times: poker is a game that is all about making good decisions. You’ve likely hammered that thought into your head, or perhaps written it on a sticky note and posted it on your computer monitor, and if you have given it a shot, then you have learned something important […]

Tournament Stacks vs Small Bankrolls

There are many differences between tournament play and cash play when it comes to poker, even if the game is the same. A No Limit Texas Hold ’em tournament for example requires different strategy than a No Limit Texas Hold ’em cash game. The differences include not only your strategy but your approach, especially the […]

Time vs Money in Poker

Why do you play poker? If you haven’t taken the time to answer this question, you should — this answer is one of the most important in order to understand your own winning strategies. If you have, and the answer is to pass the time, than this article is not necessarily for you. If your […]

Save All in for Fourth Street

One of the biggest mistakes that new poker players make, especially online poker players, is the pre-flop all in move. While books have been written on the subject – namely using this technique in order to put pros on edge, tilting them and frustrating them with such aggression, it is still technically a mistake to […]

Over Betting Versus Betting Just Enough

There is no need to over bet the pot. Get a pencil and a sticky note and write that down: “there is no need to over bet the pot.” Underline it a few times and paste it to the monitor in which you play online poker. While it is certainly true that you often have […]

Controlling Pot Odds

Here is a simple idea that many beginning players are completely oblivious to: controlling your opponent’s pot odds allows you to induce mistakes. As the player who makes the most mistakes is the one who loses, and you want to be there when your opponents are making mistakes, inducing them to make mistakes allows you […]

Exploring the Idea of “Best Hand”

Here is the situation: you are playing in a No Limit Texas Holdem cash game, and you look down to find yourself holding two Aces, the best possible starting hand in the game. You are short stacked, have no more money in your pocket, and will be blinded off before too long. If you move […]

Fish and Chip Sandwich – the Squeeze Play

Phil Gordon calls it the Fish and Chip Sandwich, while other poker pros call it either simply a sandwich or a squeeze play. Whatever name you know it by, the art of raising after another player to put pressure on yet a third player is a useful weapon to keep in your arsenal of poker […]

Betting on Fourth Street vs Fifth Street

Playing poker for money is not all about winning the big pots, despite what you might have learned from watching poker TV or Hollywood movies. While taking down the monsters is a great way to build your chip stack or bankroll, it is holding on to your chips that makes your wins mean something; if […]

All In Versus Pot Committed

One of the more interesting things about poker television is getting the opportunity to hear poker experts provide commentary on other professionals playing the game. While it can be easy to be a backseat driver, or an armchair quarterback, it still provides a lot of insight into the way that expert poker players think and […]

Aggression Is Key – Usually

Tight Aggressive is the playing style preferred and recommended by most experts in the world of poker as the style that will yield the most profitability over time. In tournament poker it is also one of the most valued styles of play, and in the game of No Limit Texas Holdem, the poker game most […]

Betting Rule of Thumb

It is hard to have any hard and fast rules in the game of poker. There are thousands of the variables in any given hand, if not more, and sticking to a hard-line set of rules could leave you vulnerable.

Two Ways to Win

Poker is gambling. Any game that involves money and relies on luck – to any degree at all – is gambling. A poker player who tries to convince himself that he is not gambling is like a person trying to convince himself that his shoes won’t ignite while standing in a campfire – both will […]

Slow Playing is Tricky

Slow playing is one of the most misunderstood and misused strategies in the game of poker. The idea is to represent the kind of hand that your opponent wants you to have (a weak one) and get him to bet into you, building the pot for you, so that you can get more money from […]

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