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  • A Sit-N-Go Tournament - Hand by Hand

    Today we will be reviewing my play in a recent Pokerist Sit-N-Go. While I played, I kept notes of the action, which is actually a rather difficult thing to do. Nonetheless, I did my best.

  • The Preflop Player vs. The Postflop Player

    Today, we are going to discuss two conflicting but legitimate strategies: being a predominantly preflop player or a predominantly postflop player. Hopefully, you can see where you fit in the spectrum and use this newfound understanding to play to your own strengths.

  • Playing Against Short Stackers

    Today, we will discuss how to play against short stackers in ring games (aka cash games, as opposed to tournaments) to maximize your success.

  • To Peek or Not to Peek

    When it comes to when you should look at your cards in a live game, there are two schools of though, each with valid ideas. Today, we will be discussing when to look at your cards in a live game, including the relative benefits of the two primary philosophies.

  • The Three Bet

    As you become more comfortable with the game of poker, you are going to want to gather as many weapons as possible in your arsenal. The three bet is one such weapon. It can throw off your opponents and earn you some chips, even with a subpar hand.

  • Information is Money

    Today, we will be discussing the ways that players can foolishly give up information at the poker table in a way that can cost them money. Most of the advice leans heavily toward live play, where there are a ton of sources of information available, but if you are prone to chatting at the virtual tables, the lessons largely carry over.

  • Leveling Up

    Today, we will discuss the six Levels of Poker Thinking explained in Sklanksy’s and Miller’s No Limit Hold’em: Theory and Practice, to hopefully give you a feel of where you are on the spectrum and how to get to the next level.

  • Hand Equivalency

    Not all hands are created equal, but if the right (or wrong) conditions come together, hands that would appear to be very different can actually be fairly equivalent. In poker, there are various «levels» of thinking. At Level 1, players focus on their own cards, without regards for their opponents' holdings. Hopefully, this is not you. Regardless, once we move to Level 2 and consider our opponent’s hand, the value of your hand can change significantly. If you are not careful, you can get married to a hand because of its seeming strength; but not appreciating the concept of hand equivalency can be a costly mistake.

  • Home on (to) the Range

    When playing a hand in poker, amongst the myriad of considerations to consider is how to keep weaker hands from folding. The biggest pots are usually the ones where there is a showdown, and the only way to win a showdown is to be against weaker cards when the betting is done and its time to expose the hands. Oftentimes, as a newer or even intermediate player, when you reach showdown against a weaker hand, thus taking the pot, it is somewhat unintentional. Sure, you want to win the pot and you play with that in mind, but are you consciously trying to keep weaker hands in the pot? By tweaking your game slightly, you may be able to do just that, giving you more winning showdowns and more huge pots.

  • Doing Business - A Live Play Phenomenon

    Poker is all about the long term. In any given hand, luck may be the determining factor. You may have gotten your opponent to call your all-in after you flop a straight against his top pair, but if the board goes runner-runner and he ends the hand with a straight, all of your good play can go up in smoke. But that’s okay, because experienced players understand that poker is all about the long term. Your opponent may get lucky in one hand, but if he is the type of guy to call an all-in with top pair, over time you will end up with his money, as long as you keep making that same play with superior hands. Winning one hand may require luck. Winning many hands require skill.

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