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Poker Strategy

Learn to beat the pigeons, fish, donkeys, and other bad poker players euphemized by members of the animal kingdom.

Learn to beat the pigeons, fish, donkeys, and other bad poker players euphemized by members of the animal kingdom.

My philosophy

With poker strategy having been done so well already by pros and journalists alike I’ve tried to take a little bit of a different approach in my guidance for players.

I try to give special consideration to what works online and write in an accessible fashion without being too generic and simplistic. I also don’t include a whole lot of math beyond pot odds and the odds of hitting hands in specific scenarios.

Advice like “Avoid trap hands and play conservatively from early position.” is only useful to the most inexperienced players but a bottom-line tip like “Pocket pairs become more valuable against early position raisers.” might actually be useful.

I believe in giving bottom-line methods that you can easily incorporate into your game.

I believe the most useful strategy can be understood by beginners yet give a useful tidbit, serve as a plug for a potential leak, or offer a new perspective that may still help intermediate and advanced players.

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Texas Hold’em Poker Hand Rankings (Starting Cards)

A list of every single two-card starting hand in Texas Hold'em along with its long-term winning percentage against 1-8 other players holding random cards. This essentially ranks every hand by strength.

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Common Odds in Texas Hold’em

The actual mathematical odds for the most common and useful situations in Hold'em such as odds of completing straights, flushes, or improving a set.

Quick-Fold Poker Strategy

Quick-Fold Poker Strategy

Quick-fold poker variants like Zoom, Rush, and Zone Poker call for some strategy adjustments. Here are some of my top methods for maximizing winnings at fast-fold poker.

Practical Post-Flop Strategy

Practical Post-Flop Strategy

Details the most important aspects of reading a post-flop situation, the turning point of a hand in No-Limit Hold'em.

Sit and Go Strategy (Early Rounds)

Sit and Go Strategy (Early Rounds)

A guide to help you win more and lose less during the early rounds of a Sit and Go when your stack is high relative to the blinds.

Sit and Go Strategy (Middle Rounds)

Sit and Go Strategy (Middle Rounds)

So you've made it out of the opening Sit and Go rounds either via conflict avoidance or growing your stack. This is how you make it through the heart of the single-table tournament and to the final stretch.

How to Figure out and use Pot Odds

How to Figure out and use Pot Odds

The most important part of Hold'em independent of playing your opponents is arguably comparing pot odds to the odds of improving your hand. Let me show you how to do that and why you need to.

What are Implied Odds?

What are Implied Odds?

The concept of implied odds is one of the most poorly understood and poorly cited ideas in poker, usually used to justify a decision you shouldn't have made. What are they and when can they actually be useful?

How to Cope with Getting Pocket Aces Cracked

How to Cope with Getting Pocket Aces Cracked

Getting pocket Aces cracked by an inferior hand is one of the most frustrating parts of no-limit Hold'em. Could you have prevented it? And what should you try to do when it inevitably happens?

Strategy for Small Pocket Pairs

Strategy for Small Pocket Pairs

Poker strategy article on specific methods for playing small poker pairs 22-77. How much should you call, who do you want to play these against, and what should you do when you unearth gold with that set on the flop?

Ship those chips.

Ship those chips.

No-Limit Hold’em Cash Games

Strategy for Small Pocket Pairs

Strategy for Small Pocket Pairs

Poker strategy article on specific methods for playing small poker pairs 22-77. How much should you call, who do you want to play these against, and what should you do when you unearth gold with that set on the flop?

Guide to Playing High-Card Flops

Guide to Playing High-Card Flops

Methods for playing flops containing 2 or more high cards (10-A) and how to shut down your opponents from potential draws. Hint: proceed with extreme caution.

The Hammer of Future Bets

The Hammer of Future Bets

When making what seem like harmless decisions on the flop, keep in mind "the hammer of future bets" before you walk into an expensive trap.

Guide to Playing High-Card Flops

Guide to Playing High-Card Flops

Methods for playing flops containing 2 or more high cards (10-A) and how to shut down your opponents from potential draws. Hint: proceed with extreme caution.

Why to Buy In for the Minimum in Cash Games

Why to Buy In for the Minimum in Cash Games

Potential reasons you may want to buy in for the table minimum at a cash game.

Why to Buy In for the Table Maximum

Why to Buy In for the Table Maximum

Reasons for immediately playing the cash game big stack and buying in for as much as the poker room allows.

Specific Poker Hands

Tournament Strategy

Sit and Go Strategy (Early Rounds)

Sit and Go Strategy (Early Rounds)

A guide to help you win more and lose less during the early rounds of a Sit and Go when your stack is high relative to the blinds.

Sit and Go Strategy (Middle Rounds)

Sit and Go Strategy (Middle Rounds)

So you've made it out of the opening Sit and Go rounds either via conflict avoidance or growing your stack. This is how you make it through the heart of the single-table tournament and to the final stretch.

Poker Rules

Beat The Fish Guide

Beating Loose Tables

How to Cope with Getting Pocket Aces Cracked

How to Cope with Getting Pocket Aces Cracked

Getting pocket Aces cracked by an inferior hand is one of the most frustrating parts of no-limit Hold'em. Could you have prevented it? And what should you try to do when it inevitably happens?

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Poker Hand Nicknames

Poker players are peerless when it comes to their ability to give nicknames. Here is a selection of the most popular nicknames given to specific poker hands and their origins.

All About Poker Bad Beats

All About Poker Bad Beats

What actually qualifies as a bad beat in poker, how to keep perspective when you're on the losing end, and why they actually mean that you're playing the game the right way.

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The Anatomy of a Poker Table Maniac

The Anatomy of a Poker Table Maniac

Considering the logic behind blind aggression in cash games and how to defend your game from this unpredictable type of player.

Online Poker Stories

 

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