Advanced Poker Strategy

Poker Tells … Silence & Stillness

October 2014

Behavioral obstacles to an opponent’s impending call or fold One important category of poker tells are those exhibited when a player believes his opponent is getting ready to call or fold to his bet. Bettors in these situations have an incentive to present an “obstacle” to their opponent’s action. These behaviors will typically only be [...]

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Idol Hands … Dan Smith takes advantage

October 2014

Jeffrey Chang puts himself in a tough spot Dan Smith       Ks9s Jeffrey Chang  KhTd Stacks Dan Smith       2,200,000 Jeffrey Chang  709,000 Blinds 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante Action is folded around to one of the most dangerous tournament players in the game, Dan Smith, who happens to have a pile of chips totaling over 2 [...]

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The Distraction Era: How modern poker is betting blind

June 2014

It’s here. The Amazon Room is again alive with the seemingly endless buzz of shuffling chips, the vuvuzela-like resonance which signals that our World Cup has begun.  At last, the Thunderdome has awoken from a nearly yearlong slumber, ready to introduce the world to the newest wave of poker talent.  There’s no place in the [...]

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Making Moves … Four-Betting In PLO

May 2014

The faster you figure this out, the better As you continue to move up in stakes, you will find the majority of players have three-betting figured out a lot better, which means that to have any chance of surviving the mid-stakes and beyond, it’s crucial to understand the correct adjustments against aggressive three-bettors. How aggressive [...]

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Poker Tells With Dani ‘The Real Ansky’ Stern

March 2014

The sky’s the limit with this guy Dani “The Real Ansky” Stern has been playing poker professionally for nine years. You may know him from his appearance on the TV shows “2 Months, $2 Million” and “PokerStars’ The Big Game.” These days he primarily plays mid- to high-stakes PLO online, with a few trips to [...]

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Make-Up Deals as an Income Strategy for Pros

March 2014

Often times in poker, your preparation and decisions away from the table can play as big a role in long-term profitability as your strategy on the felt. Unlike other strategy articles that focus on one particular hand or tournament, this article is intended to be an overview of full-time/make-up backing deals, drawing upon my own [...]

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Idol Hands … The Double Check-Raise

March 2014

When king-high just won’t cut it Hands Pasi Sormunen Ac5h Kevin Vandersmissen KcJh Stacks Pasi Sormunen 251K Kevin Vandersmissen 414K This month we take a look at an entertaining hand containing not just one check-raise, but the rare double check-raise. Both players take rather unorthodox lines, but we’ll try to get in their heads and [...]

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