Cash Game 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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Making Moves … The $20,000 Four-Betting Lesson

October 2014

Stop handing out money The first thing I want to talk about for calling four-bets is the $20,000 lesson, which is the name I came up with to help you remember that four-betting ranges are heavily weighted toward Aces, particularly at the lower stakes. I call it the $20,000 lesson, because that’s how much I’ve [...]

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Making Moves … The Value of Position In PLO

July 2014

Know where you stand Given the state of the games and availability of poker training out there, I’m assuming practically everyone reading this doesn’t need to be told that being in position (IP) is good, and being out of position (OOP) is bad. I don’t know about you, but that seems too general for me, [...]

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Working harder … Food for thought

May 2014

Do you really want to leave your series to chance? You ever notice how you don’t see football players drinking Mountain Dew before the Super Bowl? There is a reason why stories of Babe Ruth eating solely hot dogs before games are the exception and not the rule. Yet, when many poker players make 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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Team Partypoker … Inducing on Big Flops

May 2014

Big drawing hands in no limit hold’em can be very profitable if played correctly. It is certainly a very liberating feeling for your hand to hit the board in a way in which you would gleefully put all of your money in the pot while there is nothing that your opponent can have that would [...]

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Poker Tells … They’re broadcasting

April 2014

Your opponents are telling you everything The following is a preview of a chapter from the soon-to-be-published book “Verbal Poker Tells,” by Zachary Elwood. Pre-orders are available on the author’s website. Immediate Verbal Responses One sign of relaxed speech is that it flows freely, without hesitation. Anxious people are more likely to think before speaking; [...]

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