Intermediate Poker Strategy

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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Working harder … Playing with a partner

July 2014

Depending on the person, a significant other can help your game On my podcast at Oneouter.com my cohost and I recently received an unexpected question. “Alex, what is the influence of a wife for an MTT poker pro? I am single now. I used to have girlfriend and I am on my way to getting [...]

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Poker Tells … Immediate Bets and What They Can Mean

July 2014

Bet-timing tells are patterns that players have with regards to how quickly they make a decision, whether checking, calling, betting or raising. Immediate bets are one bet-timing behavior that can be very meaningful. Before we talk about immediate bets, though, a few caveats: For most player behavior to be meaningful, it has to be associated [...]

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Idol Hands … $7 million decision

July 2014

Two heads-up gurus battle for the big one Hands Daniel Negreanu KhQs Daniel Colman Ad4d Stacks Daniel Negreanu 70,000,000 Daniel Colman 56,000,000 The million dollar buy-in “Big One for One Drop” event at the World Series is always going to be exciting. With such obscene money up for grabs and some of the world’s best [...]

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The Stakes: Selling Action

June 2014

Selling action is an integral part of the poker industry, and it comes in three main forms: piece buying/selling, swapping of action, and long-term staking. In this article, I will focus on the ins and outs of buying and selling pieces. I will also discuss to a minor extent the practice of “action swapping” in [...]

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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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Let’s talk WSOP

May 2014

I’ve spent the last year working on a new book called “Verbal Poker Tells.” It’s focused on during-hand verbal behavior — finding patterns in what poker players say and how they say it. Because it’s WSOP season, I thought it’d be fun to showcase some interesting verbal behavior and conversations from past WSOP events. All [...]

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