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Tourney Strategy: The Stop-and-Go

The

Being short-stacked in a no-limit hold'em tournament is never ideal, whether during the early, middle, or late stages. Whereas a big stack affords you a wide range of options both before and after the flop,...

Taking Hands Off

After winning a big pot, some players will instinctively fold the next hand or two.

Say you're in a no-limit hold'em cash game. After struggling for most of the session, you've just won a nice pot and now suddenly you're back in black. The next hand has begun, it folds...

Light Three-Betting in No-Limit Hold'em

The decision to three-bet light often has more to do with your opponent, position, and stack sizes than with the cards you're dealt.

Once upon a time a preflop three-bet -- that is, a reraise over an opening raise -- was an unmistakable signal of strength in no-limit hold'em. When it came to preflop play, the vast majority...

Push 'em Provides Chance to Sharpen Short-Stacked Strategy

In a Push 'em game, ace-eight will likely be among the range of hands with which you'll be making those all-in shoves.

There's a new game debuting on Betfair Poker this week called Push 'em, a variant designed to provide action in a hurry. A no-limit hold'em cash game, Push 'em requires players to buy in for...

Bet-Sizing in No-Limit Hold'em

Whether a bet is

Those of us who have been playing no-limit hold'em for a while sometimes forget what it was like when we first started out. While the rules of the game are relatively easy to pick up,...

Single-Suited Flops in No-Limit Hold'em

A flop consisting of three cards of the same suit comes a little over 5% of the time.

It happens more often than you might think in no-limit hold'em -- a flop containing three cards of the same suit. About once every 19 hands or so (a little over 5% of the time),...

Playing Fixed Limit Hold'em Tournaments

Fixed-limit hold'em tournaments can be profitable for those with a solid background in both LHE and tourney strategies

You might have noticed how my partner in crime YorkyPuds has been playing in the Grand Series of Poker VIII over the last week-and-a-half (both the GSOP and Mini-GSOP). There are still a few days...

Opening Raise Sizes with Premium Hands

Some players instinctively want to raise more before the flop with pocket aces than they would otherwise, which may or may not be a good instinct depending on the game.

I recently reviewed Nathan Williams' Crushing the Microstakes and interviewed Williams as well. As the title suggests, the book focuses on the lowest-limit games, with Williams' concentrating primarily on NL2 and NL5 full ring no-limit...

On Open-Shoving from the Small Blind Late in Tournaments

Some players seem especially ready to push all in from the small blind when the table folds to them.

If you play a lot of sit-n-gos or multi-table tournaments, you've probably seen it -- the small-blind open-shove. Particularly late in tourneys when the stacks become relatively shallow, you'll see players sometimes opting to push...

Going for Knockouts in Tournaments: Is It Worth It?

Knocking out an opponent in a tournament sure feels good, but does it always pack that much of a punch to do so?

So-called "bounty" or "knockout" tournaments have become increasingly popular over recent years, especially when it comes to online poker. These are tourneys for which part of the prize pool is set aside to reward players...

The Importance of Suitedness in No-Limit Hold'em

Some see suitedness as providing an occasion to act differently than they would otherwise.

One debate that frequently arises in discussions of no-limit hold'em strategy concerns the relative importance of suitedness. For many, when faced with a marginal decision over whether or not to play a hand, having two...

Sevens, Eights, and Nines in Omaha/8

Most of the best starting hands in Omaha/8 do not contain these cards

Omaha/8 (a.k.a. Omaha Hi/Lo Split-8-or-Better) has grown in popularity over recent years thanks in part to the fact that online poker rooms are now regularly offering it not just in its traditional fixed limit format...

Using Blockers in Hold'em and PLO

Being aware of blockers helps in football and in poker.

We're all focused on the NFL playoffs here in the U.S. right now, what with the Super Bowl being just a few weeks away. The playoffs are a time when individual players often emerge as...

A New Year, and a New Idea for Tracking Poker Results

When we turn the calendar over to January, it's hard not to think of ourselves as starting over, too.

For poker players, the start of a new year often occasions at least a couple of familiar ideas. Like everyone else, poker players are inspired to make resolutions when the calendar turns to January 1,...

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