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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...

The Squeeze Play

A well-planned squeeze play can put your opponents in a painful spot.

The term "squeeze play" is sometimes used loosely to describe all sorts of situations in "big bet" games like no-limit hold'em and pot-limit Omaha in which a player exerts pressure on another with a hefty...

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...

Isolating Weak Players

Chase the fish into a corner and eat them all yourself

Whenever you sit down at the virtual felt on Betfair Poker or at the actual felt in your local casino you should be doing everything in your power to play hands with players that are...


Matthew Pitt

14 Feb 2012

Telling The Story Of A Bluff

It's All Lies!

One of the most fun, exciting and exhilarating moves a poker player can make at their table is a bluff. Anyone who tells you differently is simply wrong. The very act of bluffing goes against...


Matthew Pitt

29 Dec 2011

Table Dynamics

Table dynamics in play at Betfair Poker

One of the most important factors in determining how to play a hand and approach the game of poker is the dynamics of the table, that is how the table is playing and how the...


Matthew Pitt

22 Dec 2011

The Art Of Folding

The Art Of Folding

Everyone talks about poker as being a game of pure aggression where betting and raising are the best plays to make in the vast majority of situations but unless you are a rare breed of...


Matthew Pitt

18 Dec 2011

Adjusting To Deepstacked Play

Lots of chips!

More and more poker tournaments live and online are being played in a deep-stacked structure, especially live events. In these tournaments players usual start with around 200 to 300 big blinds in their stacks, like...


Matthew Pitt

29 Nov 2011

Player Identification

Passive or Agressive?

The modern game of online poker is one that seems to be dominated by those who use poker tracking software, heads-up displays and other statistic providing avenues but what happens if one day these become...


Matthew Pitt

31 Oct 2011

Adjusting To Loose Players

Phil Ivey: Loose but not the type of player you want to try to exploit

Most of the money that you make from No Limit Hold'em cash games will come from the weak players at your table, this should make perfect sense and need little explanation. A common trait shared...


Matthew Pitt

24 Oct 2011

Warming Up and Cooling Down

110 Poker Strategy

One of the great properties of the game of poker is there are no physical requirements to play the game. It does not really matter if you are an extremely fit 19-year old or an...


Matthew Pitt

27 Sep 2011

Managing False Starts

110 Poker Strategy

Most experienced poker players recognize the importance of learning how to quit sessions when it is in their interest to do so. Psychologically speaking, it can be incredibly difficult to leave a game when down....

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