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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...

Turbo Tournaments

Turbo tournaments can really go this quickly

Turbo tournaments are gaining in popularity both in online poker circles and in the live arena but there are a core section of poker players who are dead set against them. They often cite the...

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Matthew Pitt

26 Jan 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...

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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...

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Matthew Pitt

22 Dec 2011

Building a Strategy for Double-or-Nothing SNGs

Double-or-nothing SNGs tend to attract a lot of novice players, a.k.a.

A little over three years ago, "Double or nothing" sit-n-goes started to appear as a new option on online poker sites. Usually these are 10-handed, single-table tournaments in which the top five finishers get double...

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...

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Matthew Pitt

27 Sep 2011

Why Position Is Vital In Poker

110 Poker Strategy

As a general rule the average poker player in today's game is much more skilled, or at least more knowledgeable, than they were as little as three years ago. There are a number of reasons...

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Matthew Pitt

30 Aug 2011

The Floating Explosion

110 Poker Strategy

One of the key changes that has affected all games in the last twelve months or so has been the massive increase in the number of players refusing to believe flop bets. It used to...

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Dave Allan

21 Jul 2011

Acknowledge When You Run Good

110 Poker Strategy

I never hit my draws when I need to. Ace-king always hits for my opponents but never for me. Why do they always have aces when I have kings? How often have you heard or...

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Matthew Pitt

11 Jul 2011

Leading instead of check-raising

110 Poker Strategy

Leading into a preflop raiser can be an extremely profitable play to make in low stakes games, even more profitable than check-raising them. The reason the play works best in these games is the fact...

Raising and cold calling ranges

200 No Limit Holdem

One thing that really separates No Limit Hold'em from Pot Limit Omaha is the huge difference between raising and cold calling ranges between the two games. In No Limit Hold'em, generally the initial raiser (or...

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Dave Allan

4 Jul 2011

Raising the ante

110 Poker Strategy

The ante and/or blinds is effectively what makes poker work. Without forced bets, every player would simply wait for aces, and it is the simple fact that you have to pay before you even get...

Exploiting weak opponents

200 No Limit Holdem

Most great skill games have areas that are extremely counter intuitive. Put another way, they have nuances where the correct play seems to defy common sense in many ways, and goes right against the grain...

Stealing

110 Poker Strategy

Most of the greatest poker players are born thieves when it comes to their table play. Although (for the most part anyway) people of the highest integrity off the table and in terms of respecting...

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