When NOT to Check-Raise

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Recently I have been reviewing hands from small stakes poker tournaments for some of my private students and it seems like their opponents (amateur small stakes players) check-raise in exactly the wrong spots. In general, you want to check-raise the flop when you can extract value from many inferior made hands, when you can make many superior hands fold, or when your marginal value hand plays poorly on future betting rounds, usually because your opponent is overly aggressive and the board will significantly change. Read More

Exploitative Play vs GTO Play by Michael Acevedo

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This post is a tiny piece of Michael Acevedo’s upcoming book Modern Poker Theory. I had the pleasure to see an early copy and it is excellent. You will not want to miss this ground-breaking book!

Passive Exploitation

Does GTO play make money against bad players?

In a HU situation, if one player is playing optimally vs a suboptimal opponent, any deviation the weaker player makes away from GTO to a worse strategy can only cost him value, which will in turn be gained by the optimal player. This phenomenon is called passive exploitation because the optimal player does not have to do anything besides play his equilibrium strategy to gain extra Ev from the suboptimal player. Read More

Deep Run in the PartyPoker WPT $5000 Main Event

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I discuss making a deep run in the PartyPoker WPT $5,000 buy-in Main Event at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal, Canada. Will I win my third WPT title? Watch and see!

Thanks for watching this vlog series. Next up for me is the PartyPoker Caribbean Poker Party, including two $10,000,000 guarantee events! Maybe the run good will continue!

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