The right way to play an under pair

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One of my students recently told me about a hand from a $5/$10 no-limit hold’em cash game that demonstrates exactly how you should play a marginal under pair. Although he ended up losing the pot, he played it great.

A somewhat loose, splashy player raised to $30 out of his $1,000 effective stack from first position at a seven-handed table and our Hero with 10d-10c elected to 3-bet from second position to $90. Read More

The Slow Roll

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There has been a rash of slow rolling on televised poker recently, so let’s discuss it!

Slowrolling is when someone knows they have the best hand either at the showdown or when facing a final bet, but they act as if they have the losing hand before eventually revealing the winner.

While this has no impact on the game (because the best hand always wins at the showdown), it causes some players to get angry because they thought they were going to win the pot, but instead lost. Many people view slow rolling as a personal attack and get angry, often resulting in suboptimal play or raging tilt. Read More

Choosing the correct river bet size

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Despite spending a decent amount of time studying, getting in shape, and finding my way into a tranquil mindset, the 2015 $10,000 buy-in WSOP Main Event did not go well for me. I felt like I played my best but the cards simply did not cooperate at all. However, I did get off to a nice start. Today I will share with you a hand that may seem straightforward, but in reality, it is a tricky spot that I think I played in the most profitable manner.   Read More

Visiting Baha Mar before PartyPoker’s Caribbean Poker Party – Part 2

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In November, PartyPoker is having a major tournament series featuring two (yes, 2!) $10,000,000 guaranteed events called the Caribbean Poker Party at Baha Mar, a new luxury resort in the Bahamas and asked if I would go there to make a video blog showing off the resort. Seeing how Amie and I have not had a non-poker vacation away together in two years, we were celebrating our three-year anniversary, and are expecting our second son in December, how could I say no?

This video features lots of time at the beach, amazing dinners, and maybe even a little blackjack action.

Baha Mar is amazing. Every detail is accounted for. The beach is pristine, the rooms and the venue are immaculate, and the food is amazing. If you are looking for a tournament to play in the near future, you will not want to miss PartyPokerLive’s Caribbean Poker Party. Click here for details on the series. I will see you there!

In case you missed it, here is Part 1:

Visiting Baha Mar before the PartyPoker Caribbean Poker Party – Part 1

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In November, PartyPoker is having a major tournament series featuring two (yes, 2!) $10,000,000 guaranteed events called the Caribbean Poker Party at Baha Mar, a new luxury resort in the Bahamas and asked if I would go there to make a video blog showing off the resort. Seeing how Amie and I have not had a non-poker vacation away together in two years, we were celebrating our three-year anniversary, and are expecting our second son in December, how could I say no?

This video features lots of beach time and amazing food, plus a little slot machine action.

You can watch part 2 here. 

Baha Mar is amazing. Every detail is accounted for. The beach is pristine, the rooms and the venue are immaculate, and the food is amazing. If you are looking for a tournament to play in the near future, you will not want to miss PartyPokerLive’s Caribbean Poker Party. Click here for details on the series. I will see you there!

Playing a $10,000 Final Table

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Last year, I had the pleasure of making the final table of the $10,000 buy-in event that PartyPoker put on in Punta Cana. It was a lot of fun. My opponents (who were all excellent players) put me in tons of difficult river spots. I enjoyed it! I will be sure to review many of these hands in my podcast WeeklyPokerHand over the next few months.

Check out these two episodes of Poker Night and let me know what you think.

Part 1:

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2018 WSOP Video Blog Part 4 – One Drop + WPT Foundation Event

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I get my only WSOP cash of 2018, coach David Einhorn in the $1,000,000 One Drop event, and Amie final tables the WPT Foundation event in NYC. It was a whirlwind!

Thanks for watching the vlog! I will be spending the next few weeks working on various projects for you, so be sure to sign up to my email list to get access to them. Also, if you have not already, sign up to your free trial at PokerCoaching.com. See you next week!

Checking for Value

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This hand I was told about from a $500 buy-in tournament clearly illustrates an important concept you must master if you want to succeed at poker.

With blinds at 800/1600-200 with a 45,000 effective stack, the button, an unknown player who seems to be a bit too aggressive and splashy, called. Our Hero raised to 4,000 with Ah-6s from the small blind. The big blind folded and the button called.

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