Big Fold in a Satellite?

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I was recently told about a hand from a $1,000 buy-in satellite into the $10,000 buy-in World Series of Poker Main Event that illustrates a costly flaw in the logic of numerous amateur players. About 70 players remained in the satellite with 19 lucky ones winning their Main Event seat, so the players were nowhere near getting in the money.

With blinds at 1,200/2,400 with a 200 ante, a somewhat standard player raised to 6,000 out of his 110,000 stack from middle position with K-K. Another typical player 3-bet all-in for 25,000 from the cutoff seat. Another normal player on the button 4-bet to 50,000 out of his 150,000 stack and then the action folded around to the initial raiser (who has K-K). After some thought, he went all-in. Read More

Poker Night in America Vlog

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I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Choctaw Casino to play $25/$50 No-Limit Hold’em against Jennifer Tilly, Alec Torelli, Kelly Winterhalter, and lots of other great players at Choctaw Casino in Durant Oklahoma. I ended managed to win! That is lucky! Check out the vlog and let me know what you think!

HUGE thanks to the Global Poker League team for editing this video.

Poker Night in America Day 1

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I recently had the awesome experience of playing $25/$50 for about 15 hours on Poker Night in America at Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma. It was a ton of fun and it ended up going quite well for me. That is lucky!

I will likely make a more concise video blog in the future, but for now, check out the entire first day of play below. Unfortunately there was a problem with the footage from the second day and as far as I know, it is not available. If you want to discuss any hands, feel free to mention the time they took place and ask your questions in the comment section below. Read More

Folding for the Win

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Today I am going to share with you a situation that occasionally comes up in No-Limit Hold’em tournaments that you must master if you want to succeed. To illustrate this concept, I will use a hand from a $3,500 buy-in World Poker Tour event I recently played at the Borgata in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Read More

(Incorrectly) Folding a Set

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I was recently told about a hand played by an amateur player in the middle levels of a $100 buy-in live event. With blinds at 400/800 with a 100 ante, an aggressive player raised to 1,600 out of is 16,000 effective stack from second position. A tight player called on the button. Our Hero looked down at 7c-7s in the small blind and decided to reraise to 5,000. Read More

Extracting Full Value

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I was recently told about a hand from a $240 buy-in live poker tournament that illustrates a key error that many amateur players commit on a regular basis. Early in the tournament with blinds at 100/200 with 15,000 effective stacks, a somewhat tight player limped (called the big blind) from first position, the player in second position called and then our Hero called from middle position with Tc-9s. Read More

2017 Borgata Poker Open Video Blog

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I discuss my experience in the 2017 WPT Borgata Poker Open and commentating the final table with the reigning champ, Scott Blumstein. It was a lot of fun! HUGE thanks goes to the fantastic team at the Global Poker League for putting the vlog together. It would not exist without them.

Do Not Slow Play

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I recently played an interesting hand in a €2,200 event in Prague that demonstrates a concept you must master if you want to succeed at poker. Up until this hand, my day was going decently well. I had chipped up to 25,000 from my 12,000 starting stack with no significant confrontations. You will find that the biggest winners in tournament poker typically win (steal) lots of small pots that don’t belong to them, and that was exactly what I was doing leading up to this pot. Read More

Calling an All-In with a Flush Draw

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One of my followers recently sent me a hand on twitter (@JonathanLittle). His analysis of the situation seemed to be so result oriented and he seemed so afraid of losing a big pot and his tournament life that it moved me to write this article.

With blinds at 400/800-100, a tight aggressive player with 22,000 raised to 2,000 from first position. An unknown player in second position called 2,000 out of his 8,500 stack. The player in third position folded and Hero looked down at Ad-Kd in the lojack seat. With a 24,000 stack, he decided to 3-bet to 6,000. Read More

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