Failing to get value with an over pair

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The WSOP is right around the corner, so today I would like to share with you a hand I played in a $1,500 buy-in event last year. With blinds of 100/200, I raised to 500 out of my 20,000 stack from early position with J-J. A good, tight, aggressive kid, who was down to 5,000 chips due to recently losing a big pot with Q-Q to A-K, called from middle position. A loose, splashy player with 20,000 called from the big blind. Read More

Tough spot against a limp/3-bet

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Is the limp/3-bet always A-A?

I was recently told about a hand from a recreational small stakes player that illustrates two detrimental mistakes many players make on a regular basis. In a $1/$3 no-limit hold’em cash game with $160 effective stacks, the players in first and second position at an eight-handed table limped. Our Hero decided to raise to $16 with As-Qd from the button.

While I am fine with raising the limpers purely for value, Hero should make it a bit larger, perhaps $22. The difference between raising to $16 and $22 may seem trivial, but there is a ton of long-term Read More

Preparing for a Tournament Series

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It is astonishing to me how many players travel from destination to destination to play poker tournaments in an unintelligent manner. When it is time for them to go play a tournament series, they simply plan the trip with little to no preparation. While there is nothing inherently wrong with this approach, in my opinion, if you are trying to get the most equity out of each and every tournament you play, you should ensure your mind is in a good place before sitting at the poker table. Read More

The wrong way to play an under pair

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I was recently told about a hand by an amateur player that illustrates a few detrimental mistakes that many players make on a regular basis. If you work hard to develop fundamentally sound strategies away from the table, you will not make these mistakes in game.

In a $.10/$.20 no-limit hold’em cash game with $35 effective stacks, the players in first and second position, as well as the hijack, limped. Our Hero decided to raise to $.70 with 7c-7s.

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3 Leaks Colossus Players Should Fix

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The WSOP is just around the corner. That is exciting! The Colossus event, the smallest WSOP buy-in at $565, brings together more poker players than any other tournament, so you are bound to see some interesting plays. In this blog post, I am going to outline three leaks that I witnessed throughout my play of the event in previous years that I think most of the players could easily fix, giving them a much better shot of making a deep run Read More

Folding A-A on the River

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This hand is from a $5,000 buy-in WSOP event I played in Las Vegas last summer. I looked down at As-Ac from first position, under the gun, at 100/200 with a 25 ante and raised to 600 out of my 20,000 stack.

While limping has some merit against the absolute worst opponents, against the competent players who are willing to buy in for $5,000, I prefer making a standard raise with all of my playable hands to disguise my range. Read More

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