Interesting Hand from the WSOP Main Event Final Table

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The fact that the players who made the WSOP final table used to have four months to prepare created an interesting dynamic that diligent players could exploit. If you happened to make the final table with a short stack, you had four months to study exactly which hands you should be willing to go all-in with when the action folds to you. This high-risk all-in or fold situation just so happened to occur on the second hand of the 2015 WSOP final table.

Without going into too much detail, there were two short stacks at the table, Chan and Butteroni, both with 15 big blinds. The next shortest stack had 30 big blinds. This typically implies that Chan and Butteroni should try to outlast each other. However, the WSOP Main Event has a bizarre payout structure: Read More

Poker Night Live with Winners of CBS Survivor

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I recently had the awesome experience of going to Los Angeles to play a $5/$5 game with four winners of my favorite tv show, Survivor, and one of my favorite people, Joe Stapleton. The show was aired live on CBS Sports. It was a lot of fun and I managed to win almost every big pot. That is lucky! I utilized many of the concepts explained in my best-selling book Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Cash Games. It could not have gone any better!

If you missed it, the recording is below.

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

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