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
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.
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
I got butchered. That is all.
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
The WSOP is right around the corner, so in this blog post, I am going to share with you the most frequent mistake I saw amateur players commit on a regular basis during the last WSOP. Most of these players don’t even realize they are committing this egregious error. This mistake is difficult to notice, especially for players in the small or middle stakes, because the vast majority of the player pool exhibits this flaw. Once the amateurs become aware of it, they will instantly be able to improve their strategies, allowing them to play in a much more profitable manner. Read More
The most common question I am asked is “When should I continuation bet and for how much should I continuation bet?” Well, in this 15-minute video, I answer that question. Let me know what you think!
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My training site PokerCoaching.com started off as an experiment to see if I could find a better way to teach my students how to develop the fundamental skills required to succeed at poker. While watching training videos of world-class players play in real time is great, I thought the lack of interactivity was a problem. I decided to develop interactive quizzes so my students could compare their skills to mine in real time, getting immediate feedback on spots where I disagree with their strategies. After putting in just a bit of time working on their games, my students started seeing improvements, and eventually, significant, life-changing wins. Read More
If you want to become great at anything, you should find people who are better than you and learn everything you can from them. It is not uncommon for an amateur student to come to me thinking they play great, and after one private coaching session, realize they have a lot to learn. Most of these players diligently apply the concepts I teach them and see an immediate improvement to their win rate. If you only talk poker with people who play the same games that you play, expect to stay stuck at that level forever. This is one of the main reasons why many small stakes players never progress beyond the small stakes games. Read More