Five Tips for Poker Success

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top 5In this blog post, I will share five tips with you that, if applied intelligently, will instantly improve your level of success at the poker table. While you may already implement these tips on a regular basis, it is always beneficial to have the concepts brought back to the front of your consciousness. I hope you find this post to be useful!

1. Think about your opponents’ ranges. Read More

Playing for your Net Worth – From “Rounders”

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I am often asked what goes through my mind while I’m playing a poker hand. To play any hand optimally, you must take many different variables into account including your opponent’s tendencies, the chip stacks, your image, and physical tells. It can be overwhelming to take in so much information, but with practice, it gradually becomes more natural.

Today, I will show you my thought process in a lighthearted, yet informative, way by analyzing an iconic poker hand, the final scene from the movie “Rounders” where Teddy KGB and Mike McDermott battle for Mike’s entire net worth. A video of the hand is at the bottom of this post if you have not seen it.

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Pre-Order Excelling at No Limit Hold’em

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Excelling cover_miniI am thrilled to announce that you can now order my gigantic book, Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em. I have worked hard on this project for the last year and I am glad it is finally coming together. I am confident that every poker player, regardless of their skill level, will be able to learn a significant amount from this book.  You can order your copy at the following places:


Barnes and Noble

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Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments

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2013 World Series of Poker $10K Main Event Final TableI am pleased to announce my book, Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Tournaments. One of the most asked questions I receive on a regular basis is something along the lines of “I know you can teach me to beat decent players who play in a reasonable manner, but how do you suggest I beat overly bad players who play in small stakes tournaments?”

(for cash games, check out Strategies for Beating Small Stakes Poker Cash Games) Read More

How to thrive when card dead

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333Often I am asked “How do I survive in a poker tournament when I am completely card dead?” The short and most honest answer is “You don’t.” When you have no playable hands for an extended period of time, especially when the blinds are large compared to your stack, you are going to have a tough time winning. That being said, in this blog post I will offer a few tips you can use that will give you the best chance of surviving when you are card dead. Used intelligently, these plays will occasionally sustain you until you pick up some playable hands. Read More

My secret project

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I have been secretly working hard on a huge project for the last year and I am excited to finally be able to share it with you. A few years ago, I realized that the best poker players have a huge edge that amateurs will almost certainly never experience. Professional poker players have the ability to discuss high level concepts with other pros on a regular basis. While amateurs struggle to figure out the game by talking to other amateurs and watching other amateurs play, pros get insights from the best in the world and experience high-level poker on a daily basis. This accelerates the speed at which pros learn such that the amateurs will have a nearly impossible time catching up. Read More

Adjusting to world-class players

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This is my table from a recent $25,000 buy-in event.

This is my table from a recent $25,000 buy-in event.

Poker tournaments are interesting, especially compared to cash games, because the skill level of your opponents can vary wildly. While there will be winners and losers in a $1/$2 cash game, most of the players simply do not play too well because if they did, they would be playing for higher stakes. Read More

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