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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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?”

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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

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

Learning from Phil Hellmuth Jr.

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ph-wsope-logoI was recently honored to host a live webinar with 13-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth Jr. While Phil is a bit of an enigma in the poker world because no one quite understands how he wins on a consistent basis in high stakes poker tournaments, I knew there were countless skills I could learn from him. When you have the opportunity to discuss poker strategy with one of the most successful poker players in the world, you listen!

Since the webinar, I have implemented numerous concepts we discussed, drastically increasing my profits at the table.

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10 Tips to instantly make you more profitable

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10tips1In this blog post, I am going to share 10 tips with you that will instantly make you a more profitable player, especially in tournaments. While most players think that playing a fundamentally sound strategy is the only thing that matters, through diligent study and common sense, you will find that the game extends far beyond the felt. I hope this blog post enlightens you to some of these concepts. Read More

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