Strategy

Common Stack Sizes and How to Play Them

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Whether you’re short-stacked, sitting around average or chipped up, your chip count is vital in poker these days. How you play an effective stack at a variety of sizes is crucial to your success over any decent period of time. So how can you make sure you manage the pile in front of you optimally? […]

Five Reasons to Check-Raise in Poker

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If Bluffing is the Cadillac of poker moves, then the check-raise is the Aston Martin. Classier, more of a classic and guaranteed to get you places quicker than its flashier friend. Check-raising in poker often looks stronger than Rocky Balboa in the 12th round. But when is it best to use this famous poker move […]

Freeroll Your Way to a Poker Bankroll

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They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch, even in poker. Playing poker for free has long limited players to the kind of tournaments with little to win and the structure of overcooked spaghetti. However, providing your show the same sort of discipline provided in all aspects of no-limit Hold’em, the freerolls can […]

Seven Players You Meet at Live Tournaments

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It takes all sorts, poker, and never more so that sat around a live table. From the Wild West to the East End, The Aria to Aspers, there no people as diverse as poker players. But forgetting the obvious need to categorize players in terms of their play, what are the characteristics that typify each […]

Shots Fired: A Guide to Taking Shots in Bigger Games

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With the $10 million guaranteed Powerfest series rolling into the Heavyweight and High Roller week, Paul Seaton writes a guide into taking shots at bigger games. Many players in poker have had some of their best results when playing out of their comfort zones. From the first-time player who final tables a live tournament to […]

How to Beat Tight Poker Players

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We all know the type. More reluctant to commit than the cast of Hangover, more rock-like than granite and nittier than a pre-teen school disco. Tight poker players can be a major hassle. But while they might think ‘tight is right’, we know any style is exploitable. Working out the best way to beat tight […]

Seven Ways to Beat Low Stakes Cash Games

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We’d all love to start crushing cash games by rolling up to the Rio and stacking the best players, knowing that they’ll be putting our kids through college before they can say ‘straddle’. But the best way to become a cash game pro or turn a profit in the long term is to start at […]

Playing from the Blinds in Cash Games

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It is often said in poker that the worst two positions you can play from are the small blind and big blind. You already have chips committed pre-flop and there are a number of reasons why these two positions cost the poker player more chips than anywhere else at the table. We take a look […]

Seven Errors Rookie Poker Players Should Avoid

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Being new to poker is a little like being left in a sweet shop after closing time. There is so much to enjoy and no-one to tell you to stop filling your pockets. But while poker can give you the same high as a bag of sherbet lemons, it can be far less sweet if […]

How to Become a Poker Pro

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When it comes to playing the game of poker, many people have different viewpoints on exactly what it means to them. For some, poker is a recreational pursuit, a fun way of enjoying a hobby that can provide thrills along with profit. But for others, profit is everything, and the game of poker is something […]