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8 Steps to Improving

D&B has just published my poker book for beginning, intermediate, and losing poker players: Winning Poker in 30 Minutes a Day. I think it is just the right tool for a player who is either intimidated by the prospect of regularly playing poker in a casino, or by the player who has not yet mastered the ability to consistently win. As the author, I’m biased of course.

Even so, though I break down the task of learning to win into 32 exercises that take no more than 30 minutes a day, I can still see some readers left intimidated at the prospect of having to read an entire book to make progress at the poker table. With that in mind, I am summarizing what it is you’ll actually learn in this book – in an attempt to make it simpler, easier, and surely less intimidating.


PLO Basics

13/02/2020 by Steve Blay
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A year or two ago, I got really into Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO). Why PLO? Well, many of the higher stakes games here in Florida are PLO. In PLO, you always flop something, so the pots get huge, and that attracts the gamblers. Oh, and did I mention that most people are terrible at the game? If there are better reasons to love PLO, I can’t come up with any.

There was one more reason I got really into PLO. Over the last ten years while running my No-Limit Hold’em training site, Advanced Poker Training, I’ve gotten at least 1000 emails asking for a (PLO) training site. How hard could it be, right? (Answer: Very Hard!) The result of my efforts is the new Omaha Poker Training. Although it doesn’t have quite the extensive feature set yet, the core product is a 9-max and 6-max simulator against virtual opponents who give you advice along the way. Check it out.



Creating a solid environment to play poker is just one of the many edges that can help you win - and win consistently. Your environment is integral to your results, but it’s often overlooked - even by some of the most talented players out there. No matter how good you are at the game, if you don’t feel good when you play, you’re bound to make some poor calls out of frustration. It’s like trying to run with a pebble in your shoe. Sure, you can do it for a few blocks, maybe even a couple miles, but if you’re in it for the long haul, that pebble is going to be all you can think about and it’s going to affect the quality of your run.

Here’s what you need to consider when building your ultimate space:



Making the transition from a fledging player to a regularly winning champ isn’t always seamless. A lot of people are drawn to poker by what seems like easy money. The truth is it takes a lot of hard work and time to make winning a consistent occurrence. And the truth is there is no specific timeline that will determine when you make the transition, but here are a few tips that will help you along the way…


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Imagine you are in this situation:

You have T9. You are in the big blind. It’s folded to the cutoff. He’s a young guy. You’re in a $235 live event in Vegas. He seems modest. He wears a plain tee and normal jeans. He seems educated about the game, but he’s not lording his talents over others. He seems to be a well-adjusted guy in his late 20’s.


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I was recently told about a poker hand that illustrates a few detrimental errors many amateur players make on a regular basis. In a $2/$5 no-limit hold’em cash game, our Hero decided to raise to $10 out of his $350 stack with T4 from middle position.



The Impossible Challenge of Writing a Poker Book

There are plenty of ways to set yourself up for failure: starting a diet on your birthday, showing up late to a date, and writing about numbers. Or cards.

They say math is the universal language, but, well, I’m far from fluent. And I certainly can’t write in equations. So writing a poker book had just about as much logic to me as 2 + 2 = 7.


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I was recently told about a hand by an amateur poker player that illustrates a few key errors many players make on a regular basis. In a $2/$5 no-limit hold’em cash game, our Hero raised to $30 out of his $200 effective stack with AJ.



It is almost impossible to be one of the best players in the world without playing online poker. In today’s age of poker, the experience and fundamentals needed I believe can only be gained from playing online. This is a somewhat sad topic because of the state of online poker in the USA, but I still believe this to be very true. There are three main reasons why you must be playing online poker to become the best.


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I was recently told about a hand from a $500 buy-in live poker tournament that illustrates an error many amateur players make on a regular basis. With blinds at 1,000/2,000 with a 200 ante, the action folded to our Hero in third position at a nine-handed table who raised to 5,000 out of his 75,000 stack with KKs-KdK.


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