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Telling lies at the table

In 2015 I played two very low buy-in events at the WSOP. Although I’d probably played half a million hands online prior to that, it was my first ever experience of live play. I busted out of both events and there is only one hand that I remember. There is one very specific reason why I remember it and it has nothing to do with the hand itself being of any great interest.


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To Solve or not to Solve

We are delighted to announce that the forthcoming book The Pursuit of Poker Success by leading poker journalist Lance Bradley is now at the printers. This is a fascinating book and a must-read for anyone who is interested in how the greatest players in poker achieved their success.



Mastering Mixed Games

One of our major books for summer publication will be Mastering Mixed Games by David Macklin. Mixed games comprise all the weird and wonderful poker variants such as Omaha 8, Stud, Triple Draw, 2-7 lowball etc. Analysing and playing these fascinating games can make a refreshing change from endless NL hold’em.

Since they are nevertheless poker games many of the concepts already familiar from hold’em apply to these variants but the unusual structure of the games means that these concepts must be adjusted. Here is how David Macklin introduces the theme of hand selection in Omaha 8 and also warns against the typical recreational player sin of playing too loose.


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The Pursuit of Poker Success – Dealing with Variance and Tilt

We are very excited about our forthcoming book, The Pursuit of Poker Success by Lance Bradley. Lance is a leading poker journalist who has just won the Best Poker Journalist award for 2017 at the American Poker Awards.

In this book Lance interviews 50 leading players to understand what really drives them to achieve their success. It is fascinating to see their different views on subjects that are often problematic for amateur or semi-serious players.

There cannot be a single player on the planet who has played poker for any reasonable period of time and not experienced the emotional difficulties that accompany variance and tilt. In fact, some players even attribute a major component of their success as being able to deal with tilt more successfully than their peers. For example, Mike Sexton once asked Chip Reese, “The guys you play against are tough. What separates you from them?” He said, “You’re right, Mike. They are tough. In fact, when they play their A game, I’m really no better than they are. The difference is that they also have a C and D game, whereas I don’t. They become weak players when they steam and just about all of them do. My edge is that I don’t steam.” Life’s a Gamble

So what do leading modern poker players do to cope with the emotions of playing, especially concerning tilt? Here is what Liv Boeree, Jason Mercier, Greg Merson and Brian Rast have to say.

If you enjoy the full article and think this book is for you then pre-order now and the book or ebook will be sent to you as soon as it publishes: The Pursuit of Poker Success



The Pursuit of Poker Success – Moving up in Stakes

We are very excited about our forthcoming book, The Pursuit of Poker Success by Lance Bradley. Lance is a leading poker journalist who has just won the Best Poker Journalist award for 2017 at the American Poker Awards.

In this book Lance interviews 50 leading players to understand what really drives them to achieve their success. It is fascinating to see their different views on subjects that are often problematic for amateur or semi-serious players. For example, moving up in stakes. Should you exercise cautious bankroll management or is it better to take shots now and again? Here are how three players, Phil Galfond, Doug Polk and Vanessa Selbst approach this issue.


If you enjoy the full article and think this book is for you then pre-order now and the book or ebook will be sent to you as soon as it publishes: The Pursuit of Poker Success



An Unspoken Truth

For years, the top poker players have had access to private analytical software that helped them further increase their edge, but now, the poker landscape is evolving. Poker software is becoming more sophisticated, yet easier to use, and is publicly available so anyone can get access to modern equity calculators, push/fold apps, range analysis software, EV decision trees, and GTO solvers.

When I first started playing online and learned about all these tools, I assumed the top players were the ones who had mastered them and knew the math dictating proper play in every single spot, but I could not have been more wrong…


If you enjoy this article and think this book is for you then you can pre-order the book or ebook now and you will receive it immediately upon publication: Modern Poker Theory



Modern Poker Theory: Hand Playability

A key component of advanced poker thinking is the concept of hand playability. It is often not good enough to say that your hand has a certain amount of equity against a particular range if it is unlikely that you will be able to realise that equity. Understanding how you reassess your holdings in terms of how much equity they generate in practical play is a key skill and one that will be discussed at length by Michael Acevedo in his forthcoming book Modern poker Theory

In this extract Michael gives a basic introduction to the theory of hand playability.


If you enjoy this article and think this book is for you then you can pre-order the book or ebook now and you will receive it immediately upon publication: Modern Poker Theory



Modern Poker Theory: An introduction

We are very excited about our forthcoming book Modern Poker Theory by leading poker theorist, Michael Acevedo. If you follow poker forums you’ll have noticed that a lot of the discussion nowadays revolves around the concept of GTO (Game Theory Optimal) play. This book will give the reader a thorough understanding of the whole GTO concept and fully explain how to incorporate it into your own play. The following extract will give a really good indication of the scope of the work and Michael’s own expertise.

An Unspoken Truth For years, the top poker players have had access to private analytical software that helped them further increase their edge, but now, the poker landscape is evolving. Poker software is becoming more sophisticated, yet easier to use, and is publicly available so anyone can get access to modern equity calculators, push/fold apps, range analysis software, EV decision trees, and GTO solvers.


If you enjoy the full article and think this book is for you then pre-order now and the book or ebook will be sent to you as soon as it publishes: Modern Poker Theory



Blockers - Mastering Small Stakes No-Limit Hold'em Excerpt

You are probably wondering why Q-6o and Q-5o are in the limp/3-betting range. It is because they do not fit cleanly into the other ranges, plus they have a bit of blocker value. A “blocker” is a card that makes it more difficult for your opponent to have a strong hand. While Aces and Kings are the main blockers that you should be concerned with, when facing a wide range, Queens and Jacks become relevant as well.



Turning Pro - Life's a Gamble Excerpt

The only difference between a winner and a loser is character.

~ “Nick the Greek” Dandolas

After the Army and the six-month stint with my dad, I moved back to Fayetteville, NC, worked as a military sales rep, and got married to a local girl, Pam Sharpe. I taught ballroom dancing part time, but I also managed to find some home poker games.


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