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New Winner - ADVICE competition

People occasionally complain that (for example) $35 is a lot of money to spend on a poker book. My stock reply is that if you learn JUST ONE THING from a book that you subsequently put into practice, then you have almost certainly got your money back. If you learn dozens of things from a book, then… well, you do the maths…

Hand Analysis

Playing Draws, part 1

I’m going to be presenting an entire series on playing draws correctly, because as a poker coach, it’s the #1 aspect of post-flop play that I see botched time and time again. By the end of this series, you should feel confident playing your draws in a multitude of situations.

I was recently told about a close situation by one of my students that I think is particularly educational. With blinds at 75/150, the action folded to a straightforward player who limped from the hijack seat. My student raised to 550 out of his 28,000 stack with KQ. A splashy calling station called in the big blind and the initial limper folded.

I was recently told about a hand from the final table of a live $300 buy-in tournament that illustrates a few key mistakes that many players make when playing short stacked. With blinds at 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 big blind ante, everyone folded to the small blind who started with 150,000. He was the shortest stack at the final table, but there were a few other players with between 17 and 25 big blinds. The blind was a loose, aggressive player with 50 big blinds.

I was recently told about an interesting situation from a $2/$5 game that you should strive to avoid. A somewhat loose, weak player with $200 limped from middle position and our Hero found Q7 in the cutoff with a $500 stack. Hero decided to raise to $25.

I was recently told about an interesting hand from a $1/$2 no-limit cash game that illustrates a few key points that you should always consider while at the table

If there was no betting in poker and players were forced to go all-in every hand, the expected value for each player would be their hand equity times the pot.


Example: In a gambling HU game each player has to ante $100, and there is no future betting, Player1 gets dealt 44, and player gets 98 What is each player’s expected payoff?

Slow Playing Gone Wrong

I was recently told about a hand that illustrates why slow playing is such a bad strategy. In a $2/$5 cash game, everyone folded around to a really tight old guy who limped for $5 out of his $1,300 effective stack. Hero decided to raise to $15 with AA

Hand Analysis From WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open

You’re sitting in the WPT Borgata Winter Poker Open. Many players are raise/calling goofy hands out of position. 5 4, K T. You haven’t had many hands go your way.

You get dealt Jacks UTG+2. The blinds are 250/500. You open to 1700.

It gets folded around to a Latino gentleman in the big blind. He has played 30% of the hands during the day, but he limps generally. He likes to call preflop when someone else raises, and then calls when someone squeezes.

He looks at your raise and asks the dealer quietly, “how much is it?”

He then stamps out 5800 and stares you down.

You have 22K in your stack.

What do you do?

(Actually come up with an answer before you scroll down. It makes the learning process more fun and memorable).

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Overplaying a marginal pair

I was recently told about a hand that illustrates a few costly mistakes that many amateur poker players make on a regular basis. In a $1/$2 no-limit cash game, all seven players limped around to our Hero in the small blind who raised to $8 out of his $150 effective stack with 9-9.

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