One of the most-asked questions I get during my morning show A Little Coffee (Mon – Fri at 9am ET) is “When should I become a professional poker player?” To hopefully avoid re-answering the same again in the future, here are my thoughts on the subject.
Happy New Year! I hope you strive to make 2019 your best year yet! In this article, I am going to share with you five concepts you must keep in mind if you want to succeed at poker. While there are numerous concepts that must be mastered if you want to win as much as possible, you simply must master these concepts to have eve a reasonable chance of winning.
Many poker players are overly timid before the flop, yet when they finally put money in the pot, they feel like they must win it. This usually leads to the player vastly overplaying marginal hands whereas in reality, they should be trying to control the size of the pot.
In my previous article, we took a look at which draws should be played passively, and which should be played a little more aggressively. Specifically, we decided that we want to play more passively with draws that have inherent showdown potential (even when they miss). In contrast, we’ll play more aggressively with draws that have no showdown value at the moment.
Anyone following the content on our site and in this magazine will know that we are very excited about our upcoming book, Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo. We are certain that this book will become a modern classic. The core theme behind the book is to give the reader an understanding of what GTO play entails.
In my previous article I talked about playing draws aggressively on the flop. We decided that we should size our bets and raises so that we can maximize our fold equity. Or in other words, WE want to be the one to make the all-in bet, if it comes to that. If you didn’t read that yet, you should probably refer back to that article first: Playing Draws, part 1
At D&B we get excited about all our books. We love to put out high-quality productions that have the best poker information available in book form. However, we think that the upcoming Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo will be something quite special and undoubtedly become a classic…
If a few people limp in and you are in the small blind with a junky hand, you should usually fold instead of putting in the extra ½ of a big blind. While it may be tempting to call due to your amazing pot odds, with junky hands like 94o and 73o, you will not flop well enough to justify calling.
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.
Many years ago I read the well-known book Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen. This is an account of Hansen’s win in the 2007 Aussie Millions. This book does what it says on the tin and is a detailed account of every hand that Hansen played en route to victory in that event.
It’s a pretty good book and I enjoyed reading it. However, as I have published many, many books I noticed a lot of things that, rightly or wrongly, I thought I could have done better if we’d been producing the book at D&B…
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