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Five concepts to keep in mind in 2019

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.

Suits You Sir!

We have been producing poker books at D&B for around 15 years. I have organised, laid out and typeset all of these poker books. I have also edited and proofread a lot of them.

In that time there is one thing I have noticed that consistently happens when authors generate hands to illustrate points under discussion…


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.

Why Game Theory Optimal (GTO) play is a means and not an end

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

Risk Versus Reward

As I’ve noted here before, the subject of poker in popular culture is kind of a bottomless well. There’s no end to examples of poker turning up in “mainstream” contexts like feature films, radio and television programs, music, literature, magazines, paintings, and elsewhere.

Indeed, practically all of the chapters in my forthcoming book Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game could be expanded much further to full length books themselves.

Take the topic of poker in the movies, for example…

How to Master Poker

Over the last few years the idea of the 10,000-hour rule has captured people’s imaginations. Many books, articles, and videos have been produced extoling the virtues of this rule. Essentially the rule says that if you want to become an expert at pretty much anything, all you need to do is put in 10,000 hours of work and you, too, will become a master.

The originator of the research on which this rule is based, K. Anders Ericsson, takes exception with what he considers to be an over-simplification of his work. If you delve a little bit deeper into his research, which spans four decades at this point, you’ll see that it takes a bit more than just time in the seat to become a true expert…

Modern Poker Theory Nearing Completion

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…

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…

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