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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.


Hand Analysis
D&B MAGAZINE
Strategy
D&B MAGAZINE

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.


Hand Analysis
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Strategy
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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.



There are a few reasons you might be avoiding virtual poker rooms. Maybe you’ve just realized your most meaningful relationship is with a DNS server in Bermuda. Maybe the influx of screen time is making you depressed and lethargic. Maybe you aren’t legally allowed to play online poker for money where you live.

Regardless, there’s no need to let your game atrophy just because you don’t want to or can’t play online. In fact, you may actually get better without online poker, since you’ll be forced out of your comfort zone and have to work on some other key elements of the game.

Here’s what I’m talking about.



This is a hand from last year’s PokerStar’s Caribbean Adventure where I was commentating. I will share with you a particularly sweet hand played by Daniel Negreanu. Daniel made it clear that he had been working hard on his game, and this hand clearly illustrates that to be the case.



Imagine this hand:

You are in the WSOP Main Event. It’s folded to you on the button. You look down at K5. It’s early in the tournament. You have more than 100 big blinds.



I was recently recounted a hand from a $1/$3 no-limit hold’em cash game that illustrates a few flaws in the average small stake player’s strategy. With a $700 effective stack, Hero raised to $20 from second position at a nine-handed table with KQ


Mindset
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Live tells are an interesting topic that is often ignored or misapplied when playing live poker. Some put way too much emphasis into them, while others don’t pay enough attention and miss out on valuable information. For me, live tells are a way to help in a close spot where two different options are both acceptable. I always lean on my fundamentals in poker to make my decisions, but I do allow live tells to help me in close spots in choosing between two options.


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