Okay, I’ll admit it: I don’t know if poker is a sport.
If you can do it with a beer in your hand, I don’t know if it qualifies as a sport.
That said, I always think of tournament poker as an endurance sport.
I was moderately successful in cash games. I massively multitabled 100 NL and 200 NL online and loved it. The downswings in low-stakes cash games are much less stressful than the ones in tournaments. However, I always drifted back to tournaments because it played to my strengths. Tournament poker isn’t about who can play the best poker. It’s about who can play the best poker the longest.
Picking your ideal time to get down to the felt is another aspect of proper game selection. It will help you find the profitable spots and games that will give you the highest expectation, and this will help you make more money.
So, where do we find the soft spots to make the easy money? Whether you’re playing online or live, there are a few sure-fire bets.
Where’s the easy money?
We have discussed capped boards previously, but here we are going to add some details as we analyze them more extensively. If you a recall, a “capped” board is a flop where typically the caller’s range is limited to one pair or worse. This provides ample opportunities to bluff on complicating turns.
Tournaments are more dynamic than cash games. They force you into a lot of situations you’d never encounter otherwise, so to play them successfully, you need to be flexible. There’s no denying that luck plays a huge role in poker tournaments, but if you can grasp a few key concepts, you won’t be as reliant on the fickle affections of chance.
The 3 Key Ingredients to Winning NLH Poker Tournaments
The greatest thing I ever saw in my life was a boxing match. I was in San Diego, California. I was 12. This was the year 2000. My father had me down there to work on a commercial fishing vessel of his. It was getting redone at the time. It wouldn’t be back on the water for months. I spent the days cleaning up debris from construction, as my father taught me about hard work. To reward me, he’d take me to see different sights at night. My favorite memory from that time was a boxing match my father took me to.
While online tournaments and live tournaments are essentially the same game, they provide vastly different strategies and adjustments to maximize win rates. Today, let’s look at a few of these major differences and the adjustments required. In this article, we will look at limping, 3-betting, bluffing frequencies, check-raising and folding frequencies.
Did you know that suffering from anxiety issues can also affect your attention span? Researchers have recently determined that there is a correlation between these two issues.
In fact, if you have anxiety, then you’re more likely to have coexisting attention disorders. Researchers now believe there is an underlying brain connection that could explain this relationship. In fact, preliminary studies of adolescents reveal that they’re more likely to have both issues together.
In my previous article, I gave you some very basic beginner tips for starting out in pot-limit Omaha (PLO). In this article I’ll get a little more advanced and give you three more crucial concepts with which you must be aware.
To give credit where credit is due, I learned these concepts from Scott Clements. If you don’t know about Scott, he has 3 WSOP bracelets and is one of the best PLO thinkers in the world. You can watch a couple free PLO training videos from him HERE (you’ll need to create a free account). Those videos cover these topics in more detail. Scott also wrote a chapter in Jonathan Little’s bestseller, Excelling at No-Limit Holdem. Scott is in better shape than any poker player I know, which I believe has a lot to do with his success in poker. (“I’m at the gym, call you later”, is usually the response I get when I text him.)
Ever go to a bookstore and browse through the poker books? I don’t know about you, but as soon as I start to see a lot of mathematical formulae in the book, I close it and move on to the next one. That’s not to say that those books aren’t any good. I just find a lot of math to be intimidating.
Here’s the thing. While there is surely a need to understand some basic math if you want to become a winning poker player, you don’t need to know that much. And what you need to know is very, very basic arithmetic that you probably already learned by the sixth grade.
Let’s discuss a topic I feel many “professionals” need help with, which is how to treat poker like a profession. One of my favorite quotes that comes up at the beginning of Elliot Roe’s Mental Game podcast is, “If you treat it like an amateur, you should expect amateur results.” This is one of the most applicable quotes to poker that I’ve heard in a long time regarding how many players treat their poker games. They don’t study, they are on their phone the entire session, and they fail to keep accurate records, among many other things. Let’s discuss a few key things that if you are an amateur will help you be more professional while playing, or if you are already a professional, hopefully will help you recognize areas you can improve in professionalism.
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