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What Are Fish Betting The Turn With?

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This is going to part 3 of analyzing hand 15 from the Hand Reading For Live Players Workbook.

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If you need a quick refresher to remember where we are in this hand, the cutoff opened $10. We called on the button. The SB called as well. We analyzed small blind’s range at that point. The SB decided to lead out for $20 on JJ7. We raised to $60. They decided to call. Of course, now we are analyzing the turn.

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Getting Your First Poker Coach (A Complete Guide)

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One of the most important things in poker is to keep constantly improving your game. Even if you build a winning strategy, you should not stop there. The game is changing, the field is getting better, and there is a real danger of staying behind if you stop learning.

One of the most efficient ways to move forward is to hire a poker coach. A seasoned professional can easily recognize your mistakes and identify spots where you are leaving money on the table. Remember, poker is a game of small margins and having a coach will help you a lot.

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What Are Players Calling My Flop Raise With?

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Welcome to part 2 of dissecting hand 15 from the Hand Reading For Life Players Workbook: Volume 1. If you haven’t seen part one of this video series yet, please pause this and go watch that first. Otherwise, a lot of the things we’re going to talk about today just simply won’t make a tremendous amount of sense. So start with part 1 first.

If you’re here, exactly where you need to be, today we’re going to talk all about the flop range. We’re going to analyze the exact action the SB takes, exactly what range we think they did that with, and, of course, talk about tips and tricks that you can use to hand read better when you’re actually playing and making these decisions in real-time. So without further ado, let’s jump right in to it.

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Using What Other Players Think Of You To Your Advantage

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Today I want to talk about table image. Table image is something that’s very important and it’s oftentimes overlooked and some people use it in very, very incorrect spots. So I want to talk about it a little bit today. To get started, let’s define what table image is.

Table image is really how the other players at the table would classify your play style, your strengths and your weaknesses. So if you’re playing against other players that are thinking, it’s very important to understand what they think of you, right? Just like you’re constantly thinking of them and then adjusting to that information, other players are doing the same thing to you. Continue reading

What Does A Bad Player Call With Preflop?

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This begins a complete series all about hand reading. We’ll dissect an entire hand history and assign a fish’s range on every street. If this is your first time doing this, this may seem complex and severely confusing. You are not alone. But this process gets easier with practice and eventually becomes a skill you can do in real-time while actually playing!

And with that said, let’s get into it…

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The Best Poker Audiobooks (Updated In 2017)

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Over the years I’ve transitioned a lot of my reading time from traditional books over to audiobooks. The audio format makes digesting information easier, quicker, and gives a deeper learning experience. If you are looking for more high-quality poker content but can’t stand reading – audiobooks are a GREAT option that I suggest you check out.

The following will be a rundown of what I think are the best, most comprehensive audiobooks for poker. I will try to show what can be expected from each book and help you decide if it’s the right book for you. An audiobook breaking down the basic rules of poker won’t be of much use to a seasoned tournament player…

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Flop Falcon 101 (The Official Quick-Start Guide)

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Today I’m excited to introduce you to Flop Falcon. Flop Falcon is a new piece of software. If you’ve never used it before I want to simply show it to you; show you what it is, how it’s useful, and let you see if this is something that you can see yourself using in your own off-table study and workflow. So without further ado, let’s start walking through the software!

Flop Falcon is a PC-only software that allows you to get extremely granular when it comes to flop exploration. I want to run you through the UI first, so you can get a general feel for what’s going on here.

On the left side of this half, we have our range and our hits: we’ll talk about what hits are in a moment. On the right, we have their range and their hits. On the far, far right, we have the board selectors, so we can either look at general flops or very, very specific flops by digging in here. Over in the middle is where we have really important stuff: This is going to be the matrix that we can really dive into and start getting very, very granular when it comes to our analysis.

Let’s just say that we’re going to start with a very, very simple example. This is how I would set up our problem in Flop Falcon and look to start finding the solution.

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Las Vegas Poker Coaching (Summer 2017)

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One of the toughest things for live poker players is getting coaching. Online players can easily track their play with their database and they can have a coach watch their screen while they play. This allows the student and coach to work together seamlessly both during and between sessions.

Live players don’t have that luxury. Live play isn’t tracked, hands are not automatically stored, and having a coach watch you play live is pretty much impossible. But I’m all about finding solutions to difficult poker problems – and this is no exception!

If you play live ($1/$2-$5/$10) and are in Vegas this summer – I’d like to invite you to sign up for a live coaching session. My live coach sessions are a unique experience for live players – giving you the chance to get your play critiqued, get an objective analysis of your game, and get answers to the questions you have.

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Studying Poker – The Ultimate Week-Long Study Guide

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Today I want to talk to you about studying poker, and more specifically, sharing my study routine with you. This is especially useful if you don’t already have one, but if you do have a study routine, maybe you can take bits and pieces of this and make improvements on yours.

The thing that we have to keep in mind is that we’re not going to become the best poker player in the world overnight, or in a week, or even in a month. It’s going to take long periods of time. Even just becoming the best poker player you can be is going to take a long period of time, but if we can break this up into week-long sprints and we can say, “Okay, this week I’m going to try this leak, the next week another, the next week another,” if we can do that and keep improving our game and decreasing our poker leaks, we’re going to become better players over time.

The way that I set this up is through a week-long time box. With that said, let’s talk about the way that that week should be breaking down.

So where should you begin?

Well, at the very beginning of the week, you want to start by choosing your topic. So choose your major focus topic for the week. That’s not to say that you’re not going to work on other things simultaneously. Say you wanted to work on squeezing this week, you’re going to also be working on things like sizing that squeeze and hand-reading preflop and setting up for preflop, all those things. Choose one major topic and understand that you will touch on other things simultaneously.

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Building Precise Ranges At 6max

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Hand reading is the lifeblood of poker. Good players are always working to assign correct ranges throughout a hand, and the best players can narrow their opponent’s range with great precision. If you are not already working to hand read better in your 6max games – you are leaving heaps of money on the table.

To help you improve your hand reading skillset faster (or refine it if you are already pretty solid at it), I put together this range building video series for you. In it, we go street-by-street through a hand at 50NL 6max dissecting ranges and breaking down the logic and framework every step of the way. And don’t get blinded by the fact that we have KK – because hand reading becomes even MORE important when that damn Ace falls on the river! Continue reading

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