Advanced & Complete Poker Guides

This a collection of the complete poker guides I’ve written. They are longer, more in-depth, and just right for players looking for a lil’ something extra. Make sure to set aside some time to really digest these articles and use the links within them to continue answering your questions and developing a solid +EV strategy instead of just an ABC poker strategy.

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Top 9 Poker Podcasts (Updated 2020)

In recent years, podcasts have become a hit, and you can find plenty of them in any niche. Poker is no exception, and there are regular podcasts that provide valuable content. Whether it is about strategy, news or anything else, you can learn a lot and have fun at the same time. Many of them […]

The Top 10 Gifts For Poker Players

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking of what you should get for that poker player in your life. Don’t just get them a poker chip set, cheap folding table, or novelty shirt. That’s what they always get. These 10 amazing gifts are sure to be loved by any poker player. 

The Flop Texture Tool

How often do certain flop types occur? What if you hold two cards that block that kind of flop texture? Thanks to Flopzilla Pro’s new flop breakdown tool, you can answer questions like this with ease. To learn how to use this tool, push play and I’ll walk you through it.

Poker Combos & Blockers 101

One of the most important intermediate skills a player can have is the ability use combos and blockers at the poker table. These technical skills require nothing more than a little counting (if you can handle 4+12, you’ll be fine!), but they can help you find so many extra bluffs and thinner value bets in […]

Folding Correctly In Poker

Folding is the least sexy topic in poker. Folding is just so…final. Your cards hit the muck, you concede the pot to your opponent, and you’re off to the next hand. But the honest truth is that poker players fall into two main categories: Players that fold far too often Players that fold far too […]

Running It Twice In Poker

The first time I heard about “running it twice” was watching an episode of High Stakes Poker. Two players agreed to run multiple river cards and suddenly there were two rivers instead of one, pots getting chopped, and a bunch of excitement around the table. I didn’t understand it at the time, but the option […]

Crushing Fishy Poker Tables

Fishy tables are typically your most profitable kind of poker table. Lots of players who are making massive strategic mistakes allow you to play a simple strategy that allows them to beat themselves. And while you could implement a simple style that makes some money, there are some key areas that you can focus on […]

Are Old Poker Videos Useless?

“Are old poker videos still relevant?” This was a question I received a while back, and to be honest, it’s a great one. I’ve been creating poker training videos for about a decade, and it’s totally valid to ask if videos posted in 2014 or 2018 are even worth watching at this point.

Implied Odds In Poker

Implied odds are a term that most poker players are aware of, but very few truly know what they are. You will hear players cite implied odds as their reasoning for making questionable plays, but ask them what they are, and they slink back in their chair.  So let’s fully break down this concept and […]

Poker Ranges & Range Reading

The ability to identify and read poker ranges is one of the most important skills a player can have. Poker is a game of incomplete information and we will almost never know exactly which two hole cards our opponent has. But with logical deduction and strong technical knowledge, we can build our opponent’s range and […]

Playing LAG: Loose Aggressive Poker

One of the bigger things I get when I coach students is the consideration of playing a LAG poker style. There are major differences between TAG and LAG players, but the common misconceptions and adjusts against a LAG style are what make it the most profitable style in today’s games. What Is A LAG? LAG […]

The Preflop Poker Checklist

Preflop play should be fairly simple, but most players struggle preflop because they lack a plan. So to make your life easier, I put together my preflop checklist that you can begin using in your next session. This preflop checklist contains just 6 things that will keep you focused on the right information preflop and […]

Studying Poker: Your Weekly Study Guide

Today I want to talk to you about studying poker in 2020 and share my study routine with you. This is especially useful if you don’t already have one, but if you do have a study routine, you can take bits and pieces of this process and improve your own. The thing that we have […]

Live & Casino Poker Strategy 101

Live poker, and poker played in casinos and cardrooms, requires some strategic nuance to win more per hour. With some basic adjustments and a deeper understanding of the game flow, you’ll find both preflop and postflop much easier to play. This guide is going to break down some easy adjustments you can make to your […]

Poker Expected Value (EV) Formula

EV, short for expected value, is the most vital mathematical concept in poker.  When we say that something is +EV it means the play is expected to be profitable in the longrun.  Whereas a play that is -EV is expected to lose us money in the longrun.   The Poker EV Formula The most simple […]

SPR Strategy And Concept In Poker

SPR, short for stack-to-pot-ratio, is a powerful concept that can help you take better lines both preflop and postflop. If you can understand and apply SPR strategy in poker you will have a mathematical framework for commitment. Here is the SPR formula: SPR = Effective Stack Size / Pot Size We simply take the effective […]

Why A Poker Math Approach Is Best

Poker is a game of math. The math can range from simple things like figuring out the size of the pot to very complex things like calculating the EV of multi-street plays. But poker is also a social/psychological game where tells, psychology, and dynamics come into play (especially in live & casino poker). Players that approach […]

How To Use Equilab Poker Software

Equilab is poker software that 90% of players are using to do in-depth equity calculations, explore ranges, and save hundreds of hours when studying their hands between sessions.  But complex software can be a bit confusing to use, so I made a quick video showing you how to start using Equilab. Whether you’ve been using […]

The Best Poker Audiobooks (Updated 2020)

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 advanced poker guides but can’t stand reading – poker audiobooks are a GREAT option that I suggest […]

Free Pot Odds & Implied Odds Poker Calculators

Odds in poker can be a bit…odd. So let’s break down pot odds, implied odds, and give you some free tools so you can quickly calculate these on your own. Or skip ahead to the calculator for you: Pot Odds Calculator (Facing Bets) Offering Pot Odds Calculator (Making Bets) Implied Odds Calculator (Facing Bets)

Simple Poker Bluff Math

The honest truth is that poker bluffs are simple with a small amount of math. But in saying that, I also realize that many players are scared of poker math.  It can look overwhelming at first, but with some basic knowledge it becomes very easy to do.  And with a just little bit of extra […]

Poker Bluffing 101 (Finding +EV Bluffs)

Bluffing is one of the most important skills a poker player can have. Anybody can wait around for a big hand and hope to get paid off – that takes almost zero skill. But knowing what goes into a great bluff and how best to execute a +EV play with weak cards is a key […]

Small Ball Poker: The Pros & Cons

Small ball poker is a playstyle where your aim is to get involved in many cheap pots and keep those pots small – unless you hit a monster hand and then you build the pot as big and as quickly as possible. This was largely popularized by Daniel Negreanu, and to a lesser-extent Harrington’s books, […]

Why Your Poker Mindset Matters

Your poker mindset and the way you process challenges during and between sessions is a major determinant of your longterm success. There are three kinds of poker players when it comes to the mental game. Essentially, they break down into these categories:

Paired Boards & Textures Poker Strategy

Paired boards are an interesting board texture that all poker players need to understand. First, these textures are more common than you might think. Secondly, players tend to craft their strategies in very predictable ways on these boards. And third, knowing how to choose the best lines when the board pairs will help you become […]

Range Balancing In Poker

Range balancing in poker is the act of ensuring you have a proper number of bluffs and value hands when you bet or raise. If you never bluff, your range is unbalanced and your opponents can easily fold marginal hands whenever you get aggressive. On the other hand, if you bluff too often, your opponents […]

Small Pocket Pair Poker Strategy

Small pocket pairs tend to create lots of confusion for players preflop. But because these pairs are…well…pairs – players rarely consider folding these hands preflop and end up stacking up lots of unnecessary losses. To simplify this and avoid getting lost in the minutia, let’s agree to put 22 to 55 in this category. While […]

How To Play Gutshots In Poker

Gutshots, also known as ‘inside straight draws’ are just one kind of draw you catch in poker. The typical definition of a gutshot is that you have 4 cards to improve your draw, which is only half of the number of outs you’d have with an open-ended straight draw (OESD). To visualize this, say the […]

Overlimping: When & How To Limp Behind Preflop

Overlimping, or limping behind, is the act of choosing to limp AFTER one (or more) players have already limped preflop. Not to be confused with open-limping (being the first person to enter a pot preflop by limping in), overlimping can have some serious advantages when done properly. And while aggression in poker has increased exponentially […]

How To Value Bet In Poker (With Examples!)

There are three main types of betting in poker: value betting, bluffing, and betting for protection. While bluffing is important and protection is a bi-product of understanding equity – knowing how to value bet in poker is an essential part of improving your winrate whether you play ABC poker or another style. In this guide, […]

How To End A Poker Downswing

Downswings in poker suck. Whether it’s a session of terrible luck, or months of bad beats & a dry run of cards – downswings can leave you questioning your strategy and sanity. But even though these stretches of bad luck can hurt us mentally and financially, there are some key things we can do end […]

Blockers In Poker: How They Work In 2020

The concept of blockers in poker has been around for a while but, until recently, it’s one that has been far more stressed in Omaha games. Lately, however, we’re seeing the concept applied more in Texas Hold’em as well. While the value of blockers may not be as high in Hold’em as it is in […]

Poker Strategy With BBJ Promotions

Many live poker rooms run a variety of promotions to get players into the casino and grinding long hours. While these promotions range from bad beat jackpots (BBJ) to high hand promotions to drawings and lucky seat promotions, they all have the same goal: keep butts in the chair and cards in the air. But […]

TAG Poker Strategy: Explained

Of the 6 major player types, TAG is the most important.  The average grinder employs a TAG poker strategy and many players should learn a TAG style before doing anything else.  TAG is an abbreviation for “Tight Aggressive” and is in between a nit and a LAG.  In this guide you will learn what a […]

What Is A Poker Fold Equity Calculator?

I use many tools when analyzing poker hands away from the table…but one of my favorite tools is the fold equity calculator.  This tool only requires a few simple inputs to give me information about how often my opponent needs to fold in order for me to run a bluff.  This is super helpful when […]

Setting Up Your Poker HUD Stats

A HUD is a very helpful tool that is unique to online poker that helps us visualize real-time data about our opponents. Poker is a game of information, and the more we have, the better we should be able to play. So setting up your poker HUD, using the best stats, and gleaning the correct […]

How Would I Learn Poker From Scratch In 2020?

When I first entered poker back in 2004, the landscape was quite different than it is today. Back during the ‘Moneymaker Boom’ there were a couple of poker forums worth visiting, a few pieces of poker software, and a limited number of books that deserved a read. Now, the poker learning landscape is 100% different. […]

C-Betting Bluffs On Multi-Way Flops

You raise preflop and unexpectedly get multiple callers. Now you see a flop and totally miss. Should you c-bet the flop multi-way, even though you have a weak hand? Should you bluff on flops with multiple players? It certainly feels weak to keep check-folding Ace-high and weak pairs, but what goes into making a +EV […]

10 Hard Poker Hands

Some poker hands are easy, and you know exactly what to do with them. But there are some hard poker hands that can make or break your winrate. To help you practice your poker skills, I created this 10 hand poker quiz that tests your ability to estimate what your opponents are playing AND what line you should take in some common preflop situations.

How To Play Ace King When It Misses?

It’s little wonder that the biggest question players have regarding flop play with AK is “what to do when we miss?” As you already know, AK will have Ace-high a huge 67% of the time after the flop. Many of the difficulties with AK occur in 3-bet pots for the following 2 simple reasons: 1. AK […]

Optimizing Your Bubble Decisions In Poker Tournaments

The bubble stage of a tournament presents the greatest opportunity for chip accumulation. However, it also often leads to the most costly blunders in a tournament. Walking the bubble tight-rope can be tricky so let’s go through important points that will help you navigate through your next tournament bubble as profitably as possible. Giving yourself […]

What Is Your Poker Time Worth?

Everything has a cost – even things that are free. I want to talk about my favorite tool in the world. No, you didn’t accidentally stumble on my ‘SplitSuit Goes Camping’ blog where I discuss some awesome 94-in-1 flashlight. My favorite tool in the world is money. If you already view money as a tool, […]

What Are The Most Common Poker Leaks?

Every poker player has leaks. Some are more obvious than others – but we all have them. Yes, even Phil Ivey has leaks in his game. He just leaks in more refined ways than the fishy calling station at your local card room. A leak is an area in a poker players game that consistently […]

Studying Tournament Poker

You have been playing well for hours and finally make the final table of a tournament. This is an opportunity you do NOT want to squander – but your results at this point are governed by luck, preparation, and mental game. The truth is, if you don’t prepare correctly, you are left relying on luck […]

Poker Work: Getting More From Every Exploration

Over the last year I have released three poker workbooks. These are first-of their kind workbooks that guide you through the hand reading/range building process and layout the kind of intense study that most players know they truly need. That being said, I get an endless amount of emails that go something like this: “I […]

Are Poker Workbooks Right For You?

My goal, when I started creating these workbooks, was to help players like you develop your hand reading skill set through guided exercises. To help you work through the same repetitions that I did when I was growing as a player. To help you explore the spots that impact your win rate in every session. […]

How To Review Your Own Poker Hands (& Practice Faster)

You already know that studying poker is important if you truly wish to grow as a player and compete at a higher level. One of the most valuable resources when it comes to studying is not a new video course or a classic book – it’s actually your own poker hands. Reviewing the hands that […]

The Best Preflop Plays, Lines, And Strategy

Preflop poker can be tricky. Make mistakes, take the wrong lines, or implement the wrong strategy and you set yourself up for a very -EV hand. This quiz challenges your preflop ability by taking you through 15 different hands to see what your exact play would be. After you take the quiz, continue watching the […]

Pro Answers To Hand Reading Poker Questions

Welcome back. If you’ve been following me for a while, we just concluded a 4-part series going through hand 15 of the Live Poker Player’s Workbook. We went through a complete hand from $1/$2 live and broke it down street-by-street, action-by-action, and built down ranges every step of the way. If you haven’t already seen […]

Building Precise Ranges At 6max

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. […]

Are You Folding Too Much?

The average poker player goes through a very similar path of progression. They start as a fish who calls too often and folds too rarely. Then they get punished for that and eventually learn that they need to fold some of those junk hands. And then eventually they learn how to put those junk hands […]

Building Live Poker Ranges

To help you improve your range building process I created this mini-series where we dissect a hand together – going street-by-street and action-by-action to assign precise ranges. This is the actual process I use when studying poker off-table and exactly how my brain processes information in real-time…and you will get stronger with it the more […]

How To Think About Ranges (Now With Pie!)

Truth be told, I’m a very visual person. I’m also a very mathematically-oriented person. So being able to visualize math-based things is crucial for me when trying to learn and use something. So when I began studying hand ranges and learning how to exploit various ranges, I created a simple model to help me visualize […]

Semi-Bluff Shove Poker Math

There are very few things in poker that are more fun than shoving. And if you are considering doing more 5bet bluff shoving preflop or semi-bluff jamming postflop, then understanding the math behind it is crucial. In this video I explain when and how to expand the math to make sure you are solving the […]