# Blog Archives

## The Preflop Poker Checklist (Updated In 2019)

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 checklist contains just 6 things that will keep you focused on the right information preflop and help you decide if you should fold, limp-behind, or attack with a big raise.

Most players build their preflop strategy solely around a hand chart they found online. Now don’t get me wrong – a hand range chart can be helpful. But charts are limiting if you don’t know when (and how) to deviate from them. So instead of trying to remember 128 different ranges from each position – let’s focus on the big 6 things that impact your ranges, sizes, and edges preflop. And to make life easier, I’ve named this the PLANES Method since it’s easy to remember!

So let’s break down each letter in this checklist…

## How Is A Bluff Breakeven In Poker?

Poker math can be confusing at times. One of the biggest head-scratchers is around the concept of breakeven, or 0EV, and how that really works. Since we either win the hand (making money), or lose the hand (losing money), and pretty much never walk away with exactly \$0. So today we’re going to explain how a bluff can end up being breakeven, using some simple poker math.

Poker contains a lot of repetitive math, especially when studying poker hands away from the table. While you can use software to do a lot of this math, sometimes a good ‘ol fashioned spreadsheet is the best way to visualize and play with the numbers. So to save you a tremendous amount of time, I put together this pack of my spreadsheets that you are free to use while exploring spots!

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## Hands To Play UTG In Live Poker

You are playing in a live \$1/\$2 poker game. You are first to act UTG and look down at your hand. Do you know which hands you’ll play from UTG? Which hands will you fold? Are you going to open-limp at all?

Let’s discuss crafting an UTG range that makes you profit, while figuring out when to play tighter AND looser – including the key variables that most players overlook. Continue reading

## JJ In A Tough Spot Postflop

Pocket Jacks tend to create a ton of heartache for players. Most of the time JJ cannot handle a heap of preflop pressure, it faces an overcard on the flop a ton, and even when the flop does cooperate it doesn’t mean the turn and river will. But like any other starting hand, good play means understanding what goes into making solid preflop and postflop decisions, and then utilizing that strategy at the tables.

To help us do that, let’s breakdown this hand sent in by Anthony. Here, we have to make some serious postflop decisions when JJ faces a really ugly turn card… Continue reading

## 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 going all-in preflop, semi-bluffing draws postflop, and increasing your overall aggression.

This free video will show you what fold equity is, what a fold equity calculator is, and how to use this tool on your own.  As always, if you are a reader make sure to check out the script below.  Enjoy!

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Hello, and welcome to today’s Quick Plays video on using a fold equity calculator.  There are so many different poker tools available, but this is one tool that I use quite often.  In this video, I’ll show you what a fold equity calculator is, how it’s useful, and show you how to use it with some examples! Continue reading

## Playing Overpairs On Wet Flops

Overpairs are usually very easy to play. Be aggressive preflop, continue being aggressive postflop, and aim to get looked up by someone who couldn’t fold their second-best holding.

But sometimes the board is less than ideal, and sometimes draws complete. And in this hand – BOTH of those things occur! So let’s breakdown how to play overpairs on wet flops (and as-played, when draws get there)… Continue reading

## Playing Overcards With A Gutshot

More often than not, unpaired hole cards are going to miss the flop. But bigger unpaired hands, like AK, AQ, and KQ, are going to be overcards to the board – making them far different holdings than undercards. While it’s typical to just fire these overcards, especially when they have backdoor draws and/or flop a gutshot, there is some nuance to handling these hands.

To highlight this, let’s breakdown a hand that Alex sent in and see if semi-bluffing is the right approach… Continue reading

## Facing A River Donk (Hand Analysis)

Many players get confused when facing “odd” actions, such as donk bets.  So I wanted to analyze a spot where I faced a river donk bet and had to make a decision.   A donk bet is a bet made into the previous street aggressor.  Since I had bet the turn and he bets into me on the river, his river bet is called a “donk bet”.

In this hand the BB was an unknown player, so I have no info on him and subsequently he had no info on me.  Here is the hand history: Continue reading