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When Is Ace-High Good Enough To Call Down?

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Ace-high is always tricky. Any Ace-high hand, even Ace King, is going to miss the flop completely and end up as nothing more than high card more often than not. But solid players understand when Ace-high actually has showdown value. They know when to ditch this hand and when to call it down facing postflop pressure. So today, I’d like to take you behind the play and show you the ranges and assumptions that make calling down with Ace-high a profitable play.

To do this, we’ll explore hand #20 from the new Tournament Final Tables Workbook.

This is the final table of an $82 online tournament. Starting off, let’s plug the basic information into HRC. We see that our 75BB stack is worth 17% of the prize pool given that we are 3rd in chips. Also take notice that the chip leader in the big blind, even though they have an almost 50BB lead over us, only has 21% of the prize pool. And finally, we are playing for $1,800 up top and we are guaranteed $440 if we bust this hand.

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Are Poker Workbooks Right For You?

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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. And to layout your poker study so that you always know what to work on.

How To Play A Big Drawing Hand

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Today’s hand was sent in by Ralph. This is a hand from 2NL with a 1 cent ante. Action begins with Don who opens under the gun for 3 big blinds and hero decides to 3bet and Don calls.

In his write-up, Ralph says this: Done was a 30/10 over a small sample size of 10 hands, and Ralph made the assumption that Don was going to be pretty fishy. Let’s start with that assumption first. Like Ralph said the ten hands is a “pretty darn small sample size,” so I don’t really want to say that this person is for sure going to be pretty fishy yet. We simply can’t glean much from the 30/10 HUD stats. Now, if this person were playing 100/10 over 10 hands, yeah, very unlikely that he got 10 playable hands, 10 hands in a row. Continue reading

Ace King All-In Preflop Quiz + Answers

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Ace King is a tricky hand, and even more so when you are deciding when and how to get it all-in preflop. Awhile back I created this quiz to test your knowledge of AK and the lines you’d take with it when facing committing decisions preflop. In this video I breakdown the answers of thousands of poker players, share the correct answers, and walk you through the decision matrix when choosing your plays with Ace King!

If you haven’t already, please take the quiz before reading any further, that way you’ll understand me more and will be able to check your answers.

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A Sick Bluff With Ace-King High

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Today we are going to review a hand from $1/$2 where Tony ran a huge bluff with Ace-King high. What began as an innocent 3bet preflop, turns into a ton of aggression when hero misses the flop and decides to get it all-in with just Ace-high. Concepts include hand reading, floating vs 3betting, and fold equity (or rather, when there is very little fold equity!). Enjoy. Continue reading

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

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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 you’ve played and dissecting your own lines is one of the most invaluable activities you can do between sessions to self-improve.

And this isn’t about passive-study where you review a hand you got sucked out on and grumble about how bad you run. This is about active poker study sessions where you review your exact hand AND tangential lines to get a well-rounded exploration of spots that impact your overall winrate. Continue reading

The Best Preflop Plays, Lines, And Strategy

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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 video (or reading) and see how your line compares to the average poker player’s and also my own play. There is no better way to test your playbook and see how you stack up!

Take the Preflop Quiz here.

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Continuation Betting In Multi-Way Pots

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I recently received this question from Sal who asked: “How do I know how to properly size c-bets against certain opponents in multi-way pots?”

This is a great question. It’s primarily a question that follows once you have a basic grasp on how to properly c-bet. You really should have a pretty solid understanding of how to c-bet before you begin to worry too much about the details, bet sizing being a large detail.

Looking for a basic primer on continuation betting? Start with this CBing guide.

A lot of the time when it comes to c-betting and choosing the size of that c-bet most players have a default strategy, they are going to use sizes like 1/2 pot, 2/3 pot or 75% pot. They will also primarily use that baseline size for every single situation. Granted there is some merit to choosing a static bet size for this spot. Simply because it will come up repetitively with double and triple barrels. It is one of those where most players choose to become really really static in it. Of course there are going to be situations where being dynamic and changing that bet size based upon the exact situation, the exact texture, your hand versus your opponents range that sort of thing, is certainly going to be more beneficial and fwiw I typically don’t recommend being purely static in this spot. Continue reading

Pro Answers To Hand Reading Poker Questions

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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 them, I would definitely pause this and read them first:

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Watch this entire live poker hand reading series and see how every street and every range unfolds through this hand. Remember, any improvements you can make while hand reading will have long-lasting benefits when you look for new +EV opportunities!

Over the time that series has been going on, there’s been quite a few comments and questions. I want to step back for a moment and answer some of the comments and questions from you guys and talk a little bit about how to hand read better both in this exact situation and also in situations that you’re going to face that don’t necessarily resemble this hand at all. Continue reading

Hand Reading On The River

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Today, we’re going to finish up the final instalment; part 4. We’re going to analyze the river of this hand 15 from the Hand Reading Workbook for Live Players: Volume 1. If you haven’t already checked out parts 1, 2 and 3, please check them out first. We analyzed the preflop action and range, flop action and range, turn action range, so of course, today we’re talking about the river.

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Watch this entire live poker hand reading series and see how every street and every range unfolds through this hand. Remember, any improvements you can make while hand reading will have long-lasting benefits when you look for new +EV opportunities!

So without further ado, let’s jump right into it.

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