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How To Use Equilab Poker Software

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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 Equilab for years, or just heard about this software today, this video & guide will help you use this tool more efficiently.

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Poker Combos & Blockers 101

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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 every session you play.

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7 Best Poker Audiobook

The Best Poker Audiobooks (Updated 2020)

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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 advanced poker guides but can’t stand reading – poker 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…

Here’s my list of the 7 best poker audiobooks that I think go above and beyond to teach you different aspects of the game. Pick up the ones that are right for you and enjoy! Continue reading

ABC Poker Strategy

ABC Poker: The Simple Strategy

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The concept of ABC poker is often times misunderstood.  Many players think ABC poker is playing some super exploitable and dumified strategy that makes about 0bb/100.  However, ABC poker is really just a term to describe a simple strategy that focuses on good fundamental play and veers away from FPS (fancy play syndrome).  

In full disclosure, I use an ABC strategy quite often, especially in live games and micro stakes online games.  But if I’m fully capable of using a LAG strategy, why would I use such a simplified strategy?

Imagine playing in a brand-new game.  Every player is unknown to you, you have zero information on any opponent, and it folds to you with T♣8♠ in middle position.  An ABC player would just fold here.  T8o isn’t a default open-raise from middle position and thus it’s an easy fold.  

But if I had information, such as everyone behind me is tight, then I’m going to break away from ABC and raise to try and steal the blinds from a non-steal spot.  This is how I would play as a default too.  With information I’m going to raise and try to pick up the pot preflop…but without information I would resort to a default strategy of just folding my weak hand because I don’t have information on the other players.  

This, in essence, is ABC poker.

This same concept can be applied to postflop poker.  With information, you may continuation bet more, size your value bets more perfectly, and even run double barrels and overbets more often.  But without information, or even with super minimal information like a sample size of 14, you will oftentimes have to revert back to default lines.  

The ABC Poker Playbook

Since ABC poker boils down to simpler play, their playbook is usually easy. They typically use a small ball poker strategy and utilize an easy bet sizing strategy that prioritizes a single size over multiple. They also avoid mixed strategies and instead use a binary approach when building their ranges.

So what are some ABC lines that players use?

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Poker Folds Correctly

Folding Correctly In Poker

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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:

  1. Players that fold far too often
  2. Players that fold far too rarely

There is a third type of player though. A rare-breed of player that folds a correct amount of the time and keeps their continuance frequencies and ranges during a poker hand right on track.

Folding In Poker

That’s the kind of player I want you to become.

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Winning Poker Hands Quiz

Winning Poker Hand Quiz

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One of the first things a poker player learns is the rank of hands. Quads beat a flush, a flush beats a straight, a straight beats trips, and so on. But there are some spots at showdown where it can be tricky to discern which player wins the pot.

So I built this quick 10-hand quiz to test your skills. You’ll be presented with two player’s hands, the board, and then you’ll discern which player wins the pot. If you deduce that both players would win the pot, choose “chop it up” and move on to the next question.

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Implied Odds Calculator

Free Pot Odds & Implied Odds Poker Calculators

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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:

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Simple Poker Bluff Math

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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 practice, you can memorize a few things and correctly estimate the value of certain bluff plays at the table.  

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Poker Bluffing 101 (Finding +EV Bluffs)

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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 differentiator between winning, losing, and breakeven players.

This video & guide is meant to be a Bluffing 101 overview. We will breakdown the 4 key focal points to good bluffs, give some simple things to memorize, and a framework for approaching bluffing in EVERY session you play going forward. Enjoy!

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Small Ball Poker Strategy

Small Ball Poker: The Pros & Cons

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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, and is a style adopted heavily by players evolving from fishy play.

As you watch this video or read this entire guide, note that the goal is not to insult players that use this style. Heck, I used to implement a small ball strategy, and my training videos before 2014 reflect that. Instead, the goal here is to explore the pros and cons of small ball poker and get you thinking more deeply about both playing this strategy and exploiting other players that use it.

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