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 these pairs may have some showdown value of their own, their true value is primarily in flopping sets and stacking opponents that won’t fold second-best hands.
This explanation could make one think that playing pocket pairs is easy, but that would only be true in an ideal setting where you could dictate all the action and give yourself just the right pot odds to get involved. In real-life situations, though, you often have to play these small pockets with lower stack depth or facing big raises or 3-bets from your opponents – which changes your strategic adjustment dramatically.
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 over the years which has led many players to think that raising/isolating limpers is always better – there are plenty of spots where overlimping proves to be a MORE profitable approach.
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 Omaha, they’re still well worth considering as a part of a greater overall gameplan.
In poker, some hands look great on paper but are quite tricky in reality. They could cause you all sorts of troubles if you don’t have enough experience and one of them certainly is Ace-Jack, both suited and offsuit. Many beginners seem to believe the hand is premium, but that is not exactly the case.
While this hand is surely profitable to play, there are some traps you need to avoid. I will try to examine them and give you some ideas how to play Ace-Jack correctly both preflop and postflop.
Of course, there are a couple of different things you need to consider. For example, are we talking about tournaments or cash games? How deep is the game? What is your position? They will help you determine if Ace-Jack is playable and what is the best course. Therefore, let us start by looking into some different scenarios. Continue reading
Winning a poker tournament with hundreds or thousands of opponents is not an easy task. Even if you’re a solid player, you will require some luck to reach the final table. In fact, tournaments have the highest variance in the game. The reason is simple – the money is spread across just a tiny group of players that reach the latest stages of the event.
This is why your goal should be to reach the final table as often as possible. Playing just to finish in the money is not a winning strategy and doesn’t work well in the long run. In this article, I will give you some tips how to improve your chance of reaching it. Of course, it does not guarantee success, but it will certainly help you to play for that big win more often. Continue reading
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.