Category Archives: Beginner Poker Strategy

Poker Pot Odds Made Easy

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Poker has a lot of mathematical elements…but pot odds are the most important.  A solid understanding of pot odds will allow you to play draws better, go all-in preflop & postflop, and handle a wide range of decisions with ease. In this video I will show you what pot odds are and how to use them using both a preflop and postflop example. If you want to practice pot odds, use my free pot odds calculator. Enjoy!

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Hello, and welcome to today’s quick plays video on using pot odds in poker.  Pot odds are one of the most fundamental mathematical elements in poker, so understanding them is crucial for your success.  In this video I’ll show you what pot odds are, how to use them, and show some real application with examples.

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How Is A Bluff Breakeven In Poker?

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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.

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What Is A Poker Fold Equity Calculator?

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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

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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 Sets Against Draws

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Sets are usually pretty easy to play. Bet them, raise them, and build the pot quickly. But what about the times when the draws complete? What about spots where the board gets ugly?

These “bad” spots can create a “tight is right” mentality – and we want to disprove that mindset ASAP. Let’s explore a single hand, one with bottom set, and see how you SHOULD be playing sets against drawing hands: Continue reading

Misclicking Creates Odd Hand With Aces

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Today we’re going to look at a hand in which Hero has pocket Aces. Usually playing AA in a 4-bet pot at NL10 is pretty straightforward, but here we get an interesting turn spot as a result of a misclick by Hero. So thanks to Lord Kelvin for sending in this hand, and let’s jump right into it: Continue reading

A Passive Mistake With Top Pair

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Usually, with these posts, we review a single poker hand and try to learn some big-picture lessons. We’re going to do something similar today but through a slightly different lens. This came about when I sent out a hand history a few months ago asking people how they’d play it. I was surprised by the variation in the responses. There is a lot of value in exploring spots where players disagree on a common inflection point, hence this post. Continue reading

Playing AK Against A Strong Range

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Two thirds of the time with AK we flop Ace-high and little more, but a fairly common draw with this hand is the broadway gutshot. The following hand was sent in by MiamiConfusion and illustrates some common themes when playing Ace King against a strong range.

MiamiConfusion gives us this information to set up the hand:

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When Folding Is A Costly Poker Leak

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This live $2/$3 hand sent in by Arash provides an example of how nitty play can seriously cut into our poker profit. Facing an open from a player in middle position, Arash decides to defend the big blind with T♠8♠. This is kind of a gross spot due to Villain’s starting stack of 50bb. We’re getting 1.67:1 on our call which in percentage terms is about 37%. So the critical question is “Are you going to win this pot at least 37% of the time?” If yes, then go ahead and get involved; if no, just fold.

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The Best Play With Top Pair

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Top pair can be confusing. Do you play it fast, slow, cautiously, or balls to the wall? In this video we’ll explore which play is best with top pair. I’ve you rarely check-raise TPTK in your games, this is a must-have skill that you need to add into your playbook.

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