While poker vlogging has blown up over the years, the vloggers with the highest viewerships tend to play higher stakes ($5/$10 and above) with some bigger buy-in tournaments thrown in.
But what about vlogs for the $1/$2 and $1/$3 players?
Look no further!
There are countless advanced tools for studying poker, but sometimes a simple poker calculator is all you need. So I’ve put together a list of the 7 poker calculators that every player should use. Be sure to bookmark this page, or you can even download my entire poker spreadsheet collection for offline usage.
When it comes to calculators, the most important thing is that you are inputting the correct numbers. Each tool includes a quick blurb showing you which numbers you need, where to get them, and how to interpret the output. Have fun playing with each calculator and feel free to tweet at me if you have any questions.
Live poker, and poker played in casinos and cardrooms, requires some strategic nuance to win more per hour. With some basic adjustments and a deeper understanding of the game flow, you’ll find both preflop and postflop much easier to play.
This guide is going to break down some easy adjustments you
can make to your game to capitalize on the uniqueness of live poker games. Learn
how to play in games where players hate folding preflop, playing with different
stack sizes, the mechanics of bluffing, beating slow players, and even how to
craft your own preflop ranges.
If you are new to poker, you may not know which stake to start at. Should you start at the smallest limit your poker room allows for? Or should you play at the biggest stake your bankroll can afford?
Playing live $2/$5, you flop top two pair against a TAG regular. But when the action gets heavy and stacks are heading into the pot, is it time to think about folding two pair against a likely set?
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:
One of the most profitable plays available to you in a game where preflop raises tend to get one or more callers is the squeeze. Done correctly, squeezing can pick up lots of uncontested pots preflop, even when you have marginal hands.
But squeeze in the wrong spots, and you will bleed chips quickly.
So let’s explore this together.
As a general rule, our main focus in poker is to make as many profitable bets as possible and reduce our number of losing bets along the way. One of the best ways to measure this is with the concept of auto-profit bets.
An auto-profit bet is when your opponent folds too often given your bet size, and as a result, you make an immediate profit when betting with any two cards. This is also referred to as a bet being “outright profitable” or “immediately profitable.”
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.
Pot control is the act of keeping the size of the pot smaller and more manageable. Typically, players exercise pot control by checking behind on flops and turns with semi-strong hands to avoid making the pot too large. And while this makes sense on the surface, it can actually create a whole host of problems in your strategy.