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.
Welcome to part 2 of dissecting hand 15 from the Hand Reading For Life Players Workbook: Volume 1. If you haven’t seen part one of this video series yet, please pause this and go watch that first. Otherwise, a lot of the things we’re going to talk about today just simply won’t make a tremendous amount of sense. So start with part 1 first.
If you’re here, exactly where you need to be, today we’re going to talk all about the flop range. We’re going to analyze the exact action the SB takes, exactly what range we think they did that with, and, of course, talk about tips and tricks that you can use to hand read better when you’re actually playing and making these decisions in real-time. So without further ado, let’s jump right in to it.
Today I want to talk about table image. Table image is something that’s very important and it’s oftentimes overlooked and some people use it in very, very incorrect spots. So I want to talk about it a little bit today. To get started, let’s define what table image is.
Table image is really how the other players at the table would classify your play style, your strengths and your weaknesses. So if you’re playing against other players that are thinking, it’s very important to understand what they think of you, right? Just like you’re constantly thinking of them and then adjusting to that information, other players are doing the same thing to you. Continue reading
This begins a complete series all about hand reading. We’ll dissect an entire hand history and assign a fish’s range on every street. If this is your first time doing this, this may seem complex and severely confusing. You are not alone. But this process gets easier with practice and eventually becomes a skill you can do in real-time while actually playing!
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 poker content but can’t stand reading – 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 are 5 audiobooks that I think go above and beyond to teach you different aspects of the game. They are in no particular order: Continue reading
Today I want to talk to you about studying poker, and more specifically, sharing my study routine with you. This is especially useful if you don’t already have one, but if you do have a study routine, maybe you can take bits and pieces of this and make improvements on yours.
The thing that we have to keep in mind is that we’re not going to become the best poker player in the world overnight, or in a week, or even in a month. It’s going to take long periods of time. Even just becoming the best poker player you can be is going to take a long period of time, but if we can break this up into week-long sprints and we can say, “Okay, this week I’m going to try this leak, the next week another, the next week another,” if we can do that and keep improving our game and decreasing our poker leaks, we’re going to become better players over time.
The way that I set this up is through a week-long time box. With that said, let’s talk about the way that that week should be breaking down.
So where should you begin?
Well, at the very beginning of the week, you want to start by choosing your topic. So choose your major focus topic for the week. That’s not to say that you’re not going to work on other things simultaneously. Say you wanted to work on squeezing this week, you’re going to also be working on things like sizing that squeeze and hand-reading preflop and setting up for preflop, all those things. Choose one major topic and understand that you will touch on other things simultaneously.
Playing against fish can seem tricky at first. They never fold, they keep calling you down with bottom pair, and they never seem to miss a draw. But fish are a super profitable resource and it’s vital that you know not only how to play against them postflop – but also preflop.
The average poker player goes through a very similar path of progression.
They start as a fish who calls too often and folds too rarely. Then they get punished for that and eventually learn that they need to fold some of those junk hands. And then eventually they learn how to put those junk hands back into their ranges, at least sometimes, in smart spots to generate extra profit. The issue is that most TAG and Nit players are stuck in the middle – folding too often for their own good.
To help you improve your range building process I created this mini-series where we dissect a hand together – going street-by-street and action-by-action to assign precise ranges. This is the actual process I use when studying poker off-table and exactly how my brain processes information in real-time…and you will get stronger with it the more you practice assigning ranges.
Hand reading is the cornerstone of solid poker. When you know what your opponent has, it’s far easier to apply pressure, hero call correctly, and take more profitable lines. Combos and blockers are huge assets when it comes hand reading, and when you have this skill hammered down you can dissect their range with absolute precision.
Let’s start by talking about blockers. A blocker is something that is very, very useful to understand when you’re counting combos, but if you don’t either of these two terms are let’s start with quick definitions: Continue reading