Every poker player has leaks. Some are more obvious than others – but we all have them. Yes, even Phil Ivey has leaks in his game. He just leaks in more refined ways than the fishy calling station at your local card room.
A leak is an area in a poker players game that consistently leaves money on the table. Leaks can be aggressive or passive, but ultimately they are -EV plays that negatively impact a player’s winrate.
Today I want to discuss three of the most common leaks that I see today. These are issues that you can see at just about every table you sit down at. It doesn’t matter if you play cash games or tournaments, live or online.
If you pay attention, you’ll spot these leaks.
But the honest truth is that 98% of players who read this will have some-all of these leaks in their game. Maybe slightly, but they are there.
While reading this, think about the last time you made one of the mistakes. Think about the pots you’ve been giving up on due to these mistakes. And focus on ‘The Fix’ at the end of each leak for a clear way to patch that leak using my new course The One Percent.
After months of hard work, my new course The One Percent is finally available! This course has one goal in mind – to arm you with a complete strategy that you can use in any game.
The One Percent takes a frequency-first approach to the game, which may sound scary at first glance, but it’s how the best players visualize and attack poker. This complete series is a companion to the popular book “Poker’s 1%” by Ed Miller, who gave me permission to turn his work into a video series that doesn’t just rehash the content, rather it expands and explains all the subtleties that get lost in the original work.
By the end of this course, you will have a crystal-clear idea of things like:
How often you should barrel (even when you totally miss the flop)
How the best players in the game THINK about poker (hint: flopping 2pair+ is NOT the goal)
To some it’s fascinating, to others it’s unnerving, but in a reality where artificial intelligence can defeat professional poker players at their own game – why does it actually matter? It’s not like robots can cash chips.
Wait, bots are out-bluffing humans? Yes, and they’re only going to get better.
In 2015 Limit Hold’em was solved by Cepheus from the University of Alberta, Canada. That same year DeepStack bested 33 pros from the International Federation of Poker, with a 492 mbb/g margin over 44,852 hands!
Libratus from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center took $1.76 million in chips from poker stars Jason Les, Jimmy Chou, Daniel McAuley, and Dong Kim, earlier this year.
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
You have been playing well for hours and finally make the final table of a tournament. This is an opportunity you do NOT want to squander – but your results at this point are governed by luck, preparation, and mental game. The truth is, if you don’t prepare correctly, you are left relying on luck – and I don’t ever want luck to be the leg you stand on!
So today I want to share the best resource for preparing yourself for crushing final tables. And to make your life even easier, I’m going to lay out your study plan too. Continue reading
Folding AK (Ace King) preflop is not something I typically advise doing. But, there are some correct spots to do so which can help you avoid spewing money on nitty players. In this video, we’ll break down a hand from $2/$5 and see if making a big fold preflop was actually a huge mistake.
Along with the hand, Ray actually sent in a write-up as well. This is what Ray said: Continue reading
Can you ever correctly fold a straight? Sure the board is paired, but with no flushes possible it’s tough to make this tight of a fold. In this hand, we’ll review a hand sent in by Josh who played an interesting hand at $2/$5 live. After isolating from the button with 98o, Josh improves to a straight on the turn and ends up raise/folding on the river. Let’s see if that this fold was solid – or too nitty. Continue reading
Over the last year I have released three poker workbooks. These are first-of their kind workbooks that guide you through the hand reading/range building process and layout the kind of intense study that most players know they truly need.
That being said, I get an endless amount of emails that go something like this:
“I just bought your workbook. There is no answer key and I have zero idea if I am doing these exercises correctly.
What am I supposed to be getting from this?”
That seemed like the perfect kind of thing to write an article about. So here are a bunch of the major takeaways you should be getting from every exercise you complete…