Live Poker Strategy Articles & Videos

Whether you play $1/$2, $2/$5, or some other live poker stake – you are in the right place! This is a collection of my live poker strategy articles & videos to help you improve your game and grow your chips stacks more often. Live poker has its own dynamics, bet sizings, and other unique attributes that just lumping it in with the online strategy felt wrong…

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Simple Poker Bluff Math

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 […]

Poker Bluffing 101 (Finding +EV Bluffs)

Bluffing is one of the most important skills a poker player can have. Anybody can wait around for a big hand and hope to get paid off – that takes almost zero skill. But knowing what goes into a great bluff and how best to execute a +EV play with weak cards is a key […]

Small Ball Poker: The Pros & Cons

Small ball poker is a playstyle where your aim is to get involved in many cheap pots and keep those pots small – unless you hit a monster hand and then you build the pot as big and as quickly as possible. This was largely popularized by Daniel Negreanu, and to a lesser-extent Harrington’s books, […]

Why Your Poker Mindset Matters

Your poker mindset and the way you process challenges during and between sessions is a major determinant of your longterm success. There are three kinds of poker players when it comes to the mental game. Essentially, they break down into these categories:

Paired Boards & Textures Poker Strategy

Paired boards are an interesting board texture that all poker players need to understand. First, these textures are more common than you might think. Secondly, players tend to craft their strategies in very predictable ways on these boards. And third, knowing how to choose the best lines when the board pairs will help you become […]

Range Balancing In Poker

Range balancing in poker is the act of ensuring you have a proper number of bluffs and value hands when you bet or raise. If you never bluff, your range is unbalanced and your opponents can easily fold marginal hands whenever you get aggressive. On the other hand, if you bluff too often, your opponents […]

Small Pocket Pair Poker Strategy

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 […]

The Best Poker Audiobooks (Updated In 2019)

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 advanced poker guides but can’t stand reading – poker audiobooks are a GREAT option that I suggest […]

How To Play Gutshots In Poker

Gutshots, also known as ‘inside straight draws’ are just one kind of draw you catch in poker. The typical definition of a gutshot is that you have 4 cards to improve your draw, which is only half of the number of outs you’d have with an open-ended straight draw (OESD). To visualize this, say the […]

Overlimping: When & How To Limp Behind Preflop

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 […]

Folding In Poker (& How 89% Of Players Get It Wrong)

Folding is the least sexy topic in poker. Folding is just so…final. Your cards hit the muck, you concede the pot to your opponent, and you’re off to the next hand. But the honest truth is that poker players fall into two main categories: Players that fold far too often Players that fold far too […]

Blockers In Poker: How They Work In 2019

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 […]

Crushing Preflop In Fishy Poker Games

You know the game. The one where everyone wants to see EVERY. SINGLE. FLOP. These fishy games can be extremely profitable, but preflop decisions can be confusing, especially in pots where multiple players have limped before you. Should you raise with your small pair? Should you limp behind with AJ? Well crushing these games largely […]

Are Bad Beat Jackpots Worth It? (Strategy With BBJ & High Hand Promotions)

Many live poker rooms run a variety of promotions to get players into the casino and grinding long hours. While these promotions range from bad beat jackpots (BBJ) to high hand promotions to drawings and lucky seat promotions, they all have the same goal: keep butts in the chair and cards in the air. But […]

The Preflop Poker Checklist (Updated In 2019)

Preflop play should be fairly simple, but most players struggle preflop because they lack a plan. So to make your life easier, I put together my preflop checklist that you can begin using in your next session. This checklist contains just 6 things that will keep you focused on the right information preflop and help […]

How Is A Bluff Breakeven In Poker?

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 […]

Free Poker Spreadsheets

Poker contains a lot of repetitive math, especially when studying poker hands away from the table. While you can use software to do a lot of this math, sometimes a good ‘ol fashioned spreadsheet is the best way to visualize and play with the numbers. So to save you a tremendous amount of time, I […]

Hands To Play UTG In Live Poker

You are playing in a live $1/$2 poker game. You are first to act UTG and look down at your hand. Do you know which hands you’ll play from UTG? Which hands will you fold? Are you going to open-limp at all? Let’s discuss crafting an UTG range that makes you profit, while figuring out […]

Playing Overcards With A Gutshot

More often than not, unpaired hole cards are going to miss the flop. But bigger unpaired hands, like AK, AQ, and KQ, are going to be overcards to the board – making them far different holdings than undercards. While it’s typical to just fire these overcards, especially when they have backdoor draws and/or flop a gutshot, […]

C-Betting Bluffs On Multi-Way Flops

You raise preflop and unexpectedly get multiple callers. Now you see a flop and totally miss. Should you c-bet the flop multi-way, even though you have a weak hand? Should you bluff on flops with multiple players? It certainly feels weak to keep check-folding Ace-high and weak pairs, but what goes into making a +EV […]

10 Hard Poker Hands

Some poker hands are easy, and you know exactly what to do with them. But there are some hard poker hands that can make or break your winrate. To help you practice your poker skills, I created this 10 hand poker quiz that tests your ability to estimate what your opponents are playing AND what line you should take in some common preflop situations.

A River Decision: Bet Or Check?

Today we’re going to go through a quiz that I posted earlier on YouTube. First, thanks to Will for sending this hand in. Second, many thanks to everyone who responded to the quiz. Your participation is the only way I can make these things happen. And finally, thanks to those of you who spotted a […]

Draws Love Fold Equity

Is there anything more exciting than flopping a draw with heaps of outs? The more often you play hands like suited connectors, suited gappers, and weaker suited Broadways – the more often you’ll find yourself playing flush draws, gutshots, and the like. Having a solid strategy for playing draws, one that capitalizes on fold equity […]

A Passive Mistake With Top Pair

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 […]

Playing Bad Poker (& Still Winning!)

Poker is such a unique game in that good plays can lose money, and bad poker plays can end up winning money. At the end of the day, our goal is to make the most profitable plays and minimize our mistakes. But sometimes, a bad line can still result in the chips being pushed our […]

Hero-Folding AA On A Special Board?

Aces are such a strong hand, but they can find themselves in some tricky situations postflop. Especially if the board texture gets ugly and the action gets weird – it can be tough to figure out what the best line is. Today we will review a hand where AA gets a great price, but we […]

When Folding Is A Costly Poker Leak

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 […]

The Best Play With Top Pair

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.

Folding Top Pair With AK?

It really seems that Ace King creates more nightmares for players than any other hand. Today, we’ll explore a hand where AK flops top pair/top kicker that needs to decide whether or not to put it all-in. This spot was played in a live $1/$2 cash game and exemplifies how a results-oriented thought process can […]

Las Vegas Live Poker Coaching 2019

One of the toughest things for live poker players is getting coaching. Online players can easily track their play with their database and they can have a coach watch their screen while they play. This allows the student and coach to work together seamlessly both during and between sessions. Live players don’t have that luxury. […]

Playing Top Pair + A Gutshot

In today’s video, we’re going to review a hand sent in by Dan. This is a hand from $1/$3 live and Dan goes pretty aggressive with 86os. So let’s check out the hand and see if it was any good. In this hand, we have a limp, a limp, a limp, and Dan decides to […]

Playing Nut Flush Draws With Deep Stacks

Nut flush draws are super powerful, but they can be confusing. Do you pile a bunch of money in early? Do you slow-play your draw and wait until it improves? Was your preflop line best? Today we’ll explore this question through the lens of a $2/$5 hand. Our hero, Andrew, ends up in a multi-way […]

What Are The Most Common Poker Leaks?

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 […]

New Poker Course – The One Percent Video List

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 […]

When Can You Fold AK Preflop?

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 […]

Can I Fold A Straight? Or Is That Too Nitty?

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 […]

Poker Work: Getting More From Every Exploration

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 […]

Are Poker Workbooks Right For You?

My goal, when I started creating these workbooks, was to help players like you develop your hand reading skill set through guided exercises. To help you work through the same repetitions that I did when I was growing as a player. To help you explore the spots that impact your win rate in every session. […]

Making Final Tables In HUGE Tournaments

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 […]

Ace King All-In Preflop Quiz + Answers

Ace King is a tricky hand, and even more so when you are deciding when and how to get it all-in preflop. Awhile back I created this quiz to test your knowledge of AK and the lines you’d take with it when facing committing decisions preflop. In this video I breakdown the answers of thousands […]

A Sick Bluff With Ace-King High

Today we are going to review a hand from $1/$2 where Tony ran a huge bluff with Ace-King high. What began as an innocent 3bet preflop, turns into a ton of aggression when hero misses the flop and decides to get it all-in with just Ace-high. Concepts include hand reading, floating vs 3betting, and fold […]

How To Review Your Own Poker Hands (& Practice Faster)

You already know that studying poker is important if you truly wish to grow as a player and compete at a higher level. One of the most valuable resources when it comes to studying is not a new video course or a classic book – it’s actually your own poker hands. Reviewing the hands that […]

The Best Preflop Plays, Lines, And Strategy

Preflop poker can be tricky. Make mistakes, take the wrong lines, or implement the wrong strategy and you set yourself up for a very -EV hand. This quiz challenges your preflop ability by taking you through 15 different hands to see what your exact play would be. After you take the quiz, continue watching the […]

Continuation Betting In Multi-Way Pots

I recently received this question from Sal who asked: “How do I know how to properly size c-bets against certain opponents in multi-way pots?” This is a great question. It’s primarily a question that follows once you have a basic grasp on how to properly c-bet. You really should have a pretty solid understanding of […]

Pro Answers To Hand Reading Poker Questions

Welcome back. If you’ve been following me for a while, we just concluded a 4-part series going through hand 15 of the Live Poker Player’s Workbook. We went through a complete hand from $1/$2 live and broke it down street-by-street, action-by-action, and built down ranges every step of the way. If you haven’t already seen […]

Hand Reading On The River

Today, we’re going to finish up the final instalment; part 4. We’re going to analyze the river of this hand 15 from the Hand Reading Workbook for Live Players: Volume 1. If you haven’t already checked out parts 1, 2 and 3, please check them out first. We analyzed the preflop action and range, flop […]

What Are Fish Betting The Turn With?

This is going to part 3 of analyzing hand 15 from the Hand Reading For Live Players Workbook. If you need a quick refresher to remember where we are in this hand, the cutoff opened $10. We called on the button. The SB called as well. We analyzed small blind’s range at that point. The […]

Getting Your First Poker Coach (A Complete Guide)

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 […]

What Are Players Calling My Flop Raise With?

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 […]

Using What Other Players Think Of You To Your Advantage

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 […]

What Does A Bad Player Call With Preflop?

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 […]

Studying Poker – The Ultimate Week-Long Study Guide

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 […]

3Betting Against Fishy Players (Using The Right Hands)

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. A large part […]

Are You Folding Too Much?

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 […]

Building Live Poker Ranges

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 […]

How To Use Blockers When Counting Combos

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 […]

The Combos & Blockers Quiz

How To Play 2 Pair In A Multi-Way Pot

In this hand, we’re in the big blind with T6s. There’s a limp, another limp, another limp. And hero decides to check his option. In the write-up, Jay says this: “People here know I play really tight. If I make a decent size raise, most fold. So I wanted to mix it up.” So keep […]

ABC Poker: The Simple Strategy

The concept of ABC poker is often times misunderstood.  Many players think ABC poker is playing some super exploitable and dumified strategy that makes about 0bb/100.  However, ABC poker is really just a term to describe a simple strategy that focuses on good fundamental play and veers away from FPS (fancy play syndrome).  In full […]

What To Do On The Worst River Card?

In this $1/$2 hand hero gets a free-play from the blinds and has to figure out what the best play is on one of the worst river cards. Getting counterfeited on the turn/river always sucks – but we still need to make a decision and this video will help you choose the best line in […]

How To Beat Super-Tight Poker Players

Nits can be found in every single poker game you might play. And it’s important that we at least have some semblance of an idea on how to beat these people more easily and more regularly, and what exactly we should be looking for when it comes to crafting our lines against these players. First […]

Why A Math-Driven Approach To Poker Is Powerful

Poker is a game of math. The math can range from simple things like figuring out the size of the pot to very complex things like calculating the EV of multi-street plays. But poker is also a social/psychological game where tells, psychology, and dynamics come into play. Players that approach the game solely through the social […]

Punishing Limpers With Large Preflop Raises

When should you limp behind preflop? When should you isolate? If you do decide to raise and isolate the limper(s), how large should you go? Let’s dissect this question and answer once and for all how to think ahead, create a +EV plan, and maximize our profits when there are a number of limpers in […]

How To Think About Ranges (Now With Pie!)

Truth be told, I’m a very visual person. I’m also a very mathematically-oriented person. So being able to visualize math-based things is crucial for me when trying to learn and use something. So when I began studying hand ranges and learning how to exploit various ranges, I created a simple model to help me visualize […]

Semi-Bluff Shove Poker Math

There are very few things in poker that are more fun than shoving. And if you are considering doing more 5bet bluff shoving preflop or semi-bluff jamming postflop, then understanding the math behind it is crucial. In this video I explain when and how to expand the math to make sure you are solving the […]

Live Poker Workbook

What part of your game are you working on? Whether it's increasing your aggression, light 3betting, or getting more value from your strong hands - a solid hand reading skillset is vital to make it happen.

So I created this workbook to help you practice hand reading in between sessions. Complete with 40 exercises you'll work to understand exactly what your opponents are playing - which then allows you to find more bluffs and thinner value at every step of the way.