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 Omaha, they’re still well worth considering as a part of a greater overall gameplan.
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.
One of the most important intermediate skills a player can have is the ability use combos and blockers at the poker table. These technical skills require nothing more than a little counting (if you can handle 4+12, you’ll be fine!), but they can help you find so many extra bluffs and thinner value bets in every session you play.
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 (especially in live & casino poker). Players that approach the game solely through the social lens are just as much missing a crucial element as players that solely approach the game mathematically. Like most things, balance is required to be a well-rounded player who can thrive at any table.
While most math-based players understand the value in the social side of the game (albeit, usually not giving it the credence it deserves – myself included years ago), social-focused players tend to ignore much of math side of the game. This is normally due to the fear that the math will be too complex, too cumbersome, and maybe even too nerdy.
No matter if you are playing tournaments or cash games, it comes in handy to know the math behind preflop ranges and how much equity you need in order to make the call with a specific range of hands. Being able to estimate and correctly estimate poker hand ranges both play a major role in this thought process and if you are playing online, some optional tools such as Equilab help to quickly plug in the numbers while you are playing and determine whether or not a call becomes profitable in the long run.
Aggressive poker is winning poker. But still, most players aren’t super comfortable going all-in preflop with less-than-premium hands. This is an effect of not understanding the EV of shoving preflop, especially since the EV (expected value) of going all-in can be a bit counterintuitive. So let’s go through a few examples together and see when getting it all-in preflop is profitable!
3-BET SHOVING WITH J9
This hand comes from Tim who wants to review this hand played in a tournament. In this hand we have J9s, there’s a $40 ante, the blinds are $150/$300, and in this exact situation there’s a raise from DIOGEN, it folds around and Tim decides to rip it.
Ace Queen can be a tricky hand to play. Especially as the action mounts, it can be tough to discern if AQ is strong enough to go all-in with, or if it’s smarter to just fold it and save your chips. Today we’ll look at an AQ hand together and see how our answers compare to over 1K other poker players – and see if going all-in with AQ is actually the best play…
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!
Do you shy away from the math even though you know it would help you play better poker? If yes, this workbook will help you memorize the key formulas, internalize the calculations, and build your intuition to make better decisions at the table.
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.
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!
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
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.