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Folding To 3-Bets From Behind

Folding To 3-Bets From Behind

What’s your position on position? Is it merely a word you know? Or is it something you seek? I’m a fanatic. This article is about how a positionally obsessed person sees the world − and the flop. We’ll look at two preflop situations where I’ve taken the guesswork out of folding when I’m out of

Demoralize Your Opponents with a High ALP

Demoralize Your Opponents with a High ALP

What if there was one guy in your game who had position on you every time you two played a pot? You dread playing against him because hand after hand, when the turn card comes, you have to go first. For all you know, he’s got the goods. Or he’s poised to call your bluff

How to Win a Big Pot at No-Limit

How to Win a Big Pot at No-Limit

Dear reader: I wrote this right after it happened, around 2001.   True story. I slumbered into the casino at 6:00 AM with $2,400. An hour of $3-6 limit-hold’em and a quart of coffee later, I was all the way up to $2420. The big no-limit game was starting so I locked up my favorite

I Am Exploitable, But That’s Not a Problem

I Am Exploitable, But That’s Not a Problem

Is my poker game exploitable? Definitely. Can you trick me into folding hands that are better than yours? For sure. Can you finagle me into paying off your flopped full house? Absolutely you can. Can I grind out a painless living anyway? Yep. Exploit (from Dictionary.com) to utilize, especially for profit to use selfishly for one’s own ends Dictionaries sure do

Auto-Fold Ranges: A Tool for Finding and Plugging Leaks

Auto-Fold Ranges: A Tool for Finding and Plugging Leaks

  No matter how you play, or what games you play, scrutinizing your auto-fold ranges is likely to shake up your strategies and improve your self-awareness. It’s like getting your blood tested. Immediate causes for concern show themselves. And you collect baseline data, useful for spotting unhealthy aberrations. What Are Auto-Fold Ranges? Auto-fold ranges are

My Auto-Fold Ranges

My Auto-Fold Ranges

  When I’m playing in a live NLHE cash game, I use four auto-fold ranges. And we’ll get to them soon. First, let’s define. Auto-fold ranges are hands you always intend to fold before the flop in a given situation. For example, at hold’em, if you intend to always fold 8-3 offsuit under-the-gun no matter

How to Play “Hole Card River”

How to Play “Hole Card River”

  “The waiting is the hardest part.” – Tom Petty  Anyone who conducts the Waiting for Straighters experiment at NLHE or PLO will find themselves doing a lot of waiting. Hole Card River is a game within a game for Omaha players. It’s a way to pass time and make money. Think of it as a game with

Bargain Hunting

Bargain Hunting

These events happened. The names have been changed to protect the naïve. All three hands are $20-40 limit hold’em. Jerry Mander bet the turn. His lone opponent, Moe Mentum, paused to think. So Jerry made Moe an offer. He put his cards out in front. He put a $5 chip on one card and two

My Love Relationship With Tightness

My Love Relationship With Tightness

I wanted to be a rock. In the ‘80s and ‘90s, to be called a rock was the highest achievement in poker. I craved that badge of honor, and the promised riches. A rock was a solid player, imperturbable, aggressive, fearless, and above all − tight. The player who mastered tightness also mastered patience. And back

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