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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

Around Robin

Around Robin

Dear reader: I wrote this a million years ago.   The Setting: $20-40 limit hold’em   The Characters and Their Cards:      Pat Hand − pocket aces      Chatter − pocket eights      Robin Blinds − nine-four offsuit on the button   The Action:   Pat: That idiot Robin has the button and

You Have to Want It

You Have to Want It

Dear reader: If you wish you did more meditating than you do now, you might want to check out my book, Dailyness. Below is an excerpt.   Why meditate? To make things better. Why daily? To make sure. It’s not what you do. It’s that you do. You plant seeds, in your meditation garden. Seeds of

The Blue Marble

The Blue Marble

  I was 14 years old in 1972 when astronaut Harrison Schmitt aimed a Hasselblad camera out the window of the Apollo 17 spacecraft on its way to the moon and took a photograph of the full earth from 25,000 miles up. NASA dubbed that photo “The Blue Marble.” It showed the world the world,

On Being Last to Act

On Being Last to Act

Dear reader: This is an excerpt from Waiting for Straighters. You can read the whole thing here.   Waiting for Straighters and Being Last to Act   “Acting last is like taking a drink of water. We don’t have to understand why it’s good for us to know that it is. And the benefits are

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