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Oct
29

Inducing River Bluffs — Pot Limit Omaha

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Sometimes the best way to win a big pot from your opponent when you know you have the best hand is to check to him in the hope that he will bet, rather than bet the hand yourself.  This is definitely the case when you have reached the river and you put your opponent on a busted draw.  Since he doesn’t have a hand to call your river bet, your best play is to check to him, and hope your display of weakness induces him to bluff.  I played a hand online today in $1-2 PLO that illustrates this concept.

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Oct
24

Reading Flop Betting Patterns — Limit Holdem

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Warning: this is going to read a bit like a brag post.  But I want to write about this hand because it nicely illustrates a few limit holdem concepts, and especially the kind of betting-pattern tells that you get in LHE that help you win extra bets.

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Oct
23

Way Ahead, Way Behind — Limit Holdem

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Normally in poker an aggressive style of play is best.  Betting and raising aggressively gets more money in the pot when you have the best hand, gains you better information about your opponent’s hand, and gets your opponents to fold sometimes when you’re bluffing or on a draw.

On occasion, however, a quieter style of play is called for.  An example of one such situation, known as a “way ahead, way behind” situation, occurred in my last session of $40-80 LHE at Bay101:

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Oct
21

Small Ball — Pot Limit Omaha

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All though “big ball” poker can be sexy and exhilarating, there are many situations where “small ball” poker can be a better choice for an expert poker player. When you keep pots small and go deeper into hands, you give yourself a chance to really zero in on an opponents exact holding, and make informed decisions that maximize your risk/reward.

Here are a couple of examples from today’s online Omaha $1-2 session where I made the decision to play small ball:

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Oct
20

Big Ball — Pot Limit Omaha

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You can win with “small ball” poker in pot limit Omaha, and it’s a style I use frequently in certain situations.  But I don’t play this style exclusively.  Here’s a couple of “big ball” hands I played online today in a 4-tabling $1-2 PLO session:             Read More→

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Oct
15

Beware the Freeroll! — Pot Limit Omaha

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I’m currently playing a little $1-2 Pot Limit Omaha online.  It’s a little smaller than I like to play (although it’s much bigger than $1-2 NLH, because of how frequently you get all-in in Omaha), but it’s a perfect level for me to splash around in as I learn the nuances of the game, and still manage a decent win rate.

Here’s a fun hand from the session I played online yesterday, that illustrates the danger of giving your opponent a freeroll for big money in PLO:     Read More→

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Oct
14

More Missed Value — No Limit Holdem

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Since no-limit poker became legalized in San Jose recently the big no-limit game has been in flux.  It had been hosted for years in the Lucky Chances casino in Colma, but as soon as San Jose opened up, the regulars rushed south for the chance to play with new inexperienced players.  The game was expected to land at the Bay101 casino, but at this point in time, the Garden City casino is winning the battle.  Since I greatly prefer playing at Bay101 (it’s nicer), I have had to content myself lately with playing $5-10 blinds when I play no-limit holdem.

Here’s a hand I played at $5-10 no-limit recently where I had an interesting river decision:

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Oct
13

Don’t Miss Value! — Limit Holdem

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In keeping with my aim of motivating myself to play expert poker every day, I’m going to inaugurate this blog by discussing a couple of hands that I dogged badly in my last session — and failed to win as much as I should have — by failing to make obvious value bets on the river.

The game was $40-80 limit holdem at the Bay101, and it was a great game, with lots of loose action.

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