Archive for January, 2011

Jan
30

How I Got Broke (1-30-11) — NLH Tournament

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It’s time for me to start writing a little about poker tournaments, and I think the best way to get started is to write a regular feature on how I happen to get broke in the Pokerstars online $215  NLH tournament ($1.5M prize money guaranteed) every Sunday.

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Jan
26

Don’t Fall in Love! — No Limit Holdem

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There’s a lot more to poker than simply understanding the strength of your own hands. If you want to be a winning player, then you have to understand the strength of your opponent’s hand as well.  You should know when you have a chance to steal the pot, even though your hand is weak. And you should know when your hand is beat, even though it is extremely strong.

This last point is the subject of this post. In no limit holdem especially, it can be very dangerous to “fall in love” with your big hands. Falling in love with the wrong hand — like falling in love with the wrong person — can lead to financial ruin!

Here’s a hand I played a couple of days ago that illustrates my point:             Read More→

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Jan
24

The Limp-Reraise with Aces — No Limit Holdem

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Being dealt pocket Aces in early position in no limit holdem can be tricky.  If you are the opening raiser, you will not be able to raise enough to limit the field, unless you are content to just pick up the blinds with this powerful hand.  If you are playing in a good game, it is likely that you will find yourself taking a cheap flop out of position against several opponents with hidden hands.  This is exactly what you don’t want to happen when you hold pocket Aces.  You are set up for what the old-timers say is the biggest pitfall of playing Aces:  “You’ll either win a small pot, or lose a big one.”               Read More→

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