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How To Handle A Downswing In Poker

Poker is a game of skill, but there is a very large element of chance to it as well. Because of the chance factor, there is a lot of variance in any given player’s results—no matter how good they are. These variations are generally referred to as “downswings” and “upswings”.   What Is A...

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How To Cheat At Poker

In this article, we are going to go over some of the methods people use to cheat and gain an unfair advantage. Poker is indeed a game about believing or having an edge over the other players. Cheating is gaining a completely unfair edge that no one can compete against, not even the best poker...

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Playing Poker For A Living

Playing poker for a living is possible. It’s something that some people strive to be able to achieve. It’s also something not everyone is aware that it is possible. Some people seem shocked or surprised if you tell them that your sole income is from playing poker. Most people see poker as a form...

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What Separates Good Poker Players From Bad Players

There are a lot of qualities that separate a good poker player from a bad poker player. Some of it is natural talent but the biggest quality is simply self-discipline. Self-discipline is their ability to control their actions and emotions to ensure they’re always making the best decisions. This...

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Poker Ranges, What Are They?

Poker ranges are exactly what they sound like. It’s a range of hands or hand combinations. These hand ranges could be your own, or your opponents. Let’s have a look at the first ranges you should be thinking about. Opening Ranges Opening hands ranges are the hands you play when the action has been...

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How To Organize Your Own Poker Home Game

  Organizing a poker home game can be a lot of fun. It can be somewhere you get to meet both new and familiar faces and play cards in a much more relaxed environment. Before we get into it, though, is this going to be live or online? Live poker home games need a lot more consideration and...

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Everything You Need To Know About Short Deck Poker

  What Is Short Deck Poker? Short Deck poker, also known as 6+ Hold’Em, is an increasingly popular version of poker. It’s a fairly new poker game and has only been around a few years. It has gained noticeable popularity with the televised high stakes cash games in China, notably the Triton...

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What Is A Donk Bet?

  When the term “donk bet” first began to appear in the world of poker, it was a decidedly negative term. It was used to describe bad plays made by unskilled players. Since then, the term has evolved to describe a specific type of bet that isn’t necessarily bad. Not only that, the donk bet...

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Using Pot Odds To Perfect Your Poker Plays

  Understanding the concept of pot odds is a crucial part of becoming a competent poker player. When you can calculate pot odds quickly and accurately during a hand you are able to make better and more informed decisions about when to bet, call, raise, or fold. Pot odds are used in...

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How To Avoid Tilt Playing Poker

Tilt is the enemy of every poker player. Tilt is the evil that takes things from bad to worse and from worse to unspeakable. Well, that is, unless you happen to be sitting across the table from a tilted player. In that case, tilt can be a very, very good thing.   What Does Tilt Mean In Poker?...

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How To Use Implied Odds To Improve Your Poker Decisions

  Implied odds aren’t as difficult to understand as most beginning poker players seem to think. Your implied odds in a hand are an extension of the concept of pot odds. Both are used to determine if it is correct to call a bet with a drawing hand. One concept is about actual odds, while the...

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Bell Boulevard — 1.4

I left out a killer story about Spades, but it takes place during the summer of 2010 — currently 2 years ahead from the present timeline. I was going to leave this one out, but I gave it some thought — it’s just too critical of a story, and it speaks volumes to why there are very few clubs that...

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Bell Boulevard — 1.3

With my car nowhere in sight, I rapidly fell into a state of confusion. I took a look around, completing a full 360 — nothing. My keys were already in my hand, so I held down the panic button while raising the key fob towards the sky — still, nothing. Had my car been stolen? I highly doubt that an...

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Bell Boulevard — 1.2

It was August of 2008, and I had just started my first semester of college at St. John’s University in Queens, NY. I was attending on a scholarship, but my family wasn’t wealthy — thankfully, I had locked up a dealing spot in Sal’s game on Bell Blvd, which ran three times per week. This meant that...

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Bell Boulevard — 1.1

The summer of 2007 was coming to a close, and I would soon be starting my senior year of high school. I was all set to attend St. John’s University in Queens, on a scholarship to major in computer science, and I had just recently experienced my first police raid. You could definitely say I ran...

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Spades — 1.11

About a year or so ago when I first met Andy, one of the first things I learned from him was that running an underground poker club was illegal. At the time, I simply wasn't aware of that fact. He had told me what to do if I was to ever find myself in a police raid. This was one of those times....

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Spades — 1.10

I had just woken up minutes ago, still not yet home from my first trip to Turning Stone. I had just received an unexpected text from Andy — he said that he wouldn’t be playing at Spades any longer, and to call him as soon as possible. I immediately texted him back. “What happened? Is everything...

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Spades — 1.9

What is the difference between responsible gambling and degenerate gambling? Simply put, the responsible gambler will only gamble money that they can afford to lose, in addition to adhering to responsible bankroll management principles. The degenerate gambler will essentially do the complete...

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Spades — 1.8

Walking into a casino, for the first time, can be quite an overwhelming experience. There’s so much going on — all of the flashing lights, various sounds, the diverse amount of people flowing throughout, the list goes on. No matter where you look, there’s always something going on that can...

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Spades — 1.7

Junior year of high school is by far the hardest year for a student. There is so much that goes on — SAT’s, finals, college applications, entrance essays, recommendation letters, and relationships, among other things. All of your effort gets spent raising your GPA as high as you possibly can, so...

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Spades — 1.6

The Summer of 2007 was nearly here, and I was almost finished with my junior year of high school. Nearly a year had passed since I had first been brought into the underground poker world. I had spent the months playing at Fox’s on the weekends, reading any worthwhile poker literature I could find,...

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Spades — 1.5

Do you know what it feels like to be the last man standing in a live tournament? Sure, scooping a 600 big blind pot in a cash game will probably give you an adrenaline rush, but the experience isn’t quite the same as outlasting an entire field of players. I wanted to experience that feeling for...

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Spades — 1.4

One of the many things that fascinates me about poker is the clear distinction between tournament players and cash players. Anyone who’s played enough live poker, both cash and tournaments, knows how different the experiences can be. In general, tournament players are more social and laid back....

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Spades — 1.3

In the underground poker world, it’s only a matter of time before you will eventually deal with the police. In one way or another, if you are running either a home game or a commercial club, they will eventually come knocking on — or breaching through — your door. The cops almost always don’t care...

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Spades — 1.2

Every poker player knows that feeling—when you get the itch to play. I had just made $200 for dealing the bar poker league tournament. My girlfriend, Jennifer, was surely sleeping, and here I had Gary telling me to come down to play with $100 bonus. Surely, this had to be +EV. I was about to...

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Spades — 1.1

Fast forward to 2007 — I was 17, I had gotten my driver’s license and purchased a used Mazda 6. It was silver in color, with a hatchback trunk. I loved that car. It had a Bose sound system with a 9-inch sub that packed a tight punch. It was quick too, sporting 220 horsepower, if I remember...

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Fox’s Club

A bit of some background about me -- I basically grew up in the poker world. My grandmother was a player/dealer decades ago (her boyfriend ran a large club in Queens, NY) and she started teaching me 7 Stud, 5-Card Draw Hi, and NL Hold'Em starting when I was 6 years old. We would play with a cheap...

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Online VS Live Poker

Poker is a thrilling card game to play. Whether you play at a live table or online, both have their pros and cons. Some players prefer live because it feels more real. There are real cards, chips, players’ faces and reactions. Other players hate live and find the people at the table obnoxious and...

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Common Poker Tells Every Player Should Know

One of the most satisfying moments in a poker game is when you catch your opponent giving away information that he doesn’t know he’s giving away and you can use it to scoop up a big pile of chips.   There’s nothing like reading a “tell” and using it to either put your opponent in a bad...

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How To Succeed With Your Poker Bankroll In 2020

One of the most crucial prerequisites to being a winning poker player is understanding how to properly manage your bankroll.   Some of the greatest poker players in the world have found themselves broke and looking for loans simply because they didn’t pay attention to some basic rules that...

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7 Tips For Playing Poker At A Casino

In the modern world, most new poker players learn to play online.   There’s nothing wrong with that, but there’s also nothing like playing live poker in a real casino or card room. There’s just something about the atmosphere. Everyone’s seated around the table and you can look into their eyes...

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How To Pick The Best Starting Hands In Texas Hold’em

  Which hands should I raise with? Which hands should I call with? Which hands should I just fold? What is the difference between always, maybe, and never? If you’ve asked yourself these questions, you are most certainly not alone — and with good reason. In the game of Texas Hold’em Poker,...

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When To Bluff In Poker And How To Do It Well

  What is a bluff?   A bluff in poker is representing a strong hand in order to get your opponents to throw away their hands.   For some players, successfully completing a big bluff gets the heart racing and is the best feeling. Some prefer this than winning a big pot with a...

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What Is A Straddle in Poker and How Does It Work

  A straddle is in the same category as big blinds and antes. It’s money that goes into the pot before any cards have been dealt. Traditionally in a Texas Hold’Em poker game, there is a big blind, a small bind and sometimes there are antes. A straddle is an amount that will be twice the size...

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How To Play Against Calling Stations

  Have you ever found yourself thinking, “This guy calls everything!”?   It can be quite frustrating to play against an opponent who calls everything — that is, unless you know how to effectively exploit them. It may be frustrating at first. However, when you begin to implement the...

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What Is A Float Play Or Floating In Poker

The float play should become a part of any poker player’s arsenal as their understanding of the game evolves from the simple thinking of a beginner to the more advanced tactics of a higher level player. When used regularly and executed properly, floating can add significantly to the chips you find...

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Tips For Choosing Between Cash Games or Tournaments

Cash Games or Tournaments what should I choose? This is a question every poker player will consider at some point. Whether you’re someone who has never played poker or a seasoned pro, this question is going to come up. This article is going to help guide you through which type of format is right...

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Position At The Poker Table – What Does It Mean

  One of the first concepts that any poker player must learn in order to be successful is the effect that their position at the table has on both themselves and everyone else seated at the table during any given hand.   What Does Position Mean In Poker?   In games such as Texas...

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How To Avoid Getting Cheated in Home Games

One of the reasons that we willingly pay the rake in casino poker is for game protection. The casino executes this in many ways — automatic shufflers, standard dealing procedures, surveillance, and of course, by providing professional dealers. Above all else, a professional dealer’s number one...

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Optimal Bet Sizing & Calling Correctly

As poker players, we should know exactly how often a bet needs to succeed in order to be profitable, as well as how much equity is needed to correctly call a bet. Over 90% of live players who play $1/$2 NL or $1/$3 NL will incorrectly answer the following question — If you bet 1/2 the pot, how...

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