Texas Hold’em – Back to the Drawing Board

You are in the big blind with Ts-8s against a player who smooth-called pre-flop. The flop comes K-X-X with two spades. What do you do? You would like to make your flush, and you don’t want to pay too much to get there. Instinctively, you think checking is the best way to get a free ...

Taking on a Short-Handed No-Limit Game

Let’s face it; nobody takes up poker because they love the idea of sitting idly at a table while folding for hours on end. But, in a full ring game with eight or nine other players holding cards, it’s proper to spend most of your time folding because there’s too great a chance that one ...

Strategies for Short-Handed Limit Hold ‚em

In last week’s tip, I shared some strategies for playing short-handed no-limit cash games. This week, I’m following up with some more short-handed advice, this time concentrating on Limit Hold ‘em. If you read last week’s tip, you’ll know that hand values change in short-handed play and that it’s proper to play a greater percentage ...

Bad Cards or Bad Plays?

Losing is part of poker and all serious players, including the world’s best, can recount losing streaks that lasted for months. Often, the downswing starts with a particularly unlucky run of cards. A series of bad beats or impossibly tough hands eat away at the bankroll. As the bad run continues, and money continues to ...

What’s Important In Winning Poker

Perhaps British author and poker player Anthony Holden said it best. In Big Deal: A Year As A Professional Poker Player he writes: “Whether he likes it or not, a man’s character is stripped bare at the poker table; if the other players read him better than he does, he has only himself to blame. ...

Crazy Pineapple Poker Rules

Crazy Pineapple 8/b plays like regular Crazy Pineapple until the end of the hand, when the pot may be split between the high hand and the low hand, if any. WHAT DOES ‚8/b‘ MEAN? 8/B refers to the low hand, and means that, if a low hand exists, it must consist of cards valued at ...

Pan – Panguingue Game Rules

Pan, or Panguingue, is especially popular in California and South Florida, and now, through the magic of the internet, around the world. The object is to be the first to meld all 10 cards in your hand, in addition to the final card drawn. Pan uses 8 decks with one set of spades removed and ...