Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

Being a winning player isn’t only about playing good cards – it’s also about making good decisions. And there is one important decision you face every time you sit down in a cash game: Should I quit, or should I keep playing? When should you keep playing? I see so many players playing short hours ...

Common Mistakes in Texas Hold’em

The thing is, a good player will learn from them while a bad player will make the same mistake over and over again. And poker players that can exploit these mistakes will win. Here are some of the most common mistakes that bad players make and my usual methods for exploiting them: A player doesn’t ...

Holding On To Your Winnings

One of the most important poker lessons has nothing to do with how to play Aces in late position or how to adjust for the maniac in seat three. It’s how to manage your money in a way that will make it grow as quickly as possible with minimal risk. Some of the most highly ...

Our Favorite Poker Books

In recent months, many of our players have asked for suggestions on what poker books provide the best insights into the game. Being curious ourselves, we put the question to our pros and the answers we got back included some long-time favorites, along with a few surprises. While our pros all have poker books that ...

Texas Hold’em – Flopping a Monster

When I started playing poker, I would get so excited when I flopped a big hand that I forgot my main goal: Win as many chips as possible. When I had marginal hands, I would think hard about what my opponent had and whether I could beat it. But when I had a big hand, ...

Third Street in Seven Card Stud

For those of you who are unfamiliar with seven-card stud, there are some betting quirks in the game that you should understand. During the opening round of betting (also called „third street“), the player with the lowest up card is forced to act first. There are two choices: Bet the „bring-in“ amount (which is usually ...

How Bad are the Beats?

I have said that there are three topics I won’t discuss in table chat; politics, religion, and whether online poker is rigged. That’s because many people’s opinions on those topics are hardened and not amenable to friendly or productive discussion. Away from the table, I’ll venture a couple of comments about improbable events in poker. ...