Texas Hold’em – Not Playing By The Book

Once I am involved in a hand, many of the actions I take after the flop are automatic, or nearly automatic. Therefore, the most important decision I have to make in No Limit Hold ‚em takes place before the flop: Should I play the two cards I’ve been dealt? When I first started learning how ...

Playing Two or More Tables at Once

Most players eventually realize that it’s fun and fairly easy to play at multiple online tables at one time. Early in my career, I played as many as eight games at once on a daily basis. Here are some tips and instructions for playing multiple games: Increase the resolution on your monitor. You can do ...

How To Win At Tournament Poker – Part 1

People often ask very specific questions about how to be a winning tournament player: How many chips am I supposed to have after the first two levels? Should I play a lot of hands early while the blinds are small, then tighten up later as the blinds increase? I seem to always finish on the ...

How To Win At Tournament Poker – Part 2

I talked about not adjusting for tournament play, answered three specific tournament questions, and stressed that there is little difference between tournament strategy and ring game strategy. This week, I would like to expand on that by answering a fourth question, and address the two situations where it’s right to deviate from simply playing your ...

Specialize At Your Peril

The recent poker explosion on TV and the Internet has created a flood of new players who are serious about developing their game. Sadly for them, television is sending a skewed message. No-Limit Hold ‚em is the game of choice when the game is shown on TV, and it’s easy to think there is only ...

Sit-N-Goes-Made-Easy

The Sit N Go (SNG) is online poker’s great gift to the aspiring tournament player. Prior to the SNG, final table experience was hard to come by. You could enter a dozen multi-table tournaments and never find yourself at a final table. Or you could make one or two, only to get knocked out in ...

Chip Leader

Today, I start my table as the chip leader with more than double the average stack. This is a tougher table, with Annie Duke, Bill Gazes, Casey Kastle, and Lee Salem. An older gentleman at the table is raising and reraising a lot of pots, and generally, playing wildly. Like the Cowboy from a day ...