Keep Your Toolbox Well Stocked

I often get asked about my playing style. Rather than answer the question myself, I’m more interested in what my opponents say. And I’ve heard it all: „You’re too tight.“ „You’re too loose.“ „You’re tight aggressive.“ „You’re too passive.“ Actually, I never hear that last one, but I’ve heard all the others, which makes me ...

The importance of Omaha 8

In an earlier tip, I gave advice for playing Stud-8 or Better. For this article, I’ll look at the other popular hi/lo split game, Omaha-8 or Better. In my article on Stud-8, I encouraged players to look for hands that have the possibility of scooping entire pots. The same goes for Omaha-8. Whenever possible, you ...

Why I Leave My Sunglasses And iPod At Home

I know this newsletter is being written for an online poker site, but I hope that most of you still find time to play live poker. As much as I love online poker, I would never completely give up sitting at a table and getting the chance to size up an opponent. This week’s lesson ...

In Pot Limit…

Most Pot Limit Omaha players know that Omaha is a game of „the nuts.“ In a multi-way pot, the winning hand is, more often than not, the best possible hand out there. When you start with four cards, you have six different possible two-card hands. This increases the chances that someone is holding the nuts. ...

The Script

In an effort to simplify my decisions, every single time it’s my turn to act, I try to run through the same script in my head: Are my opponents playing conservatively? Aggressively? Tentatively? What are some of the hands my opponents are likely to hold? What do my opponents think I have? Once I have ...

Just A Few Things When Playing Razz

The rules: For those of you who aren’t familiar with Razz, it is a game played like 7-card stud. The twist is that in Razz, the worst hand wins. Straights and flushes don’t count for anything, but pairs are bad. Aces are always low cards. A five-high (or wheel — remember that straights don’t count ...

Texas Hold’em – A Way To Approximate The Odds

It is very difficult to calculate the exact odds of hitting a drawing hand when you’re sitting at the poker table. Unless you’re a genius with a gift for mathematics like Chris Ferguson, you will not be able to do it. That leaves two options for the rest of us: The first option is to ...