Playing hot and cold hands refers to the strategy of entering into a pot solely on the basis of the hand’s merit before the flop. Running a hand hot and cold generally means that you’re willing to play out your cards with no more betting after the flop.
Texas Hold’em is a game played in several different formats, including Limit, Spread Limit, Pot Limit, No Limit and No Limit with a cap. Any of these variations can also include an ante.
In a recent column, I covered deep-stack play in tournaments. This week, let’s look at how to play a healthy stack in live games.
To be a winner in tournament poker, you’ll have to focus on two key factors: survival and aggressive domination.
In No Limit Hold’em, a standard raise is exactly three times the amount of the big blind. So, if the blinds are $10-$20, a player’s normal raise will make it $60. This is a solid pre-flop raising strategy, but you should also consider adjusting the amount based on several key […]
When watching poker tournaments on television, you’ll invariably see a hand where a player makes a re-raise for all of his chips with an absolutely terrible hand. The commentators will marvel about how great a play it was, but I promise you this: Kamikaze all-in plays with garbage hands will […]
I’m often asked poker strategy questions by amateurs who hope to get concrete answers in return. That’s rarely how poker works. There are simply too many variables to consider. The best approach in one situation might just be the absolute worst in another.
The most difficult hands to play in Texas Hold’em are those that make strong yet second-best hands. One such hand that too often comes in second is A-Q, which I introduced in a recent column.
If you’re saving up your money to play in one of the big $10,000 events on the poker circuit, these five tips will help make you a winner.
In a typical cash poker game, you don’t face the pressure of having to win every last chip on the table. Instead, you can play a steady, solid game, looking to make a small profit on the night by playing conservatively and making sure you have top hands when you […]