It’s common for beginners to set themselves up for disaster by misplaying hands before the flop. Then, they complain about their bad luck when they lose.
Powerful drawing hands like a pair with a flush draw, or even conventional straight and flush draws, are often good opportunities to try a semi-bluff – making a bet or raise that you hope will not be called, but leaves you some outs if it is.
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.
Without question, playing correctly from the small blind is the poker topic that’s been least covered. Most books discuss position, starting hand requirements and pot odds, but I’ve yet to see any solid information on how to play from the small blind.
Whether you’re in a No Limit Hold’em tournament or just playing in a home game with friends, invariably you’ll come across a player that falls under the category of weak-tight.
You’ve probably heard that expression when referring to all types of sports, especially football. This is probably the first time, however, that you’ve ever heard it associated with playing on the World Poker Tour.
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The world’s greatest poker players can read their opponents like a book. They happen to be great human lie detectors. It isn’t magic, though, as there are several key tip-offs that you too can look for when trying to read opponents.
If someone describes your playing style as weak, you’re in lots of trouble. You’d better make changes to your game quickly to shed that reputation.