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    Post-flop Draw on No Limit Hold`em small buy-in on Short-Handed Tables

    As a rule, you rarely have a completely strong combination on the flop. Your hand will be weak, thus it will be either without a draw or with a draw. Depending on the possibility of further improvement and the strength of your combinations, you can determine the strength of the draw. When you have a draw-hand you should remember that its strength on flop is more than on the turn. That is why we would recommend aggressive playing poker on flop if you have a draw. Your draw will lose on the turn to any ready combination.

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    Posted in Shorthanded tables | 4,344 Comments » January 4, 2008

    Online poker. Myths and reality.

    Recently poker has become hugely popular. It has become the most widely played online game. It is not surprising, that there are many rumors connected with poker. This article serves the purpose of dispelling most of these rumors. Hundreds of millions of dollars are invested in online poker and, of course, there many people desire to win. Money is electronic here. During a game it is displayed as chips of different colors. Due to the nature of online poker, it is easy to not take the game seriously or be nervous about its legitimacy. This feeling is intensified when you see poker sites using whimsical characters such as a charming donkey or a battered hockey player. The other difficulty is that there have been online thieves and cheaters. Naturally, rumors arise from mistrust.

    So, we shall start exposing these myths. Read it all…

    Posted in All about poker | 5,162 Comments » December 24, 2007

    Tips on How to Play KK and AA Starting Combinations on No Limit Hold’em Tables with Small Buy-ins.

    AA and KK are the best starting combinations in texas holdem. According to statistics, these are the most profitable combinations. That is why a player with these hands on the preflop looks forward to getting a good win. This is the main problem with these hands, because it is always very difficult to fold hands like these even when a player realizes that he will probably lose. A typical mistake for new players is getting into the game without a raise with AA and KK. The player doesn’t usually fold easily and lose much. Don’t be discouraged if you win just a small amount with this hand. This can occur often, but you should be afraid of losing a lot. This is common when you just take blinds with AA or KK. Also it is important to note that you should try to play against at least one or two opponents on the flop. AA and KK are just a pairs and there are many stronger combinations. The more opponents you have, the higher is the possibility that someone will draw a combination like that.

    Here are some examples. Read it all…

    Posted in Poker for beginners, Strategy of Micro Limit Poker | 2,426 Comments » December 17, 2007

    Expectation Value (EV) Calculation

    Any action you make in poker game should be focused on making a profit. Your efforts are worthwhile if they lead to the maximum profit possible or have the best average profit value. The average value of a possible profit is also named Expectation Value (EV).

    Sometimes there are situations when you have several possible ways to play the hand. The profit of each variant = ev1, ev2,…,evN, the possibility of each variant = p1, p2,…, pN accordingly. Then the expectation value of the profit in the given situation is calculated by the formula:

    EV = ev1*p1 + ev2*S2 + … + evN*SN (*)

    The following is a very complicated example, but it has great practical value and touches on all the basic moments and rules of calculation. Let us assume that you have AK and raised on the preflop. The contender re-raised. Both stacks are 100BB. What is your best move? Should you call his re-raise, fold or re-raise (4bet)? Read it all…

    Posted in Calculations | 3,888 Comments » December 10, 2007

    Starting combinations JJ-QQ on No Limit Hold’em small buy-in on Short-Handed Tables

    The combinations AK, JJ and QQ have many similar features. That is why this article follows the previous article about an Ace-King combination. JJ and QQ hands have nearly the same strategy on the preflop. The single difference is that they are a little stronger than AK if there is no all-in on the preflop. Players will see only three cards of the flop but not all five cards. On the flop these pocket pairs are stronger than AK.

    The features of these hands are the same as a hand with AK. See the article about the AK combination.

    Here are a few examples of typical situations, which will help you better understand this strategy.

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    Posted in Shorthanded tables | 6,014 Comments » December 2, 2007

    Tips on How to Play Various AK Starting Combinations on No Limit Hold’em Short-Handed Tables with Small Buy-ins.

    This article discusses how to play when you start out with an Ace-King combination. This combination is very strong whether you are dealt two cards of the same suite or off suite. There are only two starting hands in Hold’em that are stronger than AK – AA and KK. Other hands are at least the same strength as AK. However, though this hand is so powerful, it can cause problems for those who are inexperienced and don’t know how to play it right.

    How to play with this hand:
    1) It is not wise to play with the whole buy-in on the pre-flop if you are playing against an unknown opponent.
    2) You should play your whole stack on the pre-flop if you are playing against an unknown opponent if he has stack no more than 60BB.
    3) Raise on the pre-flop or re-raise if there has been a raise.

    The following examples are all taken from real games.

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    Posted in Shorthanded tables | 9,342 Comments » November 29, 2007

    No Limit Hold’em small buy-ins on short-handed tables. Turn and river.

    The turn & river are the most expensive streets in Texas Holdem. Mistakes you make in these stages can lead to big loses, but you could also gain a big profit. First, you should carefully read the articles about pre-flop – flop game to make fewer mistakes on turn – river. This will help you figure out how to play in various situations.

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    Posted in Shorthanded tables | 1,920 Comments » November 26, 2007

    No Limit Hold’em small buy-ins. Post-flop. Flop.

    Your game on the flop is closely connected with how you play on the pre-flop. Often, if you raise to get into the game, it means you have to continue the attack on the flop. When you raise on the pre-flop, you are letting your opponents know that your cards are rather strong. Try to win the pot on the flop even if you don’t have winning cards. If you stop attacking on the flop because your cards aren’t great, it will be obvious to your opponents. The bet on the flop after the pre-flop raise is called a continuation bet or a cont bet. The size of this bet should not differ from the size of the bet when the flop suits you. If you follow this rule, it is more difficult for your contenders to find out if you are bluffing or not. The size of this bet should be between 2/3 of the pot up to the pot size.

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    Posted in Shorthanded tables | 2,344 Comments » November 22, 2007

    Not-Limit Hold’em small buy-ins on short-handed tables. Pre-flop game.

    A good pre-flop strategy is the key to your success in Texas Hold’em for low limit games on short-handed tables. With the right pre-flop strategy you will minimize possible problems later in the game. You also will be able to systematize and simplify your play.

    Tight-Aggressive Pre-flop Strategy (TAG).

    Pre-flop strategies may vary widely depending on the level of contenders playing and their style and. If most opponents at the table play tightly (only with strong hands) you may play more aggressively on the pre-flop. Tight opponents pay less and rarely get in the game. Aggressive play means using half-bluff and winning more pots on the pre-flop without waiting for a good hand. If you want to play aggressively, your pre-flop statistics according to Poker Tracker should be 20/15. When you are at a table where the majority of players have a loose style of play, in other words, when they get into the game with marginal or weak hands, it will be hard for you to play aggressively on the pre-flop and even harder on the post-flop. For instance; a raise with low pocket pairs (22-66) in an early position on a tight table is, of course, a profitable game because you can often take blinds or have only one opponent on the flop and win the pot by continuously betting. If there are many loose players at the table, you are called more often. So, playing low pocket pairs in a bad position against a number of opponents is not profitable. The best advice is to limp low pocket pairs if you are in an early position at such tables. In a situation like this your pre-flop statistics should be 20/10 according to Poker Tracker. How aggressive your opponents are also influences the pre-flop strategy. If the table consists of many aggressive players even if they are loose players, raises on the pre-flop are very common. You shouldn’t limp often when getting into the game.

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    Posted in Shorthanded tables | 5,231 Comments » November 18, 2007

    An Introduction to Low-limit, Shorthanded Games

    This will be the first in a series of articles about low-limit, shorthanded games, meaning limits from NL10 to NL50. In these articles, we will discuss the basic strategy of the game. Preflop and postflop will be described in detail. We will also consider the most difficult pocket hands and the best way of playing them. To gain a better understanding of these games, we suggest reading these articles carefully before you start.

    Have you already won your first bankroll on a micro-limit, full-handed table? Maybe you already have $200-300 in your account and want to go further. The best idea is to switch to shorthanded tables (six players max) to play low-limits NL10. The strategy of playing preflop-postflop will be given later. An NL10 game differs greatly from an NL50 game, but the basic concepts are the same. The difference is in the number of weak contenders who could potentially provide you with a lot of money. Now your job is to keep moving from NL10 to NL50, following the rules of bankroll management.

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    Posted in Shorthanded tables | 5,722 Comments » November 15, 2007

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