Archive for the 'General poker strategy' Category

Winning at Zoom poker

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

To win at Zoom or Rush poker I’ve always heard ‘play tight’. I’m normally a TAG player anyway so I didn’t think it was necessary to tighten up much more. But recently I took on a challenge. I was given a $25 stake to play 0.01/0.02 Zoom PLO. I’ve only been learning PLO and had […]

Failing at poker, and related thoughts

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Ed Miller, aka notedpokerauthority, is one of the poker experts that I’ve long been an admirer of. The math and practicality of his poker instruction is always clear, logical, and well explained, but another one of the reasons that I like to read Ed is that sometimes he writes about poker-related topics rather than only […]

Better than the worst players

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

When you play poker the focus is on playing well, on looking for tough hands against tough players at that level. But that part doesn’t amount to much financially. That’s all for learning, improving, for keeping your head above water. The money really comes from the bad players when they make bad plays.   If […]

Remembering how to play $10nl

Monday, January 9th, 2012

I noted in my Daily Grind that I felt as if I’ve forgotten how to play $10nl, especially 6 max. I want to spend some time in here going over some of the things that I seem to have forgotten how to adjust for. Players call 1, 2, even 3 streets with any pair, and […]

Hand Review: $25 full ring

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Post-Black Friday I’m trying to grind up my bankroll on PokerStars again after cashing down to $200. Most of my play has been at $25nl full ring. I’ve actually included two hands here because the first hand weighs heavily into my actions in the second hand. In this first hand I open from the button […]

“Am I playing well?”, and Poker variance

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Say you play tennis with a regular opponent. You are slightly better at tennis than your opponent. In the first ten matches that you play, you win 6 out of 10. Neither of you work on your game and then after 50 matches you’ve won 31 and lost 19. Seem reasonable? Now say that both […]

Poker detachment

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Sometimes when I’m playing multiple poker tables I will intentionally look away from a table. This might happen when I raise or call all in (after I see my opponent’s cards but before the balance of the cards are dealt) or sometimes when I raise or 3 bet preflop. Rather than sit and watch how […]

Feel the emotion

Monday, August 1st, 2011

I’m not an emotional person. I rarely get upset, angry, or get hyper happy or sad either. Yet poker emotion, very slight shifts in tension, can easily be magnified. A slight annoyance from being re-raised preflop can lead me to later shove over top of a raise from an entirely different player. A touch of […]