Archive for the 'Basics of poker' Category

I’m back

Monday, January 13th, 2014

I’m back. At least writing. I never left poker entirely. But I’ve had a lot of other things going on, and poker still, since Black Friday and even though I’m not American, lost some attraction for me. Being on the west coast of Canada I lost most of the volume of fish that played during […]

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 […]

Poker Playing Styles; advantages and disadvantages: PostFlop

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Continuation of the listing, for postflop plays. Categorized plays; Postflop Fit or Fold; Stats: low postflop aggression and bet frequency GOOD: easy decision making GOOD: minimizing risks probably need to see lots of flops and to call down with underpairs and 2nd or even 3rd pair on flop may need to be a chaser as […]

Poker Playing Styles; advantages and disadvantages: Preflop

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

This is a modified repost of something from years back. I’ve made a few revisions and additions, but it’s a good review. This is a collection of poker plays, separated into preflop plays and postflop plays. It’s a different way of analysing players according to what actions they have in their playbook. Rather than limiting […]

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 […]

Microcosm of MicroStakes Poker

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

After Black Friday I pulled out most of my bankroll on PokerStars. I left myself with an bankroll there of just over $200. With that money I’ve decided to play 4-5 tables of $25nl full ring until I can grind that back up to $500 and sit at $50 tables again. The following hand came […]

When should you be all in preflop with AK?

Sunday, July 10th, 2011

How often do you want to get all in preflop with AK? Take a look at how AK stands up against some hand ranges. The percentage is on the left, then the specific pocket cards that are make up that range. The columns on the right looks at how that range compares with AK and […]

The “Simplest No Limit Texas Holdem Poker Chart of Starting Hands”

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Here’s the simplest and easiest to remember poker hand chart that I can devise.   Or, reversing the description may make it easier to remember and to visualize: It’s the same chart in both cases; pairs in one category and unpaired hole cards in another. For the unpaired cards King as the lowest card for […]