Archive for the 'Basics of poker' Category

Why bet/raise? Why call?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Why do we bet, or raise, or call? You are in the cutoff, one to the right of the dealer position. You are dealt AJ. Everyone folds to you. You raise. Why? Because you’re supposed to? Say that you dutifully raise and the player in the big blind calls. The flop comes Q52 and the […]

I call

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Afraid to raise? Don’t want to fold? Just call. This is how the thinking of a beginner poker player goes. Here are some of the problems with raising the bet: Two out of three times that you have unpaired cards (like Ace-King) you will miss the flop. Now what? When you hold two Queens, a […]

A Good Loser

Monday, January 31st, 2011

To be a long term winner at poker, you have to be good at losing. You’re going to lose. You’re going to lose often. The more you play the more times you are going to lose. It’s the nature of poker. Poker has too much luck involved for a person to become the New England […]

Continuation bet success rate?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

How often does my continuation bet on the flop need to be successful for it to be worthwhile? This is basic and important information, but I had forgotten how the calculation works. It seemed like a good time to review. ~ I was looking at some recent $10nl FR Rush poker stats in my tracker […]

Top poker hand ranges, by percentage

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

If a player opens 2% of all hands preflop from early position, what does that look like? Or if he opens 5% from early position, what does that mean? Here’s the top hands, and what percentage that represents. For every pair, there are 6 possible hands. For every suited hole cards, there are only 4 […]

Beginner poker tips

Friday, November 26th, 2010

If you want to win more than the other beginners, here’s how: Know what constitutes a good hand, for that position, for that situation. And stick with it. If you don’t know your starting hands to play for Texas no limit holdem poker, see here. Keep in mind that how good your hand is depends […]

Deuces Cracked videos free until Nov 21

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

Deuces Cracked, one of the top poker coaching sites, is allowing non-paying members to view their coaching videos free until November 21. I had a membership for a time and so I know that there are some great poker coaching videos there. This will give me a chance to catch up with some of the […]

Can’t fold KK

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

One of my tilt/overaggression/spew issues comes up when I can no longer fold KK postflop. Similar situations apply to AA/QQ/JJ/TT or AK/AQ on K or Q high flops. Largely this comes from playing very low levels of poker and then moving back to more reasonable levels. At the lowest levels players will live and die […]