Slow Down!

December 1, 2007

Everyone likes to be the table captain…the guy doing all the bullying.  Raising lots of pots, continuation betting, winning pots uncontested.  It’s fun.  But the reality of the situation is, since it is so fun, lots of people are trying to do it.  It is certainly the ‘correct’ way to play, as far as most instructional resources will have you believe.  This post is not trying to refute that style, because often times it can be the correct way to play.

However, sometimes it’s not.  Read the rest of this entry »


Phil Ivey Wisdom

November 7, 2007


When it comes to advice about poker, my attitude is very simple: seek it out, absorb it, but while you’re at the table, forget it.

I’m a firm believer in learning the game by playing the game. I’m not saying there aren’t a lot of great resources around to help players improve their games or that poker books and tutorials don’t have their place. They do. However, the problem I see with people who rely on these kinds of aids is that they end up playing poker like someone else or – even worse – like everyone else. Read the rest of this entry »

Restealing gone wrong

October 12, 2007

Related to our post yesterday, you can see an example of a resteal attempt gone wrong @ the final table of the 2007 WSOP.  This hand featured a battle in the blinds with SB – Jerry Yang and BB-Lee Watkinson:

Yang raised to 1.5mil with A/9o.  He had been the most active player at the table by far, and had a dominating chip lead.  Watkinson with A/7o decided he wasn’t going to get run over by the chip leader and thought this was a good spot to steal so he reraised allin for about 8.5mil more.

Under the discussion of restealing from yesterday a good point was made about attempting resteals against very large/very small stacks as they have a higher likelihood of calling because ‘they can/need to gamble’.  Read the rest of this entry »

Poker Tip: Restealing

October 11, 2007

A good article on the topic at

Poker Tip – The Rut

October 7, 2007

Sometimes when you’re grinding away, at whatever limit you are playing, you develop some bad habits.  We call this ‘the Rut’.

It’s kinda like working out, when you do the same exercises over and over, the same routine, your body stops getting stronger – it has gotten used to the activity.

Poker is the same.  To grow as a poker player, you need to challenge yourself.  Read the rest of this entry »

Poker Health Tip – Control Your Tilt

September 10, 2007

Often while playing online, we come across those individuals that completely ‘lose’ it at the table – cursing, beraiding others for their ‘bad’ play, moaning about all the bad luck they have, etc.  You know the type.  We have a recommendation for them: either a: move down in limits so it isn’t so painful, or b: quit playing all together.

Neither choice is all that appealing to someone stuck a few hundred or a few thousand at a time, but it is a necessary choice.  Playing successful poker requires a calm emotional state – to think clearly about the game – at a higher level than the ‘average’.  Generally, playing successful poker will result in you getting ‘sucked out on’ more often than you do it to someone else.  So don’t let that next unlucky hand set you off.

It all hinges on being able to put it all in perspective. Read the rest of this entry »

Poker Tip of the Day

August 18, 2007

When they check… bet!

Yeah yeah, I know this sounds like rocket science to a lot of you, but…This is especially useful in late position.  You’ll find that most games will consist of a majority of relatively straightforward players, who when they check – don’t have much outside of a weak drawing hands.  When they check to you on the turn again – guess what?  – bet again!

I know this seems stupid and trivial, but Read the rest of this entry »