(Photo: PartyPoker) In part 1 of this article series, I told you about the Honesty Principle. The Honesty Principle: As a whole, the poker community bluffs much less than it should. In part 2, you read about the poker artificial intelligence Libratus and its uncanny ability to bluff at balanced frequencies. It should be fairly…Read More Why Are Most Poker Players Wimpy Bluffers?
Ready to quiz your delayed c-betting skills? (Delayed c-betting is when you bet on the turn after checking back on the flop as the preflop aggressor. You can read up on this tactic before taking the quiz here.) Good luck, and don’t forget to share your score at the end! Pre-Quiz Notes For each question,…Read More (Quiz) Do You Actually Know When to Delay C-Bet?
In part 1 of this article series, we talked about the fact that the vast majority of poker players do not bluff often enough. As a result, their betting actions generally represent “honesty” (value hands) rather than “dishonesty” (bluffs). This led me to introduce what I call the Honesty Principle. The Honesty Principle: As a…Read More When a Poker A.I. Went Crazy with Five-Three Suited (Analysis)
I was just listening to a podcast with Doug Polk and Andres “Educa-p0ker” Artinano. This quote from Andres stood out (paraphrased): Solvers are very good for studying the preflop and flop strategy, but not so useful for studying the turn and the river. Andres is basically saying that it’s less important to play theoretically sound…Read More When to Avoid a Solver’s “GTO” Plays
Have you ever wondered why pure bluffs work when they do? By pure, I mean situations where the player who is betting has absolutely nothing (not even a draw) while the player who ends up folding has something decent, say at least a pair. Let’s consider the following situation in a live $5/$10 cash game…Read More Why Do Random & Silly Bluffs Work?
One of the more difficult assessments for experienced poker players is assigning accurate ranges to their opponents. Good poker players have honest disagreements all of the time about someone’s check/calling range, bluffing range, and value range, as examples. Taking the time to evaluate your opponent’s range in your post-session analysis is one the absolute best…Read More How to Range Your Opponents Accurately Using Database Software
Is there a more satisfying feeling in poker than calling a bluff? I really don’t think there is. I’m sure you want to experience feeling as much as possible, so you’re about to see 3 hand breakdowns that will help you sniff out more bluffs and fold at the right time. Each hand will include…Read More 3 Hands That Will Help You Bluff-Catch with More Success
There’s nothing quite like the excitement of playing in a Las Vegas poker tournament. Let’s take a look at the best poker tournaments in Las Vegas, including (click to skip to that section): On the Strip Off the Strip The 5 Best Value Tournaments You Shouldn’t Miss Note that these are only the daily and…Read More Best Poker Tournaments in Las Vegas
(Photo credit: PokerPhotoArchive) Everything is magnified when a World Series of Poker bracelet is on the line. With millions of dollars changing hands on the drop of a card, some of the craziest hands from the WSOP Main Event and Big One for One Drop will live on in poker lore forever. For the viewer…Read More WSOP Magic: Top 10 Memorable Hands from the World Series of Poker
Next to the cards themselves, no tangible item is more deeply ensconced in the zeitgeist of poker than the poker chip. Nothing feels better in your hands, and if you can shuffle poker chips well, or even passably, you feel like a badass poker pro. If you’re into poker, you probably want to know how…Read More The History of Poker Chips