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Monday, 17 December 2018

Articles from category: Strategy

Using Phantom Outs When Drawing

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By Tony Guerrera A player I coach (termed Hero in this article) recently played the following hand in a 6-max $.25-$.50 no-limit hold’em game on Poker Stars: Action is 6-handed. Hero raises to $1.50 UTG with KhQc. CO-1 calls; CO folds; B calls; SB folds; BB folds. Not accounting for

Independent Chip Modeling Part 2

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Positive Chip EV Doesn’t Mean Positive Monetary EV By Tony Guerrera Brief Synopsis of Independent Chip Modeling The following expression is your monetary EV (mEV) in a tournament (the amount of money you expect to make on average in the long run if you were to play the tournament repeated

Independent Chip Modeling

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Part 1: Derivation and Sample Analysis By Tony Guerrera Introduction to Independent Chip Modeling In cash games, your monetary expectation value (EV) can be directly equated to your chip EV (not accounting for image equity on future hands). Many tournament players don’t go beyond considering chip EV (cEV); however, in

Balance

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By Tony Guerrera When you find an effective line of play, it’s tempting to ride it until the wheels fall off. Examples include: 1.) Raise preflop; continuation bet flop 2.) Limp from the button in an unraised pot; bet every time your opponents check to you 3.) Steal under-the-gun with

When To Risk All Your Chips Early in a Tournament

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By Tony Guerrera When it comes to tournament poker, the traditional advice given by most authors is to play very conservatively in the early stages, avoiding any confrontations that might put your entire stack at risk. The rationale behind this advice is that if you are highly skilled, you can

Value Judgments are Bad

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By Tony Guerrera That hot cocoa topped with whipped cream and mini marshmallows was delicious. Unfortunately, my peaceful morning ceased when I began battling traffic on the damn freeway; that drive to work is absolutely horrible! Some days, I’m so fed up that the only thing that can make me

The Transition to Shorthanded Play

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By Tony Guerrera You have been a successful fullhanded no limit hold’em player for quite awhile. You’ve made a ton of money by playing patient, calculating poker against the multitude of reckless opponents who fill the casinos and online poker rooms. You’ve learned that beating most fullhanded games involves playing

Tournament Poker Stories

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By Tony Guerrera A broad spectrum of tournament players exists, but tournament players can be roughly classified into three categories: players who know virtually nothing about poker, solid cash game players who don’t fully understand tournament dynamics, and tournament pros. If you want to be a tournament pro, you need

Stop-and-Go

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By Tony Guerrera What is the Stop-and-Go? Some people hear the phrase “stop-and-go” and think of 24” spinners on an Escalade. Others might contrive some strange sexual maneuver. Forget all that stuff, though, because we’re here to talk about poker! The stop-and-go can be used in poker games besides no-limit

Stack Sizes NLHE Cash Games

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The Importance of Stack Sizes in No-Limit Hold’em Cash Games By Tony Guerrera When playing tournaments, good players pay close attention to how deeply stacked their opponents are. Good tournament players know that their opponents will typically change how their playing styles as a function of their stack sizes. They