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Monday, 17 December 2018

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Squeaking Out Value in Limit Poker

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By Tony Guerrera No-limit hold’em (NLHE) has been the most popular poker variant for quite awhile, but that doesn’t mean that limit poker is dead. Limit hold’em games of $100-$200 and beyond occur daily. H.O.R.S.E. and unique poker variants such as Triple Draw and Crazy Pineapple are increasing in popularity.

Fundamentals of Slowplaying

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By Tony Guerrera When you get a monster hand in a no limit hold’em game, you’d like to take down a gigantic pot. Slowplaying, also known as sandbagging, is playing a huge hand passively, in the hopes that your opponents will catch hands that they’ll pay you off with. Some

Reraising Preflop in No-Limit Hold’em

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By Tony Guerrera The Poker Helper article entitled Don’t Play Your Hands Face Up addresses an important consideration regarding 3-betting preflop in no-limit hold’em. 3-bet preflop with a predictably tight distribution when stacks are deep enough such that you can’t deny your opponents proper implied odds, and you’re in trouble

Reactionary Poker Versus Inductive Poker

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By Tony Guerrera I’ve often written that poker is all about the following process: Putting your opponents on hand distributions Evaluating your own hand relative to your opponents’ distributions Evaluating how your opponents will respond to all actions available to you Executing the action that yields the highest EV (expectation

Proposition Bets 

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By Tony Guerrera When playing poker, we always want to maximize our hourly expectation value (EV), the amount of money we expect to make per hour. The obvious way to optimize your hourly EV at a casino is to make the best possible decisions in every hand. However, if you

Preflop All-In Match-ups

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By Tony Guerrera Anyone with a bit of tournament experience is highly familiar with the situation that occurs when players become short-stacked with respect to the blinds: people either go all-in or fold preflop. To play optimally in this dynamic, you need to know the winning percentages associated with individual

Power Bankroll Building

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By Tony Guerrera Pretty much every online poker room offers generous deposit bonuses to new players, and many online poker rooms also offer deposit bonuses to their existing players. While free money is always great, not all bonus offers are created equally, and if you’re going to efficiently build a

Positional River Play in NLHE

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Sizing Your Value Bets By Tony Guerrera In another article I wrote for Poker Helper, entitled Don’t Bet the River in Limit Hold’em Just Because You Have a Good Hand, I made the point that you shouldn’t bet on the river after your opponent checks to you in limit hold’em

Metagame Considerations

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By Tony Guerrera When many people analyze poker situations, they analyze hands as if they are independent from each other. The reality of poker, though, is that hands do not happen independently of each other. Instead, hands occur over the span of a session, and against commonly encountered foes, hands

The Math of Bluffing

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By Tony Guerrera When most players think of bluffing, they think of one player (the bluffer) exerting psychological dominance of the other (the bluffee). Even though bluffing will always have some mystique in the poker community, bluffing is really just part of a tactically sound game plan. Provided that you