Should I Straddle In Poker?

Straddling can be a fun element of live poker, but many players don’t fully understand what a straddle really does. For those of you who play exclusively online, the concept of a straddle in poker may be completely foreign to you. So what [...]

A Losing $2/$5 Poker Session

In episode #4 of my live poker journey, I head down to the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa. While the original goal was to play $1/$2 for the poker VLOG, I was told that recording at the table was a no-no. So I jumped over to $2/$5 and put in a short [...]

Becoming A Poker Pro

The idea of being a poker pro is alluring. You are your own boss. You play when you want. You study when you want. You have nearly infinite vacation days. You can travel on a whim to a tournament series on the east coast, or take a month [...]

Poker Exploits In 2020

Poker is all about exploits. Your goal is to find leaks in your opponent’s strategy, figure out how to best take advantage of those leaks, and then implement plays to exploit their mistakes. This is poker in a nutshell. When bluffing your [...]

Exploitative Poker 101

With all of this conversation about GTO poker amongst players, it seems like exploitative poker has gone the way of the dinosaur. Who even cares about exploitative play when we have GTO solvers and mixed strategies to worry about? Even though [...]

Poker HUD Stats: The Basics For Live Players

There are many differences between live and online poker. Online poker offers the ability to play a ton of hands in a very small amount of time. Live poker offers you physical information for each opponent. But one of the biggest differences [...]

Ace King: Call Or 3Bet Preflop?

Ace King is simple to play when it folds to you preflop: just raise. But AK becomes so much trickier when someone else raises before you. Should you call their raise? Should you 3bet? Should you do a bit of both? The answer isn’t always super [...]

Creating A Preflop Poker Plan

Poker can seem like an immensely complex game given the large number of variables that need to be considered in every situation.  But if we create a plan, or at least a framework for considering our lines, poker becomes much simpler. [...]

How To Call A Preflop All-In…Profitably

As you increase your own preflop aggression you will invariably face more preflop shoves. The good news is that making a +EV decision when facing shoves is actually simple. The bad news is that it requires some practice and repetition for the [...]

Breaking Down A Common $2/$5 Hand

I recently released a single-hand exercise for Red Chippers to practice their hand reading skills. This spot is not uncommon in live games and as such it’s useful to study it in more detail. So I took all of the responses, churned through the [...]

The Laws Of Hand Reading

Hand reading is a powerful skill that all poker players need. The ability to put your opponent on a correct range of hands gives you a massive leg-up on your competition. By putting someone on a correct range you are able to value bet thinner, [...]

Simple Poker EV Calculator

EV, short for ‘expected value’ is the focus of every poker player. Our goal is to make as many +EV decisions as possible, and the more +EV the better. In short, a play that is +EV is expected to net us money over the long term while [...]

The Preflop Guide – PLAN System

In the beginning, everything is new and full of possibilities. Preflop in poker is no different. You can limp, fold, raise to a number of different sizes…and all for a number of different reasons. But knowing which action to take preflop can be [...]

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