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Thursday, 21 January 2010

MTTs (Muti Table Tournaments)

Befor the game.
Make sure you have time, to make the final table your looking at 3hrs+.
Make it worth your while, playing for 4hrs to win 4$ might not be worth the effort.
Be sure you want to play to win, not just play.
Know that it is unlikely to win, but have a great chance of cashing in.

Early stages.

Rely on card strength and position(TAG), be patient and dont try to chase the chip leader.
Dont bluff, dont worry about run away leaders,Start taking notes,aNd be patient again.


Mid game

Play tight, dont get too involved with the panic players pushing all in, these are just the donks who managed to survive or ppl who no longer want to play.
Dont be put of by big stacks but be aware of there position(and small) chances are they were just a lucky or loose player dont give them too much credit.
After the the donks have had there fun open up a bit:
3 bet
stael blinds
If short stack, dont get blinded, find a spot to steal(pre-flop)

Late stage

Loosern your card range, Play the high cards stronger, try avoid flops.
If short stacked then push with nearly any 2 cards(only if the dubble wont make much of a diffrence in stack size/blinds)
if you can hold out and give yourself a chance do so.
If big stack or medium then dont play with maginall hands, only play hands you are willing go all in with.
Follow up pre flop raises with a c-bet
add pressure

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Understanding AK



First understand your odds(use a calculator if needed), if HU against PP(wich is normally the case when someone goes allin pre-flop) then its a flip, with you being the slight underdog.(50-50)

Lots of ppl lose with AK cause they play it wrong (in short) Ace king is a powerful hand if played right during pre-flop action. If you play AK properly you won’t even seen the flop, you should raise, re-raise the proper amount (accrding to blinds/pot/player/position etc).

You should always pay attention to your opponents chip stacks to know how much to raise. If your opponent raised before you bet you should re-raise just enough to where they will fold, not where they will call. You don’t want to raise too the point you cant fold. There is no shame in folding AK.

REMEMBER

1. Your goal is to get them to fold (as always)
2. Don’t call all-ins with AK (push by all means,depending, not advised)
3. Raise enough to get them to fold
4. Dont over raise
5. Pay attention to opponents stacks
6. Folding AK is ok

AK allows you to bet aggressively and take down large preflop pots.

This is a guide, a very short guide as we all know poker is not clean cut so choices will be made according to the tables and games themselvs.

All feel free to add or correct if you feel its wrong.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Short Stack Stratagy

Choose a table with at least 7-8 players best 10. (go for 2 tables as you are going to fold a lot)
1 Avoid tables with a lot of raising/re-raising going on. 2 Buy-in for 20x BB [so for NL10 ($0.05/$0.10) it’s $2.
3 Wait for the big blind to come around to you or immediately start. playing if you are on one of the 2 late positions.
4 Play only good hands relative to your position – AKx, (AQs maybe) and monsters (AA/KK/QQ) in early position, add JJ,TT,99,KQs to the list for middle position, add 88,77, A+face card, A+rag suited, suited connectors for your late position playables. Create your own list and stick to it.
5 Raise accordingly, you will never enter a pot without your guns blazing unless you are in the small blind and the pot odds for calling are really good or you get to see a free flop from the big blind. Proper raising means 4x BB raises + 1x BB for each limper if you are opening the pot. If there was a raise/re-raise, either re-raise 3-4x the last raise/re-raise + 1x the last raise/re-raise per caller or go directly all-in.
6 Know when you are beat, do not be afraid to lay down AK if you miss with it and there are more than 2 people playing for the pot. Make continuation bets against tight opponents. Conti-bets should be around 50-66% of the current pot.
7 Always keep your stack at 20x BB if it falls bellow this level, Stand up and play somewhere else when you have 35x BB or more leave.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Cracking Aces!!


First things first, if your gonna do, then make it worth while.
1. Make sure player will keep going with his AA.
2. He has min 100BB and you too have min of 100BB
3. A hand that will get you the money.
4. A good read (know he has AA).
So to start you going to want to get in cheap or fold.
You will want a hidden hand, but a hand that can hit a big.
EG.
3h 3s on a flop 7c 3d 10h
4d 6d on a flop 3d 5h 7d...etc think 78s has best odds against AA
Stay clear of 10s Js Ks Qs hands, they will only get you in to trouble.
If you dont hit on the flop,the fold (2 pair min), dont go chasing dreams.
You will be folding most of the time, but around 10% you should hit and must make it all worth your while. All in baby.(choose how you get the chips in acourding to the villian)
If you hit a open ended straight or flush draw, then you can play on but again you got to keep that pot low and when and if you hit max it.

Now when you crack them aces come back here and shout about it.

I guess I should add this is for cash games, and if I have to mention position then please just dont try.
Ill go over positional play anouther day.


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Saturday, 16 January 2010

Semi-bluffs

Semi-bluffs should be in all of our poker tool boxes.

A semi-bluff bet are made when you think you are behind, but you belive you can make the villan fold the better hand and have still have good chances at hitting a out if villian is to call.

If you go ahead and play a semi-bluff then you should do so raising givingg you a chance to take it there and then.(fold equity, key to the whole thing)
Always play it on the flop so if you are called you got outs still, you can play on the turn etc but its much more effectiv on the flop as you still have 2 cards to come.

Dont bother bluffing calling staions and donks etc, go for those who can fold.

Semi-bluffs can be made in and out of position.
in position gives you have the option of betting and taking a free card.
out of position, you will check instead of semi-bluffing more often when in position.(most semi-bluffs are out of position) so have an advatage.

Semi bluff with hands such as flush draws and open endes str8s.

Remember..Can villan fold.
Can your hand improve.
Also dont forget if you hit your outs then play for value...enjoy.
Oh word of warning it can blow up in your face :}

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Thursday, 14 January 2010

Bankroll management


Bankroll management is a must for any player, without it you will be playing with "scared money" and will be at great risk of losing your whole roll.
At times you will have good runs and bad runs(varience), you need bankroll managment to take the bad with the good varying profits and losses.
No matter how good a player you deem yourself to be varience will strike, but with good bankroll managment you wont go bust.

Here is a guide for full ring tables:

NL5 $<200
NL5 $200
NL10 $400
NL50 $1,000
NL100 $2,000
NL200 $4,000
NL400 $8,000
NL1k $16,000
NL2K $40,000
NL5k $100,000
NL10k $200,000

Limit Holdem
5c/10c $30
10c/20c $60
25c/50c $150
$0.50/$1 $300
$1/$2 $600
$2/$4 $1,200
$5/$10 $3,000
$10/$20 $6,000
$25/$50 $15,000
$50/$100 $30,000

SnG Tournaments
$1 $50
$2 $90
$5 $200
$10 $450
$20 $900
$30 $1,300
$50 $2,500
$100 $4,500
$200 $9,000
$500 $22,000

Tournament games.
40+ buy ins for the level you want to play is what most recomend, I would say dubble it, as tourns have a lot af varience, so 80+BIs IMO.
NOTE: If you play shorthand you will be involved in more hands increasing variance so you should also increase BI amount.

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Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Playing pocket pairs


Pocket pairs can be a good sorce of profit when played right, so heres a little guide on how you should be playing them.

Big pocket pairs:
Most online players are aggresive and loose so tend to call any pre-flop bet, so a raise of 3-4BB is neede and should be enougth to get rid of the loose player trying to hit str8s and weak flushs. If your lucky and you hand becomes stronger then check and hope the villians did too. (some players will limp with AA, not advisable but in the right hands a gold mine)

Mid pocket pairs:
You should be acting accourding to your table, as in dont play the ultra tight players raise with 77 etc. If in EP feel free to get in cheap if possable(some tables it will be an instant fold). In mid/LP you should be mainly be raising, players will put you on a steal, if flop comes big your folding (not always) if low your raising, (1 over card is fine).

low pocket pairs:
I tend to just fold, but again if you can get in cheap do so, then its either fold or if it makess set then check and be sneekey.

Hitting your set:
2 things you must watch out for is str8 draws (or made) and flushes.
Checking your set will make other players think that you have missed the flop. When they raise, you should just call.(Just calling is amateur play, but it does not give away any information on what you hold).Continue to call his bets until the river unless it is obvious that they are on a draw, If that is the case make a large raise(at least pot). If you hit the nuts on the river then make a value bet. Getting value out of your bets is important. To big a bet will scare the villian away so it is important to make a bet that will be called(or better re-raised).

AA KK QQ JJ TT = Play in any position
99 88 77 = Play in mid or late
66 55 44 33 22 = Play in late

Again poker is never simple and this guide is, so alway keep your witts about you, and know when to get out of a hand.
GL all.

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