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5 Tips to Handle Bad Luck Without Tilting

5 Tips to Handle Bad Luck Without Tilting

Jon Sofen - January 14th, 2017

We have all had those days at the poker table where it seems like the game is rigged against us. How can every flush draw hit in one day? Not to sound cliché, but…that’s poker. If not for all the bad beats, the game wouldn’t be fun. Sure, it’s not much fun being on the […]

How to Plan for a Grueling WSOP Summer in Las Vegas

How to Plan for a Grueling WSOP Summer in Las Vegas

Jon Sofen - January 9th, 2017

It is never too early (or late) to plan for a summer of poker in Las Vegas. Thousands of poker players travel to Sin City to compete in WSOP events and side cash games each year. It’s the place to be during the summer each year. Many travel to my home city each June hoping […]

Tips for Enjoying your First Live MTT

Tips for Enjoying your First Live MTT

Todd McGee - January 3rd, 2017

What to Expect when you Play your First Live MTT Over the last few years, I have played poker tournaments in casinos around the country, from The Bicycle in Los Angeles to Maryland Live to Harrah’s in New Orleans to the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. I’ve played four World Series of Poker Circuit events at […]

Continuation Betting: When to Bet and When to Check

Continuation Betting: When to Bet and When to Check

Jon Sofen - December 13th, 2016

I remember when I first started playing poker years ago, there were not many continuation bettors. I consider someone like this be one who raises pre-flop and then fires out a bet nearly every time on the flop. These players are difficult to play against because it’s tough to put them on a hand. They […]

Big Blind (BB) Ranges

Big Blind (BB) Ranges

LD1977 - December 4th, 2016

BB differs from SB in several very important ways: Calling usually closes the action, so BB can choose whether to fold, call or 3-bet (more strategic options available) Price of calling raises is lower compared to size of pot (since SB contributes certain value). This heavily impacts strategic picture in some situations (more on this […]

Value Betting 101:  When and When Not to Do It

Value Betting 101: When and When Not to Do It

Jon Sofen - November 17th, 2016

The hardest part of poker is the most important. That’s why the ballsiest players end up winning the most. Being a successful value bettor will be the difference between being a break even player and a winner. What is value betting? A bet on the river that maximizes the amount of chips won in the […]

Small Blind (SB) Ranges

Small Blind (SB) Ranges

LD1977 - November 14th, 2016

SB is the worst position on the table because: it guarantees information disadvantage against all other players it offers limited strategic options it lowers EV of both premium and speculative hands Play in SB is heavily based on HUD and notes, which serve to compensate for the inherent positional weakness. Opening ranges This is the […]

Aces Full of It: A Vital Issue

Aces Full of It: A Vital Issue

Justin Buchanan - November 12th, 2016

It is often the subject of ridicule, but is it justly so? Certainly it can be viewed as a pretentious thing to do. Impractical even. But is it possible that the benefits outweigh the image you present? I am speaking, of course, about the practice of wearing sunglasses indoors at a poker table. Today I’ll […]

5 Reasons Your Poker Career has Not Taken Off

5 Reasons Your Poker Career has Not Taken Off

Jon Sofen - November 12th, 2016

There is nothing more frustrating than playing poker for a significant period of time and getting lousy results. But don’t lose your confidence. Just because you’ve been playing this great game for a while and aren’t making much money doesn’t mean you never will. Instead of moping over your mediocre results, figure out why you […]

Winning and Losing

Winning and Losing

Jon Sofen - October 24th, 2016

The Game is Not About Whether You Won or Lost, but How Well You Played So you may have seen the title to this blog post and rolled your eyes. If you are anything like me, you’re tired of lame clichés.  After all, this is probably what your parents told you when you were a kid […]