Picking Off River Bluffs

The river bluff is something you see fairly often in low stakes games.

A lot of players often use it as a final attempt to try and take down the pot. Even when the bet itself doesn't make much sense given the action on previous streets.

When there's a high chance that your opponent is bluffing, don't be afraid to call his river bet if you think your hand is best.

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Poker Hand Rankings Chart

Not sure what beats what in poker?

Check the poker hand rankings chart below for a list of all poker hands, ranked from best to worst.

Poker hand rankings are one of the very first things you should learn if you want to start playing poker.

Make sure you know the poker hand rankings chart by heart so you always know what beats what!

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Using ICM as the Big Stack on the Bubble

The ICM pressure on the bubble is huge. Whereas ICM applies from the very beginning of a tournament up until heads-up, its influence is the largest on the bubble.

This is because the potential shifts in tournament equity at this point are enormous. When one player busts, the others automatically get into the money, even when they have a very small stack.

This means that the big stack has a big advantage on the bubble. He can effectively use the small stack as leverage to put ICM pressure on the middle stack. The following hand is a nice example of that.

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Position in Poker: Understanding the Power of Position

If I had a nickel for every time I read about the importance of position in poker, I would be rich.

Perhaps all those nickels would even exceed my total poker winnings. Well, maybe not. But the point stands: position is talked about a LOT in poker.

Why is position so important in poker? And how can you best use it to your advantage? Let's dive right in and find out what position in poker is really about.

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