Category Archives for "Poker strategy"

Open Limping – Hand Review

Open limping is pretty controversial. Some say you should never, ever do it.

But are there any spots where open limping actually makes you the most money?

In this video I’ll go over the pros and cons of open limping. We’ll also look at a hand that starts with an open limp, sent in by one of our Patrons. Also like to win a hand history review? Sign up to our Patreon page at

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Poker Tells with Zachary Elwood – PPP #40

This week we have Zachary Elwood on the show, author of three bestselling books on poker tells. It won’t come as a surprise that this episode is on, well, poker tells!

Zach shares some very interesting tips with us on how you can use tells to your advantage at the table. And how to defend yourself against giving off tells to your opponents.

The strat chat (33:00) focuses on a hand between Blumstein and Pollak from the final table of this year’s WSOP Main Event. Pollak lays down a straight on the river and probably got a verbal tell off of Blumstein that helped him in his decision.

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Painless Poker: 5 Top Tips to Improve Your Game by Eliminating Poker Pain

When looking to improve, most of us are mainly focused on the technical aspects of the game. How much to raise pre-flop, when to c-bet, the Expected Value of a semi-bluff, etc.

Whereas we should definitely study these aspects closely, there is another dimension to poker that is often underestimated and neglected. I’m talking about the mental side of poker.

Tommy Angelo’s latest book Painless Poker gives a great insight into how you can improve your mental game by eradicating the “pain” in poker. He explains how to stop experiencing “thought pain” and tilt, so that you can instead focus your mind entirely on what poker should be all about: coming up with the best possible decisions at the table.

Painless poker = A focused mind = Better decisions = More poker profit

A simple formula, but oh so hard to attain.

In this blog post I’ll give you some top tips on how to achieve painless poker and increase your profitability. But first, let’s take a look at what poker pain is and what kind of effects it has.

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Bet Sizing with Matt Berkey – PPP#39

This week we have Matt Berkey on the show, a high roller cash game player who plays as high as $300/$600/$1200 NL.

But Matt is also a successful tournament player. We spoke to him a day after his 3rd place finish in the Little One for One Drop at the WSOP, which earned him $240,588.

The theme of today’s episode centers around bet sizing and the stratchat focuses on a hand from Ben’s new book (42m 09s), which will be released in September.

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How to Butcher an Overpair

An overpair is a great hand, especially if you're holding a big pair like Q-Q, K-K, or A-A.

In low stakes games against bad or mediocre opponents, the best strategy when flopping an overpair of Queens, Kings, or Aces is usually to play it fast. You want to get some value from your hand and making decent sized bets on 2 or 3 streets is usually the way to go.

While overpairs are easy to play in many situations, there are also plenty of ways to totally butcher them!

That's what happens in the following hand played at the WSOP Main Event. Overpairs should not be fast-played in all situations. In this case, it ends up being a rather big mistake, potentially costing a few million dollars.

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Getting Maximum Value with Garbage Hands

With a garbage hand like 7-2o of 3-2o, the equity of your hand is so low that you're usually not going to win the pot at showdown.

If you have a medium to deep stack, you will often go in check-fold mode when you pick up these sorts of hands in the blinds. However, if you're under pressure to accumulate chips, you can consider using your bluffing equity to still make the most of these trash hands.

In order to decide whether bluffing is going to be a profitable option, there are a couple of factors that you need to consider.

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