The video below is a hand history review for one of my subscribers. It’s a $1.50 9-man non-turbo SNG played on ACR.
Hand history reviews are a great way to improve your game.
You can see which plays and strategies are good and which things you should do differently. Use this to improve your knowledge of poker and to fix any potential leaks you may have in your game!
Hyper turbos are immensely popular these days on the online poker sites. Almost everybody's playing them. There are even some poker pros who exclusively play hypers for a living.
There are a couple of reasons why they are so popular:
PokerStars recently introduced a new format: KO Poker SNGs and Tournaments.
These are very fast, action packed hyper turbo SNGs and MTTs with a flat payout structure. A large part of your buy-in goes to the knockout bounties. Each time you knock a player out during the game, you earn a bounty.
In the video below I do a hand review of a 36 player KO SNG and answer the question whether these games are worth playing!
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.Continue reading
Check-raising as a bluff is a powerful weapon to use when you're out of position.
This move seems to be getting more popular, so you also need to know how to defend against it. In this video I discuss a hand where I'm facing a check-raise, which I suspect is a bluff.
Especially if you're a 6-max player, you have to play a lot of hands blind versus blind.
So it pays off to focus on the players to your immediate left and right and develop a good blind vs blind strategy against them.
Against one dimensional opponents, you can play a pretty static strategy to exploit their weaknesses. Against good opponents, however, you have to be more creative and mix things up.
If you hold a mediocre value hand on a dangerous board, it can sometimes be difficult to decide what to do.
In a lot of cases you have to balance value betting with exercising pot control. Especially if the board connects well with your opponent's range.
Your opponent's playing tendencies are an important consideration. Against passive opponents, value betting is usually your main priority. But against more aggressive opponents who are capable of (semi-)bluffing, your focus should often be on pot control.