POKER

Learn about important concepts in poker with our clear and concise explainers

Live Poker – Definitive Guide (2024)

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Why is the average skill level at a live poker table at higher stakes, so much less than an online table at lower stakes?

  • What are the differences between live poker & online poker, and how do these affect which you should pick? Why are live games significantly softer than online?
  • What’s the best strategies for the straddle (common in live games)?
  • How do you keep notes effectively when playing live?
  • Learn all this with our definitive guide to live poker.
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Before Playing Poker: 5 Key Decisions (2024)

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Before playing even one hand of poker, we recommend you really think carefully about your total bankroll, cash game/tournament mix, buy-in amounts, table selection, and recording results.

  • How big does your total bankroll ideally have to be?
  • Will you be more suited to cash games or tournaments?
  • How much should you buy in for (cash games)?
  • Which table(s) should you pick (cash games)?
  • How will you record results?
  • We cover all these things in our easy to understand comprehensive guide
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Poker Tournaments – Definitive Guide (2024)

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This is a complete guide to things you must do to have a better chance of doing well in poker tournaments. We cover different tournament types, incentives due to stack size and phase of the tournament, ICM, and deal making.

  • Obviously, you can never guarantee a win. But, you may be able to increase your chances of doing well by thinking about:
    • pick advantageous poker tournaments
    • understand stack size incentives
    • what about volatility?
    • what is future skill edge?
    • using the independent chip model
    • what to do in the different tournament phases
    • how to make a good deal
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Poker Variants – Definitive Guide (2024)

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Learn the key rule changes, and more importantly the strategy differences, of two popular poker variants (short deck poker, and pot limit Omaha).

  • No Limit Texas Hold’em is currently the most popular poker game, played either online or live.
  • However, other poker variants are available.
  • Reasons to learn poker variants include:
    • less boredom, from adding variety to your games
    • potentially softer games as your opponents may be less experienced in these variants
    • there may be less strategy information readily available
  • Find an enjoyable new poker variant, with our comprehensive guide.
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Play Better Poker – Definitive Guide (2024)

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All the information you need to play better poker, can be found on the internet. However, there is an awful lot of information out there that can also be unhelpful. Understand the difference between macro and micro, and where poker edges really come from.

  • If you want to play better poker in 2024 you have an abundance of content that purports to teach poker strategy. Some are free, some are paid. Unfortunately, despite the good intentions of the authors the advice given is often incorrect or useless to your progression. At best, a waste of time. But, at worst you will pick up bad habits.
  • Instead, understand the difference between:
    • the macro way of looking at the whole game from above (which is the strategic view), and
    • the micro way of look at specific spots (which is the tactical view).
  • We show you practical ways you can actually play better poker.
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Spotting Poker Tells – Definitive Guide (2024)

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Could you get information about an opponent’s cards, due to their behaviour (i.e. their poker tells)? How do you avoid giving away any information on your own cards?

  • When playing poker in person, there are a whole host of opportunities for spotting poker tells.
  • Poker tells are voluntarily or involuntarily behaviour, exhibited by players, that give away information about their holding.
  • Did you know that spotting poker tells is possible online too, even though you cannot see your opponent?
  • Of course, you will not want to give away any poker tells yourself! Avoid a savvy opponent to get information from you. We cover some great ways to avoid giving away information.
  • Finally, we cover 2 vital caveats you must consider before using poker tells. These are false tells, and the reliability of a potential tell.
  • Dive straight in to learn just about everything about poker tells you could possibly want to know.
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Poker Maths – Definitive Guide (2024)

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We make the key poker maths concepts really simple. Learn about pot odds, blockers, combinatorics, minimum defence frequency, pot equity, expected value, and SPR.

  • Learn poker maths with our simple easy to understand explanations.
  • You should not play another hand of poker, without understanding these vital poker maths concepts.
  • Start reading our definitive guide to all the poker maths you need to know, all in one place.
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Profiling Poker Opponents – Definitive Guide (2024)

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Find out how you can begin to start profiling poker opponents (i.e. understanding what your opponents are up to, even without seeing their cards)! This will allow you to come up with tactics (as part of your overall strategy) to exploit them.

  • Categorising your opponents is vital to being able to put them on accurate ranges.
  • You won’t know the exact cards the villain is playing unless there is a showdown.
  • However, you can see their frequencies.
  • Villains cannot escape frequencies in the long run.
  • Start reading our comprehensive guide to find out more.
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