Jacob Topley

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Jan 13 2022

Should you EVER Straddle in Poker?

“Should I ever straddle in poker?” is a question several friends and students have asked me over the past few years. Every time I answer, it is some form of no. A straddle is a voluntary blind raise normally from the UTG position (see Mississippi Straddling for another variation), it acts as a 3rd blind. On the surface straddling is a highly -ev...

Should you EVER Straddle in Poker?

“Should I ever straddle in poker?” is a question several friends and students have asked me over the past few years. Every time I answer, it is some form of no. A straddle is a voluntary blind raise normally from the UTG position (see Mississippi Straddling for another variation), it acts as a 3rd blind. On the surface straddling is a highly -ev...

Jan 05 2022

3 Ways to Stay Random in Live Poker

When you’re sat at a live table, you shouldn’t throw GTO out of the window. Exploitative poker is normally going to be the best thing to do against most of the players you will come up against live. However, what...

3 Ways to Stay Random in Live Poker

When you’re sat at a live table, you shouldn’t throw GTO out of the window. Exploitative poker is normally going to be the best thing to do against most of the players you will come up against live. However, what...

Dec 29 2021

Cash Poker: 10 Tips to Improve Your Game

There are several things you should be doing both on and off the table to get ahead of the competition. Here are my top 10 cash poker tips to help you get better at poker, faster. Range Charts Preflop Bet Sizings Basic Math Overbetting Calling with Draws Slow Playing 3betting and 4betting Stop Losses...

Cash Poker: 10 Tips to Improve Your Game

There are several things you should be doing both on and off the table to get ahead of the competition. Here are my top 10 cash poker tips to help you improve at poker, faster. Range Charts Preflop Bet Sizings Basic Math Overbetting Calling with Draws Slow Playing 3betting and 4betting Stop Losses...

Dec 15 2021

[Updated] Poker Software Review: GTO Trainer

Dec 15 2021 Published at Jacob Topley under tags  software reviews studying the game

GTO Trainer is a must-have piece of poker software for any mid to high stakes player. It’s simplicity and speed are its greatest assets; however, the high cost and the slightly incomplete dataset could be a reason to wait. GTO Trainer is an in-browser poker solver offering access to 100,000’s of solved poker situations for the user. Poker solvers are complex and advanced...

Poker Software Review: GTO Trainer

Dec 15 2021 Published at Jacob Topley under tags  software reviews studying the game

GTO Trainer is a must-have piece of poker software for any mid to high stakes player. It’s simplicity and speed are its greatest assets; however, the potentially high cost and the slightly incomplete dataset could be a reason to wait. GTO Trainer is an in-browser poker solver offering access to 100,000’s of solved poker situations for the user. Poker solvers are complex and...

Dec 13 2021

Poker Software Review: GTO Trainer

Dec 13 2021 Published at Jacob Topley under tags  software reviews studying the game

GTO Trainer is a must-have piece of poker software for any mid to high stakes player. It’s simplicity and speed are its greatest assets; however, the high cost and the slightly incomplete dataset could be a reason to wait. GTO Trainer is an in-browser poker solver offering access to 100,000’s of solved poker situations for the user. Poker solvers are complex and advanced...

Dec 09 2021

Mastering Cash Games – How to Review Your Own Database and Identify Costly Mistakes

Dec 09 2021 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  poker blog strategy

If you want to master cash games, you need to be self-critical and analyze your game. You need to find which areas you’re doing well in and find the parts of the game you are playing significantly poorly in. The most efficient way of studying is by first understanding what you’re doing incorrectly. Database analysis is a tool that can be used to...

Dec 03 2021

How to Manage Your Bankroll, the Right Way

Dec 03 2021 Published at Jacob Topley under tags  general advice poker coaching

The term “bankroll” in poker refers to the amount of spare money you use to play poker with. There is a right way and a wrong way to manage your roll. Good bankroll management would mean you always have enough money to play poker, even if you have to drop down to a lower stake for a while. Bad bankroll management...

How to Manage Your Bankroll, the Right Way

Dec 03 2021 Published at Jacob Topley under tags  general advice poker coaching

The term “bankroll” in poker refers to the amount of spare money you use to play poker with. There is a right way and a wrong way to manage your roll. Good bankroll management would mean you always have enough money to play poker, even if you have to drop down to a lower stake for a while. Bad bankroll management...

Dec 02 2021

Cash Games vs. Tournaments: How to Pick the Best Poker Format for You?

Dec 02 2021 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  poker blog strategy

Despite both having the same ruleset, tournament poker and cash poker are two quite different forms of the same game. Cash poker relies on you being able to make the most money in each situation in the long run. Each cash situation is imagined in the context of a game with fixed blind levels and the ability to always top up your stack....

Nov 25 2021

How to Analyze Your Opponents Range the Right Way

Nov 25 2021 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  poker blog strategy

Putting your opponent on a range of hands is an essential part of being a winning poker player. By understanding what hands your opponent is most likely to have in a situation, you can use your knowledge of pot odds and equity to make the most optimal play. When you become a master in range...

Nov 18 2021

Why Sizing Tells Are Better Than Physical Tells in Live Cash Games

Nov 18 2021 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  poker blog strategy

In the modern age of poker, there has been less of a focus on live tells and physical reads in games - and for a good reason. The reality is that reading players' emotions is difficult. The chance that you misread or misunderstand your opponent is too high and not worth the risk. Making the wrong read will cause you to lose more...

Nov 11 2021

How to Effectively Use Random Number Generators in Online Poker

Nov 11 2021 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  poker blog strategy

If you want to become a better poker player, the higher you progress through the stakes, the more heavily you will need to implement a GTO strategy. One thing that all poker solvers will suggest is to randomize several aspects of your game. You will find solvers rarely want you to make an...

Nov 02 2021

Overbetting in Poker: How to Overbet Like a Pro

Nov 02 2021 Published at Jacob Topley under tags  advanced strategy poker strategy

Today I’ll be giving you the relevant tools to help you overbet like a pro. It’s used to be rare when playing poker that a player would choose to be greater than the size of the pot, betting larger than the flop is called an overbet. It’s becoming more common and incorporating overbets is for sure the most profitable way to play...

Overbetting in Poker: How to Overbet Like a Pro

Nov 02 2021 Published at Jacob Topley under tags  advanced strategy poker strategy

Today I’ll be giving you the relevant tools to help you overbet like a pro. It’s used to be rare when playing poker that a player would choose to be greater than the size of the pot, betting larger than the flop is called an overbet. It’s becoming more common and incorporating overbets is for sure the most profitable way to play...

Oct 25 2021

How to Study Poker Using a Solver: 6 Steps to Success

Oct 25 2021 Published at Jacob Topley under tags  general advice studying the game

Studying is an essential part of poker if you want to become a profitable player. From my coaching experience there are 6 key steps to success when using a poker solver. Using and sticking to these steps will aid you in your studying process and today I will be outlining these for you today. These steps can be applied to your studying process...

How to Study Poker Using a Solver: 6 Steps to Success

Oct 25 2021 Published at Jacob Topley under tags  general advice studying the game

Studying is an essential part of poker if you want to become a profitable player. From my coaching experience there are 6 key steps to success when using a poker solver. Using and sticking to these steps will aid you in your studying process and today I will be outlining these for you today. These steps can be applied to your studying process...

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