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Aug 08 2022

What Are the Consequences of Employing an Exploitative Game Strategy?

Aug 08 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

I’m going to start this article with a couple of loose definitions: Game Theory Optimal, or GTO for short, is an unexploitable strategy. If applied consistently and over a large enough sample size, it will not lose money no matter what your opponent’s responses are. When I say exploitable, I...

Aug 01 2022

Play Like, or Against a Poker Maniac by Building an Image

Aug 01 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

One of the great things about poker is the many different ways to play the game. Every player develops his or her style. Some like to mix it up with Any Two cards, while others prefer to sit back and wait for quality hands. Different characteristics tend to get labelled into categories of playing styles. For instance, reserved and...

Jul 29 2022

Calculating Outs Quickly and Accurately in Pot Limit Omaha

Jul 29 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

An essential skill in any poker variant is being able to calculate how many outs we have. In some formats, this process is harder than others. For example, in Hold’em, it is relatively straightforward to calculate how many outs we have to make our hand. In PLO (Pot Limit Omaha) things can become a lot more challenging since we are dealt four...

Jul 25 2022

How To Play Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better

Jul 25 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

There are three variants of 7-card stud that are played in poker rooms today: 7-card stud (stud), where the best standard high hand wins the pot. Razz - where the best low hand wins the pot. 7-card stud high-low, where the best high and hand and the best low hand split the pot. 7-card stud...

Jul 22 2022

Top 5 Tips to Learn How to Play 5-Card Stud Poker Games!

Jul 22 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

5-Card Stud is not as popular now as some of the more prominent variants of poker. But it is the earliest form of Stud poker invented, dating back to the 1960s. This format has most of its gameplay, these days, either online or in Finland with a variant called “Sökö”. But 5-Card Stud is an excellent variation of poker. In this...

Jul 15 2022

Everything You Need to Know About Being a Rock in Poker

Jul 15 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

It seems like most competitions have a “rock” of some sort. In wrestling, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson established himself as one of the greatest of all time, if you smell what we’re cooking. In baseball, there was the controversial John Rocker. In poker, there are also rocks piled around. This article is devoted to talking about those rocks,...

Jul 11 2022

7 Tricks to Make Easy Poker Odd Calculations

Jul 11 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

Do you sometimes struggle with odds calculations in poker? In this guide, we’ll assume that readers already know how to perform basic odds calculations but are looking for ways to speed up and simplify the process. The faster we can figure out our odds, the more time we can spend on what matters - making the best...

Jul 08 2022

Top 9 Tips for Short-Handed Poker

Jul 08 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

“Short-handed poker” refers to any poker table with six players or less. Making the relevant adjustments when coming from a full-ring background is essential if we want to preserve our winrate. Depending on the games, it can take time and focused effort to become a winner. Players often assume that if they don’t...

Jul 04 2022

The Strategy Behind The Chen Formula in Poker

Jul 04 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

The Chen Formula, named after Bill Chen, is a mathematical system for assigning a point score to various starting hands in Hold’em. The theory is that those point values can then be utilised to assist in making correct preflop decisions in No-Limit Hold’em. In the modern poker era, it’s rare to find a professional player that...

Jul 01 2022

Learn the Right Way to Hand Read in Poker

Jul 01 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

Hand reading is often portrayed as a mystical skill that all the best poker players seem to possess. Possibly, psychic clairvoyance allowing them to peer into their opponent’s soul and deduce instantly the exact cards they are holding. Seems like a great skill to have, right? Unfortunately, such other- worldly abilities are the stuff of...

Jun 27 2022

Demystifying the Strategy of Long Ball Poker

Jun 27 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

To properly understand “Long Ball Poker” you must first learn another word. The word is “retronym”. A retronym is a word used to describe something that did not need a word to describe it until a new version of that something came along. “Acoustic guitar” is an example of a retronym. You didn’t need to call a guitar an “acoustic guitar” until someone...

Jun 24 2022

Finding the Fish Players at the Poker Tables

Jun 24 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

Let’s define our term – what exactly is a fish in poker? We’ll start with a quick word of warning: Although the word fish has been adopted to serve as a technical term in poker, it is still considered a derogatory expression by many. Use with caution. Fish – A weak or inexperienced player at the table, often a recreational player who...

Jun 20 2022

Talk it Out: Using Verbal Poker Tells at the Tables

Jun 20 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

It’s a huge hand. Your opponent has made a hefty bet in the river. Calling will put your tournament life at stake. You sense he’s bluffing, but just not sure. Your two-pair seems good, but the river brought a third spade. Did he hit that flush? Does he have trips? Then he starts talking. “I call,” you announce and...

Jun 17 2022

5 Stop and Go Poker Secrets Revealed!

Jun 17 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

The “stop and go” is a basic poker move executed by calling a preflop raise out of position with the intent of shoving the flop. To put it another way, it’s a delayed shove. While the stop and go can technically be done in a cash game, it’s more applicable to tournament play. Likewise, it can be used in multiway pots,...

Jun 13 2022

Are Split Pots a Waste of Your Time?

Jun 13 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

To split a pot is simply to divide the chips among the winners. This process primarily occurs on the river. The chips in the pots are allocated to the active winning players still in the hand. In, poker for every winner there has to be a loser. But, with split pot poker variants there can be more than one winner. Let’s find out...

Jun 10 2022

11 Brilliant Ways To Improve Your Value Betting

Jun 10 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

In poker, if you choose to bet, you’re usually either doing so for value (to try to get called by worse hands) or as a bluff (to try to make a better hand fold). In his book,No Limit Hold’em for Advanced Players, Matthew Janda takes it a step further and says instead of either polarising bets into “value” or “bluff”...

Jun 06 2022

Cold Calling in Poker: Top 3 Do’s and Don’ts

Jun 06 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

In poker, do you know what it means to cold call? It’s the term used when someone, who doesn’t have any money/chips invested in the pot, just calls after there’s been a bet/raise. A simple example of cold calling poker would be Player A raises under the gun, Player B reraises from middle position, and Player C cold calls from the button....

Jun 03 2022

Getting to Grips with Pot Control in Poker

Jun 03 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

Pot Control in poker is a tricky topic that we must deal with in a very careful manner. The reason for this is that often the notion of pot control causes players to make sub-optimal decisions. If we can blame certain ideas or concepts for causing weak players to lose money at a way faster rate than they should, pot-control is one of...

May 30 2022

How to Become the Table Captain & Dominate Your Table

May 30 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

A table captain is an aggressive player that seems to be in every pot, dictating the way that you – and the rest of the table – plays. The way they do this is through intimidation, which makes you want to avoid playing against them. You’ll throw away marginal hands out of position and you won’t try to make moves on them, as...

May 23 2022

Firing That Third Barrel – How to Know When to Do It?

May 23 2022 Published at MyPokerCoaching under tags  888poker

Facing a triple barrel from our opponent can be a daunting prospect. This fact is especially true when we hold some type of mid-strength hand that we would have loved to see a showdown with. Faced with this display of aggression from our opponent we have no choice but to fold. Despite this being an aggressive play, the truth is...

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