Dan B.

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May 17 2022

How to Play Queen-Jack Suited in Cash Games

Queen-Jack suited is a damn good hand in No Limit Hold’em. It can flop strong pairs, strong open-enders, flush draws, and gutshots. It often has useful blockers on Ace-high and King-high boards (blocking hands like AQ/AJ/KQ/KJ). And if all else goes wrong, Queen-Jack suited still usually has some kind of backdoor draw with 2 overcards....

May 13 2022

How to Play Trips (As the Preflop Raiser and Caller)

Playing trips can be pretty simple in some situations, but there are some small nuances that you might be missing. If you are indeed missing those nuances, you have an opportunity to increase your win-rate by learning them. Lucky for you, that's what this article is for. Let’s dive in! Note: I'll be covering how to play trips on paired boards, such as...

May 06 2022

Can Linus Make a Sick Hero Call With K♣ Q♣ On Four Heart Board (Analysis)

Linus Loeliger has been arguably the best No Limit Hold'em online cash game player in the world for the past few years. In fact, he was ranked as the 5th greatest poker player of all-time in the Doug Polk Podcast's fan voting. Observing the best players in the world is one of the best ways to learn, so today we are going...

May 03 2022

Should You Ever Play Offsuit Connectors in Cash Games?

Most of the time, low and medium offsuit connectors are pretty worthless and should be folded. However, there are some instances, mostly from the Big Blind, in which they are worthy of being played. For that reason, I am going to cover: How to Play Low and Medium Offsuit Connectors Preflop 3 Tips for When You Miss the Flop (As the Preflop Caller)...

Apr 27 2022

[QUIZ] Do You Know How to Play vs Preflop Raises?

It's extremely tough to become a long-term winning poker player without a good grasp on the fundamentals… …and one of the most important fundamentals is only playing hands that profit when a player raises in front of you. This quiz will put you in 8 different preflop situations in which you face a raise before the flop. Sometimes there will be a...

Apr 18 2022

Doug Polk Chases a Flush Draw in Massive Pot (Analysis)

Since becoming a part-owner of The Lodge Card Club, Doug Polk has been playing poker regularly for the first time since his heads-up challenge vs Daniel Negreanu. Some of his sessions have been played on The Lodge Live stream...

Apr 12 2022

What is Equity in Poker & Why Does it Matter?

Equity is the most fundamental concept in poker. If you're not very familiar with it, then this article is going to be extremely valuable for your poker game. Let's dive into what equity is and why it matters so much. What is Equity? Equity refers to the share of the pot that...

Apr 06 2022

Patrik Antonius Takes on the WSOP Champ (Analysis)

High Stakes Poker has returned. The show's 9th season has featured some of the biggest names in poker, including Phil Ivey, Doyle Brunson, Daniel Negreanu, Tom Dwan, and many others. One of the most interesting hands happened in the first episode when poker legend Patrik Antonius squared off against 2021 WSOP Main Event Champion...

Mar 25 2022

How to Play King-X Suited Hands in Cash Games

Low Suited Kings don't get talked about often, but there are many different situations in which you should play these hands. In this article, I am going to cover: How to Play Suited King-X Hands Preflop 3 Tips for Playing Suited King-X When You Miss the Flop (as the...

Mar 11 2022

How to Play Flush Draws on the Flop & Turn (As the Preflop Caller)

Every time you call preflop with a suited hand, there is an 11% chance that you will flop a flush draw. How well you play those flush draws will have a pretty big impact on your bottom line This article covers how to best play these hands on the flop and on the turn after you called a raise preflop. I will be...

Mar 04 2022

How to Play Jack-Nine Suited in Cash Games (Preflop & Postflop)

I like getting dealt Jack-Nine suited. It's a very versatile hand because it has a ton of playability -- with an above average chance to flop able to flop any kind of draw. But Jack-Nine is also dominated by a large number of hands that your opponents can have in most situations, such as AJ or K9s, so you have to know when...

Mar 01 2022

Berri Sweet’s Ambitious Bluff Against LLinusLLove (Analysis)

Two of the best online cash game players of all time -- Linus Loeliger (LLinusLLove on Pokerstars) and Berri Sweet -- have been clashing heads in the No-Limit Hold'em streets for the past year. They have played thousands of interesting heads-up hands against each other and there are some interesting dynamics at play. In this article, I am going to break down a...

Feb 18 2022

How to Play Pocket Twos in Cash Games (Preflop Advice & 6 Postflop Tips)

Since you will usually flop either a set or an underpair to the board, playing Pocket Twos is usually pretty easy. However, there are still some things you should consider when playing the Deuces. In this article, I'll cover: How to Play Pocket Twos Preflop 3 Tips for Playing Deuces as the Preflop Raiser (Single Raised Pots) 3 Tips for Playing Deuces in...

Feb 11 2022

When to Turn Your Low Pocket Pairs into Bluffs

When you hold a low pocket pair, you miss the flop most of the time… …but that doesn't mean you should always check-fold your hand. Instead of waiving the white flag, there are certain scenarios in which you can turn your low pocket pair into a bluff. It's an advanced move, but that shouldn't stop you from trying to implement it into your...

Feb 04 2022

What is Unblocking in Poker & Why Does it Matter?

I'm pretty sure you've heard of blockers, which have been all the rage in poker for a few years now… …but have you heard about unblocking? Unblocking is a relatively fresh poker concept that greatly impacts how you should build your strategy in certain situations. This will be the focus of today's article. Specifically, here is what I'm about to cover:...

Feb 02 2022

How to Play King-Ten Suited in Cash Games

King-Ten suited (KTs) is one of my favorite hands to play. It's just so damn good-looking. It's a strong hand because it has great playability and solid blocker effects. However, you often need to be careful with King-Ten suited in case you're...

Jan 21 2022

Garrett Flops the Nuts and Plays a $180,000 Pot (Analysis)

Garrett Adelstein is known as one of the best live poker players in the world. If you watch live streams, there's a good chance you've seen him in action. Today, we are going to analyze a hand from the Hustler Casino live stream that features Garrett facing off against Gal Yifrach in a humongous pot...

Jan 14 2022

How to Play Middling Offsuit Aces in Cash Games

Middling offsuit Aces include A6o, A7o, A8o, and A9o. Playing these hands correctly can be tough, even for experienced players. They aren't super strong hands, but they're still worth playing in some situations. If you're always folding middling offsuit Aces, you're leaving money on the table. However, it's arguably an even bigger mistake...

Jan 11 2022

When Should You Bluff with a Missed Flush Draw? (3 Tips for the River)

When you reach the river with a missed flush draw, should you try and bluff your opponent, or is it best to give up? That will be the focus of today's article. I am going to share with you 3 tips for bluffing (or not bluffing)on the river when you hold nothing but a missed flush draw. Let’s dive in! Tip #1...

Jan 07 2022

How to Play Combo Draws in Cash Games

Combo draws are super strong hands, especially on the flop… …but their value can obviously change drastically by the time you reach the river. You may end up with a strong five-card hand, a total airball, or something in between (like one pair). To help you navigate this dynamic, this article covers how to play combo draws on every street. For the newer...

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