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May 31 2020

Moving Up in Stakes in Poker - A Step by Step Guide [2020]

Moving up in stakes is a big deal for a lot of poker players. It is the subject of plenty of conversation on forums for instance. People want to know what to expect at the next limit, what adjustments they should make and so on. This article will argue that by making moving up less of an event, you will actually be more...

Crushing the Microstakes Bonus Materials

Hey guys, Hope all is good. I have finished with the last of the free stuff to go along with my book. As I have said all along Crushing the Microstakes is simply a guide on how to start doing exactly what the title suggests. I am not going to be winning a Pullitzer prize anytime soon (although please vote for me by...

Bluff Raising the Flop - A Step by Step Guide [2020]

This is a concept that I have wanted to talk about for awhile now. While I constantly preach about how keeping things simple at the micros is the way to go, we should always be looking for those little edges as well. There is a greater issue, often referred to as "metagame," that has some bearing here as well. While players at the...

Abusing the Button Part 1

Hey guys, I made a couple mini strategy videos for my blog. Today I will be posting part 1. The hands were taken from a short NL5 session that I played a few days ago while working with a student. Unwittingly I kind of played like a maniac overall and especially in late position. I don't want anybody to get the wrong idea...

Abusing the Button Part 2

Hey guys, here is part 2 as promised. Enjoy!

Overplaying Top Pair Hands - Don't Do This

This past year has been interesting in that I have started coaching for the first time ever. I think I have coached somewhere in the neighbourhood of 30-40 people. There have been of course a wide variety of different skill levels. Some have been total beginners. Some have been very solid players. And everything in between. But all of these people sought my...

Poker Math: Pot Odds, Hand Odds and Implied Odds

Let me first start off by admitting that math is not my specialty. In fact I think I only took it to the grade 11 level. It isn't that I am terrible at it, I just am not that well versed in it. I just know the basics like most people. And as it relates to poker I do use some math but...

Interview: Andrewabc

Hey everyone. Something that I have been wanting to incorporate into this blog is some interviews every once in awhile. I want them to be from a wide range of player types however and not just high stakes ballers and crushers (although I will try and get them as well). I think the majority of people who visit my blog play the microstakes...

How to Deal With Donk Bets - The Proven Winning Strategy

Donk bets can be annoying and confusing especially for a new poker player. How should you react to them? What do they mean? Well here is the short answer: A donk bet is a poker bet (often small, half pot or less) that goes against the flow of the action. They are most often used by recreational poker players and they do not...

How to Play From the Blinds - The ONLY Guide You Need

Something that I get asked about quite a bit is how to play from the blinds. Here are a few of the basics: When you are playing from the blinds in poker your should be tight, only playing hands like good aces, broadways, pairs and a few suited connectors. The blinds in poker are not the spot to play loose and splash your...

When to Double Barrel in Poker - A Pro's Guide

I wanted to write a bit about double barreling. When to do it and when not to. Something that I consistently see with the students that I work with is a tendency to bet the turn too much or in the wrong spots. There is definitely a strong theme these days in poker literature, on forums etc about the benefits of being aggressive...

Update: Traveling, Affiliate Program, Translations, Articles

Hey guys, Haven't written a blog post in awhile. Wanted to provide an update. Have been traveling a bit lately around Thailand (pic is from Lamai beach on the island of Koh Samui where I am now). Been a welcome getaway. And especially as I had never really gone anywhere before besides the west coast of the US and a little bit in...

Crushing the Microstakes for Kindle

I am happy to finally announce that Crushing the Microstakes is now available on Kindle, iPad and other e-readers. All sales through this website will now include a mobi, epub and pdf version of the book. For Kindle devices the mobi file is the one that you will want to use. Just plug your Kindle into your computer via USB and transfer it...

Announcing the Release of: Aplastando los Microlímites (eBook)

I am very pleased to announce the release of Aplastando los Microlímites, the Spanish version of Crushing the Microstakes. I could not have accomplished this without the help of my translator, Ignacio Martínez. In fact he deserves basically all of the credit as my Spanish is horrible. Due to the popularity of Crushing the Microstakes (CTM) there have been a number of inquiries...

Zoom Poker and Life Update

Haven't updated this blog in quite some time so here goes. Life wise I am living in Thailand still. It does not suck. The only thing that can actually be tilting about this place at times is the internet. But I tend to move around a lot and when you do that you pay the price with crappy wifi much of the time....

How to Stop Tilting at the Micro Stakes [2020]

The 8 million pound elephant in the room when it comes to poker, and especially with less experienced players at the micros, is tilt. It's something that everybody talks about and suffers the effects of to some degree, but hardly anybody really knows how to go about dealing with it in a truly effective way. I have worked with over 50 people now...

Ego and Poker - How the Pros Think

I know that one of the biggest problems that I have struggled with at the tables over the years is being too competitive or maybe too egotistical. Ya I have a big ego I said it. Every time I sit down at a poker table I think know that I am the best player at that table. I don't sit in games where...

Sick NL2 Challenge and Radio Interview

NL2 Challenge And no it is actually not me doing the challenge! Bet you didn't see that coming huh? Ignacio Martínez who is the translator of Aplastando los Microlímites, the Spanish version of Crushing the Microstakes, is embarking on a sicko quest to profit 1k USD before the end of the year at NL2. Better known as "nachofenix" on es.pokerstrategy.com, and a prolific...

Announcing the Release of: Бьем Микролимиты (eBook)

I am very pleased to announce the release of Бьем Микролимиты, the Russian translation of Crushing the Microstakes. I released the English version exactly one year ago today and have been blown away by the interest that it has received and the overwhelming amount of positive feedback. Having already released it in Spanish a few months ago I am very happy to now...

House of Cards Radio Interview

Here is the interview that I recently did with House of Cards radio based out of Boston, U.S.A. I thought it turned out great! Big thanks to Ashley Adams for having me on. http://houseofcardsradio.com/pages/Nov_26_2012.html