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Author Mark Warner,
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Oct 12 2020

Poker Quiz: Call or Fold with Nut Flush Draw?

Oct 12 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  hand quizzes

The Situation:We’re in a loose-aggressive 6-max $50NL online cash game. Everyone has ~$50 stacks. We are in late position with A♠-K♠. A loose- aggressive player in the under-the-gun (UTG) seat open-raises to $2. We re- raise to $6, and the villain calls. The flop is 3♠-4♠-9♦. The villain checks and we bet $9 into the pot. The villain check-raises us all-in....

Oct 05 2020

Knowing When To Quit

Oct 05 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  emotional control

An entire book could be written on knowing when to quit, but the late, great, and prolific poker author Lou Krieger summed the entire topic up best when we wrote in Hold'em Excellence: From Beginner to Winner:...

Sep 21 2020

Poker Quiz: Trip Kings and Top Kicker. Should We Find a Fold?

Sep 21 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  hand quizzes

The Situation:We’re in a $2/$5 NL cash game. Everyone has $600 stacks. A tight-passive player limps in early position. It is folded to us in the big blind. We have A♥-K♦ and we raise to $20. The limper calls. We are heads up and see a flop of 3♦-Q♥-K♣. We bet $30. The limper calls. The turn is the K♠. We bet...

Sep 14 2020

Five Realities of Poker You Must Embrace—Now!

Sep 14 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  emotional control

One of the most important things you can do to manage tilt in poker is to accept poker for what it is. Many beginning players (and even some more advanced players that should know better) try to bend poker to their will. They struggle with results and ultimately become exasperated with the game when it doesn’t do what they want. Poker doesn’t...

Sep 07 2020

Poker Quiz: Should We Play Ace-Ten Offsuit in Early Position?

Sep 07 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  hand quizzes

The Situation:We have been dealt offsuit Ace-Ten in the under-the-gun (UTG) seat at a full-ring $2/$5 table at a local casino. We’re a winning player at these stakes and clearly the best player at the table. Click Image to Enlarge. The Question:The action is on us. Should we play this hand or not? (a) Yes, play the hand!(b) No, fold...

Sep 06 2020

R.I.P. Dave "Memphis Mojo" Smith

Sep 06 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  miscellaneous

Just learned that Dave Smith, a/k/a Memphis Mojo passed away.Dave was a skilled Hold’em player and a fellow blogger. He was also an all-around great guy and a good friend. Dave and I first (virtually) ran into each other around 2010 when he commented on one of my old Pokerbug articles. I returned the favor on one of his blog posts a...

Aug 31 2020

When Was The Last Time You Checked Your LAP?

“Awareness precedes choice, and choice precedes results. ” -- Robin S. Sharma L.A.P. = Look, Analyze, Personal-CheckA new subscriber to the Exceptional Poker Email List once wrote me to say that the number one thing he was struggling with at the tables was: "to leave the table in time when i begin tilting and playing very loose.”This is a pretty...

Aug 24 2020

Poker Quiz: Flopped Bottom Set on Coordinated Board Facing Significant Villain Aggression

Aug 24 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  hand quizzes

The Situation:We’re in a live $2/$5 NL cash game at a local casino. Everyone has full 100bb ($500) stacks at the start of the hand. One player limp-opens in early position. We limp behind in late position with 4♥-4♠. The small blind folds and the big blind checks. The flop is 4♦-5♥-7♣. Gin! We’ve flopped bottom set.The big blind leads out...

Aug 17 2020

It’s Okay To Beat Up Grandma

The six reason why aggression is so important—and seven ways to UP your inner bully at the poker tables “I’m a bully. I’m a bastard. I push people around. I frighten them and manipulate them, lie to them, menace them, pressure them, threaten them, mislead them, outthink them, outfox them, run rings around them in every conceivable way. Then when I’m done,...

Aug 10 2020

Poker Quiz: What Does Our Opponent Have?

Aug 10 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  hand quizzes

The Situation:We’re in a tough $2/$5 NL cash game with $500 stacks. We limp under-the-gun (UTG) with A♦-K♦. A tight-aggressive player on our left raises to $25. The action folds back around to us and we re-raise to $100. The villain thinks for a minute and then calls. The flop comes out A♠-A♣-4♠. We bet $80. He pauses again and then calls....

Aug 03 2020

Crazy Talk. Poker. Reality.

Aug 03 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  emotional control

“You can avoid reality but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.” -- Ayn Rand Many players believe in getting lucky. They know they shouldn’t play trap hands out of position, yet they do anyway, hoping for miracle flops. Other players have a favorite hand they always play, regardless of the situation. Others limp-open pots, even when they know that they...

Jul 27 2020

Poker Quiz: Ace-Queen OOP Facing Preflop Bet and 3Bet

Jul 27 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  hand quizzes

The Situation:We’re sitting in a $2/$5NL full-ring cash game at a smaller Las Vegas casino. Everyone has $500 stacks. An unknown mid-position (MP) player open-raises to $20. A tight player on the button re-raises to $80. The small blind folds. We are in the big blind and look down to see A♦-Q♦.The Question: Click Image to Enlarge The action is on...

Jul 21 2020

PAC-man Poker: The 3 Key Preflop Decision Factors of Position, Aggression, and Caution

At its fundamental core, poker is a game of decision making. He who makes the best decisions, makes the most money. And there is nothing more important than the decision whether to play your hand or not. Preflop decision making is the foundation upon which postflop profits are built. And integral to good preflop decisions are the holy trinity of Position, Aggression, and...

Jul 13 2020

Poker Quiz: Pair of Eights OOP Facing Preflop Bet and 3Bet

Jul 13 2020 Published at Blog - Exceptional Poker.com under tags  hand quizzes

The Situation:We are in the big blind in a full-ring $2/$5 cash game at a local casino. Everyone is deep-stacked with roughly $1000 in front of them. A normally-passive player in middle position (MP) open-raises to $20. The action folds to a TAg player on the button, who 3bets to $40. The small blind folds. We look down and see 8♥-8♦. Click...

Jul 07 2020

Understanding the “Why” of Betting in Poker

The Two Primary Reasons To BetKnowing why to bet in poker is just as important as betting the correct amount. In fact, some would say it's more important. Knowing the why means you can and will make the correct adjustments to your line as the hand progresses. In this section, I discuss the two primary reasons we bet in poker, some secondary...

Jul 03 2020

The 3 Ways to Lose a Poker Hand (Part 5 of 5): Summary & Homework

Turning Losing Into Winning “Love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning.” -- Carol Dweck Poker can be frustrating, especially if you let it be. It’s one thing to say there are three ways to lose and all of them are good (even though it’s true), but it’s another thing to accept that fact in the heat...

Jul 02 2020

The 3 Ways to Lose a Poker Hand (Part 4 of 5): Bad Play

Winning When Losing With Bad Play “Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.” -- Thomas Wayne, Batman Begins Now we come to the third and potentially worst way to lose a poker hand: bad play. To illustrate this, let’s return to the Kings vs Sevens example, but this time let’s turn the situation around. We’re...

Jul 01 2020

The 3 Ways to Lose a Poker Hand (Part 3 of 5): Bad Cards

Winning When Losing With Bad Cards “I waited all night for a playable hand. Fold, fold, fold. I finally pick up Kings. Life’s good, right? Yeah, right! I run straight into Aces and lose my entire stack!” Sometimes in poker, we are dealt a very strong hand, but our opponent gets an even stronger one and we lose. This is not...

Jun 30 2020

The 3 Ways to Lose a Poker Hand (Part 2 of 5): Bad Beats

Winning When Losing With Bad Beats “Few players recall big pots they have won, strange as it seems, but every player can remember with remarkable accuracy the outstanding tough beats of his career. ” -- Mike McDermott, Rounders Imagine that you have a pair of Kings, the villain has a pair of Sevens. All the money in your respective stacks goes into...

Jun 29 2020

The 3 Ways to Lose a Poker Hand (Part 1 of 5): Introduction

Learning to Profit from Poker Losses “It is fine to celebrate success, but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” -- Bill Gates The Thrill of Victory, or the Agony of DefeatWe all like to win. Winning a hand of poker feels good. In fact, our brains are wired to release testosterone whenever we do something like...

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