Tag: cash games

Dec 03 2021

How to Play Pocket Eights in Cash Games (Preflop & Postflop)

Let's talk about the snowmen! Playing pocket eights can be tricky. The middling pair is a strong hand that's very frequently worth playing preflop, but most of the time the flop will have at least one overcard. This makes them difficult to play, so I wrote this article to make it a little easier for you. Here is what it covers: How to...

Nov 30 2021

[QUIZ] Would You Win the WSOP Main Event?

Every poker player has dreamed of playing at the final table of the $10,000 World Series of Poker Main Event. This quiz will give you that chance, putting you in the shoes of 2021 WSOP Main Event Champion Koray Aldemir. Your goal is to pick the move that he chose. And because Aldemir is a world-class...

Nov 08 2021

How to Play Open-Ended Straight Draws in Cash Games

I get a rush of positive energy whenever I flop an open-ended straight draw. It's just so amazing to hit one of those 8 sneaky outs and win a huge pot. I'd be willing to bet that most of you feel similarly. But playing straight draws correctly isn't necessarily easy. This article will help you play them better by covering: How to Play...

Nov 05 2021

What is Geometric Bet Sizing & How Do You Use It?

Geometric bet sizing -- sounds pretty math-y and complicated, doesn’t it? It's actually not that complicated at all. In fact, there's a good chance you've basically applied this concept at the table before, even if you didn't know it by name. When used in the proper situations, geometric bet sizing will help you win your opponent's whole stack more often when you're holding...

Oct 15 2021

How to Play King-Queen Suited in Cash Games (Preflop and Postflop)

King-Queen suited is a pretty premium hand, but that doesn't stop your average poker player from playing it poorly. It's hard to mess up too much with super- premiums like pocket Aces or even Ace-King. But I see players overplay and underplay King-Queen...

Oct 06 2021

How to Play Pocket Queens in Cash Games (Preflop & Postflop)

Who doesn't love looking down at Pocket Queens? The ladies are the third strongest starting hand in No Limit Hold’em, and you should expect to win the pot very often when you get them. Despite the raw power of Pocket Queens, not everyone knows how to play them optimally. With the help of this article, however, you can increase your win-rate and find...

Sep 29 2021

What is a Solver in Poker? How Solvers Work & How to Think About Them

A solver is a powerful piece of poker software that calculates ‘optimal’ strategies (called solutions) for user-inputted scenarios. The most commonly used solvers include PioSolver, GTO+ and Simple Postflop. Solvers have changed the game since they became commercially available in 2015, raising the standard of play significantly. A solver's solutions contain a lot of valuable insights, but how exactly do solvers work? And...

Sep 24 2021

When Should You Call With Just Ace-High?

Do you ever try calling with Ace-high? You probably see the pros pulling off this move pretty often on live streams. But, unless you've worked on this part of the game, you may be making these relatively light calls at the wrong times. This article explains when it is (and isn't) okay to call with an Ace- high hand. Let’s begin! When You Should...

Sep 17 2021

What is a Button Straddle & Should You Ever Do It?

Listen up, live poker players. If you've spent enough time on the live felt, there's a good chance you've encountered a Button straddle. Button straddles create interesting table dynamics that are worth exploring. This article answers the following questions: What is a Button straddle? How should you adjust your strategy when the Button straddles? Should you ever straddle on the Button?...

Sep 10 2021

[Updated] What is Board Coverage & Why Does It Matter?

Board coverage is a relatively new concept in the poker world. It became a hot topic when solvers gained widespread use, but not everyone knows what it is. To bridge that gap, this article will answer some questions about it: What is board coverage? Why does board coverage matter in theory? How much does board coverage matter in practice? Let’s dive in!...

Sep 08 2021

[QUIZ] When Should You C-Bet with Ace-King?

Getting dealt Ace-King is cause for some excitement… …but oftentimes no ace or king comes on the flop and our enthusiasm fades away. This quiz will test your ability to identify situations in which you should c-bet with Ace-King, as well as situations in which you should slow down with a check....

Sep 03 2021

What is Board Coverage & Why Does It Matter?

Board coverage is a relatively new concept in the poker world. It became a hot topic when solvers gained widespread use, but not everyone knows what it is. To bridge that gap, this article will answer some questions about it: What is board coverage? Why does board coverage matter in theory? How much does board coverage matter in practice? Let’s dive in!...

Sep 01 2021

How to Get Max Value from Poker Database Software

Whether you play online poker seriously or just for practice, using database software like PokerTracker or Hold'em Manager is an easy way to study and increase your win-rate. The following tips will help you use these powerful pieces of software to their full potential. Note: Don't have database software yet? You...

Aug 25 2021

10 Cash Game Poker Tips for Dominating the Table

Do you plan on playing a cash game anytime soon? You're in luck! Today we’ll cover 10 fundamental tips that will help you dominate your cash game competition. You'll learn when to bluff on the flop, how to play versus limps, and more. And make sure you stay tuned until the end for 2 bonus audio tips from 2 poker strategy masterminds, Doug...

Aug 24 2021

How to Play Ace-Jack Offsuit in Cash Games (Preflop & Postflop)

Ace-Jack offsuit is a solid starting hand in No Limit Hold'em. It's usually worth playing, but there are certainly situations in which you should let it go before the flop. This article covers how to play "ajax" in a variety of common preflop situations. Plus, tips for playing it postflop when you hit and miss the flop. On your mark, get set, go!...

Aug 22 2021

Playing with Deep Stacks: Tips, Tricks, & Adjustments to Help You Win

If playing with deep stacks (150bb+) makes you feel anxious or confused, this article will make your life easier. You're about to learn how to: Adjust your preflop bet sizing when deep stacked. Choose the correct hands to 3-bet and 4-bet when deep stacked. Adjust your postflop game plan when deep stacked. Let’s dive in! What is a Deep Stack Poker? A deep...

Aug 20 2021

5 Tips for Playing Backdoor Flush & Straight Draws

Backdoor draws play a significant role in the range construction process. If you don't regularly consider backdoor draws when making decisions at the table, this short list of tips is for you. As you're about to learn, backdoor draws aren't valuable just because of their additional equity to hit a strong hand. Backdoor draws are also...

Aug 11 2021

[QUIZ] Do You Know Which Hands to Bluff With?

Knowing when to bluff is one of the most important aspects of poker, which is why we're making another quiz to test your skills. In this quiz, your technical understanding of bluffing on every street will be challenged, from preflop through the river. Keep in mind that multiple answers might be good bluffing hands, but the correct answer is the BEST bluffing hand...

Aug 06 2021

Checking Flop With Top Pair: When Should You Do It?

If you continuation bet every time you hit top pair on the flop, you make yourself easy to play against. Consider this: Suppose your opponent knows that you always bet with top pair. Then, every time that you check, he will know your hand is weak -- weaker than top pair, at least. This allows him to profit off of you by playing...

Jul 30 2021

How to Play Poker in a Casino (Beginner’s Guide & 5 Pro Tips)

You can find many different ways to play poker without ever stepping into a casino. That first trip to a casino poker room can be an intimidating venture, however, no matter how much time you've put into online poker or home games. Casino poker rooms operate with their own sets of standards, and the specifics of certain rules can vary at different...

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