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Online Poker Strategies
There are strategies specific to online poker that don't apply in the real world. Online poker software gives you tools that you simply don't have access to in the real world.
The Basics: Low Stakes Sit And Go Tournament Strategy
How should you approach Sit And Go Tournaments? Let's break everything down by the rounds.
Texas Hold Em Strategy: The River and the Showdown
If you've made it to the river on a pair of good cards, then there is one basic piece of advice to follow: almost never fold.  Good cards mean that you have a shot at holding the winning cards and in general, if you've reached the river, the pot is big enough to keep you in. 
Basic Omaha High Strategy
Omaha High is a natural step up for many players of Texas Hold ‘Em who are looking for a bit more variety in their games and you can frequently use your Omaha experiences to better information your regular game.
Poker Philosophy & Psychology
Poker is a game that is about people as much as it was about the cards, positions and pot odds. There’s a psychological aspect to the game, a human factor that is unpredictable and fantastic at the same time.
Multi-table Tournament Tips

If you want your piece of the online multi-table tournament pie you have to learn some skills first. Playing in tournaments is a lot different than playing against your buddies on Friday night.

How to Play and Win Single Table Tournaments

The basics of playing a single table tournament.

Online Poker Tells

There are plenty of ways to spot online poker tells, which give off information on an opponent's hand. However, most people just play their cards and don't try to pick up on them.

15 Tips on Poker Hand Selection

15 tips on hand selection to improver your poker game.

Basic Hand Frequencies in Texas Hold'em

Hand frequencies are an important part of one’s poker game, especially in today’s aggressive online games that have so much pre-flop action. Knowing hand frequencies will give you a better idea of the likelihood that an opponent is holding a certain hand.

Starting Hands in Heads-Up Poker

Starting hand selection is one of the first things most poker players learn to practice strategically. Proper hand selection involves adjusting which hands you play based on your position and the number of players at the table.

Poker Pros Drawn to Chinese Poker's Luck Factor

One often hears the big name professional poker players talking about a session of Chinese poker that they recently played. The game has been popular with Asian players for many years, and is responsible for some heavy action amongst the game's biggest bankrolls.

Hammered & Stupid: How to Spot the Table of Drunks

When it comes to action players there's no easier prey than a drunk. Live casinos and online poker rooms always seem to have a few of them floating around, dumping chips faster than Jamie Gold in a high-stakes poker game.

15 Texas Holdem Tips to Take to the Bank

If you're just learning how to play Texas Holdem or even if you've been playing Texas Holdem for awhile, you can always use a few good Texas Holdem tips. Here are 15 of our favorite tips on how to play Texas Holdem

Top 15 Betting Strategy Tips for Playing Poker

Revealing some of the top betting strategy tips for the poker player.

Can You Play Online Poker for a Living?

Playing online poker for a living is no easy task. Poker media is filled with players that are doing just that, but most of these players do a lot more than the average player is prepared to do to become a professional.

How to Play Texas Holdem Like an Old Pro

Playing like an old pro means that you're more interested in playing while in favorable positions with at least medium-strength hands. You bet your hand for value and only look to slow-play monster hands.

Tournament Poker: Strategy in a Nutshell

Tournament strategy has been addressed by countless poker writers, all with their own method of play. The game of poker has no correct strategy to employ every time. Most decisions should be made based on a combination of the odds involved and the meta-game of the table at the time.

What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger Poker

Experienced players who have been playing the game for a long time know that bad beats are always going to be around their game. There's no way to beat luck, whether it's good or bad.

Poker Strategy: No-Limit Holdem Poker Bets

Playing in a poker game is an unpredictable activity at best. No player, no matter how skilled, can control all the action all the time. But the good players have strategies that allow them to control the action more than the average player does.

No Limit Holdem - Bubble Strategy

If you're not familiar with the term "bubble" on a poker table, it refers to the last player who gets knocked out of a tournament or sit-and-go before the money. If the event pays out six players, the one who finishes in seventh place is the bubble player.

Sizing Up the Competition: Do You Know How?

A good poker player knows that no two opponents are the same and knowing what type of player you're against determines your strategies for the game.

Poker Betting Strategy: Tournaments vs. Cash Games

If you play poker cash games the way you play tournaments, or vice versa, you'll have a lot of difficulty being successful in both settings.

Betting Yourself Out of Trouble

In poker you’ll sometimes find yourself in a situation you just shouldn’t be in, and you’ll need to find a way out of it.

Starting Hands: The Difference Between Good and Great

One of the basic strategies of poker is your starting hand selection based on your position at the table and the situation you're in at the time.

Poker Theory Giving You a Headache? Take a Chill Pill

Learning strategy is only part of the equation that makes up a winning poker player. Experience is the key and this requires a lot of poker play.

10 Things You Should Never Say at the Poker Table

Never give free information about yourself at a poker table. If you are going to speak, you should know what not to say during your poker game.

Poker Gut Check: Learn the Odds or Trust Your Gut?

In poker, you are either the type of player that likes to calculate mathematical odds, trust your gut or both. What type of poker player are you?

The Power of Position

Learn basic lessons for heads-up poker, with strategy for hand strength, the power of position, dealing with aggression and more!

Picking the Right Poker Game

Increasing your chances of winning in a poker room.

Online Poker: Hardest Habits to Break
Bad habits such as watching TV, multi-tabling and wild betting are hard to break when playing online poker.

Playing Poker: How to Prevent Tilt

Tilt is death. Remember that poker people. When you go on tilt you trade the calculating power of your mind for the primitive monkey anger of your heart.

Four Poker Habits that Will Break Your Bankroll

While there is no absolute formula on how to play poker, poker players of all skill levels can keep their bankroll by avoiding these 4 bad habits.

Poker Term Glossary

Looking for a little clarity when it comes to poker terminology?

Advanced Poker Advice: Protection vs. Control

Losing control of the pot could often be a far greater mistake than missing a bet with a hand you think is best.

Advanced Poker Advice: Learn to Read

The problem is that most poker tip articles don't break down specifically what it is they mean when they talk about "ranges" and "betting patterns."

Advanced Poker Advice: Different Dimensions in Poker

Poker is a multidimensional game. There are sophisticated plays and thought processes you go through before acting and counteracting your opponents' moves.

Advanced Poker Advice: Your Psychological Bankroll
By setting limits for your physical and psychological bankroll, you allow your regard for money to rule the table without it negatively affecting your game.
Advanced Poker Advice: Morals and Values
Every time you, as a player, let that small advantage pass you by because you fear being wrong, you are giving up large profits and, more importantly, are allowing your poker game to contain missed opportunity.
Incorporating Bet Sizes
Many poker players fail to incorporate the bet size into determining whether an opponent has the goods or not.
Calling to Test Your Opponent
No limit holdem is an aggressive game where players make lots of bluffs on the flop.
Set Mining
A common misconception in poker is that it’s the proper play to fold small pocket pairs in the face of a raise that looks to be a bigger pocket pair.
Making the Right Value Bet
In no-limit and pot-limit holdem getting the best value on your hands is the name of the game.
Tournament Small Ball Betting
Small ball poker betting techniques allow you to play more hands while limiting the risk that you’ll face during a hand.
Final Table Deals
At some time during your poker playing life you’ll find yourself in a situation where someone will want to make a deal at a final table.
Over Betting
Over betting is an advanced tactic that a player can use to get action on a hand when no other action is likely. There are two situations where the bet will work well.
Advertising for your Table Image
As you become more advanced in your poker game you need to start to feed your opponent false information about yourself during the game. You know that good players are watching your every move, and that they’re remembering all the plays that you make and what situations you make them in.
Floating to Steal Pots
Floating is a play in no limit or pot limit Texas hold’em that every intermediate player should know about. It’s a simple enough concept. It’s the idea that you’re going to call a bet in a head-to-head situation to see if your opponent is going to fire another barrel at the pot.
Many new players don’t value their kicker card enough as they play poker. Kickers come into play often because most players like to play big cards, especially aces. So many players don’t realize how vulnerable they can be when paired up with a lousy card.
Omaha High Low - When to Bluff
When you play the game of Omaha High/Low Split there is very little bluffing involved. There are so many cards in play at one time that bluffing is usually a suicide play because someone almost always has the nut hand.
Setting Goals
With the uncertainty that poker throws at us, it’s difficult to set goals and see them through with consistency. Luck has so much to do with your outcomes, and planning can really only get you ready to make good decisions.
Calling Raises With Pocket Pairs

One of the tougher situations you’ll find yourself in at the poker table is facing a raise with a smaller pocket pair. Until the raise your hand was strong, but against a raise it becomes very vulnerable.
The Danger of Suited Aces
Most players like to play suited aces whenever they can. These hands can give you the nut flush, which is often a very strong hand. Holding a hand like this against another flush can be a very profitable situation. But suited aces can be a dangerous hand to play, especially if you’re not good at letting go of top pair.
Cooling the Steam
Even some of the most experienced players in the world still tilt out and steam too hot to play a proper game. If this is you, it’s important that you develop a method of dealing with these emotional roller coasters on which you’ll find yourself.
Playing Weak Players
Playing weak players should be done with simplicity. You need to understand that weak players don’t have a good understanding of the game, and they won’t fall for fancy tricks that you’ll try to employ.
A Winner’s Attitude
The professionals know that the only way to win with consistency is to stop fighting the current and to turn around and start swimming downstream, regardless of the bad beats they suffer along the way.
Stay Off the Casino Floor
Proper bankroll management includes only using your poker bankroll for poker games. Not for blackjack or roulette. If you like to sports bet or play casino games you should have separate bankrolls for that activity.
Knowing They Have a Big Hand
One of the best situations you can be in at a Texas holdem table is holding the nuts while your opponent, or opponents, are sitting on a big hand. This spot would seem to be cut and dry, get your chips in there and win as much as you can.
Complaining Costs Money
Poker is more than just a game we play. It’s a test of our will and how well you can adjust to adversity. When faced with bad luck many players will go off on rants about how poorly someone is playing, or how bad their luck is, etc.
Value Betting the River In Position
One aspect of poker that many novice and intermediate players often play poorly is value betting the river when they’re last to act. This play is a no-brainer when you have the nut hand, but that’s usually not the situation that you’re in.
Early Multi-table Tournament Strategy
Do you ever wonder why so many familiar faces are on final tables on television? They do it by building a big stack in the early stages of the tournament, when play can be controlled with a few simple strategies.
Omaha Hi - Low Starting Hands
Once you play enough Texas Hold’em you start to look for other action. Many players will try out other games like 7-Card Stud or Omaha. One favorite that many try is Omaha Hi/Low Split, or also known as Omaha 8 or Better.
Playing in Vegas
For some poker players, playing in home games and their local casino or poker room is the extent of their poker experience. But if you want to test your game in a more grand setting, you can plan a poker vacation in Vegas.
Taking Notes
Poker is no different than any other form of gaming in this sense, and dedicated poker players take the time to document any advantage they come across as they play. You should have a notebook where you keep important information that will improve your game.
Choosing the Table for Your Style
Beating a poker game is a difficult task for the best players out there. Luck plays a big factor, and we all know how that can run sometimes. One way to improve your chances in a game is to select the right table for you.
Poker Tools
The poker industry has lots of different teaching tools that promise to make you a better player. Some will do just that, teaching you odds and giving sound advice that will make you better. But some tools just make you a lazy poker player.
Isolating an Opponent
Isolating opponents is not only a way to improve your chances in a hand; it’s often a method of taking advantage of some playing styles you’ll run into out there.
Recognizing Collusion
There are always some people out there that try and cheat at poker. They’re too lazy to try and improve their skill level, and instead they spend their time trying to win money dishonestly.
Blackjack - Opting For Insurance
Lots of people play blackjack but have no idea how insurance works. Periodically the dealer will ask you if you want make an insurance bet, and most people just say “no” without knowing what the bet offers. The concept is simple enough to understand once you see the numbers.
Blackjack History
The original game that blackjack evolved from was known as vingt-et-un and was played in France in the 1700’s. The game was not popular when it first came to the U.S. after the French Revolution, so local casinos started offering bonus payouts for certain hands in an attempt to draw more players to the game.
Hearts Game Play And Mechanics
Hearts is turn-based and is played in 'rounds', where the deck is shuffled and dealt, cards are passed (if a passing round in the Black Lady variant), the play of tricks, and the scorekeeping. In the traditional game play, each player will ante up the same number of chips before the round begins.
Hearts Strategy - Shooting The Moon
A hand that appears doomed (by virtue of being capable of winning almost all the tricks) may be excellent for the purpose of moon-shooting. The element of risk involved in shooting the moon is one of the appeals of the game, since a player may attempt to get all 26 points and fail by only getting 24 or 25, in which case the player suffers a massive penalty.
Hearts - A Card Game Strategy
In addition to sheer luck, winning Hearts is dependent on several factors.
An important element is passing: Heart's strategic element first appears in the 3-card player-to-player pass for the Black Lady variant. Intuitively, the function of this pass is to rid one's hand of undesirable cards, or to get a head start on clearing a suit.
Choosing the Best Online Casino
the very first thing you have to be on the lookout for, when searching for an online casino to play at, is that it is indeed a honest and fair one. You can do that by locating the casino first, making sure you like it, and then reading up a bit on it, on gambling forums and blog posts.
What winning Texas Holdem should be about?
Contrary to what most rookies might think, beating Texas Holdem online is not an easy feat to accomplish. Being a game of small edges and of high luck-induced variance, it's not easy to beat even if someone is playing at a table full off fish.
Poker online vs. offline
So, how do you choose between playing online in the comfort of your own home, or getting in the car and living the experience in person?
Online Blackjack Tournament Strategy
The game of blackjack offers players the best chance of beating the casino. The house starts with an advantage of roughly 0.5% vs. someone using basic strategy. However, while the online casinos take that one-half percent, they usually supply you with generous bonuses to play, giving you the mathematical advantage.
Why play Baccarat Online?

Baccarat was long known as a European casino game, long associated with the high-rollers in Monaco, and thus it often attracted the more sophisticated gambler.
Craps - The Most Exciting Casino Game
It can be intimidating for a new craps player with more than 40 possible bets arranged across the table. 
To Show Or Not

There are many little things a good poker player will do to increase their chances of a winning cash-game session or a high tournament finish.  One thing they can do is use a well-timed show of their cards to let other players know they were either bluffing or had the nuts.
Caribbean Stud Poker
Caribbean stud poker was first played on Aruba near a pristine powder white beach not far from a high-class designer jewelry boutique.
Video Poker Hand Guide
So you want to play video poker. First, you're going to need to know what makes a hand. Sure, the video poker machines have paying hands on the display, but it's almost always the names of the hands.
Playing Ace-King
Of the thousands of different hands that a Hold 'em player can receive as their hole cards, there are only a few that really get their blood pumping.  One of them is Ace-King (AK). 
The Online Casino Advantage
Online casinos are a great tool for the gambler. While they lack the ambiance of a real world casino, they have several advantages. Many online casinos have multi-player gambling games -- aside from just Poker -- and this is helping create a new type of ambiance.
When To Double Down
So many times I'll see people with good double-down (DD) situations, and they simply hit instead of getting their money out there when they have the best of it. 
Super Blackjack Tips
Blackjack -- for many it's not just a game, it's a way of life. Blackjack was the casino game that really got the information products' ball rolling. It started many years ago, and no other game has spawned so many books, videos, classes and seminars. 
Five Craps Tips
I've been playing Craps for many years, and I still get excited when I see a dice table -- online or brick and mortar. Today, I will lay out five great Craps tips for beginners and seasoned players alike.
Differing Roulette Wheels
Before you begin playing roulette, you should learn the differences between single zero roulette and double zero roulette.
Money Management
The goal of money management is to help you keep a grip on your money in the casino environment. For the average gambler, I would define money management as a way to make sure you never lose more than you wanted to and as a way to keep your bets level, so you can have the most fun.
Poker As A Career

With the popularity of poker as high as it is right now, the game is seeing more and more people who have crossed over from other careers to make playing poker their full-time occupation.  
Caribbean Stud Poker
Caribbean Stud Poker is a fun game to play, and it's very sociable. Online players have been "hooked" to this game thanks to generous progressive jackpot payouts.
Don't Get Typecast
A player's ability to change gears or alter his style of play from one hand to another is necessary in most styles of poker, but plays an even larger role during tournaments.
Focus, Focus, Focus!
I thought it perfectly acceptable to play a couple of poker games while chatting with friends online. It proved to be a big mistake, and it didn't take to long to figure out I had made a bad decision not to give all my attention to the game.
Getting To Know Baccarat
The house advantage in Baccarat is very low, and you have a great shot at bringing home some money. So why aren't more people playing this great casino game?
Poker Overkill
Televised poker has become so diluted that it is difficult to find the great players in action.  Too many television networks are hosting games and using less than credible players, all in an effort to join the poker boom.
Craps Strategies
We all want to win when gambling. Today, I will share with you two popular strategies for playing Craps. They are Conservative Craps and Field Buster..
Beating Video Poker
It is possible to make money playing Video Poker. The key to winning is knowing what machines to play and what strategy to use. I'm not talking about finding "hot" machines. Video Poker comes in various flavors and payout amounts.
Winning At Roulette
Roulette, which means "small wheel" in French, is the most popular game of chance played in Europe. It was either invented in China and brought to Europe by Dominican monks who traded in the Orient or by 17th century French mathematician Blaise Pascal.
Middle Pairs
There are a lot of tricky hands to play in Hold 'Em poker, but to me some of the hardest decisions come when you have a middle pair (anything from 6-6 to 10-10) as your hole cards.
Understanding Keno
You would be hard-pressed to find better payouts than Keno in the casino. Now, I'm not saying that Keno is the best game to play, but that it offers some tremendous payout ratios
Continuation Bets
When breaking down the difference between good poker players and poor ones, there might be a thousand various reasons why some people make money while others give it away. One technique that goes a long way in determining which players are grouped among the good, bad and the ugly is the continuation bet.
Heads Up
My new favorite poker game is heads up. This site has a great section for heads up poker action, and it really has made my game better.
Bad Streaks
What smart poker players know is that with the thousands of hands they play, they are going to run into bad streaks. The key is to not get too down on yourself and keep plugging away.
All About Blackjack
Just where did Blackjack come from? I'm sure that no one in the 18th century knew that this game, which was a modified version of "Ving-et-un" would become so popular.
Patience & Position
Right about the fourth hour of my latest session at the poker table was enough to drive any man insane.  I was getting clobbered. Couldn't catch a cold, much less a hand, and I was getting irritated and impatient.
Atlantic City
Before your next poker visit to Atlantic City best known for its salt-water taffy and hypodermic needles washing ashore, here's a look at what some of A.C.'s poker rooms have to offer.
Going Live
After playing in scores of tournaments held at casinos and card rooms over the past year, I have encountered numerous online players making their first foray into a live event with actual players and dealers sitting across the table from them. 
Blackjack 'Bases'
I liked playing blackjack at "third base" long before I knew what it meant. The official definition: last player's seat to the dealer's right.
Poker Optimism
The day is Friday, and the paychecks are in. And as much as we tell ourselves that we're going to do something constructive with the extra cash in our pockets, somehow we justify taking just a little out in order to gamble. Then we say one of the worst possible things a gambler can say to himself: "I can comfortably afford to lose this."
Learning Craps
Craps is the most exciting game in the casino. Can you name one other casino game that features a group of players shouting and clapping -- sometimes seemingly nonstop?
Bad Beat Story
After hearing my millionth bad beat story at the poker table the other day, I finally had enough. I shared with them the worst bad beat story I have ever seen, and it makes all of the other stories extremely lame.
Poker In College
The fact is that most male college students have probably lost some money playing online poker. And there are a lot who have made money and continue do so, which allows them to avoid taking a mind-numbing job at the campus library.
Poker Books
When it pertains to the cottage industries that have prospered from the recent poker boom, the one reaping the most from the game's wide-spread appeal is the book publishing business. Here is a look at some of the most notable poker books on the market.
WSOP Coverage
What I am about to write here borders on heresy. If I go any further, there is a strong possibility I will be excommunicated from the Church of Poker. ESPN is doing a terrible job with the telecasts of the 2006 World Series of Poker's Main Event. It is almost reaching the point of unwatchable.
WSOP Circuit
Just because you didn't win a satellite tournament or failed to scrape up $10,000 doesn't mean you can't play in a World Series of Poker event. The third year of the World Series of Poker Circuit got underway last week and gives more players a chance to compete.
Reading Opponents
There's truth to the fact that reading your opponent in poker is one of the most important, if not the most important, part of the game. But what happens when you read your opponent perfectly bet accordingly and still can't get your opponent off his hand?
Poker Tip Of Week: Re-Buy Tournaments
There is this scene midway through Fight Club where the two main characters (or should I say the one main character) discuss which celebrity they would fight if given the opportunity. Watching the scene, I couldn't help but think about which celebrities would be interesting to go heads up against at a card table.
Poker Friends
Playing poker with friends at a card table is not something I like to do, and there are several reasons for this.
Winning At Craps
Craps is an easy game to learn. How to make a "pass line" bet will get you started. Don't be concerned with most of the other 40 bets, mainly the proposition and hard-way wagers because their odds are dreadful.
Food Speaks
As a good rule of thumb, avoid eating at the poker table. The main issue with eating is not that it might lead to a mess, but players who eat at the table are prone to giving away significant tells.
Start Slow
e in poker could be the first one, and it could set the tone for the rest of the evening. That choice is what level of Texas Hold'em you want to play. There are obviously several, but don?t be lulled into a bigger game than you can handle just because you have visions of big pots.
Turbo Tournaments
With the ever-expanding popularity of online poker, there are now many different options a player has when looking to play in a tournament.
Think Before You Drink
There is a major decision you need to make before your next trip to a casino, card room or home game. Will the cup holder in front of you at the poker table be filled with a bottle of Corona or a bottle of Coca-Cola?
Poker Tip Of Week: Playing A Small Stack
While playing a big stack is great and makes you feel like a bully, most people are going to be playing a small stack more often than a big one. That's why knowing how to play one is crucial to staying alive and hopefully acquiring a big stack later in the tourney.
Mental Toughness
The most I have ever played at one sitting was 26 hours, and by the time I was done I didn't even know my own name. Fortunately I was in college, playing a $1-$2 table and didn't lose much money. 
Hold The Lies
The ability to be less than truthful is the foundation of any quality poker player. That's one reason playing poker is so gratifying. Even if you don't have the winning hand, you can still lie and bluff to victory.
Low To Medium Pocket Pairs
Low to medium pocket pairs. They're a lot like the remnants at the bottom of a Chips Ahoy bag. You like the taste of them, but you would certainly prefer sitting in front of something larger and a little more substantial.
Blackjack Tips
There's a basic set of rules applying to all versions of blackjack. Generally, always stand on 17 or better, hit on 12 through 16 when the dealer shows 7 or higher and hit on 8 or less.
Top 3 Beginning Player Mistakes In Poker
This article covers the top three common mistakes, in my opinion, made by beginning poker players. After years of playing, it's generally fairly easy to spot beginning poker players, as well as their rookie mistakes.
Poker Camp
The two largest poker camps are Camp Hellmuth, run by Phil Hellmuth and the World Poker Tour's Boot Camp. Howard Lederer also has a fairly successful camp. 
(You Don't) Gotta Wear Shades
After watching televised poker where the big hitters and amateurs playing in high-profile tournaments often wear sunglasses, too many viewers think they should do likewise.
The Rounders Effect
Well, with all due respect to my beloved professor, I would now like to challenge him on his dissertation that Kane is the most influential film in American history. After sitting at a lot of poker tables over the past few years, the most influential film is Rounders.  
The Art Of Bluffing
For some players, hearing the ensuing compliment, "Nice bluff" is like the first dose of opium that becomes an addiction. There is always value in advertising a bluff.
WSOP Last Longer Bets
The World Series of Poker is in full swing, and if you have been following all the events so far you will surely know that many of the top pros are doing exceedingly well, with multiple final tables and first-place finishes to their name
It is one of the most interesting of the poker games played at the World Series of Poker, and the bracelet is almost as coveted as the main event.
Q&A With Phil Gordon
Gordon will tell you poker takes more than luck or playing the cards you're dealt; it requires the fine art of playing your cards right.
Home Poker Games
A home poker game is more social, usually played with friends and family. There is usually liquor and food and your attention is not on the cards a lot of the time. 
Poker Tip of the Week: Bad Beats
"#$%(&%#(&$)@&!!!", I said for what seemed like the 10th time. Yes, I just got sucked out again on the river by a 2-outer and have now lost my last four sit-and-go tournaments in the same way.
Million-Dollar Duel
While the professionals who play in the World Series of Poker consider the month-and-a-half-long event a marathon, not a sprint, Daniel Negreanu and Mike Sexton had quite a frantic start a day before the event kicked off.  
Aggression In Poker Is Key
When is a great opening poker hand a bad hand? The answer is pretty simple. A great opening poker hand is a bad hand when you play it poorly, and I recently saw a shining example of that.  
Q&A With Phil Hellmuth Jr
You can call him Phillip, or you can call him Phil, but however you greet him, Madison, Wis.-born Phil Hellmuth Jr. stands on a stack of poker-and-life achievements that make him the envy of poker players and non-players alike.
Poker Tip: Online Tells
Table image is a strange thing to talk about when playing online poker, because it just seems like you're playing against whatever icons people are using to represent themselves. 
Winning Poker Is In the Details
As in life, first impressions are vital when you arrive at a poker table. You are being sized up before you even play a hand, so how you handle yourself is important.  
Poker Tip: Pre-Flop Position
No matter what version of Hold 'Em you're playing, getting good cards is the most important factor in doing well; however, I would say it's only about half the game. The second most important factor is your pre-flop position during the hand.
Poker Tip:  You Must Be Able To Afford To Lose
Poker has great variance, and your bankroll must be able to sustain a prolonged streak of losing. Even the best players will have bad runs lasting months, and in some cases years. When you make a big score in a tournament or have a good night in a cash game, keep that money aside and save it for when you need it.
Bad Beat Poker – It Happens
If you ever see an angry poker player carrying on and throwing a fit about a hand, you can generally assume this player has taken a bad beat. 
The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living
So you want to play poker professionally?  Do you think that you’re ready? Let’s take a look and find out. 
Online Poker Strategy Software

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