Expected Value Defined
EV is a term thrown around by poker experts (and some less-than-experts), but what is it and how is it applied to poker? Expected value simply is a computation of the amount of money you can expect to win or lose given the average results of each possible outcome.
Mechanics of Side Pot
The blinds are 500/1000, with an ante of 50. With ten players at the table, there are 500 in antes in the pot, plus the blinds. Player one decides to call (but he doesn’t have enough chips for the big blind, so he is all-in with his remaining 750).
Side Pots Explained
Have you played poker and noticed two separate virtual piles of chips in the middle of the table? Have you seen an all-in situation where one player clearly wins the hand, but two (or more) players receive chips after the showdown? Perhaps you’ve played live in....

Online Poker Strategy
Having a solid strategy is just as important in online poker games as it is live, but there are a few differences. The biggest one is that you can't rely on physical tells when you play online. Instead you need to base your decisions on time-tells, bet sizing, etc.
A Low Flopped Flush
I was reading a thread in the Blind Bet Poker Forum where a player described a live cash game situation where he lost a whole buy-in and wondered about the odds and probabilities of the situation. I thought this would be a good opportunity to detail a probability calculation in an article.
Probability Calculations in Texas Holdem
There are two ways to approach this problem. The more accurate method (using the formula for combinations) is, in this case, more time-consuming, because the calculation can be made with simple arithmetic very quickly. Starting with 52 cards, perfectly shuffled...
Introducing Statistical Calculations
The more accurate way of determining the number of combinations that are possible in card-dealing situations is to use combinatorial mathematics. This is a faster way to come up correct answers in complex situations. The calculation (52x51)/2 is simple enough....
Playing HORSE Cash Games
HORSE is a multi-game poker format that is probably the best way to judge a poker player’s all-around skill. Multiple games are often played in high stakes cash games to reduce the advantage single-game specialists might have. The popularity of this multi-discipline...
Storming Rebuy Tournaments
Writing recent articles about rebuy tournaments and the bankroll and attitude to take to those MTTs has reminded me of a certain low risk way to win in these tournaments that some players use. I call this method storming, and I have used it myself experimentally with mixed results.
Rebuy Strategy Attitudes
A recent thread in the BBP Forum discussed rebuy tournaments. I had recently completed a two-part July 21 series on rebuy tournaments Part One and Part Two, so the thread in the forum interested me. Reading through the replies there has got me seriously thinking...
Building a Bankroll with Satellite Tournaments
Satellite tournaments are a great way to enter large tournaments when the buy-in is beyond your normal bankroll limitations; but did you know that satellite tournaments could build your bankroll, too? The obvious way you can build bankroll in a satellite tournament is by actually winning a prize in the main tournament.
Winning at Low Stakes Sit-and-Go Tournaments
Winning consistently at single table online tournaments is a realistic goal for moderately experienced players. Following a simple strategy for the beginning stages of the tournament can set you up for long-term success. The tournaments in question are known as sit-and-go’s (SNGs).
Rebuy Tournament Strategies - Part I
Rebuy tournaments offer a lot of hidden value. Many players on short bankrolls may register for a tournament without noting its rebuy status. These players are swept up in the early flurry of loose action, only to drop out when their pathetic bankrolls do not allow them to rebuy.
Pot Equity vs. Pot Odds
Advancing in poker requires analysis. There is a tool that will take your task of analyzing the game to new heights. This is the concept of pot equity. A thorough understanding of pot equity will expand your horizons. All but the greenest of poker players understands the simpler concept of pot odds.
Small Stakes Tournaments

Micro-stakes multi-table no-limit hold'em tournaments - those with buy-ins between $1 and $5 - abound on the internet today. They can be a fun way to pass the time for casual players, and for those who are more serious about their game these tournaments can also be a great training ground for moving up.

Switching Gears in SnG

Having a basic strategy is a must for anyone who plays tournaments, especially quick-moving no-limit hold'em sit-and-go tourneys. Without one you're basically hanging in the wind, making decisions without regard to where you stand in relation to the other players or the size of the blinds and antes.

Single-Table SnG Strategy

Today I'll outline a basic, relatively tight, No-Limit Hold'em single-table sit-and-go (SnG) strategy that should allow beginners to have a shot at making money every time they play. This strategy is ideal for those playing $5 SnG's and below. First off, I recommend that....

Texas Hold'Em Bluffing Strategies : Late Position Bluffs
There are perfect times for bluffing and the best prelude to a hefty pot is when you’re in a late position and everyone else at the table has checked. Late positions usually hold the most success but not always, this is a vulnerable time.
Texas Hold'Em Bluffing Strategies : Early Bluffing
Just as important as it is to know when to bluff and when not to bluff, it’s even more important to know how to test your opponents. This goes far beyond knowing or evaluating your opponent because this is hand-to-hand combat.
Texas Hold'Em Bluffing Strategies : Evaluation
No one will argue; bluffing is an art, however, there are just as many reasons to bluff as there are expressions worn by poker players. Knowing when to bluff and when not to bluff will prove to be a valuable asset when mastered.
Texas Hold'Em Bluffing Strategies : Instilling Fear
One of the most highly regarded skills appreciated and sought after is the skill of the bluff; nothing is quite as powerful as instilling fear into the opponents at the poker table. The pros have proven the invaluable rewards at hundreds of thousands Texas Holdem games, but it’s time for you to....
The Art of the Poker Face: Keeping Your Emotions In Check
Competition and emotion go hand-in-hand. When a person wants something badly enough, every part of their being is involved in getting it. The spirit of competition can bring out greed, jealousy, pride, and anger, which can either fuel the fire of determination, or be detrimental to achieving the desired effect in any game...
Charging Opponents

It seems that every player has a story about what they consider a “bad beat”. Usually the gist of the story is that the player had a great hand, but slow-played it around until the showdown, when it was no longer the strongest hand and an opponent made a bet and took the player’s chips.

Learning From the Pros: Respecting Your Opponent

If you are to be successful at any game above minimum limits, learning your opponent and responding to their style of play is going to be critical.

Learning From the Pros: Your bet as a tell

Poker is a game where one of the easiest ways to gain a better understanding is to watch the professionals. Every player leaks information, whether they wish to or not, and one of the only tells that you can really control is the size and speed of your bet.

Limit vs. No Limit

The difference between the two games is much more than betting structure. The whole game is played differently; just watch a game of professionals in each structure and you’ll see what I mean. Let’s have a look at what these differences mean in play:

Live vs. Online Poker

With the recent explosion in the success of online players at major tournaments, everyone seems to want to get in on the online action. Purely online players, such as Chris Moneymaker have challenged the best live players and acquitted themselves very well.

Low Limit Strategy: Part 1

As a beginner to Texas Hold’em, the easiest way to start is by playing some low limit online games. This can be a great way to build up experience and learn the ropes of the game, so I’d like to discuss some very basic strategy for new players in low limit Texas Hold’em.

Low Limit Strategy: Part 2

Continuation of Low Limit Strategy: Part 1

Mental Preparation

One of the biggest differences between good and average poker players is mental preparation and strength. Mental preparation and strength runs a gamut of concepts, but for now let’s focus on systems and confidence.

Tournament Strategies: Conservative vs. Aggressive

Hundreds of players enter, but only one can win! This is how big tournaments work, no matter which game, structure or stakes you choose to play, so I would like to briefly discuss two basic approaches to Poker Tournaments.

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