Fluctuations will be a lot higher than in a brick and mortar poker room

Online poker players will see much higher profit and loss fluctuations than they would if they played in a brick and mortar poker room. Here are some reasons why 1. The average online poker player plays more aggressively than the average brick and mortar poker player, as discussed in the previous section. 2. There are also more shorthanded games online than in brick and mortar poker rooms. Naturally, shorthanded games have a higher fluctuation than full table games because all the players are...

The Rules and Mechanics of Limit Holdem

It is expected that the reader of this book has some experience playing Limit Hold'em and is not a complete novice. For completeness, the rules of the game along with some poker terminology is included. Limit Texas Hold'em is a form of poker with community cards. The rankings of the hands are in order The rankings of the hands are in order

Predictable Players

Predictable players are easier to play against than unpredictable players. When predictable players act, the strength of their hand will typically be clear based on their actions. It may be that when they bet or raise, they have a strong hand. It may be that when they have a strong hand, they never raise on the Flop but always wait to raise on the Turn when the bet size doubles. Conversely, it may be that when they raise on the Flop they never have a made hand but are raising for a free card. A...

Counting the pot in bets not dollars

It is easiest to think of the pot and the pot odds in terms of bets instead of actual dollars. There are two ways to do this. One way is to count in small bets on the pre-Flop and Flop round, and then convert it into big bets for the Turn and River rounds. For example, if there were 6 small bets in the pot after the Flop, then the conversion becomes 3 big bets two small bets equals one big bet . Another way is to count every round in terms of big bets, so there is no need to convert small bets...

The Mechanics of Counting the

The key to understanding your pot odds is simply to know how big the pot is relative to the bet that you must make. You must know the size of the pot and thus you must count the pot. It will take a little practice but is not too involved, and anyone who practices it a little should have no problem. You could always back-count the pot when you need to know the pot size by replaying the action in your mind, but that would cause three problems. First, it will slow down the game and your...

Unsuited Hands

There are 78 different hands of each combination of unsuited hands. But instead of 4 different suits, there are 12 different suit combinations. For example, AK can come in 12 different unsuited ways This means there are 936 different unsuited hands 78 x 12 or 70.6 of all hands. Overall, there are 78 different combinations of pairs, 312 different combinations of suited hands and 936 different combinations of unsuited hands. These add up to 1326 total different hands. Here is a table with the...

Flop QA

The loose player checks, you bet and he calls. Even a loose player is likely calling with something as opposed to absolutely nothing. Perhaps he has a straight draw with KJ, KT, JT, J8, T8. Of course he could have top pair or middle pair, but let's concentrate on the straight draw possibility in this example. With a Turn like that, you have to be very careful. If he was on a straight draw, even an inside straight draw, such as KJ, J8, T8, a J or T will either make the straight for him and give...

Shorthanded Common Mistake Being too predictable

In any poker game, you would prefer to be unpredictable to your opponents, and have your opponents be predictable to you. When there are 9 or 10 players at the table, sometimes this is tough to control, because play unpredictably often means playing sub-optimally, especially when in early position. In shorthanded games, there are more chances to be unpredictable and still play correctly. But there are two specific seat positions where you still have to play predictably pre-Flop. The first...

Allin Situations

When one of the players is out of chips in the middle of a hand, he is considered all-in, and he gets to see the rest of the hand played out through the River. If there is just one other player left in the hand, then the dealer simply deals out the rest of the hand and then asks for the winner to reveal his hand. If there are more than one player still in the hand, and one of them is all-in, then a side pot is created. The player who is all-in cannot win the side pot, but can only win the main...

Road Game

When a player is traveling, they need more time than the home players to identify the skill level of other players. Players will often travel to casinos when major tournaments are being held, such as the big tournaments in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Los Angeles, Biloxi and Connecticut. Many players go during the major tournaments not only to play in the tournaments but also to play in the side action as well. Not only do these tournaments attract players from across the country, but these...

Review of Online Poker Sites and Poker Informational Sites

Online poker is a new industry and that means changes occur very quickly. There are new online poker sites all the time and informational sites. Instead of listing these sites in this book, I will have a page on HoldemBrain.com with information on online poker sites and poker informational sites. If one is going to play poker or look up informational sites online, one will have to go online anyway, so make a pitstop at HoldemBrain.com to check out current reviews. 6 10 04 This is the third...

Double Inside Straight Draws

There are a few types of hand flop combinations that are a bit confusing to the novice player. These hands allow for two different ranks of cards filling up a straight draw. However, they are not open-ended straight draws, as that term is typically reserved for straight draws where you already have four consecutive cards and need one higher or one lower to complete the straight. An example would be having JT in your hand with 9-8-x on the board. Double inside straight draws also have two...

Monte Hall Problem in Holdem

The Monte Hall Problem is a very popular problem that is confusing to many people. The problem is often misrepresented or misinterpreted by the one presenting the question. Many times, the confusion is due to the person asking the question not phrasing the question correctly or not providing all of the pertinent information. Here is my attempt to explain it succinctly, and apply it to a Hold'em situation. The setup to the Monte Hall problem is that you are a contestant in a game show and Monte...

Getting counterfeited

One of the worst feelings in Hold'em is to get a made hand counterfeited. This can happen when you already have a made hand using both of your hole cards, but the Turn or River allows for someone with just one card to have the same hand or better. Every time this happens to me, I weep a little inside. Here are several ways to get counterfeited. 1. Two pairs getting counterfeited by a higher pair on the board. Your hand 65 You flopped two pair 6's and 5's . When the Q's show up on the Turn and...

The Do I have Pot Odds Method or DIPO

Once you know the size of the pot, the amount you need to risk to stay in the hand, and the number of outs and non-outs that you have, you will now have enough information to figure out whether you have enough pot odds to stay in. Instead of using a complicated algebraic formula that most people can solve only with a pen and a piece of paper or a calculator, I will describe a way to make this calculation in your head with relative ease, which I will call the Do I have Pot Odds method or simply...

Reading Straights and Straight Draws

Straights are a lot tougher to read than flushes and it can be more difficult to determine if someone has received the card he needs to make his straight. After the River card is on the board, it is simple to determine when a flush is possible. If there are three or more cards of the same suit on the board, then there is always the chance that someone may have a flush. With straights, it is a lot more difficult because it is not nearly as obvious when someone has filled up on their straight...

More on Pot Odds

In lower limits, it is easier to play straight and flush draws, because the pot is usually bigger in terms of big bets since more players are seeing the Flop. This means it is almost always correct to go for the flush draws and open ended or double inside straight draws inside straight draws still need to be careful . Even without knowing the size of the pot or the pot odds, most low limit players will make these decisions correctly simply because the pot almost always affords them enough to...