It is near impossible to give students a rote yes or no answer to every possible poker situation that arises. In fact, most questions about specific hands demand the answer, "It depends." With that in mind, I am beginning a new series of articles detailing hands I have played with the intention of showing my thought process during the hand, rather than trying to tell you how to play the exact same situation. You're unlikely to be in the exact same situation. But you can use the same processes to break down a hand you're in and come to the correct decision in your specific situation.
Which I didn't do in every hand I will go over. Sometimes, after all the cards were shown, it turns out I made the wrong decision. But I'll tell you why, and you can decide for yourself whether the information I had at the time should have led me to the right call, or if I made the best use of the available information I had.
I loves me some Twitter. Here's how I use Twitter to enhance my poker experience.
Here's another article inspired by my recent Reno trip. It's called Knowing Your Opponents -- Before They Play a Hand.
Though I only cashed in one of the four tournies I played in Reno last week, I went deep in all of them. But that's normal for me. And it should be normal for you, as well. Don't be afraid of the disappointment of playing for a long time and not getting anything for it. You often won't. But going deep is an indication that you are playing well. Keep playing well and the cashes will come. And remember to watch the effective stacks when the blinds are high.
...when it's your poor play that let me win.
Few weeks back I chopped the only SPC event I played six ways. Wrote this article about chopping afterwards. Was super nice because I then used that money to finance my trip to Reno for the Atlantis All-In series. Though I cashed in one event I played out there, I didn't have a huge week overall. However, I did get a ton of article ideas from my non-stop play, so I'll be posting them soon.
I was talking to a friend the other day about what it takes to play poker at a high level. He said that he'd heard that a lot of professional players no longer enjoy poker, that it's just a job for them now. I agreed that can happen, but there are ways around it. This is not one of them, but in thinking about making poker fun again, I came up with the article, Why Not Wild Cards?
1. Play poker
Planning my annual trip out to Reno for the All-In series got me thinking about poker getaways. Here are my ten tips for planning a good poker vacation.