How to Combat ‘Bullying’ and Aggression in MTTs

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  I’ve spoken to a few students lately who have been having issues when playing against particularly aggressive players. They get 3-bet several times, their c-bets get raised, or a player with a big stack is opening a lot of pots, and suddenly the usual dynamics of MTT play start to shift. Here are some… Read more »

Postflop: It’s Where The Edge Is

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  When you first start out in poker, it’s very easy to get caught up thinking a lot about what ‘style’ is best to employ at the tables – should you be the aggressive type who gets into a lot of 3-bet pots and runs big bluffs, or should you be the more passive, flat-calling,… Read more »

Adjusting To Live Poker Tournaments

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  The poker world has changed a lot in the past twenty years. In the early 2000s, many people who had gone their entire lives playing poker exclusively in live environments – casinos, home games, and the occasional major tournament series at a high-profile venue – had to adjust to the fact that poker could… Read more »

Profitability Thresholds III: The Variable Edge Model

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Much is made of the concept of ‘edge passing’ in MTTs, with little in the way of conclusive research being done. Over the course of two previous articles, entitled ‘Profitability Thresholds I: Why ICM Isn’t Just For Final Tables‘, and ‘Profitability Thresholds II: Quantifying Edges And Building A New Model‘, I’ve endeavoured to elucidate some… Read more »

Okay, So Limping Is Bad – But Why?

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  If you’ve spent any time on poker forums in the last few years, you’ll have seen that there’s a strange trend that develops every time someone posts a hand in which they open-limped preflop. One of the first comments will always be something along the lines of “don’t limp in, just raise or fold”,… Read more »

Playability and Blockers: The Keys to 3-Bet Bluffing

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  When we as MTT players are first learning the game, one of the most difficult parts of MTT strategy is to wrap our heads around what it takes to open up our game and start playing more aggressively. Gaining an understanding of what constitutes a good spot to 3-bet bluff, for example, is one… Read more »

Math Training for MTTs

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  I’ve worked with several students recently who were interested in furthering their understanding of some of the mathematical aspects of MTT poker. This is always something I like hearing, since I’m a firm believer that we as poker players should try to support our ideas about poker strategy with math as often as possible…. Read more »

‘Polarize’ – It’s An Adjective, Not A Verb

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  That might strike you as an unusual title, but stick with me. It’ll make sense soon. What I want to talk about here is a trend I’ve noticed recently among my students, and among some other low-stakes players who are just starting to get their heads around some of the more advanced concepts involved… Read more »

Even When They’re Bluffing, They Have A Hand

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  One of the most common logic flaws I hear from my students when analysing hands is fairly easy to identify. It usually goes something like this. The villain bets the river and we’re trying to establish whether we should call or not, and the student will say something like: “This looks strong. I think… Read more »

The Benefits of Yoga for Poker Players

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  At the 2014 WSOP Main Event final table two months ago, two of the final three players received a great deal of attention from the ESPN commentators and on social media when it came to their habits away from the table. Both third-place finisher Jorryt Van Hoof and eventual champion Martin Jacobson were identified… Read more »