Mistakes that Even Good Poker Players Make

Over time, as you gain more and more experience playing poker games, you’ll make fewer of those mistakes that you first made when you were new to the game. Losing money is a powerful way to gain a lesson, and as you amass some expertise, you’ll see your way around those mental traps that used to catch you over and over again.

Even so, there are some mistakes that even the very best poker players make from time to time – and you’ll make them sometimes as well. Nobody’s perfect, after all. However, understanding what those mistakes are and learning ways around them are part of continuing to improve as a player and a good way to increase your online poker bankroll.

Don’t make aggressive raises against deceptive opponents.

If you have figured out how your opponents are going to respond to you, then it’s time to try some aggressive raises. You know which ones are easy to cow – and which ones aren’t. If you make the mistake of raising aggressively against someone who’s being tricky, you may be setting yourself up for a big loss against a stronger hand. One reason why poker players lose money is that they get focused on their own losses rather than remaining aware of their opponents’ tendencies.

Don’t assume that bigger limits are better.

If your ego starts to grow along with your poker prowess, you may start looking for games that have bigger limits. However, when you wander into those waters, you’re also looking at opponents who are tougher. Think about it for a minute – would you rather play against people who will give you money, or against people who are more likely to take it from you? It’s one thing to spend some time building your skills against more difficult opponents. However, if you can regularly win real cash from the smaller-limit games because the opponent skill is lower, you might consider using those rooms as your bread and butter and only occasionally foraying into tougher waters.

Don’t complain about your run of bad luck at the table.

While there’s a lot of luck at work in poker, confidence is also a major player as well. If you’re sitting there complaining about your bad luck, you’re really building up your opponent’s confidence. The other people at the table start to believe that they can really beat you, and they won’t be as timid when their own hands are mediocre – and they’ll end up drawing well to beat you when they would have folded earlier.

Don’t bluff against people who will just fold.

If you’re playing against people who only call if they really think they have a stellar hand, then bluffing doesn’t work. These bluffs don’t really have much value at all. If you have a weak ace on the river in hold’ em, and you’re playing against a loose caller, don’t bluff. You’ll usually get called if you are beat – usually by a stronger ace – but if you have the better hand, you’ll almost never get called. This is a common mistake that even skilled players make.

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Electrical Engineer Wins Over $1.2 Million

WSOP 2015: Electrical Engineer Wins Over $1.2 Million in Millionaire Maker Event

The World Series of Poker makes a dream come true for Adrian Buckley.

Adrian Buckley, an electrical engineer from Westminster, Colorado, outlasted a 7,275 player field to win $1,277,193 and his first World Series of Poker bracelet. In fact, winning the Millionaire Maker represents his first WSOP in the money finish of any kind.

“I mean, getting through 7,000 people. It’s not something you think about until it happens’” Buckley said. “I hoped to run super deep, and knew I had the skill to get here. But it’s just surreal to live out the dream.”

Buckley entered the final day against a strong final table with only 10 big blinds in his chipstack, but tremendous patience, skill and a bit of run good helped the 27-year old defeat the likes of Mike Sexton, Erick Lindgren and Olivier Busquet on his way to the title.

Source: Pokerfuse.com

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Dirty Poker Tricks and How to Fight Back

Dirty Poker Tricks and How to Fight ‘Em Back

When playing poker games, chances are that you will have to deal with some players that do things that are technically within the rules but are designed to prod opponents to take particular actions. Usually, there are easy ways to parry these attacks, but you have to be able to see them coming. The process of using these tricks is called “angle shooting,” and knowing what these stratagems look like is the best way to keep them from taking advantage of you at the online poker tables.

The fake fold

During the preflop, an angle shooter picks up his cards and then moves his wrist to look like he’s about to fold. However, he really holds onto his cards. He wants other people to think that he really folded and then do something that they wouldn’t have done otherwise. If several more people fold before action stops, he knows that raising is safer because there aren’t as many callers. If someone else does raise, he can just fold when things come back around to him.

So, if you see someone do the fake fold and then the next player takes a turn, make sure to speak up so that everyone knows that the fake folder still has his cards.

Getting off the betting line

If there are betting lines on a poker table, many angle shooters will take advantage of them. One trick is to move a stack of chips with some vigor just short of the line. He wants the opponents to think that he’s made a bet or a raise or call. You reaction will dictate whether he elects to have it stand as a valid bet or say that he had not really placed the chips into the pot.

To counteract this, if you see those chips stop short, ask the dealer to find out whether that’s really a bet before you do anything yourself.

Raising out of turn

In this situation, the angle shooter comes late in the action order and either is looking for a free showdown or a free card. In order to keep you from betting or raising, he says “Raise” or “All in” even when it’s not his turn. He wants you to think that he was making a simple mistake and that he has the intention of re-raising you.

Action happens out of turn quite frequently in live poker, and often it really is an innocent gaffe. However, if veteran players make this mistake suddenly, be aware that he might be trying to pull a fast one. He doesn’t really want you to bet or raise, which means that you should because he is likely to fold anyway.

Hiding the big money

In order to win real cash, some players hide their big chips or big bills down in their stash, or even behind their stashes, so that they are hard to see. When the nuts fall to them, they verbally say “All in” without showing their opponents how much they have. Then, when they win, the opponents find out that they owe much more than they had thought.

To prevent this, if you notice that a player is hiding cash or chips, ask the dealer to have him reveal it – or even ask for a count.

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Connor Drinan, who reached mainstream fame last year by having his pocket aces cracked by pocket aces in the Big One for One Drop $1 million buy-in tournament, has made headlines again, this time for exposing the possible cheating ways of Valeriu Coca.

The cheating allegedly occurred during the early rounds of Event #10: $10,000 Heads Up No-Limit Hold’em Championship at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. Coca is suspected of marking the cards, possibly with invisible ink. Read Drinan’s account of what happened here.

Source: Pokerfuse.com

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Online Poker Etiquette Tips

Online Poker Etiquette Tips

A lot of online poker players believe that just because they’re sitting at a computer instead of at a table means that they can act however they please, and some of them use that feeling of freedom to act rudely. However, this is not true, and there are several things that all poker players should bear in mind before they ever open up an account with a legal online poker site. Here are some tips to help you maintain the peace at your online poker games.

Don’t berate others for their poor play.

Just because a poker player did something stupid that ended up costing you money does not mean that you need to tell him what he did. First of all, you don’t want to help him improve. After all, his next mistake might dump a pot into your lap. Instead, don’t be a jerk and yell at him for dropping all of his cash on a weak draw. You won’t get your funds back, and he might improve – and challenge you. If anything, the table will get less fun, and he (and the other weak players) might just leave.

Don’t talk about hands in which you’re not participating.

You wouldn’t talk about other players’ hands or give other people advice at hands if you were sitting at a real table playing with real cards, so don’t do it online either. If you are the one with the nuts and have decided to go all-in, and you’re waiting for a fish to choose whether to fold or call, you wouldn’t like it for a third player to tell your fish to fold because he thinks you have the nuts, you’d punch that person in a real game. Don’t be unethical and talk to people about hands at an online poker game, either.

Don’t talk about the hand you folded.

If you have Ace 4 and you raise pre-flop, only to have someone re-raise you and another player to call, you might elect to fold. After you do that, don’t use the chat window to talk about that hand. You can only do that after the whole hand has finished. If you talk about what you had, that can influence the plays that others make later in the hand, leading to significant frustration – and rightly so, because that kind of talk can make things unfair for those still in the action.

Maintain pace with the action.

Online poker time isn’t the time to do your laundry as well. This means that you shouldn’t make your play and then wander away for a while, while the rest of the players get frustrated with the wait. You wouldn’t do this at a game in your friend’s living room, so don’t do it at your computer. It’s one thing to take your time when you’re thinking about significant decisions after the flop, but those basic pre-flop tasks should be done as quickly as you possibly can. Otherwise, the situation becomes frustrating for everyone involved, and a weak player might simply get bored and walk away – instead of sticking around to give you more money in later hands.

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World Series of Poker Makes History

World Series of Poker Makes History with the “Colossus”

The big news from this weekend’s play at the 2015 World Series of Poker has to be the record breaking achievements of Event #5, The Colossus, which recorded 22,374 entries. The previous record was set by the 2006 WSOP Main Event with 8,773 entries.

The WSOP needed 982 dealers to handle the huge field which was spread out over four starting flights—the number of dealers was more than the number of players who entered Event #3, the $1,500 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better.

Only 506 players now remain from that enormous starting field. 3,447 players made it to Day 2. Greg Raymer (2162nd) and JC Tran (2102nd) managed to cash with Erick Lindgrenoutlasting more than 95% of the field to finish in 717th.

As play goes into Day 3, the chip leader is Valentin Vornicu who has 1.3 million chips. He is a well known WSOP Circuit player, with six victories, and 27 cashes. His total earnings in non-circuit WSOP events comes to just over $5,000, a figure which could potentially go up to over $640,000, if he can sustain his position until the end and emerge victorious.

Source: Pokerfuse.com

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Pre-Flop Hand Reading

Improving Your Poker Game: Pre-Flop Hand Reading

Understanding hand ranges helps you figure out what might be sitting in your opponent’s hand, and keeping track of hand combinations lets you calculate the various probabilities when playing poker games. Remember that you’re not playing against robots or computers like it sometimes happens when you’re in the online poker tables. Some people will take a look at a junk hand but not fold – instead, they’ll play. The opposite is true, too – sometimes they’ll fold with a pretty good hand that they would typically play. This means that reading hands before the flop requires some sophistication.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some scenarios. We’ll assume a live $1 to $2 game with nine hands, assuming that most players put a minimum of $200 into play.

The Nit

A $2 risk will get nits trying to scurry into pots even if they have a broad spectrum of hand quality. A nit who is open limping will fall in this range:


AKo – Ato, KQo – Kto, QJo – Jto

AKs – A2s, KQs – KTs, QJs – 54s, QTs]

There are 1,326 possible opening hands, and this range holds 282 (about a fifth of them). Someone who plays this range plays about once out of every five times and folds the other fours. Of the 282 hands, 78 consist of pocket pairs (13 different possible pocket pairs exist, and there are six different ways to make each one). This means that nits pick up pocket pairs about a third of the time after they open the pot. This is a lot higher than the other player types. Some nits won’t raise preflop, but if they do, they probably don’t have hands hear the bottom of that opening range. They raise stronger hands and limp with weaker hands. Without the nuts, they generally won’t 3-bet.

The Regular

The “regular” player is considered solid in no-limit small-stakes games. You won’t see a regular make awful plays, but you are likely to be able to identify some habits that you can use to your advantage. A lot of texas holdem regulars start showing these bad habits before the flop. They’ll play more hands than the nits will, but those additional hands usually just bring them bad results. They are more willing to open raise with such hands as JTs and 66 but they will still usually raise fewer hands than they limp. Their ranges generally weight toward aces. If an ace doesn’t show up, they will often hit weakly on the flop. If a regular 3-bets, consider folding unless your own hand is strong, because they are conservative in this area.

The Fish

Fish are into poker because of the thrill that comes with bringing in pots, and they know that folding preflop isn’t the way to win them. They’re hard to classify with a particular range. They are likely to fold or call on the basis of other elements beside their current hand. If they’ve been on a good run lately, if they just got a racy text message, or if someone they want to beat is in the pot, they’re likely to call even if their hand isn’t that strong. Pay attention to their 3-bets to see who is conservative and who is all over the place.

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