Category Archives: Strategy

The Secret To Winning At Poker

The secret is as Warren Buffett says (with regards to investing):

I don’t look to jump over 7-foot bars: I look around for 1-foot bars that I can step over.

And Mike Caro (from Super System 2, chapter 5 – Tips from Mike Caro University, Tip 14):

Beating strong foes wins much respect and little money. Beating weak foes wins little respect and much money.

And this is why poker is an immoral game. It’s the sharks looking for the fish who they can clean out. The winners are like the pool hustlers who search out players worse than them and take their money without these people realising what they’re getting themselves into or who can’t control their gambling addictions.



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Back on a winning run

Yesterday I won $700 during the day at $400NL. I then played from 4.30 to 6am and won $2000!

Today I’ve lost $350 so far.

Last night I had the most incredibly lucky session. I hit so many sets and I was also being dealt a lot of big pocket pairs which were getting paid quite well too. I didn’t lose a big pot, but I won many.

Today my luck continued and my sets continued to hit. Towards the end of the session. I lost 2 big pots that I shouldn’t have lost. I was bluffing. One hand I made a 3 street bluff and lost about $300. Another hand I played a draw quite aggressively out of position and lost another $250. I stopped my session shortly afterwards so I wouldn’t tilt anymore money away.

I’ve changed a part of my strategy and I think the change has helped my results. In the past, I’ve been betting around 2/3 pot on continuation bets which were bluffs. And I was betting around pot when I had a good hand and wanted to build a pot. I did mix it up a bit, but in general I think people were playing back at me when I was betting less and folding when I was betting more.

I’ve now started betting pot a lot more with bluffs. Betting pot means players will play back at me less when they completely miss the flop, but it also means that when they do flop something and I have a good hand – I can extract a lot more value. It disguises my good and bad hands much better since I play both the same way.

Here are some hands from my last few sessions, where I’ve been getting good value for my hands:

Quad 5s played very aggro. Stacked my opponent. In the past week I think I may have only got 2/3 of his stack on this hand.

Another nice hand with a set. Not much to this hand. I just let them do the betting. I was planning on check-raising but then someone else did it for me. I was actually very scared of a set of 9s in this hand, since I hadn’t seen vvcherv get out of line before, but I definitely wasn’t going to fold this.

Some more aggressive betting. I don’t get a river call though. I think I played it fine though. There are too many donkeys at Party that will call this bet with the ten of hearts or higher.

A silly bluff. I definitely shouldn’t have bet the river. I made strong bets on the flop and turn and he called both of them. I didn’t know much about WuadeneQuatsch. It was a badly played hand. I like the flop and turn, but the river is bad. To make up for it though I had this hand a few minutes later:

Good value from pocket kings. I made similar bets to my bluffing hand (this is at a different table though) and I get paid off nicely by a very weak hand. Again, I’m new to this table, but I wasn’t too worried about a set on the flop and turn.

I’m happy with how I’m playing at the moment. I feel I’m getting hands paid off well.

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Got my PC back today

My PC crashed and just got fixed today. The computer was wiped but my I still have the files I wanted to keep. (Apple’s are so much better – this never happens on a Mac).

I signed up to and just wanted to test it, by posting a hand history from Party. Here it is:

Turned set of jacks versus pocket aces

I actually feel like I played the hand really badly. The main reason for that is I just didn’t think that he could have an overpair (since he did limp and didn’t limpraise).

I definitely should have stacked my opponent here and he was definitely not laying his hand down. The reason I didn’t stack him was because of a bad turn raise. I should have raise on the turn to between $85 and $100.  Then the river would have been an easy push and it would have been an easy call for him.

The thing I hate most about this hand is that I would probably have put the same amount of money into the pot if the turn and river were both low cards that didn’t complete any draws. I would have raised the turn for value and probably bet the river for value too. I just didn’t think that he could have an overpair to my pocket Jacks. Limp-calling Aces is not a good idea, but you do gain loads of deception from it. It’s hard to see it coming and you can earn a lot of money off someone who hits something like TPTK with AJ. The problem is that you could end up losing a big pot if you lose the hand, but winning a small pot if you win the hand.

Most players prefer to play their pocket Aces aggressively so that they don’t get drawn out on by the big blind’s 93o and then losing half their stack in their hand. You know what they say about Aces: “Win a small pot, lose a big one”.  I don’t really agree with this, but it does have some truth to it. And it has a lot of truth to it when you decide to slowplay them.

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Position is Everything

This is the best bit of poker advice you will ever hear:

Position is everything!

Having position means you are last to act.

The reason position is so important is because position gives you information. If you are first to act you have no information. However, if you are last to act – you get to see what everyone else has done and you can make your decisions based on those actions.

Poker is a game of information. The more information you have – the better the chance you have of winning. In position you have the most information.

This means you should play a lot more hands from late position than from early position. Your profits should increase from first position (UTG) to the button. All top players make most of their money on the button, slightly less in cut off seat (the seat to the right of the button) and less and less all the way till first position.

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