The Value Bet

The Art of a Value Bet

As a good player, you know that it is crucial to try to squeeze the most out of your value bets when you hold the winning hand. Chips are lost not only every time you lose a pot, but every time you win a pot and do not get the maximum value out of your hand.  (more…)

Master Slow Play

The most overused play in poker: the slow play

Slow playing a big hand in poker is often seen as being the height of cunning. It can be a very effective play, but the slow play is a strategy often overused. Failure to play certain hands more actively routinely costs players a lot of chips.

There are two types of hands to consider here. Firstly, you will sometimes flop a hand so strong that you can give your opponents a free card without risk of them outdrawing you. (more…)

Flop Texture

The Texture of The Flop – The all-Important Piece of Information

“I had Ace of Hearts - Flop TextureTen of Hearts - Flop Texture, the flop came Jack of Diamonds - Flop Texture10 of Diamonds - Flop TextureNine of Spades - Flop Texture, and I bet the pot. My opponent went all in. I was stuck, I had no idea what he had…”

It should come as no great surprise that our opponent went all-in here. Why?
The texture of the flop is so good. There are so many hands that our opponent could have which have hit a good piece of this flop, and with which he could go all-in. (more…)

The Fold Equity

Fold Equity

Online Poker has hit a real boom, and the new wave of poker players has brought with it a deeper understanding of poker strategy.

No longer is it enough to play a solid game and wait for a good hand, nor is it enough simply to be aggressive and bluff with reckless abandon. The ability to combine courage, patience and insight does remain integral to the game, but with it now must come a fine-tuned understanding of the cogs that make the game work. (more…)

The Weak Call

The Weak Call in Position

You’re playing in a ring game, and call a raise to $10 with Nine of Spades - Weak CallEight of Spades - Weak Call on the button. The flop comes Jack of Spades - Weak CallSeven of Clubs - Weak CallFour of Clubs - Weak Call, and your opponent makes a pot-sized $20 bet. What do you do?

“This is a standard pass, right?” I hear you say. You have nine high and just a gutshot. Yes, it is a standard pass, and it is not great to get into the habit of calling too much here. However, there are some situations where a call in position with a weak hand like this can turn into a very strong play…

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Newcastle Poker Festival 12th – 13th April 2008

ShipItDonkMeet 32Red Poker Player ”ShipItDonk89″ and read here about his adventures during the Poker Festival Newcastle 12th – 13th April 2008…

I’ve just got back from a fantastic weekend of poker up in Newcastle. The occasion was the second Newcastle Poker Festival and wat a festival it was…

The main event was a £150 deep stack tournament with an excellent structure where you started with 10,000 chips and blinds of 25/50 with a 40 minute clock making it so there was a lot of play compared to most
of the internet tourneys. Along with the great structure that the tournament had there was also some added value in the form of some pro bounties. (more…)

Poker Festival UK April ’08

ShipItDonkMeet 32Red Poker Player Dave (“beano672003”) and read here about his adventures during the Poker Festival Newcastle 12th – 13th April 2008…

I am Dave or username beano672003 on 32Red Poker.

I have been playing poker for nearly 4 yrs now and found it quite easy to get hooked being a bit of a fish.

I don’t get to play much live poker but play online whilst my other half is watching Corrie and Emmerdale etc. I qualified for my second festival on another site along with my 18 yr old son and even managed to win another ticket for his friend and gladly accepted the offer of wearing 32Red Poker clothing having final tabled a couple of times in their “Be the Bounty” tournament. I by no means profess to be a great player, but just go with my read and instincts and sometimes make daft calls but my explanation for this when I was filmed going into the tournament when the interviewer said “beano the fish” was I put this down to distractions namely my 5 young kids as it is often easier to just press call!!!

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Post the Oak Bluff

The post-the-oak bluff

A bluff is usually thought to be a big move at the pot, designed to put your opponent under so much pressure that he will have to pass.

A post the oak bluff is a tricky attempt to sneak the pot with no hand by betting a small amount. Here, we’ll talk about post the oak bluffs as being very small, 25% or less of the pot.

These kind of bets are so small that they will often be called by your opponent if he holds any type of hand. You may well persuade him that he is probably beat, but any element of doubt will be enough for him to call.  (more…)

Poker Tournament Strategy – Part 2

Previously we started to look at how your poker strategy changes as a poker tournament develops. Let’s have a look at the opportunities you will have as the tournament reaches its pressure points:

Approaching the bubble

The tournament is going well for you, and you are part of the lucky crowd left surviving as the bubble approaches.

You should aim to be in a state of mind where you are not scared of elimination around this pressure point. Instead, see it as a great opportunity to gain some chips. Take advantage of any tightening play by changing your play in the other direction:- (more…)

Bluffing with a Call

The tricks of the trade: bluffing with a call

You have weak cards, but you sense that you may be able to steal the pot. Usually, a raise or re-raise is your best weapon. However, there are some situations in the game where a flat call can be very effective in setting up a steal of the pot.

The strength of the play relies on the fact that, in some situations, a flat call looks stronger than a raise.

This kind of play relies on be able to pick up the pot if your opponent checks or bets weakly on a later street, and so has more chance to be successful if you are in position. (more…)