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Multistreet Bluff from a WSOP $1500 NLHE Event

Friday, July 15th, 2011
I alluded to this hand on a recent edition of Killer Poker Analysis. It's been awhile since I played this hand, so I'm hoping I get all the details correct. In the worst-case scenario, my memory of the hand is incorrect but I still discuss an interesting line of play. This is a prime example of taking a medium pocket pair and turning it into a bluff when it appears to have little-to-no showdown value...

Know Stack Depths When Playing Live

Friday, June 17th, 2011
Lesson from a hand I played in a recent WSOP single table satellite.

Exploiting Players Who Shove too Wide Preflop

Monday, May 30th, 2011
When action is jam/fold preflop in no-limit hold'em, I'm very cautious about playing exploitatively. With my knowledge of non-exploitable jam/fold play, it's just very difficult for me to justify playing guessing games regarding opponents' preflop ranges. However, I recently played a hand in a live cash game where I called an all-in a tad lighter than the equilibrium calling range...

Betting Against Draws in No-Limit Hold’em

Monday, March 28th, 2011
Bet-sizing considerations when playing against an opponent who's known to be on a draw

Induce Inattentive Players into Acting Prematurely

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011
When playing online, it's impossible for your opponents to act out of turn. And it's impossible for your opponents to reveal their intended actions. When playing live, things are a bit different...

Exploiting Players Who Don’t Play Pot-Proportional No-Limit Hold’em

Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Here are some exploitative adjustments you can make against players who don't think about money relative to the size of the pot.

Wow…I Actually Need to Think Deeply About my Poker Decisions!

Saturday, February 26th, 2011
My deep-stacked game is much more read-dependent and deep-thinking - and much less auto-pilot - than I had previously thought...

3 Tips for Reviewing Your Play with Poker Tracker 3

Sunday, December 19th, 2010
Here are three tips that will help you get the most out of Poker Tracker 3 when reviewing your own play.

Holiday Poker Gifts (For Yourself)

Friday, December 3rd, 2010
If you're not crushing poker games the way today's top players are, here are some gifts that you should consider getting for yourself this holiday season...

Don’t Just Look at Your Big Hands

Friday, October 22nd, 2010
One mistake in a big pot can cost more than mistakes made in five (or more) small pots. However, since small pots occur much more frequently than big pots, mistakes that you make in small pots may actually be bigger than those you make in big pots.

Important Strategic Considerations for Cashout Tournaments at Full Tilt

Friday, October 1st, 2010
The most obvious question to ask about cashout tournaments is: "when (if ever) should I consider cashing out." The answer to this question: NEVER.

Don’t Be Timid in the Big Blind when Facing Late Position Shoves!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010
Suppose you're in a multitable tournament (MTT), and action is nowhere close to being at the final table (in other words, you're making decisions entirely with respect to maximizing the expected value of your stack). Blinds are T80-T160 with no antes. Action folds to the small blind, who shoves all-in to T1,545. You have 17 hands on the small blind; ...

WPT Raw Deal Casting: Vote for Me!

Sunday, August 8th, 2010
It takes more than temperatures exceeding 110 degrees Fahrenheit to stop me (though I guess keeping my place air conditioned at 82 degrees Fahrenheit softens the blow a bit)! I haven't had time to play poker since the +$813.66 session I had last Wednesday. However, UB has been keeping me busy, I've been making final arrangements for the ...

My Non-Exploitable Shove Cheat Sheets are Now Publicly Available!

Friday, July 30th, 2010
The past week has been extremely eventful. The biggest news of all is that I made my non-exploitable shove cheat sheets available to PokerPwnage members. My non-exploitable shove cheat sheets give approximate non-exploitable jamming ranges (with respect to cEV) for stacks ranging from .5 big blinds to 27 big blinds...both without antes in play and with antes ...

Why Open-Limping is Generally a Bad Idea

Friday, July 16th, 2010
It's been quite a week since my last blog post. I've been doing quite a bit of programming for three different things I've been working on. The hours have been long, I haven't played any poker, and I'm a bit tired, but I've really enjoyed this past week. Improving one's skills at something is always a rewarding experience! Aside ...

Flop Texture Matters: hotjenny314 and I Throw Down at the MGM!

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010
Saturday 6/26 was a day of nonstop adventure with Team Moshman. The day began with ATVing in the desert. It ended with some $1-$2 no-limit hold'em cash game action at the MGM. Of my 9 opponents at the table, 3 of them were Team Moshman members, but the rest of the table was exploitable enough where I ...

Today’s (7/2/2010) Edition of Killer Poker Analysis

Friday, July 2nd, 2010
I'm a bit sick today, but the show must go on! I'm predicting a non-negligible amount of sniffling, nose blowing, throat clearing, and coughing. However, I'm also predicting an overwhelming amount of killer poker analysis. The high quality of today's content should compensate for the low quality of my voice: 1.) The importance of board texture in no-limit hold'em ...

How a True Poker Player Evaluates a Line of Play

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
The key to effectively evaluating a line of play is to ask the following three questions: Question #1: What's the entire range of hands that I'm taking this line of play with? Question #2: What are the alternative lines in this situation? Question #3: How tough would it be for my opponent to beat me if I were to ...

Improve Your 6-max No-Limit Hold’em Cash Game Empirically: Buy nanonoko’s Hand Histories!

Monday, May 31st, 2010
For those of you who don't know what datamining is, it's the practice of getting hand histories from games you haven't played in. Basically, you go to a website, purchase text hand histories, and then import them into Poker Tracker 3 (PT3) or Hold'em Manager (HEM). To my knowledge, some of the top websites providing mined ...

Game Theory: Rochambeau to Poker (Part 2)

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Even an expert can pick up a new trick or two. For the KillerEV faithful who've been wondering what I've been up to for the past two weeks, I was recently in Florida visiting HerschelW from PokerPwnage.com. The focus of the trip was to put together some videos about short-stacked play in multitable tournaments (MTTs) to toss up ...

How to Treat Your Poker as a Business: Expected Cash Game Win Rates

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009
Happy holidays everybody! It's almost Xmas, meaning that I'm in CT visiting my family. It's damn cold here...I miss Vegas! I've been trying to keep up with work, and I also managed to squeeze in some online poker two nights ago. Topping today's to-do list are the following items: 1.) Work for CEREUS 2.) Analysis for a ...

Interesting No-Limit Hold’em Tourney Spot: MP + FD + Monotone Flop = ?

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009
Evelyn and I are still settling into the new place. I finally unpacked my video games, and I introduced Evelyn to Duck Hunt for the original NES. (Yeah, I still own an original NES...and it still works thanks to the replacement 72-pin connector that I installed a few years ago). We also hosted some friends from CA for two fun-filled ...

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