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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...

Epic Tourney Break at the Monte Carlo

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
The most eventful 10 minute tournament break in poker history?

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...

Lessons from Recent Deal-Declining at The Venetian

Friday, April 1st, 2011
Next time you're at a tournament final table, know when you should make a deal and know how to politely decline a deal that you don't want to take.

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

Can Registering Late for Tournaments Maximize Your $/Hour?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
Analysis of when you should late register for tournaments based on whether you're +cEV or -cEV during a tournament's late registration period.

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...

Buy-in Strategy for Full Tilt’s Multientry Tournaments

Sunday, February 6th, 2011
With multientries now available in many Full Tilt tournaments, should you ever take multiple simultaneous entries or be willing to pay for a reentry?

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Reflecting on my 2009 Poker Results: Into the Mirror Black

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
The strengths of my poker game are my theoretical understanding and my ability to dissect nuanced scenarios. I was chatting on AIM with a friend of mine today. As he put it, "you definitely have the most rigorous understanding of the game out of anyone i know/or even read about...except maybe sklansky. haha" These strengths have made me ...

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