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It couldn't have happened to a better person. Well maybe you're thinking: it could've happened to me! Tom was the lucky winner of last month's Weekly Challenge series that we ran on the Facebook page. The reason I say that is because Tom had just written me a heartfelt email about how he deeply yearns to become a professional poker player. He's been taking the game seriously for a couple years, determined to make it more than...

I'm willing to bet: you are not as good at poker as you think you are. Neither am I. And that's perfectly normal. The majority of people coming up the learning curve tend to overestimate their skill level. This is a long-standing cognitive bias echoed as far back as Shakespeare: The Foole doth thinke he is wise, but the wiseman knowes himselfe to be a Foole (from As You Like It) More recently, David Dunning and Justin Kruger of...

Here's a video highlight from my recent poker tips twitch stream where I dig into some check-raising tips for approximating GTO poker (without having to get too advanced). More GTO Poker Tips Discussed in Video When deciding whether or not to check-raise bluff, you should look for certain types of flop textures and hands that help you maximize your fold equity on the flop as well as the turn. For example, you want to be raising with hands that...

This is the follow up to how to setup your Poker HUD part 2 where we demo'd the basic poker HUD we setup in Part 1. Poker HUD Notes Now, we get into some more advanced statics. For these you will need at least 1,000 hands on your opponent. First, Mike adds the positional raise 1st in (also called unopened pre-flop raise). Then he adds continuation bet. He also add fold-to-continuation bet but warns you have to be very careful...

Let's start with a simple definition of GTO Poker or Game Theory Optimal strategy: GTO poker is the scenario where both players are playing perfectly, and neither one can improve his strategy any further. While it's true that you will rarely be up against an opponent who is playing perfectly, if you're not careful, he might still choose a better strategy than yours! Thus, another way to thing about this, is that you want to choose a strategy...