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You know the story. Here you are: diligently following your hand chart, waiting patiently for just the right cards that will guarantee you have an edge on that silly fish playing every hand. Finally, you look down at one of the best poker hands, AK, and suppress the urge to fist-pump. You raise, he calls, the flop lands, and your heart sinks. 9 5 2 WTF? Now what? Allow me to be of service. Here are some guidelines on how to play...

When to Apply GTO versus Exploitative Let’s begin with a fitting metaphor from the book How to be a Poker Player by the nosebleed HU expert Haseeb Qureshi (aka InternetPokers aka dogishead): Keep your ship fortified where your attention cannot reach, and in the places that your attention is active and continual, that’s where you want to be playing exploitably and opening yourself up to attack. Because your own attention is limited, it is a valuable defensive strategy...

Try these five proven trick plays at the poker table to boost your win-rate. These plays can work at all levels against most opponents. I still use them all the time. While seemingly simple, getting good at these trick plays can lay the foundation for more advanced poker strategy. Raise/Jam your Small Pairs This is a good pre-flop move for when you're dealt pocket twos through pocket fives. It works best when you're in the SB so that...