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Tadas PeckaitisTadas “My Poker Coaching” Peckaitis

Building on top of the last article, I want to mention another extremely profitable way to increase your win rate that many players miss – delayed c-betting. It’s a strategy  that although it’s not covered as well as Texas Holdem hand rankings, bankroll management or math concepts, but it can give you a significant edge over your opponents because most poker players are not using it as they should.

Getting the most out of a delayed c-bet

First, let’s say you are in position and after checking back on the flop, you see another check from your opponent. You can safely say that when your opponent checks twice, he is not looking to play a big pot or risk a significant part of his stack calling you down. Most of the time their range is full of weak bluff catchers or show down value hands; they just want to see a free showdown and are ready to give up when facing any significant betting.

Therefore, this is a perfect spot to bet or even turn your weak hand into a bluff and put the pressure back on your opponent. It looks obvious, but many players go into check back mode without even thinking. Moreover, you will lose more often than you think with weak show-down value hands because a lot of the time your opponent will be bluffing air hands himself, but may still have a better hand than yours. Thus, when he checks a few times in a row, he is extremely likely to have a weak hand himself and you can get him to muck his hand.

Let us take an example to illustrate this. You are playing 6 max cash game with 100 big blinds and get A3s in the CO, it is folded around to you, you raise, and big blind calls. Flop comes J76, you both check and see meaningless 2x. Your opponent decides to check again, and you consider your options.

Many players just automatically check back thinking they could win a showdown, but that’s a mistake. First, you are losing to every single hand that has showdown value, such as better Ax, 7x, 6x and few low pocket pairs. However, if you decide to bet the turn and river, you will almost surely make him fold the vast majority of those holdings and you’ll take down the pot. You need to take into consideration that your opponent is not likely to have many strong hands because Jx or better would likely get him some value and he’d be betting on the turn.  Therefore, you can easily manipulate your opponent’s play by putting on the pressure at the right time.

Same could be said when you are out of position as well. Obviously, you will get fewer folds on the turn because players tend to float a lot while being in position, but if you continue your aggression on the river, you will make him fold most of his holdings.

Summing it up

Poker Tables from the Texas Poker StoreWhen you find yourself in a similar spot at the poker tables, don’t be afraid to pull the trigger and you will surely get more folds than you can imagine. Most players are just not capable of defending as much as they should in this area, so take advantage of that!

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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" ParisLynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

In honor of the 2017 World Series of Poker, the Texas Poker Store invites you to enter our contest and score big!

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Live fom the Rio Hotel and Casino where I’ve been hanging for the last three days watching all the action from the rails at the feature table. Although I’ve been frustrated at the fact that because of technical difficulties I haven’t been able to blog my reports to y’all, I will say that thus far I’ve had a great time hanging with some old and some new friends. On my first full day, I had a delicious lunch with our old keyboard player on the Buddy Miles band, L.D. Dixon and his lovely wife, Judy. They showed some real estate around Vegas in case we considered moving … don’t think so. I also had a great brunch the next day with Neil Merryweather and we reminisced about the times we spent together while they recorded “Out For Blood” with Lita Ford. I then dragged him with me to the Rio to hang out at the Feature Table.

Daniel NegreanuI met Daniel Negreanu, who as of this writing is still playing strong at the feature table, hanging in at number 21 with approximately 3.7 million in chips. He graciously agreed to take this photo promoting my Rock and Roll memoirs “Them Changes.”

Currently there are still 37 players holding on with Negreanu hanging tight in number 13 spot with almost 7 million in chips, and the only woman, Kelly Minkin, still standing in number 8 spot holding about8.5 million in chips.

I’ll try to write more if I don’t run  into technical issues again. Tomorrow they’ll play to see who makes it to the final table.

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Pocket Bullets ParisBy: Pocket Bullets Paris

Adrian BuckleyYoung Adrian Buckley runs away with Event #16: MILLIONAIRE MAKER $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em. This marked Buckley’s first ever WSOP win, in fact, it is his first cash at any WSOP event. With that this 27-year-old part-time poker player from Dacono, Colorado takes home, not only his first gold bracelet but a sweet paycheck for $1,277,193. Big Bucks for Mr. Buckley.

Phil HellmuthThen came Event #17: $10,000 Razz Championship, not a game that I personally like very much, but one that I’m certain  Phil “The Poker Brat” Hellmuth loves. Hellmuth dominated the  final table to earn his record-extending 14th WSOP bracelet. He gets $271,105 for this victory, bringing his lifetime earnings at the WSOP to an astounding $12,783,905 with a record 109 cashes at the WSOP and, ready for this? 52 of those being final table appearances.

John GaleAnd from the other side of the big pond we have England’s John Gale claiming Event #18: $1,000 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em. Gale takes home first place prize money of $298,290 and his second career gold bracelet.


Matt ElseyEvent #19: $3,000 Limit Hold’em 6-Handed belonged to Matt Elsby, from Torrance, CA now residing in Chandler, AZ . Elsby knocked down a field of 319 hungry poker players to take home $230,799, in this his third WSOP cash, and his very first gold bracelet.

Ben ZamaniBen Zamani scooped up his first World Series of Poker gold bracelet victory. Zamani avenges a runner-up finish from less than one week ago by capturing Event #20: $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em and taking home $460,640 in pocket change. With his spot in the winner’s circle cemented, Zamani now owns two cashes at the 2015 Series totaling more than $600,000 and vaulting him into Player of the Year contention.

Daniel AlaeiEvent #21: $10,000 Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better was taken down by Daniel Alaei. Remarkably this California native has now picked up his fifth career gold bracelet an he is just 30-years old. Alaei collects $391,037, but he’ll be remembered mostly being the second-youngest player in history  to have that many wins.

Sam GreenwoodSam Greenwood is the latest winner at the 2015 World Series of Poker.  Greenwood tops 1,915-Player Field in Event #22: $1,000 No-Limit Hold’em, and Wins $318,977 along with his first WSOP gold bracelet.

Christian PhamVietnamese-born poker pro now living in St. Paul, MN, Christian Pham, accidentally signed up for the wrong tournament, and wins his first gold bracelet. Pham won Event #23: $1,500 No-Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball and collected $81,314 in prize money, not too shabby for sitting down at the wrong poker table.  This marked his third occasion to cash at the 2015 series, way to go Christian, that’s the way to make the best out of your mistakes.

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