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Tadas PeckaitisTadas “My Poker Coaching” Peckaitis

Poker is becoming highly competitive, and to stay ahead of your competition, you need to keep improving all the time. Just ask all-time great, Daniel Negreanu, who says he continues to work hard to keep up with the young poker studs. Obviously, you can find a lot of information on how to balance your ranges and you can learn game theory optimal (GTO) strategies to compete with tough players. However, there’s very little talk about how you can exploit your opponents to maximize results.

Do not get me wrong, understanding and learning GTO strategy is essential if you want to play in higher-stake games and grow as a player. But if your end goal is to make more money, you can surely find some spots for that.

Betting versus missed c-bet
Today, I want to talk about one of the most powerful moves you can add to your arsenal – betting versus missed continuation bet. It is probably the most underused play that can change your results dramatically. When your opponent decides not to c-bet after raising pre-flop, you have a great opportunity to steal the pot and, with very few exceptions, should do that almost all the time.The joy of winning after C-Betting

It does not matter if you are in or out of position, playing 3bet or single raised pot. In all of these cases, you can put a lot of pressure on your opponents if your first instinct is to bluff, unless you get a very unfavorable run out.

Most of the time this happens when you defend from the BB versus late position open and then you both check on the flop.?  If your opponent decided to check, he either has a weak hand, total air or he’s trapping, which is going to happen very rarely. Therefore, on most run outs you should fire a bet on the turn and continue barreling on the river as well. The only dangerous scenarios are when the board pairs or an Ace hits on the turn, because many players tend to check back A-high hands. Moreover, when the board pairs, you will get fewer folds because players are more likely to bluff catch with low pairs or even A-high hands so you can let it go.

Apart from that, you should feel free to fire a bet. If you choose to bet 2/3 of the pot, you only need to make him fold 40% of his range to make an instant profit, and that is usually the case. People just don’t have that many strong holdings in their checking range, so you can and should take advantage of that. Even if your opponent decides to call on the turn, he will end up folding most of his hands on the river. Thus, this is one of the spots where applying aggression is going to pay you huge dividends in the future.

Summing it up
As you see, it is not enough to learn Texas Holdem poker rules to make the most profitable decisions and sometimes you just have to think outside the box. Do not try to balance your ranges blindly and if you recognize mistakes in your opponent’s play – take advantage of that.Poker tables from the Texas Poker Store

In the next few upcoming articles, I will show you other profitable spots to exploit your competition at the poker tables, so stay tuned for more!

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

As of today there have already been 23 Events completed at the 2017 WSOP with a total Prize Pool of just a shade under 53 million dollars and we’re still not even halfway there, with more than 50 events to go. For those few people that still have no clue just how rich the WSOP payouts are, take this in and wonder no more — thus far the 48th Annual WSOP has paid out more than 10 million dollars in first place prize money alone.

2017 WSOP Bracelet WinnersAt this point the biggest winner (in terms of $$$) is, by far, Doug Polk who walked away from Event 6 the $111,111 High Roller for One Drop with a sweet paycheck of $3,686,865 and his third Gold Bracelet. Not a bad payday for four days work. You might remember that Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris mentioned him in her WSOP Highlights blog just a few days ago.

The following is a list of the current winners that have taken home first place prize dollars along with the coveted WSOP Gold Bracelets.

  • Bryan Hollis – Event 1 – $68,817
  • Team Igor Kurganov and Liv Boeree – Event 2 – $273,964
  • Upeshka De Silva – Event 3 – $229,923
  • Benjamin Zamani – Event 4 – $238,620
  • Thomas-Pomponio – Event 5 – $1,000,000
  • Doug Polk – Event 6 – $3,686,865
  • Jesse Martin – Event 7 – $130,948
  • Joseph “ul_gg” Mitchell – Event 8 – $122,314
  • Abe Mosseri – Event 9 – $388,795
  • Team Aditya Sushant – Nipun Java – Event 10 – $150,637
  • David Bach- Event 11 – $119,399
  • David “Dragon” Pham – Event 12 – $391,960
  • Frank Kassela – Event 13 – $89,151
  • David Singer – Event 14 – $203,709
  • Adrian Mateos – Event 15 – $324,470
  • Anthony Marquez – Event 16 – $393,273
  • John Racener – Event 17 – $273,962
  • Tyler Smith – Event 18 – $244,344
  • Pablo Mariz – Event 20 – $1,221,407
  • Ron Ware – Event 21 – $145,577
  • John Monnette – Event 22 – $256,610
  • Shane Buchwald – Event 24 – $177,985

There is a lot more ahead. There are still more than fifty Final Tables to be conquered; will you be at one of them? Will you join the group of  conquerors of this 2017 World Series of Poker? If you ARE there, don’t forget to take a picture or video holding a sign that has three little words on it – TEXAS POKER STORE – You would make us very happy and we generously reward those who make us happy. Check out the entry details here…

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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!

To score $200 off of any poker table in our store!

Whitney at the 2017 WSOP1.  If you plan to attend the WSOP for even a day, take a selfie, photo or brief video that demonstrates where you are . . . and then find a clever way to display these three little words: Texas Poker Store. Hold up a hand-made sign, write it on a napkin with a sharpie, print it on your hat like our lovely model is doing, or simply say “I love the TEXAS POKER STORE” on video and submit it to me at Queenofhearts@texaspokerstore.com.

To score $100 off any poker table in our store!

2. If you can’t attend the WSOP in person, do not despair. With the Main Event being covered live on ESPN and numerous events streaming on PokerGO, simply follow the same instructions but show the WSOP playing on your T.V., computer, tablet or phone, and submit it to me at Queenofhearts@texaspokerstore.com.

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The qualifying entries will be announced at the end July and posted on our Facebook page – the winners will be determined by . . . you guessed it – the staff at the Texas Poker Store.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

It’s a little difficult to keep on top of everything that is happening at the World Series of Poker. Did you realize that the WSOP is larger than football, baseball, basketball or hockey in overall numbers? For example last year the WSOP attracted more than 107,000 players from over 100 countries and paid out more than $221 million to the winners.

This year the series is expected to be bigger and richer than ever with a total of 74 different events to be played out over the course of 54 days. That, my friends, is more than just a little difficult to keep on top of. Most other sporting events that fans follow are linear in nature. At some point, in other words, it comes down to the top eight, then the top four, and then the two finalists and then the champion. That model even holds true for the Global Poker League.

Not so in poker, especially at the WSOP. There are numerous events going on, some simultaneously, and if you’re an avid fan like we are at the Texas Poker Store, you have a lot of “favorite players” to keep your eyes on, as well as favorite events. So, we love the COLOSSUS ever since its inauguration in 2015 when Cord Garcia plopped down his $565.00 buy-in,  and triumphed over a field of more than 22,000 players to collect his gold bracelet and more than half a million dollars.

Other big favorites, including ours, is the $1,500 No-Limit Texas Hold’em; the Millionaire Maker with its $1,500 buy-in and guaranteed $1 million first prize, and, of course, the WSOP Main Event, which last year boasted more than 6,700 players and paid the winner, Qui Nguyen, more than $8 million.

With all of the above in mind, we can tell you the following:

Of the finished events:

Event 1 – Casino Employees $565 No-Limit Hold’em won by Bryan Hollis

Event 2 – $10,000 Tag team NL Hold’em won by Igor Kuganov and Liv Boeree

Event 3 -$3000 NL Hold’em Shootout won by Upeshka De Silva

Event 4 -$1500 Omahi Hi-Lo 8 or Better won by Benjamin Zamani

As of this writing, the leader in the $111,111 HIGH ROLLER for ONE DROP No-Limit Hold’em is the hugely popular Bertrand” Elky” Grospellier, who holds a commanding chip lead with only nine players remaining. Martin Jacobson, Dario Sammartino, Chris Moore and Rainer Kempe are also among the last nine. With a first-place prize of $3,686,865and a bracelet, this should be one helluva final table!

Of course, by the time we publish, that all might change. That’s just part of why we love the compelling and unpredictable world of poker!

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