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Lynn "Queen of Hearts" Paris

Lynn “Queen of Hearts” Paris

At first you might react the way I did when I saw the recently published book, “A Girls Guide to Poker” by Amanda Botfeld. Why would I want to learn to play poker from some unknown random woman when there are thousands of serious “how-to-play” poker books already written by well-respected, experienced poker players?Girls guide to Poker by Amanda Botfeld

But as I began to look into Ms. Botfeld, I realized that she was an established researcher/writer based in Washington D.C. and not a well-known poker expert; in other words, I could definitely relate. Turns out she had a rudimentary knowledge of poker, but not nearly enough to compete in an online tournament or at a casino, kinda like me. So she decided to write a book, hoping it would encourage women to learn to play poker with confidence.

And this is a book that’s fun and easy to understand, written for people who don’t play poker- at least not well. It has a decidedly female flair, as it teaches the ins and outs of the game we all want to learn how to play, and does it with style, sophistication and girlish glam. But don’t misunderstand. This isn’t a book that talks down to women; it just totally “gets” what women want. It’s feminine, but very sharp, as most of us women are. It’s even funny and playful in a way that most women would want her best poker-playing girlfriend to be.

Nevertheless, Botfeld is very serious about the game and that comes through. She has definitely done her homeworkShe delves into all the important information that basic poker studies go through – the possibilities of making certain hands, for example – and offers precise and accurate information throughout the book.

In fact, The Girl’s Guide isn’t just for girls; guys can improve their poker skills before sitting down at their poker tables for their weekly game, as long as they’re not too proud to read this entertaining and highly informative book.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Poker games and poker tournaments can be found almost anywhere in the world, and even if you go to some remote island on vacation, the hotel is likely to have an internet connection and you can log in to your favorite online casino and play to your heart’s content.  Or at the very least, you can play for as long as you can afford to.

When your opponents, family or friends see you doing this, their immediate thoughts are that you are a poker fanatic. These are the top ten signs that they are right:

  1. If you witness something bad happening your first thought is “That’s a bad beat.”
  2. You claim that you know exactly what cards every player has, even when you’re not in the game.
  3. When you count, you always follow “8, 9, 10” with “Jack, Queen, King, Ace.”
  4. Every person that beats you, pisses you off, or just irritates you, and they are just “donkeys” to you.
  5. If you could, you would celebrate your wedding anniversary by watching a poker tournament on TV.
  6. When booking any hotel room you make sure they have a computer connected to the Internet. That way you can still play online while everyone else goes to the beach.
  7. You can’t help yourself; when you pay for anything you stack up your cash in neat little piles before pushing them to the teller.
  8. You always think you’re the best poker player at any poker table.
  9. When you lose you can’t accept it graciously and always go on “Tilt”
  10. Whenever you lose a hand, you’ll make statements like “I’m just setting traps,” “I knew exactly what he had.”

There are probably many more clear signs that tell everybody just how big of a poker fiend you really are. You’re welcome to send us any that you can come up with, just send them to us by clicking on the link below.

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

We all know how good a poker player Daniel Negreanu is, but how many of you knew that he has a huge advantage because he is also a psychic? Watch this little video where he is playing against Jerry Buss, best known as the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. Daniel actually calls for an 8 of diamonds and a jack of diamonds and gets them both on the turn and the river to beat Buss with a straight flush against his ace high flush.

When I saw this my immediate thought was that I would give up any of my poker chip sets to become a poker psychic. And my second thought was to never ever play against Daniel Negreanu. How about you; are you a poker psychic? What would you give up to become the Edgar Cayce of the Poker World?

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Tadas PeckaitisTadas “My Poker Coaching” Peckaitis

We already covered the advantages of GTO strategy in my previous blog, but in order to get the most of this concept, you need to understand the limitations of this approach as well. Therefore, let us cover a few disadvantages that this strategy can bring to the table.

  • It does not maximize your winnings

Even though it is a very good strategy to use as your starting point, GTO play will not maximize your winnings. When you spot your opponents making mistakes, you want to do all you can to extract money from them and, therefore, deviate from GTO play.

  • It’s not optimal vs. weak players

Let’s take an extreme example. If your opponent folds to your c-bet every single time, you should be c-betting all your bluffs and trapping with your strong hands. According to GTO strategy, however, you should still be balancing your range. Obviously, if you know your opponent’s tendencies, it makes no sense to do that. You would have to take the most profitable line and bet all your bluffs even if this would not theoretically be the optimal play in general.

Weak players will be making plenty of mistakes, so your goal is to act on them. GTO strategy is not the best strategy in this case, and you will win much more with an exploitative approach.

  • Implementing GTO incorrectly will cost you money

It is very dangerous to implement GTO strategy incorrectly if you do not have enough practice. Especially if you are just starting out in poker, you should learn the basics and find some advanced poker training based on your preferred format to help you master the game.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve read through all of the advantages and disadvantages of game theory optimal strategy, the next step is actually putting the theory into practice. Remember, poker is not a solved game yet, so there’s no person out there who is perfectly employing GTO play. However, you can get very close to it by learning the fundamentals.

Understanding both GTO and the exploitative approach will greatly improve your game and give you the results you’re striving to achieve at the poker tables. So, take your time to study and always choose the best strategies based on your opponents.

 

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