Playing Poker with Fish

I often see decent poker players get crushed by fish. These players do fine against other “thinking” poker players, but when they come across a nonthinking fish, a player who will pay the big blind no matter what two cards they’re dealt, they get flustered and lose money. This is because strategies that work against […]

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Bowling Blindfolded

Every poker strategy will see short-term variance. Your optimal strategy may give you a string of losses, while the local fish, who plays any two cards he’s dealt, is on a hot streak. These downswings can last for weeks, shaking even strong players, pushing them to doubt their ability, change their strategy, and adopt bad […]

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Stop Losing Money in Texas Hold Em

“I want to get better at poker, but I suck at math.” Chances are you’ve said this if you’re a novice poker player. It stopped me from approaching poker strategy for years. Poker’s supposed mental math requirement is intimidating. But the reality is quite different—you can easily lift yourself out of the novice poker bracket […]

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Notes on MIT Poker Theory and Analytics with Kevin Desmond

Kevin Desmond’s Poker Theory and Analytics from MIT is an excellent class for lower-level poker players. Desmond is a fantastic lecturer and covers a large amount of material in just eight lectures. The course is great for players who are: Familiar with the basic mechanics of the game Generally losing money or break-even in low-stakes […]

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Leveling Up in Texas Hold ‘Em

This is the lesson plan I used to level up from a novice Hold ‘Em player. The best way to use this list is: Play as many hands as possible. (I say hands instead of games because live games are slow and online games are fast. Play more hands –> try out more strategies –> […]

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