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Summary of No Limit Hold-em Poker Tips #1-10

 If you are like me, you see a whole bunch of long posts and quickly move on to something else.  The following are a summary of the 10 poker tips I created with a link back to each post should one peak your interest.  Enjoy! Continue reading

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Sports Juice Poker Tips 9 and 10: Going all-in and Practicing Your Game

Looking at my list of topics, I am getting close to the finish line on my tips for casual players.  I have a few other intermediate thoughts, but I have probably given the casual player more than enough to digest and incorporate into their game.  I will wrap things up with a couple of final thoughts on the all-in move and practicing your game. Continue reading

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Sports Juice Poker Tip #8: Protect Your Hand

Well, I am 8,409 words into this poker tip project and it seems like there is still an infinite number of topics I could cover.  At some point, I will consolidate the summaries of all the tips into one post, but for now, less press on!

So far I have covered off some basically theory before you sit down at the table and some ideas to assist the casual player in deciding what types of hands they should play.  Now it is time to get into post-flop play.  Continue reading

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Sports Juice Poker Tip #7: Adding variety to your play without the need for judgment

I had planned for the next tip to be an introduction to ‘game theory’ in an effort to help the casual player play close to an optimal strategy.  It turns out that my memory of game theory is significantly less complicated to the real thing to the point that I am basically out to lunch on the topic.

I will do some more research and follow up with a proper post on game theory later.  For now, I will just put forward my application of game theory in my game.

In tip #5, I wrote about the general types of hands that should be played from early, middle and late position.  The advice results in a very tight style of play which would arguably be too tight and too easy for opponents to read.  The question I left was how to fix that problem. Continue reading

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Sports Juice Poker Tips #5 and #6: Do not play so many hands!

I have been receiving a lot of good feedback on my first couple of posts.   The pot odds tip in particular was appreciated, but ripe for confusion in terms of how to do the math and what to do with the math once it was done.   My best advice if you are looking for more details on particular odds for particular hands is to do a bit of searching on the internet.  There are all kinds of tables out there that will make your eyes roll back in your head.

From my perspective, I have tried to get the casual player to move from a ‘what the heck’ or ‘I might catch a card’ mentality to one of understanding whether or not it mathematically makes sense to call a bet given the size of the pot and their cards.  If a player is really out of their element at the table, following the math is going to get a better outcome than following their judgment. 

Judgment of course is a huge, huge part of poker, but judgment comes only with experience.  What I am trying to do with these tips is to convince the casual player to rely less on their judgment until they gain more experience.  The casual player is going to have a lot more success if they only play quality hands and avoid paying too much to try to make hands that are unlikely to hit.     That leads us to today’s tip. Continue reading

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Sports Juice Poker Tips #3 and #4: Pot Odds and the Fundamental Theorem of Poker

In my last post, I got the ball rolling on a series of tips to hopefully help the casual poker player compete a little bit better when playing a home game with their buddies.  In this post I will start the shift into some basic poker theory before we start talking about what cards to play and how to play them.  Specially, today I will talk about pot odds and the fundamental theorem of poker. Continue reading

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No limit hold-em Poker Tips for the Casual Player- Tips #1 and #2

As I continue to shake off the rust after the Olympic blogging break, I thought I would break from the usual range of Sports Juice topics and talk some poker.  By way of full disclosure, I occasionally play $1 or $3 sit-n-go tournaments online and very rarely take part in a small stakes home game.  I am an ok player most days though my interest lies primarily in ‘playing perfectly’ vs. trying to build a bankroll.   With that in mind, my favourite poker game is one that is full of tough competition.  Therefore I welcome friends and family to read and learn from these posts and use the information to try to take my money next time we play! Continue reading

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