Full Tilt Poker Tips From The Pros
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Playing the Main Event
"When playing against weak opponents while holding lots chips, you should try to see more flops as cheaply as you can."
Managing the Short Stack
"In No-Limit tournaments, it's very important to do your stealing when you have at least eight to 10 big blinds."
Playing Pot-Limit Tournaments
"In Pot-Limit tournaments, I prefer to be the player re-raising the open-raise."
Red for a Day
"I felt like every raise, weak call or foolish bluff I made was magnified."
A Big Stack Mistake at the 2006 WSOP
"Given the table dynamics, there was no need for me to risk one-third of my chips on this hand."
Winning Poker - It's About More Than Money
"There are a couple of common mistakes new players make that lead them to draw faulty conclusions about the strength of their play."
Seventh Street Decisions in Seven-Stud
"Some of the tougher decisions on seventh street arise when you're holding one pair."
Big Blind Play in Limit Hold 'em
June 12, 2006
"Even if the check-raise doesn't win the pot, this move helps keep a tough, aggressive player off balance."
Firing the Second Bullet
Greg "FBT" Mueller
"If you're up against an opponent who is unwilling to play without a very big hand, firing the second bullet can force them to make some bad lay downs."
Fourth Street Decisions in Seven Stud
"If fourth street builds straight or flush possibilities for my opponent, I'm likely to muck a lot of hands; if it appears to be a complete blank, I'll usually continue."
Finding Your Inner Maniac
Greg "FBT" Mueller
"I had convinced him that there was no difference between a $25 raise and a $4,000 raise."
Beware the Min Raise
"Every time I've been faced with a minimum re-raise, I've been up against a monster - pocket Kings or Aces."
Playing Bottom Two Pair
"Many players overplay top pair and over-pairs, and will either call or re-raise all-in."
The Other Danger in Slow Playing
"If he bets on the turn and you raise, you're signaling that the turn card helped you."
Why I Prefer Cash Games to Tournaments
"If you're attuned to your opponent's moods, you'll find opportunities to profit from their weakened states."
Early Tournament Play
"I'd rather gamble early and bust than cling to a short stack for hours on end."
Bad Position, Decent Cards
"In spots like this, your best move is to press an edge while you have it - before the flop."
Inducing a Bluff
"It's hard to bluff on three consecutive streets, and most players won't launch that third bullet."
Back to Basics
"As players improve, they inevitably see more opportunities for profit, and thus, see potential in a greater number of hands. "
Representing a Bluff
"If you had the nuts, he'd reason, you'd bet smaller, trying to get some value."
"In the last couple of years, I've noticed that some of the less experienced players who have entered $10,000 buy-in tournaments don't fully appreciate what they've seen on TV."
When Passive Plays
"Ideally I want to get one decent sized bet in over the course of this hand and by checking, I prevent my opponent from giving me more action than my hand can handle."
Book Smarts vs. Table Smarts
"Just as there is no right way to write a song or paint a picture, there is no right way to play poker."
Playing with John D'Agostino
"After such a difficult opening, it's not uncommon to see even very good players overwhelmed with resignation."
On Cavemen and Poker Players
"Endeavor to leave each session in the same emotional state."
"I'm looking to pick up a lot of small pots by applying a constant level of pressure to my opponents."
Tips From Tunica
"When he check-raised, he failed to ask himself a critical question: What hand can I call with that he could beat?"
How Big a Bankroll?
Team Full Tilt
"If you're nervous about what you stand to lose in a given pot, you're probably playing too high for your bankroll. "
Thoughts on Omaha-8
"Whenever possible, you need to position yourself to take every chip from a big pot."
In Defense of the Call
"A strategic call might keep me from going broke in a hand where I hold a good, but second-best hand."
Stepping Up, Stepping Down
"Early in my poker career I set a simple rule for myself: I would never move to a higher limit until I won three consecutive sessions. If I lost three consecutive sessions at a given limit, I would move down to a lower limit."
40 Playing a Big Draw in Limit Hold 'em
Chris "Jesus" Ferguson
"Playing big draws aggressively against multiple opponents can create very profitable situations."
Know Your (Table) Limits
"As I play, I take note of the loose players and tight players, and then use that information to decide which seat will be most profitable."
Getting Started in Stud-8
"The major mistake that new Stud-8 players make is that they play aggressively with hands that might serve them well in a regular game of 7-Card Stud."
What's Your Starting Hand Really Worth?
"There is no universal definition of what "better" means when comparing hold 'em starting hands."
Big Slick: A Slippery Hand
"Many people fall in love with A-K pre-flop in No-Limit Hold 'em because they know that they can rarely be much worse than 50-50 to win the hand if they get all of their money in heads up."
Bad Cards or Bad Plays?
Team Full Tilt
"I know that some days, even if I play perfectly, I'm going to lose."
Strategies for Short-Handed Limit Hold 'em
"The position raise puts me in control of the hand and, even if I'm holding total trash, the pressure puts the blinds in a spot where they need to catch a piece of the flop."
Taking on a Short-Handed No-Limit Game
"Three- or four-handed games are usually very aggressive, and I will never limp in."
What I learned at the WSOP
"When playing, keep your mouth shut and don't do your opposition any favors."
Back to the Drawing Board
"If you're against a player who likes to slow play or a player who will bluff you out with a big bet, a small bet gives you the best chance of seeing the turn."
30 It's Not Easy Being Green. Or Is It?
Team Full Tilt
"Everyone agreed that one of the best ways to improve your game is to play against better players."
Texture Isn't Just For Fabric
"If my hand is unlikely to improve, I tend to bet more than 2/3 of the pot. I want to take this pot now."
Know Your Opponent; Own Your Opponent
"Poker is often not so much about the cards you have, but knowing the way your opponent plays."
How Bad are the Beats?
"After my bet and the opponent's all in-raise, I was getting pot odds of 3.7 to 1 to call, so the call is clearly correct."
Third Street in Seven Stud
"You should almost never bring in for a completion in Stud Hi, except in very rare tournament situations."
Flopping a Monster
"Big hands can mean big pots. But, with a big hand, it's even more important to strategize and figure out how strong your opponent is."
Our Favorite Poker Books
Team Full Tilt
"Chris Ferguson believes David Sklansky's Hold 'em for the Advanced Player and Theory of Poker are perhaps the two best books out there."
Holding On To Your Winnings
Aaron "GambleAB" Bartley
"One slip-up can spell disaster for a bankroll, and watching six months of hard work disappear in six hours of foolish play is enough to crush anyone's spirits."
No-limit by the Numbers
"In poker, it's the long run that matters, so he should only call if his probability of winning is greater than 40%."
"If my raise gets the initial raiser to fold, the meat of the chips will very often be coming my way."
Sizing Up Your Opening Bet
"Poker is like real estate. The three most important factors in deciding how much to raise are: Location, location, location."
So You Wanna Go Pro
"Poker is a great game; it's tons of fun, and has never been as potentially profitable as it is today. But try to keep it in perspective."
Dealer, Leave the Bets in Front of the Players.
"The first and most important thing, especially in Omaha/8, is knowing where you're at on every street."
Not Playing By The Book
"Poker is not a game that is best played by the numbers. Poker is a game of situations."
Playing Two or More Tables at Once
"...the best way to keep up with the action is to look for hands you can fold automatically."
How To Win At Tournament Poker, Part 2
"Most people would be better off making no changes at all, rather than the changes that they do make"
How To Win At Tournament Poker, Part 1
"How much of a difference is there between ring game strategy and tournament strategy? The answer: Not as much as you think."
Specialize At Your Peril
"Playing the other games will develop skills that will simply make you a better poker player."
"I will very rarely bluff against a "calling station"."
Don't Play a Big Pot Unless You Have a Big Hand
"All of a sudden, I don't like my hand -- so much."
Ask And Ye Shall Receive Part II
"Wouldn't Casey have been more than happy to raise with his A-A, knowing the older gentleman would reraise him?"
Ask And Ye Shall Receive Part 1
"I want him to view me as a young hot-shot, with the hopes that he'll bully me later when I have the goods."
8 Should I Stay Or Should I Go
"Usually a losing player is scared to get involved with a winning player, so it's easier for you to pick up pots."
Keep Your Toolbox Well Stocked
"One essential element of playing winning poker is forcing your opponents to make difficult decisions."
Why I Leave My Sunglasses And iPod At Home
"I am confident that the information I take in with my eyes far exceeds what I give away."
In Pot Limit...
"What many beginning pot limit Omaha players do not understand is that Omaha is really a game of redraws."
"After a careful analysis, if I'm not sure if I should raise and I'm not sure I should fold, I feel confident that calling a bet (or checking) is correct."
Just A Few Things When Playing Razz
"If your opponent catches a baby and you catch big, you should let it go."
A Way To Approximate The Odds
"Knowing the approximate likelihood of making your hand is a good beginning step on the road to better poker."
Sit N Goes Made Easy
"The Sit N Go is the flight simulator of Final Table play, and mastering it should be considered mandatory homework for the serious student."