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Poker Bankroll Management

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Poker Bankroll Management

 Poker Bankroll Management  What is poker bankroll management? Poker bankroll management is minimising your risk of ruin by only putting a certain percentage of your poker bankroll at risk at once.  This article will give you general guidelines for how many buy ins to use as a bankroll for each level but you are encouraged to alter these figures if you feel that it suites you. You must be honest with yourself here. Don’t use one of the factors to justify a tiny bankroll at higher stakes than you can’t afford. That’s bad poker bankroll management!   Why is poker...

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Omaha Starting Hand Rankings – Transitioning from Hold’Em

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Omaha Starting Hand Rankings – Transitioning from Hold’Em

Omaha Starting Hand Rankings – Transitioning from Hold’Em The high version of Omaha, and in particular the pot limit version, has become very popular. This popularity is likely due to it’s similarity to Texas Hold‘Em which shows no sign of losing its position as the worlds most popular poker variant. Due to this link many of the players now learning and playing pot limit Omaha are coming from a Texas Hold’Em background and as such are bringing with them a few misconceptions about Omaha hand rankings that are not helpful to their success. This article will tell you what to...

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ICM - The Independent Chip Model

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ICM - The Independent Chip Model

Understanding the Independent Chip Model (ICM) for SNGs In poker, the Independent Chip Model (ICM) uses the stack sizes of remaining players and the payout structure to calculate each player’s equity in the tournament. Knowing your equity allows you to assess whether a particular play is +$EV and is a hugely powerful tool when making decisions on the bubble in Sit n Go tournaments. This knowledge can allow you to make some +$EV moves that are not immediately obvious to everyone. This gives you an edge on the competition and will give a healthy boost to your ROI.   Equity...

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Fold Equity

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Fold Equity

Fold Equity When you make a bet or raise in poker, you give yourself two ways to win the hand.  You can win at showdown if you have the best hand, and you can also win the pot right away when your opponent folds. Fold equity is the equity gained when your opponent folds and it allows you to open up the aggression in some interesting spots. Fold equity in practice Let’s look at this spot where you hold some sort of draw and are considering raising as a semi bluff rather than calling. You are playing a 9 handed...

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Bluff Catching

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Bluff Catching

Bluff Catching The term bluff catcher is used to describe a hand that only has equity when facing a bluff from your opponent. Your hand is strong enough so that if your opponent is bluffing, you are ahead, but not strong enough to be ahead of your opponent’s value betting range. Bluff catching against the correct opponents Most opponents will bluff at least a little, but occasionally you will find opponents that play so nitty that they always have a strong holding. Don’t bluff catch against someone who never bluffs or when the situation dictates that your opponents range is...

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