I recently viewed the tape from the World Series of Poker final table when I won my record eleventh bracelet. There was one interesting hand that commentator Robert Williamson said I played poorly. Here’s how it went down.
I played in a $1,500 buy-in Team Poker tournament at Caesar’s Palace last week. You might ask why someone like me who is famous for skipping major poker tournaments would end up playing in a smalltime $500 per player event.
Premium hands are simply few and far between when large pots are at stake. Tournaments are won by aggressively going after smaller pots with a range of starting hands. The trick is learning how to do that without becoming reckless.
The world’s most successful tournament competitors, like me, Phil Ivey, Erick Lindgren, Phil Hellmuth and countless others, like to play small ball poker.
In tournament play, it’s generally advisable to avoid risking large sums of chips in coin flip situations, like pocket sixes versus A-K. After all, the pocket pair is only a very slight heads-up favorite. Why risk your tournament life on a near 50/50 proposition?
It’s common for beginners to set themselves up for disaster by misplaying hands before the flop. Then, they complain about their bad luck when they lose.
In No Limit hold’em tournaments, size your bets based on your opponent’s skill level. You can cut corners by betting wisely — save a little here and make a little extra there.
All fans of televised poker have heard a commentator use the terms coin flip and race situation to describe a big all-in altercation.
Pot limit Omaha is catching on like wild fire in card rooms and casinos around the world, especially in high stakes online cash games. The game is poker’s newest fad.
A common mistake made by amateurs is the way they play overcards after the flop when the flop misses completely. Overcards are hole cards that are of higher rank than any card on the board.