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Beyond the Solvers: How to Evaluate Straight Draws in Multiway Pots

When your daily working life begins and ends at a computer screen it’s all to easy to be sucked into the maelstrom of clickbait, trends, and sensationalist Youtube videos. In the poker world the emphasis on solvers as some kind of Oracle is great for quickly generating content and has led to many poker players submitting to the idea that the best investment of their time is to become amateur data scientists.

And the solvers certainly are seductive! The rows of cards, numbers and percentages offer an apparent certainty that is comforting in the otherwise rocky, shifting game that is […]

By |2019-04-24T12:26:54+00:00April 24th, 2019|

The Smart Player’s Introduction To Short Deck Holdem

It has been just over a year since I started my research into Short Deck Hold’em and, with its recent release on Pokerstars, it seems like a good time to write some introductory strategy material on the game. As part of my new-found resolve to be more direct (and, dare I say it, self-promoting!) in 2019 I have assumed that the reader is smart enough to have figured out the basics for himself. I’m not going to bore you or myself by writing a basic outline of rules, or trivial observations about connected cards and suits pre-flop. Instead we’ll dive […]

By |2019-03-08T10:19:52+00:00March 7th, 2019|

How to Exploit Loose Passive Players

PLO can be a frustrating game. Many serious players, especially those with a Hold’em background, come into PLO and are excited by the sight of all the loose players splashing about in the pot. Their excitement soon turns to exasperation as their opponents seem to never fold but always get there. And this exasperation turns to desperation when they realize that the simple strategies that worked so well in Hold’em are actually losing against the fish.

If seems familiar to you, or if you simply feel that you are missing value given the radical departure of the loose-passive player’s approach from […]

By |2018-08-01T16:32:13+00:00July 31st, 2018|
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