Archive for March, 2009

Gugels Fundamental Questions of Poker

Posted on26. Mar, 2009 by Gugel.


The Fundamental of Theory of Poker should guide every decision you make in a heads up match.
Note: In 6-max and fullring games, Mortons theory might override Sklanskys, but this is a HU blog, so well ignore that for now.
Anyway, the traditional Fundamental Theory of Poker by David Sklansky states:
1. Every time you play a hand [...]

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Quick Tip: Calculating Odds in Your Head

Posted on20. Mar, 2009 by Gugel.


Heres a neat little trick that even some intermediate players dont know.  Lets say you want to calculate the percentage of the time youre going to win this hand:
Hero (SB) ($100.00)
Button ($100.00)
Preflop: Hero is SB with 9♣, T♣
Button bets $3, Hero calls $2
Flop: ($6) 8♣, Q♣, 2♦ (2 players)
Sure you can plug the information into PokerStove, but thats pretty [...]

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Heads Up Hand of the Week March 20th, 2009

Posted on20. Mar, 2009 by Gugel.


The villain has played a lot of hands but hes a breakeven player.   Hes a bit too loose from the big blind and he occasionally makes some really spazzy plays.    Hes 3bet pretty aggressively, but not an unreasonable amount.  He continuation bets almost every one of his 3bets.
Hero (Button) ($243.10)
SB ($107.20)
Preflop: Hero is Button with [...]

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UIGEA Repeal in the Works?

Posted on16. Mar, 2009 by Gugel.


The UIGEA was probably the worst thing that has ever happened to poker.  In 2006, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was pushed through Congress and made American poker players jump through hoops to deposit and withdraw funds.  Its still legal for Americans to play online poker, but it made it illegal for banks and [...]

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Obi-Wan Kenobi: Put Away Your PT3 and HEM HUDs

Posted on11. Mar, 2009 by Gugel.


CTS doesnt use a PokerAce or Hold Em Manager HUD.  Ansky doesnt use a HUD either.
But I use my HUD all the time.  Maybe they know something I dont.  And the more I think about, the more I see how relying on stats can do more harm than good.  Lets take a really simple example.
I [...]

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