Archive for 'Poker Strategy'

Free HU SNG Video

Posted on14. Nov, 2010 by Gugel.

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Cog Dissonance is one of the lead instructors on HUSNG.com.  He’s played over 15,000 SNGs with a 7% ROI and a total profit of $98,961.  Check out his graph:
Cog Dissonance sent me an exclusive sample strategy video just for AnskyPoker.com readers.   In the video, he gives a brief overview about the general strategy for [...]

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Is Shoving the River the Best Play?

Posted on18. Jan, 2010 by Gugel.

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Here’s a pretty interesting hand I played today.  Villain’s stats:
VPIP BB: 34%
VPIP SB: 73%
3Bet: 12%
Checkraise: 14%
He’s somewhat aggressive on the flop, but calms down on later streets.
The Official DeucesCracked.com Hand History Converter
Hero (BTN/SB): $148.75
BB: $62.20
Pre Flop: ($0.75) Hero is BTN/SB with 6 7
Hero raises to $1.50, BB calls $1
Flop: ($3.00) K J A (2 players)
BB [...]

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An Interview with HokieGreg – A HU SnG Guru

Posted on03. Dec, 2009 by Gugel.

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a heads up cash game player and I don’t have much experience in HU sit ‘n’ goes.  While obviously there’s a lot of overlap, there are some really important differences (e.g. playing with 10 – 30 big blinds).  To get more insight into HU SNGS, I interviewed [...]

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Play BluffBot – Heads Up NL Poker Bot

Posted on26. Oct, 2009 by Gugel.

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SuitedAces made an amazing post on the AnskyPoker.com HU Forums.  He’s a limit player that’s transitioning to NL and he brought up Hyperborean-Eqm, a poker bot that won the 2009 Poker Bot HU NL Championship.  Now Hyperborean-Eqm (made by a team from the University of Alberta) beat another poker bot, BluffBot for 1.8bb/100.  Unfortunately, you can’t [...]

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My Bad River Bluff at $200 NL

Posted on27. Sep, 2009 by Gugel.

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I’m playing $200 NL against Cricket Scores, a somewhat decent regular. We stacked off preflop when my AKs ran into his pocket queens. At this point, we’ve only played like 20 hands or so.
BB ($395.50)
Hero (SB) ($205.50)
Preflop: Hero is SB with Js, 2c
Hero bets $6, BB calls $4
Flop: ($12) 5c, 7h, 10d (2 [...]

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Pot Entitlement – It’s Not Over Till It’s Over

Posted on08. Sep, 2009 by Gugel.

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In NL hold’em, a very strong hand on the flop can become a marginal hand on the turn or river. But people have a very hard time letting go of a flopped monster. I call this phenomenon, “pot entitlement”. Simply put, they feel they are entitled to win the pot, even when [...]

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10,000 Hours

Posted on10. Aug, 2009 by Gugel.

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Back in May, I talked about the three things you need to master to become a great poker player.   But the key ingredient to greatness that I didn’t talk about is experience.  Beyond just playing lots of hands, experience includes watching training videos, getting coached, or posting in forums.  The more you play, the better [...]

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How to Play 4Bet Pots

Posted on26. Jul, 2009 by Gugel.

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In this post, we’ll talk about what you should do when you are on the button, you raise, villain 3bets, you 4bet and villain just smooth calls.  Here’s an example of what I’m talking about…
$100NL
Preflop: Hero is SB with Kh, As
Hero bets $3, BB raises to $10, Hero raises to $25, BB calls $15
These kinds [...]

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Playing Good When You’re Running Bad

Posted on21. Jul, 2009 by Gugel.

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Seth Godin had a great post on his blog today.  Even though he’s talking about marketing and customer service, his advice applies really well to poker.  Let’s say you have a bike race coming up and you obviously want to have the best time you possibly can.  The thing is,  everyone goes super fast on [...]

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Ryan Fee’s FREE 6Max eBook Review

Posted on17. Apr, 2009 by Gugel.

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Ryan Fee’s 6max guide is the best poker literature I have ever read. I read through the whole thing, cover to cover…twice. It’s really that good. And the fact that it’s free doesn’t hurt
Here are a few nuggets of wisdom:
1. A2-A5 are better than A6 and probably better than [...]

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Gugel’s Fundamental Questions of Poker

Posted on26. Mar, 2009 by Gugel.

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The Fundamental of Theory of Poker should guide every decision you make in a heads up match.
Note: In 6-max and fullring games, Morton’s theory might override Sklansky’s, but this is a HU blog, so we’ll 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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Why You Should Throw Pot Control Out the Window

Posted on28. Feb, 2009 by Gugel.

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Pot control is a good thing.  Unless of course, you go overboard.  It’s a big leak for many, many low stakes and mid stakes regs.  In fact, it’s probably one of my biggest leaks!
Let’s take a look at a hand I played recently.
Hero (Button) ($100)
SB ($101.50)
Preflop: Hero is Button with J♠, A♣
Hero bets $3, SB calls [...]

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Introducing PokerSage: A Free Tool for Short-Stacked HU Play

Posted on17. Feb, 2009 by Gugel.

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I wasn’t sure if I wanted to release this tool.  The whole point of this blog is to make you a better heads up player.  Thinking deeply about hands and your opponents is what makes you good and PokerSage takes thinking out of the equation.
With PokerSage, all you have to do is press a button [...]

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Rumchess vs CantBustThis Heads Up NL Video

Posted on10. Feb, 2009 by Gugel.

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Rumnchess and CantBustThis, two great high stakes heads up players, released a free video on 2+2.  If you haven’t already checked it out, you can download the video here.
I’m not quite sure why they released it for free, but maybe their hoping to build their reputation and eventually get picked up by a poker coaching [...]

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7 Steps to Better Table Selection

Posted on26. Jan, 2009 by Gugel.

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Table selection is really, really important.  It can make a losing player into a winning player and a winning player have a godlike winrate.  To illustrate my point, take kaintd77.  He has a 18.17BB/100 winrate over 198,412 hands.  Is he good at poker?  Of course.  But he’s not that good.  I’ve never played with him, [...]

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