Poker Strategy Articles

Here is my collection of favorite poker strategy articles mainly focusing on Texas Hold’em. Most of the articles have been written by myself or my poker friends that submitted them to PokerTrikz. I have also posted a few of my favorite 2p2 forum posts that I found useful when I was developing my own strategy and style.

Essential Poker Tools

Throughout my poker training videos, I use two important poker tools that I believe are crucial to every poker player. One of them will cost you a small amount of money up front to use, but the other one is totally free of charge. If you want to become a serious poker player even at […]

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Wet and Dry Board Texture

In poker, we describe the board texture as a state of wet and dry. A board texture is either wet or dry, but never both. However, it may vary in the severity of the wetness or dryness. This means you may here descriptions such as “the flop was very wet” or “it was a mostly […]

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LAG Style

A LAG style means you play loose (a wide range of hands) and aggressive (betting and raising instead of checking and calling). While raising every hand on the button is a bit too loose and not recommended; opening up your range of hands while on the button is a solid strategy. You can use the […]

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Isolation Raise

A new strategy to improve your win rate while on the button is called an “Isolation Raise”. An isolation raise is a preflop raise made after a player limps into the pot before you. Limping into the pot means just calling the big blind instead of raising with your hand preflop. An example of this […]

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Checking for Value

The term “checking for value” is not used by many other poker players. I came up with this term when I was trying to describe a situation where I wanted to check a hand because it would earn me more money than betting would. It may seem counter-intuitive to check a hand to earn more […]

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The Squeeze Play

The squeeze play is a powerful play in poker that can be used to win chips and assert dominance over a table. It’s not a move that should be used lightly, but it definitely has a place in the arsenal of any serious poker player. Although the squeeze play is primarily used in the mid […]

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Taking Notes and Making Reads

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original forum posts, which have been combined, were written by FreakDaddy. They are titled “Taking Notes & Making Reads Article” and “Taking Notes & Making Reads (Part 2)“. I learned a lot from these posts when I was grinding through the limits. Not only did I […]

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The Evolution of a Poker Player

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post is by the user Ship Ship McGipp and is titled The Evolution of a Poker Player and can be found here. This article has been edited for clarity and readability. Disclaimer and qualifier: I have played well over one million hands of online poker, […]

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Playing Junk from Late Position

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post is by the user tannenj  and is titled Pooh-Bah Post: Playing Junk From Late Position and can be found here. This article has been edited for clarity and readability. My current VPIP/PFR stats: UTG: 11/11. MP: 11/11. CO: 22/20. BTN: 30/27. My attempt to […]

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Opening Up Your Game

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post by the user AJFenix is titled Opening Up Your Eyes and Your Game (very long) and can be found here. Recently I have had some interesting discussions with a few regulars, and some interesting points were brought up from which I learned quite a bit, […]

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Zoom Poker Strategy

Zoom Poker at PokerStars is super-fast format which uses the pooled player concept first introduced as Rush Poker by Full Tilt. Players in each pool are randomly combined to form a table for each new hand. The key to this format is a ‘Fast Fold’ button. This allows players to fold before the action reaches […]

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Blind Stealing

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post by Pokey is titled Pooh-Bah Redux: Blind Stealing and can be found here. This article was one of the most inspirational and ground breaking to my play. This post is an absolutely “must read” for any person trying to seriously win at online poker; […]

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Luck and Poker

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post by ThaHero is titled Pooh-Bah Post: Luck and Poker and can be found here. I realize it’s somewhat long, and if you decide not to read that’s fine. I hope it helps someone. Just writing it really helped me. I know I’m not […]

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Continuation Bet Sizing

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post by Panthro is titled Some thoughts on continuation bet sizing (long) and can be found here. Most 2+2’ers are familiar with the 4xBB + BB/limper preflop bet sizing methodology, but what about post flop? Do we always bet the pot? Min bet? Shove? On one […]

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How to Use HUD Stats

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post by sh58 is titled profiling opponents using PAH (tl, dr) and can be found here. Poker Ace HUD (heads up display) was a piece of software that displayed your opponents’ PokerTracker stats on the screen. Poker Ace HUD was later combined with the […]

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How to Evaluate Aggression Factor

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post by mason55 is titled 10k posts: Aggression Factor, VPIP and You! How to Relate the 3 and can be found here. It explains how to use the PokerTracker statistic called aggression factor. PokerTracker is a piece of software that imports your hand histories and shows […]

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How to Use PokerTracker

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post by Pokey is titled How to use PokerTracker and can be found here. PokerTracker is software that records all of your hand histories and tells you information about how you play. You can use these statistics to spot holes in your game as Pokey […]

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Continuation Betting

The following article was found on the 2+2 forums. The original post by bilbo-san is titled Why am I C-betting this again? (Theory, long) and can be found here. I thought it was a fantastic explanation of the different consideration you must make when continuation betting. It is an intermediate article for players that are already familiar with […]

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Range Merging Guide

Range merging is a more advanced concept in no limit Texas Hold’em that can help you to extract a little extra value from mediocre hands on the river. Sounds good right? But what exactly does it mean to “merge your range”? Unfortunately, whilst they are some great in-depth articles out there on this topic, very […]

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Exploitable and Unexploitable Poker

When playing No Limit Texas Hold’em, you have the ability to change your bet sizing whenever you want. You can bet larger when you have a good hand and smaller with a bad hand; This is known as exploitable poker. On the other hand, if you bet the same amount regardless of your own hand […]

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How to Semi Bluff

Unlike a regular bluff where your only chance of winning the pot comes from making your opponents fold, semi bluffing gives players two routes to win the pot. The first way is just the same as a regular bluff, making your opponents fold. The second is by winning the hand at showdown if your hand […]

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Bounty Tournament Tips

Bounty tournaments have a different payout structure than regular tournaments and require a slightly different strategy because of this. In bounty tournaments a portion of your buy-in goes to the prize pool and a portion becomes your bounty. When you bust a player you win their bounty amount and if a player busts you they […]

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8 Game Poker Guide

Tired of the same-old, same-old? If so, then 8 game poker is for you. 8-Game Poker is officially called “Thorseha”, but since many folks have trouble remembering or pronouncing THORSEHA, the shorter nickname was assigned to it and has basically stuck. 8-Game Poker consists of (you guessed it) eight different poker games played in succession. […]

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7 Game Poker Tips

The newest mixed poker version online is called 7 game poker mix or HEROSHA, which is actually an acronym for the games that make up 7-Game Poker.  Mixed games in general are the biggest challenge out there when it comes to poker and because of this – you’re likely to see some really big pots […]

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7 Game Poker Rules

If you haven’t had a chance to play the hottest new mixed poker game on the internet, 7 Game Poker, now’s the time for you to saunter on over to PokerStars (the only site with active mixed game tables) and register for a free account. This game is a hybrid mix of seven of your […]

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HEROS Poker Rules

It seems that every online poker room nowadays is expected to have its own signature mixed poker game. Old fashioned HORSE simply isn’t good enough anymore – players want as much craziness as possible. In keeping with the spirit of crazy poker games, Full Tilt Poker has introduced HEROS poker. HEROS poker is simply a […]

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HOSE Poker Rules

HOSE poker is a mix of four different poker game variations where the game changes after a certain amount of time has passed. For example, after 15 minutes of limit Hold’em the game being played would change Omaha HiLo and after 15 minutes of that, it changes to limit Seven Card Stud, then Seven Card […]

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Rush Poker Guide

Rush Poker is a new feature which has been added by Full Tilt Poker. This is not a poker variant but it’s a way of playing poker which is extremely fast and it is available for Hold’em and Omaha. Players are placed in a pool and the pool can consist of hundreds of players. Once […]

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Razz Poker Starting Hands

In order to become a winning Razz player, the first aspect you will need to master is proper starting hand selection. By knowing the value of your starting hand, you will be able to easily know if you should open the pot, fold, or raise during the first round of betting. This is important to […]

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Razz Poker Strategy

Razz poker, also known as 7 card stud low, is a game growing rapidly in popularity. What sets this game apart from most poker games is that the object is to make the worst hand possible; meaning A, 2, 3, 4, 5 is the best possible hand in this game. It is because of this […]

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