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The Best Times of Day to Play Poker
By: Jason Lake No doubt you've heard this classic phrase, or something close to it: Nothing good happens after 10 PM. Sometimes it's midnight, sometimes it's 2 AM. The message itself is universal, though. Human beings turn into pumpkins at some point in the late evening. Bad decisions are made. Consequences are felt.   I can see some of you are nodding your heads and thinking...
Learn How to Play 7-Card Stud
Before the rise of no-limit hold 'em over the past 15 to 20 years, 7-Card Stud was the game of choice for poker players. It's still a popular game with thousands of players across the country, and it’s especially popular in the eastern United States. It’s also featured in mixed games like HOSE, HORSE and 8-Game. It's fun to play, too, especially if you're not a big fan of doing math. Give it a try – you might find 7-Card Stud to be right up your alley.   Bring It In Seven-card stud is commonly played as a limit game with antes, featuring up to eight people at a table. The object of the game is to form the highest-ranking poker hand, using five of the seven cards each player will...
Top 5 Texas Hold 'em Preflop Plays
By Jason Lake   Post-flop might be where all the intrigue is, but the most important decisions you'll make in no-limit Texas Hold 'em come during preflop play. Every hand starts at the beginning; you chart your destiny by choosing which two cards to open in which position, when to raise/call/fold, and how big to make your bets. A small mistake now could cost big-time you when you see the river. Preflop decisions become even more important when you're below 40 big blinds. This will happen mostly in tournaments and SNGs, but it applies to cash games – there's nothing wrong with being a short-stacker. Here are five classic exploitative plays you can and should add to your preflop repertoire...
Ante Up for NFL Season
The 2015 NFL season is kicking off with many teams in contention and unpredictability in the air. The stakes have never been higher in the world of pro football, and if anyone knows about high stakes – it’s  a poker player. To celebrate the new season accordingly, we have identified several NFL teams that remind us of various poker hands:   . 4-9 Offsuit – San Francisco 49ers Past the obvious connection in numbers, a 4-9 offsuit is a weak hand on paper that is unlikely to produce a win, like the 49ers heading into the 2015 season. However, like a 4-9 offsuit, the Niners aren’t the worst of the bunch and could occasionally pull off a surprise win.   Pair of Nines – Detroit Lions A...
Phil Hellmuth's Five Animals You Meet at the Poker Table
By Jason Lake Having trouble separating the fish from the donkeys? Not sure if your opponent is weak-tight or a nit? The way we classify players can be pretty confusing sometimes, even misleading; the guy or gal you think is a fish might be a very competent LAG, or vice versa. Maybe we need a different way of looking at things – something a bit more old-school. As luck would have it, way back in 2003 at the start of the poker boom, Phil Hellmuth released his first book: Play Poker Like the Pros. Not everything Hellmuth wrote is applicable in today's poker world, but the 14-time WSOP bracelet winner did reveal a very interesting way of dividing players into different categories. No fish or...
How to Get Better at Poker – for Free
By Jason Lake   If you've been thinking about improving your poker game and you happen to be sitting on a pile of money, then the world is your oyster. There are so many people out there who would love to teach you the game – for a price. You could pay a few hundred dollars for a year's subscription at a reputable training site, or a few hundred dollars per hour for a quality coach. On top of that, you're able to play poker and learn through trial and error without worrying too much about your bankroll. But what those of us who don't have piles of money? Not a problem. There are useful and legitimate resources available to you for free, and if you're at the beginner level, free is your...

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