Poker Guides Archive

You’re either a good online poker player, or you’re not. You can’t fake skill on the internet. There’s an enormous difference between live and online poker when it comes to the use of skill. In a live setting, anyone can fake being good at the game. It might work well for them, or it...
Bad beats happen in poker. You must be able to take the hit and live to fight another day. “Poker is a game of chance.” “No sir, poker is a game of skill.” “You’re both wrong. Poker is a game of chance and skill.” This debate is never likely to end, because there are...
6+ Hold’em games sweep the online poker community. There’s a new poker game around the barnyard these days. It goes by a variety of names. Some call it Short Deck Poker. Others know it as 6+ Hold’em, or 36-Card Poker. Whatever you want to call it, it’s already earned its rightful place in the...
The lowest poker rake isn’t always the best choice. Wait, what? Did I read that right? Yes, you did. The lowest rake isn’t always the best rake. Sometimes, a higher poker rake is actually better. How could this be? It’s a situational thing, really. It depends greatly on injecting a few variables into the...
You can’t win online poker if you don’t take it seriously. Monopoly, Euchre, Cribbage, Hearts, Rummy—these are just games. They are enjoyed among multiple players for sheer entertainment. Even with a little side bet on the line, the end goal is to have a good time. The same can be said of most casino...
Living the dream through qualifiers to live poker events. Did you ever hear of the ‘Moneymaker Effect‘? It’s a term that refers to the phenomenal experience of famed poker player Chris Moneymaker, winner of the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event. His journey began at an online poker site, where he bought into...
Three important aspects of your online poker arsenal. Every strategic poker player has a bag of tricks. The bigger the bag, the most successful the poker player—usually. Knowing when to pull which trick out of the bag is the real key to success. And because online poker doesn’t give you the same range of...
Perplexing Poker: The more you fold, the more you win! As crazy as that will sound to novice poker players, it’s the truth. Ask any successful pro how often they fold, and they’ll tell you at least 90% (usually more) of their hands get thrown away—some as early as pre-flop, others as late as...
The value of poker books in the digital age. In previous generations, the spread of poker knowledge was primarily achieved through books. Professional players and mathematicians wrote complete guides to poker variants, hand calculations, odds calculations, how to read poker tells, and everything else considered valuable to a player’s strategic arsenal. Times have changed...
Learn why many poker pros prefer cash games to tournaments. In the greater scheme of poker evolution, there’s a basic order to things. New players learn the rules, then enter low-stake cash games to hone their skills. Next, they move up to tournaments, hoping to one day claim bigger rewards, if not a coveted...