Exceptional Video: Sit-n-Go Win While Jet-Lagged

Spent 30 long hours traveling from Arizona to Frankfurt, Germany. Got very little sleep, ate poorly, fought for airplane arm rests… and am very jet-lagged. So what did I do? Yup. Checked into my hotel and played some poker. Here’s a $5+0.25 double-up turbo on Ignition, so “taking the hill” (i.e., making the money) is the primary focus of our strategy. In other words, aggressive, but cautious play. 

(Note that if you want to speed up the play, you can always click the little gear icon in the lower right corner and change the playback speed. You can also watch it directly in YouTube by clicking another button in the lower right-hand corner of the video. If you do, please leave me a thumbs up and/or comment. Cheers!)

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You Call Way Too Much Pre-flop

Le Monsieur Talks Game Theory Optimal Poker

Mark’s Note: This guest post is by Ben “Le Monsieur,” who was instrumental in creating the preflop hand recommendations here on the blog. This guest post/article is him explaining and expanding on that work with a focus on Game Theory Optimal-type poker. In Ben’s research, he uses Pokersnowie, which is an Artificial Intelligence-based No Limit Hold’em Player/Trainer that many top pro’s use to fine-tune their game and explore non-traditional lines and tactics. I confess I know very little about the inner workings of Pokersnowie (or GTO, for that matter), but Le Monsieur is fast becoming an expert on both subjects. As always, comments and feedback on the post are most welcome!”

Hello, this is Le Monsieur. I’ll tell you my story later, but the gist of it is that I am on a quest to understand, learn and play “Game Theory Optimal,” or GTO poker, and as I come across interesting learnings I’ll share them with you. Today I want to talk about preflop raising, folding, and calling.

The first step in my GTO quest logically starts pre-flop, with an interesting question: how much do you usually raise? It turns out there doesn’t seem to be a right or wrong answer to this; in a nutshell the size of your raise-first-in is the main input to determining how wide a range you should play.

Exceptional Video: Flopping A Monster Against An Aggressive Villain

Slowing down and letting the villain bet for me while 2-tabling $5NL Zone poker...

I play 25-minutes of micro-stakes bankroll building at two tables of $5NL fast-fold Zone poker on Ignition. Lots of preflop stealing, continuation betting on dry boards, folding to villain aggression, and general value-based ABC poker. Oh, and I  hit quads at one point and am fortunate to have an overly-aggressive villain firing into me. Easy game. 😉 

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Exceptional Video: Folding Queens Preflop

Villain Limp-Reraises All-In Are Monsters...

Here’s a short video demonstrating what some people might consider a big preflop fold. In reality, this is a pretty easy fold– provided you understand that early position (EP) limp-shoves from villains at the online micro- and small-stakes tables  almost always means they have Aces or Kings:


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Stack-to-Pot Ratios – Part 1

An Introduction to SPRs and Pot Commitment

Want to make your post-flop decisions easier in cash games? You might need SPR, or Stack-to-Pot Ratio.

Ed Miller and his co-authors coined this term a few years ago in Professional No Limit Hold’em: Volume I, which, in my opinion, is one of the must-read books for the strong intermediate players. Among all the other good stuff in the book is the concept of SPR:

SPR = Size of the effective stack divided by the pot size on the flop.

Generally speaking the lower the SPR, the more “pot committed” you should be about getting all your money into the middle. Conversely, the higher the SPR, the less committed you should be. To understand this, let’s first look at how you actually calculate the SPR value using a simple no-limit example.