Thursday, September 15, 2011

Emotions and poker

When i play poker and make mistakes, i usually notice that i made this mistake right after i made it.
This occurs especially in risky situations with high pots an low chances to win. This emotion, this eagerness to know if you win or not is my worst enemy in poker.
Until now there were only a few situations where i noticed it before making the wrong decision.
If you want to be a successfull poker play keep one thing in mind: always act rational, observe your emotions and fight against their voices.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Bluffing is a very important part of poker. If luck is not at your side it is the only way to win.

By your biding you pretend that you have good cards but infact you have nothing. If your bluff is successfull all your opponents will fold because they think they have no chance to win and you get to win the blinds.
Beware: you can only bluff if there are bluffable cards on the flop.
If the flop is i.e. 9, 10, K you could bluff a straight. If it is 2,6,10 you can go for a three of a kind bluff maximum. Always check if a extremly good hand is possible before you bluff.

It is also possible to bluff a bluff. If you have a extremly good hand (full house or straight flush for example) and you want to make the most out of it you can bluff a bluff. Your opponents should think, that the noticed your bluff and go with your extremly high raises. This is rather difficult to achieve but if you failed a bluff before it is possible, that the trap works.
Poker - Cheatsheets#2 Bluffing

First Poker Cheatsheet for Beginners

This Cheatsheet will teach you how to play during preflop. It will teach you when to raise or when to fold.

The data shown was generated by simulationg 3 million games and analysing their outcomes.
For every hand that won the value for the hand is counted up for every hand that lost the value is decreased by 1. Hence a hand that wins more than it looses will be positive and the other way around.
You can see how strong the pairs and in comparison with other high cards like A-K or K-Q. They are nearly 4 times as strong. But pay attention: these values are only valid for headsup situation.
Poker Cheatsheet #1 Preflop