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Friday, July 24, 2009

Interview With Limit Hold'em Specialist Chris Rhodes aka tribefan9

July 24, 2009 1
Chris is a Limit Hold'em specialist who plays professionally at several sites but is best known at Bodog as tribefan9. Chris also plays a lot of live games up to $100/$200 stakes, particularly at Commerce in LA. In addition to being a very successful limit player online, Chris is an excellent instructor.




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Representing a Bluff - Huckleberry Seed

July 24, 2009 1
Deception is a vital tactic in poker. Usually, when a player talks about a deceptive play, he's referring to a bluff - a time when he represented a hand of greater value than the one he held. But this isn't the only deception available in poker - not by a long shot. If you study your opportunities thoroughly, you can use the threat of a bluff to engage in another type of deception, one in which you're trying to convince an opponent that you are bluffing when, in fact, you have a great hand.

Say you're playing in a No-Limit cash game and things are going well. You've been playing actively and aggressively. You've been firing at a lot of pots, using a combination of good cards and well-timed small bluffs to pick up a number of them. To your tablemates, it seems as if you're trying to capture every chip on the table. They're starting to grow suspicious and feel you're getting greedy.

With the table in this mindset, you call a middle position raise from the big blind. You're holding modest cards - 6d-8d. The flop comes 7c-4h-Qs. You now have a gutshot straight draw and check. You're opponent bets half the pot and you call, feeling that if you hit, you can win a big pot. The turn is the Tc. Now you have a double gutshot draw - any 5 or 9 will make a straight.

At this point, put out a large bet. If your opponent holds Jacks or Ace-King, he'll likely fold. If he's got Aces or Kings, he'll probably call. And, if so, you'll know he holds a good hand that he's willing to defend.

The river brings a 9, completing your straight. Now you can use you're aggressive image to your advantage. Move all-in, even if the bet is two, three or four times the size of the pot. To your opponent, it's bound to look like a bluff. Your bet will seem ridiculously large and impulsive. If you had the nuts, he'd reason, you'd bet smaller, trying to get some value. He'll look at his big pocket pair, feeling that he needs to make a stand against your relentless play. This deceptive play where you're actually representing a bluff will give you a chance to win a huge pot.

If your opponent folds, you'll want to make a note. You'll know he folded a big hand and might be willing to make other lay downs in the future. But, you don't want to push this guy too hard. If you force him to make two or three big lay downs, he's sure to call you down later. When he's reached that state of mind, make sure you have a big hand the next time you play a pot together.

No-Limit poker offers some great opportunities for deception. As you develop your game, look for spots where bluffs and the threat of bluffs can win you big pots.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Which Would You Rather Be Dealt? (Poll Archive)

July 01, 2009 1
AK Suited 15 (51%)
JJ 14 (48%)

Total Votes: 29
Started: June 21, 2009
Ended: June 28, 2009

I should have put more time on this poll, AK suited or JJ, which one is better? I don't know:)

Edit: I didn't know I could extent the time limit on the poll, I added 3 more weeks to vote.
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Andrew "ama0330" Arnott - They Can't Call If You Don't Bet (PokerSavvy Plus Video)

July 01, 2009 1
Here is a video of Andrew "ama0330" Arnott playing 4 tables of NL50.


A true small stakes superhero, Andrew has over 2 years experience soundly beating limits up to 100nl. Also a moderator at the micro stakes forums over at twoplustwo.com, he spends most of his time helping up and coming small stakes grinders to learn solid poker theory and overcome their flaws to progress through to higher limits.

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Pokerstars - Finally Finished Reload Pokerstars Challenge

July 01, 2009 3
So, I finally finished my PokerStars World Record Week 25% Reload Deposit Bonus. I deposited $600 to get $150 bonus. I hit the $1600 for $1000 profit but I lost $200 in less then an hour playing headsup NL50. Man was I on tilt, lol. I wanted to win back the money but I was tired and shouldn't have been playing. And my Holdem Manager trial ran out too. I ended up getting $70 back today so I finished the challenge up $872.

Here's a hand I played early in the pokerstars challenge when I was playing $5 headsup tournaments. What is he doing calling a huge check raise on the flop with that hand? All he has is a backdoor straight/flush draw at the very best which gives him 6% chance to hit by river and 0% chance to hit on turn.


I haven't decided if I want to buy Poker tracker 3 or Holdem Manger. I thought for sure Holdem Manger and I was told by some that it has some more advanced stats and I think it looks nicer but one big problem I found was that it doesn't track your opponents until you played a hand whereas Pokertracker tracks the first 30 hands before you sit at a table so you can get an idea of how your opponent plays first and thats huge in cash game (and this is a long sentance:).

Anyway, pokerstars sent me a couple emails:

Dear Mr_Gene_Yuss,

Congratulations! You have fully earned your Deposit Bonus. Your
PokerStars account has been credited in the amount of $150.00.

Thanks for participating in the PokerStars World Record Week 25% Reload Deposit Bonus, and we'll see you at the tables.

The PokerStars Cashier
cashier@pokerstars.com


And I also received this email

Dear Mr_Gene_Yuss,

PokerStars is pleased to announce the release of two new account security enhancements which will help increase the security of your PokerStars account. We're sending this special email to you because you maintain a significant PokerStars account balance. The two new features are:

RSA Security Token
The RSA Security Token brings the strength and security of two-factor authentication to your PokerStars account, requiring you to have 'something you know' (your PokerStars password and RSA Security PIN) and 'something you have' (your RSA Security Token) to login.

This feature is a very strong defense against key loggers and unauthorized people accessing your account...


Here is a link about the RSA Security Token. I think it totally sucks and why would someone waste 6000FPP points to buy some token that just makes it harder to login every time you want to play some poker! Not cool:)

Anyway, my next challenge will be $2000 profit in 30 days.


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