Poker Psychology Strategy

Do you enjoy the mental game of poker just as much as the mathematical side? Learn more about manipulating your table image, reading other players’ behaviours for tells, how to stay strong when you suffer a bad beat and more.

In Defense of Limit Poker

Okay, I know I better duck now … or, to protect my ego, not read the comments this column will generate. But no matter. I’ve got a point to make here and I happen to…

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How to Play Better Post-Flop Poker: An In-Depth Guide

In my reading of the poker literature I’ve noticed that most discussions of beginner poker strategy focus on pre-flop action. This is understandable and sensible. Solid pre-flop strategy avoids problems and limits the number of…

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Is Poker Skill or Luck? Let's Get it Right

The beginnings of an important movement in poker are detectable; scientific studies examining the statistical nature of the game as it is actually played are appearing. Not just the mathematics of the game (e.g., Chen…

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Is Poker Gambling? Depends What You Mean By Gambling

Alright, I know. That’s one of the hoariest, most chewed over questions ever asked. But, well, you know, it’s also one that really hasn’t received a proper analysis. It’s been written about endlessly of course,…

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Why Exercise is Essential to Playing Better Poker

I know, I know. These are supposed to be articles on poker and the psychology thereof. But a couple of instalments back we had an extended discussion on the role of self-confidence and personal assuredness…

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Can Being Confident Make You Win at Poker? Probably

When I first started playing poker the question of confidence never crossed my mind — nor for that matter anyone else’s. We played by just playing. If we were in good moods, good; if not,…

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What's the Real Value of Money in Poker? | Poker Strategy Tips

Money is funny stuff. Everybody wants it. Most of us don’t have enough of it (or don’t think we do). And, oddly, when people suddenly manage to get a lot of it they typically do…

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Can You Trust Your Poker Memory? Probably Not

Memory makes us human.  No other creature can, with the flick of a neuron, revive the past, reignite old passions, reconvene special moments and treat these ephemeral visions as though they were real and palpable…

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Ivey on the Couch: An Unauthorized Look at Phil Ivey

There’s an area in psychology devoted to carrying out biographic analyses called, appropriately, psychobiography. I thought I’d have some fun today and do one for one of our genuine stars, Phil Ivey. Before we begin,…

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There Is (Probably) No "Best" Way to Play Poker

The title of this article is either transparently true or patently false – depending on your point of view, and the game you’re playing. I think it’s more true than false, once we specify the…

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