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Poker Psychology

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.

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What's the Actual Worst Hand in Poker?

What’s the worst hand in poker? Not enough thought has been given to this topic so let’s run through some ideas. Anyone who disagrees can click on the comment button and fire back. For starters, let’s…

April 15th, 2010 | 4 minutes to read
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9 Essential Health Tips for the Online Poker Grinder

Before we get started, let’s be honest for a second. Poker players, as a whole, are not the most physically fit group of people. Our brains are processing information on a regular basis but our…

February 10th, 2010 | 6 minutes to read
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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…

December 7th, 2009 | 5 minutes to read
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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…

May 17th, 2009 | 24 minutes to read
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Is Poker 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,…

April 12th, 2009 | 12 minutes to read
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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…

March 21st, 2009 | 4 minutes to read
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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,…

February 28th, 2009 | 12 minutes to read
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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…

February 14th, 2009 | 12 minutes to read
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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…

January 30th, 2009 | 12 minutes to read
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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,…

January 3rd, 2009 | 5 minutes to read