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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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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…

December 20th, 2008 | 6 minutes to read
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How to Avoid the Gambler's Fallacy in Poker

You’ve probably never heard of the gambler’s fallacy. If not, read on because if you’re not familiar with it, you’ve likely fallen into its trap and it’s costing you money. The gambler’s fallacy is a…

October 4th, 2008 | 6 minutes to read
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How to Make Simple Prop Bets at the Poker Table

As mentioned in this article, one of the ways a player can juice some action out of a table is to start some prop bets. Prop bets, short for proposition bets, are more than an…

September 21st, 2008 | 8 minutes to read
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How to "Juice" a Poker Table

My favorite part of playing poker live is getting to juice a table. You’ll see lots of the pros do this as well. Not only does it make you more money, it’s just fun. I…

July 31st, 2008 | 5 minutes to read
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Poker Bots: The Beginning of the End? Um, No

Most serious poker players, especially those who play online, are aware of the existence of “bots.” Bot is short for robot, and the subspecies of interest here are those designed to play poker. A bot…

July 26th, 2008 | 13 minutes to read
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The Poker Lifestyle: Will It Wreck You?

The most important, and possibly hardest, part of playing poker professionally is controlling excesses and living a healthy lifestyle. “The cardinal sin in poker, worse than playing bad cards, worse even than figuring your odds…

April 22nd, 2008 | 6 minutes to read
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Can Intuition Lead You to Good Poker Decisions?

I've spent over 40 years living two parallel lives. In one I'm a degenerate gambler, a horse player and a poker junkie; in the other, a respected scientist. I've kept them separate mainly because my colleagues in each have little appreciation for the wonder, the complexities and just the full-bore…

March 29th, 2008 | 6 minutes to read