Top 5 Poker Tells to Eliminate From Your Arsenal

I notice a lot of amateur poker players give away a lot of unnecessary information (poker tells) when they sit down to play poker in a live setting. A lot of the “tells” I pick up on, are subconsciously being delivered to me by my opponents without them realizing. Some opponents can’t help to shake when they have the nuts/bluffing. Also, many opponents give away the strength of their hands by their betting patterns, and how they place each bet. This article will detail how to pick up on these small details at the table so you can experience more profit in the long-run, assuming you don’t make the same mistakes yourself. Read more of this post

How to Play No-Limit Hold’em Multi-Table Tournaments For The Win

Sitting down at a final table is always a fun experience. You have invested a ton of time, outlasted a good majority of the entire tournament field, and now you are in a position to maximize your return on investment. If you are not an experienced MTT (multi-table tournament) player, making a final table can be quite nerve-racking. I am here to guide you through this opportunity to expand your bankroll. Read more of this post

How to Control a No-Limit Hold’em Poker Cash Game Table

When I sit down to play poker, my main objective is to maximize my opportunity for profit in the long-run. In order to achieve this, I employ a super-aggressive playing style that confuses my opponents into making fatal mistakes in pots they play against me. In no-limit hold’em, you can bet any chip in front of you at any time. This creates a dynamic that I use to exploit my weaker inferior opponents for maximum value. Read more of this post

Multi-Table Poker Tournament End-Game Strategy Part I: The Money Bubble

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Poker Tournament and Cash-Game Specialist Patrik Antonius

If you are playing to maximize your potential for profit in multi table tournament poker, you must play for the win.

The biggest prize payout is reserved for first place.

Depending on the size of the player field, the payout difference between finishing 9th and 1st is astronomical in terms of what you spend to buy-in to the tournament. The ROI (return on investment) you receive from winning a large multi table poker tournament can take your poker business to the next level instantly. Read more of this post

My Complete Poker Manifesto, Parts I-XV

Part I: My Poker Story Read more of this post

My Complete Poker Manifesto, Part XV: My Goals and Closing Remarks

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John Guth wins a WSOP Bracelet

 My Short-Term Poker Goals:

1. Fight for complete poker online poker legislation in the United States.

2. Play in as many live tournaments as possible in my free time. Read more of this post

My Complete Poker Manifesto, Part XIII: My Online Poker Equipment

 

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The Razr "Imperator" High-Speed Laser Gaming Mouse

Part XII:  Playing Online Poker

If you want to play online and become a serious winning player, you will need the right equipment to multi-table effectively.

You will need the following:

All these links lead to the products I use. Read more of this post

My Complete Poker Manifesto, Part VII: Playing Each Poker Session

 

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"Elky" firing up some tables

Part VI: Developing a Zen Mindset for Poker

How long I want to play depends on a variety of factors.

These include, but are not limited to:

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My Complete Poker Manifesto, Part V: Managing Your Poker Bankroll

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Don't Let Your Bankroll Fly Away!

Part IV: Starting Your Own Poker Business

Without a bankroll you can’t play in any poker games.

Your poker bankroll is your lifeline of your poker business. You must protect it or risk going bankrupt and having to start from scratch.

In order to protect your bankroll, you must focus on applying proper bankroll management strategies. You must always abide to these rules without exception, or risk going broke. Even the best players in the world would be broke eventually if they didn’t manage their bankrolls correctly because of the role that luck plays in the short-term results of your business. Read more of this post

My Complete Poker Manifesto, Part IV: Starting Your Own Poker Business

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Running a successful poker business requires good record keeping.

Part III: A General Overview of Poker

When I was first introduced to poker back in my high school years, I played the game purely for fun. I played exclusively with just friends in live cash games and tournaments.

We would play $5-$20 tournaments on weekends and we weren’t really good players. We took the game seriously, but had no idea what it took to truly win at poker in the long-run.

I never knew that poker was offered online for real money, and I also never thought that within a few years, I would be playing the game for serious amounts of money through running my own poker business. Read more of this post

My Complete Poker Manifesto, Part III: A General Overview of Poker

 

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Bertrand "Elky" Grospellier setting the record for most tables played simultaneously

Part II: Prologue

Poker is a very interesting and extremely competitive game at the higher stakes.

The lower stakes games consist of mostly bad and reckless players with a few decent average regulars mixed in.

Developing a good and solid poker strategy takes a large time investment and an adjustment to a massive learning curve.

To truly crush the game, you will need a Zen like approach to poker psychology. This takes a long time and a lot of learning along the way to truly master. Read more of this post

My Complete Poker Manifesto, Part I: My Poker Story

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Viktor "Isildur1" Blom, arguably the best high stakes cash game poker player on the planet.

In this multiple-part blog series, I will  spill my complete guts about my poker business that I have been running for the last three years.

Everything in this article is the complete truth and you will probably have a new view of me after reading it.

That’s completely fine with me.

If I cared what people thought about me and if they were judging me, I would have never pursued getting serious about becoming a profitable long-term poker player.

I don’t like to discuss poker with most people because I feel it makes me look a complete sick degenerate gambler, but that isn’t the case at all.

Most people don’t understand poker and how it is one of the few exclusive ways to “gamble” but win big long-term. Poker is a beatable game from experience, and having played over 1,000,000 hands of online poker, I can estimate that poker is about 70% skill and 30% luck short-term.

It also has the ability to be 100% skill and 100% luck short-term at the same time.

This is called statistical variance, and it effects every poker player no matter how good they think they are.

Becoming a profitable poker player is about putting in heavy hand volume with focus on long-term results.

I don’t care about short-term results because they can vary from great to downright frightening at times.

I focus on making the best decisions at every single opportunity I have.

Some of the moves I make in poker games might seen absolutely absurd to the average player but I make decisions based on multiple levels of thinking. Every decision I make I analyze with a variety of factors including my perceived table image, the opponents I am facing in the hand, the stakes I am playing, my bankroll situation and how willing I think my opponent is willing to lose his or her entire stack to me.

In this series there will be nothing I will not share with you about my experience over the last few years.

You will have the opportunity to learn some tough life lessons from this article even if you haven’t been introduced or had an interest in poker in the past.

Each day I will post a new part of this series, so stay tuned.

Part II: Prologue

The $3,000 Guarantee Final Table Takedown

After having a brutal unlucky downswing in Lock Poker multi-table tournaments, I finally booked a win in a $3 rebuy buy-in turbo $3,000 guarantee good for $672.22.

I also played a total of 33 other tournaments today with a total of $ 2,668.87 in profit after the evening was over.

A Breakdown of Each Tournament

This was my best day of online tournament poker to date.

I treat poker as a business venture, and this investment netted me a ROI (return-on-investment) of 7,369.11%. I invested a total of $9 into this tournament. The tournament saw 339 players register, rebuy, and add-on creating a total prize pool of ~$3,200 exceeding the $3,000 guarantee from Lock.

We start with 1,500 chips and blinds of 15/30. You are allowed to add-on an additional 1,500 chips at any time you are at 1,500 chips or below for another $3. At the first tournament break, you are allowed to add-on an additional 2,000 chips for $3.  I always take this option immediately before the tournament starts, and I always take the rebuy option at the break. If you are trying to win one of these wild turbo tournaments, you would be stupid not to.

There was actually one time where I folded POCKET ACES in the small blind when it was folded all the way around to me in the small blind. I did this because I don’t think the big blind ever has much of a hand and he will probably fold if raise giving me a meager 30 chips that will prevent me from being able to add-on another 1,500.

Since a lot of players usually add-on right at the start, I think this option should be take 100% of the time.

With a 3,000 stack, I can potentially double up early with a big hand and be sitting with 6,000.

When I have the biggest stack at the table, I like to play SUPER aggressive to slowly build my stack for the money bubble where I can exploit that aggression even more. I want a big stack because I can steal a lot of blinds and force players to play hands and play back at me. When they play back at me, my hope is to eventually have a big hand where I can bust them.

Because my table image is that of a maniac, I can steal blinds frequently and get paid big on my good cards. This is ABSOLUTELY essential if you want to be a good tournament player and make deep runs to the final table.

It was a pretty wild tournament and I can say I definitely got lucky in a lot of spots but that is because I like to take gambles for a big stack. I don’t mind ever losing a tournament because I feel I need to take calculated risks to have a big stack for the final table.

I am only interested in first place and the big pay out, anything else is just a nice consolation prize.

This is the mentality you MUST have if you want to be a long-term winner in large MTTs (multi-table tournaments).

I went into the final table with about 250,000 in chips and the blinds already at 10,000/20,000. In this scenario, it is basically shove all-in or fold pre-flop. I never got any sort of hand to shove all-in with in the early stages and I was down to about 130,000 at one point.

I was able to get lucky and double up with K-Q vs A-4 by hitting a king on the turn and getting back to 250,000. At this point there was six players left with the biggest stack having ~450,000 chips.

The blinds were moving up rapidly every 7 minutes because it was a turbo tournament. Usually, the blinds increase every 10 minutes or every 15 minutes for bigger buy-in events.

You simply have to get very lucky in these tournaments to win due to the fast blind structure. I played solid the whole tournament not ever getting out of line and picking good spots to get my chips in on the way to the final six.

I was able to add to my 250,000 stack by knocking out a player with 180,000 with A-10 vs A-4 to bring us down to the final 4. The blinds were now at 15,000/30,000 with a 1,500 chip ante each hand.

The fourth player was quickly eliminated and we were down to the final 3 when I was dealt A-K of hearts in the small blind. The button shoved K-9 of diamonds for a bout ~420,000 chips and I snap re-shoved all-in and caught an ace on the flop.

I was now sitting with over 900,000 chips and my remaining opponent had about ~500,000 chips left.

Blinds were now at 20,000/40,000 with a 2,000 chip ante so this was going to be a quick heads-up match with us most likely getting all the chips of the tournament into the middle pre-flop.

The Million Chip Stack

After 4 hands of all-in shoves and folds, I was sitting with 1,000,000 chips for my first time ever in a MTT. If I lost this, I wouldn’t care, one of my goals was to hit this milestone this year.

On the fifth hand, I was dealt A-4 of hearts on the button. My opponent shoved his remaining chips in with Q-10 off-suit and I snap called hoping Lock Poker would make it quick with an ace on the flop. I got my wish, and I hit an ace in the window. The board ran dry, and I was left with all the chips in play and the first-place payout of $672.22.

Pole-Position

It was a fun tournament no doubt, but I was also able to reach another one of my goals which was to take a small buy-in rebuy event down. These tournaments have been my bread and butter on Lock Poker due to the fact that the action is extremely wild and if you are patient, you have a good chance at building a good stack for the late high blind levels and eventually the final table.

The Top 18 Tournament Payout Structure

I have finished 3rd and also 2nd in a $3 rebuy for $300 and $500 respectively over the course of this year.

I knew eventually I was going to take one of these crap-shoots down.

For now, I am satisfied with my play but my tournament game needs further improvement.

I have noticed myself losing focus on some tables when I am playing a dozen or so at a time.

I will usually always have a tournament with a big chip stack and I tend to focus too much on that one rather than building in the other ones. I will have to take more time for decisions and start making better plays if I want to maximize my profit in the long-run.

I won a satellite ticket to the $215 high-roller event and I will probably be stabbing at that tomorrow afternoon in hopes of an even larger score.

A score that would define my tournament poker career.

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