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/Jan/2014

The ABC of 2NL, part 21: Value-betting when out of position as the pre-flop aggressor..

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 19:12 (EST) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Way back in part 4 I wrote about the difficulties of maximising profits (and minimizing losses) when playing pots out of position. In contrast to playing in position, you'...
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/Jan/2014

Why I won't be setting any monetary goals in 2014.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 00:11 (EST) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
A lot of people have been setting yearly poker goals this month. I think it's a good idea to have goals and ambitions in general, but I'm also aware that most people's new...
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/Dec/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 20: Value-betting in position as the pre-flop aggressor.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 17:26 (EST) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
In today's blog, I'm going to show you some typical (or “standard”) lines of action to take when you have a value hand (usually top pair+) in the most common post-flop sit...
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/Dec/2013

I knocked out a PSO Team member.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 18:48 (EST) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Today's bounty games in the PSO Homegame club were great fun. I love the deepstacked turbo format, as there's a lot of play early on, but then I can go into pushbot mode l...
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/Nov/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 19: Some more thoughts on Relative Hand Strength.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 18:56 (EST) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Make some coffee, because this one's pretty epic in length, if nothing else. In my previous ABC blog, I talked in general terms about assessing the relative strength of yo...
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/Nov/2013

Moving on, moving up.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 18:27 (EST) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Hi everyone! I first want to thank all of you that contacted me after my previous blog. I was overwhelmed by the response I got via PMs, Skype, Twitter and comments on the...
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/Nov/2013

Life>Poker

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 19:54 (EST) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Cliff notes: I have some personal stuff to deal with. I quit PSO Team and plan to crush the game once I've sorted my life out. -- I'd been saying to friends for a while th...
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/Oct/2013

October Big Bang, part 1

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 07:02 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Hi everyone, and welcome to another exciting instalment of the Big Bang. Below is part 1 of the final table video for October 2013, featuring commentary from me (ArtySmoke...
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/Oct/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 18: An introduction to effective value-betting post-flop

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 20:41 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Hi all! Sorry it's been a while since my last ABC blog. I got bitten by the touney bug, so haven't been thinking about cashgames too often. That being said, today's articl...
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/Oct/2013

September Big Bang, part 3.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 08:56 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Hi everyone! It's time for the last episode of the Big Bang final table replay for September 2013. If you missed the previous parts, you can find them on the blogs of Rola...
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/Sep/2013

My first time playing in a casino.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 19:46 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
On Monday night, Rob Sharona invited me to Westcliff casino. It's about a mile from my house, but I've never stepped inside. We went to play a freebuy tournament. It was $...
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/Aug/2013

August Big Bang, part 2.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 12:22 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Hi everyone! It's time to replay part 2 of August's Big Bang tournament. If you missed part 1, you can find it HERE. As we roll the tape for this part, seven players are s...
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/Aug/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 17: Fifteen poker theorems, maxims and sayings that you can use to your advantage

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 20:13 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Today's blog contains some general advice that is easy to memorize and should help you save or win a few stacks. This article was inspired by TheLangolier's video on Poker...
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/Aug/2013

July Big Bang, part 3.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 12:29 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Hi everyone! Here's the replay of the final table of the Big Bang tournament played in July 2013. Part one can be seen in my previous blog, and part 2 was hosted by Cannon...
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/Jul/2013

July 2013 Big Bang Final Table Review, part 1 of 3.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 20:02 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Hi guys and gals, and welcome to a review of the final table of the July 2013 instalment of the Big Bang ($5000 guaranteed) tournament. Commentary comes from CannonLee and...
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/Jul/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 16: Luck has nothing to do with it. THIRTEEN leaks that WILL cost you money.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 22:48 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Making money from poker in the long run boils down to two things: making as few mistakes as possible, while exploiting the mistakes of your opponents. This article will de...
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/Jul/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 15: The ABC of Continuation Betting, part C: Example Situations.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 19:17 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
In the previous two articles, I outlined the theory of continuation betting and gave you some advice on assessing fold equity on various board textures. In this piece, I'l...
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/Jul/2013

June 2013 Big Bang Final Table Review, part 3 of 3.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 12:13 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Hi everyone, and welcome to a review of the Big Bang Final Table for June 2013, with commentary from PSO hand analysers CannonLee and ArtySmokesPS. The footage was recorde...
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/Jul/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 14: The ABC of Continuation Betting, part B: Evaluating Board Texture.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 15:57 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Last week's article laid out the theory of continuation betting; the mathematical reasons that make the play profitable. I also gave you a check-list to work through when ...
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/Jun/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 13: The ABC of Continuation Betting, part A: Theory

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 22:29 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Just about anyone who has watched any poker in the last fifteen years will be acquainted with the term “continuation bet”, and most also know that it is “standard” to make...
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/Jun/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 12: Seat-selection, and how to tell when a table is no longer profitable.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 23:05 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Those of you that have been paying attention are aware that your position in relation to the button has a great affect on the way you play each particular hand, or indeed ...
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/Jun/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 11: Categorizing, Colour-coding, and Exploiting your Opponents

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 13:04 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
It should be obvious that, since they are playing the lowest stakes possible, most 2NL players are “bad” poker players, but this doesn't tell the whole story. You cannot t...
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/Jun/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 10: Setting up the Pokerstars software for smooth and profitable play.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 21:57 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
My blog this week is a little different to the other articles in this series. There's not much strategy advice in this piece, which is aimed at total beginners to real mon...
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/May/2013

The Rule of Call 20

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 13:42 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
In the Pre-Flop Essentials article, there is a chart listing which hands you can open-raise with, and also which hands you can call raises with. Included on the chart are ...
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/May/2013

The ABC of 2NL, part 9: I raised pre-flop and got 3-bet. Now what?

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 21:08 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Today's blog should be a little shorter than usual, because there's not a lot of complex strategy involded when you raise pre-flop and get re-raised. Most of the time, by ...
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