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The ABC of 2NL - Building Blocks for Profitable Full Ring NLH Poker at the Lowest Stakes. Introduction.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 16:50 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Hi guys and gals! Today I'm starting a series of articles for total beginners. Hopefully you'll find them interesting and/or useful. My aim with the following series of ar...
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The ABC of 2NL, part 6: Open-Raising Charts for Later Positions

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 18:45 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Last time, we looked at the sort of hands you could profitably open in early positions. The range of hands was very tight indeed. In today's article, we'll be loosening up...
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6max Hyperturbo Satellites - A short guide to beating the variance

By: butchsd @ 12:57 (EST) / Posted In: Speculative Theory
Hi everybody! This is my first blog entry on this site, so be gentle. If you see any pointy edges, I'd love some feedback. First of all, this blog entry is a rather lengty...
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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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A winning strategy at $1 45 man Sit and Go Tournaments by I'mjigJig

By: I'mJigJig @ 17:32 (EDT) / Posted In: coke bottle tilt
  Originally Posted by 0Magic14  Hi all, I'm only going to deposit $15 and grind the $1 tourny's What sort of stratagy should I be looking at here?   I...
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The ABC of 2NL, part 5: Open-Raising Charts for Early Positions

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 14:54 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
In my last blog, I expressed the importance of position when considering the playability of a hand. Today's article will provide open-raising charts for the first four pos...
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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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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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By: TheLangolier @ 14:31 (EDT) / Posted In: TheLangolier's blog
So with some recent posts regarding ITM% in large field tournaments, and how it relates to one’s tournament skill level, I decided to start a thread to get people’s noodles...
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By: tunisiz @ 00:26 (EDT) / Posted In: DOES POKERSTARS CHEAT??????
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Know the Rules- Out of Turn Action

By: TheLangolier @ 17:08 (EDT) / Posted In: TheLangolier's blog
Out of turn action (verbal or physical… verbal is binding) isn’t something that you have to think about while playing online. The PokerStars client methodically controls t...
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The ABC of 2NL, part 2: The Fundamental Gameplan.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 14:35 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
Poker takes a few minutes to learn, but a lifetime to master. But this is not to say that you can't make money as a total beginner, because when you start at the lowest st...
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Getting started with NLO8 - Preflop Hand Selection

By: PinoyWonder @ 00:03 (EDT) / Posted In: From Nothing to Something
Good Day peeps one way I learn is by teaching others it's a trait i learned about myself way back when... anywho onto the blog The Game: No Limit Omaha Hi/Lo aka 8 or Bett...
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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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The ABC of 2NL, part 3: Taking a ride to Valuetown.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 15:48 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
There are two primary reasons for making a bet or raise. 1. To get value when it's likely you have the best hand. This is a value bet, and it's a bet you expect to be call...
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The ABC of 2NL, part 4: The importance of position when forming your pre-flop strategy

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 14:29 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
If you want to take an opponent to Valuetown (the subject of my last ABC blog), you have more chance of doing so if you start with holecards that flop well. It was my inte...
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The ABC of 2NL, part 8: Someone's opened the pot. Can I still play?

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 21:26 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
The previous few articles have been concerned with hands you can play when you're first into the pot with a raise. In most poker situations, it's preferable to be the bett...
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Wohooo - I have a ticket, um ... all-in shootout wha??

By: baud2death @ 16:33 (EDT) / Posted In: From Ace Rag to Riches
Worked really hard to get my 30FPP qualifying ticket, thought it was a regular MTT to win a sattelite ticket and looked it up, All-In Shootout! So, as I speak there are 6,...
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PS-Beginner ticket

By: Princess PAW @ 16:11 (EDT) / Posted In: Poker School Blog
I received my PSO ticket and have already won a little cash. But how do you earn a PS-Beginner ticket?
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The ABC of 2NL, part 7: Deviating from standard pre-flop raise sizes.

By: ArtySmokesPS @ 14:37 (EDT) / Posted In: Smokin' Poker - The ABC of 2NL
In previous articles I wrote that a standard open-raise size for cash games is 3bb (+1bb per limper). The 3bb standard is what we recommend complete beginners stick to in ...
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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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The Daily Game

By: royalraise85 @ 09:07 (EDT) / Posted In: @TheRoyalRaiser
PokerSchoolOnline offers you the chance to play free poker and learn as you go with the brand new 'Daily Game'. What's the 'Daily Game'? The 'Daily Game' takes place each ...
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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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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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xflixx going Team PokerStars Online

By: PSO-xflixx @ 13:04 (EDT) / Posted In: xflixx' Poker Blog
I still can't really grasp what happened over the course of the last few weeks, but here it goes: From today on I am officially a member of Team PokerStars Online! (as of ...
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