Poker Strategy

Regardless if you’re a beginner or advanced player, someone who plays for fun or for a living, your goal is to win. And to win, you need to know different strategies and tactics so that you can outplay your opponents. The better you can outplay your opponents, the more money you will make.

With that in mind, what you’ll find below are strategy articles written for tournament and sit and go players. We decided to focus on tournaments because so many players start out with them, due to their attractive prize pools, low buy-in/high entertainment value and low barrier to entry. Give them a read and watch your ROI improve.

10 Reasons You Suck at Tournaments

This article takes a blunt approach to explaining the (common) reasons why you suck at poker tournaments. The author tells you why you suck, including skills or situations like playing post flop, determining ranges and building a stack. More importantly, though, the article gives you tips for how to improve. Read the full article here.

A Primer to Hand Reading

Want to learn how to put your opponent on 2 cards and be right 100% of the time? Well, you’re on the wrong site for that. The author won’t teach you how to read people’s minds, but instead how to figure out what your opponent is likely to have based on their position, image, actions and the board texture. This article covers 3 example hands and our thought process from start to finish. Read the full article here.

How to Abuse the Bubble in a Turbo SNG

One of the most entertaining and aggressive ways to build a stack for a turbo sng final table, let alone secure a first place win, is to abuse the bubble. Abusing the bubble is throwing your weight aka big chip stack around, while throwing ICM out the window. In this article the author gives examples of how to abuse the bubble, when to do it and when to avoid it. Read the full article here.

How to Adjust for Good SNG Players

Knowing how to adjust for good or “regular” sng players is key to adjusting to the small and medium stake sngs. This article explains how to determine who the good players are and what adjustments you need to make when playing against them to maintain or increase your winnings. Read the full article here.

How to Beat the Micro Limit Turbo SNGs

The micro stakes for any game can be difficult to learn and beat at first. The players are so bad that often times we outthink ourselves and play at a much higher level than what’s required to beat the games. So what we cover here are 5 adjustments you need to make for the micro stakes, and why. The first thing I’m sure you’ll notice is how basic we’re telling you to play. Give this article a read and you’ll be beating the micro sngs before you know it. Read the full article here.

How to Become a More Aggressive Tournament Player

Well timed and planned aggression is a key trait of winning poker players – of any kind. This article explains how passive tournament players can become more aggressive so that they build stacks, cash and win more often. This article explains what spots or scenarios to get more aggressive in, why and how to go about doing it. Read the full article here.

How to Build a Bankroll Quickly for MTTs

One of the primary objectives for poker players just starting out, possibly with the aim of playing poker for a living, is quickly building a bankroll that will sustain their living style and current stakes. However, this can be harder said than done for multi-table tournaments due to their larger fields, top heavy payouts and variance. We give some tips for how to build your bankroll as fast as possible. Read the full article here.

How to Build a Stack for SNG Final Tables

A mistake that many (beginner) sng players make is focus so much on cashing, as opposed to building a stack and winning. And yes, there is a difference. This article provides tips for building a large stack for the final table so that you can secure a top 2-3 place finish, where all the money is to be made. Read the full article here.

How to Switch From SNGs to MTTs

A SNG and MTT tournament is similar in a lot of ways. So it makes sense for sng players to make the transition. However, while you use the same skill set, you won’t make good money at MTTs until you make the proper adjustments. This article looks at 5 adjustments that you should make in multi-table tournaments, and why. Read the full article here.

Playing in Position

Although our primary focus for our strategy articles is sngs and MTTs, position is a key fundamental that –all— poker players should have. This article explains what position is, why it’s important and how position will affect the hands you play, as well as how you choose to play them. Read the full article here.