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Your Poker Mental Health: Avoiding Steaming (Tilt)

By: Ashley Adams
 
I meet a lot of people away from the poker table who are not serious poker players. They often want to be – but just aren’t. They are often familiar with the game, want to get better, but have never seriously considered the skills involved. The conversation often gets around to my decades of poker playing experience and what two or three things I think make someone a good poker player.
 
It’s an interesting question for the serious player (which I surmise you are if you’re reading this article on poker). What are the most important skills we good players develop – that the losing player doesn’t have?
 

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Work in More Raises Post-Flop

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky

A raise can get you out of a tough spot - use it! 

Well it was an up and down week for me poker-wise. I won my first tournament of 2015 and made the final couple tables of a $300,000 guaranteed online tournament with over 1,200 entrants - which was nice, but a bit of a tease. I also made day 2 of the Venetian Main Event, but ended up calling a 4-bet with Ace-King against 99 and lost a big race. All and all I'm satisfied with how I played and will be playing a couple of the Wynn tournaments currently going on in Vegas. 

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Playing Out of Position Profitably

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky

Plug this common poker leak through creative aggression

It's often said you earn what you don't lose and that's never been more true than when we are playing out of position. If there ever was a vulnerable area within the game of poker worth examining, this is it.

Remember, we don't have to be in the blinds to be out of position, entering pots in early position will also put us out of position on a regular basis. As we become more confident and skilled, we're able to open up our game out of position to a large degree.

The wider you're calling out of position, the wider you need to be willing to try and take down pots.

It's important to accentuate your poker stance when out of position: attack weakness even stronger and stay out of the way of strength to minimize any losses.

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Mike Caro: Today's Word is... REVENGE

“I waited all night, but I got even with that idiot!” Tony announced at about 5 a.m., as he was leaving the poker room.

“What are you talking about?” I asked, as we strode side by side toward the parking lot. It had been a great night for me, so I was in a tolerant mood, willing to play along with Tony’s peculiar and perpetual need to always share his poker exploits as if nobody else mattered.

“So, I start at noon,” Tony began. “and everything’s going fine. After about an hour, this guy I’ve never played with sits down and bluffs me three hands in a row! He shows the hands. And he’s gloating. I can hardly stand it.”

He paused and walked in silence for about 20 seconds, then continued.

Worried

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Saving Money on Your Poker Vacation

by Ashley Adams

I go to Las Vegas at least once a year – and have learned how to minimize my overhead while out there.  Less money for expenses translates into more money for tournaments.. Here’s how I save.

Let’s look at the four major cost components of a typical poker vacation:

1. Airfare
2. Hotel
3. Ground Transportation (taxi, buses, rental cars)
4. Meals

Airfare – Save $150

I live in Boston, Massachusetts.  My travel costs may be different from those of you who live elsewhere.  Even so, I think the process of saving money is the same, regardless of your place of departure.

Many of my friends have frequent flyer cards and use one airline exclusively.  I don’t do that.  I use a consolidator, an internet service that scans all airlines for the lowest fare.  Recently, I noticed a disparity of $150 between the most expensive seat and the cheapest seat on a round trip flight from Boston to Las Vegas.  The best site for this, in my opinion, is Fly.com.  It looks at all of the consolidators and finds the cheapest seat.  It also shows you the cheapest days to fly, allowing you to further cut your costs by leaving a day or two earlier or later to qualify for the lowest fare.

2. Hotel – Save between $420 and $1,940

First of all, you should decide what kind of a place you want.  Maybe you want to stay only in a first class place – five stars all the way.  Fine.  I just checked the rates through the site of a well-regarded 5 star hotel on the strip in Las Vegas.  Their least expensive room was $2,050 for five nights including a Saturday night.   I then went to my favorite internet site, Trivago.com – and booked the exact same room for $1,630 – for a savings of $420.  But maybe you’re a little more flexible than I was – and are willing to stay in another 5-star hotel – just not that particular one.  Using Trivago again, I found another popular, well known place, in roughly the same strip location,  for only  $750 for five nights including Saturday night – for a savings of $1,250.  Same quality, roughly the same location – and over $1,000 less!

Of course if you’re willing to go down slightly in quality you can save even more.  I found a well-known three-star hotel, near the northern end of the Strip for just $210 for those same five nights – for a savings of $1,840.  Believe it or not, if you want, you can do even better than that in Las Vegas.   I typically stay in a clean two-star place for $110 for those five nights – for a savings of $1,940.  If  you are a serious poker player like I am, you’re spending nearly all your waking hours in a poker room anyway.  You’re just using your room for sleep.  Who really cares how fancy the pillows and drapes are?  So why pay top price?

3. Ground Transportation: Save $225

Many people take cabs wherever they go in Las Vegas.  That can get expensive.  With a $3.30 initial charge, $2.60 a mile plus $.60 a minute “Waiting time” plus $3 or so to use your credit card – a typical ride from casino to casino or casino to restaurant typically runs no less than $20 a pop including tip.  Do that three or four times a day, five days in a row and you’ve out at least $300 to get around in Las Vegas.

Instead, consider renting a car.  If you go through Hotwire.com, my favorite site for rental cards, you won’t know what rental car company you have, but I really don’t care about anything but the rate.  Recently, I paid just $75 a week (including all taxes and fees) for an economy car –$225 less than using cabs.

4. Meals:  Save $300 -- maybe

You can get a room with a kitchenette and cook many of your own meals – saving the cost of going out to eat.  Groceries are a lot cheaper than restaurant meals to be sure.  I used to do that.  I saved a few hundred dollars.  But I found that it often wasn’t worth it, since I so enjoy the experience of eating out while in Las Vegas.

Total Savings:

All tolled, depending on the choices you make you could save from $795 up to $2,615 for your five-day vacation, airfare included.  With the money you save you could afford at least the entry into the Aria’s recently announced $565 tournament with a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.  Not too shabby!  For my money, saving the money is worth the slightly extra effort.

For information about finding poker games while on vacation or traveling, check out my other article on PokerStrategy.com.

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Download and Read the Poker Player Digital Edition for July 14th, 2014 (Vol. 18 Number 2)

June 2nd, 2014 Issue of Poker Player NewspaperDownload the July 14th Digital edition PDF of Poker Player Newspaper.

Featured Articles:
Calling Out Sexism in Poker — Beyond Maguire, Molly’s Game, and “The Mouth” - by Wendeen H. Eolis

Featured Strategy - Mike Caro: Today's Word is Revenge

Tournament Results:
World Series of Poker Events 53 to the Main Event (#65)

AND MUCH MORE, Download the new Issue PDF now!

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Download and Read the Poker Player Digital Edition for June 16th, 2014 (Vol. 17 Number 26)

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Feature Story 
WSOP Grand Pooh Bah: Ty Stewart From Las Vegas To Macau With Love Always In Mind by Wendeen H. Eolis

Featured Strategy:
Mike Caro - Today's Word is PUMPKIN by Mike Caro

Tournament Results:
World Series of Poker Events 1 thru 7

Erik Velie Wins Bike’s Deepstacks Poker Tour Main Event

AND MUCH MORE, Download the new Issue PDF now!

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Download and Read the Poker Player Digital Edition for June 2nd, 2014 (Vol. 17 Number 25)

June 2nd, 2014 Issue of Poker Player NewspaperDownload the June 2nd Digital edition PDF of Poker Player Newspaper.

Feature Story 
Poker Player Takes a Step Forward by Wendeen H. Eolis

Featured Strategy:
Mike Caro - Today's Word is BURDENS by Mike Caro

Tournament Results:
Bryan Campanello Wins $175K at Harrah’s New Orleans Main Event

Eric Blair wins Lodge Casino WSOP-C Main Event

Kyle Bowker wins Harrah’s Philadelphia Main Event

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Mike Caro: Today's Word is... PUMPKIN

Today, I’m going to save poker players worldwide from turning into pumpkins. Cinderella’s carriage could turn into a pumpkin at midnight, right?

Your poker carriage can do the same thing. Even you, yourself, do it, too — turn into a pumpkin. Maybe it doesn’t happen exactly at midnight, but it happens. So, let’s talk about how to avoid becoming a poker pumpkin and how to profit from your pumpkin opponents. Sound strange? Good. Let’s get started.

The premise

Here’s the premise, and you tell me if this seems right to you. To play poker successfully, you need a vehicle for transporting you and your advanced poker arsenal to a game. Call it a carriage. Yeah, that’s a stretch, but so what? If you don’t have all your tactics, attitudes, and ammunition (meaning bankroll) packaged sensibly, you aren’t likely to win this year.

That’s you ride, your carriage — all your skill, money, and state of mind. And you roll proudly into a game. That’s you or your carriage or both, depending on how you perceive yourself. And you’ve arrived at the poker table, ready to do battle and win.

But here are the things that will turn you and your carriage into a pumpkin.

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Lessons from Mike Caro University of Poker - Benefiting from advantages

by Diane McHaffie

You can’t win at poker for very long without an advantage. And your advantage has many ingredients.

Position, for example, plays a large part in having an advantage. If other players are acting prior to you, this allows you an opportunity to view how things are developing and determine what your strategy should be.  Your hands may give the illusion of being stronger, when you have the luxury of acting last. You see, the later you act the more dominant your cards will be.

Last - In fact, if you're last to act, it isn't always necessary to have a great hand to take advantage. Say, in hold ’em, you hold two top cards of the same suit and the flop gives you an opportunity for a flush, straight or pair. Then many times it's advisable to raise, since you could easily connect on the turn or river, could win the pot right now without being called, or could intimidate opponents into checking on the next round and leaving you in control. So, being aggressive when last to act can add to your advantage.

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