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4-Betting tips and Techniques

By David "The Maven" Chicotsky

Sometimes we're put in a tough position after getting 3-bet pre-flop; and rather than calling or folding - we'll decide to 4-bet our opponent. The number one thing I like to emphasize to students when discussing 4-betting is to be precise.

We're essentially attempting to exploit our opponent through 4-betting in three predominant ways:

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Aggression, Aggression, Aggression

By David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Build Your Stack Through Aggression 

Last week we discussed whether it's appropriate to play loose or tight early in a tournament. I'm of the opinion that there are only so many levels in a tournament, so we should be trying to maximize the profitability of each level.

Never has there been a more appropriate discussion as to when aggression should be utilized in a tournament, given it's the week of the Colossus. Between all of the starting days, there will be well over 10,000 entries into the tournament. The players that make the final table of this tournament will be aggressive players; every last one of them.

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Let the Games Begin

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Getting Off to a Good Start Early in a Tournament

The age old question, "Should I play loose or tight early in a tournament?" - has stumped many.

In massive field tournaments, like we'll witness here in Las Vegas in the near future, there's a premium for accruing chips. Quite simply, the only people that make it to the final table of these tournaments are the players that consistently chip-accumulated. If we know going into these massive-field tournaments we'll need to build an incredibly large stack, it's important to start accumulating right from the beginning.

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Play Strong on the Button

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky

 

Playing the button is an integral part of utilizing position at the poker table and it's an area of mystery to many. The reality is, the more confident you are with your game, the more hands you should be playing from this position. Words of caution: certain types of players are going to be less likely to "believe you" when you open (or re-raise) from the button, so you'll want to take that into account. If I have a very good player in the big blind when I'm on the button, I'm more likely to fold the majority of these spots - preferring to open up from other positions, into weaker blinds.

 

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Act on Poker Momentum

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Slow Down to Speed Up

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The Nine Top Odds

By: George “The Engineer” Epstein

 

Poker celebrity Phil Hellmuth has his “Ten Top Starting Hands” for limit hold’em. So, today, here are my “Nine Top Odds” that are most important when playing hold’em, no matter the limits.

 

(1) At a full table (nine players), if you do not have an Ace in the hole, the odds are about 4-to-1 that an opponent does. At least one of your eight opponents will hold an Ace 80% of the time. Be prepared to fold if an Ace falls on the flop – unless you connect with a set or trips, two-pair, or draws to a big flush or open-ended straight.

 

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Early Tournament Tips

By: David "The Maven" Chicotsky
Set the Proper Tone Early in the Tournament

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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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Internal Management Change Afoot At Poker Stars

by Wendeen Eolis BREAKING NEWS: From the Continent to the Isle of Man and across the ocean to North America, word on the street is that the latest round of musical chairs inside Poker Stars has ended with Michael Hazel, Rational Group's CFO, taking the seat at the head of the table. According to two PokerStars associates, Hazel who formerly worked for Microsoft Corporation on both sides of the pond has received the nod as new Chief Executive Officer of Rational Group (Poker Stars), a crown jewel in the expanding empire of Amaya Gaming. Earlier this week, Hazel, who was hired by PokerStars before the infamous Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act became law in 2006, served as Rational Group's Chief Financial Officer at the time the Company was acquired by Amaya. He remained in this role in the first months of the acquisition, but was known to be a contender, as was Rafi Ashkenazi, the COO, for the top job at PokerStars.

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