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  1. when i come to Vegas in January i was planning to just get a hotel room by myself for a few weeks as like a holiday package, but i thought i could maybe save myself some money by enquiring on here whether to anyone knows anyone who may be offering room shares or accommodation shares for other poker players in January? any info on this if its possible would be great, cheers

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    Hey there.

    Because I'm new to PocketFives I'm playing around on the site. Testing things out. So far, so good. This site looks pretty sweet.

  2. Well,

    Decided to challenge myself. Gonna see if I can run $30 into $1,000 by playing whatever I feel like without paying particular attention to bankroll or any other things that make general sense. I will donk it if I have to :) If I get that far, I will post where I'm at 10 games from here. First game is: $30 NL Turbo 9-handed. Yup, 100% of my bankroll.

    GL GL

    BingoBoy76

  3. TAG's: hoodies & sunglasses

    LAG's: overweight individuals who order food at the table; all asians esp middle to older aged asian men

    Nit's: Anyone with nerd glasses, all their buttons buttoned up; broke person on his last buy-in

    Calling Stations: older middle eastern men who are drinking alcohol; nice old grandpa's;

    Maniacs: young asian men with lots of jewelry and hi tech gear/headphones

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    These are just some of the images that come to mind from when I've played live at The Commerce. Sure they're generalizations and can come off as racist to the lay observer, but they are just observations that generally hold true. More often than not, people are not really trying to deceive with their appearance. I think I may have seen some people try to do this at Vegas many years back-- like a shark purposely dressing like an accountant, etc. But I find that someone's profession can be a very good predictor of their playing style in a vacuum.

    Attorneys are usually TAG. High intelligence with an appetite for some risk, but not too much. The younger attorneys with some cockiness in them will be playing LAG. You can generally differentiate the LAGs from their TAGs by their immediate table presence, how they speak to the cocktail waitresses, how they put their arms on the table, how they throw their chips into the middle.

    Accountants: nits and rocks. You don't see much aggressiveness out of someone wearing glasses and a button up shirt with a tie. Unless they've loosened their tie, unbuttoned their top few buttons, and are drinking (unless all of those)... you can generally assume they are a nit, and get out of the way when they raise preflop.

    Hoodie/Glasses/Headphones: Tags and Sharks. Nuff said. It doesn't necessarily mean they are great players, but I can automatically assume they've read some stuff and know what they are doing, and know some advanced plays.

    Women: this is the hardest type to initially read, because female poker players are polarized in that, they are either really good or are straight up beginners. I often see women using their sex advantage, getting other guys at the table to ease off on the river value bets, getting free cards and check downs. I will make it a point to extract the maximum from a beginner female player, even more so if she's attractive, just to set the tone for the rest of the table to know that I'm a straight up no mercy player. Sometimes the beginner female is incredibly difficult to play, because she might think her hand is weak, when in fact she has hit 2 pair, and I value bet the river and I lose.

    Businessmen: this is a pretty wide ranging player type, but generally it's a man who owns his own business in some respect and comes to blow off some steam after work. I think they are LAGs for the most part. They couldn't give two shits about a few hundred bucks, and like to be aggressive.

    Daily Grinders: Mostly nit/rocks and some TAGs. If I know they play every single day, then they are probably just trying to have a positive win rate, and therefore are more liable to fold rather than risk their entire stacks at any given time.

    Some things I do to manipulate my image. I never use my player's card. I could be missing out on free money here but I'm hoping it sends a message to the rest of the table that I don't give 2 shits about making $1/hour-- I'm more concerned with relieving fools of their stacks. When I see another player making sure that the dealer scans his player card in, I almost automatically give that player less respect. Unless proven otherwise, players super concerned with making their hourly rakeback are just playing not to lose, and even this tiny amount of information I feel is exploitable. For these players, I increase my perception of the fold equity against them, as they are only calling with the nuts, and rarely trying to think about whether I actually have it or not. When the dealer sees that I am the only seat without a player's card scanned in, he will often remind me, to which I always decline.

    Also, if I'm sitting nearby the dealer to where I can read the little screen that shows each seat and the accompanying names, sometimes a person's name will give me some insight into his personality.

  4. You’ve experienced a bad beat before, we all have. Take pride in your bad beats, walk away with your head held high. A bad beat is an opportunity to become great, an opportunity to grow.

    Lets start from the beginning. What is a bad beat — to put it simple, a bad beat is when you put your chips in as a massive favorite and end up seeing the pot pushed in the other direction. The second when that card gets dealt, which puts your opponent ahead; is soul crushing.

    In order for you to encounter a bad beat, what has to happen? Congratulations, you have gotten your money in as a favorite, isn't that what poker is all about? If one of your goals in poker is to get it in when behind, stop playing. Actually, for our sake please don’t; however, if you want to have some money left to buy ugly Christmas sweaters, I’d suggest you get up and go buy them now.

    Variance is a term used in almost every poker conversation, sometimes directly but most of the times indirectly. Variance explains why you can be a favorite and lose. It is very seldom that you are a 100% favorite to win any particular hand. When you are not, there is a statistical chance that you lose, opening the door for a bad beat. I could get into detail about expected value, running above or below EV, etc; for now however, I just want to remind you that variance does in fact exist.

    Players that fatigue themselves over bad beats are at a disadvantage. They will have a very tough time at being great. Such players show characteristic of tilt, aggression, bad behavior and and sometimes even violence. This is definitely not the formula for success, and most of the time, ends with these players losing more money than they should. On the other hand, players that take bad beats with pride; will fare much better. Take a bad beat as an opportunity to prove to yourself that you are great; that you can accept it and move on. Plus, it will be more fun felting a player that has previously put a bad beat on you.

    Now that you view a bad beat as an opportunity, sit back down and try to do*the same thing again — that is, get it in as a favorite. No matter of the outcome, you made the right decision, and in the long run, will come out on top. In today’s world there are a lot of good poker players and very few great ones. Getting from good to great requires you to set yourself apart; to do the little things right, day in and day out. Taking a bad beat with pride, walking away from the table knowing you made a great play, is part of doing the little things right.

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    So, I am realllllly new to P5's and it seems a really good place to be. Definitely one of the smallest fish in a big pond and certainly aware of my poker limitations in comparison to the vast majority of the guys on this website. I started playing poker about 5 years ago at university and got engrossed early on. I read and learned a lot from my failings and from others around me too. I then took a break from poker for a few years and have now fully caught the bug again. I would say my strengths lie in non turbo MTT's where patience and discipline are key players in success. I have cashed (top 3) in 3 live tournaments (out of about 10 played) and made roughly $1500 from that. My online "career" has not ran nearly as good as I find it very much more difficult to suss players out, pick my spots and remain as disciplined as I do in real live poker. You can see from my P5's page that I have cashed in a few tournaments on Stars but have yet to final table a big tournament to bolster my BR. I am currently down $175 (mainly through seriously poor BR management, by buying into $44 and $33 tourney's and wiping out massive chunks of my money). I have recently deposited another $100 and I am looking to final table a big MTT and to initially win back my losings, then make over $1000 and ultimately just see where it takes me.

    I have devised an experimental MTT strategy which I am going to try out to see how it fares (* I do not endorse this method as it could be as much use as a chocolate fireguard!)... I call it the 1 3 1 5 1.. (1 being very tight, aggressive early tourny style poker play... playing premiums only AA,KK,QQ,JJ,1010,AK,AQ,AJ and that's about it).. (3 being moderately tight, aggressive when required and just willing to see a few more flops and play a bit more poker.. A9, 77, 89, K10).. (5 being borderline hyper aggressive, bullying short stacks, continuation betting, firing many bullets, erratic.. raising with 8 3 suited, 10 4, A 3 etc..).. you might think yeah this is never going to work, this guy is nuts. You might well be right, but I'm going to try it and see how I run.

    The method being in a standard non turbo tourney you play "1" for 20 mins, "3" for 20 mins, "1" for 20 mins, "5" for 10 mins and "1" for 20 mins. It's a 1 and a half hour cycle where you go through different gears of play and it forces you to change your style and keep it fresh. This is something I struggle with and really only make the bulk of my chips through pre flop monsters where I get called. Its sustainable to cash but relies on good hands and is hard to final table without changing your style. If playing a turbo then I will half the times limits on each "gear" but the principle remains the same. Obv if you have a bad beat and your stack is crippled or see an obvious spot, you can go off piste from the strategy and play as best suited to that situation but as a rule of thumb I am going to try stick to this method to see how successful it is. When you final table I am going to try halfing the time of the gears so quartering if in a turbo as this will make you very hard to play against and very hard to read.

    Another unconventional tactic I am going to employ is the opposite of what a LOT of solid poker players stick to.. it seems it is the "right thing to do" but again makes you very predictable which I think is a real weakness in my game currently. The plan is to raise 67, 78, 89, 910, 10J (ideally suited) by 3 to 4 times the BB (dependent on position, stack and opposition) and to flat call or min raise monsters like AA, KK, AK etc... MADNESS I hear you all screaming and yeah it probably is a lot of the time.. BUT.. and I see it as a big BUT (J lo style) if you raise big with 89 suited and flop comes A J 5 your opponent will likely think you have hit big and is likely that he has a piece of the action too.. if you raise 40-60% of pot after flop falls or check raise him if he acts first it is very likely to put him in a tough position and I can imagine passive players will fold unless holding AK, trips etc.. but if the dream scenario falls where you flop a straight or have a flush draw with straight draw etc or top pair with your 9, then very few players will imagine that you are holding something as weak as 89 after your big pre flop raise. The position could be very lucrative and I think is worth the risk of losing moderately sized pots when your opponent has something strong. (*I wouldn't employ this tactic against a hyper aggressive player or a loose caller as you will get out bullied a lot, at least I know I would).

    So the plan is to try the 1 3 1 5 1 tactic, play my big hands and connectors differently and stick to my strengths of patience and discipline and see how I run. I aim to keep you guys posted if interested, so you can laugh at me when it fails miserably or you can cyber pat me on the head if I pull it off even remotely. First blog on here so please leave feedback and if any of you have any really good top tips for me then please fire away, I'm all ears. Tezzza

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    Yesterday was the first day I started to play micro MTTs. I have moved away from the $10 freerolls and now playing $0.10 -$.50 MTTs on America's Cardroom with the goal of increasing stakes $.25 every other month. I am currently reading 'Let There Be Ranges' and I can tell you its and easy and profitable read.

    My tourneys from yesterday

    $100GTD - 6 Max PLO buyin .$50 8th place $3

    WSOP SAT 1 seat NLHE buyin $.50 7th place no seat

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    Hey my name is Andrew, but I go by the name "big nem" on pokerstars.

    I am new to pocket fives, but I am here to be part of the community and try and learn/share as much knowledge as I can so I can get better at this game. I don't have a job and I have very little to invest in poker, although my living expenses aren't an issue (at the moment). This provides me with the 2 most important things needed: Time and motivation. I don't mind playing at the smallest levels to help me learn the basics (I thought that I have known the basics for years, but I think i'm still missing some fundamentals). I have a small bankroll and I want to see if I can turn it into a real living. My style is naturally conservative for I am a conservative person and mathematical. I have studied a fair amount of poker math and I am a programmer so I have done some simulation type stuff as well. My best and favourite game is 9max zoom games on pokerstars.

    My current goal is to get to around £3000-£4000 in bankroll so I can go to the live £1/£1 and £1/£2 games in my city which are filled with absolute idiots and crush them. (Last time I played I was able to open jam KK for 150bb and get a call from Q5s and a call behind from AJo, thats how profitable these games are).

    I first learnt poker about 9 years ago, and thought I was a boss straight away! (Clue: I wasn't) and I played in some home games and a little bit of online, but nothing too serious.

    Fast forward to 2011 and I decided to give grinding a try, and I tried to play NL2 and crush it, but it was I that got crushed. For about a year and a half after that I tried grinding stupid low buyin live cash games, with a little bit of success and then I chopped the big $4.40 on pokerstars for around $2700 and instantly started grinding NL50 with it (Hey, I was rolled for it right!). This did not end well, although I didn't lose too much to that. I squandered the rest of the money on having fun.

    By 2013 I must have improved a little bit because I was able to crush 2NL, it seemed and I was also making a decent amount at 10NL over a small sample (80k) and at 25NL at an even smaller sample. I got up to $1200 and decided to take my bankroll to the casino to play live cash games at £100 a buy-in. I got crushed by the swings and got knocked down to £600 and I ragequit poker and had some fun with it.

    I am currently grinding 2NL zoom FR, 4 tables on pokerstars, trying to master the game. I've played about 60,000 hands this year with an observed winrate of c. 4bb/100. I've tried to take a couple of shots at 5NL but i've just been devastated by run bad/playing scared/playing results oriented or a combination of the three, and have been knocked back down to 2NL. I was taking shots when I got to $100 in my account, giving myself 5 buy-ins before moving back down.

    When I play 2NL I don't look at my results in HEM or my cashier until the end of the week (or after each 25k hands). I can do this comfortably because I know that I have enough money in my account to smooth out the swings and I have had a fair amount of success at 2NL before. I feel that not repeatedly looking at results helps me focus more on improving my play, both on and off the table.

    I lost my big database when my pc died at the end of the last year, but I know that over the past 2-3 years I had had great success at 2NL, epic fail at 5NL (like -50bi over c.100k hands) and some success at 10NL and 25NL. How much variance is in these results, I do not know but I suspect rather a lot.

    My current plan is to take my current bankroll of $74.73 (I'm not in a position to invest more at this point) and simply try and work on crushing 2NL and not even thinking about 5NL yet. As I said I have a lot of time, and I want to truncate all of my crappy decisions from the game and optimize as much as I can going forward.

    I have a few questions from you readers:

    1. Can it be done, or am I mental? I'm optimistic I can make it work with hard work and research

    2. Should I try and learn how to play 6max at the lowest level and throw FR away. FR is where I feel most comfortable but I know the games dry up and there is a lot more learning material for 6max available, although I don't intend to play much beyond 100NL online, at least for the forseeable future.

    Thanks for reading guys! :)

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    2014 was by far the roughest year of my life. In the beginning of the year, I was attending school full time and playing on carbon to make money for myself. Three weeks after my biggest score ($6,500) my father passed away of a heart attack leaving my twin brother and me to fend for ourselves financially. My father's passing greatly affected my play. I became complacent with my game, playing mostly to take my mind off of things while caring very little about improving my play. Eventually, I was forced to cash out all my winnings as money stopped coming in and bills started piling up. My brother and I are now staying with family while looking for work. Once I am back on my feet I plan to get back to poker, and I plan to work very hard on my game unlike last year. I haven't played poker in three months and am now as hungry as ever to get back to it. Hopefully this year is much better, and I plan to do everything in my power to make it that way. Good luck to everyone in 2015.

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    1. Playing Too Many Hands

    An early lesson in poker is to understand the dominant part of hands you are managed must be collapsed. I've known a novice player turn round to me and say You've got to play the hand you are managed, why fold. I was stunned and soon put them right. Be that as it may, there are a considerable measure of amateurs that appear to disregard this most essential principle.

    They will call with expert cloth out of position, even call a raise with it, they play any two suited cards or even any picture card. You can escape with playing detached like this in a round of no restriction hold em yet you must have a solid post-flop capacity to have the capacity to draw it off.

    Circumstance needy, more often than not you are looking to just play premium hands, for example, high pocket sets, and extremely solid aces. Basically overlay the rest.

    2. Not Folding Mediocre Hands

    After the lemon has hit, novice players think that it exceptionally hard to relinquish minimal hands. Assume they hit center combine or top pair with top kicker, the will think that it hard to set down. Its an insane circumstance to still be included in a pot holding top pair when there are flush and straight draws on the board and players are wagering like theres no tomorrow. I've seen individuals play online when they will see their opening cards the distance to the waterway despite the fact that the barricade has combined, AND there is 4-to-a-flush on the board, AND a straight plausibility. They simply wouldn't let go of their slumped top pair.

    The best hand on the lemon may not generally be the best hand on the waterway. Play with alert and don't be hesitant to get out if the activity warms up and you are holding a peripheral hand.

    A decent approach to take a gander at it is to take a gander at the board and think to yourself "What two cards could my adversary be holding for them to beat me?". On the off chance that you can contract it down to one or at most two sets of gap cards you ought to be genuinely certain about carrying on playing. In the event that you need to say to yourself "I trust he doesn't have X, or Y, or Z, or An, or B or C..." then you ought to truly contemplate collapsing. The more mixes of cards that your adversary could be holding that beat your hand, then the more probable it is they are holding one of them. If there is one or conceivably two blends of cards that beat you then keep on playing however with alert. Wagered out or raise to addition data on how great your hand is. On the off chance that they overlap, you win the pot, on the off chance that you are raised then you are likely beat.

    There's no disgrace in collapsing. Keep in mind, particularly in a competition, poker scores are focused around the player that loses the minimum measure of chips.

    3. Under-Betting The Pot

    In no restriction texas hold em you can wager out as quite a bit of your stack as you like with a specific end goal to secure your hand. You ought to be utilizing this further bolstering your good fortune. Weaker unpracticed players then again have a tendency to wager little sums, for example, $30 into a $500 pot. These sorts of wagers offer great players phenomenal pot chances to call and suck-out on the stream as a result of the cash they remained to make in connection to the extent to which it expenses to see an alternate card. A wager of around 75% of the pot is sufficient to demoralize players on a draw. Any wager under a large portion of the pot is regularly insufficient.

    4. Over wagering The Pot

    It is a simple error that novices make. They make a half-good hand and the adrenaline kicks in and they choose to over wager the pot by pumping $300 into a $90 pot, or they move all in preflop for 1500 in a sit-n-go while blinds are still 15/30. The issue with doing this, is that it makes hands weaker than yours fold, while hands stronger than yours call. By reliably over wagering the pot you are either going to win a little pot, or lose an enormous one. Unmistakably not the ideal poker playing methodology.

    5. Disregarding Position

    Information is power in the session of no restriction hold em. The more data you hold about the round of wagering the better position you are into follow up on this data. Playing hands under the weapon implies on the off chance that you wager out, you could confront an enormous re-raise from a later position. You could weigh post slump in the trust of a check raise yet rather find the whole table checks after you. In the event that you are playing from a later position you can see what whatever is left of the table is doing before you act.

    Novice players will frequently overlook position and play a certain set of hands paying little respect to position. you ought to be playing just premium delivers early position, and afterward augmenting your scope of beginning hands the later your position gets to be. TJ's plays gravely from UTG yet extremely well from a late position.

    6. Neglecting To Protect Your Hand

    Numerous novice players are blameworthy of playing very latently. They will just check or call unless they are 100% certain they have the best submit which case they will raise. By neglecting to wager, or neglecting to raise they will make it less demanding for their adversaries to draw out on them who may overall have collapsed. On the off chance that you end up against a tight uninvolved player, raise more regularly than you normally would and you can end up winning a ton of little pots.

    7. pursuing unbeneficial draws

    Playing a drawing hand is just continually going to be tantamount to the estimation of the pot you are attempting to win. You ought to dependably crease on the off chance that somebody makes a wager where you are no more getting right pot chances to call. Amatuer players commit the error of overlooking these chances and will call the distance to the stream with the expectation that they hit. It is conceivable they don't even comprehend pot chances or realize what they are.

    As baffling as it is when monkey players like these suck out on the stream you need to recollect that they are playing terrible unrewarding poker and they will wind up losing more cash than they win. Simply verify you are in the pot when they lose

    8. Terrible Stack Management

    Amatuer players frequently disregard their stack size concerning playing holdem. On the off chance that you are playing a money diversion you ought to dependably have around 20 major blinds to profit by your creature hands. On the off chance that you are missing the mark, then reload your stack. There's no point holding tight with £50 in a £5/£10 money diversion just to flounder quads next hand and pass up a great opportunity for an enormous pot. On the off chance that you are playing a freezeout competition, you ought to quit calling preflop when you are between 10 times the enormous visually impaired (stressing) to 5 times the huge visually impaired (basic). There is no alternative however to push all in with any Ace, pocket pair, suited connectors or any hand under the weapon.

    You are looking to have enough chips to amplify your huge hands, or to keep you alive in tourmanet circumstances. Terrible players will level call hands when their stack is 5 to 10 x BB. Great players will push all in. Terrible players won't reload their chips in a money amusement, great players will.

    9. Adjusting Your Style

    There is a huge distinction between playing money diversions and playing competitions. In real money diversions you must be arranged to put your whole stack over the line when you know you are going to win a larger number of times than you lose, when you have a positive expected quality (+ev). On the off chance that you lose then you can simply reload. In a competition you must be more defensive of your stack as though it goes then your are out of the amusement. There are numerous other unobtrusive levels, yet these are the principal contrasts between the two diversions. Terrible players are those that don't adjust their amusement as needs be and play competition method in a money diversion and trade technique in for cold hard currency a competition amusement.

    10. Attempting To Imitate The Pros

    The era of poker players delivering these days are those raised on viewing it on TV. Individuals have their most loved poker players they have seen making huge feigns and talking the discussion. Amatuer players appear to duplicate feline these activities to run over more expert. what they neglect to acknowledge however that on TV they are just viewing altered highlights. Not every hand is a beast raise, or a trap, or a feign - truth be told more often than not it is one player raising with a honest to goodness hand and other people collapsing. This is lamentably the less intriguing side of poker yet it (ought to) speak to a huge larger part of your amusement.

    We have a bland epithet for these sorts of players at the table. Those that come in wearing the shades, the top, the ipod, discussing how different players ought to have played their hands, talking poop. The handle given is "All the rigging, no thought". Verify you have the capacity detect these players on the off chance that they are on your table and all the more critically verify that you are not one of them yourself.

  5. I haven't blogged since last year's relatively early exit from the WSOP Seniors event. Not much else happened poker-wise in 2013. I played a NLH Cash game, along with my older brother, at Parx Casino in Philly. Both of us managed to lose our entire $150 Buy-Ins without winning a hand. I lost my bankroll on a single hand when my Pocket Queens were cracked by a 75o straight.

    This year was a bit different. I do have some highlights in what was a fairly interesting poker year.

    Live Poker: Last year, I played just the WSOP as my one and only tournament. In retrospect, that was not a smart thing to do. All I had as practice leading up to it was Playchip tourneys on PokerStars. As Mike Sexton says, Playchips poker is not real poker (or words to that effect). If I ever do go back to the WSOP, I will have some tournament cashes under my belt in the months preceding it.

    This year, I played 9 tournaments. Eight were at good old Viejas and 1 at a remote outpost called Diamond Jim's in Rosamund, CA. I had three cashes for the year (all three were 3 or 4-way splits). I also took a horrific bubble in one and suffered a terrible beat in another when my set of eights were rivered by a Queen with someone holding QQ deep in a tournament. All in all, I played fairly well, albeit a bit too tight.

    I played some live NLH and Limit cash games. The majority of sessions were not particularly profitable and one 3/6 session was particularly brutal. I really am more of a tournament guy.

    I may have an opportunity to play a couple tournaments in Baltimore next month. We'll see what transpires.

    Online Poker: After a three year hiatus, I made my return to online action last September on Carbon Poker. The joy of playing a challenging $5.50 Sit&Go in the comfort of my home was great and something the Government should not deny us in the first place. That joy was somewhat tempered by a pretty bad losing streak and the need to reload. But I kept plugging away, making some deep runs and small (but consistent) cashes in MTTs, but falling short. Last week, I had a breakthrough, a $111.11 First Place cash in a $2.20 rebuy. Finally, the hands where I was ahead pre-flop, stayed ahead after the River. And while I have incurred some dead spells, it isn't because of bad play. I now have a fairly decent bankroll and don't plan on needing to rebuy anytime soon.

    Poker Writing Gig: Jack Jermey from Pokersocialite.com gave me a great opportunity to write some articles for pay on his web site. I got a chance to use some of my material from a manuscript I have been playing with for a few years now that discusses strategy for playing all 169 starting hands. Some links to my articles are here (Questions, comments, and snide remarks are always welcome):

    http://www.pokersocialite.com/poker-strategy/the-book-of-hands-pocket-aces-part-2.html

    http://www.pokersocialite.com/poker-strategy/the-book-of-hands-pocket-aces-part-i.html

    http://www.pokersocialite.com/poker-strategy/8-common-no-limit-holdem-mistakes-and-how-to-correct-them.html

    http://www.pokersocialite.com/poker-strategy/ten-dangerous-nlh-starting-hands.html

    http://www.pokersocialite.com/poker-strategy/tournament-nlh-starting-hand-guide.html

    http://www.pokersocialite.com/poker-strategy/big-slick.html

    As Pokersocialite.com was a British site, I also did a fun piece on Best/Worst places to play Poker in the U.S. (Fort McDowell Casino should thank me)

    http://www.pokersocialite.com/poker-strategy/top-10-best-and-worst-places-to-play-poker-in-the-usa.html

    I even did a review of Betfred.poker which I thought was great, but never got published.

    So 2014 did a lot to invigorate my interest in the ol' game of poker. Looking forward to bigger and better in 2015.

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    IPoker, $0.05/$0.10 No Limit Hold'em Cash, 5 Players

    Poker Tools Powered By Holdem Manager - The Ultimate Poker Software Suite.

    SB: $7.12 (71.2 bb)

    BB: $2.45 (24.5 bb)

    Hero (MP): $18.04 (180.4 bb)

    CO: $6.45 (64.5 bb)

    BTN: $3.65 (36.5 bb)

    Preflop: Hero is MP with 2diamond4.gif 7club4.gif

    Hero folds, CO raises to $0.30, 2 folds, BB calls $0.20

    Flop: ($0.65) 3spade4.gif Tclub4.gif 7diamond4.gif (2 players)

    BB checks, CO bets $0.30, BB folds

    Results: $0.65 pot ($0.04 rake)

    Final Board: 3spade4.gif Tclub4.gif 7diamond4.gif

    BB mucked and lost (-$0.30 net)

    CO mucked and won $0.61 ($0.31 net)

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    Anybody familiar with the capabilities of software will understand that it's what the 21'st century runs on.

    Without it the world would grind to a halt.

    Accordingly, it might not be such a bad idea to keep the barest minimum amount of money in your gambling account.

    Word is there is a groundswell from dozens of countries that due to a build up of thousands of complaints from around the world as to one particular online poker site that is raising red flags in regard to signs that their game and players cards are being manipulated by extremely cleverly written software, Interpol are considering obtaining some sort of international warrant to seize and impound the servers to examine every line of code to see if there are any basis for those complaints and to possibly obtain evidence to support money laundering and proceeds of crime charges, as well as player fraud.

    The FBI has had a go at it years ago but so far is still struggling. And this company operates outside their jurisdiction anyway.

    Interpol is the only lawful agency that can gain legal access to their equipment.

    Someone said it would never happen because the online poker moguls have plenty of money to buy them off as well as it being such a monumental task to examine the code. But Interpol, as we know, is incorruptible and like the taxman, once they get ahold of a suspect they're like a dog with a bone.

    Will be interesting to see the outcome here as this particular poker establishment has been trying for years to get a foothold in the States, but maybe that's just their smokescreen to divert attention away from other things.

    Poker being the psychological game that it is, lends itself and software writers to all manner of trickery.

    Stay tuned ....

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    Hi everyone,

    I have just join pocketfives after being a fan of the site for the past 2 weeks.

    I am from Montreal Canada but now located in Detroit Michigan for the past 4 months. I was here for a job training in electronics. That experience is the worst I ever had in my life. For the past 4 months I had to stop playing poker cause Pokerstars is closed in USA. I have played 3 tourneys on BetOnline and manage to win 3k$ in those ! Was really nice but I had a pain in the a** to withdraw my money. So I decided to boycott this site.

    And now I FREAKING CANNOT WAIT to be back in Canada and get back on my grind and my dream.

    It's been 5 years that I am into poker manage to live on this for the past year when I was still in school. But now I got a job and I realize that what I really wanna do is playing POKER. I wanna be succesfull in poker and I have great ambitions for my poker career. I know my potential and I know I can do this but I also know that it's gonna be a long grind before reaching a point that I will say I am a poker pro. But I really wanna do it and I think I have what it takes.

    Cause at the end you gotta do what you like in life and Poker is my passion !

    That is my first post\blog here. I will try to be a part of the community of pocketfives and looking to help others and be help ! Talking poker makes me happy !

    Have a good one guys and see you on tables in 12 days !!

    P.S. : Sorry for my bad english sometimes I am a french Canadian that's why :p

    Max (angelfire12)

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    Like a lot of people, I have a day job. I love the game of poker and try to reserve time to play certain evenings or even on the weekends (especially sunday) all the while trying to make time for my girlfriend, who has been supporting of my passion for the game for the most part, understand my compulsion to play. I am not a professional so it is not easy to convince her that its more than just of a game to me. I do have a few good scores to my name and have finished very high in large fields a numerous amount of times. I love to read up and study the game to try and improve.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on ways improve playing recreationally, best value tournament suggestions to play in the US (considering i can only play a few times a week), or advice on how to approach the gf?

    All comments are appreciated!

  6. I guess I should tell a little about myself first. From around 2005 to 2008ish I made the majority of my living playing poker. I was very profitable, but had a problem with addiction that absorbed my profits. A good friend of mine gave me great advice that I should leave the game of poker for a while, get a college degree and then come back to play the game when I was more mentally prepared and equipped with a college degree. The game has changed a lot since then so I have been studying every aspect of the game, playing in the micros daily, and just doing anything that I can do to help develop my game and fix my leaks. I've also been going to the casino any chance I get, but that isn't often because the closest one is an hour and a half drive. Just as a side note, I was on Spring Break this past May and decided I was going to play in my first WSOP circuit event to see if I still had the chops to be a winner so I made the trek to the Cherokee stop and I min cashed in 32nd place. Even though it was a min cash I am very proud of myself for cashing in my first WSOP event.

    I have created an account here at pocketfives.com because for the life of me I cannot find anyone locally that has an interest in poker and especially not the level of interest that I have. The reason I have been looking for other players is because it would be helpful to have someone to discuss everything poker with, someone who takes it as seriously as I do and who wants to put in the work to make this a rewarding profession. I've got a lot to learn about the game, but feel comfortable that my skills are good enough to make me a profitable player. Now for my dilemma and the main reason that I am posting her today. Until I am able to move to a location with a casino closer to my home I will have to play most of my poker on the internet and that is a problem for me. In fact, I have been playing on sites such as Bovada, BetOnline, and Americas Cardroom since May when I decided it was time to turn my focus back towards poker. I like Americas Cardroom and BetOnline much better, but have decided that when I am ready I will most likely make a fairly large deposit onto Bovada because it has the most action. My win rate is much better on the other two sites, it feels like I experience more bad beats on Bovada than the other sites and having no user name messes with me a little. Nonetheless, I am not ready yet to make this deposit because though I cash in a large majority of my sit and gos, have won a good amount of micro tournaments, and have arrived at a bunch of final tables I tend to turn right around and lose that money so I wind up being a break even player. It's not my play getting me into trouble, it is the really bad decisions I make that gets me into trouble and until I fix this about myself I refuse to make a large deposit to Bovada or any other site.

    In my quest to determine why I have this problem I have sought out free online training videos, read many blogs and other web sites, and purchased several books. The first book that I have read in regards to online poker (and I'm still reading it, but almost finished) is by John Vorhaus and it is called Killer Poker. Mr. Vorhaus has taught me a lot and has made me realize why I am not a winning online player, but I am a winning live player. He says that when you go to a casino you wake up and get mentally prepared, eat a healthy breakfast, maybe play your favorite tunes on the way to the casino and when you get to the casino you have the atmosphere all around you. You immediately smell that casino specific smell, you hear slots all around you, people having a good time, and this gets you pumped up. When you get into the poker room you meet real people playing poker, you hear the sounds of chips being played with, and all of these things factor into you getting into your zone and ready to play your best game. This is all true for me, but when I go to play on the internet things are much different. I usually play late at night when I get off of work and I usually take a quick shower and turn on the computer. While I'm showering I'm not thinking about poker, just relaxing from a hard days work. Then I may eat a little something and after that I hop onto the internet and find whatever tournament I can find. While I play I watch TV or listen to music, take care of my baby daughter, chat with my wife, surf the internet, text my friends and well you get the point. Mr. Vorhaus says if you are not taking the time to get mentally prepared for online play then you are simply playing for entertainment and not completely focused on building a bankroll. When I read this part of the book that is when the light bulb in my brain turned on and I realized he was exactly right. There are also other things I have not been doing that a serious player would do and those things that I am aware of are as follows. I haven't been studying my own game, sure I analyze hands in my head all of the time, but never do I actually watch video and look for my mistakes. My way of doing this has been very lazy which is just to try and think about it in my head. I haven't kept records of my win rate or kept a diary of my play any day that I've played. I haven't used proper bankroll management at all. I don't end a session when I should and I honestly don't understand how long a session should last. I play looser than I would live because I get frustrated with other players and the fact that I don't have real chips messes with me. The list goes on and on and there are many more things I have failed to mention that I am trying to work on. So when I say that I'm not ready yet I am referring to this huge list of things I have to work on. I'm not trying to get it all down perfectly, but I am at least going to study it to ensure I understand each area of concern.

    I'd love all advice that any player would be willing to provide and I have been considering consulting a poker coach. The main question I would like answered is regarding the games I should play and the limits that I should play once I decide to make my most important deposit. I've got plenty of work to do on my cash game, but have read that a pro player must supplement his poker income with cash games. Considering my strong points are tournaments and sit and gos I have decided that I will most likely focus on those. I work in the evenings so I think a good plan is to create a distraction free environment somewhere in my home and play in the day perhaps from 9AM to 1PM or something along those lines and then play nightly tournaments when I feel I'm focused enough. I've also been informed that I must play as much as I can on Sundays because these are the big money days on the internet. I'll play on another site aside from my main site when I'm playing mainly for leisure I'm doing my best to make an income from this game.

    The one thing that I haven't seen is a secret recipe for building a bankroll. I am sure it is out there, but I have not seen it yet. I'd like anyone who is kind enough to reply to this to help me with this specifically. I'm not sure yet how much I will deposit, but when I do I need to know what types of games to play. I'm assuming primarily sit and gos with a tournament a day thrown in or something along those lines. I've heard different things regarding how many buy ins I need for each game that I play ranging from 30 times the buy in to 100 times the buy in. Assuming that I will win and that I could reload if necessary I'm leaning towards 40 - 50 times the buy in. And then assuming my deposit and this strategy equates to $3 games, when do I know that I should move up to the $5 games. And also when the games that I am looking to play are not filling up what do I do? Do I move up to the $5 limit or do I play a lower limit? And then lastly, does it matter if I play regular games, turbos, hypers, or double or nothings?

    I'm pretty sure that I will have forgotten to say or ask several things that I will wish that I had, but I have a feeling I'm about to become a poker blogger. If I have not followed proper etiquette I apologize and please teach me, not only is this my first poker blog, but it is also my first blog. I can't thank those of you who may reply to this post enough for being generous enough to read what I have written and for having the willingness to reply with a well thought out response. I look forward to building long lasting relationships through this medium.

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    What's up guys!

    Recently, I've found some new motivation. I have to admit, first, that I really enjoy playing with you all (Carbon/Sportsbook). When I first started playing poker on Stars, years ago, I always wanted to have like people at my table that I see as a rival -- but in a good way. I always wanted to say, "damn, why did they move (insert your name) to my left". As of the last few days, I"ve seen a lot of people that I play against regularly have some success -- congrats to you all. I love to give credit when it's due and you guys are playing great. I'm saying all this to say that you guys have motivated me to become a better player. I feel, personally, that I'm getting where I want to be. I still have a long ways to go. I study, read, and watch strategy videos on youtube all day at work. Now I'm ready to take things a little bit more serious. At first, I was just playing to have fun, and I plan on continuing that -- but I'm going to take it serious, too. I have a note book that I keep of weekly goals (see below). Most people have friends and people who they learn from personally. Me, I don't have that luxury. I have to learn on my own. I even rail players like Moorman1 on stars when he's actually playing. I don't have anybody to discuss strategy with or anything. My goal at some point is to have some success with people so maybe one day we can meet up at different events, etc.

    I'll be blogging now just to keep you guys updated. Looking forward to the OPS in a few weeks. Only got a chance to play in one event last year but I'll be playing most of them this year.

    Last weeks goals: 8/25 - 8/31

    1. TOP 5 IN CHICAGO (I added up my numbers and once they put them in the system I should be. So I reached this goal)

    2. MAKE A FINAL TABLE (I final tabled the Early Bird $11 and finished 7th on 8/28)

    3. WIN AT LEAST $500 (Reached this)

    4. CASH IN THE $125K (Finished 67th after my stack was below 3000 chips)

    5. TOP 30 A SUNDAY MAJOR (Finished 12th in the $11 Big Sunday)

    I did pretty good. I'm on the brink of a $1000+ cash. I can feel it.

    Thanks for reading.

    Jirk

  7. Ranking movement: Was 1,400th, now ranked 1,592nd

    Best of TLB scoring results: 9th in .fr Big €20 ($232), 1st in Party $1.5k ($319)

    Despite picking up my volume somewhat recently, my results seem to have slipped considerably struggling to break into the top 7 places of decent tournaments. Before starting this blog I was in a downswing and since then things have gone further downhill, currently in a ~300BI downswing. During the past week I have been in a number of emotions regarding how bad things have been, spending hours at a time trying to spot in my database if for whatever reason I've been committing suicide deep in tournaments and to pick up on areas for improvement with my current coach.

    However, only the past couple of days after doing some searches regarding downswings have I come to terms with the fact that based on the large field MTT's I play (mixed with some smaller ones)a 300BI downswing was as good as inevitable, with a 500BI swing being a possibility (although somewhat of a rare one). Those numbers are if you are playing well in all spots, and obviously I still make a couple of mistakes per session that in an ideal world I will be able to iron out and overcome.

    I feel situations like this will inevitably make me a stronger player with tougher skin, since I always have the attitude of playing through downswings, as supposed to playing away from them. Hopefully the blog in 2 weeks time will lead to nicer reading with some pretty figures.

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    Hey All

    Some time ago I was able to rearrange my schedule to allow me to only work 4 days per week so I could spend 3 days per week playing poker at my favorite destination the Borgata in Atlantic City. Since that time I have been building up a growing bankroll playing 2/5 and 5/10 NL. As my bankroll continued to grow I have wanted more and more to take it to the next level. While I am getting really close to that level I wanted to start a blog and share my journey as it continues.

    I am from the Middletown area so it is roughly a 1.5 hour ride to AC each week for my 3 days. I spend the two nights staying at the Borgata. However recently my wife found out from her job she can transfer down to the Manahawkin area if she likes so after lots of discussion and financial planning we decided we would start making plans to make a move with her transferring down south and me giving poker a full time go when the time comes. So we just recently put our house on the market and now we will wait while it sells before moving down south. So for the time being I will continue to play 3 days per week while working the other 4 at my job while we wait for the process to unfold. Anyway I just wanted to post this and I will post how things are going each week after the trip. My next trip is set for the 9/10/11th of July.

    Update to follow after that!

  8. After a decent first half of the WSOP (managed a cash in the Millionaire Maker) I headed home to North Carolina to spend a bit of time with the family and drink a few beers by the pool. It has been a great week of rest and relaxation, but it is time to get back to the Vegas house and get back on the grind.

    I head back tomorrow morning and will be there throughout the Main Event. I have 3 events left on my schedule. The Monster Stack, the Little One for One Drop and the Main Event. I'll also be mixing in some Rio Dailys on off days.

    Could not be more exited about the Monster Stack. Starting a live WSOP event with 600bbs sounds like a blast. Going to do my best not to go all Reggie Roby on my stack. And of course the Main Event is...well...the Main Event.

    The only down side to this time of year is not being able to play online as much as I would like. I did get in a Sunday session yesterday. Binked one $33 on True but managed to essentially bubble both majors, so it was a bit of a brutal Sunday. I've played a bit from Vegas, but not a ton. I'll certainly try and get some sessions in (including WSOP.com) while I am out there for three more weeks.

    Then when I return I'll get back on the Online grind heavy. Gotta hold on to that #1 spot in NC!

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    I wanted to share a new personal best.

    I shipped 2 mtts today!

    This is a first, I've never won two in one day and until recently was struggling to even make the final table. My previous results have been pretty average so I'm super excited to continue this good run and turn things around. My last few years have been largely unprofitable so it's great to finally be in the black with some great scores and great stats!

    The first was a $5r for $1,233. I went to heads up and a huge dog, we both played pretty good then I won a big hand and as soon as I had the lead he snapped "want to deal". I didn't think I really had an edge on him, he was pretty solid so I agreed and we chopped it.

    The second was an $11r PLO for $324. The field was a lot shorter with about 30 runners and I had an average stack up to the re-buy period. After that I went on a run binking nut hands and kept doubling up until I went to the FT as the overwhelming chip leader, and the rest was pretty smooth sailing to victory.

    This month I've had 4 1st places, 1 2nd place and a total of 7 final tables. Most have been in Omaha events which I've spend most of my time working on lately, but luckily I've got 2 in NLHE :)

    I'm pretty chuffed and owe a lot to all the stuff I've read and posted on these forums so thanks P5s and fellow P5er's.

    Nass.

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    Hey all...

    I'm new to Pocket Fives, and I just love this site! It's so informative and educational! As a very low stakes player I have been learning and growing my game. I've just recently started giving Satellite tournaments a go and today I won a 1st stage Satellite for 0.25c at 888 poker, which led me to a $2.20 direct Satellite to the $22.00 Mega Dozen, kicking off in 4 hours. I managed to squeeze in a seat to this tourney! (Yeehaa!) This will probably be my biggest online tournament to date, so wish me luck! I will feedback my progress.

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    Remember the good old days, when you could sign on to Party Poker, PokerStars or Full Tilt and buy into a $10 or $20 tournament and see a $20k first prize?

    This is the type of environment we could have again if states all shared player liquidity. On any given day, the two largest sites in NJ typically have less than 200 seats filled at all of their cash games, often this is 1/1000th of what PokerStars has. I know it is wishful thinking to ever have PokerStars back in the USA. Even if we did, it probably wouldn't open up their global player liquidity to us.

    What we need is for all the legal sites in the USA to have shared player liquidity within their brand as well as some accounting for the origination of their revenues, so states can lay claim on their precious tax dollars. The increased player base would then attract even more players due to a better prize pool. Success begets success.

    Another benefit of an expanded player base would be the re-emergence of Sit&Go's. Currently, they are more sit and less go, with long waiting times before they ever begin.

    DE and NV entered into a pact to share player liquidity. Let's hope their success will prompt NJ and the other states soon to come on board (NY, PA, CT) to join in.

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