วิธีเล่น Ace-Ten ในเกมเงินสด (เคล็ดลับ preflop และเคล็ดลับ postflop)


คุณคิดอย่างไรเมื่อคุณดูชุดเอซเท็น? บางคนรักมันคนอื่นเกลียดมัน แต่ไม่ต้องสงสัยเลยว่าชุดเอซเท็นสามารถทำกำไรได้มากถ้าคุณเล่นได้ถูกต้อง ในบทความนี้ฉันจะอธิบายวิธีการเล่นในสถานการณ์ต่างๆของพรีฟล็อปและวิธีจัดการกับสถานการณ์หลังฟล็อปที่แตกต่างกัน มาดำน้ำกัน! Preflop เริ่มต้นด้วยการลดกลยุทธ์ preflop ของเรา: หม้อ Ace-ten ที่ยังไม่ได้เปิดในชุดเดียวกันเป็นมือที่แข็งแกร่งซึ่งอยู่ในอันดับที่ประมาณ 12% ของมือ preflop ด้วยเหตุนี้คุณควรเปิดการเพิ่มจากตำแหน่งใด ๆ เมื่อเทียบกับ Open Raise ในสถานการณ์ส่วนใหญ่ Ace-Ten ที่เหมาะสมสามารถเล่นเป็น 3-bet หรือเรียกเมื่อหันหน้าไปทาง open Raise ในตำแหน่ง สถานการณ์เดียวที่คุณต้องระมัดระวังเล็กน้อยในการดำเนินการต่อคือการโจมตีแบบเปิดจาก UTG หรือ UTG + 1 ณ จุดนี้คุณสามารถยกโทรหรือพับด้วยความถี่ที่แตกต่างกันได้ยกเว้นจากปุ่มที่คุณสามารถ 3- เดิมพันหรือโทร. นี่คือตำแหน่งตารางสำหรับการอ้างอิงของคุณ: ในสถานการณ์อื่น ๆ ทั้งหมดมือสามารถเล่นเป็นโทรหรือ 3 เดิมพัน ฉันเจาะลึกลงไปในบทความนี้เกี่ยวกับข้อดีข้อเสียของการเล่นกลยุทธ์แบบผสมกับกลยุทธ์ 3 เดิมพันหรือพับในตำแหน่ง เมื่อเล่นจาก Small Blind คุณมักจะต้องการ 3-bet ด้วยมือนี้ เมื่อเล่นจากบิ๊กบลินด์มือมักจะเป็นกลยุทธ์ผสมกับการเพิ่มหลายครั้งที่เปิดจากตำแหน่งต่างๆ ฉันขอแนะนำให้คุณ 3 เดิมพันแทนที่จะเรียกมัน แต่ขึ้นอยู่กับคุณที่จะตัดสินใจ เมื่อคุณเปิดและเผชิญหน้ากับการเดิมพัน 3 เดิมพันคุณมีหลายทางเลือก: การโทรการเดิมพัน 4 ครั้งและการพับจะปิดใน EV โดยไม่คำนึงถึงตำแหน่งของคุณ ตำแหน่งเดียวที่เป็นการตัดลูกอย่างสะอาดเพื่อดำเนินต่อกับช่วงการเดิมพัน 3 แบบที่สร้างมาอย่างดีคือ: จากจุดตัดต่อการเปิดจากปุ่ม, Small Blind หรือ Big Blind Like ปุ่มกับการเดิมพัน 3 จากหนึ่งในบลายด์ คุณต้องการกี่ครั้ง 4- การเดิมพันที่จะบลัฟด้วยมือนี้ขึ้นอยู่กับความถี่ในการเดิมพัน 3 ครั้งของฝ่ายตรงข้าม ยิ่งเขาอยู่ต่ำคุณก็ยิ่งไม่อยากบลัฟน้อยลงเนื่องจากระยะของเขาแข็งแกร่งและมีโอกาสพับได้น้อย อ่านเพิ่มเติม: ผู้เชี่ยวชาญด้านโป๊กเกอร์ที่ดีที่สุดรู้อยู่แล้วเกี่ยวกับการเดิมพัน 4 สำหรับการเดิมพัน 4 เดิมพันฉันขอแนะนำให้คุณส่วนใหญ่วางมือนี้ให้ตรงทุกครั้งที่คุณเดิมพัน 4 ครั้ง โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่งเมื่อเล่นสดมีสถานการณ์น้อยมากที่ทำให้คุณต้องป้องกันด้วยมือนี้ ผู้เล่นส่วนใหญ่ไม่มีช่วงเดิมพัน 4 แบบที่สมดุล หมายเหตุ: ต้องการทราบวิธีการเล่นทุกมือในทุกสถานการณ์ของพรีฟล็อปหรือไม่? เข้าถึงแผนภูมิและบทเรียนของพรีฟล็อปได้ทันที (สำหรับเกมเงินสดเฮดอัพและทัวร์นาเมนต์) เมื่อคุณสมัครเข้าร่วมหลักสูตรการฝึกอบรม Upswing Lab รักษาที่นั่งของคุณตอนนี้! Advanced Solver Ranges สำหรับเกมเงินสด – หนึ่งในห้าแผนภูมิ preflop ใน Upswing Lab 3 คำแนะนำในการเล่นเมื่อคุณตี Flop ด้วย Ace-Ten Suited Tip # 1 1: เมื่อคุณไม่อยู่ในตำแหน่งผู้ยกพรีฟล็อปในหม้อยกเดี่ยว (ตาบอดกับคนตาบอด) และกระดานสูงสิบและเชื่อมต่อกันคุณควรพิจารณาตรวจสอบกับคู่บนของคุณ ด้วยเคล็ดลับนี้ฉันกำลังพูดถึงสถานการณ์ที่คุณเปิดการเพิ่มขึ้นจากคนตาบอดตัวเล็กถูกเรียกจากบิ๊กบลายด์และฟล็อปมีลักษณะดังนี้ A ♣ T ♣บน T ♠ 9 ♠ 8 ♥ A ♥ T ♥บน T ♣ 7 ♣ 6 ♦กระดานเหล่านี้ให้ความสำคัญกับผู้เล่นที่มีความได้เปรียบในตำแหน่งด้วยเหตุผลบางประการ: 1. ในขณะที่การกระจายหุ้นอยู่ใกล้กับ 50/50 มาก แต่บิ๊กบลายด์มีข้อได้เปรียบเชิงกลยุทธ์โดยเป็นคนสุดท้ายที่ลงมือเสมอ สิ่งนี้ช่วยให้เขาตระหนักถึงความยุติธรรมของตัวเองได้ดีกว่าคู่ต่อสู้ 2. อัตราสแต็คต่อหม้อที่สูงซึ่งทำให้ความได้เปรียบของคู่ต่อสู้ของคุณแย่ลง เคล็ดลับหมายเลข 2: คุณมักจะเดิมพันเมื่อคุณได้คู่สูงสุดในตำแหน่ง บนกระดานเกือบทุกชนิดคุณจะมีข้อได้เปรียบในการเล่นตำแหน่งพรีฟล็อปเรเซอร์ คู่สูงสุดของคุณ (ไม่ว่าจะเป็นเอซหรือสิบ) มักจะแข็งแกร่งพอที่จะให้ความสำคัญกับการเดิมพันในฟลอป โดยปกติแล้วมันจะแข็งแกร่งพอที่จะเพิ่มมูลค่าเป็นสองเท่าในเทิร์นซึ่งเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของกลยุทธ์โพลาไรซ์ ตัวอย่างการปัด: A ♦ T ♦บน A ♣ 8 ♥ 4 ♠ A ♠ T ♠บน T ♣ 9 ♣ 2 ♦เคล็ดลับ # 3: เวลาส่วนใหญ่ที่คุณเดิมพันเมื่อคุณตีคู่กลางบนฟล็อปในตำแหน่ง คู่กลางที่แข็งแกร่งเหล่านี้เล่นได้ดีพอ ๆ กับการเดิมพันในฟลอป เนื่องจากเป็นคู่ที่แข็งแกร่งที่สุดเป็นอันดับสองเท่าที่จะเป็นไปได้ดังนั้นจึงได้รับประโยชน์จากการได้รับมูลค่าและการปฏิเสธการถือหุ้น นอกจากนี้ยังนำเสนอการเดินทางที่เปลี่ยนแปลงไปเป็นระยะ ๆ ทำให้กลยุทธ์โดยรวมของคุณแข็งแกร่งยิ่งขึ้น ตัวอย่าง: A ♦ T ♦ใน Q ♣ T ♥ 3 ♠ A ♣ T ♣บน J ♠ T ♠ 5 ♥ 3 เคล็ดลับในการเล่นเมื่อคุณแพ้ฟล็อปด้วย Ace-Ten Suited Hint no 1: เดิมพันเสมอเมื่อคุณได้ตำแหน่งเสมอ โดยทั่วไปคุณต้องการเดิมพัน c- เสมอของคุณ (ฟลัชและ / หรือตรง) บนฟลอปเพราะพวกเขามีโอกาสที่ดีในการปรับปรุงมือที่ดีที่สุดในแม่น้ำและชนะหม้อใหญ่ นอกจากนี้ยังปรับสมดุลช่วง c-bet ของคุณทำให้ยากต่อการเล่น ตัวอย่าง: A ♥ T ♥บน J ♥ 7 ♣ 2 ♥ A ♠ T ♠บน K ♠ Q ♣ 9 ♦เคล็ดลับ n. 2: เดิมพันเสมอเมื่อคุณมีการดึงประตูคู่หลังในตำแหน่งบนฟล็อปปี้ดิสก์ เคล็ดลับนี้ไปพร้อมกันกับหมายเลขปลาย 2. มือที่มีทั้งฟลัชประตูหลังและฟังก์ชั่นวาดตรงเป็นปัจจัยสร้างความสมดุลไม่เพียง แต่บนฟลอปเท่านั้น แต่ยังรวมถึงในรอบที่วาดให้เสร็จสมบูรณ์โดยที่คุณอาจจะไม่มีบลัฟเพียงพอ ตัวอย่าง: A ♦ T ♦ใน Q ♦ 9 ♥ 7 ♠ A ♣ T ♣บน J ♠ 8 ♣ 6 ♥เคล็ดลับ 3: ตรวจสอบทุกครั้งเมื่อคุณไม่มีการดึงประตูด้านหลังหรือวาดในหม้อยกเดียว คุณต้องการมีมือที่มีโอกาสเป็นมือที่ดีที่สุดในแม่น้ำเมื่อคุณเดิมพัน เมื่อคุณไม่มีแบ็คดอร์อย่างน้อยสองสามตัวที่จะไปกับ A-high ของคุณเว้นแต่ว่าจะจับคู่บอร์ด * เราขอแนะนำให้คุณตรวจสอบมือนี้และลองนำไปประลอง * กระดานคู่มักจะยังคงเดิมพัน c ได้บ่อยๆ เรียนรู้เพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับการ์ดที่จับคู่ได้ที่นี่ ตัวอย่าง: A ♥ T ♥ในวันที่ 7 6 ♣ 4 ♠ A ♠ T ♠ในวันที่ 9 ♦ 6 ♦ 5 ♦สรุปนี่คือ: คู่มือฉบับย่อสำหรับการเล่น Ace-Ten ในสถานการณ์พรีฟล็อปและโพสต์ฟล็อปที่หลากหลาย หากคุณชอบบทความประเภทนี้โปรดแจ้งให้เราทราบในส่วนความคิดเห็นด้านล่าง นอกจากนี้หากคุณมีคำถามใด ๆ โปรดแจ้งให้เราทราบด้านล่าง สำหรับเคล็ดลับเพิ่มเติมเกี่ยวกับวิธีการเล่นมือที่เฉพาะเจาะจงโปรดดูวิธีการเล่น – จนกว่าจะถึงครั้งหน้าขอให้โชคดี! หมายเหตุ: คุณพร้อมที่จะเข้าร่วมผู้เล่นมากกว่า 6,000 คนที่กำลังอัปเดตทักษะ No Limit Hold’em หรือไม่? เอาชนะคู่แข่งด้วยกลยุทธ์ระดับผู้เชี่ยวชาญที่คุณจะได้เรียนรู้ระหว่างหลักสูตรการฝึกอบรม Upswing Lab เรียนรู้เพิ่มเติมตอนนี้!

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Joao Vieira wins PokerStars blowout high roller for $123,068


The latest PokerStars Blowout Series event has seen a litany of high rollers turn up to battle for the biggest prizes and it was Joao Vieira who grabbed the victory for a bumper top prize of $123,068.First to leave the final table was Canadian superpower Timothy Adams. He was dealt king-queen off-suit and called himself all-in when Niklas Astedt pushed on the turn of a board showing a king on the flop and sevens on flop and turn, but Astedt had pocket aces and held through the river to bust his illustrious opponent.That pot gave Astedt a commanding lead over everyone except ‘milennial’, who had 7.1 million to Astedt’s 7.3 million. It would be Mark Radoja who would bust next, all-in with the same hand that downed Adams, king-queen off-suit and was called by Bert Stevens ace-queen which hit an ace on the flop and the turn to win through the board with ease.Stevens looked to be pushing back up the leaderboard from a middle-ranking stack, but that was a false dawn, as some time later he went in 5th place, his 3rd-of-pot bet on a double-diamond flop including a three with king-three of diamonds being raised by Vieira. Stevens moved all-in and Vieira called quickly with ace-nine, the nine being in diamonds and the ace mkain gtop pair on that flop. Two dead cards to have the crucial pot to Vieira and confirm Stevens’ exit.With four players left, these were the chipcounts:Joao Vieira – 9. 1 millionNiklas Astedt – 6.5 million‘GangstaZab’ – 4.6 million‘milennial’ – 4.5 millionA four-bet shove in the very next hand from GangstaZab for what equated to 46 big blinds with pocket sevens was time-bank called by Vieira with pocket tens and the Portuguese player rode out the board to pile up a massive lead three-handed.With Astedt maintaining his stack and even gaining a little interest over the next 20 minutes or so, ‘milennial’ did no such thing, drifting down to just over 10 big blinds before they moved all-in pre-flop with ace-eight offsuit, called again by Vieira with pocket sevens. No help came the Buglarian’s way and it was Astedt who would take on Vieira for the tile with the latter enjoying a better than 2:1 chip lead heading into the duel.It was anything but easier for Vieira from that point, however. Astedt has proven himself a fearsome competitor over the last 18 months alone, but his online prowess cannot be overstated, he’s one of if not the best current tournament poker player in the world. Over the majority of the contest, he swung round the stacks to lead by a 6:1 margin, only for Vieira to battle back from nowhere.A full double-up helped Vieira to victory and it came when his pocket nines survived the call from Astedt with ace-seven, only a seven coming to leave Vieira with the slightest of leads. The staks were close and the blinds were going up. While Astedt would regain a slight lead, he would lose it again, and when Vieira found pocket threes and Astedt ace-queen, it all went into the middle, with almost all the chips on the line. They were flipping for victory, andWhile the board of 9-8-K-T-2 (with the nut flush from the turn too for the Swede) flirted with possibilities for Astedt, it handed the tournament to Vieira and a superb six-figure score to boot.PokerStars Blowout Series Event #36 6-Max NLHE Final Table Results:PlacePlayerCountryPrize1stJoao VieiraPortugal$123,0682ndNiklas AstedtSweden$94,4863rd‘milennial’Bulgaria$72,5424th‘GangstaZab’Russia$55,6955thBert StevensUnited Kingdom$42,7606thMark RadojaCanada$32,8297thTimothy AdamsCanada$25,205You can watch a full re-run of the action in the event’s exciting final right here:

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ซีรีส์ YouTube จำนวนมากที่มีผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์เหมือนกัน พวกเขานำเสนอความท้าทายที่ผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์เริ่มต้นด้วยจำนวนเงินเล็กน้อยที่จะวางกล่าวคือ $ 50 และเสนอให้เปลี่ยนเป็นแบ๊งค์ 5 ตัวเช่น 10,000 ดอลลาร์นั่นคือหลักฐานของวิดีโอซีรีส์ล่าสุดของ Charlie Carrel บน YouTube เหตุใดการดู Charlie Carrel จึงแตกต่างจากการดูผู้เล่นคนอื่น ๆ ทั้งแบบออนไลน์และแบบถ่ายทอดสด เป็นเวลานานที่ Charlie Carrel อยู่ในโลกของผู้เล่นโป๊กเกอร์ที่ฉันไม่รู้จักเป็นการส่วนตัว – ชุดลูกกลิ้งสูง ในความเป็นจริงมันหนีฉันไปโดยบังเอิญเท่านั้น ในช่วงต้นอาชีพของฉันในฐานะนักข่าวโป๊กเกอร์ฉันถูกท้าทายอย่างถูกต้องในเหตุการณ์เล็ก ๆ น้อย ๆ ที่ฉันมองไม่เห็น ในความเป็นจริงบางครั้งก็แค่ตา แต่นี่เป็นวิธีที่ถูกต้องและไม่ช้าก็เร็วฉันก็พบว่าตัวเองอยู่ในปรากต่อหน้าชาร์ลีและเบนฮี ธ เพื่อนที่ดีของเขา คาร์เรลและฮี ธ พบปะสังสรรค์กันในช่วงพักเรียนโป๊กเกอร์ด้วยกันและมักจะสลับคู่กันดังนั้นจึงควรดูว่าทั้งคู่กำลังทำอะไรอยู่ ทั้งคู่ยังเด็ก, แก่แดดและอยู่ในระดับของโป๊กเกอร์ที่สูงกว่าอายุของพวกเขาทำให้ฉันรู้สึกไม่เหมือนใครและแน่นอนในแง่ของผู้เล่นชาวอังกฤษภาพลักษณ์เก่า ๆ ของนักโป๊กเกอร์ชาวอังกฤษคือคนที่มีผิวหนามีประวัติส่วนตัวที่น่าสงสัยและ อากาศทั้งลึกลับและมัสกี้ นั่นไม่ใช่กรณีของ Carrel และ Heath ที่สูดอากาศบริสุทธิ์อย่างแท้จริง การโจมตีฉากลูกกลิ้งสูงที่โต๊ะทุกคนพูดคุยกันเกี่ยวกับหัวข้อที่น่าสนใจมากมายเช่นปัญญาประดิษฐ์ เมื่อมันจะมาถึงชีวิตของเราจะซึมผ่านไปมากแค่ไหนมันจะกลายเป็นที่ยึดเหนี่ยวในสังคมมนุษย์หรือไม่? Carrel นำความสามารถนี้มาเพิ่มความสดชื่นให้กับการสนทนาในซีรีส์ YouTube ในช่องยอดนิยม (มีผู้ติดตาม 47,000 คน) และในขณะที่หลักฐานในการรวบรวมแบ๊งค์นั้นไม่มีอะไรใหม่ในตัวเอง แต่แนวทางของ Carrel ก็คือ ชาร์ลีคาร์เรลได้รับการพัฒนาในช่วงไม่กี่ปีที่ผ่านมาในฐานะผู้ชายที่มีมุมมองชีวิตที่เปิดกว้างอย่างน่าพอใจชาร์ลีคาร์เรลเป็นคนที่น่าสนใจที่จะได้ยินและดูขณะที่เขาเล่นโป๊กเกอร์ ไม่ต้องสงสัยเลยว่าเขาจะสามารถเปลี่ยน $ 50 เป็น 10,000 ดอลลาร์ได้ – มันเป็นเพียงกรณีที่งานนี้จะต้องใช้เวลานานแค่ไหน แต่เช่นเดียวกับหลาย ๆ สิ่งในชีวิตคือการเดินทางที่สนุกกว่าการไปถึงจุดหมาย ความสุขในการดู Charlie Carrel พูดคุยเกี่ยวกับโป๊กเกอร์และชีวิตคือความแปลกใหม่และความสนุกของการค้นคว้าไม่ใช่ผลลัพธ์ คุณสามารถดูตอนล่าสุดของภารกิจของ Charlie Carrel เพื่อเปลี่ยน $ 50 เป็น $ 10,000 ด้านล่างและเราขอแนะนำอย่างยิ่ง

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What is it really like to quit your job and become a professional poker player?


Have you ever wondered what it would take for you to quit your job and play poker for a living instead? Of course you have – we all have. But the reality of going pro might be very different to how you imagine. We decided to investigate this by speaking to a player who has done exactly that very recently.Andy Wool is a British poker professional and goes by the online moniker of ‘dawhiteninja’. A year ago, he was approached by Patrick Leonard, who saw Wool playing $20 MTTS (multi-table tournaments) and saw his potential. Convincing him to quit his job and go pro, Wool was then thrust into the world of playing online poker not for a money-making hobby on the side but his living. With two young boys and a devoted wife relying on his income, how did Wool get on?This week, he came 6th in a $530-entry PokerStars Blowout Series for $150,000 in what was a life-changing moment in his poker career. We started our chat with Andy asking what it felt like and turn such a moderate buy-in into a six-figure result of that magnitude.“It was literally a dream run, which sounds a bit weird considering I finished in 6th place!” Wool says. “What might come as a bit of a surprise is yes, it was a hugely exciting run and one that I’ll never forget – including some incredibly fortunate river cards – but it also came with a lot of other emotions that I was trying my best to handle. I was trying not to get too far in front of myself or too dependent on a “This is it” moment or any kind of ‘it’s now or never’ mentality.” Just remember the feeling I had when I woke to the kids chatting this morning. Wool did a singularly cool thing on the final day in our eyes. He wrote a letter to his future self to read when the tournament finished for him. He went into the final day in the middle of the pack with 16 players left, with $20,000 locked up. Here’s what he wrote to himself.“As I wake this morning I just wanted to write this to remind myself, something I can read when its finished, that tonight will NOT define me. I’ve had a couple of opportunities similar to this and always before I thought they were pivotal in my poker career and even life. They were not. And today is no different. I have been so blessed to sun run to this spot and I’m thankful to have gotten a min cash let alone the 20k I’m locked. If I bust in the first hand or in 2nd place, no doubt there will be some feeling of ‘what if’ but to future Andy, just remember the feeling I had when I woke to the kids chatting this morning, and how this will have little to no impact on my life or poker career, win lose or draw. Good luck and let’s get it done.”Surprisingly to himself, Wool was calm throughout play. He took the opportunity to record his thoughts while he played so that he could go back and analyse not just his play, but his reactions to what went on at the felt.“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t sweating on a couple of occasions, but I actually recorded all the hands I played in tournament so I’ll be able to go back and hear my thought process and reactions to some of the run outs I never jumped out of my seat or got over excited. Staying calm and analytical was a focus. After I busted, on top of the jubilation and excitement of winning came a huge sense of relief. I’ve dedicated so much of my life towards poker over the last two years and have suffered the largest downswing of career with no end in sight due to the fact I’d dropped down stakes as the games began to dry up post lockdown poker boom. To have a big score like this meant that the sheer number of hours and hardship I put in had all been worth it. Trusting in the process really did end up making it all worthwhile.” I still have a mortgage and bills to pay like I did before turning pro.We’ll come back to that process in a minute for anyone reading this who is looking for some ways to go from hopeful to profitable and onto professional like Wool. We asked him if it was life-changing money, but it turns out that it has done more for his mindset than materially.“I wouldn’t call this ‘life-changing’ money – believe it or not. If I would have won (the top prize was worth $808,000) then that would have changed things. But as it stands, I still have a mortgage and bills to pay like I did before turning pro. It takes huge pressure off to grind out profit on a relatively consistent basis, and it’s almost impossible to do in the MTTs. A good friend of mine has always told me that it’s important to celebrate success, however, so the last couple of days I’ve been on cloud nine and had a bottle of champagne or two with the wife!” After all the work, it’s a just reward. We came to Wool’s success via this tweet from stable boss Patrick Leonard, who was the man who backed Wool to succeed -literally. Here’s how Leonard broke the happy news.Very proud of my guy @whiteninjapoker I saw him playing $20 mtts, I saw a lot of potential and asked him to quit his well paid day job to give poker a go and I coach him. A Year orso later he put in so much time/energy and he just had his biggest score ever of $150,000. So proud! pic.twitter.com/PGcOrNr5O9— Patrick Leonard (@padspoker) January 12, 2021 While obviously happy to get such an offer to quit work and ‘go pro’, like anyone who works consistently in the world of bills, payslips and paying 20% tax, it was still a very big decision, especially with a family to consider. How tough a call was it for Wool?“Without Patrick, I simply would not be writing to you now. I’d still be in my job in marketing grinding $20 MTTs trying to figure out a way to beat the games.” Says Wool, clearly emotional about the gratitude he feels towards his fellow pro and mentor. “What Patrick did, I mean I really do struggle for the words, he gave me (and a couple of friends) his world class guidance, experience and strategy to become the best poker players we could become. It was an opportunity I knew was very special and one I had to jump into with both feet.” It’s clear that Patrick Leonard isn’t only a mentor to Wool, but an inspirational friend too, someone he feels blessed to have around.“The guy is literally one of the best in the wsorld.” says Wool, perhaps for the first time really telling us a lot about the man who is a mystery to any poker fans. “He down-plays [his influence] and credits a lot of his success to others, but I’ve been fortunate enough to become friends with him and I’m not just saying this; his work ethic and outlook on life is inspiring. Couple this with his superb ability to explain the ‘why’ and the fact he has coached and staked hundreds of the best up-and-coming players through his stable BitB Staking and I doubt there is a quicker or better way to learn poker than through his guidance.” Wool has always believed that with Leonard’s guidance, it would be hard for him to fail, because the man known as ‘Pads’ has done it all before.“To describe every step of the process would take too long but he taught me the importance of habits, routines and focusing on the process. The importance of how you think about the game and the spots. The importance of game selection, and of volume – essentially to play a lot! He also showed me how to study and improve. And all this filtered into creating the best version of myself as a poker player. In the first year working with Pads, I ended up reading more books than in the whole of my life before I met him. Pads made me believe that talent wasn’t an issue, that if I wanted it bad enough, I could start beating the games and become a professional poker player. He removed limiting mental beliefs and gave me the opportunity to step into thewWorld I now live in.” A glowing tribute if ever there was one. Despite Leonard’s passionate backing, Wool’s decision to quit full-time work was a very, very tough one.“I have two young boys who are five and six years old and a wife and a family home with a mortgage. Quitting a 10-year career in marketing, where I was managing a team of 14 wasn’t something I could take lightly.” It started to give me belief that I was understood the game a bit more.Over numerous conversations with his wife, Wool managed to convince his better half that he could make the leap – with Patrick’s help. Any reluctance at that stage was respected by Leonard, who was cautious in telling Wool what to do – he had to make the decision for himself. Eventually, Wool decided to go for it, and day by day, worked with Leonard. He noticed an immediate impact to this game.“For the first time, could start to see my edge. I was noticing mistakes that other players and regulars where making and it started to give me belief that I was understood the game a bit more. Coupling that with a few good early results such as final tabling the Sunday Million, Sunday Warm-Up and SCOOP, I knew that if I wasn’t ‘all-in’ [on turning pro], I’d regret it for the rest of my days.” It’s clearly worked out so far, but it didn’t come without hiccups along the way. One of the biggest things to deal with was not making money every day he was at work.“The biggest adaptation you have to make though is simply learning to lose.” says Wool, deadly serious about what he dealt with. “You get punched in the face at poker in over 80% of the sessions you play, so for anyone looking in without the understanding of how the game works, it can seem crazy you can make money from MTT’s and even crazier that you can play it for a living.” Every day, I would come down and be like, ‘I lost again…’ and again, and again… it became a bit of a joke.One adjustment that WooI had to make was a deeply personal one and didn’t involve his own mindset at all, but that of his good lady wife.“I had to ask the wife to stop asking me ‘did you win last night?’ the morning after a session. Instead, I asked if she’d ask me ‘how did the session go? or ‘did you play well?’ Every day, I would come down and be like, ‘I lost again…’ and again, and again… it became a bit of a joke. The question being asked ended up being ‘how much did you lose last night, then?’ But actually, it was having a negative impact on how I viewed my game, and myself.”Did Wool miss the ‘pay packet’ lifestyle he had before at any stage and how had he adapted what he does with his money?“I have responsibilities, so I made sure I had put some of my bankroll away for living expenses and I actually ‘paid’ myself out of this account monthly to cover all my bills, as if I was still employed. That way, whatever I won at poker was a bonus. I’m not sure this is the best way to structure it, but I felt this was best for me. In terms of money management and mindset in relation to ‘results’ it was best for me, but I’m wondering whether I should approach it as less of a ‘ticking time bomb’ of my living expenses reducing and therefore must ‘find a win’ – that’s a pretty pressurised mindset! As you can tell, I’m still very much learning all this myself.” When I started work, it was ‘game time’, free from distractions and family life – just completely separate.Wool may have a lot to learn, but the foundations are clearly strong, and equally as importantly, humble. Lockdown impacted a lot of people in terms of sending them home from their office jobs to work from their bedrooms or studies, but Woold had already made the move to ‘go pro’.“It was perfect timing.” He says. “I began reading books to learn about successful people and elite performance. A book by Carl Newport called Deep Work meant I was already set up with a home office. When I started work, it was ‘game time’, free from distractions and family life, just completely separate. I did this all before lockdown, so the routines that many of us have today and the isolation many have now adapted to were already my routine. A lot of advice that has come out during lockdown I found out pretty quickly as a pro before Coronavirus had even been discovered. Exercise, regular breaks, routines, habits, meditation/mental well-being are all very important.”I realised that my health, family and freedom is what I value most.We wondered how much of a winning score like this is converted into ‘real life’ money and how much the pro decides needs to stay in the bankroll. “A few years ago, I would have bought a really expensive watch or something. I’m not about to go out and treat myself to a new car or wardrobe… that sounds like I’m pretty boring now I hear myself say it! But I realized that the happiness those things would give me are short lived and actually my health, family and freedom is what I value most. The first thing I actually did when I became pro was to trade my top of range Mercedes-Benz for a 10-year-old Ford Focus. I call it the ‘The Freedom-mobile’. I joke in my Twitter bio that I’m chasing short term happiness, but that’s there as an ironic reminder to myself that actually none of these material things really matter.” While Mrs Wool may well persuade her husband to moderate their property with an extension quite a portion of the money will help The Wools not be stressed about finances, something many in such uncertain times don’t have the luxury of. That’s a value far and above mere currency.Obviously, this would have been a fantastic poker result for anyone, but for a professional it’s vital. How this might change the path of Andy Wool is one of the most interesting aspects of the victory to us.“I’m naturally a very ambitious person, setting high standards and lofty goals,” he admits. “Reaching the top of the game and playing in the highest staked MTTs has always been the end goal. Something ‘Pads’ [Patrick Leonard] instilled into me is that longevity and consistency is so important within the MTT world. This win cements that I’ll be around for a good while longer. Of course it means I’ll get to enter higher buy-in tournaments but this is just a function of edge and bankroll. I wouldn’t enter a high roller if I didn’t think I was winning.” I’m in no rush to reach the top, I have so much still to learn.The process is actually a very methodical one for Wool, with the modest, well-spoken pro making use of a variety of variables such as average ROI (return on investment) in the given MTT, the number of players in said MTT and the buy-in. All those numbers go into a formula and that contributes to whether he plays and offers a percentage for sale to backers, too.“I’ll continue to work on my game every day and increase my knowledge whilst grinding my regular daily schedule and continue to take the occasional shot in the higher buy-ins when good opportunities present themselves, such like this Blowout Series tournament or other main events. I’m in no rush to reach the top, I have so much still to learn and becoming accustomed to $100,000 downswings requires improved mental fortitude and a bigger bankroll. Slow and steady wins the race. We’ll get there, in time.” Wool’s meticulous nature extends to everything in his life and he passionately believes that ‘How you do something is how you do everything.’ That could extend to mowing his lawn, processing a hand of poker or his set-up in the home office he used to win $150,000 just the other night.For this devoted family man, above his computer screens depicting the hundreds of hands he’ll play during any evening are the most precious of reminders for inspiration should he ever need it – his Grandad’s war medals. They are preciously framed with this single sentence quoted above them: ‘The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.’You can watch Andy Wool’s triumphant run come to a glorious end in the final table replay of his PokerStars Blowout event right here, as under 15 big blinds go into the middle with queen-ten suited and march into cowboys.He may have been shot down a short distance from the winner’s tape in this instance, but Andy Wool isn’t just one for the future – he’s one for right now. He has the mentality for the long run, and it’s a journey we can’t wait to see him enjoy later on down the line.

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Fox, Boivin and Cheong all bag top 10 stacks for partypoker mini main event day 2


The stacks are in the bag for Day 1 flights on partypoker and the MILLION Mini Main Event, which has a guarantee of a cool million dollars has just 169 players left fighting for the title.With 28 events taking place across the MILLIONS Online festival on partypoker, the opening event saw Day 1a and !b take place on Saturday and Sunday respectively.At the end of those two Day 1 flights, so e very big names were assembling at the top of the leaderboard.Featuring a $1,100 buy-in, the MILLIONS Online Mini Main Event saw 1,127 entries overall whittle down to just 15% of the field, putting each of the Day 2 players in the money for a min-cash of $2,105.Leading the field after all the Day 1 flights is Colombian player Sebastian Henao, who bagged up over 27 million chips, just more than the 25.4 million that two-time WSOP  bracelet winner Elio Fox totalled and the 23 million that Luciano Hollanda gathered up.Behind those players, some truly massive names are chasing down the top prize of $184,507, with Patrick Blye (22,663,403), Thomas Boivin (18,388,054), Joseph Cheong (17,118,762), William Kassouf (16,075,000), Espen Jorstad (13,730,257), and Dominik Nitsche (12,483,080) all hoping to turn above-average stacks into thousands of dollars.One name that leaps out is, of course, Joe Cheong. If you ever consider Joseph Cheong to be a fortunate poker player, simply watch this hand from the 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event to cleanse yourself of that notion.It’s hard not to always root for Cheong, not only for his talent, but his personality too. The opposite might be true for some poker fans when it comes to the former WSOP Main Event living meme Will Kassouf, who went from “Nine-high like a boss” to “sacked for palming casino chips” in double-quick time in the years after that infamous Vegas summer of privilege. With one re-entry permitted on Day 1, plenty of players took advantage of that facility and with everyone in the money on the freezeout Day 2, plenty will change when it comes to gameplay now. Blind levels increase from 25 minutes to 30 minutes on Day 2, wit Day 3 going up to 40 minutes, so there is still a lot of play left in the opening event.Day 2 will see just 10 blind levels wrap at five hours of poker, before Day 3 reduces the field to a final table of nine, so the winner will take the victory on Wednesday 17th. Before that, there is a lot of poker to be played, and all the more drama to be enjoyed. We’ll be back tomorrow to tell you exactly how Day 2 goes… and which players survive to fight another day.The MILLIONS Online festival is under way and the Mini Main Event looks sure to build plenty of drama on its way to a thrilling climax.partypoker MILLIONS Mini Main Event Start of Day 2 Top 10 Chipcounts:PositionPlayerCountryChipsBig Blinds1stSebastian HenaoColombia27,039,0491932ndElio FoxUnited Kingdom25,419,2601823rdLuciano HollandaBrazil23,000,7301644thPatrick Charles BlyeCanada22,663,4031625thNikolai PenkinRussia18,426,9011326thThomas BoivinBelgium18,388,0541317thVitezslav CechCzech Republic18,020,3701298thDaria KrashennikovaRussia17,750,3481279thThomas MacdonaldUnited Kingdom17,618,32212610thJoseph CheongU.S.A.17,118,762122

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Sebastian Henao Leads MILLIONS Online Mini Main Event

The MILLIONS Online festival has gotten off to a flying start with the Mini Main Event obliterating its $1 million guarantee. A massive crowd of 1,127 players bought in across a pair of starting flights and only 169 of those starters remain in the hunt for the $184,507 top prize.
MILLIONS Online Mini Main Event Top 10 Chip Counts

Place
Player
Country
Chips

1
Sebastian Camilo Toro Henao
Mexico
27,039,049

2
Elio Fox
Mexico
25,419,260

3
Luciano Hollanda
Brazil
23,000,730

4
Patrick Blye
Canada
22,663,403

5
Nikolai Penkin
Russia
18,426,901

6
Thomas Boivin
United Kingdom
18,388,054

7
Viteslav Cech
Czech Republic
18,020,370

8
Daria Krashennikova
Russia
17,750,348

9
Tom Macdonald
United Kingdom
17,618,322

10
Joseph Cheong
Mexico
17,118,762

Sebastian Henao finds himself in the envious position of going into Day 2 as the tournament’s chip leader. The Mexico-based grinder is armed with 27,039,049 chips and must fancy his chances of taking down this event from this position.
Victory will not be an easy task because there are some exceptional players in the chasing pack.
Elio Fox is one of those superstars. Fox, also grinding from Mexico, has 25,419,260 chips in his stack and will have a major say in where this title ends up. The two-time WSOP bracelet winner has almost $10 million in live tournament winnings and more than $4.5 million from the online poker world.
Daria Krashennikova flying high in the MILLIONS Online Mini Main Event
Slightly further down the chip counts, you find Canada’s Patrick Blye (22,663,403) who is riding the crest of a wave having won the APAT WCOAP Main Event last weekend for $27,408. He’s guaranteed another $2,105 right now but he definitely has an eye on the top prize.
Also in the top 10 chip counts at the start of Day 2 are Thomas Boivin (18,388,054) and Russian starlet Daria Krashennikova (17,750,348). As are British high stakes cash guru Tom Macdonald (17,618,322) and Joseph Cheong (17,118,762).
Stellar Names Litter The Field
Those players are joined by some of the game’s biggest names. Such luminaries as Will Kassouf (16,075,000), Dominik Nitsche (12,483,080), Tom Middleton (11,180,475), and Mike Sexton Classic champion Daniel Dvoress (7,917,694) are all still in contention for glory.
As are the likes of Justin Bonomo (6,362,236), David Peters (6,325,618), Kelly Saxby (5,313,311), David Yan (4,882,878), Ami Barer (3,473,910), Roberto Romanello (3,305,634), Hristovoje Pavlovic (2,255,971), and Mike Watson (915,478).
Play resumes at 19:05 GMT on February 15 and continues until the 169 returning players are whittled to the final table of nine. Each of those finalists will then be guaranteed $14,826 and will be eight eliminations away from a $184,507 score.
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50x WPT Montreal Main Event Mega Sat Is This Weekend

An incredible 50 seats to the $2 million guaranteed WPT Montreal Main Event have to be won this weekend. You could be one of the lucky winners.
The WPT Montreal #01 Main Event Day 1A Mega Satellite: 50x $3,200 Gtd shuffles up and deals at exactly 15:30 GMT on Sunday 17 January. This satellite would be fantastic value in its own right because it has $160,000 worth of WPT Montreal Main Event Day 1A seats in the prize pool for a $320 buy-in, but it’s possible to win your way in from a single cent!
This is possible because the Mega Sat is a phased tournament and those phases start with our ever-popular $0.01 buy-in centrolls.
Centrolls, as their name suggests, only cost $0.01 to enter. Each of them guarantees to pay out at least 25x $3.30 tickets to Phase 1 of the WPT Montreal Main Event Mega Satellites. The plan for the $3.30 Phase 1 satellites is to make it through to the final 10% of the field. Manage this and you take your chip stack through with you to the next available Phase 2.
It is a similar story in these $33 buy-in Phase 2 satellites, make it to the top 10% of the field and you progress to the $320 buy-in WPT Montreal #01 Main Event Day 1A Mega Satellite: 50x $3,200 Gtd on January 17.
You can buy into the Mega Sat phases at any stage you wish and as many times as your bankroll allows. Be aware, however, that you can only take your largest chip stack through to the next highest stage if you progress more than once; other stacks are forfeited.

$2 Million Guaranteed WPT Montreal Main Event
Winning your way to the WPT Montreal Main Event via this Mega Sat puts you right into the Day 1A action. Day 1A starts at 19:05 GMT on January 17 with everyone receiving 200,000 chips. The blind structure of the Main Event is phenomenal. Blinds start at 500/1,000/125 and increase every 25-minutes. Late registration closes after the completion of Level 9 where the blinds are still only 2,500/5,000/625a!
The curtain comes down on Day 1A when only 15% of the field remains. Hopefully, you’ll be among that exclusive crowd.
Don’t worry if Day 1A doesn’t go to plan, you can either re-enter or try again on Day 1B, which runs at 19:05 GMT on January 24. Again, we have a 50x $3,200 Mega Sat running for Day 1B, meaning we’re guaranteeing at least 100 seats will be won via these Mega Satellites alone!
We can’t wait for the cards to be in the air and to get the WPT Montreal Main Event up and running. It is going to be an epic tournament and you can be part of it for only $0.01. You know what to do: head to the partypoker lobby and fire up some centrolls!
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Aptly-Named Bounty Wins 6-Max Turbo KO Series; Pavlovic Sixth

January 15 saw the KO Series continue its march towards a thrilling finale with six more champions crowned and a trio of massive events completing their first starting flights.
One player, in particular, stood out from the from the crowd if only because of their chose of alias. “Bounty” took down a $40,000 guaranteed 6-Max Turbo event, their alias being almost perfect for the choice of tournament they entered!
KO Series 6-Max Turbo: $40K Gtd Final Table Results
Bounty was one of 214 entrants in the $215 KO Series 6-Max Turbo tournament. Those entrants ensured the $40,000 guarantee was first met then surpassed by $2,800. Half that pot went onto the heads of each entrant with the remaining 50% being shared among the top 35 finishers.
One of our own managed to wade through the talented crowd of grinders and bag a seat at the final table. Unfortunately for Hristivoje “All_In_PAV” Pavlovic, our hero could only manage a sixth-place finish worth a combined $1,558.
“ITSBAKINGDAVE” and “memo88” were the next casualties, the latter walking away with more than $3,200 to show for their efforts.
Heads-up was set when “wp-14” ran out of steam in third-place. This saw a $3,508 prize wing its way to the their partypoker account.
Bounty and “ender749” locked horns and butted heads one-on-one for the title of champion and what was now a juicy final bounty payment. Bounty got the job done and collected the $3,354 top prize plus an additional bounty payment of $4,817 for a combined score worth $8,171. Our runner-up scooped $4,641.

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
Bounty
$3,354
$4,817

2
ender749
$3,349
$1,292

3
wp-14
$2,274
$1,234

4
memo88
$1,517
$1,731

5
ITSBAKINGDAVE
$1,090
$500

6
All_In_PAV
$852
$706

KO Series 6-Max: $50K Gtd Final Table Results
“Teemo” joined the list of KO Series winners when they triumphed in the $109 KO Series 6-Max event, a tournament that dished out $55,900. Outlasting 558 opponents is never an easy task, especially when you have a monetary target strapped to your back.
Our champion didn’t crumble under the pressure, however, and emerged a worthy victor.
Teemo banked a combined $6,939 for their $109 investment thanks, in part, to busting nine opponents before claiming the bounty on their own head. One of those busted opponents was runner-up “xelezin” who crashed out in second-place for a combined prize that weighed in at $5,308.

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
Teemo
$3,838
$3,101

2
xelezin
$3,832
$1,476

3
cannot be found
$2,604
$617

4
SiiQI
$1,727
$1,784

5
pokegraduate27
$1,161
$309

6
The Sinner
$895
$716

KO Series Mini 6-Max Turbo: $20K Gtd Final Table Results
The $22 KO Series Mini 6-Max Turbo may have commanded a buy-in at the more affordable end of the scale but it still produced some chunky prizes for those six stars who reached its final table.
The top three finishers each saw their partypoker bankrolls swell by a four-figure sum. “unitfamily” was the third-place finisher, a result worth $1,055. Their elimination left only “Mollieken” and the obvious Friends fan “PhoebeBluffay” in the hunt for the title and the largest haul of the tournament.
PhoebeBluffay emerged from the one-on-one clash victoriously and with $2,902 in prize money. Mollieken had to console themselves with a $1,739 haul and a bridesmaid finish.

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
PhoebeBluffay
$1,368
$1,534

2
Mollieken
$1,365
$374

3
unitfamily
$902
$153

4
Kati_Azanova
$607
$201

5
S1m0n3Dmurr0
$405
$222

6
SKEFF60
$296
$114

Other KO Series Results on January 15
Three more partypoker players became KO Series winners on January 15 while the trio of Day 1A of the massive Warm Up events took place.

tolas88 – first-place in the $11 KO Series 6-Max Mini for $2,292
JCAL9 – first-place in the $2.20 KO Series Micro 6-Max Micro Turbo for $263
AlexDobbins – first-place in the $1.10 KO Series 6-Max Micro for $165

“Faza29” is the player to catch in the $320 buy-in Warm Up. They turned their 100,000 starting stack into 2,193,999 chips and racked up $440 worth of bounties along the way.
The $33 Mini Warm Up accumulated more than half of the advertised $75,000 guarantee and it is “s.barros21” who is on course for the largest payout. They finished at the top of the chip counts courtesy of amassing 2,294,327 chips by the close of play. s.barros21 managed this impressive feat despite only busting two opponents during the flight.
“Smartatouille” shone brightly on Day 1A of the $3.30 Micro Warm Up, finishing their flight with 3,336,135 chips, more than 1.1 million more than their nearest rival. Sending 13 opponents to the showers helped the leader climb to the top of the chip counts. They’ve already accumulated $15 worth of bounties so are already showing a profit regardless of what happens on Day 2.
KO Series Events Scheduled For January 15
Six new KO Series tournaments commence on January 15 plus Day 1B of the Warm Up events take place. What better way to welcome in the weekend than by becoming a KO Series champion or progressing to Day 2 of the Warm Ups?

Time (GMT)
Tournament
Buy-in

16:05
KO Series Deepstack 6-Max Fast: $50K Gtd
$109

16:05
KO Series Mini Deepstack 6-Max Fast: $20K Gtd
$11

16:05
KO Series Micro Deepstack 6-Max Fast: $1.5K Gtd
$1.10

19:05
KO Series #20 Warm Up Day 1B: $200K Gtd
$320

19:05
KO Series #20 Mini Warm Up Day 1B: $75K Gtd
$33

19:05
KO Series #20 Micro Warm Up Day 1B: $10K Gtd
$3.30

22:05
KO Series 7-Max Hyper: $30K Gtd
$162

22:05
KO Series Mini 7-Max Hyper: $15K Gtd
$16.50

22:05
KO Series Micro 7-Max Hyper: $1K Gtd
$1.65

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Online Poker – What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

Online poker has seen a mini-boom in the last year because of poker rooms shutting down due to Covid-19. For me, this has led to an influx of students who often have no idea why they are getting crushed online when they were doing fine at brick and mortar tables. There are three reasons why you may be having a tough time online as compared to live games, and for most people it is a combination of the three.

You weren’t really keeping track of wins and losses in live poker games. It’s easy, and in fact it’s quite natural, to lie to yourself about your results. At live tables this is easy. Online, you are forced to redeposit and you have to face the fact that you are depositing but never making a withdrawal.
The games are much tougher and you are playing at a level that is harder than the games were playing before. $1/2 no-limit in a brick and mortar cardroom is about as tough as $.10/.25 online. If I had to pick, I would actually say the smaller online game is probably tougher. If you usually play $1/2 live, and you play anything close to that size online, you are playing in a much tougher game, which may explain your losses.
You are playing online poker as if it is live poker, while many of your opponents have tools available that you know nothing about. These tools can provide a massive advantage and it is very tough to win without them in many online poker rooms.

Now, what do we do about these things? Well, the first two are pretty simple. The first can only be fixed by paying attention to the other two and playing better poker against weaker opponents. The second can be fixed simply by moving down. Play a game that is about one-fifth the size of your usual live game and stay there, or even move down, until you are consistently beating the game before you consider moving up.
The third option is the interesting one, and the primary focus of this article. If you aren’t a serious online player, the advantage your opponents have over you may be shocking. Getting some of these tools yourself will drastically improve your win rate.
Are You Cheating If You Use Tools to Help You at Online Poker?
First, let’s have a disclaimer. It has long been my belief that if you are operating within the rules of the site you are playing on, you are fine, and if you break those rules, even if everyone is doing it and you don’t think it’s a big deal, you are technically cheating. There are a few tactics that follow that I think you need to know about that are against the terms and conditions of many poker sites.
This does not mean that I endorse breaking the rules to get an advantage. But I think you need to know about these things for two reasons. The first is that your opponents are using them. You need to know what you are facing, even if you aren’t going to fight fire with fire. The second is that some sites allow almost anything and in some cases all these tactics are allowed.
Poker Tracking Software
The first advantage your opponents may have is tracking software. These include Holdem Manager, PokerTracker, DriveHUD, Poker Copilot, and many others. The first two are what the vast majority of serious players use. To the best of my knowledge, if you can use this software on your favorite online poker site, then it is probably allowed, but check the terms and conditions first.
Tracking software has two primary functions. Helping your improve and track your own play, and learning about your opponents. They often have sections built into the software that will help analyze your play and find mistakes.
Being able to use this software with students is an incredibly powerful tool. If you have played 50,000 hands with tracking software, I can look at your stats and find a ton of leaks very quickly. I can see how many hands you are playing overall, how many hands you play under the gun versus on the button, what positions are profitable and which are losers, how aggressive you are, how often you win showdowns, and a host of other statistics that tell me about your game.
A good coach can look at your stats, identify a potential problem, and find hands that illustrate that problem, very quickly. Then, we can replay those hands right from the tracking software and talk about how to play them better.
I had a student last week who plays single table tournaments online, and five minutes into our first lesson I had found that she was much too loose in the early rounds, especially in early position. We found a hand where she raised with pocket deuces in early position in the second level and talked about why this is not profitable in this kind of tournament. This is guaranteed to save her some money going forward.
We can find more in-depth problems, too. Situations where a player is not three-betting often enough, is calling off too many chips to see a flop, or calling too many river bets. The possibilities are endless. And you can do much of this yourself from reports within the software. Any position where you are losing money, except for the blinds, is an obvious problem.
Heads-Up Displays (HUDs)
Equally as valuable is the information you get on your opponents. This will be available in the form of a HUD. This puts valuable information about your opponent on the screen right next to their avatar. You can even set specific rules to have different icons appear next to them so that you can identify a fish, rock, or maniac, in an instant from their icon.
At first, these stats won’t mean much to you. It takes a lot of work to use these stats to really understand who a player is. But just knowing how tight/loose and aggro/passive they are is a big advantage right away.
My favorite came from a video I recorded years ago for a poker training site. I was playing $2/4 no-limit, a game where I often had large sample sizes on my opponents because I had played so many hands in the game. I faced a raise preflop from early position, there were two callers, and I called from the button with pocket fives.
I was ecstatic to see a J95 rainbow flop. The original raiser bet, a middle position player called, and I called as well. The turn was a 6. Both players checked, and I bet. The original raiser folded, but the middle position player put in a big check-raise. Now I had some thinking to do, and I clicked on his stats to get more detailed information.
I had more than 30,000 hands on this player. He was winning, though not much. And he was very predictable. I looked for the important stat. How often did he win when he check-raised the turn?
I don’t remember how many times this stat had been tested. He probably had only check-raised the turn a few hundred times at most, but it was still a big enough sample to stand out when I saw that he won the pot 100% of the time when he check-raised the turn. This fit with the passive playing style that I saw in the rest of his statistics. This is a player who would check and call with two pair, or possibly lead out. He had to have the nuts, or very close to it, to check-raise in this spot.
I folded easily. My decision took less than 15 seconds. Some people who watched the video were shocked. But if this guy had not lost a pot after check-raising the turn over a sample size this large, there was no chance I was ahead. I had to make quads to win. It was an easy fold that would be really tough without the tracking software and a large sample size.
This player may not have been using tracking software. He might have no idea why he isn’t a bigger winner. He probably assumed that I didn’t have much of a hand. He certainly didn’t think I folded a set before my time bank even activated. But the stats made it easy.
If you aren’t using this software to make the same decision I made, then be aware that your opponents are using it against you. The tracking software cost this player hundreds of dollars in this one hand. And situations like this were very common.
Buying Hand Histories
It gets really interesting, and also prevents some ethical issues, when you discover that some players are buying hand histories from hands they didn’t even play. Most sites prohibit this, so check the terms and conditions before considering it yourself, but you need to be aware that it is happening.
There are multiple sites where you can buy datamined hand histories. While the major sites generally prohibit this practice, they also don’t do much of anything to stop it, and buying large quantities of hand histories is common among the working pros in cash games.
Why should this matter to you if you aren’t going to do it yourself? Because it is a big advantage for your opponents. You may be facing a new account where you have no history on them, but they have purchased a million hands and loaded them into PokerTracker and they have 50,000 hands on you. Now they have a huge advantage over you by knowing your game while you know nothing about how they play.
Other Online Poker Programs
There are also add-ons or separate programs that will find seats for you in good games, track players who are labeled as weak, or automatically assign icons or other indicators to players who fit in certain parameters. You can even get note taking software that will include the player’s stats in your notes on them. Powerful stuff.
In addition to tracking software, there are programs that will set up your tables, register you for new tournaments or cash tables automatically, rebuy for you, and allow you to control your betting with a number pad or a Playstation controller. I used to use a program called Table Ninja that was invaluable to me when I played multiple tables on the major sites. I could never have played a dozen or more tables without everything that the software automated for me.
The strongest players in online games, such as the poker games at Mount Gold Casino, are also much more likely to be using LeakFinder in their tracking software, a portion of the program dedicated to pointing out leaks in your game. And they are usually part of online training sites. I make content for online poker training sites and I am a member of a number of them as well. The information is powerful, well presented, and easy to digest.
A good player will often post stats and hand histories from their tracking software on forums and get feedback from other good players. And many of the best players have coaches they send this information to. From basketball to chess to golf, the best players have coaches, and poker is no different.
Know What You’re Up Against
This leaves a player who just opens up an online poker account and starts playing, at a huge disadvantage. Would you expect that with little training, you could compete against chess players who work with training software, track your games and know how you play, invest countless hours into study, and work with a world-class chess coach? It would be silly to expect to compete with someone like that if you don’t have the same advantages.
But poker players do this every day and can’t understand why they aren’t winning. They blame their losses on bad luck, cheating, rigged games, and anything else except the truth, that they are being outplayed by players who have huge advantages over them. But there is good news.
The vast majority of players are making this mistake to some degree or another. Which means that if you choose to educate yourself and use all the tools at your disposal, there is still a lot of money to be made. Six months of lessons with a good coach will cost between $1,200 and $3,000. And that will put most players in a position to be long-term winners. The software costs $100 or so on top of that, but you ought to look at these as investments rather than “expenses.”
Looking On the Bright Side
There are very few jobs where you can invest relatively so little time and money and become a professional. If you treat your education as if you are in a vocational school and study full time for a year, the rewards are excellent. And almost no one does this. Most poker coaches will tell you that their students usually only show up for a few lessons.
Once a student discovers that learning to play poker well takes real work, they usually disappear. Most poker players just want to play poker and have fun, not read and watch videos and study and fill in spreadsheets. So they take a few lessons, figure they have learned enough, and stop. Eventually they quit, hopefully before they lose money they can’t afford to lose. But they rarely put in the time and the work to acquire the knowledge they need to make a profit over the long run.
If you are a recreational player, with no aspirations to “go pro”, that’s fine. I envy you and how much you enjoy the game! Now you know a little more about what you are facing when you sit down to play online poker. If you do want to make poker into a job, or a profitable side-hustle, now you have some idea what it will take to get there.
I should probably also add that one article is not enough to cover all the advantages your opponents might have. Solvers, some of which operate in real time, cheat sheets, push fold charts, and a host of other things, are in use in the bigger games. If you are considering playing bigger than $1/2 you should know what all these things are and how to deal with them before you even consider moving up.
About Chris WallaceChris ‘Fox’ Wallace is a poker world champion who has been writing about and teaching the game for over 15 years. With over $1 million in tournament winnings and a WSOP bracelet among his accomplishments, The Fox is one of the most respected names in the game.
Chris is the co-owner of the iNinja Poker Tour, which you can learn more about by visiting www.ininjapoker.com.

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KO Series Round-Up: Big Six Max Wins as Main Events Loom

There were more big wins in the latest round of KO Series events as our players prepare for the massive Main Events.
The $1 million guaranteed Main Event, $300,000 guaranteed Mini Main Event, and $50,000 guaranteed Micro Main Event all have the first of two starting flights kicking off at 19:05 GMT today, January 16.
KO Series Deepstack 6-Max Fast: $50K Gtd Final Table Results
“Naumi” won the $109 KO Series Deepstack 6-Max Fast event and saw their partypoker bankroll increase by $8,022 in the process. Victory was theirs when they sent “Herocaller” to the rail in second place, resigning the runner-up to a consolation prize worth $4,216.
Shout-out to the other finalists who all won at least $1,631.
“Dmitrij” finished in sixth-place with “HappyF” busting in fifth. “Grahamockfish” saw their tournament end in a fourth-place finish before “CaptainLexie” headed to the showers with a combined prize worth $3,352 for their third-place exit.

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
Naumi
$3,590
$4,432

2
Herocaller
$3,585
$631

3
CaptainLexie
$2,435
$917

4
Grahamockfish
$1,609
$317

5
HappyF
$1,107
$684

6
Dmitrij
$862
$769

KO Series 7-Max Hyper: $30K Gtd Final Table Results
Some 218 players exchanged $162 for 100,000 chips and the chance to become the KO Series 7-Max Hyper champion. Only one player has chips in front of them when the curtain came down on proceedings and “JackRipperJr” was that player.
First place, with bounties included, came in at $6,664, made up of a $2,581 top prize and $4,083 from the bounty prize pool. A large chunk of that bounty payment came after sending “RAFAEL NADOWN” to the sidelines in second-place. This netted the second-place finisher a combined prize worth $3,728.
All but one of the other finalists scooped a four-figure prize for their efforts. “vadkapoker” was the seventh-place finisher and their exit meant everyone else won more than $1,000.
Congratulations on your deep runs to “Lapierre1991”, “R0bY0ngKidz”, “DoobyScoob” and “theoojay”.

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
JackRipperJr
$2,581
$4,083

2
RAFAEL NADOWN
$2,578
$1,150

3
theoojay
$1,750
$323

4
DoobyScoob
$1,167
$537

5
R0bY0ngKidz
$839
$1,297

6
Lapierre1991
$656
$495

7
vadkapoker
$497
$271

KO Series Mini Deepstack 6-Max Fast: $50K Gtd Final Table Results
“IslanDuR” bagged more than $2,700 after winning the KO Series Mini Deepstack 6-Max Fast event despite it costing only $11 to buy into.
The chunky prize came courtesy of 2,066 players turning out in force for this event. Outlasting this many opponents is difficult enough in a standard tournaments, but even more so when you have a monetary prize attached to your back.
Our champion handled the pressure perfectly and busted plenty of opponents themselves. They sent 22 opponents to the rail on their way to securing an impressive victory! No wonder their $1,513 bounty prize dwarfed the next largest of $224.

Place
Player
Prize
Bounties

1
IslanDuR
$1,240
$1,513

2
Blowfish666
$1,236
$180

3
Bitnha1986
$775
$159

4
LittleGustav19
$518
$129

5
tykhe28
$354
$137

6
Oneiro13
$252
$113

Other KO Series Results From January 15

di3sl0w – first-place in the $16.50 KO Series Mini 7-Max Hyper for $2,463
ZHABRA – first-place in the $1.10 KO Series Micro Deepstack 6-Max Fast for $188
Pieceofmeat – first-place in the $1.65 KO Series Micro 7-Max Hyper for $171

KO Series Events Scheduled For January 16
January 16 is another huge day for the KO Series with the third and final flights of the Warm Up, Mini Warm Up, and Micro Warm Up taking place.
Then come the trio of KO Series Main Events, the tournaments you’ve all been waiting for. The Main Event comes with a $1 million guarantee for a $1,050 buy-in with the Mini Main Event costing $109 and featuring a $300,000 guarantee. The Micro Main Event is also incredible value with $50,000 guaranteed for an $11 buy-in.

Time (GMT)
Tournament
Buy-in

16:05
KO Series #20 Warm Up Day 1C: $200K Gtd
$320

16:05
KO Series #20 Mini Warm Up Day 1C: $75K Gtd
$33

16:05
KO Series #20 Micro Warm Up Day 1C: $10K Gtd
$3.30

19:05
KO Series #21 Main Event Day 1A: $1M Gtd
$1,050

19:05
KO Series #21 Mini Main Event Day 1A: $300K Gtd
$109

19:05
KO Series #21 Micro Main Event Day 1A: $50K Gtd
$11

20:05
KO Series #20 Warm Up Day 2: $200K Gtd

20:05
KO Series #20 Mini Warm Up Day 2: $75K Gtd

20:05
KO Series #20 Micro Warm Up Day 2: $10K Gtd

22:05
KO Series 6-Max Turbo Battle: $30K Gtd
$109

22:05
KO Series Mini 6-Max Turbo Battle: $10K Gtd
$11

22:05
KO Series Micro 6-Max Turbo Battle: $1K Gtd
$1.10

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$33 KO Series Ticket
240,755

5.5
$55 KO Series Ticket
123,391

10.9
$109 KO Series Ticket
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32
$320 KO Series Ticket
500

53
$530 KO Series Ticket
250

105
$1,050 KO Series Ticket
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