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ATLANTIC CITY - In the glitzy, high-stakes world of tournament poker, there are some unwritten rules among gamblers.
One of them is: Don't enter tournaments where you may not be an appropriate player.
MANY TOP players contend that the biggest decision you'll make is whether to play the cards you're dealt.
That decision is not made in a vacuum, of course. You must factor in such things as stack sizes, your position at the table, your opponents and the action in front of you.
IT MIGHT seem counterintuitive in some ways, but many times your best move is to bet when you don't have a made hand and check when you do.
THE MOST critical math in poker is pot odds, which calculate the cost of the call you're facing versus the amount in the pot, then compare that to your chances of hitting your card.
SOMETIMES YOU'RE out of position and aren't sure you have the best hand, so what's your play?
If you've sized up your opponent as rather straightforward, as top pro Daniel Negreanu did in this hand from the $25,000-buy-in World Poker Tour Championship at Bellagio in 2010, your best option might be a...
SOME PLAYERS are maniacs. Faraz Jaka is one of them. His variance can be huge, but putting him on a hand can be impossible.
HARD POKER TRUTH: You can play a hand perfectly and lose.
That's one of the toughest psychological lessons for amateurs, because they tend to be results-oriented. The top players, meanwhile, focus on having the favored hand when all the money gets in because they can't control the deck, as former champion...
SOME PLAYERS like to push their draws in hopes of betting made hands out of the pot. Problem is, that can create big variances in your stack.
THE KEY to pulling off a bluff is a betting pattern that convinces your opponent you have the hand you're representing. By contrast, the key to picking off a bluff is finding a hole in your opponent's story, as championship pro Eric Baldwin did in the World Poker Tour's $10,000-buy-in Doyle Brunson Five...
THE MAIN EVENT of the World Series of Poker offers one of the best structures of any major tournament. The $10,000 buy-in gets you $30,000 in chips, two-hour levels and incremental increases in blinds and antes.
THE CHIPS you win off the tough players are worth the same as those you win off the fish, so target the live ones because it's easier.