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How to Master Poker

Over the last few years the idea of the 10,000-hour rule has captured people’s imaginations. Many books, articles, and videos have been produced extoling the virtues of this rule. Essentially the rule says that if you want to become an expert at pretty much anything, all you need to do is put in 10,000 hours of work and you, too, will become a master.

The originator of the research on which this rule is based, K. Anders Ericsson, takes exception with what he considers to be an over-simplification of his work. If you delve a little bit deeper into his research, which spans four decades at this point, you’ll see that it takes a bit more than just time in the seat to become a true expert…



Modern Poker Theory Nearing Completion

At D&B we get excited about all our books. We love to put out high-quality productions that have the best poker information available in book form. However, we think that the upcoming Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo will be something quite special and undoubtedly become a classic…



New Winner - ADVICE competition

People occasionally complain that (for example) $35 is a lot of money to spend on a poker book. My stock reply is that if you learn JUST ONE THING from a book that you subsequently put into practice, then you have almost certainly got your money back. If you learn dozens of things from a book, then… well, you do the maths…



If a few people limp in and you are in the small blind with a junky hand, you should usually fold instead of putting in the extra ½ of a big blind. While it may be tempting to call due to your amazing pot odds, with junky hands like 94o and 73o, you will not flop well enough to justify calling.



Researching 'Poker & Pop Culture' at the Center for Gaming Research at UNLV

Work continues on my forthcoming book for D&B Poker, Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, due to appear next summer in time for the World Series of Poker. I am looking forward to being in Las Vegas during the WSOP for the launch of the book. Thanks to those who have already preordered a copy!

In fact, I am actually writing from Las Vegas right now where I am currently spending time at the University of Nevada Las Vegas doing some additional research for the book at the Center for Gaming Research.


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Playing Draws, part 1

I’m going to be presenting an entire series on playing draws correctly, because as a poker coach, it’s the #1 aspect of post-flop play that I see botched time and time again. By the end of this series, you should feel confident playing your draws in a multitude of situations.



So, what exactly is “aggressive play”?

Many years ago I read the well-known book Every Hand Revealed by Gus Hansen. This is an account of Hansen’s win in the 2007 Aussie Millions. This book does what it says on the tin and is a detailed account of every hand that Hansen played en route to victory in that event.

It’s a pretty good book and I enjoyed reading it. However, as I have published many, many books I noticed a lot of things that, rightly or wrongly, I thought I could have done better if we’d been producing the book at D&B…



If you are fortunate enough to have a local casino to play at, you will find most of the games are populated by recreational poker players. In order to thrive against these players, you must alter your standard strategy to take advantage of their flaws. If you try to use the same strategy against everyone you will be leaving a significant amount of money on the table.

Here are three concepts you should keep in mind in order to realize your full potential…



Winner - Advice Competition

We recently ran a competition asking readers to tell us about a piece of advice from a D&B book that they could identify as specifically having helped to improve their game. We had a number of interesting responses, many of which will be published on our site in the near future. The first one was from Jeff H who identifies Qui Nguyen’s From Vietnam to Vegas as a book that has changed the way he thinks about poker. Jeff wins a $30 voucher to spend on the D&B site which will no doubt help him to improve his play even further!

Here is what Jeff had to say about From Vietnam to vegas



I was recently told about a close situation by one of my students that I think is particularly educational. With blinds at 75/150, the action folded to a straightforward player who limped from the hijack seat. My student raised to 550 out of his 28,000 stack with KQ. A splashy calling station called in the big blind and the initial limper folded.


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