Polarized Versus Merged
In the same way that your preflop strategy and ranges start to shape your strategy on the flop, your flop strategy determines how your ranges are setup on later streets. Making serious mistakes early in the hand will have severe effects on your strategy on later streets.
Strategies for Daily Tournaments
Given both the fast structure and typical skill level of opponents in daily tournaments, there is usually little need to engage in a lot of intense player analysis. While there often isn’t enough time to construct reliable reads on players, the fact is that most players in these tournaments are going to exhibit a lot of the same tendencies which makes targeting individual players less of a priority. Most will be recreational players and most will fall into very predictable patterns.
We have discussed capped boards previously, but here we are going to add some details as we analyze them more extensively. If you a recall, a “capped” board is a flop where typically the caller’s range is limited to one pair or worse. This provides ample opportunities to bluff on complicating turns.
In early 1988, Warren Buffett wrote his annual letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the multinational holding company for which he served as chairman and CEO. It was an especially tense time in the investment world, just a few months removed from the “Black Monday” crash that saw markets plunge precipitously around the world. On that day (October 19, 1987), the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 22 percent, the largest single-day decline in the history of the index.
As central as poker is to Old West storytelling, poker was often only a tangential (and frequently negative) element in the worlds portrayed by televised westerns….
The book Mastering Mixed Games is due to be published by D&B Poker in the summer. This will be the first serious book on mixed games for a long time and will be essential reading for anyone interested in these games. The variants that will be featured are: 2-7 No Limit Single Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw, Badugi, Badeucey and Badacey, Limit Hold ’em, Omaha 8 or Better, Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better (40bb), Razz, Stud and Stud 8 or Better.
Later this year we will be publishing Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game, by Martin Harris. Here is a short extract:
“Poker in the Movies”
The representation of poker in films likely has had more to do with forming opinions about the game than has any other variety of American popular culture. One could argue that when it comes to shaping ideas about poker, John Wayne, W.C. Fields, and Paul Newman have exerted more influence than anyone who has played the game.
Anyone following the content on our site and in this magazine will know that we are very excited about our upcoming book, Modern Poker Theory by Michael Acevedo. We are certain that this book will become a modern classic. The core theme behind the book is to give the reader an understanding of what GTO play entails.
As I’ve noted here before, the subject of poker in popular culture is kind of a bottomless well. There’s no end to examples of poker turning up in “mainstream” contexts like feature films, radio and television programs, music, literature, magazines, paintings, and elsewhere.
Indeed, practically all of the chapters in my forthcoming book Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game could be expanded much further to full length books themselves.
Take the topic of poker in the movies, for example…
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…
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