Advanced Strategy

How to Play and Maximize Your Winnings With AK in a 6 Max No Limit Holdem Cash Game

AK is one of the best starting hands in 6-max No Limit Holdem Cash Game. It is a real profit-generating weapon if used correctly. In this article, I am going to share with you my guru insight and experiences on how to play this hand, depending on position, stack size  and your opponents.

Good equity in pre-flop all in situations

One of the main characteristics of this hand is that it has a tremendous equity following a pre-flop raise(2bet)-3bet-4bet-5bet all in situation against the zone of a player who is following the average strategy guidelines. By using these tactics you can stand in the line of fire with confidence, because it is possible that your opponent will fear your strength and topple out of the game following your 3bet, 4bet, or 5bet. It is easy to count on a high fold equity if you abide by these guidelines when playing AK. It has worked for me.

Maximize Your Winning Chances With Street-By-Street Fold Stats

I don't know just how familiar you are with WTSD (Went to Showdown) percentage, the factor that describes how probable it is for a player to get till showdown. If the percentage is low, he might be aggressive, conservative, or a really tight player playing only the nuts. You can never know, because WTSD stats don't show this to you. You would need to add other data (such as (VPIP, aggression, stack size, pot size, etc.) to know for sure.

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Deep-Stacked Cash Games

Deep-stacked poker games are getting more and more popular these days, and it seems that most advanced players favor these, opposed to short-stacked tourneys or cash games.

A lot of people think that the size of our starting stack does not really influence the way we should be playing our hands, but this is not true at all. Deep-stacked games are much more complicated and tough than short-stacked ones.

Deep stacks

In the case of cash games, the difference is even more evident. If we only have 10 BBs and get a pair of Aces, we push without hesitation. If we have 300 BBs, however, we must think at least twice before doing what we would normally do.

Deep-stacked games are more complicated and more dangerous, this is precisely why sharks favor them so much.
A game can basically be called deep-stacked, if players sit in with more than a 100 BBs, but deep-stacked games with people having four or five hundred BBs are not uncommon either.

The Float Play

What does the term ’floating’ exactly mean? Floating, or ’float play’ is usually the weapon of choice for the more experienced poker player. The players who are aware when to raise preflop with AA (always Smile) and know what situation calls for the use of the c-bet are classified in this group and will make the most of float play.

Floating in Poker

Full Ring, 6 Max or Heads Up - 6 Max is the Softest?

According to a survey publishded by PokerTableRatings (PTR), the smallest amount of winning players can be found at NLHE 6 max tables, so it had been said this is where we can find the most fish. The PTR website later changed its opinion once challenged.

PokerTableRatings sent out some interesting statistics to its registered members on 15th April.  The PTR site is well-known for having a huge hand history database and created a survey to determine which type of tables the winning players are usually located at. The survey took place between the 4th and 10th April and included NL50, NL100 and NL200 players’ statistics who had played more than 1000 hands in 2010. Here were the results:

Full Ring, 6-max or heads-up

PTR stated in its monthly newsletter, that 6 max is not only the most popular, but also the easiest of all types, because this is where the most fish can be found.
The survey came with great controversy and created an uproar among poker players. Users started to question if the smaller winning rate really means that it is easier to win. It also came as a surprise that the winning rate of players is averaged above 40% in all of the three cases.

Catch a Fish and Avoid the Sharks – The Trademarks of a Fish

Being a poker guru, I have good experience in swimming with the fish, eating the fish and sometimes even being bitten by the sharks. In this blog post, I would like to share with you how I avoid being lunch and how I maximize my time online. 

It  probably wouldn’t come as  a surprise if I told you that it is in your best interest to always choose your table carefully. Find one with a pool of fish and, in general, do not hunt the regulars, but try to find the easy-to-beat opponents. In this post I will show you the trademarks of a fish, so you can easily identify them and find them without being bitten.

Implied Odds - Are the Odds in Your Favor? Let the Guru Make Them...

It is a common occurence when palying a game of poker that the cards we hold aren’t the greatest. Being hopeful, we wait for certain cards to come to make our hand complete (in the case of flush draws or straight draws, for example). This is known in the poker world as a drawing hand and can be very profitable is we play our cards right. It has been said that it is enough to know the number of our outs with outs being the cards in which we would win the hand. In order to get the odds in your favor, this number needs to be compared to the total remaining cards within the deck. Following this, it is essential to compare the size of the bet with the size of the total pot. If  we compare these two odds, they form what is known as pot odds calculation.

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