Things You Can Do to Improve Your Poker Game.

• Re-raise with a (more) polarized range. Rather than just calling 3, 4 and 5 bets with AA, KK, QQ, JJ, AKs, AQs; try getting it in with AJs, A10s, KQs, KJs, K10s, JQs, Q10s, 1010, 99, 88, J10s,109s. (‘s’ = suited)

• Continuation-bet (‘c-bet’) more in heads-up pots, even if you miss the flop (or have only High card A, K, or Q, top-pair, or middle or low set (‘3 of a kind’ when you have a ‘pocket-pair’ such as ‘rockets a.k.a. American Airlines’ (AA) or ‘Cowboys’ (KK)). While it’s customary for the pre-flop raiser to make a ‘c-bet’, sometimes (especially if you have position (are last or nearly last to act)) a ‘donk-bet’ can extract-value (or induce a fold). 

• Two-barrel more. Sometimes firing another shot (with the minimum-amount you think it’ll take), even floating (with ‘air’ i.e. ‘nothing’), can induce a fold. Another on 5th street (‘triple-barreling;’ again with the minimum-amount unless you want to overbet to make it look like you hit your hand (i.e. with the ‘naked-ace’ (a single Ace of the same-suit as 3 or 4 cards of the same suit on the board)) might do the trick; but be careful to not ‘recklessly’ overdo it.

• Get comfortable postflop. While selecting starting-hands will remain key; be able to accurately assess your equity (value or bluff) on all streets of play.

• Put your opponent(s) on a range of hands; try to guesstimate the possible hand(s) (that the other player(s) is/are holding) based on your previous history (if any) in the current (and previous sessions) with the player(s).

• Play other types of poker (and become proficient in at least one other type than the game you are ‘best’ at). While No limit texas hold’em is the most popular and widely-played variant; try Omaha hold ’em (✠ ‘split’ hi/lo ‘8 or better’), Razz (poker)Seven-card stud5-card draw2-7 Draw and Badugi.

• Review hands, people, and situations. Take notes. Write them down if it seems to be a lesson or anything stands-out in your mind. I use EvernoteWordPress, and Facebook notes.

•Study away from the table. While playing is great for actual-hands and getting a feel for the game; watching videos (on YouTubeESPN, and FOX Sports, reading (Doyle Brunson‘s Super/SystemPhil Gordon‘s ‘little’ green, blue, and gold book(s), attorney Dan Harrington‘s ‘Harrington on Hold Em” Vol(s). I, II and III, are excellent (and classic) primers; also; Ace on the River by Barry Greenstein and Annie Duke‘s ‘Decide to Play Great Poker’), discussing (I recommend (and participate in), The Poker Forum (group) on Facebook), and coaching/lessons while NOT actually playing can make a difference when you sit down (

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