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“Exploitive NLHE” Now Available With PayPal

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I am now accepting PayPal for the purchase of my book "Exploitive NLHE". Instead of only being able to purchase with bitcoin you now have the option of buying the book with PayPal as well. If you have bitcoin please use it since the processing fees are lower than they are with paypal :) .

You can read more about my book on the product page here...

Enjoy the read!

-Vulcans (ThePokerCapitalist)




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Release Of Exploitive NLHE

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I am super excited to announce that my e-book Exploitive NLHE is now on sale. Exploitive NLHE is available at ThePokerCapitalist. If/when :) you buy the book you will receive a download link that allows you to upload it in your preferred format(ePub, Kindle, or PDF). To learn more about this book watch my youtube video.

You can also find additional information about my e-book on the product page here.  Hope you enjoy reading Exploitive NLHE!

If you have any questions or comments about the book I would love to hear them.

-Vulcans (ThePokerCapitalist)

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Poker Vacation Kauai

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It has been a little while since I posted a blog to DTB, but I have been on vacation and distracted! Everybody needs a poker vacation from time to time, and Hawaii is my favorite place to go in the winter. The island of Kauai is absolutely amazing and the temperature was 75-80 degrees the entire time. So I stayed close to the Poipu beach area with my wife and a couple of very good friends. One of those friends has a cool website on fashion in case you are interested, and probably did a better blog than I about Kauai :( lol. Don't worry though my poker content is superior haha

Our accommodation was about a 3 min walk to this beautiful beach




There is also incredible boogie boarding just a hundred yards or so from where I took this picture. As you can see not a bad spot to take a vacation from poker :)

So what should you do while on a poker vacation? In no particular order here are some of the activities I did while in Kauai

1) Golf

There is a really cool public golf course called Kukuiolono Park & Golf Course which features a solid little 9 hole golf course for only $9. They don't have a website but you can read about them on trip advisor if you are interested. It really is great value for the money though and unless you are a super picky golf fan this is a great place for you!

2) Hiking

Through out Kauai there are a ton of great trails to take. One hike that I went on while in Kauai was the Kuilau Ridge TrailThis trail was not terribly challenging but had some breathtaking views. Here is a picture from the hike.



3) Beach

Tons of great beaches to hit up while you are on your poker vacation. I spent most of my time at beaches in the Poipu area. There is a good one right by the Hyatt that is also the gateway for a hike through the lithified

4) Kayaking

There is a pretty cool waterfall that you can Kayak to while in Kauai. You can read about it here. This is just one company that had pretty good reviews on trip advisor. If I was doing it over again i would just do a self guided tour because it allows you more flexibility in terms of how fast you want to go.

5) Nightlife

This is definitely a quieter vacation spot than other islands in Hawaii like Maui. If you are looking to really party it up this may not be the place for you!

6) Food

Naturally, I also ate while I was on vacation. Unfortunately, the food in Kauai is not incredible. There is nothing wrong with it, but it just isn't at the level of nice restaurants in Vegas, NYC, San Fran, or other major cities.

Since I got back from vacation I have been busy working on my new poker book, which I expect to release early in the new year! I have also posted a couple of blogs on Anonymous poker tables. My most recent article you can see here.

Also, if you haven't already seen my blog on the Vancouver Poker scene definitely check it out. That is my most viewed blog of all time for some reason...

Anyhow,  I would definitely recommend going to Kauai if you are looking for a beautiful island to take a poker vacation to. Hope you enjoyed the post and be sure to follow me on twitter if you don't already!


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Tilt: How To Conquer The Dreaded Boogeyman

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In order to conquer, we first need to understand what tilt is, and what causes tilt? Tilt is when a player’s frustration and confusion causes them to take less optimal lines than they otherwise would take. There are a myriad of possible causes for tilt. In many cases the causes of a player’s tilt is unique to the individual. Lets take a look at some common causes and solutions to tilt.

8 Causes & Solutions to Tilt

1) Aggression is one of the most common causes of tilt. Many times when the Hero is faced with an aggressive Villain and he does not understand the Villain’s aggression, it will cause him to make poor plays. The key is to analyze the Villain’s play and understand it so that you can make sure you are not being exploited and/or acting in an emotional reactionary manner.

2) Health & Food: I think this is often overlooked by players, but is also a common cause of tilt. It’s important for mental stability to exercise the mind and the body. Also, being hungry or thirsty while at the tables can be a recipe for tilt. Make sure if you are putting in a long session that you are well hydrated and have had something to eat. Keep a healthy snack, like fruit or nuts, near your desk to grab during those long sessions when you can’t get away from the tables to prevent hunger tilt.

3) Long Sessions: In my experience this is one of the more common causes of tilt (sub-optimal play). It is difficult to play at an exceptionally high level for extended periods of time simply due to mental fatigue. Generally, I find that after 2-3 hours my perception of game flow will start to slip slightly. One way to overcome this if you want to keep playing is to take a brief break and get your heart rate up. I have found that a few push ups or sit ups can help to shake the cobwebs loose and bring back my mental focus.

4) Losing: This is another very common cause of tilt. The strategy here is to first determine if you are you losing because of bad play or bad luck. If the answer is bad luck then you have nothing to worry about and should be able to maintain your level. If you are playing poorly then it could be the aggression of your opponents or some other factor throwing you off. If you examine your losses in an analytical fashion like this, you should be able to re-group and avoid tilting.

5) Winning too much! If you are running insanely hot it can be difficult to keep playing solid aggressive poker. One issue can be calling or shipping too light, since you feel like you are hitting everything. Another issue can be maintaining your level of aggression and fighting for small pots. Even if you are up a lot it is important to stay focused on the small pots and your red line (non-showdown winnings). Having a massively positive blue line (showdown winnings) on your Poker Tracker can be a warning sign to avoid this type of tilt.

6) Fear of Tilt: I think that in some cases poker players think that tilt is some weird boogeyman in the closet that will jump out and snag all their money. As a result they start playing bad because they are afraid of “tilting”. They think the last time I ran up a bunch I “tilted” and instead of focusing and making good decisions they are distracted by this fear of “tilt”.

7) Entitlement: Unfortunately, there is nothing in this world or this game that says you “deserve” to win. Just because you won $100k or $1 million in the past doesn’t mean you are going to win today or tomorrow. Make sure that if you start losing, it does not cause you to play worse than your normal level.

8) Wanting to win too badly. Just because you want to win does not mean it’s going to happen. The only thing that can help you to win is playing well and running well. Unfortunately, you can only control one of those factors. If your desire to win is too strong it can get in the way of rational thinking when you are losing (which will inevitably happen when you run poorly in NLHE). This can in turn cause you to “tilt” by turning a rational game into gambling. Not needing the money and being properly bankrolled for the level you are playing should help to address this kind of tilt.

There are a myriad of other factors that can also cause tilt. Consider network changes, personal life issues, etc. Make sure you always ask yourself why? Why is this factor tilting? Then ask yourself what you can do to address that issue.

(Tilt Is Not Mythical)

Be sure that you understand tilt is not some mythical thing. By turning tilt into some mysterious and mythical figure in the life of a poker player it implies that tilt is unavoidable. The reality is that tilt can be avoided and managed with work and discipline.

Also, there is no such thing as being a “good” player except when you “tilt”. At least if you want a hope of winning in the long run. Being good means that you know how to manage tilt/bad play and minimize it as much as possible. Many players say they are good until they “tilt”. However, in many of those cases their “tilt” moments are really just the times when they are running into the top of opponents ranges, and are in fact a part of their game. For example, they may semi-frequently run a poor bluff, but they only consider it “tilt” when the all-in shove gets called. This is the wrong way to look at the hand. It is either a good bluff or a bad bluff independent of the result. That is very important to keep in mind when trying to address tilt in NLHE.

The more you understand exactly what you are trying to do in every situation the less you will tilt. If you are uncertain that leaves room for poor decision making. For example, make sure that you are not just 5-Bet shoving 44 because you are frustrated with an aggressive opponent and end up getting snap called by 99. You need to understand why you are 5-bet shoving, and always remember if it is an appropriate play then it is not tilt….

Tilt is not an excuse. I hear so many players say that hand was excusable somehow “because I was tilting.” No! All hands are a part of your poker history and it is important to understand the bad ones (and what leads to them) as well as the good ones. The most important hands to analyze are your “tilt”/bad play hands. You may find that there were some very recognizable factors that led to the bad play. If this is the case you are well on the way to solving your “tilt”.

If you have any questions about my post fire them into the comments section on my blog here. Follow me on Twitter @PokerCapitalist


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Poker: The Part-Time Pursuit

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Sometimes you just know it when you see it. I always knew the day would come when I decided to not play as much poker, but I surprised even myself with how quickly I got to that point. For a few years now I have worked very hard on my poker game and achieved some incredible results. However, in the past few months I have realized that I am no longer interested in pursuing poker on a full time basis. It has been a gradual process, but my interest in the game has waned, and I have simultaneously been increasingly busy with other ventures. Going forward I intend to pursue these areas that are more interesting and meaningful to me. In order to do that I need to free up some more time and spend less studying and playing poker.

Over the past three years I have worked for, which is one of the best poker instructional websites in the world. Going forward in the new year I will no longer be producing a significant amount of content. I have a great relationship with the DTB, and plan to stay involved in a more limited manner going forward. I will pop in to the forums from time to time and check in to see how everyone is doing. DTB is an incredible website and resource for poker players, and in my time with DTB I have seen many players make huge strides in their poker games. The CEO (Hunter Bick) has done a great job of making the forums a friendly environment to learn in (unlike some other poker forums that we won’t name :) , and DTB has hundreds of videos of high quality poker instructional videos.
I have thought a lot about what I would do after poker. Somehow, I still don’t have the answer to that question, but I have some ideas. The transition doesn’t have to be instantaneous. I am happy to spend a couple of days a week playing some poker and the rest of my time pursuing other activities.

I still have a ton of poker knowledge and experience that I want to share, so I plan to continue to blog about my experiences in both poker and life, and possibly publish a book in the near future. So please stay tuned to for updates! You can also follow me on Twitter @pokercapitalist


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Vancouver Poker

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Vancouver has to be close to the perfect city to play poker in. I was recently reading some blogs written by poker players overseas and I realized just how fortunate I am to live and work in Vancouver. If you are considering playing poker professionally in Vancouver I’ve put together some information you should know.

Take a bike ride around Stanley Park on the sea wall and you will instantly fall in love with the beauty of the city. Here is a picture I took in Coal Harbour (close to where sea wall starts) during a summer sunset. That view isn’t cheap though as it will cost you around $2400 a month for a nice 2bdrm with floor to ceiling windows in a modern building w gym etc. I’ll talk more about accommodation later in the post.


The mountains on the north shore (just a few miles from the city) rise up dramatically offering incredible Skiing/Snowboarding all through out the winter. This is a picture of me snowboarding at Whistler (one of the premier Skiing destination in the world a 1.5hr drive from Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Hwy#1). In this photo I am up in the bowls of Whistler mountain. As you can see plenty of fresh powder…..


During the summer there are incredibly hikes to be had all the north shore and a very cool+free suspension bridge at Lynn Canyon. You can get some great views without the snow.

Vancouver is also one of the cleanest and environmentally conscious cities in the world. Add to that incredibly geography and one of the most sophisticated urban planning operations on the globe and you have a very slick city. There are bike lanes interlaced through much of the city so transportation by bike is very convenient. At the Fairmont hotel down-town they started offering Bike Concierge service for guests of the hotel since it’s a fantastic way to get around the city core.

Lets talk about the poker side of things. Most major networks allow you to play out of Vancouver/Canada. Take your pick of PS, IPoker, Bodog, etc. One advantage is that if you choose a European network the hours will be much better in Vancouver. There is a nine hour time difference between Vancouver and Geneva, Switzerland. So you can be playing between noon and 3pm here on the west coast and that is like 9pm-midnight. That makes for some very convenient hours.

The live poker scene is pretty solid in Vancouver. The two major casinos are the Edgewater located right in the heart of the city by Yaletown. The other major casino where the BC Poker Championships occurs every year is the River Rock which is in Richmond (Where the International airport is). It’s about a 20 min drive into the heart of the city from there. The River Rock is a great place to play around Chinese New Year and they consistently run a deep 2 5 NLHE game that plays more like a $5/$10 game. During the BC Poker Championships they have a high stakes room with a very juicy $10/$25 NLHE game as well as a big 10 20 PLO game. The $10/$25 NLHE game often has several 10k stacks playing in it. It is a 3k minimum buy-in. I have played in it a couple of times and it is very juicy.


You can expect very high quality internet service in Vancouver and should not have to deal with disconnects. For around $40 per month you can get great service with Telus. Shaw is good as well. For poker you will not need to upgrade and get their higher speed service. The basic high speed connection is already plenty fast and reliable.

Living (Housing)

If you are thinking about moving here there are a few places to consider. Kitsilano is a great part of the city just across the Burrard St bridge. This is an interesting part of the city because real estate is very expensive, but there is some relatively low cost accommodation in the form of basements. Traditionally this has been a bedroom community for the University of British Columbia (A very strong Univ if you are looking to take classes). Kits beach is a huge attraction in the summers and you can find a basement 1bdrm for right around $1000 per month. It isn’t going to be super fancy and will probably be in an older character house (tri-plex), but the area is very convenient and relatively inexpensive. I would highly recommend this option so long as you are ok with a basement unit. This kind of accommodation is very common in Vancouver as landowners need some income to help pay their mortgages. Houses in this area go for between 1.2-3million Canadian dollars (roughly equivelant to USD).

If you prefer a high rise building and want a nice view expect to pay around $1400-$1600 for a 1 bdrm unit. 2bdrms will be somewhere btw $2,000-$2,500 for a nice one down town. Within downtown you have “Yaletown” and the “West End”. The West End is closer to Stanley Park and has a great beach area. Here is a picture of the West End in the summer.


Anything west of Burrard is generally categorized as “West End”. This area is a little less expensive in general because the buildings are not all new. Yaletown is the sheikh modern part of the city and a bit closer to nightlife. You’ll pay a bit more to live in this area and generally the units are bit smaller because its newer construction.

Another great place to go if you are looking for lower cost accommodation, but still want some great commercial options, is the Main St corridor. There are plenty of cool little shops and restaurants over in the Main St area. Main St serves as the divider between East and West Vancouver. Generally, as you head further east things get cheaper. Housing is significantly cheaper in this area and it has a cool vibe. Craigslist is a great way to find your housing and BC has very strong tenancy laws so you shouldn't have to deal with a bad landlord.


There is a really cool Car2Go service available for getting around the city of Vancouver. It allows you to pick up a car anywhere in the city (you can see where they are on a convenient app) and drop it off anywhere within the boundaries allowed (covers most of the city). This won’t work if you want to go on a day trip, but is awesome for getting around the city. It costs roughly 40 cents per minute but that includes everything. All you need is a Drivers License and a credit card and they will send you out a card in the mail. These cars are all over the place in the city so I would not worry about getting a car if you are moving here.


Cell phone coverage is a bit expensive in Canada. Expect to pay $70 a month for your cell phone with a decent data plan (2gb per month). That should get you close to unlimited calling time anywhere in the country if you choose the right carrier. VirginMobile is a bit better than the big ones in Canada (Rogers).


There are plenty of great restaurants in Vancouver. Because the city is so diverse you see a variety of amazing cuisine. There is an incredible Indian restaurant called Vij’s that was featured in the NYT (about $30 for a main). Tomo’s (on Broadway) has some very high quality sushi. One of my personal favorites is Trilussa Pizzeria on Main St which has an authentic Italian owner operator (this isn’t high end but it is good). One thing to prepare yourself for is to pay a lot for alcohol if you are dining out. Generally, the Canadian government taxes alcohol heavily so a pint will run you $6 at a pub, and don’t forget about the “liquor consumption tax” which will add a few percent to your bill at the end.


Vancouver is an incredibly green city. With bike lanes that run all through the city, high end party’s having bike valets, and the Fairmont hotels popular “bike concierge” you can get almost anywhere with a bike and some Lululemon gear lol. Vancouver is home to some of the best urban planning in the world and combined with its green bins and general cleanliness the city is one of the most livable on the planet. It seems there are health food stores, yoga studios, and organic butchers on every corner. If you are interested in embracing a healthy lifestyle Vancouver is a great city for you!


This really isn’t what Vancouver does best. On Granville St and in Yaletown there are a number of somewhat trendy places to go out and party at. However, I have to say the nightlife in Vancouver does not compare to what you would find in Vegas or NYC.


The airport is very convenient for transportation to major destinations in the US and the world. There is a great Cathay Pacific flight that will take your directly from Vancouver to NYC or Hong Kong that runs daily. There are also convenient regular daily non-stop flights to London. From those hubs you can go virtually anywhere in the world. If you are headed to Vegas to play poker there are non-stop flights for around $400 that also run daily. Non-stop to LAX will run you about the same.


One downside of Vancouver is you do get a solid amount of rain during the winter months. More than any other city I have lived in you experience the four seasons in Vancouver. There are only a few days every year where the temperature dips to freezing or just below. Normally, if we get snow in the city it never lasts for more than a day or two (the mountains are a different story). Local mountains a 30min drive away have Skiing for several months every year and receive plenty of snow. Nov, Dec, Jan, and Feb get a lot of rain and the days are short with darkness descending around 5:30pm. If you plan a vacation during these months and Ski plenty during the winter they fly by and then you have the incredibly summer to look forward too. Spring and Fall are cool but not too cold and a light jacket should work most days.

Hope you guys enjoyed the blog! Let me know if you have any comments or questions.


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EV In Life! What Every Non-Poker Player Should Know

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Humans are reactionary and emotional. We have a tendency to base our decision-making on recent events that affect us emotionally, rather than sticking to logic to form the best policies.The vast majority of us consistently take very minus EV lines in our everyday lives, and unfortunately, our political system is no different. Most people handle risk poorly because they do not understand EV. In my opinion, understanding EV is the most valuable lesson learned in poker that can be carried over in everyday life. Think about a couple of major events that occurred in the past 15 years and ask yourself two questions:

1) Did the risk of those disasters increase following the disaster/event?
2) Did our response change?

Almost universally the answer is that the EV did not change, but our responses did.

Major Event #1

Did the risk/EV of a nuclear catastrophe increase after Fukushima?

No, the EV of a major catastrophe remained the same both before and after. Risk factors take a long time to change. It is possible that the risk of a tsunami increased as a result of climate change and thereby increased the risk of a Fukushima like event. Those kinds of changes don’t happen overnight though. However, in one day Fukushima reshaped energy policies around the globe. Why? Because we allow ourselves to be dominated by fear rather than understanding the risk and dealing with it appropriately. Am I saying we should put up nuclear plants everywhere? Absolutely not! What I am saying is that the risks have not changed in any significant manner post Fukushima. If nuclear power (with all of its inherent risks) made sense before Fukushima then it still makes sense after! If nuclear power (with all of its inherent risks) didn’t make sense before Fukushima then it still doesn’t make sense after! What we should be doing is focusing our attention on making sure our risk models are giving us accurate statistics from which we can take educated risks.

Major Event #2

Did the EV of another 9/11 type terrorist event rise following Sept. 11th?

No, the EV of a major terrorist attack on US soil was likely similar both before and after Sept. 11th. However, after Sept. 11th, the United States made major policy changes such as invadind Afghanistan and Iraq (costing a tremendous amount of money and lives), and spending a tremendous amount of money creating the TSA. I am not going to pass judgement on whether or not these actions should have been taken, my point is that policy should be determined independent of a catastrophe occurring.

If we know there is a 5% chance annually of a terrorist attack that kills one thousand people, I think everyone would agree that is an unacceptably high risk. What if that chance was one in a trillion annually? Meaning that if you lived one million years, one million separate times, only one attack would happen. That would be a very successful terrorist prevention system, even though the risk would not be zero. So if a terrorist attack occurs tomorrow despite the chance of it being only one in a trillion, should policy be changed? No! In fact, by meddling with good policy based on results you increase the risk of creating bad policy. Frequently, the result of reactionary changes is inferior policy at a higher cost to society.

What about my personal life? How can a greater understanding of EV help me make better personal decisions?

Micro Event #1

Does the EV of you dying from cancer increase or decrease as a result of smoking two packs of cigarettes every day?

Yes, the EV of you dying from cancer increases! Having said that, you may never die from cancer, and may live to the ripe old age of 100. However, by choosing to smoke two packs of cigarettes per day, you have reduced your life EV, and the EV of you getting cancer has gone up.

Micro Event #2

o you drink and drive?

If you do, this negatively affects your life EV. Sadly, this also negatively affects the life EV of others around you. You may have a few pints and drive home safely without harming yourself or anyone else. However, your chances of getting into a major accident increase significantly, and therefore you are lowering your life EV.

There are plenty of other examples on local levels of mini-disasters that lead to poor policy. For example, if a pedestrian gets killed at a street that lacks a marked crosswalk, residents often petition and get a crosswalk installed. However, we shouldn’t be focusing on that one crosswalk, but instead trying to identify the highest risk crosswalks in the city and prioritizing those. By doing so, we ensure the greatest number of lives are saved and injuries reduced. By spending our tax dollars on a “low-risk” crosswalk due to a single tragic event, we forego the opportunity to fix another “higher-risk” crosswalk. Our reactionary approach is inappropriate and consistently costs society money and lives. As any poker players knows it is important not to base your behavior on short-term results, rather you should focus on long-term EV. The same holds true for life in general.

This post applies as much or more to non poker players than it does to poker players. So share this with your friends who may never have been exposed to the concept of EV. Also, share it on Twitter and Facebook or just send out a good old fashioned e-mail to your buddies. Hope you enjoyed the post!


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Dynamic Range Identification in Poker Part I

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Many poker players are obsessed with the idea of having an unexploitable range. The theory is sound, but it is difficult to apply and use to make money at online and live poker games. Ultimately, we want to exploit our opponents weaknesses and often that means potentially being exploitable ourselves. Sometimes it is better to focus more on what your opponents leaks are rather than being overly concerned if you have some small leak that 95% of poker players will not detect.

Ex. We 3bet a really high % of the time like 20% because our opponent folds 90% of hands to 3bets(See Fundamentals of 3betting . Doing so makes us exploitable, but also makes us a lot of money. It doesn’t matter if we are exploitable if our opponent is not exploiting you! Make sure you don't level yourself against this kind of opponent and think that maybe they are spazz 4betting against you.

How do we find and exploit a villains leak? In the scenario above it was very easy, but often that is not the case. In more complex cases we need a good grasp of what an unexploitable range looks like, and then if your opponent is deviating too far from that we know they have a leak.It is important to realize that some players may not have a significant leak until they begin to tilt. This is why game flow and psychology are so important. I think many players do not focus enough on game flow and psychology in determining their villains ranges. Poker players that understand game flow and psychology better tend to be the superior higher stakes players. Ultimately, to be successful at any level we should have a strong understanding of how to construct an unexploitable range(to combat/break even vrs highly skilled regs), and have a good strategy for exploiting the leaks of weaker opponents.

With time and experience we can become experts at anticipating how a poker player will react in a variety of different situations.

Example #1 A skilled opponent raises the button and you 3bet the SB and he then folds. Normally he folds to 3bets 66% of the time. The very next hand he raises the cut-off and you raise the button. How frequently do you expect him to fold to your 3bet?

A. In this kind of scenario most players will fold more often vrs your 3bet(something around 80% IMO). They are afraid of being seen as spazzing out and therefore they will be 4betting almost exclusively for value. At a 6max game I would expect something like AK+, JJ+ in this scenario

Example #2 A skilled villain raises the button 50% of the time to steal the blinds when he is first in the pot. The first time he raises the button you 3bet from the small blind and he folds. 20 hands later a similar scenario develops where he is first in on the button and raises. Again you 3bet from the SB. When he 4bets do you perceive his range as wider or tighter?

A. Generally, in this scenario I would expect him to 4bet wider. Most villains that open that wide off the button do not like to fold repeatedly vrs 4bets. Many of them may be very exploitable to a 5bet jam in this scenario because their 4bet is too wide, and they don’t have enough value hands in their range.

Against opponents that fold to a lot of 3bets we should be 3betting a ton. Against opponents that 4bet a ton of hands, and fold to 5bets we should be 5betting small pockets, KQs, AXs etc. Against opponents that 4bet a ton of hands, and don’t fold to 5bets we can weigh our 3bets heavily in the direction of value hands. What I am trying to illustrate in this blog is the importance of being versatile and adjusting in real time to our opponents. That is what will ultimately make you a big winner in poker.

One little trick to keep in mind is generally if you are significant off the 60-65% level for fold to 3bet, 4bet or 5bet you probably have a leak. Whether or not your opponents at the table recognize this is another question. If your opponents don’t have a good sample on you it could be difficult for them to detect. When studying focus your time on thinking about how game flow will affect your opponents ranges. I will post more on this topic another day! Check out my other blog posts at

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Life As a Professional Poker Player

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Welcome to my first blog! I thought it would be appropriate to start off by talking about what life is like for a poker professional. The life isn’t nearly as glamorous as some would have you think, but it can be a very good living. I typically get up in the morning at a reasonable hour and grind hard at the tables for a couple of hours. If the action allows, I take a brief break to get lunch and clear my mind before returning for an afternoon session. By around 4pm, I normally have played around 1k hands, at which point I try to move on with my day and do something fun.

Treating the game in a professional manner is critical for your long term success. That means being committed to putting in 30-40 hours a week at the game. It also means that you don’t get wasted on Sunday night and spend all day Monday recovering from your hangover. If your next day is a work day then it is important to get a good nights sleep. Bed time comes early! Lol It is also going to take some work to organize your social life in a manner that allows you to work when you need to. If you know you have a social engagement at 5pm, plan to wind down your session an hour or so beforehand. That will give you some time to get ready and a cushion in case you have a very lucrative game that you don’t want to leave.

Some of you may find that it is helpful to get up and dressed like you are headed to an office for work in the morning. It is just a psychological trick, but try it sometime and you will find that it helps you take the game more seriously. Finally, I often play with a notepad at my side. Generally, I simply use this to record the success or failures of simple plays that I attempt at the table. For example, I may test to see how frequently my 3bets (with air) are working and see if they are profitable. If you stay focused and treat poker in a professional manner the results will come. Hope there are some good tips in this post for you guys!

I just posted this up on my new website I am very excited about it and plan to be posting frequently. Stay tuned for my next post!

-ThePokerCapitalist (Vulcans)


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