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Switching from six max to full ring

It is probably common knowledge to many of the regular readers of my blog that I play full ring above six max. I do this for several reasons but the main reasons are that full ring games are easier to make money at in my opinion and they fit my personality. I can’t think of two better reasons than that can you? I sometimes get asked what the differences are between full ring games and six max cash games.

 

My answer is the same and I will repeat that here. I don’t think the difference is as pronounced as many people think.
In my opinion then full ring games need slight adjustments from six max games but no more. One of the differences is in how your opponents perceive your range. In six max then when you open raise it will be UTG at the most. Most of the time your raise will come from the button, cut-off and hijack which are deemed late position in full ring! So in a full ring setting then your perceived range is much narrower. This allows you to be able to expand your range more than what is commonly practiced.

 
In my opinion, one of the biggest skills of a poker player is to identify the game dynamic and respond to it. You need to do something different to the game dynamic to gain an edge. It is very difficult to get a decent earn rate if you are playing identical or roughly identical to the game dynamic. Imagine a game full of decent players who all play position, knew hand values, folded most of their range, bluffed in small pots, didn’t stack off unless they had a powerful hand and so forth. It isn’t hard to see that if you played the same way as these people then you would find it hard to make money.

 
How can money flow easily when you are operating in the same way as someone else? The only profit potential in the game will then come from the one or two weak fish that may happen to sit in. However calling them “weak fish” is too generic a name and doesn’t really help us in our quest to exploit them. Just how are they “weak” and why are they a “fish”. It could be because their bet sizing is weak or they don’t hand read very well or perhaps they play fit or fold too much or maybe they have very weak post flop play and poor non-showdown stats.

 

Carl Sampson is a professional poker player who plays online at www.888poker.com

Looking at standard bet sizing in poker

I was having a discussion with a colleague a few days ago about bet sizing in poker and that standard bet sizes don’t work because they reveal too much about your hand. Well I can see the logic and standard default bet sizes are pretty inflexible and anything that is inflexible is by definition weak……or is it? You would say that a bridge is pretty inflexible but you would never call it weak and neither would you call a 100ft tall tree weak either. So just because something is inflexible doesn’t make it weak!

 
However in certain situations then inflexible bet sizing is sub-optimal but being sub-optimal doesn’t automatically make something weak. The only difference is that there are better options available in certain specific situations. I can think of numerous examples for why fixed bet sizing is very good and one such reason is when you are multi-tabling. If you are multi-tabling then obviously time is of the essence. So you really don’t want to be messing around with your bet sizing when you have multiple actions to deal with on numerous other tables all requiring your attention. It therefore helps you in this instance to have a default bet size.

 
Having standard bet sizes prevents you from having to think. There are all sorts of systems in place for bet sizing and one such system is to have standard bets based on your hand strength. In areas like electronic day trading then many traders have what is called a “staggered entry system”. This means that they will not enter the trade for the maximum amount of money until they know if the trade is going their way or not. This is like shoving all-in UTG with pocket queens when first to speak. You will fold out all hands except the very two that beat you which may be out there at this time.

 
At various stages of the hand then your hand value can start out being the best hand and end up being the best hand either at showdown or non-showdown. However it is when you started out with the best hand and it was overtaken or you thought that you had the best hand but the betting action revealed that this may not be the case when you have problems. This is why many multi-tabling players will bet something like two thirds pot on the flop and then expand the bet sizing if the position goes their way and back off if it doesn’t.

 
This allows you to play big pots with big hands and small pots with small hands and bluffs. The flip side is that it is an exploitable strategy but only if your opponents are sophisticated enough to know what you are doing. Let us say that you have the Ac-10c and the flop comes Ad-Jc-9d and your opponent checks. There are 8.5bb in the pot and you bet for value for 5.5bb and get called and the pot is now 19.5bb.

 
You still figure to have the best hand but your position is now much more marginal and let us say that the turn card is the 4c. Any draw failed to get there and weaker hands like ace rag may still call another barrel as would many draws that were getting 3/1 pot odds. You bet 10bb and are called again which if your opponent is tight marginalises your hand even more. So here you are looking to reduce your exposure and unless the river is an ace or a ten then you would probably check it back.

 

 

Carl Sampson is a professional poker player who plays online at www.888poker.com

Practicing Sound Money Management

You may have heard of the term “money management” and thought that you knew what it meant with regards to no limit Texas hold’em. However money management means much more than just having some correct number of theoretical buy-ins for a certain level! Money management is something that should be adhered to on a hand by hand basis. For example it is of little use in no limit Texas hold’em having say 50 buy-ins at a certain level and then playing badly. All this will do is lose you even more money.

To have an effective money management policy means having a strategy for how you play your hands as well in no limit Texas hold’em. This is why it isn’t necessarily correct to use other strategies that have been adopted by other poker players. No two strategies or styles will have the same variance level and so your own money management strategy needs to be individual and unique to you. For example if you feel that you prefer to play poker at full ring tables because of the lower variance then play full ring.

Variance is such a huge part of poker that it ultimately decides if we are long term winners or losers. If you play no limit Texas hold’em with a style that only has around five buy-in downswings then although you may not make as much money then you will not lose much either. It will take you a long time before you realise your actual earn rate but in the meantime what you will have to endure is variance. Let us say that a no limit Texas hold’em cash game player makes $20 per hour. In any one hour this player could possibly make somewhere between $300 per hour or lose $280 per hour (not actual figures). So in order to see this earn rate then you have to wade through a lot of bad things that will happen to you at the poker table.

In no limit Texas hold’em cash games then this often means playing fewer hands and so playing hands that present you with a much greater equity edge. It may also mean playing your hands in such a way that you do not get involved in big pots unless you have a big hand yourself. You will find that as a rule in no limit Texas hold’em cash games that the bulk of your profits will not come from big pots against solid players.

This is because they too will only be getting involved in big pots with big hands. So against solid but not spectacular players then you will need to try and accrue profits by some other method. This isn’t to say that you will not make money from big pots because you will. There were will always be some weaker players who will get all in with insufficient holdings. However the fact of the matter is that today’s breed of no limit Texas hold’em cash game players are better educated and more skilled even at the lower stakes levels than their counterparts of say ten years ago.

Carl Sampson is a professional poker player who plays online at www.888poker.com

Great Advice for Online Poker Newbies

Some of the worst players online at this moment in time that I have witnessed have been in the Omaha 8 games. I don’t know what it is about this form of poker that players find so difficult to grasp. I mean we are not talking about playing in pot limit games here or playing in short handed and heads up games, I am talking about players making basic errors in full limit ring games.

If you could find enough action and are prepared to multi-table then playing Omaha 8 could become a nice steady revenue source for you with just a basic understanding of it and nothing more. Maybe it is because I took to this game like a duck to water that I find it so staggering as to why many players struggle with it.

I will assume here that you have an understanding of just how Omaha 8 works so I will not be expanding on that here. But what I find happens an awful lot online is that many players drop into cash games for thirty minutes to an hour or so before a tournament is due to start or that they have got bored of their usual cash game and wanted to try something different.

Well poker and gambling for that matter is a very unforgiving business where naivety and ignorance rarely go unpunished for long. Omaha 8 is a split pot game where the high hand takes half the pot and the low hand takes the other half providing it qualifies of course. All right so I have just took the award for the most obvious statement of the year but hidden in that statement is one of the reasons for why many players fail at Omaha/8.

The fact that the pot gets split means that you should not be playing hands in O/8 that aim at winning only half of the pot. I sometimes think that many players view winning half of the pot as some sort of major achievement and the way that some of them play a bare A-2 underlines the fact even more. But when all you have is a bare A-2 and nothing else then even winning half of the pot could be out of your reach as two or more players having the nut low is very common in O/8.

But ending up with £250 out of a £1000 pot even if your boat comes in is not my idea of a successful pot. Because of how the game is played then there will always be a winner for high but not necessarily for low. This means that if all you have going for you is a nut low draw in a multi-way pot then you had better not get too excited about your prospects. But because of the fact that you are aiming for the whole pot and not just half of it then you can certainly play a hand that has high potential only because of the fact that there may be no qualifying low.

Winning the entire pot is called “scooping” and this is really where you make your money in O/8. But as a follow on to the subject of just having a bare ace deuce working for you and nothing else, not only do we have the very distinct possibility of getting quartered as was explained earlier but also the very real chance of getting your hand counterfeited. Let us say that the flop comes 8-7-4 giving you the nut low but then an ace comes on the turn….oh dear oh dear, look what has happened to your lovely nuts!

Carl Sampson is a professional poker player who plays online at www.888poker.com

The Cadillac of Poker

As a ten year almost full time poker player then I have often been asked which is the most demanding form of poker. For me there is only one and that is NLHE when played with a deep stack. It just adds so much complexity to the game that many novice and even intermediate players never really figure the game out.

It combines bookmaking skills as well because you will be constantly taking and laying odds all the time in no limit. These days I play on sites like 888 poker for the volume of action and I am amazed at how many mistakes I see even at levels as high as NL100 which is $0.50-$1.00.

Also there is one other very important factor as well and that is to do with the fact that HE is a two card game. While you may be wondering what on earth I am talking about here then let me explain. The fact that NLHE is only played with two starting cards instead of four like in Omaha means that hitting the flop is much more difficult. All of the players know this and so each player then knows that the other is unlikely to have connected. So it then becomes much easier to launch big bluffs and re-bluffs in this form of poker unlike in say limit or PLO.

This fact of the game can make it very difficult for some aggressive types once they reach a certain level of sophistication. I have known many players who simply spewed buy-in after buy-in away by being too aggressive in the wrong set of circumstances. One slight moment of indiscipline is really all it takes in NLHE and your stack is history.

So for me then there is really no comparison. I have played every form of poker known to man but NLHE is the most difficult to master but it also can be the most financially rewarding as well.

Carl Sampson is a professional poker player who plays online at www.888poker.com

The merits of online multi-tabling

I was recently having a discussion with another poker player about the merits of playing online poker and multi-tabling. To play multiple tables then you are going to have to do so with a reduced edge on sites like 888 and abide by the rules  so to speak. This is the norm for a player playing too many tables. A player that was crushing his level may do so for 15bb/100 at the lower levels although this certainly isn’t the norm.

However if you are only playing two tables and only seeing 140 hands per hour then this means that this player will make around 21bb/hour. At NL100 this will be $21 per hour and that is no small change in that game. Another player may be beating the game for 5bb/100 but playing eight tables and seeing 560 hands per hour. This equates to 28bb/hour and so is $28/hour. I think that the earn rates need to be scaled down these days in all online levels and I for one now see many players on sites like Full Tilt Poker making around £15 per hour which is around $22/hour.

What you need to remember is that making anything at all is seriously bucking the trend these days. Playing poker for a living isn’t about making correct decisions all the time. It is about making correct decisions most of the time. Fortunately in games like full ring then this is easier to do than in other forms of poker simply because you spend so much time folding. Making money in online poker is about having a strategy that isn’t weak and exploiting holes in your opponent’s strategy. This is why the best opponents in online poker are the ones that allow you to dominate their strategy.

Good opponents will tend not to allow you to do this but bad opponents will allow you to get the better of them. Maybe not in big pots but certainly in small pots. When players place a certain number of big blinds into the pot then they tend to not let the hand go for several reasons. Firstly they have already placed a significant percentage of their stack into the middle and secondly they could actually pick off a bluff if you happen to have nothing. So the combination of them possibly having the best hand and you bluffing makes them call.

So you should be on the right side of most of the big pot situations if you play carefully enough. However under no circumstances should you expect your opponents to fold hands like two pairs and sets unless the board is really scary like with four to a flush or straight for example and even then many of them may decide to pick off your bluff. So don’t be looking to force big lay downs when your opponents have gone past a certain point as this will simply not happen.

For example if you 3/bet aggressively pre-flop and see the flop heads up with the 10h-9h. The flop comes Jh-7c-5s and your opponent check-raises you on this board. Your opponent has now placed money into the pot on four occasions with the pre-flop raise and call and the call and raise of your c-bet. This means that an all-in shove will likely get called.

Carl Sampson is a professional poker player who plays online at www.888poker.com

The SNIPER professional poker coaching and staking partnership

My name is Carl Sampson and a few of you may be already aware of my pen name of “The Dean” as I have authored several books on gambling and written for numerous main poker magazines in the past like the WPT and Bluff Europe and hundreds of websites. I am currently a poker pro at 888 and you can see my blog at http://pokerworld.pacificpoker.com/pokerblogs I would now like to announce a project that I have been working on for quite some time in connection with Poker Pro Europe and Online Poker Pro magazines that I currently write for.

 
This is “Project Poker Pro” or in other words, a coaching program that is designed by me to try and convert one hundred people into being winning poker players using the very same system that I use and have used for many years…….a system that I affectionately call “The Sniper”.

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Hopefully some of the students will be so successful that they become fully fledged poker pros’ and the ones that do well will be featured in either of these two widespread and widely read poker magazines.

 
I am now taking inquiries from interested parties who would be willing to strike up a deal with a professional poker player and coach to be coached and then staked to play cash games. There will be an initial sign-up fee and that is both for my time and for access to the Sniper program and course lessons as well as permanent ongoing back up. This is also to show commitment and to prevent people from simply “stealing” the course data.

 
Permanent Back Up

 
Also I am available 24/7 to answer questions on the course and also to provide back up for any poker related questions full stop after the sign up process and coaching begins.

 
This in my opinion makes the sign-up fee almost irrelevant as I wish that I would have had the advantage of working with a professional poker player years ago instead of buying countless books and going down numerous blind alleys, it is also rather unique to be able to work with a professional player and coach in this way on a permanent basis and so this project brings a lot of new things to the table as it were.

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So the initial sign up to come on board with Project Poker Pro gets you access to the program and being able to work with me, access to the 155k word Sniper documents which will give you the entire blueprint for no limit hold’em cash games including my unique FERN and WOM systems for hand reading.

 
Also the student gets 24/7 back up while all the time being coached to a level where I will then stake them when the correct stage is reached. The staking will go up to a maximum of 2000USD for the players that show the most maturity and the most talent.

 
Hard Work and Desire

 
However these two requirements are not just what I am looking for. I am looking for commitment and the desire to not only play poker but to immerse yourself within the game totally. These are the types of players that I want to work with and we then enter a new phase where players are playing on my money and I get a percentage split of the winnings. I also need to say that in no way is this connected to 888 and players are at liberty to play poker wherever they wish and at what times they choose.

 
So you can see that I have total confidence in my methods and system and I am prepared to put my money where my mouth is and who can argue with that? However I only have so much time in any one day and I work on my own and so I cannot take on loads of students at any one time. So now can you see that I am looking for people to be committed into not just playing poker but also studying and wanting to better themselves as players?

 
Being Flexible to Suit You

 
I also understand that many peoples’ lives simply do not allow for such total commitment and so anyone that merely wants to purchase Sniper and the coaching but without wanting the commitment of the staking afterwards then I am cool with that.
It is a totally flexible operation but if I am going to tie up a potential 2000USD of my money in somebody then that somebody needs to be playing poker with that money and for at least 15 hours per week.

 
That should be plain to understand but anyone that wants further details then simply e-mail me at sharkpooldean@yahoo.co.uk in the first instance to express an interest in either the Sniper professional poker system and or the combined system/coaching and staking on Project Poker Pro.

 
Look forward to hearing from you.
Carl

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