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Reading Draws And Outs Part

Improving your starting hole cards specifically has to do with draws and the outs needed to complete drawing hands.

The Deck of Cards

An in depth visual explanation of a standard deck of cards.

Poker Hand Rankings

Hand rankings are one of the most important parts of any poker game.  

The Kicker Card

Kicker cards are especially important in Texas Hold ‘Em.

Where Skill Meets Luck

Poker is like most games where skill alone is rarely enough to win. 

Betting and Betting Rounds

What separates beginners from pros?

The Button and the Blinds

The button and blinds and what these vital elements to poker mean are discussed in detail here.

Beginning Overview

This lesson lays the groundwork for winning poker: a strict focus on three main elements of poker: position, cards, and opponents.

The Button, Position and Flow of the Game

What the dealer button is.

Hole Card Groupings (Starting Hands)

In Texas Hold ‘Em, each player starts with only two cards, the hole cards. 

Ten Best Starting Hands

An in depth look at the ten best starting hands, ..

Overvaluing Your Hand

Statistical losing hands.

Pre-Flop: Hole Cards and Position

Examining the strength of your hole cards relative to your position at the table should be the beginning of your strategy in poke here.

Improving Hands

The strength of your starting hole cards will either increase or decrease after the Flop, the Turn, and the River.

Reading Draws and Outs

Improving your starting hole cards specifically has to do with "draws" and the "outs" needed to complete drawing hands.  .

Reading Board Texture (The Nuts)

In broad terms, board texture defines the relationship between your hole cards and the community cards on the Board.

Pre-Flop Betting Strategy

Many Hold ‘Em hands are won or lost before the Flop is ever shown.

Flop Betting Strategy

The Flop is turned over - three community cards are dealt; each player now has three more cards to make the best possible poker hand.

Turn Betting Strategy

If you have stayed in the hand past the flop, you likely have decent hole cards that may have improved on the Flop.

River Betting Strategy

After the River card is dealt, there is no more guesswork as to what your hand might be. .  

Introduction to Pot Odds

Pot odds are simply the comparison of two things:  Investment and Reward. 

All-In

The most powerful weapon in Texas Hold 'Em is the all-in bet. Watch this video for an explanation of when to consider using this high-risk high-reward action.

Isolating Opponents

One sure sign that your poker skills are improving is when you can successfully “isolate” your opponents...

Chip Stack Consideration

The size of your chip stack makes a big difference in how you play the game...

Opening a Hand With a Raise

Being the first player to open a hand with a raise can sometimes be a better strategy than just calling the big blind...

Pre-Flop Middle Position Betting

This lesson about Pre-Flop: Middle Position is part two of a three part series.

Pre-Flop Late Position Betting

This lesson about Pre-Flop: Late Position is part three of a three part series.

Outs, Draws and Basic Odds

This video compiles some key concepts to help the intermediate poker player make crucial decisions...

Pot Odds Continued

This video expounds on some beginner Pot Odds concepts...

Flopping a Drawing Hand

What does it mean to being drawing after the flop...?

Flopping Middle Pair

Some factors to consider before you decide to call, raise, or fold with a hand like middle pair are discussed...

Flopping a Monster Hand; Flopping The Nuts

The difference between “the nuts” and “a monster” is subtle but important...  

Missing The Flop

“Missing the Flop” simply means you don’t get the cards you’re looking for on the Flop...

Facing a Raise or a Re-Raise

You have three options in the face of a raise or re-raise: Fold, call or re-raise.  Your actions depend on several factors which are addressed in this lesson...  

Heads Up Play

This lesson outlines how the game of poker changes in a Heads Up (one-on-one) context. 

Reading Players Online

Tells in poker are little clues that poker players give off (usually unconsciously) that may help tip you off about what they are holding.

The Flop: Early Position Betting

This lesson about The Flop: Early Position is part one of a three part series.

The Flop: Middle Position Betting

This lesson about The Flop: Middle Position is part two of a three part series.

The Flop: Late Position Betting

This lesson about The Flop: Late Position is part three of a three part series.

Betting Strategies: The Turn and River

This video discusses some winning strategies for playing on the Turn in No Limit, Fixed Limit, and Pot Limit games.  

Common Mistakes On The River

This video addresses common mistakes that we need to avoid in the last betting round...  

Check-Raising

This lesson outlines this basic betting action and what makes it work...

Folding in All Stages

Folding isn’t about giving up – it’s about minimizing your losses...

Tilt

Tilt means you have allowed emotions to overcome your ability to play well...

Equity vs. Opponent Range

One of the CardGenius Mentors presents a hand from a live $1/$2 deep stacked game for analysis...

Advanced Heads-Up Betting

Bishop, a CardGenius Mentor, discusses the variables to consider for the Pre-Flop raiser in position...  

Reading Board Texture

In broad terms, board texture defines the relationship between your hole cards and the community cards on the Board.

Cooler and Overvaluing Your Hands

Cooler and overvaluing your Hands - Statistical losing hands.

Opening a Hand with a Raise

Being the first player to open a hand with a raise can sometimes be a better strategy than just calling the big blind. 

Flopping a Draw

Because there are so many random hole card combinations, the flop brings poker players numerous possibilities.  On many occasions, we will have flopped "drawing hands". 

Check-Raising for Value

What does it mean to "Check-Raise"?  When can check raising be effective as a bluff?  When can it be used to set a trap?  

Ace Rag Hands

Ace-Rag hole cards consisting of an Ace and a low-ranking card – can be troublesome. 

Super Turbo Sit-N-Go Format

The CardGenius Mentors discuss the High Stakes Super Turbo SNG Format: 

Middle Tournament

The CardGenius Mentors discuss Middle Tournament dynamics in the High Stakes Super Turbo SNG Format.

Late Tournament

The CardGenius Mentors discuss Late Tournament dynamics in the High Stakes Super Turbo SNG Format.

Raising

The CardGenius Mentors discuss Raising in the High Stakes Super Turbo SNG Format.

Limping

The CardGenius Mentors discuss "Limping" in the High Stakes Super Turbo SNG format.

Profitable Call Ranges

A Mentor discusses "profitable call ranges" in a high stakes super turbo Sit N Go.

The Online Poker Environment

Two Mentors discuss some of the ins and outs of playing online: importance of taking notes, playing against the pros, the relevance of player nationalities, and even choosing an avatar.

Floating The Flop

Bluffing is obviously a key element to winning poker.  As we progress in our playing we begin to learn some more advanced bluffing strategies.   "Floating" is one of them. 

A Tough Decision Post Flop

"A Tough Decision Post Flop" places the intermediate player in a card example that calls for some challenging decision making. 

Three Dimensions of Thought

"Three Dimensions of Thought" uses a hand example as a broad outline into the various mindsets of the poker player as he or she progresses from beginner through the more advanced levels. 

Advanced Pre-Flop Raising

Any betting action in poker should serve some kind of well-defined purpose, and this is especially true when raising. 

Online Side Pots

  An easy to understand explination of online side pots     

Limit Hold'em Auto-Bettors

Auto-betting is a style that you may encounter when you play Limit Hold 'Em, but especially in heads up play. 

Donk Betting vs. Check Raising

This lesson describes in detail some betting actions for the advanced player to consider in the flop betting round...  

Playing AK Aggressively

The starting hand of Ace-King is obviously a premium holding.  But since they are the best hole cards that do not consist of a pair, many players do not understand this starting hand's overall value, and misplay it.

Knowing your Pot Equity

Equity is a basic poker concept, and it means a player's expected share of the pot. 

Bubble Play

In tournament hold 'em, bubble play refers to the period right before the prize structure, when only a minimal amount of players exist that need to get knocked out before the payouts begin. 

Isolating on the Button

You learn very early on in poker that using position is critical to success.  Many players capitalize on this concept by isolating in position, but especially on the button. 

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