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Welcome to our Poker Strategy Articles section. Poker is a game of strategy. Anyone that tells you differently is ignorant or a losing poker player. If you study the game and the strategies, you will understand the tactics to becoming a winning player, improve your game, and ultimately win money. We at ITH have accumulated the most comprehensive collection of texas holdem articles to help you learn, gain confidence and most importantly WIN.

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  • Limit Texas Holdem (18)
  • No Limit Holdem (3)
  • Omaha Hi-Lo (7)
  • Poker Charts (1)
  • Poker Odds & Expected Value (6)
  • Poker Psychology (14)
  • Poker Tells (4)
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  • Poker Tips for Beginners (9)
  • Poker Tournament Strategy (26)
  • Pot Limit Omaha (49)
  • Short-Handed Texas Holdem (4)



  • The Combo Float

    The Combo Float

    Floating with part made hand, part draw, and part air - A lot of times, you will find yourself floating with part made hand, part draw, and part air.
    Some Pot-Limit Omaha Hands

    Some Pot-Limit Omaha Hands

    A strategy analysis - Here are a few hands from the regular $1-$2 blinds, $5 bring-in, $500 max buy-in pot-limit Omaha game that a few locals and I started recently at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
    Following Through in PLO

    Following Through in PLO

    The betting machine - Editor’s note: What follows is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang’s book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha: Small Ball and Short-Handed Play.
    PLO Practice-Hand Quiz No. 1

    PLO Practice-Hand Quiz No. 1

    An interesting, complex hand What follows is the first of what likely will be a series of pot-limit Omaha (PLO) practice-hand quizzes, similar to those found in my book, Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy.
    The Resteal Float

    The Resteal Float

    Floating back at a floater Occasionally, when you bet from late position, a player who suspects a steal may try to float you from out of position by calling your bet and then betting out on the turn.
    Turbo SNG Tips

    Turbo SNG Tips

    Turbos have taken off lately due to their reputation as a quick and exciting way to play tournament poker. In this two-part article, I’ll explain how to adapt your game as you move through the blind levels of a Turbo SNG.
    Poker Emotions : Is Poker Controlling You?

    Poker Emotions : Is Poker Controlling You?

    Anyway, something that really stood out to me was a subject that had nothing to do with actual trading: most of these rare extremely successful traders (including the ones who had families) were completely immersed in the world of the markets. A lot of them were into currencies or foreign markets and would often be in and out of bed during the middle of the night as they glued themselves to their monitors.
    Pot-Limit Omaha Hand Quiz 3

    Pot-Limit Omaha Hand Quiz 3

    Big-blind-versus-small-blind play, small ball, floating, and the bluff-raise - What follows is a special preview from Jeff’s book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha Volume II: LAG Play.
    Tough Limit Holdem Strategy

    Tough Limit Holdem Strategy

    We all have an idea of the archetypical bad limit hold’em player or ‘fish’ as they are often called. They are very loose, very passive, chase terrible draws, don’t value bet or protect their hand enough etc.
    The Realities of a Re-buy Tournament

    The Realities of a Re-buy Tournament

    One of the most important things to keep in mind while playing an R&A tournament is that the first hour offers a very different style of play than just about any other possible Hold ‘em table. Typically, you’ll have a fair share of opponents playing a loose/super-aggressive style (LAGs).
    PLO Quiz 2

    PLO Quiz 2

    Wrap, bare nut straight heads up - It's a 50¢-$1 pot-limit Omaha (PLO) game on the electronic poker tables at Excalibur in Las Vegas, and you are playing heads up.
    Pot-Limit Omaha: The PokerTek Angle

    Pot-Limit Omaha: The PokerTek Angle

    The future of Las Vegas pot-limit Omaha - Last issue, I mentioned the 50¢-$1 ($100 minimum/$200 maximum) pot-limit Omaha (PLO) game I am hosting on PokerTek's electronic poker tables (PokerPro) in the fully automated poker room at Excalibur in Las Vegas.
    The Nut-Flush Draw

    The Nut-Flush Draw

    A strong pot-limit Omaha hand - Editor’s note: What follows is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang’s book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha: Small Ball and Short-Handed Play.
    PLO Quiz 3

    PLO Quiz 3

    A low SPR situation - Excerpt from Jeff’s book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha Volume II: LAG Play and The Short-Handed Workbook.
    Seat Selection in PLO

    Seat Selection in PLO

    Guidelines - Editor’s note: What follows is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang’s book, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha: Small Ball and Short-Handed Play.
    PLO Quiz 4

    PLO Quiz 4

    Playing from the Mississippi straddle, bottom set, value-betting the river - Preflop: It’s a $5-$5-$10 game with a Mississippi straddle.
    When to Raise Draws for Value

    When to Raise Draws for Value

    When and when not to do so Editor's note: This column is an excerpt from the, expanded edition of Internet Texas Hold'em: Winning Strategies for Full-Ring and Short-Handed Games. It includes a new chapter on playing multiway pots, as well as two new chapters for shorthanded games.
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