Poker Strategy

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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  • General Concepts & Commentary (20)
  • 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)
  • Poker Theory (20)
  • Poker Tips for Beginners (9)
  • Poker Tournament Strategy (26)
  • Pot Limit Omaha (49)
  • Short-Handed Texas Holdem (4)



  • 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.
    More Poker Lessons From My Daughter

    More Poker Lessons From My Daughter

    The expertise involved with calculating odds, surmising hand strength with incomplete information, negotiating with bluffers, and staying within a bankroll all offer lessons that my daughters will eventually learn to apply to other aspects of their life journeys. In this world, I think those are especially valuable lessons and applications for women to have learned.
    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.
    Beginner Poker Mistakes : Misunderstood Concepts

    Beginner Poker Mistakes : Misunderstood Concepts

    As I sift through the ITH forums, it seems there is a recurring theme, whereby beginning to intermediate players make play errors due to misunderstanding certain concepts. After a long time noticing this, I thought it was time to compile an explanation for some of the most commonly misunderstood concepts in poker.
    Poker Tilt Tips : Your Guilty Conscience

    Poker Tilt Tips : Your Guilty Conscience

    Back in the late 90’s, before he became sidetracked with writing songs about Michael Jackson, George Bush and vomit, Eminem released a catchy song entitled ‘Guilty Conscience’. It was a song about the two voices that talk to you, one ‘bad voice’ (played by Eminem) representing temptation to commit crime or do what is wrong and one ‘good voice’ (played by Dr Dre) representing logic, reason and morality.
    Re-buy Tournament Strategy

    Re-buy Tournament Strategy

    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).
    Fixing World Series of Poker Structures for PLO

    Fixing World Series of Poker Structures for PLO

    Pot-limit Omaha players are getting shortchanged - A few issues ago in my column on the bankroll schedule for pot-limit Omaha, I mentioned that while a typical buy-in for no-limit hold'em might be 100 big blinds, in order to be reasonably deep in pot-limit Omaha, you should buy in for more like 150 times the big blind.
    The Basic Floats in PLO

    The Basic Floats in PLO

    Naked, weak-stab, and semibluff In my last column, I discussed the basics of floating in pot-limit Omaha (PLO) and identified the key indicators - the weak stab, the continuation-bet, and a possible steal bet - that a float may be in order.
    The Many Faces of Poker Tilt

    The Many Faces of Poker Tilt

      While many players will tell you that they never go on tilt, this is rarely (if ever) true. What they probably mean is they never notice they are going on tilt and/or they don’t tilt very badly.
    How Not to Tilt

    How Not to Tilt

    Across different poker games, there is one thing that can be counted on: there will be players going on tilt. One often hears hold’em players complaining about losing large pots on the river (“oh man, another suckout, I can’t believe this”).
    PLO Quiz

    PLO Quiz

    Playing with the initiative, making a combination-call, and value-betting the river - It's a five-handed 50¢-$1 pot-limit Omaha game online (six-max).
    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.
    Shorthanded Pot-Limit Omaha

    Shorthanded Pot-Limit Omaha

    The five biggest mistakes that average players make Editor's note: What follows is a special excerpt from Jeff Hwang's upcoming book, tentatively titled Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: Advanced Play Vol.
    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.
    Three-Betting Preflop

    Three-Betting Preflop

    Marginal Hands - This is the fourth column in a series that highlights some of the hands discussed in the new book Winning Poker Tournaments One Hand at a Time, Volume II, by Eric “Rizen” Lynch, Jon “PearlJammer” Turner, and Jon “Apestyles” Van Fleet.
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