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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  • 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)



  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Raising Draws for Value in Limit Holdem

    Raising Draws for Value in Limit Holdem

    I read a lot of hand examples and answer a lot of questions in the poker forum at my website, and there are some common errors that I consistently see. Beginning poker players, and even some players with a decent amount of experience, have misconceptions on when they should raise and when they should call.
    The Power of the Big Draw

    The Power of the Big Draw

    When stacks are deep, the drawing hand has all of the power Editor's note: What follows is an edited excerpt from Jeff Hwang's recently released book Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: The Big Play Strategy.
    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.
    Omaha Hi-Lo Tips : Beyond Basic Omaha

    Omaha Hi-Lo Tips : Beyond Basic Omaha

    So you’ve mastered the basics. You understand the nature of the game, starting hand qualities, the importance of position, how high and low possibilities affect your pot odds, why a dry A2 is not the second coming…etc.
    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”).
    C-Bet Frequency in PLO

    C-Bet Frequency in PLO

    It depends largely on your opponent - What follows is an excerpt from Jeff’s books, Advanced Pot-Limit Omaha Volume II: LAG Play and The Short-Handed Workbook.
    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.
    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 Reverse Float

    The Reverse Float

    Floating from out of position Editor's note: The following is from Jeff Hwang's upcoming book, Pot-Limit Omaha Poker: Advanced Play.
    Selecting Good Poker Tables : Finding the Best Fish

    Selecting Good Poker Tables : Finding the Best Fish

    If you want to really excel at the poker tables, then the "need for action" that a lot of us have must be contained while you patiently look for a group that appears to have as many loose/poor players as possible. This reminds me of something that I read in a Doyle Brunson book (the man is such a great poker player....
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
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