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)



  • 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.
    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.
    Poker Bankroll Strategy : Wipeout

    Poker Bankroll Strategy : Wipeout

    It is not a comfortable thought, but every poker player might one day have to deal with the possibility of losing their entire bankroll. There are a number of ways that this might happen, but essentially it will boil down to one of the following:
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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 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.
    Why Every Poker Player is Unlucky

    Why Every Poker Player is Unlucky

    I have spent a lot of time in these columns talking about bad beats, downswings and tilt, which are all related to luck, but sometimes it pays to take a step back and look at the more fundamental question. What exactly constitutes luck 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
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