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An hour of free tuition from Ike Haxton

Do you remember teaching friends or family, maybe around a jammed kitchen table, how to play poker? Things that were simple to you, like three-of-a-kind beating two-pair, were new and wondrous to your students. It was exciting for them. Now then, you have a chance to be on that enamoured side with an hour of free tuition from poker boss Ike Haxton. The Team PokerStars Online hot shot took Felix "xflixx" Schneiders under his wing for some insightful drill-down No-Limit Hold'em short-handed tuition. If you're currently playing at the I've-got-this-and-they-might-have-that...more

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Why it pays to learn all the poker games


For along time the the only poker I played was Texas Hold'em cash games. It was pretty much 99% of what I played, then, from somewhere, I developed the urge to see something other than two hole cards on my computer screen. Strategies may vary in Hold'em according to my...more

Watch Agrobot_338Z win the Sunday Million for $224,550

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We told you yesterday that Agrobot_338Z had performed an incredible double by winning $225,000 scores in back-to-back weekends. The low stakes player started by coming second in the Red Spade Open for $225,689, after taking the largest chunk of a five-way deal. This weekend Agrobot_338Z followed it up by winning...more

The Bonus Cut: Daniel Negreanu explains...


Daniel Negreanu recently won the WSOP Player of the Year title in style after winning the WSOPE Main Event for €725,000. That win brought his live poker tournament winnings to an incredible $19,549,210. The guy knows how to play poker and if you want to understand how to think about...more

PokerStars Strategy: Sweatin' at the PCA


The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is little more than two months away (January 5-13). That still means that you've got plenty of time to qualify. Here's a top five video that should be inspirational as well as educational, not to mention pretty funny in a couple of spots too. By use...more

Improve your poker game today!


Let's face it, we've all been there; the bad beats, the misreads and the times where we got our chips in good when we thought we were ahead only to find our opponent turns over a 'ludicrous' starting hand for the bankroll-denting nuts. But were they all bad beats? Was...more

PokerStars Strategy: John Juanda gets owned by Bruno 'Kool Shen' Lopes


The EPT TV shows have to squeeze in a lot of poker action, condensing hours of play into just 48 minutes. But that does mean that you get the pick of the bunch when it comes to big names and crazy hands. This one is particularly good because, well, how...more

PokerStars Strategy: Beware the shaking hand (even at the PCA)


Almost everyone in the game knows the shaking hand rule in poker. It doesn't mean that the player is nervous, it means that the adrenaline coursing through your opponent's body is too much to control because they've hit an enormous hand in a big pot. Now, with experienced players, the...more

Decision Hell 101: Joel Micka vs The Grinder


Welcome to today's strategy course: Decision Hell 101. It's here we ask, if in the middle of your own personal Decision Hell, what would you do? I am no poker expert. I don't claim to be and never have. That said, I do play and I have found myself in...more

PokerStars Strategy: Test yourself with the Couch Cannons


How would you fare in a high stakes cash game against some of the best players in the world? We're not able to buy you into the game unfortunately (or we'd be doing that ourselves) but we can sweat some hands for you. Would you play the hands the same...more

PokerStars Strategy: Phil Ivey shows how small mistakes can blow up


Let's face it, the likes of Phil Ivey are a breed apart. They've won millions, have mastered stares that can turn marines into blubbing bundles of nerves, and approach poker in a way that's not easy to break down. It's all circles within circles upon levels within circles. In other...more

PokerStars strategy: You know what? Sometimes they have it


It's so easy to believe you're being bluffed and pay people off. There was a flush draw and they could have been betting it right? Well, yes, they could. They could also have been betting sets, two pairs, straights and made flushes. Maybe, just maybe, your hand isn't good. But...more

PokerStars Strategy: Lessons in cold four-betting with Faraz-eezing Jaka


Great tournaments call for great plays, and the EPT 8 Grand Final in Monte Carlo was no exception. With €1,350,000 for the win and 665 talent-laden runners battling, you didn't have to wait too long for some memorable plays to be made. This featured cold four-bet by Faraz Jaka on...more

Poker Strategy: Kyle Julius shows why block betting can get you in trouble


Kyle 'KJulius10' Julius and the Sunday Million have a relationship like few others, yet theirs is not always a happy marriage. After winning poker's biggest weekly tournament in 2012, Julius was more bridesmaid than groom when he lost out to Estonia's 'parmupilll' heads-up earlier this year. But thanks to one...more

Poker Strategy: Let's talk about Heads Up!


Hi everybody! Taking the cue from the interesting video that recently appeared on PokerNews Italia in which three major heads up players suggest some starting points to reflect upon this speciality, I also wish to analyze the theory of heads up tournaments to express my personal view. Among poker tournaments,...more

Watch the EPT Barcelona Super High Roller

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If you had a spare €50,000 at EPT Barcelona you could have played the EPT Super High Roller and it could have been you calling the Chris Moorman five-bet shove with seven-high. But, alas, for the time being you'll have to settle for watching the action instead. Big names, big...more

PokerStars Strategy: Learn to smash it like Sami 'Lrslzk' Kelopuro


Sami 'Lrslzk' Kelopuro sits alongside Ilari Sahamies as one of the most feared Finnish players around. A player better known for being a resident in the nosebleed cash games, Kelopuro also has plenty of tournament talent to bring to the table. The Finn won the 2011 SCOOP Main Event for...more

PokerStars Strategy: Astounding! Want to know how Phil 'philbort' Gruissem smashes High Rollers?

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Phil 'philbort' Gruissem has an astonishing record of results in High Roller tournaments (as do many of the German elite players). Really, you should check it out. Gruissem has clocked up $3,985,562 in live tournament wins and most of that has come from these big buy-in tournaments. Phil Gruissem: 'I...more

PokerStars Strategy: Getting value the Mercier way


An alternate title: Why checking back when you hit is a bad idea You've three-bet with K♣T♣ and get called by the original raiser, an aggro loose so-and-so who is liable to get involved with all kinds of hands. The flop is 5♠5♥7♥. You bet and get called. You're almost...more

PokerStars Strategy: Turning top pair into a bluff and why sets suck


When you've got top pair and you decide to raise you should always be doing it for value, right? No. Then to get 'information'? Most definitely not. Wash your mouth out immediately. Okay, to explain why you might sometimes want to turn your top pair into a bluff on the...more

PokerStars Strategy: Hellmuth vs Stern (and the table)


Poor old Phil Hellmuth. Does he really deserve this level of grief? Not only does he get torn to pieces by Dani Stern, no little thanks to a certain turned straight, but the rest of the table (Eugene Katchalov, Daniel Negreanu, Jason Mercier and Prahlad Friedman) dissect Phil's play away...more

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