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Hand Review: Bluffing Dutchman Jasper Meijer van Putten Executes Another

During heads-up play at the EPT Prague Main Event, Jasper Meijer van Putten boldly bluffs in a hand where both he and his opponent are playing the board.

Three Ways to Respond Versus a Table Full of Limpers

What's the best approach versus a table full of limpers? Here are three ways of responding, all of which involve taking advantage of others' passivity.

How to Play Middle Pair Versus a Straighforward Opponent

Jonathan Little analyzes a tournament hand in which he flops middle pair versus a straightforward opponent and has to decide how best to extract value.

How to Play Top Pair, Top Kicker on a Coordinated Board

Hand analysis: Jonathan Little makes top pair, top kicker but might be beaten.

Five Factors to Consider When Blind Stealing in Tournaments

An important element of a successful tournament strategy.

Jonathan Little Rivers a Straight and Faces a Bet -- Raise or Call?

Poker coach and author Jonathan Little analyzes an interesting river decision from early in a World Poker Tour event.

Jonathan Little Flops Set But Faces Shove on Straight Board

Jonathan Little reviews a tourney hand in which he flops a set, but an opponent bets all three streets including shoving the river with a straight possible.

Replacing Mistakes with Mistakes in Poker

Nate Meyvis (Thinking Poker Podcast) discusses how poker learning often works, with players correcting earlier mistakes only to replace them with new ones.

Five Great Ways to Induce Action in Your Home Game

Sometimes home poker games become "rock fests" full of nitty players. Here are five ways to get action going and help make the game more fun and inviting.

Your Opponent Is a Maniac: How Far Do You Go With Pocket Jacks?

Normally you want to avoid huge all-in confrontations with pocket jacks, but if your opponent is a maniac you may have to rethink, says Jonathan Little.

How Wide of a Range Do You Call All In Against a Tight Opponent?

Jonathan Little reviews a hand from a European Poker Tour Main Event involving deep stacks, premium starting hands, and a lot of preflop reraising.

Hand Review: Matt Affleck Leads the Flop with a Set

Hand analysis: After flopping a set versus David Vamplew, Matt Affleck chooses to lead the flop rather than check in this PokerStars Festival NJ hand.

Is He Bluffing? Brian Rast Suspects Anatoly Filatov's River Bet in GPL Playoffs

The Global Poker League Eurasia Conference finals produced some interesting poker, including this Game 7 hand in which Anatoly Filatov bluffed Brian Rast.

Using PokerStars Tools To Your Advantage

A look at some of the many tools available within the PokerStars client that can help you improve as a player and gain an edge on your opponents.

"This Was a Fun Hand": Mike McDonald vs. Jonathan Jaffe in GPL Playoffs

A fun hand between Mike McDonald and Jonathan Jaffe in the Global Poker League playoffs involves value betting, slow playing, hand reading, and more.

How to Play -- or Not to Play -- from the Small Blind

A discussion of small blind strategy in no-limit hold'em, pointing out the temptations of playing from the SB and the pitfalls that can arise when you do.

Saving a Few Behind: Jonathan Little Makes a Not-Quite All-In River Bet

Poker pro, coach, and author Jonathan Little analyzes a hand from an EPT Main Event in which he decided to make a not-quite all-in bet on the river.

Advice from Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald: "This Doesn't Work Live!"

Alex "Assassinato" Fitzgerald explains how to go about assessing and using opponents' ranges when playing live -- it's not as hard as you might think.

Hand Analysis: You River the Nuts -- Bet Big or Small?

Jonathan Little analyzes a hand from a European Poker Tour event in which he rivers the nuts and has to decide how big or little to bet for value.

Big Problems in Hold'em with "Big Card" Hands

Getting dealt two Broadway cards is often encouragement to get involved, but a lot of these "big card" hands can cause big problems if you're not careful.

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