One of the most common questions I get asked by my readers is which strategy should they use to build their bankroll. Building a bankroll involves understanding key poker and economic principles, and a hell of a strong work ethic but most poker players never crack the code.

Consistently building a bankroll, and thus allowing yourself to play in higher and higher stakes, is in my opinion the best way to approach the game of poker but how can one develop this mindset and approach?

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Poker is a game that I love very much but unfortunately poker has a dark side.

When you have dedicated as many hours to this game as I have you’ve seen your fair share of the evil that poker can bring out of people.

Before I dive into some of my experiences it’s important for me to say that I don’t think that poker in of itself is evil. Poker is nothing more than a card game. It is people who decide to behave in certain ways which ends up tarnishing a beautiful game.

This is the first post in a number of posts I plan to write which will tell some of the darker stories from my experiences playing this game over the last 8 years.

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It is a winning poker players job to maximize their hourly win rate. There are many ways to do this, by playing at a set time to maintaining your A-game in soft games.

There are also a number of tactics and strategic concepts that winning players need to implement during their sessions in order to beat the game. In this post I cover 3 advanced concepts that winning players should consider when playing in games full of fishy players.
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Imagine I bet you and a group of your friends $10,000 that you couldn’t win a soccer game against another team. Imagine I gave you the option to play against one of two teams, the first team is made up of 10 year olds and the second is the first team of your local high school. Even though it might hurt your pride a bit to play against 10 year olds, you wouldn’t risk losing the bet with that amount of money on the line. Your line of thinking in this imaginary situation is as follows, “since the combined skill level of my friends and I are superior to the combined skill level of the 10 year olds we are more likely to win the bet”. Every time you sit down in a poker game you need to make the same type of bet with yourself.

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Big pocket pairs (AA, KK and QQ) are always fun to play because the majority of the time you are scooping a pot by the end of the hand. When comparing AA to the rest of the hands in holdem there is a significant difference in performance but most players play AA too aggressively and end up costing themselves additional profit.

In this post I will answer a number of common questions on AA, KK and other premium hands. If you have any follow up questions to my answers in this post then please write them in the comments section. Let’s begin.

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Beating the game of poker, and consistently moving up in stakes is a long, complicated process. Like they say, “if it was easy everyone would do it” but the reality is that only a small percentage of dedicated poker players reach their dream of dominating the mid or high-stakes games.

There are a wide range of factors why most players never make it to the top of the mountain but this post focuses on 4 of these reasons.

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A few weeks ago I played in a live poker game which ended up being a really great night for me for a number of reasons. The first and most obvious was that I ended up a massive winner in the game. The second reason was the psychological manipulation I was able to inflect on my opponents during the game thanks to a single outlier hand which happened early in the session

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Since first starting to play poker over seven years ago I’ve experienced what I estimate to be over 200 live poker sessions. Almost all of these sessions have been home games with Texas Holdem being the game of choice. During these sessions I’ve learnt a thing or two about being prepared for the game from a psychological, logistical and financial perspective.

The aim of this post is to cover all of these lessons so that you can be more prepared for your next live poker session.

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