Bluefire Poker Articles

Mid to High Stakes: Open Your Mind

By:
PhilGalfond
Dated:
04 Oct, 2009
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  Written by: Phil Galfond So, you’ve gotten to the level where you can consistently beat online $3/6NL cash games. You’ve studied the game and put in plenty of hours to get there. Congratulations, that isn’t easy. You take a look up at the $25/50 games and you realize that most of those guy... Read More →

Nat Arem Interview

By:
Admin
Dated:
17 May, 2009
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  One of the things you're known for is creating thepokerdb.  Tell us about the process of doing the pokerdb. Was this your first business venture?    Nat: I suppose it was my first poker business venture.  I'd previously run an eBay business but that wasn't at all related to poker.   It arose... Read More →

Hand Reading

By:
NimanKenkre
Dated:
20 Jan, 2009
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When one tries to read an opponent’s hand on the river, it is of paramount importance to consider his play throughout the entire hand.  I often see players misinterpret their opponent’s river action when in fact, if they were to reconstruct the hand from the beginning, the correct play would be... Read More →

VPIP, Winrate and Strategy

By:
RyanFee
Dated:
31 Dec, 2008
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VPIP is a statistic for how many hands you play preflop. Generally speaking, you adjust your VPIP according to the game and the players you are playing. For example, if your opponent(s) are tight, your VPIP should increase to exploit their preflop tightness and to steal their blinds. If your opponen... Read More →

Hidden EV

By:
PhilGalfond
Dated:
31 Dec, 2008
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The expected value of a play is the amount of money you should expect to earn, on average, by making a play.  For instance, let’s say you have no showdown value on the river, and you make a $1000 bluff into a $1400 pot.  You expect this bluff to work half the time. Your expected value is (-1000 ... Read More →