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Mark Buckley Doubles Through Jonathan Lundy

“I didn’t think you had anything,” Jonathan Lundy told Mark Buckley when asked why he called Buckley’s 111,000 all-in shove. The hand began when Lundy opened to 10,000 from the cutoff and Mikhail Petrov called ...


Blockers And Backdoor Draws

by Ed Miller |  Published: Dec 11, 2013

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Lately I’ve been watching some instructional videos made by elite players. Something I noticed about the videos is that they tend to cover fairly advanced ideas in brief snippets. The coach will go through a hand he played, and he’ll mention that he bluffed with this particular hand because of that backdoor draw. And he chose that hand to bluff with because it blocks this hand. And then it’s on to the next hand. I realized that if you aren’t already very up on the latest poker theory, you’re likely to get lost by the thought process. With this article I hope to bridge that gap just a little by explaining two common themes in advanced analysis. Backdoor Draws Modern poker theory focuses on frequencies and hand ranges. In any given situation, elite players are most concerned with the frequencies of their actions. When my opponent bets this flop, how ...


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