Core Concepts

This series of articles will deal with the core concepts that apply to all forms of poker.

In the first sectioin you will learn about tight aggressive style – which means playing only a few hands, but playing them decisively. The second article explains how to distinguish a good starting hand from a bad one. After that you'll learn how to count outs – cards that will improve your hand – and how to decide whether to play the hand or fold. The last two articles deal with variance, the luck factor and how to manage your money when things don't go your way.

Playing Style and Position It is important in poker to pick your spots and to act decisively. This article explains why and gives examples of how to do it.
Starting Hands Playing the first round of betting correctly is the basis of your game. This article will teach you how to distinguish good starting hands from bad, and explain how to gain an advantage before the flop.
Odds & Outs Sometimes you will have four cards to a strong hand like a straight or a flush. Here you can see how likely you are to complete your hand.
Probabilities, Variance & Badbeats Sometimes you will get lucky for a while and win big, and sometimes you won't. This section shows you how to deal with these streaks of good or bad luck.
Bankroll Management To make sure you don't run out of money when the cards don't go your way, it's important to follow some rules. This article will teach you how to protect your bankroll.