There are plenty of good reasons why good poker players check their hands on different streets and board textures.

But there are also plenty of reasons why beginners check too, and a lot of them are bad.

That’s the main thing you’ll study at PokerStars School this week, but there’s plenty more too.

Read on.

THIS WEEK:

  • Bad reasons…for checking
  • Inside the mind of a pro: A pot I should never have won
  • Spin & Go Reloaded – Avoiding Being Exploited by Great Regulars
  • PLO: Beyond The Basics – Part 8: Defending Blind vs. Blind
  • New community freeroll tournament!

Bad reasons…for checking

From checking “just in case” to checking “to induce”, there are several bad reasons why poker beginners opt to check their hands instead of betting.

But getting value from your hands is crucial and checking often means you won’t see another cent enter the pot.

Here, Pete Clarke looks at the bogus reasons for checking, and how you remove them from your thought process moving forward.

Read ‘Bad reasons…for checking’.


Inside the mind of a pro: A pot I should never have won

Sometimes you give up on a hand and resign yourself to losing the pot only to somehow see the chips pushed in your direction.

This almost always means that your opponent has missed a mandatory bluff.

This was certainly the case in the 100NL ZOOM hand that Pete Clarke goes over this week.

Head ‘Inside the mind of a pro: A pot I should never have won’.


Spin & Go Reloaded – Avoiding Being Exploited by Great Regulars

In the final edition of their Spin & Go Reloaded video series, James from OP-Poker wraps things up with instructions on how you should deal with–and not go broke to–the good and great regulars you may come across.

Watch the video here.


PLO: Beyond The Basics – Part 8: Defending Blind vs. Blind

Your resident PLO professor Pete Clarke is back with Part 8 of his PLO: Beyond the Basics video series.

This week Clarke examines one of the trickiest spots in the game: defending blind vs blind.

Check out the video here.


New community freeroll tournament

PokerStars School likes to encourage their members and give them a chance to grow their poker bankroll for free. Its monthly Community Tournament is a great way to do just that with at least $1,000 GTD each and every month.

How to Play

You can play in this tournament for free – all you need is a Comunity Tournament ticket. You can claim your free Community Tournament ticket by using the Star Code ‘COMMUNITYOCT’ between October 16-23.

Check out the dates below, and click here for more information.


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Jack Stanton is a freelance writer specialising in poker.

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