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Good sports make more likely winners

By Kenny Smith Vincent is a gentleman that I would call an intermediate recreational player. When he sits down at the table, he plays to win. He plays the appropriate...

Don’t quit just because you’re ahead

By Kenny Smith Have you ever had a huge winning session only to lose it all later that day in the same game? Maybe you bought in for $500 in a $2/5 no-limit game, you...

Running bad or just playing bad?

By Kenny Smith Losing streaks can be difficult to cope with in poker. Many people say that they play the game to have fun and it can be a fun game to play. The...

Muzzle the inappropriate comments

By Kenny Smith Gender and race are topics that I never imagined I would write about. I’ve never even remotely tossed it around. As a “person of color” I’m...

Weekend night lights

By Kenny Smith When a Poker game gets juicy—with players raising, re-raising, and calling all the way to the river with a wide array of hands—it can be one of the...

Table talk: Watch your mouth

By Kenny Smith A typical poker table is filled with conversation all day and night. It isn’t uncommon to hear players talk about the sporting event on the television...

Coping with losing streaks

By Kenny Smith It can be extremely frustrating when you go for weeks without netting a win in cash games. I’ve known of players who have gone three, four, sometimes as...

The fabulous folly of two pair

By Kenny Smith I think two pair is the one hand I see that most often traps the player holding it. It’s a made hand that in some cases can be a monster, but I also see...

Limit vs. no-limit

By Kenny Smith About six months ago I began talking with a number of different poker players that I know and asked them if they prefer playing limit or no-limit...

Play to win, not get even

By Kenny Smith I was playing in a $4/8 limit game a few weeks ago and saw a gentleman win a fairly healthy kill pot valued at 23 big bets ($368). He called two bets cold...

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