The Poker Brat!

If there is one thing that could be learned from Poker at least from the example of Phil Hellmuth, it is power. Power of money, power of achievement, power of living life on your own terms, basically the power within!

A college drop out, the success story of Phil began in 1988. And that story would make quite a fat book should we say?! Just a few chapters to mention: won the main event at the Seven card Hi/Low tournament being the youngest payer to do so, one of only three players in history to win three gold bracelets within a single year, a feat not to be unnoticed in the halls of legends, Hellmuth created quite a phenomenon all thanks to the ESPN reality show on which he participated.

Love him, hate him, cant ignore him! This former world champion is called the Poker Brat because of his brash attitude and ego. He is arguably the most successful tournament poker player in the history of the game. But this brilliant player also defies popular opinion because he is actually extremely easy to defeat.

Hellmuth’s style is extremely aggressive, so much so that he would actually call the bluff of another player with a full hand, but on the contrary he would make a big raise with a hand like two pairs or trips. His campaign against the “Poker Brat” began and ended with a hand all his girlfriends and his close friends at the time.

Lets analyze this hand over a few paragraphs:

verage (Pot: $70.00)

Situation: d/lh casing. sunglasses at table, no opponent chasers.

Early position reveals Qh-5h.

Middle position reveals Ah-5h.

Late position reveals Kd-5d.

Smart brat bets heavily, pot is $38.00.

Brat bets the $38.00 with a medium strength hand only. Why? Just to test the table. Most people don’t bet like that, and it is a good way to see who is a “tight” or who is a “loose” player. I’ll come to the end of this lesson with a suggestion about perfect play‚Ķ

Pre-flop: Call.It didn’t hit the flop, but the low cards are still live and you have a middle pair. There is a good chance you are good here.

Flop: Kc-5h-3c. Wow! You have top pair.

Even though you raised pre-flop, it isn’t a particularly strong hand. You took a pot down with top pair, but there are two red 7’s in a row making the board dangerous.

Choose carefully, or you will lose your shirt.

If you have a pocket pair, like Ac-Kc, you will be able to get more information about your opponent’s starting hand by seeing the flop.

If you opponent has Ah-Kc, call to see the flop and check behind. You hit a red 7 and have the benefit of an opponent missing 2 red 7’s on the flop, which would fill your pocket 3’s. If they are drawing to a flush, they will have to hit 3 more cards on the flop to have a flush. This may lead to a re-raise with a strong hand, like K-K or A-A.

If your Ah-Kc is beaten, you still have position on your To-91. If opponent has To-92, call to see the flop and check behind. You may hit a straight or flush. If an Ace or King hits, you have the advantage and may want to check your To-92.

Not so fast! Perle War’s are not as easy to trap as the To-92. If you raise to To-92 on the cutoff (zone 5-6), an Ace or King will have a 2 of the ace and king in the community, and your To-92 will have 2 of the 5. Those two cards are worth negative EV. You are really better off playing your To-92 small blind.

Zone 6 (Hands you should fold pre-flop)

AA, AKs: Call

From the blinds: Fold.

QQ: Call

88, 99: Fold

All suited: Call

You are not chasing a flush here. You are being very selective pre-flop and will be able to withstand a raise.

Suited Aces: Call

From the blinds: Fold.

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Hand Selection

Hand selection is the single most important factor in hold-em. Most players will try toOregon State a small pocket pair tomake a big raise.