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Poker New Year Resolutions 2014

I’m a fan of new-year resolutions. For me the start of a new year is a great time to put your energy and focus into new projects, getting healthy and generally improving myself. Sure, not all plans work out, but hey, as long as I gave it a genuine best shot!

This post covers 10 possible new year resolutions you might want to make as a poker player. Doing them all might be a bit much to ask first time round… If you pick 3, and stick with them for a couple of months until they become routine, you’ll be ready to come back for more.

What Can Avatars and Aliases Tell Us - LOL Donkaments

By Matthew "Yorkshire Pudding" Pitt

One of the first acts we perform as an online poker player is choosing the screen name that we will be known as for the rest of our careers; on some sites you can choose an alias, too. For some this is a simple task that requires no thought at all, but your alias and avatar can give off information to your opponents so you should choose yours wisely.

Quality Over Quantity: ROI vs Hourly Rate - LOL Donkaments

By Matthew "Yorkshire Pudding' Pitt

As a tournament poker player you have two ways that you can measure your results and success in. You can either look at your Return On Investment (ROI) or your hourly earn rate ($/hr). Both are perfectly acceptable yardsticks – in fact a lot of players use a mixture of the two – but aiming to increase one will almost always see the other fall.

Assumptions That Go Out of the Window at the Micros - LOL Donkaments

By Matthew "Yorkshire Pudding" Pitt

Comedian Ellen DeGeneres once said: “You should never assume. You know what happens when you assume. You make an ass out of you and me because that’s how it’s spelled.” DeGeneres must have been a micro-stakes poker player to come out with that piece of gold.

Thanks Vladimir!

Some news came via Planet Greg yesterday that was a perfect example of ‘Bitter-Sweet’.

Vladimir, who has been a colleague and friend to us at Planet HQ for more than 3 years, followed a string of recent successes by winning his 2nd PCA Package from PokerStars - and now has the bankroll and confidence to move up levels in tournaments and to invest more in his own poker project – Russian training site (now expanding into English) (no longer available!)

3 Tricky Poker Concepts Which Are Actually Quite Simple!

Remembering back to when I first discovered the depth of strategy involved in poker – and things seemed quite complex. After years at the tables and in the webmaster business,  I can’t help but feel that some people like to publish complex sounding articles, simply to show off their skills!

Today I decided to take 3 advanced concepts, and show you how easy the fundamental principles behind them really are. These are Reverse Implied Odds, Combinatrix and Prize Pool Equity Models.