Antonio Esfandiari

Antonio Esfandiari

Magician turned poker pro offers his advice on tournament play   Make sure you’re bluffing against players smart enough to fold Born in Iran, and moving t... Continue Reading
Stop-and-go

Stop-and-go

The ‘stop-and-go’ is a great way of reducing the lottery that pre-flop play can create in major tournaments In a recent tournament, I found myself nearing the ... Continue Reading
Daylight robbery

Daylight robbery

Stealing blinds is more than just a way to get free chips, it’s essential for tournament success   Every time you steal the blinds and antes you’ve added ... Continue Reading
Mastering heads-up

Mastering heads-up

Jeff Kimber, winner of the 2006 World Heads-Up Poker Championship, on what it takes in one-on-one confrontations I PREPARATION The first thing you need to do i... Continue Reading
Head-to-head

Head-to-head

Heads-up no-limit hold’em is poker at its purest; the cards have the least bearing and your reading skills need to be spot on What will our pros do in the foll... Continue Reading
Game theory

Game theory

Understanding the relationship between game theory, jail time and poker will make you a better player Suppose the police have arrested two people whom they kno... Continue Reading
Breaking rank

Breaking rank

You shouldn’t necessarily bet into an empty side pot if it reduces the chances of eliminating an opponent It’s one of the first things you learn when pla... Continue Reading
Three times table

Three times table

In the first of a series on poker truisms, we ask why the standard pre-flop raise is three times the big blind   Large raises in late position can be a si... Continue Reading
Playing the shortstack

Playing the shortstack

Short-stack play can be tough but rewarding, as Shelley Rubenstein found at the WSOP At a final table recently, a well-known pro complimented me on what he ref... Continue Reading
Mastering MTTs

Mastering MTTs

In fast-paced multi-table tournaments you can’t rely on getting dealt Aces and Kings every other hand While none of the moves discussed here are guaranteed win... Continue Reading