Alex Fitzgerald

Timing Tells

You raise from the button in a tournament with J-10o. The big blind calls after a couple of seconds. You are both 60 big blinds deep. The board comes 8h-4h-3s. He checks to you. You bet half-pot, about three big blinds. He calls. The turn is the 9 of clubs. He checks to you. What …

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Poker Entitlement

I’m playing in the WPT Borgata Poker Open. A player I’ve always considered tight opens from UTG+1 to 2.5X the big blind. In the time him and I have played I have never once seen him bluff. I have instead seen him pot control constantly. It seems like the worst thing that could ever happen …

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I Am Responsible

If I say, “Mary had a little ______.” You are going to think, “lamb.” There’s no amount of meditation or positive thinking which could get you to not think of the word “lamb” there. This is what happens when people tell themselves, “just don’t tilt.” It’s like trying to not think of the word “lamb” …

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Fear is Your Friend

“I believe a man is a professional when he can do what needs to be done no matter how he feels within. An amateur is an amateur in his attitude emotionally. A professional is a professional in the way he thinks and feels and in his ability to execute under the most trying conditions.” “[Think …

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Poker In A Nutshell

“Alex, how do you play poker?” My friend asked me this with a smile while we were on a business call. On my podcast, we have an old joke. Whenever someone asks a question that is extremely broad, we call it a “how do you play poker?” question. It’s a fun way of saying, “how …

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Start Thinking of Winning

The biggest problem with most poker players is they don’t actually want to win. They think they want to win, but what they truly want is to play perfectly. They never want to fold and be shown a bluff. They never want to bluff and be caught. They want to feel good about themselves, and …

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Who is Folding High Cards?

One of my greatest frustrations with poker training is how overly complex it is. I’m guilty of this as well. If you watch my early training videos, I was needlessly detailed. Like a kid talking about his favorite toy, I would go through each number on my HUD that I could use on any particular …

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