Monthly Archives: November 2014

Coolers in Poker – An Alternative View

If you have ever searched ‘cooler poker definition’ you’ll find varying examples, but simply when 2 players have very strong hands that cannot be folded, you have yourself a cooler situation. A simple example being AA vs KK or 88 vs 55 on 852 board. They happen to everyone of course and players generally pay far too much attention to them. That’s not to say dealing with coolers is easy, especially when in the midst of a downswing. But that’s not what I want to talk about in this article. I want to show you when a cooler is not a cooler, how they contribute to poker leaks, and why many players use the term as an excuse for bad plays…


PokerStars Rake Increase & A Death Spiral?

Great brands and great companies are a rare commodity. When a company builds its brand by creating a high quality product or service and builds a trust amongst its customers/clients the results are incredible. Think Tesla, Apple, Coke, and I could go on with many more. Those are truly great American companies with incredible worldwide brands. PokerStars was/is also an incredible brand in the poker industry. People love it! They love the customer service, the software, the payouts, and they trust PokerStars to be the best in the business. Today all of that is at risk in part because of the PokerStars rake increase. We may be witnessing the end of the greatest brand in poker. Let’s take a look at some of the details.


Poker Rake Calculator – How much are you paying?

We all know the house takes a lot of our winnings in the form of rake, but just how much? You may not actually realise this, but in many players cases it will be MORE than you’ve actually won! Rake is calculated at the same rate on most sites (5% of the pot, capped at $3), however many poker sites including PokerStars have begun to raise the rake AND reduce player benefits! Now it’s more important than ever to make sure you’re maximising your poker player earnings by playing at the right site, games and limits.