Tony Dunst and Bryan Devonshire

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Our Poker column puts readers in touch with the experts for the thinking behind the trickiest and most challenging poker hands. World Poker Tour (WPT) professional and television analyst Tony Dunst, along with other WPT players, break down the tactics and strategy used by some of the most prominent players in the world.

Poker Samples

A long shot worth taking

I have become a regular in a locals-only $1-$2 no-limit game held weekly in the back of a pizza place. With pocket nines, I raised to $5 from early position. The next few players folded, and for good reason. I was certain that I had the worst hand.

Karma comes calling to punish stall tactics

Last summer, my friend Dan Smith played a pair of major hands against an opponent who held pocket aces both times. Ever since the Department of Justice shut down online poker in the United States, the poker world has grown increasingly competitive.

Remember that opponents don't always act rationally

One of the most common human mistakes is projecting one's own thoughts, beliefs and behaviors onto other people.

If opponent is pushing you around, push back

I recently traveled to Australia to play the $10,000-buy-in World Series of Poker Asia Pacific Main Event. In this hand, I raised to 300 out of my 30,000 stack with 9d 9h from the cutoff seat. The flop came Kh 6s 2d. The turn was the 8s.

Give opponent credit only when credit is due

I was recently reading a new poker book penned by a well-known pro and jotted down a note in the left-hand column. My epiphany came after reading about an interesting hand.

A prudent strategy for dealing with an aggressive foe

I recently had the pleasure of traveling to Prague for World Poker Tour and European Poker Tour events. The following hand took place in a no-limit event with a buy-in of 1,000 euros. Blinds were 75-150.

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