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 lucrative hand from 'Poker Night in America'

Playing in a televised cash game against some of the best poker players in the world has always been a dream of mine.

Tell your opponents what they want to hear

Poker beginners live in a sea of uncertainty. This perpetual uncertainty can translate into quick losses. Once new players learn how expensive it can be to call down with second-best hands, they've reached a common player-development milestone.

Pushing the envelope at the World Series of Poker

Since the World Series of Poker is underway, I want to share a hand from last year's WSOP $1,500-buy-in Monster Stack event. With blinds at 100-200, a player who appeared to be in his 30s raised to 525 from middle position.

A risky overbet at the Borgata

While playing in April's $2,700-buy-in Borgata Spring Poker Open Main Event in Atlantic City, I found myself in a tricky spot on the river. My primary opponent in this hand was a 50-year-old player who seemed to be somewhat loose and passive.

The boring play is often the right one

We often talk ourselves into decisions that feel immediately gratifying, even to our detriment in the long term. It begins when we fantasize about a heroic call or a gutsy bluff -- a tale straight out of a Hollywood script.

If at first you don't succeed ... keep bluffing

One of the things that separate professional poker players from amateurs is risk tolerance. Professional players, on the other hand, learn to be risk-seeking. This hand from a $5-$10 cash game at the Aria in Las Vegas illustrates this principle.

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