The 90-10 No Limit Holdem Rule to Poker Winning Success

In 1906 Italian economist, sociologist and philosopher Vilfredo Pareto observed that 80% of Italian property was owned by 20% of the population. This was later generalized into the “80/20 Rule” or the Pareto Principle. Most people have heard of the 80/20 rule. 80% of sales in a company are made by 20% of the salespeople. 80% your results are created by 20% of your time. There are a whole host of 80/20 rules that float around. Knowing this principle is only useful if you can apply it intelligently and consistently to a situation. When applied to the situation of No Limit Ring Poker (I’ll specifically be referring to Hold-em, although I’m sure it applies to other games) the rule becomes much more pointed. Once you learn this poker principle you should allow it have a great impact on how you play.

With all due respect to Mr. Pareto, he never played NL Ring Holdem, so we are going to call this rule “Winning Legal Online Poker’s 90/10 NL Ring Rule”. First let me tell you that this rule is real, and it’s statistically accurate. If you believe that AA is statistically more advantageous to play than 72, then you need to put this rule in the same part of your poker brain. Ponder it and find new ways to make it work for you.

Here’s Winning Legal Online Poker’s 90/10 NL Ring Rule:

90% of the MONEY you win playing NL Ring is won with the top 10% of poker hands… AND (for most tight/aggressive poker players) 90% of the money you LOSE playing NL Ring is lost to the top 10% of poker hands.

The first part of this rule is absolutely true for almost any NL Ring poker player. The 2nd part is only true if you aren’t a fish. Also, the 2nd part of the rule is a good way to monitor your play. If you are losing most of your money to hands like Top Pair Top Kicker (TPTK) or worse, then you really need to focus on learning how to play NL Ring Poker better. If you already read the book “Winning Legal Online Poker” then you will have already noticed that your sessions are pretty consistent. You win good money when your strong hands hold up. You lose some money when your strong hands keep running into better hands. But you win TONS of money when you have have top 10% hands hold up. And you lose a buyin plus when your really good hands run into top 10% hands.

Winning Legal Online Poker doesn’t change the 90/10 rule. It’s a rule, and as such it IS REALITY. However, the rule doesn’t state that you will lose 90% of the money you WIN to top 10% hands. It states that 90% of the money you lose is lost to top 10% hands. That may seem like word play, but it means you can reduce your losses, and thus increase your poker profits by managing your game with the 90/10 rule. Winning Legal Online Poker teaches you how to spot the top 10% hands and lose less $$$ to them, although as a % of money lost you’ll still find that 90% of your lost money will go to top 10% hands – EVEN WHEN YOU FOLD BEFORE THE RIVER.

There are plenty of instances where you fold AA or TPTK or even a better hand to a made flush or straight. You may have invested quite a bit of money into the pot, but you lost that money to a top 10% hand. Winning Legal Online Poker is devised to help you spot those instances when your good hands are beat by a top 10% hand and lose less money. Now the other part of the rule is that you will win 90% of your money with top 10% hands.

You see this happen all the time. You flop a set against a big pocket pair. You make a full house against a flush. You turn a straight against 2 pair. Of course there are times when the other person simply over values his hand and gives you chips. But you’re double-ups are generally these top 10% hands. This rule doesn’t mean that your top 10% hands ALWAYS make big money. In order to make big money with a top 10% hand Winning Legal Online Poker’s “Contested Pot Rule” (which is discussed in another article) must also be in effect. But there’s no doubt that your big wins come from these big hands. So how does this apply to your game? It’s pretty simple.

If 90% of your wins come from big hands and 90% of your losses are to other big hands, then you need to play the # of hands required to get more of the first while avoiding giving too much money to the 2nd. This is where the term “nut hunting” comes from. A lot of quality players are just playing for nut hands. That doesn’t mean they don’t play value hands for value, however. But you need to understand the Winning Legal Online Poker 90/10 rule and the Winning Legal Online Poker Contested Pot Rule as you play NL Ring poker.

If you are putting “extraordinary” amounts of money behind “ordinary” hands you are going to be a victim of the 90/10 rule. Each hand has a certain value. It has “card” value, but it also has MONEY value. Pocket tens preflop are not that great. You can make money with them, but you won’t make great money with them. You should play them for the value that they have, and not over-value them. As the hand plays their value may drop precariously (as overcards hit). However, if overcards DON’T hit then they still just have a certain maximum value, because you will generally get very limited action. If your TT remains the best hand on the board then no one else will want to put much money in the pot. The pot will be small. It will be a TT POT!! However, if you notice the pot going well beyond a TT pot, then you have to understand that your competition probably has better than a TT hand (even if the board doesn’t show it). This is how you can observe the 90/10 rule in action.

Preflop AA is a top 10% hand. It’s the best hand!! If you can get all your money and all someone else’s money in the pot preflop when you have AA then the 90/10 rule is working for you. However, once the flop hits AA drops off the top 10% list, and you must be aware of that. On ANY flop the best hand is at least a set of the top card flopped. So, with a flop of 269, the best possible hand is a set of 9’s. And any set is a top 10% hand at this point. As the hand plays out the AA becomes a weaker and weaker hand. You should continue playing it like TPTK at least, but you also must be aware of the value that you are giving your AA as the hand unfolds. You may be seriously over valuing your AA. If you raised it preflop and bet it on the flop, then on the turn, and you get raised, what does that say? First you’re starting to see a pot that is more valuable than your AA and 2nd you have just walked into a “Contested Pot” scenario. If you get into a raise/reraise situation and all you have is pocket AA, then you are most probably going to be on the losing end of the 90/10 rule. Disciplined players know how to fold. Winning players know that keeping their winnings is more important that “going down” with AA, just because it WAS the best hand preflop. All AA is is TPTK, until someone prove otherwise by getting a better hand.

Another way to look at this is when you are playing “drawing odds”. You may start with a suited connector or a small to mid pocket pair. These are not top 10% hands, but they have the potential of becoming top 10% hands. When they do, hopefully your competition will over value his hand and contest the pot with you. The “Contested Pot Rule” will then go into effect in your favor and you will make lots of money.

Another ramification of the 90/10 rule is that the rest of the hands you play in a typical session (good, bad or indifferent) are just background noise. They are just “keeping up with the blinds”. You may use them to create a table image to set up your top 10% hands or you may just fold, fold, fold. You can bluff and steal small pots. You can c-bet and take small pots. You may stick around with draws and lose small pots or play small pots that you turn out losing or winning.

But the reality is 90% of the money you win is made off top 10% hands and vice verse.

Think about this rule. Find ways to apply it to your game. Review the “Contested Pot Rule” also. If you don’t have a consistently winning NL Ring game then take the Winning Legal Online Poker Challenge to learn the skills and gain the vision to play quality winning poker. Will the 90/10 rule turn you into a “nut hunter”? Maybe! There are thousands of winning “nut hunters” online every day. There are many thousand more players who hate nut hunters. Many quality, winning players hate nut hunters. However, even quality, experienced, winning online players fall within the 90/10 rule. They may proclaim that they don’t. They may hate the idea that all their “moves” and “action”, their “reads” and sophisticated play is really just background noise. But for most players that’s all it is – Background Noise, Keeping up with the Blinds. If they analyzed their play they would find that the 90/10 rule applies to them too. The 90/10 rule is very consistent for No Limit Ring play. If you play MTT’s or Sit-n-Go’s then who knows? I haven’t analyzed the rule against them. They have their own dynamic. But if you play NL Ring Holdem, then make sure you understand and think about this rule as you play.


90% of the money you win is won with the top 10% of hands.

The top 10% changes as the hand unfolds. AA is a top 10% hand preflop, by the river it may be a bad pocket pair.

90% of the money you lose is lost to top 10% hands. Find ways to spot them earlier in the hand.

Most of your other hands and action is just background noise. You need to play them to keep up with the blinds and maintain a reasonable table image, but understand that they are just a small part of your winnings/losings.

If you find that you lose most of your money to non-top 10% hands then you need to take the at least read, understand and apply the Winning Legal Online Poker book (and associated chart) and get your game right!!

Winning Poker Lessons From Warren Buffett

Dear Poker Player,

Warren Buffett is one smart dude. And RICH.

He’s the second richest man in the WORLD… right behind

Bill Gates. Forbes estimates that his net worth is $40


(How’s THAT for a bankroll?)

What’s interesting about Buffett is that he made his fortune

over a LONGGG period of time… by consistently beating the

stock market year after year after year.

He wasn’t one of those “overnight” dot-com billionaires.

He wasn’t “lucky” to be in the right place at the right


He didn’t “invent” some new technology that changed the


Nope… all he did was invest and “pick winners” over and

over. Since taking control of Berkshire 40 years ago,

Buffett has delivered a compound annual return of 22%.

AND JUST BY DOING THAT, he became the 2nd richest man alive.

OK– so why am I rambling on about 75-year old man who’s

good at investing?

The reason is because I’ve realized that there are DOZENS of

important parallels between the STOCK MARKET and POKER.

Here are just a few:

* The stock market is often considered “gambling”, due to

its unpredictable nature… just as POKER is often

considered gambling, even though it’s a SKILL game.

* The stock market has a heavy emphasis on odds and

mathematics… just like poker.

* The stock market is predominately a male-driven

industry… just like poker.

* The stock market has PLENTY of up’s and down’s, and

“streaks”… just like poker.

* And so on.

Of course, these are “surface” similarities.

Now think about the PSYCHOLOGY of poker and the stock

market… and how they’re often EXACTLY THE SAME:

* In the stock market, everyone dreams of buying that one

MIRACLE STOCK that will go from $2 to $200 and make them


In poker, everyone has their “pipe dream” of winning a huge

million-dollar tournament on ESPN.

* When a stock tanks, most investors FREAK OUT and

immediately make several bad investment decisions in a row.

It’s usually THESE decisions that hurt them the most.

In poker, this is known as “tilt”. Bad beats cause some

damage… but it’s usually the decisions you make AFTER the

bad beats that cause you to lose the game.

* Believe it or not, most stock investors come out on the

LOSING END over time… even though the market has

historically gone UP year after year.

Most poker players end up losing over time also, despite all

the “fish” out there to prey on.

* And so on.

OK, so you get the idea.

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of books about the stock

market… and especially about Warren Buffett. (Hell, I need

somewhere to invest all these poker winnings!)

Anyway, here’s what’s REALLY interesting:

Warren Buffett’s INVESTMENT APPROACH is almost identical to

the POKER STRATEGY I use every day.

And it’s the SAME approach used by top poker pros to

consistently win tournaments and ring games…

Interesting, huh?

Of course, it makes sense when you think about it.

If poker and investing are similar, then the guys who beat

the STOCK MARKET probably use the same techniques as the

guys who win at POKER.

And who better to learn poker from than the “KING” of the

stock market… and the 2nd richest man in the world?


Warren Buffett operates on PRINCIPLES. He doesn’t get caught

up in “hype” or emotion.

Below are the five MOST IMPORTANT principles that he follows… and how they relate to your poker game.


Patience, patience, patience!

It’s the number one mistake that causes most poker players

to lose… and it’s one of the “secrets” to Buffett’s 22%

annual returns.

Warren Buffett does not make an investment unless he is

absolutely 100% confident that it will make him money.

That means he PASSES UP a lot of great investment


Warren Buffett has said “no” to stocks that ended up

increasing by 10,000%!

But more importantly… he’s passed up all those other

stocks that LOOKED GOOD, but PLUMMETED later.

The problem is, us human beings are addicted to ACTION and

MOVEMENT and EXCITEMENT. We don’t want to just sit around

and WAIT.

But that’s EXACTLY what Buffett does…

He waits.

And waits.

And waits.

He KNOWS that sooner or later, a GREAT opportunity will come

up… and then he’ll jump on it.

It’s the same way with poker.

You’ve GOT to be patient. We all want to “get in there” and

make strong bets… bluff out opponents… and take down

lots of pots. We want ACTION.


You’ve got to sit back… be patient… and WAIT.

Wait for good cards.

Wait for the PERFECT time to bust the manic at the table.

Wait for the PERFECT time to steal the blinds.

Wait for the PERFECT time to bluff out an opponent.

Wait for the PERFECT time to go all-in.

And then when you DO make a move…



Buffett insists on keeping 10-20% turnover with his

portfolio. This means he generally holds onto a stock for

5-10 years… AT LEAST.

This is obviously OPPOSITE of how most investors do it. Most

investors are checking the tickers every HOUR– watching for

the slightest indication of movement or news.

More importantly… Buffett only invests in a FEW STOCKS AT


Now THIS is crucial, because it goes against everything

you’ve ever learned.

Growing up, you probably heard this advice a lot:

“Never put all your eggs in one basket.”


Well, Warren Buffett does the OPPOSITE.

He puts all his eggs in one basket… but… he chooses that


You see, Buffett believes that if you’ve done your homework

and you’re confident in your decision, there’s NO NEED to


In fact, he believes this is the ONLY REAL WAY to get rich

in the stock market. Because if you buy LOTS of stocks, some

are doomed to go down… and that will hurt your gains.

Now think how this relates to poker.

In poker, most players risk money on LOTS of pots, and try

to get the best odds for each one… maybe 55%, 60%, and the

OCCASIONAL 70% or higher.

What PROFESSIONAL poker players do is only play those

OCCASIONAL pots with the best odds.

BUT, they risk more chips when they do it…

So instead of risking 20% of your chip stack five times…

you want to risk 90% of your chip stack ONE time. But you

choose that time VERY CAREFULLY!

For instance, let’s say the “average” poker player enters

three pots where he feels the odds are in his favor.

The three pots go like this:

1.) He risks 1000 in chips with 60% odds.

2.) He risks 1000 in chips with 50% odds.

3.) He risks 1000 in chips with 60% odds.

Now… MATHEMATICALLY speaking… there are EIGHT different

ways these scenarios can go. They are as follows (a win is

designated with “W” and a loss with “L”):

1.) W-W-W

2.) W-W-L

3.) W-L-W

4.) W-L-L

5.) L-W-W

6.) L-W-L

7.) L-L-W

8.) L-L-L

If he wins all three, he ends up with 3000 chips in profit.

If he wins two but loses one, he ends up with just 1000

chips in profit.

If he LOSES two but wins one, he ends up with 1000 chips in


And he if loses all three, he loses 3000 chips total.

Get it?

Now let me share with you the PERCENTAGES of the above


Watch out, this may surprise you.

If you were to play three pots as described above and risk

1000 chips for each one, and do this exercise 100 times,

here’s what would happen:

18% of the time you’d win 3,000 chips total.

42% of the time you’d win 1,000 chips total.

32% of the time you’d lose 1,000 chips total.

8% of the time you’d lose 3,000 chips total.

Your “net average” would be to PROFIT 400 CHIPS.

OK… that’s the “normal” approach.

Now let’s look at the WARREN BUFFETT approach.

Let’s say you entered just ONE pot and risked 3000 chips

(instead of 1000) with 70% odds in your favor.

Now watch what happens:

70% of the time you’d win 3,000 chips total.

30% of the time you’d lose 3,000 chips total.

Your “net average” would be to PROFIT 1200 CHIPS.

That’s TRIPLE the results over time!

The key is to get BETTER ODDS and RISK MORE.

I better interject here that I do NOT recommend being one of

those players who just sits back, waits for the “nuts”, and

then goes all-in.

Not even close.

In fact, if you’ve read my newsletters you know that I’m a

very aggressive player who loves to push action.

The KEY is that I BUILD THIS IMAGE through techniques based

on feeler bets, positioning, and sensing weakness.



I know that when the odds are heavily in my favor, it’s time

to put my eggs in one basket and go for it…



There’s a popular stock market concept called, “Efficient

Market Theory” (EMT).

Most of the world’s leading business schools teach this

widely-accepted concept.


Warren Buffett says that the EMT is a bunch of hogwash!

He’s actually gone on record saying that part of him LOVES

the fact that business schools teach this theory: It makes

things easier on him because his competition doesn’t know

what they’re doing!

Now… I’m not going to argue whether the theory is right or

wrong. It doesn’t matter for our discussion here.

What I find intriguing is what Buffett believes IS true

about the stock market…

You see, the EMT basically says that the stock market is

“efficient” in its pricing… and that most buy/sell

behavior is “rational”.

Buffett disagrees. He is CONSTANTLY scouting for

opportunities where he thinks the market is acting in an

IRRATIONAL manner… and then he jumps on the chance to buy

an under-priced stock.

In other words, a core part of his investment philosophy is

that the stock market is NOT efficient… and that there’s

always room to grow your “bankroll” when others act


It’s the same with poker.

When you’re playing Texas Holdem, you want to spot the

“sucker” at the table… the guy who is making IRRATIONAL


This doesn’t only apply to amateurs, either. Even PROS have

“irrational” habits, tells, and “tilt” behavior.

Your OPPONENTS will open up millions of “profit

opportunities” for you… if you just watch closely.

And that brings us to the next principle:



This one has almost a direct translation to poker:


You’re not playing poker against the house… you’re playing

against your opponents.

With the stock market, everyone is always looking at the

PRICE of a stock to determine if it’s worth buying or


Buffett actually doesn’t even look at the price until LAST.

What he looks at is the VALUE OF THE BUSINESS.

He only invests in top-notch businesses that meet specific

conditions. He wants a business with strong growth prospects

LONG TERM, good management, and stable numbers.

Once he finds a business that meets these criteria, THEN he

looks at the price.

When the cards come out, what’s the first thing you’re

thinking about? What are you looking at?

You should be thinking about your OPPONENTS… the

POSITIONING at the table… the BETTING HABITS you’ve picked

up in the last few hands… and your opponents’ FACES as

they look at their cards.

THEN when the action comes to you and it’s YOUR TURN, you

should peek to see what you’re holding.

Opponents first, cards second.


Warren Buffett is actually a very “conservative” investor,

as are most poker professionals. He’ll only buy stocks that

he feels are practically “guaranteed” to go up.

You should demand a “margin of safety” on every hand you

play. This is actually much easier than it sounds.

Some of your tactics should include:

* Avoiding heads-up situations with players who have more

chips, and instead favoring those with fewer chips. (That

way if you go all-in and lose, you can still be in the


* Buying pots and bluffing when you have good positioning.

(That way you can get a read on your opponent and escape if

things go bad.)

* Only “chasing” draws when the pot odds are CONSIDERABLY in

your favor. (That way you end up way ahead over time.)

* And so on.


Perhaps the MOST IMPORTANT lesson I’ve learned from Warren

Buffett is to NEVER FEAR doing the “unpopular” thing.

His career PROVES that “going against the grain” is often

the BEST choice.

He doesn’t live by what others do… he operates on GUIDING

PRINCIPLES that “win” over time.

Whether it’s ways to leverage table positioning, tactics for

defeating common opponent styles, techniques for “stealing

the button”, or figuring out the right times to bluff…

…You’ve got to first learn the POKER PRINCIPLES. And then

you need the GUTS to stick to them.

So where do you learn these principles?

The best place to start is by joining my free Poker Tips

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Talk to you soon.

Your New Friend,

Roy Rounder

The Effective Techniques of Football Betting in Running – 7 Important Tips

During a match day where there are packed with eventful matches. You are busy watching TV, glancing through the internet bookmakers’ odds, waiting to place bet on the football betting in running. You are busy switching from one channel to another to find out the updates of the different matches. So how are you going to gain the advantages on your football betting in running?

In today betting world, as long as you have a internet connection, you can always turn on to the sporting website such as soccer net, sporting life etc. Visit the “Game Cast” or the live updates. These websites would be able to provide you with useful information. With the lives update information, you are not placing your bet blindly, and it will give you the betting edge, which will help you to win more money in the long run. Below are some of the important factors that you must know before you place bet on football betting in running at the betting exchange:

1.) Fast internet connection: it will help you to get information faster and updated. You will have a quick understanding of the games on the grounds too.

2.) Focus: Concentrate on a league that you are familiar with. You will have betting edge if you know the leagues well.

3.) Don’t rush into the game when a game has just scored a goal. Wait for the odds to be stabilized. Because some the skillful players are using software bot or tools to control the odds, they are out they to fish out the better odds. Situations like that will cause inexperience punters to panic. Don’t jump into the game.

4.) Most of the Live matches although are shown “live”, but it may be delay for a few minutes. This may cause a huge difference in football in-play game.

5.) Never assume that a team with 3 goals down during the game will certainly lose the match, and hence place a huge bet on the leading team. Just recall the match played in 2005, the champion league final match , where the magnificent Liverpool made a sensationally come back from 3 goals down at half-time, and eventually beat AC Milian…Many punters were seriously hurt by this particular game, which cause a huge damage on their bank roll.

6.) Always start with small bets and slowly built up your bank roll. If you are using a correct betting tool or strategy, you should make money in the long run.

7.) Have fun in football in play game. When your chips are down, don’t chase your losing stakes. Football betting in running is exciting and entertaining.

What Makes You the Best Online Poker Player?

Every beginner or every novice that starts out at the game wants to be one of the top ranked pro poker players out there. They are inspired by the names of Alan Betson, Chip Reese, Chris Grigorian, Chris Moneymaker and many others. But since they are just starting out, they seldom have any solid idea about what really constitutes all these master players.

In the game of poker, there are actually four types of players: loose and passive, loose and aggressive, tight and passive, tight and aggressive. They call the tight and aggressive one the poker shark. It doesn’t play often, but when it plays, it plays to win.

And some of the characteristics that are found in such players are:

  • Mathematics: Poker players need to be very strong at statistics and probability. They have to constantly calculate the chances, the scopes of winning and the direction of the game. They should understand the tactics of outs that simply signifies the winning hand with the winning cards and their chance of hitting. He should also have a fair idea of betting and forecasting as well. Mathematical skills are the basic things that one should acquire before trying their hand at a real time money game.
  • Discipline: This is one thing that separates a shark from any other fish. They don’t try their hand at everything and hope to get lucky, but they have a strong sense of self-control and only play tight games. He knows that every game calls for a different skill. He knows his strengths and weaknesses. He knows when to call, raise a bet or fold his hand. He also has the discipline of analyzing his games and learning from them.
  • Psychology: They rightly say that poker is more of a game of psychology. You need to know what your opponent has, what your opponent thinks about you, what your opponent feels that you are thinking about him. Reading your opponents is one of the most important things of poker. The second most important thing is to be able to manipulate the thinking of your opponents and thus take the game to your direction. He also knows that while math battles are the key in limit game, psychology holds the key in the no-limit ones.
  • Calculated risk taking ability: Most of the master players understand where to draw the limits. They have a strong sense of risk vs. reward chance of the game. They know how much need to risk, how much they should keep in the bankroll, how much will allow him for a next day’s play.
  • Flexibility: Last but not the least, poker is still quite a game of luck, so being able to shift gears from time to time according to the game is one of the most important assets of a poker player.