These tips, of course, will not teach you how to win in every sweat – it is unrealistic to make even the best poker players in the world – however, they will help you get on the right track (if you are a beginner player) or strengthen your current knowledge (if you are already an experienced matte greener).
All right, let’s go!
Narrow your preflop ranges.
Tidying up and strengthening your preflop is one of the easiest and fastest ways to improve your overall game.
Fortunately, it is relatively easy to form good preflop ranges today.
It is especially important to stick to the charts when you are bored, you are experiencing a light “card dad” or downstrike, you play few tables (for some reason) or just play live at one table. It is very important in such situations, because of boredom or tilting, not to start playing “extra” hands. If you are temporarily unable to enter the card or if there are not enough tables to play in the lobby and you have nothing to do, you do not need to start to force events. Pay better attention to watching your opponents, their tactics, the cards they show on showdown. Do not let yourself be impatient and play all kinds of garbage.
Don’t be afraid to “pull the trigger” with your bluffs.
Many players, especially at low limits, often lack the balls to turn large bluffs, which in turn makes them very expressive and predictable in the eyes of thinking opponents who just stop crying to them. And in doing so, they lose tons of valleys.
On the contrary, you must be the player who instills fear and uncertainty in your opponents with his constant aggression and pressure in large sweats, despite the fact that in some distributions it may not work. On the course it will make you uncomfortable and dangerous player, with which rarely anyone wants to cut without a hand, while everyone will want to open you lightning, which will bring you many times more valleys with your strong hands.
Of course, against weak opponents (chips), do not overdo bluffs, because it will be higher than their understanding, and often they will just “phone”, stupidly looking at their two cards. Of course, if a chip is a “fit-or-fold” player, it is definitely worth bluffing at them. But this is more of an exception than a rule.
Don’t cheat on your bankroll management or training when things go up.
Surely every professional poker player has a friend who brought in a major tournament, and then in the cache at high limits, which he has never played before, won even more, or something like that.
It is important to remember that poker is a game of ups and downs. And to survive the falls, you must play rationally and with a cold head during the ups and downs.
Do not inflate cans with medium strength hands.
Medium strength hands should usually be played passively, as they will rarely be able to win big sweat. The exception when they should be played aggressively is when they should knock out an opponent’s equity.
This type of hand is best played as a bluff player, and it will strengthen our whole check range. Passive medium hand play is one of the components of a strong strategy. We and our opponents need to be sure that we can have ready hands in any situation and scenario.
Game Select, Table Select and Select again!
You should always create conditions for yourself with maximum edg (advantage). That’s why when playing poker it’s best to leave your ego behind the door.
It’s much better to play at the limit below but against the chips than to flounder around zero in the hard games of one reggae. And not only because it is much more profitable, but also because against the chips you will experience less stress and dispersion.
Moreover, a near zero game can also mean that you are not yet ready for this limit, so it is wise to take a step back and return already prepared.
Strong hands more often try to play quickly and aggressively.
Personally, it hurts me to watch when a player from the flop checks out a nats flush and then has to make some small bet on the river to get his pennies.
Slop play is a common mistake among many players who are always afraid to “scare off the opponent.
In most cases, with strong hands, the best bet is to put, put and put to inflate sweat and defend your equity. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for a layer play in poker at all. You can chew with strong hands, if:
- Mala, there’s a chance that you might get run over
- There aren’t many scary cards in the deck that will prevent you from collecting the valleys on the later streets.
- Opponent’s range is heavily shifted to the side of the hands without a SWD.
But if you’re not sure whether to bet or not, bet! Yes, it’s unpleasant when you have nats and your opponent goes down, but it’s even more unpleasant if you get run over later or you just don’t get your valley.
Spend twice as much time playing as learning, but make sure you learn!
Training is a must in order to become a professional poker player. But at the same time poker is a game that requires a lot of practice. Without practice we will not be able to apply the theory we have learned outside the gaming table and we will begin to lose the inner sense of the game and its rhythm.
Many of the actions that you perform at the poker tables are automatic. Being away from practice for a long time will make these decisions less and less automatic. And things will get even worse as these decisions become more important. That’s why you need to play regularly in order to maintain the speed of thought and do not lose the sense of game rhythm.
If you do not know what is your beta on the river: bluffing or valleys, then do not put.
This is a common mistake of beginners, which is sometimes made by more experienced greeners. Usually it occurs in the following situation. The opponent checks on the river, and you have a medium strength hand, and you bet… But you don’t pay attention to how dangerous the board was, how the action developed on the previous streets, or how your opponents generally tend to play. And in the end, your opponent collides, and you lose to a slightly stronger hand.
On the river you have to bet with the polar range. That means to bet with a range containing only valleys and bluffs, and with all the others to cheat.
The earlier the street is, the more often you have to bluff, because the difference in equity here is minimal.
Poker expert and god of theory Matthew Janda says that the most important thing to bluff on the flop, a little less on the thorn, and least on the river. And he gives mathematical proof of that in one of his books. His calculations show that in order to put a balanced range on the river (containing the optimal amount of valleys and bluffs), we need to bluff less and less on each subsequent street. And the reason is that on the early streets our bluffs will have the most equity, as well as the ability to continue bluffing on the next street.
In the early stages of the tournament, play like a cache. Forget about surviving and focus on a solid game.
There is always time and place to protect and keep the stack in the tournament, but the beginning of the tournament is not the case at all. And this is one of the common mistakes of many players.
You should understand that in order to get “in the money” in a tournament you need to earn at least three stacks relative to the initial one (and most often even more). So instead of being careful and playing in a closed style, you need to show strong and aggressive poker at the beginning of the tournament to get a deep stack.