|Different Strategies can be applied at different times during a session of poker. This list below, gives you different things to look at and consider when playing. The best strategies are when multiple strategies are applied at different times. Some simple things to try and remember are the following. Try not to be predictable. Don’t play every hand the same way. Mix it up. Play a combination of strong hands and weak hands. Know when you are getting beaten. Recognise different odds and probabilities. Know your
|Type of Players|
|Recognise different types of players and also your own playing style.
Sticking to one of these all the time will mean you will become predictable with your play. Loose players – Players who will be involved in a lot of pots regardless of the hands that they are playing and not folding. Tight Players – Players who don’t play a lot of hands and will regularly fold waiting for a stronger hand to be dealt. Passive players – Players who call or check hands that they are involved in. Aggressive players – Players who are betting or raising the hands that they are involved in. Most players are recognised by their playing styles as Tight/Loose Passive/Aggressive.
|Your position is determined by when it is your turn to act in the hand. The later you act in a hand, the more information you can determine about the hands of other players. It is hard to play a weak hand if you are playing first in the betting round as you do not see what other players where as placing a large bet in late position with weak cards could win you the pot. Of course you need to consider playing styles of the other players before playing in
|Reading your opponents and bluffing.|
|Reading your opponent is an important skill to try and master. Attempting to read a players hand based on what he has done in past hands or even past sessions, down to something as simple as a hand or facial gesture when they have a good hand can be an important factor in considering what to do when it is your turn. Even when you are not involved in a hand it is important to take note on how other players are playing, are they playing in any particular
pattern. Are they trying to bluff and represent something that they don’t really have. Some of these tells are easier to see in live games as opposed to online games.
|Known the odds.|
|Know what cards will give your hand a boost and make it better and know how many cards will give you a better hand. This is also described as how many “outs” you have. There maybe 6 cards left out of the cards you haven’t seen which may give you a better hand than your opponent so we can say you have 6 outs. If there are 46 cards that you haven’t seen yet then 6/46 is about 13% chance that a card will come out in the next show (46:6 or about 7.5:1). Use this with Pot odds which is about the pot size versus the value of the bet to stay in the hand. Pot size of $100 when $10 to call would be 10:1 (100/10) odds. Look for a hand odd better than a pot odd as it will represent a good value call.|
|It’s your turn next.|
|Think hard about what you should do on your turn before it gets to your
turn. Know if you want to fold/check or raise before it gets to you. Consider things like hand and pot odds before playing. Sometimes it might be worth seeing another card or another round of betting because you still have chances to make a better hand. Checking when you don’t have a hand could mean that you can see another card to make a hand. Raising aggressively when no-one seems to be making a move can pay off. Represent a strong hand by Check raising when you know other players don’t have hands and are doing similar. Raise to remove the weak hands from the current playing hand when you have a strong hand. Do not bluff continuously, use it sparingly
because will become a target. Don’t be afraid to fold, but equally, don’t be afraid to bet or raise. It is surprising the number of times players get chased down by simply calling their hands when they have strong hands. The best hands won are those that don’t have a showdown but when there is a showdown, you better believe that you have the best hand. Consider how many player are at your table. The less players, the less chance someone
will have a great hand.
|Big Stacks vs Small Stacks|
|If you are chipped up with a large stack, you are at an obvious advantage. You will be able to play more hands and odds do say, the more hands you play the more hands you are likely to win. This is the main reason why Large stacks seem to win more than small stacks, they can afford to lose a few chips.
Playing with a small stack means that you need to pick the hands you play with more care, as chips are at a premium. Try to steal small pots and then even go all in when the time is right to try and double you chips up. Of course don’t stick to the same strategy, because you will be an easy target.
|There is no particular strategy that will always give you a winning pot as
everyone plays differently. Remember that there are a lot of people out there looking for fun play and will call hands regardless of strength and you will get done on the river. Yes it is bad luck but in the long run, these players see less play if they don’t play strategically. Some players make their own luck by
considering the odds of playing a hand. Some say that the best strategy is a bit of each different type and all at different times, but remember, don’t become predictable.