Poker is a game of many different strategies. Some of them are good, some are bad, most are somewhere in the middle. A lot of players that play poker think that tight is bad and never win. They lose for a variety of reasons, but mainly because they are playing with the wrong hands. Playing tight is a common problem with new players. They try to tighten up and play only the best hands, but this doesn’t always work. Even if it did work, how would you know if the hands you were playing were good? Would you even want to play them? Many players loosen up when they learn how. Playing loose can be good and bad, depending on how you want to play.
Tight play is when you take a relatively lower number of cards into every hand you play, except for your monster hands. You want to be very selective with your hole cards, and call only with very good hands. Here’s why:
1) Better hands lead to more profits.2) You will have a lower amount of players at the table, which means a lower amount of money at the showdown.3) If you limp and get low cards, nobody will want to take you on.4) If you raise and get low cards, nobody will call you because they don’t want to risk their chips on the hand.
Some people make the mistake of holding back and underbetting the right hands. Underbetting the right hands, means holding back and waiting for pocket Aces, Kings, Queens, and A-K. This way you can be sure that any hand you call will have a good price. This is also a great way to make more money off of your big hands.
The main problem is getting all your money in with the best hand. The real drawback is that you won’t always win, and getting all your money in when you have the worst hand is common. The way to combat this is to raise less and try and trap your opponents. Don’t be scared to take the pot down with a big hand, like double or nothing double or nothing.
Even when you do hit the flop, here are some things to consider.
1) How much did you win?2) Did your opponent pay you off?3) Did your opponent go all-in on a later betting round then call your raise?4) Did your opponent check the flop?
This is the essence of poker, guessing, and looking for the signs of weakness. Best of luck, and remember to have fun!
All too often I’ll hear someone say, “I bet you didn’t hit.” Really? How? I didn’t say anywhere that I’m not going to bet, I said I would only bet with a very good hand. So if you can’t answer, then don’t bet.
A lot of people say they bet because it’s a psychologicalWire to make money, but I really think it’s because they feel good. If you want to feel good, be aggressive. If you’re constantly scared to bet you’re not making money.
Try to take on the exact opposite stance that your opponent took. If he was aggressive and bet on the button, try to bet on the dealer.
To a lot of people, betting is weakness. figures like this make me laugh, and also make me very happy.
I’ve Bet My Cards Before
If you are going to bet, you should already have a fairly good idea of the strength of your cards. It doesn’t matter what your cards are, you’ve already done your homework. If you are at a casino, take a look at the middle of the table. There are a lot of people playing poker now, so you want to keep your eye on the players and the chips. You want to be able to recognize easily who is a strong or a weak one.
Also, if you see a player is getting aggressive with their chips, you know that in the end they’re not doing a lot of thinking on their moves. They know what the chips mean and they know themselves to be aggressive. You, on the other hand, are figuring out what they’re going to do sooner than they do. The forward thinking of the conservative player is that they’ll fold any hand that is not great. The passive player is going to call through with any hand worse than maybe an Ace or a King.
Be wary of players who are excessively aggressive. These players are predictable and they know what they’re doing. They’re going to stick around much longer than expected, because they’re not doing anything with their hands so why should you be any different.
The blinds just keep on coming. And everyone is going to play more aggressively than they have in the past.