Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Things you must do:

learn to put your opponents on a hand

Once you have mastered , it is time to put your knowledge to work. Try putting yourself in your opponents shoes, and learn to put them on a hand. Ask questions like €œWhy did he re-raise me that amount?, and €œwhy did he only call in the previous betting round?€. €œMaybe because he only called me, he has a kicker problem?

Learn how to bluff and semi-bluff the right times against the right players, and at the right frequency. Bluffing is often a misunderstood concept, and much to many beginner'™s dismay most pros use bluffs quite sparingly. A bluff can be very effective when used rarely, and where there is a seemingly low risk of being called by your opponent.

Changing Gears

Unpredictability can be good. Most pros can figure out a really loose player by waiting for the nuts and being patient. However, an even easier opponent is a tight player or a €œrock€, who plays only the Group 1 type hands. You need to change your game up, and let them see that you can run bluffs, and can play some lower value starting hands. These changes should be subtle and should not dramatically affect the flop rate .

Understand player position

...and how it is critical. Not only is it important to play strong hands, it is even more important in what position you play them. For example, the ideal position is the Button (the Dealer), as you are last to act, and have the advantage of watching all of the betting action before you need to make a decision. eg. If the action before you consists of a bet, a raise, and a re-raise, and you hold a pair of Tens, you might think that folding is the right decision.

Read books and take notes

Players can always learn more if they want to be a better poker player. Keep notes on what works and doesn̢۪t work for you, and eventually you will come up with a style of play that works uniquely for you and improves your game. .

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