19. March 2012 · Categories: Poker

If we speak in terms of statistical-mathematical one can say that to be a successful player, that is capable in the long run to create a profit, you must pass more of the rake (the percentage retained by the dealer during a hand) the average of the opponents . For example, if the rake is 5%, will exceed the average value of 5% of the opponents. This is not very difficult, for sure a few players spend their time reading poker books or courses like this: they prefer to jump immediately on the table and what is already a huge plus for those who decided to learn documenting.

Another interesting news is that the end is only 2 strategies to be implemented to become a good player:

  • Understand when it was ahead of opponent and act according to the position
  • Understanding when you are at a disadvantage compared to the opponent and act according to the position

It is obvious that it is impossible to take the right decision at any time, even the best in the world wrong. But the strongest players know that there is no need to always make the right choice, it is important more than the average of the opponents. Beginning to play at tables with low limits, we realize that it is quite simple, just just to play with some regularity. After increasing the bankroll you can move on to higher levels and increase their earnings.

Now we do a couple of examples involving the 2 strategies that we discussed earlier.

  1. Suppose you are holding two women at a table Limit $ 1 / $ 2. A single call from a player before us makes us assume that we are ahead, even if any A or K on the flop could create us serious problems. As we have seen in previous lessons, the best strategy in these situations is to revive as much as possible because who wants to call and see the flop needs to spend a lot: we aim only $ 2 and the player in early position calls us to form a flat $ 5.50 . The flop seems to be in our favor: 10 6 5. Almost certainly we are still ahead, the player before we checked, then call our bet by $ 1. The pot at this point is $ 7.50.

    The turn was another card that would give us problems: a 2 presents us with still more likely opponent forward. Since the limits on the turn and we aim to increase river $ 2 after check of the opponent, who promptly calls us the game. The dish is $ 11.50 in the meantime.

    Unfortunately, the river appears a card that we never wanted to see: a K. Our opponent this time out betting $ 2 and this leads us to suppose that we passed at a disadvantage. We have invested money in this pot $ 13.50 so our calling is almost obligatory although probably lose (around 85%).

    The opponent shows AK and takes away the pot even though we have played the hand as it should be played. This is poker. If we play the same hand several times, although not all win in the long run will be more than the victories and defeats.

  2. We are always in a table Limit $ 1 / $ 2. We sit next to the dealer button and we distribute 87s flower. A player calls the central position in the dark, most likely we leave behind, and our point is to be built, if that happens could be very damaging to the opponent, so we call the bet by $ 1. The position player in the small blind raises to $ 2 and the other opponent had bet that the first sees. At this point the pot is $ 6, so our investment of an additional dollar is justified with a suited connector.

    We call this raise and see the dealer turn the flop: Qc Jc 5d. The Small Blind $ 1 tip, the player who follows him and is now left to us to make a decision. In all probability we are still behind the opponent, but with 4/5 color is right to call $ 1 to $ 7 a plate.

    In turn, the dealer gives us the long-awaited paper flowers: 2f. The small blind is continuing to focus, and we we raise its $ 2 to $ 4. The reason for our increase is most likely to win the hand, so we want the dish to be as consistent as possible. It may also happen that your opponent has in hand a card higher than our 8 flowers, so you have to make expensive search for the fourth flowers on board. As expected, the Small Blind calls our raise.

    On the river a 10 of hearts, a card that does not make us very afraid. The adversary gives us the word and check on, and we bet $ 2 with a good chance that our color is the winning hand. However, unexpectedly, we experience a raise to $ 4, which presents us with 3 options of choice: re-raise, call or fold. The fold is obviously to be rejected, with a color in your hand is not unthinkable to see a $ 2 bet on a big pot, even if we think to be at a disadvantage compared to the opponent. The play is recommended in this case the call and not the recovery: our opponent could have played with 2 cards to flowers higher than ours, and therefore there is no need to give him more money.

    At the showdown the opponent shows 10 two that give us the victory. With the third 10 on the table did not think we could have the color and decided to raise, considering the point of having the largest. He made the common mistake among beginners to play only with their cards and not with those of their opponents, something a more experienced player would never do.