Poker Strategy -- The Top Five No-Limit Hold'em Lessons

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Most players try to end hands early when they feel like they have the best hand. But this is backward thinking. End hands early with strong bets when you have nothing but a weak draw. Allow hands to reach showdown when you actually have something to show down! They tend to play strategies that are extremely transparent, overly simplistic, and inflexible.

Your job as a poker player is to identify the strategy each opponent is using and deploy a counter strategy. In many cases, the two cards in your hand become irrelevant. My experience is that the players that are always thinking about their hands never figure it out.

Find Ed on Facebook at facebook. Michael over 1 year ago. I agree with you that it is good to mix it up. I like to play a tight game when out of position, but I love to make a small 3 or 4 bet in late position to try to narrow the field - many times I am able to take down the pot right then. Course if I have a monster hand I will change that strategy of play up a bit to build the pot.

Mixing it up is worthy for people to understand as its importance is significant, you never want an opponent to be able to predict your game of play.

I agree with you on 1. You can 4 bet, fold or even call in position to make them play a big pot from a bad spot. If you raise most of the time and then limp you are giving away some information about your hand strength and hurting your game overall.

Also by raising you are forcing people to further identify their hand strength. You will notice that he indicated in Vegas, which would imply a very wide range of players at the table..

And also requires you to play tighter.. Are you ever priced into a call at or when you know you are behind? Are we never to 'gamble'? And 'barreling' tends to work for a bit, but when you have to start showing down or folding as the session gets longer or players get more familiar with you then I feel this can start costing you chips I have one regular that I play with and he is a huge Turn and River over-bettor and generally he gets a decent stack early in his sessions, but eventually he gets chased down or trapped and ends up with 1 or 2 rebuys more than he books wins.

I see lots of players change their raise sizes if they are up or down to try and play larger pots to 'catch up' or 'ride the wave'. All of these rules can counter each other opponent dependent, but I generally do way much better against unknown opponents and when I can sit down for a longer than normal session That is a recipe for Vegas poker, not your local card room. I play in 2 different rooms regularly and the robots don't survive very well but these general guide lines are easily forgotten Thanks for the list!!

LiveNLH over 5 years ago. Respect Ed as a player and writer, have couple of his books. Out of position, I prefer to have smaller pots preflop so I have more room to work to play later streets.

Plyrs at this level give away alot in their bet sizing. Even if I've airballed flop calling a raise with 89s, I still often glean alot from opponents to steal later. To me, later streets is where the best players thrive. By the river, a good player has firm idea of whether he is value betting or bluffing AND sufficient read of opponents to know how they will respond.

Bottomline, if players employ a strict fit or fold style OOP then Lesson 1 applies more. Daniel16 almost 5 years ago. Best advice so far!! Thanks for the tips they work! Mike56 over 4 years ago. I disagree entirely limping is a good thing especially if your hand is the kind that can crush ak qq or Your hand range regardless of position is q10 56s j9s pocket By raising with these hands you initiate aggression and pay more when you miss the flop entirely and further more with a hand like j9s it can be dangerous.

Say you get a flop like q k 4 with 2 spades and your suited in spades. Great flop for you a flush draw and straight draw ak king just hit his top pair but because you raised you paid triple to see the flop and have to pay even more to see the the turn and river and ak could be suited to.

Your vulnerable here and you may hit and win a big pot but if you limped you would win a decent pot or just lose a little when you miss. Being well-rested will help you focus the next day and give you the energy you need to build castles at the table. It will also save you from pumping your body full of artificial sugars and crap by drinking a dozen cups of coffee or Red Bulls.

Bringing food to a poker tournament benefits me in two ways. First, I always have something to eat if I am hungry, and I try to make it something healthy. Granola bars and nuts are quick pick-me-ups that oftentimes have good amounts of protein as well. This will provide me with a nice meal during the tournament and keep me away from the greasy snack bar.

Second, when I take food, it makes me feel like I am going to be in that poker room all day. Sure, I could run middle set into top set during my first orbit and hit the rail — that happens sometimes.

Finally, I think that players should focus on the way they dress. But I also think style can have an effect on your opponents as well. In my experience, I believe players react to me differently based upon the way I dress. On the contrary, when I wear a button-up shirt or something more casual, players are more likely to engage with me and perhaps give away some of their secrets.

I believe that talking with neighbors in between hands can unearth crucial information for the future. You tend to play the most hands with the people sitting next to you because of the relation to the button and blinds, which can make being open and social with your nearest neighbors a useful strategy.

Consider these tips when preparing to play your next poker tournament in order to give yourself a better chance to succeed. Everybody needs an account at one of these online poker rooms! They're the biggest, the best, and we get you the best poker bonuses.

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