Here are some tactics and strategies that can make you much more confident as well as a profitable poker player. These tips might not teach you how to win at every time but can help you improve, whether playing cash games, in live poker rooms, online or tournaments.
Play Lesser Number Of Hands And Do So Aggressively
There is a limit to how many starting hands can be played before a flop in No-Limit Texas Hold’em, even for the best players in the world. If trying to play too many hands, it is possible to bleed your money away. Developing an excellent pre-flop poker strategy is the fastest and easiest way to improve your bottom line. However, while developing such ranges is relatively easy to do, having the discipline to stick to them is quite challenging indeed. Try not to be impatient and play a hand that is not worth playing.
Do Not Limp If You Are The First Player
Limping, or simply calling the big blind pre-flop, should be avoided if you are the first player to enter a pot. There are two reasons why this play should be avoided:
- You cannot win the pot like you could have before the flop, even if you raise.
- You give the entailing players enticing pot odds, making it likely for you to face multiple players and hence less likely to win the pot.
The only situation in which it is acceptable to limp is when one other player has already limped. This is known as over-limping and can be a good play since you will get better pot odds to join the action. Hence, you can hit something good on the flop if luck favours you.
Semi-Bluff Aggressively with Your Draws
Bluffing effectively is the best way to crush your opponents at the game. However, bluffing ineffectively is one of the quickest ways to lose money at the table. So, it is crucial to keep the bluffing frequency under control. The best way to bluff is to bluff with hands which have outs to improve the best hand on another street later on, like flush draws, straight draws, or even an overcard or two to the board.
Fast-Play Strong Hands to Build the Pot and Make More Money
Slow-playing too often when the player has strong poker hands is a mistake common among players afraid of chasing other players out of the pot. It is best to bet the strong hands to build the pot and protect the equity in most cases. This is not to say it is always a good idea to bet/raise your strong hands post-flop. Check your strong hands if:
- It is unlikely you will be outdrawn.
- There are not many scare cards to prevent you from winning money on later streets.
- The range of the opponent is heavily weighted on hands with no showdown value.