Today, I want to honor my loyal readers by sharing the “secret” for Winning at the Poker table: Don’t Lose. In a few words, the idea is simply to minimize the number of hands – as well as reduce the size of the pot – that you lose. Yes, it is probably easier to convey than to implement; but here is the recipe. (I recommend that we keep this secret amongst ourselves; don’t tell your enemies. They are “foes.”)
Note: If you do not succeed in using this opinion, you are sure to be lucky. On that fundamentals, and if you win your fair share of hands, the fare to play will make sure you will lose over a long period of time. The fare is divided into a casino sweep, a drop for a Bad Beat Jackpot, as well as a guide to the dealer.
In this week’s column, we’ll highlight The Secret to Winning highlights. In the next column, we will go into a number of important “nuts and bolts” visit KaptenPoker.
• As well as going into play for a moment, think seriously about game selection and table structure. It is best just to play your favorite games at bets that you are comfortable with; concentrate on that kind of poker. Don’t be a “jack of all trades, master of none”.
Regarding table structure, I am getting more and more happy playing at a non-aggressive table with a few improvements before the unsuccessful. It often makes it so expensive to always see what doesn’t work. In my opinion, loose play with limited preflop increments is best.
• The important possibility is to avoid the losing starting hand. Invest your valuable chips only in the hands of the beginners who have the greatest potential for winning. My Hold’em algorithm makes it easy to implement.
• After choosing the right starting hand, the next way to avoid losing is to continue on that hand only if it is better for unsuccessfulness. It means to be a strong hand or, at a minimum, to have some good things – at least seven. (Of course, if everyone checks for unsuccessfulness, you get a free card.)
• Hold’em alerts are valuable ideas when you are dealt a marginal start card (limit). Call to see if it doesn’t work if it is a multiway hand (three or more enemies defend) and there is no pay increase.
• Know when and how to bluff using Esther Bluff with Reverse Tell. Don’t try to bully the “call station”.
• Emphasize to use all the skills you have built. (And don’t stop studying while you are playing poker). This includes:
- Identify “opponents” – how they play their hand – and stay alert to see what they mention. Use the info whenever appropriate, such as what hands they might be holding.
- Take care of your hands if necessary by betting or raising and using Esther Bluff to clear the playing field.
- Build pot size when you catch monsters.
- With a hand draw, use the amount of good outs to quickly see what the (predicted) pot’s chances are high enough to guarantee a call.
- Take a break from games / tables to avoid tipping after the Bad Beat, and to refresh yourself.
- Be the one to manage the game whenever possible. (Keeping your enemies guessing.)
If you do all of this right, you are bound to lose less and less chips when you lose. It will make you a champion for a long period of time.