Playing styles is crucial in poker so you really have to vary your playing pace and throw a wrench occasionally into your opponents’ expectations of you by changing your strategy suddenly. Here in this poker blog are some of the ways to avoid being boxed in.
First of all, pay attention carefully where to bluff. For instance, you bluff always at the flop. The smart players will catch you and start calling you on the flop. So, you will be forced to reveal the strength on the turn. In order to avoid this, vary where in the pot you bluff, switching occasionally so they will never know what hand you really have.
Secondly, vary your pre flop play. Learning from the book and playing it accordingly to that can be disadvantageous to you. Once the players realize that you look for the standard small pairs or suited connectors, you should also raise it once even if you have a medium hand especially if you are lucky to be in the late position.
Third, you need to pay attention to how much you bet. Never bet based on how much your hand is really worth, but how much your opponents hand is worth. Weak or new poker players will let you know what their hand is worth by betting its value. The masters of the game will bet how much they think you value your hand. You can then bluff them out but only if your bluffing patterns are in themselves not predictable. If you bluff all the time, they will call you. So, maintain a healthy balance so they will never be able to completely read your strategy.
For example, you find yourself with a high full house. Bet hard as your opponent will probably have a smaller house. But what should you do with a more ambiguous hand like if you have flush and the board is paired? In this case, the best strategy is to bet about half to around two thirds of the pot, expecting that someone will call. If you bet hard, you are likely to push someone who does have a strong hand like full house to call.
Another great way to lead your opponent-hook, line and sinker. For instance, someone is raising and your instinct feel that he isn’t just bluffing. Bet small and watch him raise and then re-raise. It is a powerful mood if you hit a weird straight and you are certain that your opponent has a set or two pair.
This kind of gameplay needs a balance of skill and sensitivity to other people. The players should know the rules of the game, but be willing to break them. Think two steps ahead of your opponent while being focused completely on what’s going on at the table at any given instant. You should try to pull it off with calm and composure while remembering at the end of the day that poker is just a game so you should have fun.
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