If you’re playing small ball poker, you’ll be entering a lot of pots, and in most of them, you’ll be coming in for a 2 ½ times the big blind raise.
A common mistake made by amateurs is that they often get involved in big pots with marginal hands when they’re out of position.
Defending your big blind isn’t easy. You’ll be out of position for the entire hand unless the raise comes from the player in the small blind.
It’s common for beginners to set themselves up for disaster by misplaying hands before the flop. Then, they complain about their bad luck when they lose.
Many poker books make the claim that it’s never correct to raise the minimum amount in no limit Hold’em. I disagree. It’s a mistake to use the words never or always with regards to how to play a poker hand.
You need to make adjustments to your game when switching between cash games and tournaments. One important adjustment relates to blind stealing – making a pre-flop raise with the intention of winning the blinds by inducing players in the blinds to fold.
Playing correctly from the small blind can be frustrating and confusing.
In No Limit Hold’em, much like video games and karate lessons, you need to master one level before you can move on to the next. In karate, as your skill level increases, your instructor presents you with the next belt. But in poker, only you can decide when it’s time […]
Common wisdom in Texas Hold’em suggests that you should raise before the flop if you’re planning to play a hand. The saying goes, “Raise or fold,” but is that correct? Well, it’s not the worst advice but limiting yourself to one of these two options would be a mistake.
I recently played in a $25-50 No Limit Hold’em game online. The hand discussed in this column was interesting because it taught a valuable lesson regarding position, the board cards, and reading betting patterns.