Online play has revived No Limit Texas Hold’em heads-up poker, a game that has become especially popular among today’s young players. Even I’ve become caught up in this trend.
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.
The longer you play poker with the same bunch of guys, the more likely it is that they’ll pick up on your tendencies. Not surprisingly, that will enable them to play better against you.
The advice in this column may seem counterintuitive at first, but soon you’ll understand why it actually makes sense to bluff more and play more aggressively against skilled opponents.
In a structured limit game, like $10-$20 Limit Hold’em, you’ll face simple decisions when it comes to betting: check, bet the designated amount, or raise. Players don’t have to think about how much to bet and raise because both actions are predetermined by the structure.
This topic originated from an interesting post in the forum section of my website: www.fullcontactpoker.com.
In a recent column, I covered deep-stack play in tournaments. This week, let’s look at how to play a healthy stack in live games.
Poker has changed in many ways. The game has mainstreamed and its tactics have evolved. And there are just so many more great players today than in the past. It is remarkable to see how quickly these players have been able to introduce new winning poker strategies.
The only true way to get better at poker is to dedicate lots of hours to practice.