Eight Quick Poker Strategy Tips

Texas hold’em poker is all about doing lots of small things right. If you follow these 8 poker strategy tips you will make more money.

1. You must keep your emotions in check.

First and foremost, you must not allow your emotions to influence your decisions at the poker table. If you allow yourself you get frustrated after taking a bad beat and start making irrational moves to force people to fold it is a quick way to lose even more money. Logic is needed at the poker table when determining what play to make not emotion.

2. Study your opponents.

Watch how they bet. People are creatures of habit and in texas hold’em poker it is no different. Some people may play conservatively, folding a lot of starting hands and not betting or calling much. Others may play very loose player what seems like every hand regardless of the starting hand strength. If you watch your opponent’s habits, you will soon be able to start to anticipate what they will do in given situations. This you can use this knowledge to your advantage.

3. Play tight.

Pick and choose what starting hands you play. We’ve actually dedicated an entire article to playing tight poker because it’s such an important concept to understand when you are first getting started. Don’t be afraid to fold pre-flop when your pocket cards are weak. By playing fewer hands, you ensure that you are more likely to make the best hand.

4. Putting players on a hand.

Pay attention to the action and the player’s tendencies so that you can put your opponent’s on likely holdings. It is not possible to put opponents on a single hand, but you can put them on a range of hands, and then you can evaluate how this range connects with flops to figure out how you should act/bet. For instance, if a tight player raises from early position, then you can be pretty confident they have a strong hand. But if a loose aggressive opponent raises from late position, they can be doing this with a much wider range, and you should act accordingly.

5. Attacking weakness.

If everyone keeps checking or making very small bets on a particular poker hand then perhaps no one has what they feel is a good hand. If you make a relatively large bet you may be able to steal the pot. Take into account the amount already in the pot because you must make your bet proportional to the pot, or at least a high enough amount that it would scare those who don’t have a strong hand into folding.

6. Don’t give tells.

Try to keep your poker play somewhat consistent, especially when it comes to timing and bet sizing. By this I mean don’t just bet according to what your hole cards are or very observant players will be able to make an educated guess as to what your starting hand strength is based on how much you bet. To avoid giving tells, you should look to take the same amount of time for each decision. You should also look to size your bets to maximize your profits against bad players that aren’t paying attention but you need to be more consistent in your bet sizing against better players otherwise you risk giving up information about your hands.

7. Playing short stacked in a tournament.

When you’re short stacked in a poker tournament, you really don’t have the time to wait around for premium hands. Don’t be afraid to put your chips in the middle to try and double up. Don’t make the mistake of playing too many starting hands by smooth calling and defending your small or big blind. This will decrease the amount you will be able to bet later when you have a good starting hand you can bet aggressively with. This strategy relies on actually making a hand. As you know, making hands in texas hold’em can be difficult.

8. Playing against maniacs.

There will be players you encounter at the poker table that just keep betting you out of pots. If an opponent is betting players out of pots then use aggression against him, and wait till you get a good starting hand and trap him when he tries to buy the pot.

Also, when playing against an aggressive player, you must pick and choose starting hands and not be afraid to play aggressively when your pocket cards allow. Aggressive players count on players folding more often than not. You pretty much know if a player keeps raising a lot of hands pre-flop, then he probably doesn’t have strong starting hands every time so he must be bluffing some of the time.

Hopefully the following 8 poker strategy tips will improve your game and take it to the next level.