Late Position Texas Holdem

Posted by pokermoney | online poker | Monday 12 November 2012 9:38 am

Playing late position Texas Holdem there are rewards.

If you are playing in late position in a hold em game then you can set yourself up to reap rewards. If you have spent the time reading the other players you know which ones who will defend their blinds. Some folks will defend a blind against all common sense.

If they are defending the blind with poor cards, you have got them beat and soon their chips will be in your stack. A late position raise will force them to defend the blinds. If they are foolish enough to do so. Good for you.

Or the two seats immediately to the right of the button means that there is less of a chance of being raised since you are acting last or nearly last. If you have a hand that would normally just let you limp into the pot, you might consider raising. This might force the players between you and the button to fold their cards. You in a sense, buy the button with the raise.

If no one has raised before the bet gets to you then you are in a good position the steal the blinds with a raise. If you have the possibility of a good hand and miss it on the flop. Do the professional thing and fold. There is no sense chasing the hand down through the turn and the river. Just because you raised before the flop does not mean that you are married to the hand. Throw it away if you miss.

The raise in late position confuses the enemy. They might deduce that the raise in late position is done just because you are in late position. But they will not know. They may suspect that you are raising just to eliminate players but they will not be certain.

If the players on the big and small blinds are the type to defend them at all costs you will still have position on them throughout the hand. This does mean that you should play every hand that is delt to you in late position. let’s face it. You are going to get some garbage hands.

If after the flop the flop you have made a good hand or are drawing to the best hand then take advantage of your position. if someone bets into you, raise. If they check to you, bet.

If you use this strategy there will come a point when even the dullest player catches on that you always raise the pot when you are on the button even if you only have a mediocre hand. They will begin to call you. Without twitching a muscle in your face you sigh and say to yourself, “Ahhh, let the money roll.”

You say this because you are not always going to have a hand just to draw to. From time to time you are going to have very good cards. Good enough to beat the board. It is with these hands that you recoup all of those hopeful raises and make lots of money.


Posted by pokermoney | online poker | Thursday 12 January 2012 6:07 pm

There are all kinds of online poker players and there are many kinds of poker rooms too. Ideally what you want to do when you choose a poker room is fulfill your goals as a player and have a good time.

There are players who are there for the money. They treat the game of online poker as a job, and they must pay the bills with it. This is one of the amazing consequences of the Internet, which has created many new professions, including online poker pro. Usually young kids who cannot resist the opportunity of making a living while just playing a game. But let me just give a word of caution: it is like being a movie star or a rock star. Many people want to do it but very few succeed on a long term basis. Also you probably do not get what you except if you take this career path. Only people who are really deeply fond of games and online games can make it through the ups and downs of poker variance and downswings.

Then there are the casual players, and they form the majority of online poker players. Of course they want to make money too, but they usually have a full time job, and it is not their priority to spend a lot of time on improving their poker skills. They want to have fun before anything, and this is what poker offers, an exciting game involving a mix of strategy and luck. Some of these casual players are very skilled, while others are big gamblers who have no patience but just want to run over their opponents fast and take their money. Like the maniacs, they do not stay long at a table, but when they show up amazing action is guaranteed.

So given all the player types, there are rooms that may better satisfy your needs. I recently came across this room, pokerview. This is a smaller room on the Everleaf Gaming Network and it could be of interest to both new players or experienced sharks. There are two very interesting features at Pokerview. First they allow US players, and there are only a handful of such offering at the moment, so if you live in America it is worth considering. Second you can see your opponents through the webcams, and this is truly unique. A real cross between poker and the Internet.

If you use a pokerview bonus code you will be entitled to a 100% bonus up to $600. This room is good for all players. If you are new to poker, it is a lot of fun to see your real opponents at the table, instead of just their avatars. If you are experienced, then this is a less travelled room and as such there is a lot of money to be made by prying on less knowledgeable players. You can even pretend to be a fish by displaying yourself as one, like pretending to drink beer or acting wild and crazy. So try it and have a good time on the virtual felt.

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The life of a rock

Posted by pokermoney | online poker | Saturday 19 November 2011 5:28 pm

Are you a rock? In other words a very tight-passive player? If so you need to change your style.

Your problem is not that you play such a tight-passive style, but that many people know it. You are too predictable, a fatal error. You have to change your approach. By the way do you get all benefits you can get, such as the code bonus pokerstars?

Your style is so obvious that even fairly weak players perceive that they can bluff you. In fact, you will be the target of more bluffs and steals than anyone else. You really do not want people to try to bluff you especially those who virtually never bluff, because some of their attempts will succeed and you are encouraging them to play better.

This style of play would bore most people, and it may bore you, but the boredom is probably not that great. You do not seriously expect to win much, and you like a slow pace and steady wins with infrequent, small losses. Besides, like many patient people, you probably do not bore easily.

Your pattern of strengths and weaknesses works only in certain games. If you pick the right games, you will win a little. If you pick the wrong games, you will lose. Here are your major strengths.

Poker rewards patience above all, and you have lots of it. You can sit there all day, just folding hand after hand. You will be especially successful in the lowest limit stud games (such as $1-$5) because there is no ante or a tiny one, and the bring-in is trivial.

You will succeed in almost all low-limit games because so many people play so loosely. They will stay in with almost anything and chase you when you clearly have them beat. They also tend to be oblivious. Some of them will not even recognize your style, and lots of them will not adjust to it. They will give you much more action than you deserve.

Many rocks play primarily to pass the time and to supplement pensions or other small, fixed incomes. This style satisfies both needs very, very well. It gives you something to do and produces a steady stream of small wins with infrequent losses. This is pretty much the opposite of people who play roulette online.

Here are your major weaknesses.

A complete rock is going to lose against fairly skilled players, but he probably will not lose much. You do not get enough value from your winners, are very vulnerable to bluffs, and do not steal enough (or perhaps any) pots. You also give too many free cards and some of them will beat you and you fold to thin value raises.

You may be frustrated when you get no action on your good hands, and it will happen frequently. Lots of rocks complain: “I’ve had garbage all day. I finally get trip aces, and nobody stays!”

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Big pot

Posted by pokermoney | online poker | Saturday 18 December 2010 5:19 pm

I love to win big pots. It’s not every day you get to win a 36 big bet pot in fixed limit $40/$80 is it. You need the right set of ingredients obviously.

1) Pre flop betting which is capped seven ways. 2) Some idiot who jams with AK on a raggy paired board. 3) Some other idiot who jams with a baby gutshot multiway. 4) Probable pocket overpair to the flop. 5) I flopped trips and it felt great.

The biggest challenge by far is managing to get the pot capped preflop seven ways. People just don’t cold call four bets much in that game. About the only way to get this is by having limp-reraisers. In this pot we’ve got two; AKs up front and 65s in the back.

When the preflop betting is insane, the flop betting usually is as well. It’s not only a time for everyone to bet (or call) the best hand, it’s also a time for hyper-aggressive nutcases to try and leverage out anyone who has a prayer of sucking out in such a big pot. We get to see the much hailed ‘Three Bet For a Free Card Play’ fail miserably too.

Of course, what’s a big pot story without some kind of runner runner suckout? I’m sure AK was cursing my flush, without once considering that he was an even bigger underdog every post flop round.

Anyway the board was 2d 3c 2h Ac Jc and this felt good to win such a large pot in fixed limit texas holdem. But you would really have to play many hands before you see such a pot. Most hands have way smaller pots and this can only occur with the proper conjunction of factors, like a few players with big draws. This is how you can be a profitable player, if you know how to best play when such opportunities arise.

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A miracle river

Posted by pokermoney | online poker | Tuesday 27 April 2010 2:24 pm

A great read

This hand was played at a pokerstars $1/$2 NL table. The buy in was $200. I was in the cut off and limped with 22 after a bunch of other limpers. The flop was seen 8 way including both blinds.

The pot was $16 and the flop came 4c2h5h. Both blinds checked. EP limper (who is very loose) bet $6. The next limper who is even looser called. The next player raised to $18. The raiser (I’ll call him Mr Tight) is the winningest player in my PokerTracker database among players with a significant number of hands. He plays very well but also is very predictable. He enters the pot voluntarily only 12% of the time. He had a little more than a full stack as I did. There was no doubt in my mind that he had either a higher set, 99 or TT. He would have raised pre flop with a higher pair and he would not slow play a set in this spot.

This was a very tough spot for me because I was 75% sure he had a higher set. I needed to reraise to get any draws out but he would have gone all in for sure with a set, but I was not sure if he would with the overpair. He never talks in chat but he had to know me as well as I know him if he’s as good as I think he is. We’ve played a couple 1000 hands together. I almost folded my set, but decided that the pot was going to be big and I wanted to see the action at the turn so I flat called.

The button also called, but everyone else folded. The pot was $82 by then. Mr Tight had about $180 left. I had about $200 and the button had about $60 left. The turn was the ace of diamond, so the board was now 4c2h5hAd.

Mr Tight checked to me. That was strange. He was obviously afraid that one of us had a straight draw and just hit the straight. If I bet, Mr Tight will have to fold an overpair, but will call with a set trying to catch his boat. If the button was not in the hand, I might go all in right now but I was afraid that he had a straight, so I was stuck in the middle. I decided to bet $35 and see how they reacted. They both called. Ok, I was done with the hand. I was 100% sure that Mr Tight had 55 or 44. The button very well may have a 3 for a straight. He only had $25 left but probably would not go all in because he wanted Mr tight to call the $35.

The pot was $187 at his point. The Gods of Poker were obviously happy with me that day, because the river was the 2 of diamond. The board had paired and Mr Tight was now leading out for $74. Man, I actually felt sorry for him. I just hit a 1 outer! I raised all in knowing full well that he was going to call with his full house. The button folded and Mr tight called as expected and I won the almost $500 pot. The cards did not show but I knew what he had.

He was playing at another table I was at, so on the other table I said “55 or 44?”. I had never seen him say a word in chat and I had tried to get him to answer before, but this time he said “check the hand history”. I said “if you did not have 55 or 44, I have been giving you way too much credit”. He did not answer.

A few minutes later someone who was playing at both my tables (where I had $500 on each table) asked me if I was a pro. Now Mr Tight piped in and said “yeah he is a pro at hitting 1 outers for $500 pots”.

You think he was a little bitter? I promise you, I came very very close to folding my set on the flop because he is so predictable.

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The weak tight style

Posted by pokermoney | online poker | Monday 21 September 2009 3:55 pm

The Weak-tight play is the worse poker playing style. Avoid like the plague.

If you find out you have a tendency to play this way, you must make a concerted effort to change the way you play poker, as this is a losing style. This is something that many sensible players take conscious efforts against turning into. There are many players who literally feast on the weak-tight players.

Consider the term “weak tight”. If this term is compared with terms like “weak loose” or “strong tight”, it is obvious that the problem does not lie with the “tight” part at all. A tight, aggressive play is the best approach in a game of poker. We know that weak-loose play means playing too many hands and folding too often before showdown. But weak-tight is much more a difficult situation to deal with.

There are some basic aspects connected with weak-tight play. Let’s look into a couple of examples.The first aspect is the lack of realization that you might need to risk a loss in order to make a win. To win a bet, you will have to be in pots that make bets. To win a few times, you will have to lose many times. But, you should not be ever concerned about losing a pot; only that the play you are following should be mathematically correct. You will be able to win only if you accept losses also.

The next aspect is about the fact that you need to very rarely let others dictate the pace for you. Weak-tight players constantly react to others and rarely make the others react to their moves. They often fight battles that are chosen by their opponents.

These are actually the fears that exist at basically any limit, but this is considered as a bigger risk especially in the low limit. This is because in such games, people would tend to make a call to the river even if they have a weak hand. Therefore, throwing lots of money on a particular hand can be risky, as there will be more suck outs.

It is often worse to make a check or a call rather than a raise when you have a good hand. It will certainly help you to end up with winning a bigger pot. You might be able to still win hands by just calling and checking. However, you tend to lose a big sum of money very fast especially when making a raise and an open. That is likely to happen if you are aggressive and get booted out on the river.

So, this is the reason why the large number of online games becomes very easy to beat. Players do not really begin to charge when they are holding a good hand. This is not the way to grow your gambling bankroll.

They will be more concerned on useless issues. For example, they might be more concerned about useless ideas like losing the previous pots after having driven the betting. They will never accept the mathematically correct plays based on statistics. This is in spite of them knowing that this sort of mathematics exists and works.

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