As I journey through the small stakes no limit holdem world, I see the same things occurring frequently. I have noted areas where I have seen mistakes made by the weaker players but also the regulars, so not only are these tips for people who want to graduate from micro stakes to small stakes but it also works as a lessons learnt summary for people currently playing small stakes.
1. An Instant snap bet on the river (usually pot sized) is the majority of the time a sign of extreme strength. This may be a re-raise all in or a big bet when you have bet the flop and turn and then check the river out of position,. Top pair top kicker is no longer good here. The only time you should be calling here is if you have a read on your opponent that he will bluff/bet on the river when checked to when you are trying to trap.
2.A double barrel stab by certain opponents on the turn and river once you bet the flop and check/call the turn is again a sign of extreme strength. Top pair top kicker is very rarely good here. The opponent types to look out for are either fish/bad players or regulars who play extremely face up on the flop. In other words regulars who like to showdown top pair hands and bet their monsters and who rarely bluff. Use your Holdem manager stats to check their float/steal percentages. If its less than 50%, then you can safely say when they double barrel stab the turn and river they have a very strong holding.
3. This tip is similar to the previous one and again is related to the tight bad regulars who play more or less straight forward on the flop. A line I take sometimes to balance my c-betting range is to check top pair top kicker on the flop for deception against these bad regulars. If they check the flop , you can usually delay c -bet the turn and bet the river to get two streets of value as your opponent is less likely to believe that you hold top pair, especially if the turn brings a back door draw. They will usually call you down with a medium pocket pair.
However if they bet the flop when you check it and then proceed to bet the turn and river, you are a more than likely in very bad shape and as hard as it is to fold top pair, you must do so in this spot on the river. Only call if you have a nailed down read that opponent is bluff happy in these spots.
4.Bluffing in small stakes poker is overrated. People love calling and especially so at small stakes. If you play a decent TAG or LAG style and you value bet thinly, then there usually is very little reason to bluff at small stakes. Therefore if you are inclined to bluff, ensure that you have a good read on your opponent that they are weak tight and also bad hand readers. Also try and only bluff when your opponents range is weak. This means refrain from re-raising all in on the river if your opponent has bet 3 streets unless you are sure he is hyper aggressive while having the betting lead. Look out for spots where opponent has shown weakness in smaller pots and try a few over bets as bluffs to fold out his weaker paired and Ace high type hands.
5. Do not call 3 bets in position with hands like KQ, AJ against opponents until you have built up some 3 betting dynamics. Even though your HUD might state that the 3 bettor is betting 11% of hands versus pre flop raises from steal position, it does not make it ok to call with weaker broadway hands without a read. if you don’t have a grasp of his 3 betting strategy versus you i.e whether its a polarised or a fluid range, than you will get yourself into many tough situations post flop where you will either win a small pot or lose a buy in. The safer option with these type of hands without understanding his 3betting range/strategy is to either fold or 4 bet bluff and fold to a shove.
Originally dating back to the ancient Chinese game Pai Gow, once combined with the modern top-ranking casino card game poker, Pai Gow Poker became the next biggest thing. It reminds people of 7-Card Stud, but once you get into the game play, you will see that there are distinctions considered unconventional for the regular poker action.
This game differs in several aspects, including the number of cards being dealt per hand, the ways in which hands are ranked – only in specific cases, not all rankings, and the game pace. Namely, unlike poker, the players here are able to savour the action a while longer, while at the same time thinking for the best possible move and card combination. As long as you put your bet before any cards are dealt, and it’s within the minimum and maximum amount, you should be good to go.
Rules of Game Play
Pai Gow Poker is played with a standard 52-card deck and a single Joker. During game play, each player is dealt 7 cards in total, allowing players to make two hands, one containing five cards and the other containing 2. The five-card hand is also known as high-hand, or ‘behind’, while the 2-card hand is known as the low hand, i.e. up-front.
So you have decided training is for you—great! Poker training and proper study is what really sets a good player apart. But what should you look for in a training site? Here are ten criteria to keep an eye on:
More Than a Poker Instruction Manual
Make sure you’re getting value for your money. They should be doing a lot more than just telling you how to play the game. Any small child can learn the basic rules of poker in twenty minutes, but that certainly doesn’t make them a winner. Winning takes strategy and technique.
All Skill Levels
Poker technique does not work the same for all levels of play. A seasoned player, for instance, can get away with a lot more moves than a beginner. A good poker training site will cater to all skill levels.
Pro poker may be a male dominated field but there are plenty of women with the skills, guts and wits to make their mark.
Of these, Linda Johnson is quite possibly the most important woman to sit at the felt – not necessarily for her impressive skills but for her contribution to poker as a whole. The ‘First Lady of Poker’ has been a WSOP bracelet winner, a publisher for Card Player Magazine, founder of the Tournament Director’s Association and Tour Announcer.
But is she the most important woman in poker? Let’s have a look at some of her achievements.
Poker Playing Skills
Though she started playing in 1974, it wasn’t until 1997 that the First Lady won herself a bracelet at a WSOP event, landing her big win in the $1,500 seven-card razz event. Whilst she’s been involved in and played multiple games, she’s yet to secure another bracelet.
The first thing you need to realise is that playing poker online is very different to playing poker in the usual face-to-face way. It’s a whole different ball game, well, card game. You may be very good at reading someone who is sat in front of you, but when it’s online, the number of ‘tells’ are reduced. They don’t talk, you can’t hear their voice – all you have really is their betting patterns. So, forget what you know about face-to-face poker – online poker is a world apart. For example, some newcomers to online poker can’t get their heads around having a set amount of time to act. It can be a major change from the live poker world where a player usually has at least a few minutes to make their decision before being in danger of having the clock called. Online is different – you only have a certain amount of time to act.
Secondly, we recommend that you start playing at the smaller tables first. Just because you may be a poker gun in real tournaments or down your local pub or RSL, it doesn’t mean you’ll be a weapon of mass destruction in the online world. Be safe, go to the smaller tables and learn the differences between playing online and in person. Get used to the software and know the website you are using inside out. Understand the differences between online and real live poker on the smaller tables first.
In poker, it’s important to be properly bankrolled for the games you play. A failure to play within your roll will put you at risk of going broke, which is bad not only because it means you’ve lost a lot of money, but also because it means you won’t be able to continue playing.
Your bankroll is all the money you have available that you’re willing to spend on playing poker. If you have balances at five different sites, then it is the sum of all those different account balances that is your bankroll. Similarly, if you have $100 on one of the sites but you’re willing to deposit another $400 without any problem, then your bankroll is $500.
Texas Hold’em is an exciting variation of poker you might well have seen on TV. It has become the most popular form of poker in the world and it can be played at brick and mortar casinos or online at many US poker sites. The rules are not as complicated as they might seem at first and our handy guide to the basics of Texas Hold’em will help you to start playing for real.
The Aim of the Game in Texas Hold’em
As with most forms of poker, the aim in Texas Hold’em is to have the best hand of five cards. This is achieved by making the best combination from the two cards each player is dealt and the five community cards which are dealt face up on the table.
All usual poker rankings are used and are, in ascending order, high card, one pair, two pair, three of a kind, straight, flush, full house, four of a kind, straight flush, royal flush.