BEST CASH GAME STRATEGY
To win at cash tables the best you can do is developing a tight-aggressive style: Be selective pre-flop, fold any hands that you suspect being in the grey zone and play winning hands aggressively. Especially at tables with lots of action, which you always find at Best Poker rooms: 888 | BWIN | PARTY this style is almost always winning.
Pay attention to your opponents. Observe them, study them. Even if you are out of a game use this time to guess what kind of hands the other players have. This way you get much information about your opponents, which is crucial in cash games.
Dont beat yourself by not being patient! From time to time every player experiences a losing streak. If you are on a losing streak dont try to win your money back immediately. You can only win money with good decisions, not with gambling.
On the Flop:
The flop m u s t help your hand, and you should always fold if it doesn't help and if another player bets at that juncture.
On the Turn:
A key concept on turn is to make the draws pay. When you hold a decent hand like top pair and think your opponent wants to hit his flush, force him to make a difficult decision whether too see the last card or not. Make a pot size bet in this case. Your opponent has a 5 to 1 chance to hit his flush with the last card, by calling your potsize bet he needs a 2 to 1 probability to have a "fair" game. Now he has bad odds and that is exactly what you want. Lots of fish that do not know about the pot odds concept will call you with bad odds, in some cases they might get their miracle hand, but in the long run they will lose. Those players you can find at Pacific Poker and Everest Poker.
On the River:
When the river is dealt, you should have all the information you need. If you are sure to have the strongest hand, allow your opponents to make mistakes. Also allow your opponent to bluff, when he misses his drawing hand on the river. Very often these players bluff on the river with a busted draw, take advantage from it.
Betting and Raising:
Many players are not sure about the optimal size of a bet or a raise. When you want to raise, you should have a logical reason to do so. Either you want opponents to shove out of the pot or you want to increase the pot. A typical raise pre flop should be 3-4 times the big blind.
Post flop you have to judge if you hold the best hand. If you unsure about it, you can try an “informational” bet or raise. That means you make a little bet and wait for the reaction. Losing hands will fold, strong hands will raise you, a caller might have a draw. That is what you wanted know, now its an easy fold, if you suspect a stronger hand. If you think you have a stronger hand, then raise potsize after a player has bet.
Generally the most uncomfortable bets are potsize bets. You show strength and put your opponents on pressure. Usually players with mediocre hands or draws will fold.
A lot of beginner think that an ace makes the winning hand and call raises with hands like A7 when they see an ace on the flop. Be careful, if a player has raised before you preflop he probably raised with an ace and might beat you with his kicker card. In fact, if you are playing A7 versus AJ you are dominated and only a miracle can save you from losing the pot.
You should be aware that calling often means weakness. By calling a bet you tell your opponent that you are not sure about the strength of your hand or that you are having a draw. On the other hand, loose players that call your bets often tell the truth, they have not the hand at the moment and are waiting. Put pressure on them and make them pay if they want to see another card.
The best you can do is to allow your opponent to make mistakes. When you go all-in you are reducing his decisions to yes or no. The more decisions your opponent has to choose from, the more likely he is going to make a mistake. In fact, with All-In you just force weaker hands to fold and probably strong hands to call you, your play has become a coin flip. When you raise instead, your opponent might call with a weaker hand.
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