Advanced Poker Tactics

If there is even the smallest hint that one of your competitors has already got wind of your hand, you should be able to change tactics immediately. You need to have not only Plan B, but Plan C, D, E, and F in stock to stay ahead of everyone else.

Conversely, if this player on the right is breaking your game plan, you need to know several ways to thwart his plans and then squeeze his chips away.

Used correctly, the game’s advanced tactics send a clear message to everyone that you are a player who knows exactly what they are doing and that you should not be underestimated under any circumstances.

  • Blocking bets
  • Small Pot Poker
  • A game to remove an opponent from the party
  • Game variety
  • Bank control

How to use blocker bets?

Take the lead, be the aggressor, and grind your opponents to dust by placing bet after bet. This is a payline in No Limit Hold’em , isn’t it?

However, it is not always that easy. Sometimes you get a completely average hand. You think this is the best hand at the table, but you don’t want to take the risk by placing a big bet. In this situation, the best form of attack is defense. Welcome to the world of blocking bets.

Placing a small bet can stop your opponent from placing a bigger bet than the one you would like to play with, as well as squeezing extra funds from an opponent with a bad hand who doesn’t have the means to place a big bet.

Big warning: These bets can be disadvantageous against strong, aggressive opponents. Good players may consider a small river bet as a sign of weakness.

In general, you can place blocker bets as long as you don’t play with mid-stakes players who are willing to take big risks. Your blocker bets should be less than your bidding rates (about 30% of the pot).

When to use bet blockers

  • In a 1v1 game, when you are in the lead for the entire game and come to the river with marginal holding. Avoid giving in to pressure and bet big or fold with a blocker bet
  • When you are in a reasonable draw. A defensive bet here can confuse your opponent and avoid being cornered
  • On the turn to prevent your opponent from betting on the river. Place this bet with a hand that can win the showdown, but you would not play this hand for a big pot.

When not to use bet blockers

  • Against a player who has previously exploited your weaknesses, shrewd or aggressive players
  • When you think your opponent will make a small bet that suits you and you will call

If you spot a blocker bet that another player has placed, you have a great chance to make some money. The best players who bluff with blockers are mid-range players with a good game of no-limit poker. They rarely place small (relative to the pot) bets, so when they do, they are most likely placing a blocker bet, and you can make money by betting big with either hand. However, this is a risky game as you need to place a really big bet closer to the river to get your opponent to fold.

How to Read Hands and Opponents

Reading your opponent’s hand is like watching a CSI episode. You know where the body is, you just need to figure out how it got there.

Step 1: Evidence

First, you need to gather evidence. Track your opponents in order to track their game strategies. Does the SNP loose or tight ? Aggressive or Cautious? Are they taking time to skip a move or are they raising the stakes instantly? … Remember that it is dangerous to accept only one piece of information, so watch and try to form an idea of ​​their hand based on a combination of timing and betting pattern.

Step 2: Persuasion

You must make sure your evidence is in line with each other before you go after your prey. A quick skip or delay followed by a skip usually indicates weakness, while a delay followed by a bet indicates strength. A sudden river bet from a tight player after a short pause is almost certainly a sign of a great hand. Loose aggressive players should be approached with caution, as they often take the same steps to scare off their opponents.

Step 3: Reserve

As you knock down players by reading their cards, make sure you don’t reveal your cards to others! Try to spend the same amount of time (not too slow, not too fast) in meaningful pots and plan a couple of moves ahead to outflank your opponents.

Mixing play styles

How important is knowledge of psychology in playing poker? Many of us underestimate this side of the game because this aspect does not lie on the surface, but any competition that challenges one person’s intelligence against another relies heavily on it.

Psychology is used in poker as a means to gain the upper hand, using techniques that range from managing emotional reactions to hiding your cards; deliberately causing confusion by mixing playstyles; and mastering the art of bluffing. You wreak havoc on the heads of your opponents in an attempt to gain an edge at the table.

Playing poker is not only about focusing on your own cards and their capabilities, but also paying close attention to competitors by reading their cards and playing tendencies, and also protecting yourself from tactical mind games. After that, you also need to work out a way and use the knowledge gained to disrupt the opponent’s game plan. Not easy! It’s not easy to keep all of these points in mind when trying to keep the poker face in order to hide the thought processes in your head.

Tear off templates

Your mom probably once asked if you would jump off a cliff if your friends did. You were probably outraged by this question and answered that of course not. Yet you often do just that at the tables of the game.

Have you ever doubled the big blind just because everyone else did? Or joined the chat even if they didn’t really want to? If so, then you have become a victim of the influence group.

It’s time to throw off the sheep’s skin and reveal the wolf underneath. Use the group to your advantage by gaining control over it. If you notice that the group is constantly doubling the big blind, start raising the big blind 3 times. After a couple of turns, you will notice that the rest of the group starts to follow suit, placing too much and leaving themselves vulnerable to your attack with the best hand.

At the Sit & Go table, watch out for mid-stack players who are waiting for aggressive players to knock each other out of the game and the big stacks go to the small ones.