I really enjoyed reading Irene Edith’s poker resolution on the December 12 issue of GamingToday. And I told him so. In its resolution, it offers some fantastic advice for poker players looking to improve their results at the table. I can hardly do it either. Let me comment on a few.
• While Irene’s resolution to “avoid too many rivers to cross” was a clever pun, more importantly, it reminded us that a vulnerable artificial hand would be an underdog with three or more opponents staying to see the river. There are steps you can take to avoid that situation so you are less likely to river. Also, consider changing the table to one with fewer hunters.
• Fold your cards more often, he says, when there is a raise before you have to act. The more your opponent raises or calls increases, the stronger your starting hand will be. And, I like the comment: “If you consistently keep seeing the flop more times than one in four hands, your game is too loose. Fasten up to be a winner visit KaptenCasino “
• Don’t be too strict, he warns. Once your opponent realizes this, your winning pot will be much smaller; And, the cost to play will quickly gobble up some of those chips – making you a loser.
• Irene then decides not to play the Hi-Lo hands – one high card (Ace goes down to 10) and one low card (7 goes down to 2) as your holecards. You don’t even have to take a few seconds to add up your Hold’em Algorithm score. However, I see so many players often stay to see the flop with Ace-rag in any position (and, occasionally, King-rag). If you pair an Ace, the other player who also holds an Ace on the hole will likely have the better kicker, making you the second best – a loser. If you match a low hand, it is too easy for your opponent to make a higher pair.
Encouraged by Irene, here are some New Year’s poker resolutions that I have in mind.
• With a few exceptions, fold unsuitable KQ, KJ, K-10, QJ or lower when an Ace is dropped at a full (or nearly full) table, and players are tight betting or raising before you have to act. Exception: big draw draw; open straight draw; any set; or two pairs using at least one of your hole cards. With the latter, be careful in case your opponent has two pairs or sets higher.
• Don’t make a limp or fold decision based on your two matching holcad cards. Far more important is their rank and whether they are a connector. (Using Agoritme Hold’em, holding a matching greeting card adds a little value to your starting card. Treat that as a small bonus, recognizing that a match adds very little value to your starting card flush for you – and nothing to do. catch a bigger flush.)
• Stop while you are still ahead. Variability (fluctuation) is inherent in the game of poker. It does take more self-discipline but, in the long run, it is worth it. If it’s too early to go home, at least take a long break, and consider a table change.
• Sweating more frequently, always using the Esther Bluff tactic. I find my bluff wins about double breaking even when you learn to be skilled at it. Sometimes, you can get more chips by stealing the pot or bluffing than by catching the best hand.
• Be careful with the small pair in the holes. Usually you need to upgrade to a set to be the winner at the showdown, and the odds are about 8 to 1 against dropping the set. Play only if you are late in a multi-way pot, and there is no raise before you.