One of the best ways to win at poker is to make a small mistake that your opponent completely misses. Everyone has missed a huge critical mistake at some point in time. It’s your turn to act. You didn’t just stand back, you took the spotlight and raised the level of your game. When you raise, you send a message to your opponents: hi, my name is Williamightmaker, I have a fantastic hand! etc. When you make a critical mistake at some point in a hand, you are giving your opponents clear information as to what you have. If you raise in position and your opponents know you are holding a weak hand, they will move all in thinking they can push you out of the pot. You can’t let your opponents see you are weak, because even though you may not have a killer hand, you can still win the pot.
If I was playing alone, I would raise with hands like Queen-King or Ace-King under the gun and try to steal the small blind. Everyone gets excited to see a streak of low cards, and they won’t think twice about it. Try to steal the blinds with cards like these and you will be a force to be reckoned with.
- There are many ways to win at poker. The question is, do you have the plan for success? What can you do to win at poker? The answer is right here, right now. If you want to win at poker, you need to upload what I call Work Value to your game. What Work Value is?
- Work Value is a poker term that refers to poker’s dollar values. When it’s Work Value versus Payoff Value, the likelihood of improving your hand versus expected value is much more significant.
- As an example, if you have a 20% chance to win a pot, and a 60% chance to win a game, the expected value on the game is a $100.00 pot to win $120.00-$10.00, or $100.00 to win $100.00-$10.00.
- The fact is, you need to do much more than calculate the chance of winning a game. You need to put a figure to the game, identify card value in your hand, figure out how to bet that hand, and ideally, win.
Can you figure out how to bet a hand of Queens or Kings?
It’s an exercise in figuring out your pot odds, hand strength, drawing odds, and required bankroll to successfully run a bluff. But you don’t need to figure it out then send me an email. I’ll do it for you. It’s a simple exercise, compare your hand to what you would figure the other player would call, if you reversed it. Here’s an example:
- You have J-10 unsuited.
- The board shows J-5-4 rainbow.
- You decide to limp in to limit the action.
- The player in the cut-off position raises the pot two times your $3.00.
- You call, making the pot $17.00.
- The flop: J-4-2.
- You have a pair, so you figure you are a 50% favorite.
- You have about a 30% chance of winning the hand, based on the amount of money in the pot and the fact that the player in the cut-off position is a known underdog.
- The turn: a T.
- You have about a 70% chance of winning the hand, based on the amount of money in the pot and the known underdog’s hand.
- The river: a 7!
- You win the $100.00 pot by guessing the unknown underdog guessed wrong.
As far as I know, no one has ever made money in poker by blatantly running a bluff. And why should they, it’s the easiest way to lose money.
To learn to play poker more effectively, and to make money with strategies, I recommend the e-book “How to Beat the Poker Pros and Money Their Game” by Brian Townsend. The pre-buy page has a variety of supplements, including the subject ofpoker odds.
I hope this article has provided a good outlook for those of you who want to make money at online poker.
Don’t delay. Bookie to barrel is the only way to make money!