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Maintaining your balance in poker, part 2

📁 Tips 🕔25.April 2018
Maintaining your balance in poker, part 2

Welcome back to our ongoing look on the importance of maintaining your balance in poker!  (In case you missed part 1, or if you’d like to refresh your memory, click here). Without further ado, let’s jump right in with a common mistake that players who are new to the hobby often make:

Never bluffing

Maybe they’re worried about being caught? Or maybe they don’t trust their poker face and they’d rather just play good hands? Whatever it may be, online poker players in India tend to avoid bluffing like the plague when they first start out. This has many of the same drawbacks we mentioned under ‘Playing too tight’ in the previous post, and can lead to your opponents taking you for a ride just as easily.

Always calling the flop

Calling the flop is practically a reflex action for many online poker players – and that’s because the lure of ‘just one more card!’ is what’s driving them. If the flop didn’t go your way, maybe the turn will be the perfect card for you, right? Well…maybe not. Look, the only reason you should be calling the flop is if you’ve got a plan and you know what you’re going to do next. Maybe you’re bluffing, maybe you know how you’re going to bet on the turn and river, maybe you’ve just got a number of great draws – although if that’s the case, you maybe should be raising instead of calling; you don’t want to be too passive, do you?

Always folding the flop

On the other hand, many players fold the flop if it doesn’t bring the cards they were looking for. However, that’s not a winning move because getting the cards you’re looking for on the flop is not going to happen very often at all. Instead, you’ve got to bluff or take advantage of drawing hands; instead of just throwing down your cards unless you luck into the perfect combination.

Timing is everything

Poker is such a wonderfully intricate game that even the slightest of variables can have a profound effect on an opponent’s read of you. Take, for example, timing – the time you take before you call or raise an opponent’s bet can tell them more than you’d like, especially if you fall into a predictable pattern. Shake it up a little – take your time in some rounds, and place immediate bets in others.

Neglecting position

Similarly, you’ve always got to pay attention to position. Sure, it’s great if you’re playing a good hand in late position but you can’t always count on that being the case. You definitely don’t want to get a reputation as the person who only plays hands of a certain strength in a certain position, so make sure you vary your patterns as much as you can.

We hope you enjoyed this little look at the importance of balance to your poker success.


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