The biggest problem with most of the poker players – especially the ones who have just started to win at the tables is their urge to play as many hands as possible. The cliché of the more your play, the more you win doesn’t work in online poker as it makes it even more complicated and difficult to be the best in the game. In fact, it is the completely opposite in Poker; the less you play, the more your chances of winning and staying at the table.
Let us explain how.
The first thing you should remember is that you cannot see the flop without investing a certain amount; that amount is called blind. Moreover, you have to bet some chips in each round to continue playing that round. You cannot see the cards without calling the blind. To overcome this, most beginner players tend to call every blind, regardless of what they are holding. This is bad because of two reasons: one – you are slowly decreasing your bankroll or stack and second – you are increasing the pot size on rounds you are not going to win and in turn, increasing the stack of your opponent.
You do not have to be a genius to win poker hands. All you have to do is know what hands are better and whether or not you should hold that hand. So, what combination of cards will give you the license of calling the blind or even raising it without bloating the pot?
- AK [same suit]
If no one has raised before you; you can play these hands without worrying much about getting dominated. But if you have been raise, be wary about the pocket pairs, aces and kings.
When it comes to limit poker or Texas Hold’em Poker, you should start playing at least 80% fewer hands than what you play right now. There are very few hands in poker with which you can continue to bet. But, if no one has shown strength on your table, you can go ahead with virtually any hand, as long as it gives you the chance to hit the nuts.
Another thing that you should not forget while continuation betting is that it narrows the spectrum of playable hands if any of the opponents has raised before you. More often than not, people refrain themselves from bluffing in cash poker games and if someone has raised at the button, there are high chances that he/she has a better hand than you. So, even if you have KQ, remember that your hand can still be dominated by AQ, KK, AA, QQ, AK – five possibilities of you getting dominated are a lot of possibilities to check your playing style.
The fewer hands you will play, the more you will win and the more you will learn. And the more you will learn; the more hands you will be able to add to your ‘playable hands list’.