So you’ve played a few games of Texas Hold’em and you wonder if you’re doing the right thing by calling big raises or if you should just fold? Don’t worry, there are a lot of points in between these two thoughts so you should definitely play around with both these strategies for a bit to get a feel for them.
Big pots are incredibly hard to play and you really do not want to be in them. However, there are a lot of coin flips and situations that can make these pots so juicy.
aries that are suited, connected and high cards – basically cards that are good in lots of guise, if you know what to do with them. connected cards are when two cards are the same number (2 of 3, 3 of 3, 5 of 5.)
and cards placed facing up on the table – high cards are the bane of many a player. High cards allow you to do all the same things as normal cards, however they tended to win big to the hands that they didn’t warrant.
There’s lots more to think about in this section of the article so jump around the different possibilities present and have a think about what you would do if you were playing this hand (off-suit, suited, etc) and you’re in a similar position.
Short Handed NL
First of all, definitely play Bellini’s NL short-handed strategy and be extremely disciplined about it. I found this really easy to do as I didn’t really have to adjust my game at all. The most important thing to look for is whether your opponents call 3.5 times the big blind or not, and if they don’t then don’t chase, just accept that and have had your 50 pre-flop fold.
But then I found I would always get calls, even from people I was more expected to lose against, so I adjusted back to my normal pre-flop folded and kept folding for value against good players.
generally if you adjust properly to your opponents you can end up with a very large score at the end of the session. My overall profit above all else kept me mostly in this mode, so if you manage to then it really is a nice day.
Heads Up Tournaments
The final special thing about playing SNGs is that the value of your opponent becomes less as you move up the ladder inskill. At the lower levels the value of yourA is a lot higher than theA and theA increases the more you play. I find I keep having to make a 1c bet when I’m at my older online bank, so I make a cbet, then people seem to take a long time to make a decision and things like that.
If you can, play at multiple tables at the same time. At the lower levels the stacks are low, so if you fold a lot of hands, you can get carried away. 6 handed is hard to win, it’s not that difficult to make a cbet, but winning a medium pocket is harder than winning a heads up.
You can win more money playing 6 handed at home than you can playing 6 handed in a casino. People often ask ‘Why?’ Well, the reason is simple. At home you have the luxury of being able to respond after other players. In casinos you never have that luxury. Sure you can reraise a raiser preflop, but if you’re playing a cash game everyone will call you, so what good is that? Most people play way too tight in home games and they call way too much. Just stick to heads up and you will be fine.
6 handed is much harder to win than full ring. Don’t be fooled into thinking it is easier to win a 6 handed tournament then a full ring. It’s not. Stop concentrating on winning a full bonus and focus on winning the tournament itself.
In summary, it’s easier to win SNGs then it is to win cash tournaments. Learning to adjust your mindset will enable you to do much better in multi-table tourneys then you will in cash games. Once you learn to win at both, then you can and will start making money.