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Adjusting your game for weak opponents

Whenever I play poker then I am always trying to draw weaker players into playing big pots on my terms. But this underlines how so many players allow themselves to become trapped in pots. When I play at NL100 I am trying to create value and stack players in increments. This is the best way to do it for two clear reasons.

Firstly your opponents will simply not have all that much of a hand most of the time. This means that escalating the pot too quickly is simply going to scare them away. It is almost like fishing in principle because if you try to reel them in too fast then you will lose them. So because of this fact then players will fold an awful lot and especially in full ring games where your average player is far more risk averse!

So you need to increase the pot size in increments and here is an example. You flop a set on a board of Q-7-2 and your opponent has Q-J. If they bet then you probably shouldn’t raise as a raise is showing your opponent that they will probably have to put their stack in the middle. They will obviously not be prepared to do that with such a hand and so you need to allow them to place more money into the pot on their own terms. If they check the turn then make a half pot bet. They will not know if this is a bet of strength or simply because they have checked so they are far more likely to call again.

Leveling Up vs. Adding Tables – Part 2

My personal battle.

Then I had my first wave of big (at least big to me) swings.  I would lose $50, then win $50, then lose $75, then win $50 and so on. I found my bankroll was back to $550 and one night I remember tilting.  Now I am not usually a player who tilts that much but when I do I usually realize it pretty quickly. The best way to combat tilting is to step away from the game but this is hard to do.  I felt like I was only “semi-tilting”. Playing a few more hands than normal but still playing solid for the most part. When I find myself in this spot I try to tighten my game up. I try to slow everything down and only play tier one hands. This usually helps stop the bleeding and can quickly take me out of my “tilt zone” when one of my big hands pays off.

This particular night though, this night I did something different, something that I would not recommend.  Rather than tightening up my play at my four tables, I added two ADDITIONAL tables. I thought to myself, well this will FORCE me to play tighter because I will be playing more tables. At the same time it will get me to my premier hands much quicker.  This method actually worked very well for me. I ended the night up $80 and I felt pretty good.

The next day I talked to Marios about my ordeal. As expected he told me it was not very smart at all and if I wanted to add additional tables I should try it at the $10NL level. I felt like a school boy again. I knew what I had done was wrong, but it worked. I didn’t want to go back down to the $10NL tables but I knew my teacher was correct so I did what any school boy would do, I ignored him and went back to playing 4 tables of $25NL.

After a few days of playing some more $25NL I was not really gaining any ground at all. I had big swings and usually would end up even or close to even on each session. What was worse though is I was finding myself bored at the tables. I felt like I wanted more action. So I decided to listen to finally listen to my teacher Marios. I went back down to the $10NL tables and played nine tables at a time! Read More →