POKER GAMBLING STRATEGY
What is the best poker strategy? Online poker is complex. It's complex, not
because of its rules, but because of its variables: human behavior and ever-changing
odds. There's no doubt that luck plays a major role in short term poker success
but over the long run, poker is certainly a game of skill. Like any classic
game of skill, poker demands study and practice from those who want to achieve
Here are some the basic building blocks of a good poker strategy:
To have a good poker strategy, a poker player should have a conscious or unconscious
understanding of odds and expectation. Of course, these numbers are not often
as clear-cut as in other casino games. It's likely that you would have to work
with the numbers mechanically before they become second nature to you.
Pot odds are really just another way of looking at expectation. It compares
the amount of money in the pot to the amount of money you would have put in
to continue playing. It helps answer the eternal question in poker strategy:
"Is it worth it to continue in this hand?" To answer that, you always
have to have a sense of card odds. Lets say the pot contains $100 and you need
to put in $10 to continue playing. The pot odds are 10 - 1. If you have a better
chance of winning than that, it's worth calling. When the card odds are better
than the pot odds, it makes good poker strategy sense to get out. Have a 25-1
chance of getting that inside straight? Time to fold.
A bad poker strategy is to play too many hands. Most players play way too
many hands. You will win more by folding more often. This sort of discipline
is difficult for the recreational player. If you read the experts' books, you'll
see how they preach patience and discipline, and you'll be shocked by how many
hands they say to throw away. Particularly in casinos, you have to play tight
- there are more players at the tables and thus less of a chance that you'll
have the best hand.
Another good poker strategy is to note that the bluff is not as key an element
of the game as you may think. Clever deception has its manifold pleasures, but
it shouldn't be done indiscriminately. As part of your poker strategy, you can
use the concept of pot odds to guide your bluffing. An occasional, not-too-costly
"discovered bluff" (one that doesn't work) may also help you win bigger
pots in later hands. Players may think you are a 'bluffer' and stay in when
you actually do have a good hand.
For the player seeking a profit, a good poker game is not one where titans
of equal strength square off against each other. The law of the jungle rules
the poker table. The secret of winning money consistently is to find games with
players who play worse than you do. Successful players need weak players who
obviously allow their money to be siphoned away by strong players. Guilt does
not pay in poker, guile does, so make it a part of your strategy.