goal is to teach you how to think and therefore act like a profitable poker
player. Any poker player, be it the
first game player or even experienced pro is capable of taking down a monster
pot when they flop the nuts, the real goal is to learn how to play when you
don’t flop a monster. It is how you play when faced with difficult decisions
that decide whether you are a winning player or a donation machine.
process involved in the different stages of a hand can greatly affect the
outcome and thus profitability of your play.
Firstly you need to assess the opponents state of mind, obviously the
cards that you hold will determine your first action of either folding, calling
or raising, but you need to be aware of the mindset of every player still to
act in the hand. What drives the other
players, are some loose, aggressive gambling types who will call a raise with
any two cards, are some tight and conservative players who only play big cards
and never raise. Has any of the players
recently taken a bad beat and possibly be on tilt, has someone just claimed a
monster pot and might loosen up because they have more chips now. These thoughts and decisions have to affect
the way that you play your hole cards.
You also need to be aware that the other players are probably thinking
the exact same thing about you, they are asking themselves what sort of player
you are, are you tight or loose, are you on tilt or maybe you are just a fish
in a big pond waiting to give away your chips.
Once you have established the mindset of the table and understand what
the table thinks of you, you can now look at your cards. Thinking about what to do with them relates
heavily to what conclusions you have just made, raise into someone on tilt and
be aware that they may push all in.
Beware, most players assume that winning poker is all about winning the
most money, while this has merit, winning poker is about making the correct
action relevant to the situation. The
more correct decisions that you make, the more you will win, you may not win
the most money at the table, you might not even win the most pots but you will
win overall. Winning is about ending
with more that you started with, or being the last player left in the
tournament, often the winner of the tournament isn’t the player who won the
most pots. Poker is played above the
shoulders and the more you think about the game, the more correct decisions you
will make and the more you will therefore win.