Playing Poker With Small-Ball Strategy

August 2, 2011

Poker has many different ways to play your cards. At the moment lets discuss „small-ball“ poker strategy. This can be used very well in online cash games because the blinds do not go higher. Self control is very important, along side with knowing your opponents.

Find a tight gamebecause this doesn’t fit against agressive players. The amount of money you should take to the cash game tables should be at least the same as the biggest stack at the table, this gives you space to play.

Most important with this style is to advertise yourself as a maniac, player who plays everything! Raise and bet all the time.

It sounds crazy in the beginning but you are not risking much at all. Most important is position if you are going to be involved. You get more information while sitting in a later position. A big raise is not needed before the flop, four time raise is very acceptable. This way you get rid of the bad hands and mostly you can already guess what your up against. We assume you were called by three opponents, blinds were 10/20. You raised four times before the flop, the pot is now at least 320. Once others have checked you bet four times the blind again, 80 total. You bet ¼ of the pot and chances that others fold their hands are better than the average. You showed strength before and after the flop. It is not important if the flop suited you or not. If one or more opponents call you or raise then it all depends on your pocket cards. If the flop suited you then you have your opponent trapped and if not then just fold. Sober mind and patience are crucial with this poker strategy. Raising all the time and betting makes opponents confused or sometimes even makes them nervous and eventually they make mistakes. This is what you need. Your goal is to set a trap and if you catch something then the profit is big. You do not have to wait for big hands, 4-5 suited for example is a very potential hand.You should look for a poker room which provides players who prefer a tight game style. There is one very good option on the Entraction network, Noxwin Poker. They also have 30% Noxwin Rakeback. If you prefer good tournaments and a good VIP Shop try out 888 with 888 Poker Rakeback.

By choosing this kind of play style you generate a lot of rake meaning you could get very good Rakeback. Maniac style means you have to play many hands to make yourself look as a loose player which results in you paying a lot of rake and getting a decent amount of it back. If you choose to test this strategy then you will most likely learn a lot and very fast.

Good luck!

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