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Maintaining your balance in poker, part 1Arjun
The key to making it big inonline pokeris maintaining a balance in how you approach each hand you play. You see, when you’re playing poker for real money, it’s important to ensure that your playstyle doesn’t veer off too sharply in any given direction – not only is that bad for your techniques (you’re not judging each hand on its merits alone) but it’s also bad because your opponents will start to pick up on it too. So let’s go over some of the ways in which you can stay balanced.
Playing too loose
When starting out, almost every online poker player in India (and elsewhere, too!) makes the mistake of playing more hands than they should. This goes back to what we said earlier, about poker players craving action – theywantto be involved in every round. Learning how to be more selective with the hands you play is the mark of a poker player, not a casual amateur.
Playing too tight
However, the other side of the coin now comes into effect, and players can often overcompensate by adopting a too-tight playstyle. By only playing hands when you have great cards, you not only give away too much information to your opponents but you also give up on many hands that could have potentially proved profitable. Recognizing the tendency to play tight and moving past it will set you a level up from the beginning poker player.
Playing too passively
Players who rarely bet or raise are said to be playing passively; and playing passively too often means that you are relinquishing the initiative to your opponents. Think about it – by always calling or checking, you are voluntarily giving up the chance to control the pot to the other players, and setting yourself up to be pushed around.
Playing too aggressively
On the other hand, players who tend to raise often (such as three-betting preflop, for example) are considered to beaggressive players– and being too aggressive means that you’re going to wind up trying to defend too much of your money with relatively weaker hands. More importantly, once your opponents observe this aspect of your playing style, they will be calling or raising you on just about every hand knowing that you might have bitten off more than you can chew.
That’s all we have time for today, but come back tomorrow for more tips on maintaining your balance in poker!