Tip 1: Think about your image
How others see you at the poker table is extremely important. Be well aware of the image you have and make use of it. When your opponents see you as a loose player who plays a lot of hands, you can play tighter and you will often be paid off. If opponents see you as a tight player, you can loosen up and get away with a bluff more often.
It is important that you are aware of your own image and that you can adjust your own playing style based on this. Different play styles suit different characters and each has different advantages and disadvantages.
Tip 2: Metagame
The meta game in poker means as much as a game within the game. This is all about how opponents see you. This means that you can sometimes make decisions that may not be statistically or game-wise, but that can also give you an advantage over the meta game in the long term.
To make it a bit more concrete, you could, for example, make a call every now and then if you are just sitting at the table and players do not know you well and you do not know them either. When you make this call you know that you will often lose the hand and this is therefore not a profitable call in the long run. But at the same time you are working on your metagame. You find out what your opponent is playing, and thus get information about his poker hand. In addition, you give yourself a loose image that makes other players at the table think that you are playing looser than you actually do. This could result in a good hand paying off more often in the future.
Tip 3: Continuation bet
A continuation bet is a standard bet made after the flop if you raised before the flop. The idea behind this is that (if you are in the pot with few players) your opponents will often have missed the flop. Since you showed before the flop that you have a good hand, you will often be able to pick up the pot here. Even if you can't do anything with the flops at all and therefore have a worthless hand, you still win the pot.
When making a good continuation bet you have to consider the correct size of the bet and your opponents. A good continuation bet is often between 35% and 70% of the pot. Large enough to scare off opponents who have not yet made a hand, but not too large to avoid unnecessary risk if an opponent does have a monster. In addition, it is also important to properly assess your opponent. If this is very loose and calls often, it is of little use to make a standard continuation bet if you have not hit anything. This player will still call often and you will have to show the best hand if he also hangs on the turn and river.
Tip 4: Check raise
The check raise is a powerful weapon in poker. If you initially check with the intention of raising when your opponent places a bet, you are making a check raise. The check raise can be used as a bluff if you suspect your opponent is making a standard continuation bet. Then you try to bluff him out of hand. The check raise can also be used to put more money in the pot if you think you have the best hand. This way you can win more chips from your opponent. However, you immediately show that you have a good hand, something you may not want in a situation where this is really the case.
Tip 5: Semi bluff
A semi bluff is a bet where you do not have the best hand at that moment, but where your hand still has a chance to become the best. Hereby you combine the best of 2 worlds. Because of your bet, your opponent can already fold and you do not have to show your hand. If your opponent does call, you can always make the winning hand and still win the pot. Bluffing is not easy, new players usually failed to bluff if you really want to learn about bluffing you should read our beginners poker guide where we clearly mentioned how to bluff and get succeed in game
An example of a semi bluff is betting or raising on the turn when you have a flush draw. In fact you don't have anything yet, but you can make a flush if the right card comes on the river. So you can win the pot in 2 ways: your opponent folds or you still make the winning hand. An additional advantage is that if your flush falls on the river, your hand is nicely covered. Your opponent probably won't think you have a flush because you raised on the turn.
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