Poker strategy

Poker strategy - ABC and multiplication table for beginner players

It is difficult for a beginner to learn poker strategy from textbooks. The reason for this lies in the characteristics that a successful grinder must have. This is luck, a quick mind, good psychology skills and observation.

Naturally, the last pair of qualities is important in a real game. The psychological portrait of the online opponent is much more complicated, and when playing in poker simulators - it is generally meaningless. There is a virtual dealer opponent.

Study of materiel

The first stage of strategic growth is the accumulation of gaming experience. Online slots are useful for developing quick thinking, the ability to instantly assess the odds of your own hand. Similar skills are taught by tournaments in the global network. But here you need to evaluate your own prospects after each round: flop, turn, less often river.

Another benefit of online tournaments is learning professional slang. It is difficult to grab onto books on poker strategy right away due to the large number of specific terms, where the only familiar word may be bluff.

The final stage of becoming a beginner is choosing a direction:

  1. Tournaments... This will immediately require additional "orientation" between the SnG and MTT. The first option - tournaments at one and tables, on the principle of sit and play (hence SnG - Seat-and-Go). The second area is multi-table competitions, which is less recommended for a beginner.
  2. Cash games... Poker strategy directly depends on the size of the stack, measured in big blinds (big blinds).

The optimal choice for a beginner player is ABC poker. In fact, this is the alphabet of building a strategy, as evidenced by the name of the version.

Starting hands charts

If ABC poker is the alphabet of the game, then knowing the strength of pocket pairs is the multiplication table. It must be studied in such a way as to be remembered forever, deftly repeating even when asleep. Poker charts are tables that reflect the strength of hands in a particular situation. They also determine player behavior depending on a number of factors:

  • position at the table - early, later;
  • actions of opponents - the presence of a raise, call.

Started hands include 169 combinations. The player needs to choose the most interesting for him, finding the charts to them or make up the table independently. The second approach is a painstaking task that is not always forces a newcomer.

How to behave at the abc poker table

The main task of a novice player is not to copy the professionals, but to take your own - to play strong starting hands successfully. A number of Standard rules:

  1. Steal the blinds only in late position. It is recommended to proceed from the principle: the closer to the button, the better.
  2. Raise your bet (raise) only with reliable starting cards. They are high Broadway tandems, suited pairs or AK.
  3. With pocket options JJ, TT, Call is the best solution. You should go to Raise only when you are closer to the but-nou, or if your opponents are inert - all previous players checked.
  4. AT hands at any combination of ATO (offsuite - diverse) and ATS (Suite, the translation is no longer required) is better to raise on the position of Button.

The last rule has one amendment. It is recommended to raise the bet on the AT pair only in the absence of an earlier raise. Otherwise, the cards are easier to pass.

Further behavior in poker AMC is determined primarily by the flop. But the basic strategy of playing strong hands in a straightforward manner doesn't change. Consequently, you should go for the run after the flop with a solid pocket hand already, or just getting a boost.

Small detail

A concrete example is KK starting cards. Even an 8-3-J flop cannot spoil such a hand. The player still has two pair, set, full house and four of a kind. However, the mathematical expectation of the last two options is sharply reduced.

Another example is an uncomfortable starting hand of AT. If on unknown reasons, she did not leave Pass on the preflop, the flop J-K-2 will sharply strengthen the player's position.

After preflop, the straightforward strategy remains. It is governed by three rules:

  • keeping the selected line, being the aggressor preflop, it is recommended to answer with a continuation bet;
  • bet at least half the pot postflop;
  • avoid bluffing on the turn, river, and also in multi-way pots.

The best option postflop is value bet.

Do not try to imitate professionals

The straightforwardness of the proposed poker strategy is often off-putting. It is important to understand that the system is designed for a beginner playing with opponents of a similar level. Attempting to imitate a professional rarely bears fruit.

It is better to build a poker strategy at the initial stage using certain algorithms. Until the rivals are so strong, the straightforward scheme is quite effective.

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