When playing poker everyone has an opinion on what will give them an edge. If you don’t believe that to be true, just ask anyone about what it takes to win, and they’ll be willing to share with you some information that doesn’t sound completely valid. The truth is, most people have no idea how to win big, and they play for either fun or addiction. If you’re looking to hedge your bets and make sure that you’re coming out on top, you’ll need to take the advice that you’ve been given before and throw it out the window. You need to start fresh, with new concepts; ideas that will guide you forward, and that have been tested and proven to work. You can’t get into any cash game without first knowing what you’ll need to succeed. Consider the following 2 tips as a starting point in your quest to winning big in these modern times.
Learn To Bluff – If you don’t know how to bluff correctly, you will not win. There’s nothing more satisfying then having the worst hand amidst what appears to be a set up for a royal flush, then betting and biding your time until everyone around you flops out leaving you with a bad hand, and the jackpot. This can’t be done often, but if you can learn when to bluff, how to bluff, and how to convince others, you’ll be in the final table of any tournament. Start small, bluffing here and there, but do not over do it and do not have a pattern mentality. If you can’t keep it completely random, then you’ll need to rehearse more before implementing your bluffing skills in person. Remember, people are trained to watch your betting style, so confuse them by going into a random mode of playing real hands and bluffing. Without alternating, you will end up losing big.
Check Raise – This option can intimidate players because it will exhibit a certain confidence that they are probably not used to. This is down early in the betting cycle, and if done properly, can force the hand of other players that might not have strong hands. Do not go all in here, do not make any sudden moves, or have a tell, make sure that your check raise is done carefully, and not too often, forcing others to sweat while you stay cool as a cucumber.
The above 2 things to remember are meant to start giving you an edge. You’ll have to practice these things, as the average poker player won’t be able to do this on day one. However, if you give it serious thought, and playthings right, you can make serious money with a cash game online or offline.