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Posted by Bigbet on Saturday, August 14, 2010

Poker strategy per stake

Low limits poker

As 4 or more players routinely limp to see a cheap flop, avoid bluffing at these limits for the most part. Raise with your strong hands, otherwise you are asking for trouble. The crucial skills at these levels are a good grasp of the stats related to poker as well as the know-how of when to call and when to fold.

If you play well, you should win fewer pots than your competitors, but you will win bigger pots and therefore make profits overall. Whenever you think you are starting to tilt, you’ll often see your draws missing all the time while the opposite will seem true for your opponents’ hands. This is because your opponents will often be lucky calling stations. You should rarely bluff if ever, but you have to bet and raise strongly with your premium hands, increasing the money in the pot when you are ahead. It is important to be aggressive in such spots because you should not to provide free cards to calling stations and fish.

The medium limits

Almost all the players at these stakes can beat the lower stakes, except some who are only somehow skilled in the game, but have the funds to afford to play regularly, and to lose money at it.

These players play less valuable starting hands. Most pots are played two or three-handed in these games. Your opponents will be putting pressure on you a lot. Make bets to increase the pots when you are the favorite, especially against opponents who love to call or raise with decent strength hands only, but not with monsters. If you regularly beat the games at the low limits, the transition to the middle limits is going to consist in knowing your opponents and in choosing the most profitable tables.

High stakes limit

Such games almost always are tight and full of aggression. You will usually play opponents who are better than you are. Just avoid playing with them. Favor profitable tables where the play is softer due to the presence of one or two wealthy gamblers.

If you search well, you may get a seat at such a table. The average player plays nearly optimally, probably having spent a lot of time reading and studying the game. Bluff, semi-bluff, deception and marginal plays to control the pots are very important skills in these games. Aggressive poker game with strong premium cards is always the best way to play.

There may be some variations, but basically your opponents will be masters at the game of poker and it will be hard to find a profit. The players are very aggressive in fighting for the blinds, and use creative methods to deceive and put you on tilt. This is the rule rather than the exception. Bluffs all in, post flop 3-bets, stealing the blinds occur a lot. Normally, you should not play in these games unless you have great self-control and skills.

The variance in these games is large, and the average poker player can easily loose it all. So think twice before you venture into these shark-infested waters.

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