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Avoiding Bad Situations

December 15th, 2010

A rookie mistake when playing online poker is putting themselves in bad situations and not being able to get out of them. To many times a green player will call the blind because its cheap. They may find themselves calling the blind with suited K-4 or A-9 or any mediocre hand like non-suited connectors cause they figure its “only the blind amount”.

This sort of thinking can become much more dangerous than just wasting money on the blind. Say you call with K-4 and a King hits the flop. What now? Maybe you have top pair but you have a horrible kicker. Too many times it ends up costing you more than just a blind, and can actually end up crippling you in a tournament. If any other caller also has a King, chances are you end up losing the hand and a substantial amount of chips.

A good rule of thumb is that if you are not willing to raise pre-flop the hand is not worth playing. This is especially true if you are the first to act or the first to call. Of course you may play hands that you call a raiser with a strong hand, but just limping in because you can afford the blind can end up costing you much more.

Simple tip and simple poker strategy. Don’t put yourself in a bad situation because too many times it can be hard to get out of.

This tip applies to full seated ring games. When the number of players reduce or even become head’s up, then you must loosen your play up, but again you should play hands where you think you are ahead pre-flop. Either by the cards you hold or your confidence in outplaying your opponent.

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