5 Poker Concepts Every New Player Should Learn Immediately
In this final unit we are going to start to take your strategy to a higher level by introducing some advanced poker strategies and concepts which you can incorporate into your new poker strategy that you have learned so far in this course. This new bankroll will then provide you with the funds to compete at the higher stakes table on an ongoing basis and the sky is the limit on the amount of profit you can earn going forward.
So far the strategy we have taught you is solid and should be profitable if executed correctly. A-B-C poker is great for the lower stakes tables, but as you move up the stake levels and start to face players with a higher standard of play and experience, then you will need to take your strategy to a more advanced level.
This not only gives you more weapons in your Arsenal to use, but it will also help you to understand when some of these advanced concepts and moves are being used against you and the best way to counteract them. We are only going to scratch the surface of advanced poker strategy in this unit. Poker is a constant learning process and we will continue to cover more advanced topics in other courses which you can take once you have completed this one.
When we say a player is pot committed we mean that he has already committed a significant portion of his stack into the pot, and that he is unlikely to fold now, because he would be left with too low a stack. Usually if a short stacked player has more than half his chips committed before the flop then he is pot committed. However this also provides an opportunity, by knowing that our opponent is pot committed, we know that there is a good chance that he is betting with a weaker hand than normal, so it allows us to relax our hand requirement a little to call with a more marginal hand and still be confident that we are in the lead.
In the situation where you are involved in a pot and someone raises behind you it is never an easy answer on what you should do. It depends a lot on the size of the raise and the situation at the table. So there are no hard and fast rules on whether you should call a raise but there is a thought process that you can work through in order to make your decision:. If you work through the above factors then it should help you to make an informed decision on whether to make the call or not.
If you win a pot before the showdown, then you have the option to either muck your cards without revealing them to your opponents or to show the hand before you muck, thus revealing the hand you had.
Most internet poker rooms give you this option, with two buttons that will popup with an option to show your cards, after you have just won a pot by your opponent folding.
I see a lot of beginner players showing their hands, and most of the time this really is a mistake. Because you are are giving free information to your opponents about the actions you took with that particular hand or type of hand, it helps them to read your future actions. However, even though you are not going to use this tactic in your strategy you need to be aware of it, and why other people might do it.
Every time an opponent shows us their hand we are going to pay a lot of attention to it, and then walk through the actions they took throughout the hand to help us spot betting patterns and read our opponent in future hands. Generally you will be able to judge the above based on how good the player is, and whether they are capable of advanced moves like this designed to trick you.
Keep them guessing and keep control of your information flow and you will be the one in control. So far you have learnt a solid basic strategy and built upon that with some advanced strategies. You now know the process and tools required to make all your poker decisions. Again you may see a slight improvement in the quality of opponent, but there are still plenty of bad players at these stake levels.
Remember the amount of the bets and raises will go up in line with the increase in stake levels, but the maths and our strategy remains the same. There will still be plenty of fish at this level, but there will also be a few more better players thrown into the mix as well.
Just play how you have learnt and practised throughout this course and remember the returns from a higher stake table are also more!
Use these practise sessions to continue to get into the minds of your opponents, study what actions they are taking and try to understand their aim behind each action. Try to spot patterns and when an Opponent shows their hand, pay attention and step back through all their actions and store that information. At the same time be in control of the information that you are sending out and always be aware of what your opponents know about you and factor that in to your future decisions and actions.
Return to the How to Win at Poker Course homepage. Unit 5 — Advanced Poker Strategy In this final unit we are going to start to take your strategy to a higher level by introducing some advanced poker strategies and concepts which you can incorporate into your new poker strategy that you have learned so far in this course. Lets start by looking at some general advanced poker concepts….