Each hand in the poker game builds a player's bankroll, you can compare it to a house that consists of bricks. Successful play is possible when planning your actions. A fairly small percentage of poker players think about futer actions and do not plan at all the strategy of each hand. Players, as practice shows, give themselves up to the dispersion of variance in the hope of leveling off in the distance.
Below are the moments that a player should think about every time he gets his starting hand.
Planning for the upcoming strategy begins by finding out information about the opponents against whom the game will be fought. Playing a nit is radically different from a draw with an amateur. Manipulations made against an aggressive tight opponent are not suitable for a successful game with a «dark horse». Errors of the opponent should also be in mind. The optimal level is easily achieved if the player has an idea of a particular opponent. The lack of complete information suppose the use of classical laws of rallies against opponents of a generalized type.
Analysis of the board
The question «What's on the board?» Is the second in the list by definition of future tactics. Drawing preflop by the laws of counteraction to a certain type of opponent must smoothly pass to the analysis of common cards and the formation of their own combination. But first you should evaluate the available cards on the flop. Does it provide the background for draw combinations or will it not bring anything worthwhile? What will be the opponent's reaction to the manipulation of the player? Will the opponent be scared of a possible draw or a top card that will show the flop? What will follow in the following streets? Will they provide an opportunity to catch a draw, which is not now?
Hit the opponent in the flop
Analyzes the available information on the cards of the opponent, his range and his hands, you need to understand what kind of combination could compose on the flop. How many combinations can appear before showdown and how many are possible now? Will the opponent bluff on broadway cards or, for example, draw? And how does the opponent react to the bluff - pull a blank hand or easily throw it off? What is used more often raises or calls? What course is more advantageous in this situation - isolating an opponent with aggressive tactics or gaining a fine value?
Own power of the player's hand
The opponent's luck or failure in matching with the flop is at the same level as the player's own combinations. Did the flop bring the desired cards? Did the nuts come or even draw? How, using the opponent's mistakes, can you play the existing hand? What is the basis for the showdown value of the player - on the bluff or the strength of the hand, if you take into account the range of the opponent with which the call and raise usually occur?
It is necessary to classify your own hand, depending on the style of the opponent's game. This is the starting point for fuher action.
Reads that you have on the opponent
All will fit to determine the strategy of the game - history, statistics, reads. Of course, you should not trust all available statistics. The opponent can specifically change the tactics for a particular task or the move could be mistaken. But still, the statistics gives clarity to the actions of the opponent, his faces, standard misses. Such information greatly facilitates the adoption of the right decision, which will lead to an increase in the expected gain.
Goals in the draw of the pot
Having decided on the points described above, you should pay attention to which bank the player would like to participate in. Practice indicates that many poker players do not pay attention to the size of the bank and begin to play with weak combinations, and after receiving a strong hand, they bring to the victory pot fewer than what could be created with a strong combination. Planning your actions is knowing when to bet and when to raise or check. There are situations when banks with a particular opponent have a negative mathematical expectation.
How to get the maximum result from the game
The last point that helps to work out the right strategy - what depends on the poker player? How does the player's actions affect the situation at the table? Will the check-raise now made in the future? Wait now for a bit and get more information about the opponent or is it worth using 3-betting against an uncomfortable opponent? Although this is the last question on the list for the strategy, but it should not go out of the player's head for a second.
It seems that such analysis takes a long time and is impossible during the game, when you need quick reaction and lightning action. But during practice, a subconscious algorithm is developed that will analyze each question if not simultaneously, then fairly quickly - at the level of intuition. A successful player constantly asks himself questions, running a step forward and foreseeing the actions of opponents who can change the course of the game.
Maniacal game leading to the drawing of a large number of controversial hands with negative or minimal equity on the outcome, is increasingly used by beginners. Many poker players, watching the broadcast of online tournaments, believe that they will play like the stars of world poker. Yes, in those draws they play practically all hands, but these are completely different limits and professional players play well even with weak hands on postflop. Passion on the contbet can lead to leveling of its value. An incorrect answer to the opponent's 3-bet and the lack of an action plan on the board will not lead to anything good. You should learn how to throw out middle pocket pairs and suited connectors.
Without taking into account the position, it's not worth to play loose style, because this will lead to a complex play of a good draw and profit from it, the player will have to be led, dictate the conditions will not work. It is also important to understand the position of the poker player, and the range of hands played in each must be strictly observed. The cash game has the advantage over tournaments in the player's choice of the table. Choose comfortable opponents and play according to the usual pattern - this is the way to success.