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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

Daniel NegreanuWe’re revisiting this post from several years ago because it is still very relevant, helpful to all poker players, and most assuredly very educational for beginners.

Sticking with Daniel Negreanu for now because he sure knows how to play Poker. Daniel will tell you that “Small Ball Poker is all about the art of increasing your poker chips without risking a lot of them”.  In his videos he states that aggressive betting in Small Ball Poker will help you win lots of small pots, and I for one certainly agree with him. I know that is a great way to increase my Texas Hold em poker chips count.

Poker tables from the Texas Poker StoreYou too could start winning at the Texas Hold em Poker Tables using the following  Small Ball Poker Strategies:

1. Attack blinds aggressively but only raise 3 times the blinds.

2. Don’t try stealing the blinds if some one else has called in front of you.

3. Make sure to try stealing only with hands that have potential to hit big.

4. Avoid trying to steal with trash hands.

5. Play position; be aggressive and use position to steal pots.

6. Don’t limp in, bet 1/2 to 3/4ths of the pot

Bottom line, to be effective get into a lot of pots and put constant pressure on your opponents. Good luck

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

We all know how good a poker player Daniel Negreanu is, but how many of you knew that he has a huge advantage because he is also a psychic? Watch this little video where he is playing against Jerry Buss, best known as the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers. Daniel actually calls for an 8 of diamonds and a jack of diamonds and gets them both on the turn and the river to beat Buss with a straight flush against his ace high flush.

When I saw this my immediate thought was that I would give up any of my poker chip sets to become a poker psychic. And my second thought was to never ever play against Daniel Negreanu. How about you; are you a poker psychic? What would you give up to become the Edgar Cayce of the Poker World?

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Pocket Bullets ParisJim “Pocket Bullets” Paris

From time to time it’s wise, sometimes even necessary, to revisit some of our past blogs because they hold up today as much as they did when we first published them. That is the case with this poker lesson offered by Daniel Negreanu.

As Daniel says right at the start of this video; “everybody always wants to know ‘how do you read your opponents?’ ” I have been playing for a long time and I still find it very difficult, but then again, I’m no Negreanu. It always seems to me that my opponents mix it up so much that they are exceedingly tough to read. Of course, that’s because I usually play some pretty tough hardliners who know how to give off false tells.

Daniel’s advice, nevertheless, is extremely good and you should play this video over and over again until you learn how to read every one of the signs he talks about. Then, when you need even more knowledge, pick up all the poker books and dvds you can find. Hopefully, by the next time you sit down at a poker table you’ll be ready to read your opponents.

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Tadas PeckaitisTadas “My Poker Coaching” Peckaitis

We already covered the advantages of GTO strategy in my previous blog, but in order to get the most of this concept, you need to understand the limitations of this approach as well. Therefore, let us cover a few disadvantages that this strategy can bring to the table.

  • It does not maximize your winnings

Even though it is a very good strategy to use as your starting point, GTO play will not maximize your winnings. When you spot your opponents making mistakes, you want to do all you can to extract money from them and, therefore, deviate from GTO play.

  • It’s not optimal vs. weak players

Let’s take an extreme example. If your opponent folds to your c-bet every single time, you should be c-betting all your bluffs and trapping with your strong hands. According to GTO strategy, however, you should still be balancing your range. Obviously, if you know your opponent’s tendencies, it makes no sense to do that. You would have to take the most profitable line and bet all your bluffs even if this would not theoretically be the optimal play in general.

Weak players will be making plenty of mistakes, so your goal is to act on them. GTO strategy is not the best strategy in this case, and you will win much more with an exploitative approach.

  • Implementing GTO incorrectly will cost you money

It is very dangerous to implement GTO strategy incorrectly if you do not have enough practice. Especially if you are just starting out in poker, you should learn the basics and find some advanced poker training based on your preferred format to help you master the game.

Conclusion

Now that you’ve read through all of the advantages and disadvantages of game theory optimal strategy, the next step is actually putting the theory into practice. Remember, poker is not a solved game yet, so there’s no person out there who is perfectly employing GTO play. However, you can get very close to it by learning the fundamentals.

Understanding both GTO and the exploitative approach will greatly improve your game and give you the results you’re striving to achieve at the poker tables. So, take your time to study and always choose the best strategies based on your opponents.

 

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