Monday, August 6, 2012

Bug's Poker Tip #4

If the opp folds, they weren't going to pay you off anyway.

At the micro- and low-stakes tables, you need to bet, bet, and bet some more with your value hands. No fancy play. No trapping. Check-raising is okay, but only if you're very certain your opponent is going to play ball. Otherwise, no slow playing if you flop a set. If you hit a flush, bet. If you turn a straight, bet. If you have top two, bet. The goal with a value hand is to build value, and this is only achieved by getting money into the middle. If you get dealt Aces on the button and the action folds to you preflop, do not slow play; bet it as you would with a steal with J8o. If the blinds fold, then so be it. If the opp doesn't stick around, they weren't going to pay you off anyway. Giving villains a look at free or cheap board cards is a recipe for disaster at the micros. Bet that value hand... and build value.

All-in for now...
-Bug

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