I'm laid in bed too tired to play and I've decided to update my blog. I pondered for a while as to what to write, and I couldn't decided between a few things so I thought I'd do a mini series about all of them. Over the last few weeks I have had a few major turning point in my poker learning; and they have all greatly helped my all round game. Hopefully they can help others as they have helped me.

Pt 1 - Watch the entire hand

One thing I really struggled with for quite some time was developing good reads on people, these incomplete reads meant I would face tougher decision. I recently had an epiphany and realised what was missing. Although concentrating on the hands I was in I was getting distracted and not watching hands that I wasn't involved in.

I have now realised that every hand is key especially the showdown (if there is one) as you get to see what sort of hand the opponent played and how they played it. This information is vital to developing reads; how do they play their strong hands/flush draws/TPGK. You can use this information to help you decide whether to fold/call or raise when in a hand with them.

Here are a 2 things I enjoy seeing at showdown:
  • Limp 3-bet monsters - Seeing a player has limp 3-bet there strong hands a few times is always nice. These players usually have stats something like 80/4/1 they only ever raise when they have AA/KK/QQ. This means you can isolate there limps on a wide range of hands while still making money. This read lets you know if you're ever re-raised and you you don't have the goods then just pitch it and fold.
  • Calling station - Although I hear players complain about these opponents often, I do not see why. If you see some punkarse fish calling down with Q3o on a 8J9KA with 3 cards to a flush then DO NOT try bluff them. Hate to sound repetative but just punish them and value bet! value bet! value bet! If you value bet your stronger hands against these players and stay away from bluffs and semi bluffs then you will make an unbelievable amount of money.
Although I see watching showdowns as very improtant, you have use this with the impact of the information gained throughout then hand. By putting together what type of board opponents take certain actions on with showdowns, you can then decipher a range for your opponents when involved with them later. By using all this together we can all make $$$$$$$$$$$$$$.


Thanks for reading if you got this far.

Croyd :-D