In this continuation of my first post I am going to continue to mine the ocean that is PokerSchoolOnline for pearls that I can take forward into my next round of cash game play.



Always evalutate your hand against your opponents likely holdings

"Better players are able to pick up a player's tendencies and adapt their play, an ability known as "reading" an opponent."

Turn Play

If someone raises on the turn, they are usually strong - so you should be able to fold medium strength hands.

Vary your play depending on your image

"To make yourself harder to read you need to step out of line from time to time. This opens up many more of the possibilities of poker. If, for example, your opponents learn that you usually have a strong holding when you raise, then you can start to bluff them. The reverse is also true. If you have been very aggressive and have shown bluffs, they will then begin to call you with lesser holdings"

Raising with Draws

In order to make it harder for others to read you, you should raise with draws when the situation is right. But don't just semi-bluff with no purpose. Have a plan, what do you do if your opponent calls you? You need to size your semi-bluffs to ensure hands that you beat are still calling you.

Don't semi-bluff when you are up against alot of players!

"Don't get crazy with weak draws against a lot of villains."

Pot Odds and EV

"If there is $4 in the pot and your opponent bets $1, you are being asked to pay one-fifth of the pot in order to have a chance of winning it.

A call of $1 to win $5 represents pot odds of 5:1."

So you simply add the bet you are calling to the existing pot and work out the ratio of the bet to that total amount.

The Rule of Two and Four

Did you know there's a neat trick for figuring out roughly what your chances of hitting your hand on the turn or the river?! Simply count your outs and multiply them by 2 to get an approximate percentage chance of hitting them on the turn, and by 4 to get an approximate chance of hitting them by the river. How cool is that?

Don't be results orientated - think about the long term.

"It is a mistake in cash game poker to base your decisions only on the results of one particular hand - or even one particular session".

Do not run before you can walk!

"Playing on tables above your level can be suicidal. It might be tempting to take a shot at the big time, but if you do not have the right skills, temperament and bankroll, then you are making a dreadful mistake."