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Easing the Transition to the Middle Limits

Many intellectual play poker card players like to play at the highest limits that their bankroll permits and at which they can achieve the better hourly rate in relation to the limit. There is no doubt that many of the readers from this book are playing at the lower limit games and also expecting to move up to the middle limits. To help increase your chance of winning, I will provide some strategy tips that will help you to jump into the bigger games. (I am not to discuss the bankroll requirements here, a subject of great significance as you move up.

For more discussion on it, refer to Mason Malmuth's Gambling Theory and Other Topics.) Keep this in mind that these tips are useful tips: the real key to success is well supported set of poker skills. This is achieved through the study and poker experience. Furthermore, when you move up to the middle limits, you will come across many different rivals who play differently, overall skillfully, than what you are accustomed to. The following tips should help to comfort your adjustment to these players. In the next part, we will discuss three more basic concepts. The following are the three relevant tips:

Take the advantage of players' aggression : At the time of moving up, you will observe that your rivals will tend to play more aggressively than what you have likely become used to in smaller limit games. They will almost always try to steal the pot from you and will keep the pressure on with bets and raises, forcing you into most difficult decisions. Additionally, you will also come across what will more often be heads-up or three-handed pots.

Basically, this is an analytical of the improvement in play which arises with the increasing limits. You have to think about how to deal with these more aggressive players. Furthermore, you will have to identify the individual nature and characteristics despite from the common features of the aggressiveness of your rivals' play so that you can zero in on and take the benefit of their weaknesses. You will also have to develop your ability to think and make the adjustments rapidly in the poker play. Short of complete strategy development and execution, there are a couple of simple strategic ideas which can help you as you start adjusting to skilled aggressive players.

Notice that the more consistently aggressive a player is, the more persistent his bets and raises, the more often he is betting without a hand. Similarly, a player who is skilled, but very consistently aggressive is somewhat similar to the habitual bluffer inducing bluffs by checking and calling frequently. You do this some of the time with average hands such as middle pair, to allow the aggressive player bluff away his money in cases where his actions would be less profitable for you if you bet. That means if you bet he might just fold many poker hands and would raise with others. If he appears to be a habitual bluffer, you would profit less from either of these actions than from his betting after you check.

You should note that with such a marginal hand as middle pair you must read your rival very well. If his hand selection is tight there will often be a reasonable chance that he does hold high pair or better. You should simply not call him automatically. The decision is very crucial part. One advantage however of this check-call approach for the player just moving up to a higher limit game is that it allows you to prevent the tough decision that come from being raised.

You can follow this strategy with good hands (or even with great hands) such as high pair with a good kicker. You can say you are inducing your rival not to fold. Related to those times, when you opt this strategy with something like middle pair, you would not be faced with as difficult a decision if he were to raise. Your main object is that he should not fold and that he keeps putting bet in the pot with a hand less than yours.

To put other way, you have a hand which you would normally like to bet for value. But, against an unusually aggressive rival, you would do much better when you focus on that he should not fold and he puts in a bet on every round. (This play succeeds when your high pair is high so he is not suitable to have overcards. For more discussion, refer Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players: 21 st Century Edition.)

Keep in mind that we are talking about partially skilled rivals. Thus, you cannot get away with following only this strategy every time. You should change your play so that your rivals cannot easily be sure what you are heading to. You can sometimes check and call with high pair, sometimes bet with it, sometimes can check-raise and so on. The decision depends on the situational variables (or sometimes even pure randomness). The reason to it is that as you start playing in these tougher games, using the check-call approach more often can ease the transition, because it is rather easy to apply without making the serious mistakes. The same cannot be said of an approach which pushes the state of the aggression. I would suggest that a online poker player who is just moving up, but who lacks adequate confidence in his skills along with those of his new rivals, use this check-call approach against aggressive players fairly more than is optimal until he has followed complete strategies based on increased familiarity with these rivals. Also for the expert, it remains a significant element in his arsenal.

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