Knowing how much to bet pre-flop is a crucial part of your overall poker strategy. Any edges that you can get at this point in the hand will reap rewards on later streets and, by the same token, any mistakes will have dire consequences down the line.
When you’re in the small blind and everyone limps around to you, what do you do? You only have to pay half a big blind to see the flop. If there’s a few other limpers in the hand, you might convince yourself that you’ve got great pot odds, that it can’t...
Have you ever sat down to play poker and, though you’re doing your best to play a tighter range, you just can’t seem to ever get dealt a hand worth playing? So, you sit there, folding and folding, watching other people play the game.
One fundamental concept in poker strategy is combos, as well as their corollary, blockers. Remember, the best way to get in edge in this game is by studying and knowing the math better than your opponents. Your hard work will pay off.
Pairs are the most common made hand in poker, and top pair is often good enough to win the pot. However, there are still plenty of hands that even beat a pair of aces, so we need to fold top pair sometimes if we want to play an optimal strategy.
Even though we have some default ‘rules’ for playing good poker, like not limping and not slow-playing big hands, there are always exceptions to rules. Let’s talk about when it may be a good idea to limp re-raise and how to pull it off.