In this article I will focus on texas holdem strategy, specifically how to adjust your play.
When playing Texas Holdem, whether it be tournament style or cash game you have to REALIZE that your game needs to be able to adapt.
What do I mean by this?
There are four types of players in Texas Hold’em:
Loose-passive players are the players that tend to be involved in MANY pots. They will call with just about any two cards and will chase any flush or straight. They came to gamble and dont mind going home early. They will either be out quickly or accumulate chips by getting lucky.
Tight-passive- these players are waiting for premium hands. they are tight but when the time is right they will play against you.
Loose-aggressive players – These players will drive you insane. They will play any hand no matter what. They basically play any hand they have like its aces. Unless you have a GREAT starting hand it is just best to stay out of their way.
Tight-aggressive – probably the most common player in Hold’em. This type of player is TIGHT but AGGRESSIVE when they know they have the best hand. They are smart and cunning players.
As you can see, these different types of players can present many different situations for a player. You must be able to correctly read what type of players are at your table and bet your hands accordingly.
How should you be playing?
It’s really up to you. If you are playing poker seriously and want to win consistently you should have somewhat of a TIGHT game. If you are trying to WIN and don’t care about losing then you should probably be a loose-passive player.
It all depends on you and what you are trying to get out the game.
Until next time, good luck at the tables!