Archive for the 'Fold equity, aggression and bluffing' Category

Being aggressive preflop with pairs and suited connectors

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Small/medium pocket pairs and middle suited connectors are nice hands for calling preflop raises, especially from tight aggressive opponents. If you miss the flop, it’s easy to release. If you hit the flop, you can stack your opponent. But they also have value if you raise with them preflop, either open raising or raising limpers. […]

Position, and fold equity

Monday, January 5th, 2009

A friend of mine played a hand at a $100NL cash No Limit Holdem poker table where he open raised garbage from the button. Both blinds called, and the flop came with two 2s, giving my friend trip 2s. Before all was done he got the big blind all in, the big blind holding AA […]

Aggression increases your risk, but is it gambling?

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

In order to play winning poker, you need to be appropriately aggressive. Simple example; you get KK. Two limpers ahead. KK is the second best hand that you can be dealt, but the more hands that you are up against, the lower your chance of winning. You need to raise preflop and narrow the field. […]

Don’t bluff when you have no fold equity

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

If you’re playing freerolls, penny cash tables, or cheap Sit and Goes it’s worth keeping in mind that you often have no or little fold equity. In the last fold equity post I used the example of having 1-1/2 big blinds left, shoving, and being called by the blinds. You don’t have enough chips to […]

Bluffing versus Fold Equity

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Bluffing and fold equity are related, obviously. It’s because you believe that you have fold equity that you bluff. If there was no chance at all that your opponent might fold (zero fold equity), then there’s no point trying to bluff. For example, in a tournament you just lost a big hand and have 150 […]

Not comfortable with bluffing in No Limit Hold’em

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Again with poker aggression topics. 🙂 A relatively inexperienced poker player asked the question what to do about the fact that she is not comfortable with the bluffing involved in No Limit Hold’em poker. She says that she’s comfortable with the mathematics of odds, and she finds herself more comfortable with other poker games other […]