I hope you have all been practicing hard at the
Play tables at bet365poker? I'd guess you've had fun, but the
stimulation isn't quite there? There are a couple of reasons
for this. Firstly, you don't have any of your hard earned dough
on the line. Secondly, your opponents don't have any of their
hard earned dough on the line.
So they just don't play the same. Have you played a hand yet
where you have the Aces, raised at every opportunity, and still
there are five opponents on the river? And low and behold, one
of them hit a gutshot, middle pin, inside straight draw. Ouch…
No. They would not have been there if you were playing with
So if you have got the hang of the pop up buttons,
how the game flows, and generally feel comfortable, it is now
time to move onto the cash tables. No, not 100/200 limit, or
even the 10/20 limit. The sharks will be slobbering at the thought.
They haven't been educated by Finding Nemo yet, and 'fish, are
not friends. They are food''.
Let's start small : $0.10/$0.20 or $0.50/$1. Fixed Limit Hold'Em
is the next step. This will drastically reduce the lunatic opponents
scenario. All of a sudden, only 2 or 3 opponents are calling
your raises. Your opponents don't want to give their money away,
and they want to take your money off you! Let's sit down with
a $50. If this doesn't last you at least 20 hours playing time,
don't move up. Ideally, you shouldn't move up until you are
breaking even. This is probably a good rule to abide by at all
Ok. I know what you are thinking : I haven't given you any
clues on what sort of cards to play, what situations, or 'position',
to play them, and how to play them. If only it was that easy!
The answers are, it depends, it depends, and you guessed it,
it depends. (I should have been a politician.) Over the weeks,
I'll try and cover as many 'it depends' as possible.
- A starter for ten… 7 2 off suit is not a good hand.
9 3 is also not a good hand. Just watch me blow $15000 (real
money) on Sky Sports in May 2004 for proof. I was heads up
with Peter, having outlasted the other 4 opponents. I believed
Peter was playing too tight for heads up play, so I decided
to bully him. Wronggg. I raised his big blind once too often
with 9 3, and he surprisingly called me with 10 Q. Whoops!
Not a very nice scenario. Needless to say I went out, lost
my money, lost the $15000 prize money, lost the opportunity
to win $200,000 in the final, looked rather stupid on TV,
and lost my pride. And the moral of the story is… 'Let's
stick to decent starting hands'.
- Don't call any bets with an off suit, high card, low card
combination, e.g. J4, Q3, K5.
- Don't call any bets with an off suit, two low cards combination,
e.g. 84, 72 and especially 93!
- Only call with suited connectors, e.g. 9h,10h if the price
is right, i.e. one bet and no raises.
- Only call with low pairs, e.g. 5s if the price is right,
i.e. one bet and no raises.
- Let's try and play high cards like AJ. KQ, A10. These are
- Let's only raise with AK, AQ and the high pairs 9s and up.
- Ok, this all sounds very predictable. But you will be surprised
how little your opponents notice, and believe it or not, how
little many of them care.