I love to make money at the poker table. Is it possible to make money constantly? Yes it is. In fact, there are a lot of ways to do it. Do you know any of them? Some of the ways include:
- That you’ll never get called when you bet
- Stealing the blinds
This method is the stealing of the blinds. This is indeed able to do. The blind stealing is pretty much an advanced tactic, but you still need to have a bit of knowledge on how to do it properly.
Firstly, I want to point out that it’s vitally important you are reading the table properly. Don’t play in a flock of hands with other players expecting you to fold any hand they put in front of you. That’s asking for trouble. If anyone sees you fold then they are going to target you, unless you have meant to play somewhere else.
With that out of the way let’s start with what you can do:
- Make a big pre-flop raise regardless of what cards you have. You’ll need to have a good hand. You don’t need to play with a hand, you need to raise with a hand. That’s the only way you can win with a big raise. If you make a smaller raise, players will still call you because they aren’t sure whether you have top or bottom pair, but you have to make a big raise (recount being played by the dealer). This will show the strength of your hand.
- Fold. Stay. Tactics. Arrange your cards evenly and randomly on the table. If you don’t have aces or eights, but everybody else has low cards, get out. Even if somebody does call, I would still fold.
The likelihood of somebody having a better hand than you is pretty much ever, since you can’t see other players’ hands. And you can guess what hand they are holding because they are usually betting big and/or have the action to make it look like they’re playing for keeps. If they make a bet on the flop, you’ll be able to adjust and make a big raise to get the bets moving. The reason it might take a second or two for everybody to realize your hand is better is because they might have you beaten, so it’s better to hedge your bets by throwing in a bigger bet on the turn and river.
- If somebody re-raises, call them, but don’t raise too much. Info on the re-raise should be about the size of the second bet in the previous example. If an opponent wants to run you over on the river with a monster, he’s going to bet a reasonable amount to try and scare you off the hand. If you call a reasonable amount, and don’t raise too much, you run the risk of scaring him off with a mediocre hand. I’ve been at a table where the chips were low, but the guy who wanted to run me over with a monster tried to get as much chips in as possible. I dutifully called, and sure enough the guy turned over a pocket Q to beat my AA. Why bother then, since it’d been folded to me, but I didn’t like that guy, so I folded.
And, lo and behold, I got a set. I wish I was that cool. Why? Why couldn’t I be that cool? I played the rest of the night on “Mega88.” I let the hand go, and eventually cashed in a nice sized pot. I wish I could have taken more time to evaluate the play before coming over the top of him. I played weak hands to his benefit and he didn’t appreciate that.
If you want to be that cool you just have to set yourself up for a situations like this. Don’t be the guy that calls in the nick of time against that slow starter. Just call. Never raise.