How important is post-flop play in a poker game? Well, when talking money games, especially ring games, strong post-flop play is important to winning.
Strong post-flop play benefits your poker strategy and makes the game more profitable. This is because players tend to be in a hurry to fold their hand when it is obvious that they are beaten. However, if you have a good hand, making strong post-flop plays can help you take the money in the pot and keep it.
In ring games, the first player to act is referred to as the button. The button is the one that makes the decision of whether to play the hand or not and where the blinds are going to be posted. Because of the position of the button, you are at the disadvantage of seeing other players act before you. Because of this, you get a clear read on what everyone else at the table is going to do.
A player to the left of the button is called the ‘cutoff’. This is because the button will always act as if he/she is the cutler. A player to the left of the button is called the ‘DR viable’. Once you have recognized this, you are ready to act as if you have the better hand.
DR viable refers to the odds of getting a straight or a flush. Obviously, when you are chasing a flush, you want to be raising with it. The odds of hitting your card are about 11:1. Therefore, to call $50 into a pot of $100 with a $100 bet is 9 $150 in your favor. If you put $100 in to a pot of $100 with a $50 bet, you are only going to lose $75. Obviously, you can’t avoid the math.
Therefore, the math tells us that we need to make a $50 bet every other pot when we have a strong hand, and we need to make the same $50 bet with a flush draw when we have a short stack. The short stack will likely call the $50 bet with the obvious intention of hitting a flush on the flop. Therefore, you will likely get 5 $50 bets out of that $50 bet when you have a flush draw. Therefore, you will have $100 to wager with in the same situation. The $50 bets can be made even if you miss the flush on the flop.
When you deal with premium hands, particularly pocket pairs, in late position, you will likely be paid off more than other positions. The reason for this is that the blinds are paying you off more than they are losing to you. In other words, if everyone folds to you and you take the blinds, you are the favorite. Therefore, you will get paid more than you will be called. It is important to be aggressive, especially when playing in late position. When playing short stacked, the ability to outplay your opponents is greatly reduced, although you still have the best hand.
It is also important to play aggressively when facing an opponent that is hostile or aggressive towards you. Being aggressive against an aggressive player is counter to what he/she may be trying to do. If you are trying to get your opponent to fold, you may want to wait to make a move. However, if you know you have the best hand late in the game, you can force your opponent to fold right away. Your goal is to drub all the pots and win the big ones.
Be aggressive with a trash hand all the time. You may have been doing this throughout the hand, but make a continuation bet anytime you get a junk hand. Be aggressive against opponents that are playing with nothing.
There are many other tips to play with when playing poker boya. You can see them and implement them into your own game. The more you practice, the more you will be adept at playing short stack. When you can play short stack, you will be much better in every way possible. It will make you reduces the amount of mistakes you make and it will improve you game all together.