Poker Tips: How to act when your first after the flop

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It is quite a tricky situation when you are the first player to make a move after seeing the flop. It is hard because you really do not have an idea if the flop improved the hands of your opponents. How you will act depends on a number of factors:

Did they see the flop?

If you did not improve your hands upon the flop, it is best that you do not bet with more players to act after you. Most likely the greater the number of opponents who saw the flop, the higher the possibility that someone is holding a good set of cards.

Behavior on Preflop

If you raised prior to the flop, it will be a more reasonable move to bet and represent that flop. Whatever cards are revelaed during the flop, good players will bet as long as they already raised before the flop. Since you made the raise preflop, your opponents will respect your next move of betting rather than committing then limp out as if saying oops sorry weak cards.

Stack sizes

If you are dominating the table in terms chips, you can control the betting and represent the flop even when you are on the first position. In short, you can bully your opponents. But if you have a smaller stack and the flop did not give you anything, it will be your best move to just be on the side and keep out of the action and wait for a better hand.

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Poker Strategy: Blind Stealing

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Blind stealing applies to the act of a player who is in a late position to raise prior to the flop in order to steal or win the blinds which are uncontested. This poker strategy is often times effective since those in the blinds will have random cards which means there is a small chance that they have a hand which is worthy of a raise so you will be able to take the blinds.

When you are talking about stealing blinds, there are two realities you must face: you will steal their blinds, and other people will steal your blinds.

Tournaments

Stealing blinds is most effective during poker tournaments be it multi table or single table. If you need additional chips, you cannot wait for the premium cards. Blind stealing is a good opportunity to get some chips.

pokerIt is not worth it though to go for it at the early parts of the tournament when the blinds are small and has a high potential of encountering raises from opponents.

Cash Games

The blinds on cash games are fairly small which means that this move will not be very profitable for you. Stealing blinds though during cash games should be based on the opportunity to out maneuver your opponent and making them put more money into the pot and then taking their money later on. Generally though, stealing blinds is not recommended in cash games.

How to defend against players who steal your blinds

Rule of thumb is that you do not protect your blinds every time someone tries to grab it. Remember that you will be the first to move when one tries to snatch your blind, but you are in a poor position and most likely you will not have an idea what your opponent has and it will be a big risk .

Remember that once you have posted your blind, the money is no longer yours.

It is part of the pot and you do not defend it all the time. If you feel like defending it though to deter your opponent, make sure you put in a decent re-raise and make them feel that they cannot do it to you later on in the game. This is not effective though when the blinds are quite big and the risk is just too much.

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Poker tournament tips: Stealing blinds

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When you enter a big poker tourney, after a while players and their plays will start to settle down and this marks the long process of crawling to get the big pile of chips on the tables.

The bigger the field ofpoker players, the longer before you reach this middle stage. At this period, the lesser skilled poker players are most likely eliminated. Some donkeys though will be a bit lucky and end up doubling their chips at this stage.

One thing is for sure though, majority of poker players at mid stage of the tournament will be having that winning mindset and winning strategy.

Make sure you spend some time studying your opponents and just play the premium hands.  It can be boring but some slow play will be favorable in the long run.

Take note though that a lot of players will also be playing tight so you also need to change gears at times and play really aggressive when you have some strong hands.

When you have the position be sure that you can push those chips forward and if you have a big stack, bully some players and eliminate them from the table. This is the time when you will use what you learned during your down time while studying everyone around the poker table.

You also have to consider that your kind of play will be read by other players

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Poker Bankroll Management: The Basics

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bankroll managementHaving cash to bet in your poker game is vital. Without anything to lay down on the table, you will not be able to win any money back at all. Keeping your bankroll constant is a very important part of playing poker.

Make sure you have a high enough bankroll for the category that you are gambling in. A good idea is to have enough cash in your bankroll to cover at least 50, if not 100 hands. This works well when you are playing at lower bankroll tables, such as two dollars per hand, or four dollars per hand. However, getting up to tables with ten dollars per hand, you may want to consider cutting down to 50 hands of cash on hand in your bankroll. This will help limit yourself, so that you do not lose too much money too rapidly. (photo source)

Do not think too hard on your bankroll about the amount of money you lose. Losing creates a very negative feeling that causes many people to not want to dish out any more money for their bankroll. While it makes sense to possibly curtail your bankroll, stopping playing poker completely is a big mistake, and will result in losing more money and anxiety over your poker bankroll.

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