In high limit hold’em games you need to be very tricky and creative in order to make money. In low limit hold’em games it is a bit different. Of course creativeness and aggressiveness are also advantages but a tight strategy can be just as profitable.
What do I mean by tight strategy? It does not mean you only need to play with pocket aces or kings. In late positions you can do some blind stealing with reasonable hands and that is enough to remain at your stack size. This means that even if you do not have any great hands but you steal blinds once in a while your stack will remain the same size and you will not lose it slowly. This is crucial because when you get your big hand and get involved in an all-in you should have full stack size.
Now I analyze a hand where I was involved with a player in a huge pot and my note told me what to do.
I was playing at a $0,50/$1 blind level, 9 handed no limit hold’em table. My stack was $89,95 on the button and everybody folded to me. I had AsTs which is a perfect hand to make a regular raise and try to take the blinds. I raised to $3,50, the small blind called and the big blind folded. The pot was $8 and the small blind started the hand with $57,80.
The flop was: 6h8hTc. I had top pair with top kicker but the table has many draws. My opponent checked. I should bet large, expect him to fold when he has nothing and make a call with a large variety of hands. I bet $7 and he quickly called. The pot was $22.
The turn was a blank, the 2s. Then something very interesting happened. My opponent pushed all-in with $47,30 on a $22 pot. I made the call and my opponent showed 4h7h for an inside straight draw and a flush draw. What a shame that Kh hit the river and completed his flush. My opponent won the $116,60 pot by hitting one of his 12 outs.
As you can see your notes can make a huge difference in large pots. It helped me a lot to read my opponent in a key situation. Unfortunately he hit his 27% (12 outs from the 44 remaining cards) but in poker that happens. All you can do is play your best poker and when you go all-in you lay back and hope for the best.
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