How Can I Become A Better Poker Player?

How Can I Become A Better Poker Player?

Once a player has realized the shortcomings of raising with strong hands, they’ll change to reraising with a linear range –– which means that they will begin raising with hands they perceive as strong in general, such as 7-7 and A-J. Although this is effective against players who raise with weaker hands, such as A-9 or K-T, it won’t work against players who only use premium hands or those whose cards can fight against linear ranges, such as 2-2s or 6s-5s. 

 

In our opinion, the ideal reraising range must be polarized. This means that your range must include some of your best hands –– such as J-J, Q-Q, K-K, and A-A, as well as an A-K range –– and weaker hands, such as Ac-9d, Kd-5d, and 9s-6s. By choosing to call with mediocre hands, instead of reraising with only strong hands, you’re able to see whether you end up flopping before throwing in more money into the pot. Furthermore, reraising with a polarized range allows you to play in a wider range more aggressively, which increases the chance of winning with your stronger hands. This is extremely effective against opponents who can’t figure out whether your hands are good or not, which may cause them to make costly mistakes. 

Bet More Heads Up Pots

Another common mistake amateur players make is failing to bet continually once they miss the flop. If you’re in a one versus one match, it’s important to continually bet, especially on flops that are beneficial to your hand and detrimental to your opponent’s.