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Value Betting vs. Bluffing

Poker 101: Value Betting vs. Bluffing

A lot of times you’ll see players who are new to no-limit online poker have one simple reason for making bets and raises: it has something to do with confidence that they had the best hand at the table.

Quite often this will work, particularly when you’re playing against low-skill players. There are all kinds of reasons to call if you’re a poor player with a lousy hand. This means that if you believe that you have the best hand, if you bet and raise, you are likely to succeed. However, if you’re playing against highly skilled players, raising with the best hand isn’t always the best idea, even more if you’re playing real money poker. To understand this, let’s take a look at an example.

Let’s say you’re in a legal online poker site and that you’re playing against an aggressive, tight opponent who makes a button raise. You have the King of Hearts and the Queen of Diamonds, and you three-bet him. He folds, and you carry away the pot.

But why did you three-bet with a KQ? You probably thought you had the best hand the majority of the time. That particular opponent had been stealing about a third of the time, which means that he’s doing it with some trash in his hand from time to time. You figured him for a decent player, which means that he folds a lot of the time. But why would you raise to get him to fold with a hand that was already worse than yours? If it’s worse, wouldn’t you want him to add more to the pot before leaving?

If you know that your hand is better, you want to keep the opponent in there with you instead of intimidating him away. The idea is to put the right bed to put the opponent there to call and follow his draw with faulty odds, rather than throwing the whole stack in and knocking him away.

After all, if you’re holding a KQ, and you look at his steal range (about 33%), you’ll realize that KQ will win about 52 percent of the time. So you were holding a favorite hand, but you weren’t holding a dominant favorite. The reason is that the range your opponent was stealing on includes hands with an Ace. Even a pocket pair is already ahead of you. So you were ahead of that range, but not by much. In fact, many possible hands for him were still ahead of you. So what should you do now?

Also, what else might he do against a three-bet? In the example, he folded. So in a way, that three-bet was really a bluff instead of a value bet. You were trying to get him to fold, in reality, when he might well have had a better hand that what you did. That’s a great result if you can get it – but you can’t consider it a value bet.

So what is the difference between a value bet and a bluff? A bluff is a bet that you make to get people who would probably beat you at call to fold without seeing your cards. A value bet is a calculation that you make on the basis of what you have – and what others likely have – to get the best outcome mathematically. There is some overlap, but if you’re not in a strong position, you use that bluff to get clear of danger.

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Taking advantage of poker outs

Poker Outs: What they are and how to take advantage of them

If you are playing any type of online poker game that features more than one round, then you should start paying attention to the “Outs”. So let’s start by explaining the concept. An “out” is an unseen card that, if you draw it, it will increase your chances of ending up with a winning hand. If you know how many “outs” there are, you have a leg up in terms of poker strategy. For example, if you have Ace-2-3-4 (but if different suits), you have four “outs” to a straight, as there are four 5s that would finish that for you. If your Ace-2-3-4 are all the same suit, you have four “outs” to a straight and one “out” to a straight flush, as the matching 5 would give you that straight flush.

Sometimes you will see players using the number of outs to describe that drawing hand. They might say they had a “three-outer” to describe a hand that needed one of only three cards to become a winner. If you hold 5-8 (different suits), there are eight “outs” to a straight, because you only need one 4 or one 9 to show up, and there are four of each in the deck.

So how do you make the best use of them? You normally will figure this out after the flop is dealt. At some times, they can become important before the flop as well. If you end up AA pre-flop, you have more outs out there than anyone else, so in pot limit and no limit games where it is possible to manipulate the pot odds, outs like that can mean it’s time to raise pre-flop and get an advantage by pushing the odds in your favor.

Then, you want to figure out the number of cards are left in the deck after the flop that would give you what you want. If you are sitting AA and there aren’t any on the flop, there are two remaining – giving you two outs. You might not need either of them to win or to have top hand at the river. If you have two clubs pre-flop, and you see two pop up on the flop, you only need one more for the flush. There are nine clubs left in the deck, so there are nine outs for you. So figuring out the number of outs that you have is crucial for your strategy, even more if you’re playing real money poker or if you’re trying to win real cash.

Once you see the number of outs you have at the flop, multiply that number by four to get the percentage of your odds of getting a needed card at the turn or river. So if you have nine outs, your odds are 36%. Two outs? Just 8 percent. So now it’s time to decide whether or not to call. If the pot is $500 and you have to call $250 to remain in, you’re asked to put half the pot in. If your odds are less than 50 percent, you might consider folding. If you only have to put $100 in, now that’s 20 percent. That’s a lot more reasonable if you have a 36% chance of getting the card that you need.

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The True Value of Suited Connectors

No matter if you play free poker or you spend hours trying to make win a few dollars in the real money poker tables, understanding how suited connectors work can give you big rewards as you play them the right way in no limit Texas Hold’em. You put them down to bring home big pots, generally by snaring those aggressive players who don’t have good hands to play after the flop. However, it’s important to make sure that you have the right situation in place if you want to take advantage of the real value of suited connectors. So let’s take a look on some of the basic knowledge you should use the next time you engage in some poker games.

In pre-flop play, suited connectors should only be your strategy when you expect a big payoff when you nail that flush or straight. This doesn’t mean, though, that you want to overspend just to get to the flop. If you’re in early or middle position pre-flop, the danger is that you will end up getting re-raised. You just can’t afford to call a pre-flop raise that is too big with suited connectors. It just doesn’t matter how attractive they are. You will hemorrhage money over the long run.

If you’re in late position with a raised pot and at least two callers in front of you, though, you’re in the right spot. This is when you want to call and hit that flop hard. By entering the flop with multiple opponents, you boost the chance that your opponents get a hit on the flop and bet out, giving you the necessary odds for profitable suited connectors. If you’re in a late position with no raise on the pot and at least two limpers ahead of you, hear you should raise to show that you have a big hand and try to buy the button simultaneously. Consider a raise of 3BB with an additional 1BB for each limper ahead of you. The same raise you would make if you had a big pocket pair. This raise will scare off at least a couple of opponents all by itself.

At the flop, if you’re playing suited connectors, the idea is a nice draw against an opponent with deep stacks. You might flop to that straight now and then. Your odds of flopping a flush draw are about 8 to 1 (10.94%). You can even get two pair or trips (3.34% odds) on the flop. Hitting a double belly buster straight draw or an open-ended straight draw combined is about 10.45%. Most commonly, of course, you’ll flop nothing. This is why you shouldn’t overspend to see it, because “nothing” is the most common answer. In most cases, you will check or fold. If there wasn’t a raise pre-flop, though, think about using a bet to nab the pot. This is why the late position is best for playing suited connectors. You’re using your position to steal pots occasionally – to get back the costs that come with playing such a speculative hand. You also want to make sure that you’re free of calling stations when you want to nab a pot that way.

If you still haven’t gotten a flush or straight, the best choice now is to try to get a look at that river card for free. Sometimes a frightening card will come down on the turn, and your opponent may just check. If a strong bet comes at you on the turn, though, consider folding as you are now behind the eight-ball when it comes to odds. If you do hit that monster hand, it’s time to suck all the money you can out of your opponent. Don’t check and give your opponent a free card. He may have a backdoor draw to a bigger flush or straight, so make him pay every step of the way.

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Tips for Handling and Easing Bad Beats

One of the most frustrating experiences that can happen to recreational and real money poker players comes when you think you’re cruising to a win on a big pot, but something happens right at the end at you take a “bad beat” – or a loss that the odds simply don’t dictate that you deserved. It’s easy to get angry at this, particularly if you’re trying to win real cash or if you’ve already been in a losing streak and were looking to that hand to get things back in the black for you. Here are some tips to help you get over the bad beats and keep them from making things worse for you.

Understand the ways of poker.

This might seem generic, but it remains true. A lot of players think that they have entitlement to a pot, but even if you are all-in with a set against a flush draw, you’re still going to lose almost a third of the time. Things like this just happen in the game, and dealing with this is just a part of the poker game. Having the wisdom not to get too angry is crucial for dealing with losses without letting that frustration cause you to make poor decisions in the next hand.

Focus on the process, not the outcomes.

Again, this is easier to say than it is to do. Even poker players with a lot of talent and potential get caught up with focusing on their results rather than their process. All of the decisions that you make in a poker game should center on the best way to maximize expectations from one hand to the next. If you assume that losing is the same as being a poor player, you’re a little off base, because everyone – even the very best players – lose from time to time. Even the perennial champions periodically go through streaks where bad beats take away their money. There are other times when your strategy will be awful – but you’ll still win. If you make sure your process is as sound as possible, the results will eventually follow, but you have to maintain a long-term perspective.

Remember that the bad beats are what keep the fish in the game.

If you play games such as chess, skill is the only determining factor. While very few chess players remain undefeated, there is no element of chance in the game. Having the right to move first offers an advantage, but that right alternates from one game to the next, keeping things as even as possible.

What this means is that there is no luck involved – which is why fish do not play chess. Why do they play poker? Because they strongly believe that their lucky days will bring them fat stacks of bills, and they keep playing on and on, thinking that their next lucky day is right around the corner. Over time, they are not likely to profit at all, but those big lucky days keep them coming back, even though they’re not that frequent.

If there weren’t any fish in the game, poker would get much harder, because it would only be those rational “tight” players left, and they’re much harder to pry winnings from than the fish are. So be glad that the fish are in the game with you, and if one of them “bad beats” you in one hand, they’ll stick around so that you can beat them in three more.

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California Assemblyman Talks Online Poker

Few legislators have been more involved in the effort to legalize online poker in the state of California than State Assemblyman Mike Gatto: The issue has been one of interest for him since the first online poker bill was introduced in California in 2008.

Late last year, he prefiled his own online poker bill (AB 9), and though progress has stalled until the state legislature reconvenes on January 4, he fully expects to take up the issue again in the new year.

California has the potential to be the biggest online poker market in the US, but attempts to pass legislation have met resistance on two major topics: Bad actors and the inclusion of the horse racing industry as potential licensees.

Poker Industry PRO was granted the opportunity to ask the Assemblyman, who is at the forefront of efforts to pass online poker legislation in California, his opinions on some controversial topics. Here are just a few of the questions he addressed.

Do you think regulating online poker in California is in the best interest of its citizens?

It is no secret that there are many Californians who are playing poker online, on unregulated, off-shore sites. That is money that’s leaving the country. When players do so, they also face uncertainties with regard to such things as the security of their deposits, or whether they will be paid when they wish to cash out winnings.

If the state can provide a well-regulated market, there is no doubt players will repatriate their funds to legal operators, who will in turn provide tax revenue to the state.

Do you believe that including language to exclude “bad actors” in the law itself serves the people of California better than allowing the state gaming regulators to decide the conditions that potential licensees must meet in order to be deemed suitable?

I’ve tried to craft a bill that will give an opportunity for groups to make a compelling case as to whether or not they should have access to the California market. The Legislature should provide clear guidance to the Executive Branch regulators as to what individuals and entities should qualify for licenses.

Any business that is allowed by the state to make financial transactions such as those that are involved with online gaming, should be held to the highest standard possible to assure their integrity for the sake of their customers.

As the regulation of online poker spreads around the globe, lawmakers and regulators are faced with the issue of consumers continuing to utilize unlicensed online poker sites. What do you think are some of the most effective methods for deterring players from patronizing black-market sites? Do you think assessing fines to players caught using unauthorized sites is appropriate?

Unfortunately there is little a state government can do to regulate the Internet. I would like to see the federal government put pressure on the worst actors around the globe.

On the state level, prosecutions and regulatory actions, where appropriate, might serve as a deterrent. The best deterrent though is a safer marketplace.

What would you say to your constituents who are frustrated with the lack of progress of online poker legislation in California over the past several years?

I share their frustration.


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