Playing in Loose Texas Holdem Games

Poker has gained a lot of popularity over the number of decades. Nowadays, there are many new players participating in the game, resulting into much looser games. Even at the higher limits you can frequently find many players who not only play too many hands but go much beyond with their hands. Normally at the lower limits, these games are known as "no Hold'em hold'em."

For the skilled and experienced holdem players these games are very profitable for them. But still, they require making essential adjustments and many otherwise winning players do not do a good job in this area. Moreover, we prefer to give as many advices which are completely correct on how to play in loose games, even though it has been written much.

Here much more new has been added in "loose games" section to this 21st Century edition of Hold'em Poker for Advanced Players. We recommend the visitors togo thru it as many times as possible. It contains several ideas and concepts that are very complicated and unique from what you may have been encountered earlier. We hope that the advice in the appropriate game will help you to make your game truly profitable.

The Considerable Point

Before talking into some approaches, we would like to emphasize to one point that is extremely crucial in such kinds of games. When playing against bad or weak players, you can maximize your profit from their silly mistakes. This is different from playing correctly.

Suppose, theoretically you can program a computer to play intelligently with proper game theory approach and randomization so that, heads-up, no one can beat it. However, that same program may not beat a bad player out because it is assumed that the other player is playing well.

There is no doubt that if your rival plays wrongly and you continue the play assuming he plays well, you can still win. But you cannot win as much as someone who is improving his poor play. And this is the reason why good players do not perform well in very good games. They do not adjust to maximize the extra profit that can be made when their rivals are playing incorrectly.

Let's take an example of what we are talking about that does not involve a particular approach. When you are against bad players it is dangerous to think over your decisions. This is because when you sit and think at the table, you give an opportunity for the bad players to play better against you.

You need to know that someone who plays badly might do it for many reasons. He might be a fool. He might be drunk. Or maybe he wants to enjoy. And you cannot enjoy by playing perfect poker. It's too monotonous - you don't play enough hands.

In some situations, you consistently run into people who know how to play well if they have to, but do not play well. In a tournament they play little better, but their overall play is worse because they are playing only to have a good time. They obviously enjoy winning more than losing, but they have fun in playing most of their game.

Now assume that one of these players observes you discussing over a decision. In fact, some of them inadvertently turn into a better player against you because they begin to understand that the game can be profitable rather than just enjoying the game. It is very much seen over a long period and it generally occurs when a "fun" player observes a player thinking much more about the given decision.

Suppose you are in a game like this, you bet and someone raises. You need to decide immediately whether to fold or call. Never give that person or other player at the table, any chance to understand that you do really think about decisions. If you do not consider this piece of advice then the "fun" player will tighten up against you, but also thinks "You know what, I think I'm going to try to bluff this player. I do not think that I could be against someone else, but I'll throw a raise in against him. I do not know whether I'm having the best hand or not but he thinks about throwing away many hands, who knows."

You intentionally make them play closer to the correct approach. When the weak player sees you sitting and thinking at the table, you may cause him to play better, especially against you.

If you find any problem, here are some suggestions. As you spend extra time on hands that are close, you should immediately do something or other at random. As the decision is very close, it cannot be that bad. Better, each time you would prevent to think, only call instead. It is best than thinking.

One other way to solve this problem is to be prepared for any kind of situations. Always try to think one step ahead.

A simple example can be when you flop top pair when there is a two-flush on board. If the flush card hits on the turn and you bet, you should know much of the time whether you will call or fold if your rival raises. (In a no limit texas holdem game against experts it is correct to think. They do it most of the time. But such situations are completely different.)

We know a person who is a good player, but exhibits a feature which we do not like. When he bets with a good hand, he will fold immediately if someone raises him (if he thinks that the folding is a best play). It is good. But he sometimes makes it reverse, which we oppose with. That is, when he is bluffing and gets raised he thinks for sometime. The purpose behind this is that he doesn't want to show that he is bluffing. Thus, even though he knows that he will not call, he still thinks.

There is a debate that while playing against bad players, you should not think in this manner anyway. You should not worry whether the player thought you were bluffing or not. The most essential thing is that you do not want to represent that you are competent enough of throwing away good hands for one more bet and that you need to see each and every decisions carefully. It can become a catastrophe when someone picks up on it, and steal the pot from you for one extra bet. It is worse when someone whom you observed never bluffing tries to bluff only against you. The reason why he tried to bluff against you and not anyone else is the feeling that you represented that has disclosed in his mind.

You should try to depict a calm and peaceful attitude in your decision-making. (However, you do not have to be "everybody's friends" or just only "enjoy the game.") In this manner, it will be improbable for anyone to pick up on you as a player who "I think I can easily bluff against him." (Hence you need to throw your hand away when he does show some strength.)

Other than avoiding bluffs, one more reason to behave less serious and in the thoughtless manner is to make the other player relaxed and "play loose." A serious thinking on your part will not only cause players to make plays against you, but also make them tighten up. Players usually do not want to feel like suckers to help serious experts to make their living.

There are many other things you should do or not do along the same tracks. You should not make a play that makes a fool of a person. Sometimes, check-raise is also the best option for many situations. But if it is heads-up and you are against one of these "poorest" who play for fun sake, then do not play for it.

Now we do not pass this play because it might make him leave the game. It is because if you make a fool of that person (with a check-raise in a heads-up situation), he will tighten up against you and notice you throughout the game. He will not enjoy the game any longer. He is there to beat to you. He is now playing better. You have made him think other than "better to be here and have a good time." (It is better to check-raise in multi-way pots as no one is going take this seriously.)

Besides not thinking or behaving seriously or using tricky heads-up plays, there are many things which you should avoid if you want people to play poorly. For instance, throwing cards or getting angry when you lose a pot. You never want outsiders to say to himself "I will enjoy myself and have fun with everyone. If I beat this player he will be so upset that he will not be any fun for me. I don't want to make him feel awkward when I win."

Thus, there are few non- strategic aspects that are important to know so as to keep bad players playing badly. We mean it "weak-loose." That is, they are playing many hands; they are not bluffing much; they are easy to read and go much far with their hands. That's the best for you.

A Noteworthy Concept

There is a significant aspect wherein loose games and bad players are exemplified by a situation in the game of razz. For them who do not know, a razz is seven-card stud played for low. We recommend browse The Theory of Poker to know more about razz in detail.

The concept that The Theory of Poker suggested, which we will explain in detail, is that if you have a little better starting hand than your rival you should not re-raise their opening raise if that rival is a bad player.

Why? The answer is, for instance, you start with a three-card 6 and your rival raises with a seven-up representing a possible three-card 7. The problem to re-raise him is that when there is a double bet on third street it becomes correct to take a second card on fourth street no matter what happens. However, if there wasn't a double bet on third street, it would be correct to fold on fourth street if you chase a high one and he chases a baby. But if your rival is the bad player, he will call (on fourth street) no matter whether there was a re-raise or not. In other words if he has a three card 7 and you have three card 6 then just call him because if he catches a king and you chases a baby, he will call you again even though he shouldn't.

The basic idea is that you grab more money from your rivals by putting them in a position to make the great mistakes. It may sometimes means maneuvering the pot size into one which can be the size where they can mistakes. You can make the pot larger early to make them chase more to those times you flop a high hand. Another time you make the hand smaller from being a "shootout" where you have to chase as they will. This play will not make you gain much if you give up much on earlier round. Only in trivial situations, you should make little expected value play in order to gain future profits. But these trivial situations come more and hence try to identify them.

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