Managing your poker money, known in English as bankroll management, is a fundamental element of the game strategy and the game itself. Knowing the game means knowing the best way to win at poker. To participate, it is necessary to stay in the current game, with a budget at your disposal that allows you to obtain satisfactory results. As in other casino games where you have to manage a figure, for example, roulette or blackjack, the best advice is to never invest more than half of your money in chips on the first play, even if you think you have an excellent hand. In this case, the psychological factor also comes into play, as will be better analyzed in the following chapters, and even a “certain” victory risks turning into a sound defeat. The ideal is to proceed in small steps, adjust your bets, limit any losses, and, above all, to continue optimizing your bets: only in this way will you be able to set up an increasingly detailed strategy for professionals.
The Pre-Flop Strategy
Between the phases of the game, that of the pre-flop corresponds to the moment in which the first three cards have not yet been placed on the table: a good part of the game depends on how the cards are dealt and in this delicate moment the players on the left those who play the role of the big blind (big blind) start making their bets, therefore deciding whether or not to enter the game based on their cards. This is the phase that decides the fate of your play: you must carefully evaluate the cards in your possession, taking into account the possible developments and carefully considering the opponents’ possible maneuvers. Another factor to consider to understand how to play poker when you are no longer on the first hand, and you have started to know the playing style of the other players in the behavior of those present at the table: you can evaluate what to do by remembering the progress of the previous hands and the choices made by the various players when they were served with excellent or bad hands, to hypothesize the progress of the current hand.
The Strategy After The Flop
Once the flop was revealed, each player has already made his choice:
- call: the player entered the game playing the big blind amount;
- fold: the player has chosen to fold ;
- raise: the player entered the game by raising at least double the amount of the big blind.
At this point, you can find yourself faced with various scenarios: the first thing to do is to evaluate the situation at the table. It may happen that you already have what is called “made hand ” in jargon, the best hand: two pairs, three of a kind, straight and flush are all strong hands that, if well played, can lead to winning in a satisfactory. In the process of “development,” instead, the “draws ” are considered, of incomplete hands, which could, however, improve the poker scores with the presence of a useful card on the table to better complete their combinations. Considering these two occurrences, it is possible to choose how to play even if some rules are always valid in principle.
- avoid being in marginal or unfavorable situations;
- actively playing is always better than not participating;
- managing your bankroll efficiently allows you to play better and longer.