• Start of Game
    • Play Style
    • Players
      • Who are the players?
    • Where to Sit
    • Situational Awareness
      • Avoid getting to a point where you show your hands
        • This gives your opponents clues about your plays so it is better for them to see it
        • Rather if you are playing show the strong hands and hide the weak, so psychologically the other person thinks you have strong hands.
      • It is war
      • It is important to start categorizing the player as a strong or weak player
        • Every poker play also has to consider the individual tendency of the opposing player.
      • You need to play both the conservative and aggressive styles.
        • Vary your style
        • If you keep to a single strategy you will give your opponent the nature of your play and you give them information about what you have and most importantly don’t have.
        • By alternating styles you make it unpredictable what you have and make it harder for your opponents to read you.
      • Balanced Strategy
        • Vary both your calls and raises when you have a hand that entails a play
          • 80% Raise
          • 20% Calls
        • This prevents the other person person from knowing what cards you have to play.
        • Use a watch Seconds 0-48 → Raise, 48-60 → Call
        • Use the OODA Loop.
          • Vary your tempo and speed, get inside your opponents OODA cycle then throw them off by playing in a different style.
      • [ ] What do they do and betting style
      • [ ] What are the odds?
  • Pre Flop
    • Probabilities
    • Players
    • Bluffing
    • Play
      • Bet high if you have a good hand.
      • This clears the field for you.
      • Position is important. Make sure you have enough information before going forward
  • Post Flop
    • Probabilities
    • Players
    • Bluffing
  • Post Turn
    • Probabilities
    • Players
    • Bluffing
  • Post River
    • Probabilities
    • Players
    • Bluffing

Player and Playing Styles

StylePlays (Full Table Where You are First to Act in a Table of 9)TypeDefenseGame Play
ConservativeNITsEarly (first or second)high pair (ace,kings, queens)medium pairs jack and tensace-king(suited or unsuited)ace-queen(suited)Middle (thirdto sixth)Abovepair of 9spair of 8sace-queenace-jackking-queenLateAbovepair of sevensace-xhigh suited connectors queen-jack, jack-tenReally righty playersThey only play strong hands and usually foldWhen they play they usually have a strong handRisk averseOnly play a limited range of plays.They mostly play good handsHard to tell when they bluff.Only play if you have good cards versus theirsPlay only the major plays
AgressiveTAGTight and aggressiveConservative PlaysAll pairsAny two face cardsAce-anythingSuited connectors, even as low as five-four suitedPlay a tight range but not as tight as the nits They competent in all aspects of the playThey are hard to play against Able to bluff in opportune spotsGood play to be for most beginnersPoker aggressive playBe confident in your preflop playBe confident in your postflop play
Super-AgressiveLAGsGood and loosePlay a lot of pots and see a lot of flops, cheaplyPlay based on the following questions:Have a lot of players already folded?Will they have position after the flop?ARe the players behind them weak or intimidated?Do the players behind them have smallish stacks?Are the players behind them playing conservatively?They play a wider range of handsBluff more oftenFight for the pots they are inDo not fear risky situations and embrace themThe put pressure on their opponents with the worst hands. Know how to control their aggression to get maximum value.HammerIf an aggressive player comes in then come with a raise.Agressive players aren’t looking for confrontations, they want to appear as if they have stronger hands and get the pot cheaplyRope-a-DopeJust check if you have a strong hand and put a big raise of half the pot at the end.Accumulate big stack before you play agressive since you can throw your pot around.
Bad Player / Loose passiveBets only to see pre flopThey fit or fold after the flop and will not bluff. Only raise Preflop at the top of his starting hand range
Bad Player / Calling stationsLike loose passive but hate to foldUsually only bet with high hands.
Bad Player / Bad aggressiveManciaDon’t control agressionLove to gambleNo strategyCan’t really tell what they have or if they are bluffing or value betting


• Decision Making Process

What are the steps to take for any given hand?

Learn range based thinking based on how opponent bets

Acknowledge the position of first bet when you are big or little blind. The cost of the bet becomes more beneficial to you