Let’s say you’ve been dealt two strong cards, and then on the flop realize you’re holding a winner. Just because you got lucky doesn’t mean you’re going to win a lot of money unless you play things just right. The easy part of poker is being lucky – the harder part is knowing what to do when luck finds you. Poker.ca is here to tell Canadian poker players that just because your cards are great, you can’t go all in on the spot. Be patient!
Remember that other players at the table have their profits and their cards on their minds too. If you go all in, they won’t automatically be on board and go all in too unless they actually think they have a shot at winning. In order to make them think this, you need to make sure you play it cool so it looks like you think their hand is probably at least as good, if not better, than yours. The best way to do this is to bet often rather than bet big. The goal is to get your stack in the pot in order to have a shot at winning theirs, but you have to build up to this slowly.
Start out by betting something minimal and in proportion to what’s in the pot already. The pot will grow exponentially if you’re playing a no-limit game, so don’t try to rush it. If you overbet immediately, chances are other players will fold in order to protect their stacks. However, if you play things right, you just might be able to win big with that great hand.