Limit Hold'em Strategy -
Creating a Story
One of the more interesting components of Texas
holdíem is the psychological component. Youíre
not just playing against what cards opponents
are carrying, the size of their stacks and their
position on the board, youíre playing against
the story their telling with each move. A savvy
Texas holdíem player will be objective about the
bets heís laying down, knowing full well what
this bet is conveying to other players. This is
true no matter what type of game you participate
in, high-stake cash games as well as Texas
holdem freerolls. You have to do the same
You have to both tell your own story as well as
be aware that other players are doing a little
storytelling of their own. Thatís the game, both
reading and writing stories. The way to do this
yourself is to mix and match your betting technique.
Some betting styles are easy to read, while some
are much more confusing, which is what youíre
Take one of the most obvious betting strategies.
holdem player hangs around waiting for that
perfect hand, playing tight and passive, until,
Wham! Heís suddenly betting the house. Itís pretty
obvious whatís happening here. The player has
been waiting for a good hand and is now jumping
at the chance. A good opponent will recognize
this and not take the bait. Itís obvious heís
holding a strong hand, possibly a monster, so
why bother going any further?
On the other hand, if you mix and match your betting
strategy, opponents wonít have a clear idea about
what youíre holding. This means playing a little
looser with your cards, taking a bluff deep, even
betting a fair amount on poor poker
hands. This means that when you finally do
land an unbeatable hand, or at least a very good
hand, your opponent will take you for a sucker.
Heíll think, ďIím going to raise him because he
tends to go deep with poor cards.Ē He fell for
your storyline and youíre able to take the pot.
One of the great things about Texas
holdem online and live is that each table
has its own storyline: players with different
personalities and betting strategies. This also
means that you may need to adjust your own tells.
Just because a scenario worked the day before
it doesnít mean it will work every time out. Itís
a good idea to take some notes on the competition.
Youíre bound to see the same players crop up time
and again, so you should have a reference about
a particular playerís style. Itís always good
to know if a player bluffs often, plays tight,
Creating a story really means setting a story
that is not easily readable. If it was easy to
read, you couldnít ever take control of the pot.
Like a good book or movie, you have to keep them
guessing. If they know why youíve made a bet,
youíll be at a significant disadvantage.
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