When playing online poker, the betting part is perhaps the most important part of the game. It requires good focus and careful consideration. That’s because the betting part is where the strategy comes in. Your bet can make competitors doubt, put them on the wrong track and last but not least: a good strategic bet can make you win the game. Based on the bet you make, your competitor will try to figure out whether you have a bad or good hand. You might be bluffing? In most cases, the competitor will respond in either of the following two ways: that’s by following your bet (and having a good hand, apparently) or he will fold, meaning he has a bad hand.
The way the game works is that people who have equal good hands will be competing against one another. On the other hand, smart players will be able to put their competitors on the wrong track by bluffing and winning the game with a relatively bad hand. Listed below are 5 different ways, or so called ‘betting strategies’ which can help you win a game of poker.
Steal the Blinds’
It’s not very kind, but it is very smart: ‘steal from the blind’. When the players receive their cards, they can place their bet. On that very moment, the dealer hasn’t yet placed cards on the table. You can then place a bet, one which is higher than required. Most players in this case will fold, meaning that you win the game.
Ofcourse at the start of the game, the pot isn’t very high yet and you won’t win a lot. It’s an advantage though that one game is followed up quickly by another. The risk when you attempt to ‘steal the blinds’? If as competitor doesn’t fold, you can find yourself in deep trouble!
Want to play with a big pot, the kind that will make you chip leader at an instant? Then the Check-Raise is a smart way of playing the game. This is not a method to bluff other players or win the pot at a high pace. No, this strategy works quite different. You only check with a strong hand, so other players on the table have to raise and increase the bet.
By playing this way, your competitors think they have the stronger hand and are likely to win. Then next, you don’t fold, you don’t check, but instead raise the bet. This makes a high pot and creates a lot of confusion with your competitors. But be cautious: be sure of your hand and don’t get beaten!
This strategy is similar to the previous one. Once the dealer has placed the first 3 cards on the table, the players can make up their minds and decide what to do next. Raise the bet or check? Let’s say that your competitors all have a bad hand and one after the other checks. Then what you can do is place a big bet and raise the bet. It’s then very likely that all your competitors will fold, leaving you with the entire pot!
You can use this strategy when you’re at a so called ‘draw’. This means that you’re close to having a Flush or Street and your chances on winning are looking pretty good.
This strategy can easily be considered as bluffing and therefore it’s not without risk. It could easily be the case that before the flop, before the dealer places the first 3 cards on the table, a bet will already be placed. A natural counter response from players is that they will fold. Players with a strong hand will be instead continue playing and raise the bet.
The purpose of The Opener is that players with an average hand won’t continue playing and will fold. But these players can still cause a threat when the fourth or fifth card is brought to the table. You never know if they might be lucky at last and get the right card…
You’ll place a bet at the moment you have a good hand. When you bet, you have to be certain that you have the best hand and your competitor doesn’t actually have the right cards. When you place a large bet, your competitor is less likely to raise and will perhaps check or fold instead.