Poker strategy essays
Why is Changing Gears in Poker
Changing gears in poker is a very
useful skill to master. In fact, I'd go so far as
to say that it's absolutely vital, if you want to
play poker and make a profit at it. Before you can
understand why it's so helpful, though, you need to
know what it means. Changing gears in poker is very
similar to changing gears in a car. It basically just
means shifting your thinking to adapt to the situation
around you. You see, in a poker game, things are always
changing. The chip stack sizes change, chip value
changes, people join games, people are eliminated
from games, blinds are raised and so on.
Why the gear change? Well, there are
two main reasons. One is to capitalize on certain
situations. For example, let's say that you're playing
Texas Holdem and you are dealt a hand that
you would ordinarily fold. However, let's say that
you are last to act pre-flop and the only person who
has bet is known for bluffing. You might have to change
your mind set and play the hand, knowing that information.
Another reason to change gears in
poker is to throw off your competition. In other words,
predictability is the enemy of any poker player. If
your opponents can figure out what you always do in
certain situations, they can figure out what to do
to properly counter your moves. They'll know when
to call you, when to raise you and when to fold to
you. In short, they can take all of your chips from
you in the blink of an eye.
Also, it's important to change gears
based on how you are doing in the poker
game and other factors. For example, if you
are short stacked, you should protect your chips and
tighten your play. If you are deep stacked, though,
you can often use your chip stack to bully the other
players. By making large bets, you can often steal
blinds. If you make those large bets with good cards,
you stand an even better chance of taking down chips.
After all, even if you're called you could win the
It's also important to adjust for
the number and type of players you're up against,
too. For example, your odds of winning a hand will
change if you are playing against one opponent versus
if there are 2 or 3 or more in the pot with you. That's
something that you need to factor in. You also need
to factor in the skill levels and habits of those
players, though. If they're known for bluffing, you
might be more likely to stay in the hand.
So, as you can see, there are lots
of ways that changing gears can be useful. It's important
to have that flexibility when you play poker. If you
do, you can be prepared for any situation and be one
step ahead of your competition at the tables. If you
don't, though, say good-bye to your chip stack.
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