Playing Texas Hold’em and being successful in the long run is a challenge that requires multiple skills as we have tried to best explain in previous articles.
However, another quality that the professional player must necessarily have is that of knowing how to make the best use of the resources available to him during the game.
For this we offer you these few tips in the hope that they will help you to control your spending at the table, saving chips to reinvest them in the best possible way to become winning players.
Know your enemy
This famous phrase from the book “Art of War” is perfectly suited to Texas Hold’em where it is the ability of the players to determine the outcome of the games.
So the time you don’t dedicate to the gameplay is not wasted time, but you have to dedicate it to carefully study your adversaries, because this will allow you to understand their style of play.
For example, if a tight player makes a strong raise from early positions, he will hardly have a low level hand, while if an aggressive player raises decisively from an advantageous position like the button there is a good chance that he does not have a very strong hand, but is trying to bluff.
Invest your chips on the best starting hands
Obviously a bit of aggression in your style of play never hurts, but the advice is undoubtedly to fold the worst hands and to focus your playing action on the hands with the greatest chance of winning.
However, keeping a playing style that is too flat can make you predictable in the eyes of your opponents and therefore it doesn’t hurt to vary a little when you are in the right position and when you have the right steak.
Don’t invest too many chips on projects
Pursuing unlikely projects is a very quick way to erode your steak, in fact luck is changing and if you want to become a winner in the long run you have to try to minimize its whims.
For a project that you will be able to close at least three others will surely leave you with a dry mouth and only this average should make you understand how important it is to save chips not throwing them by chasing phantom interlocking scales.
So the fourth piece of advice we would like to give you is not to invest chips in a draw that has fewer than five outs.
Play marginal hands carefully
Already in step 3 we advised you to invest most of your chips in the best hands and almost completely let go of marginal hands, but we also warned you against having a too flat and monotonous playing style, so it will be good play some marginal hands, but the advice is obviously to do it by spending as little as possible.
So play a marginal hand as well, but do so only if there have been no raises and there is little chance that another player will raise, and only if you are sure you will hit the flop against at least three opponents.