Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Test Your Rep

It is always good to be aware of your reputation. You know those notes you write about the other players? Well they write them about you too. Ideally, you should mix up your play so not to be pigeon-holed into this or that type of player, but realistically, you are. You have a style and any solid player around you knows it. Use it to your advantage.

If your style is conservative, you command a higher level of respect with every bet. Therefore, you should occasionally bluff. I know it is not easy because it is probably against your nature, but luckily you don't have to make a habit of it. If you do, you will lose that respect. Just consider a strong bluff the next time you chase that flush to the river and it misses, that hand can still be yours.

Inversely, if you play a lot of flops and everyone knows it, or if you have been called on a bluff on more than one occasion, try playing a big hand in a similar fashion to the bluff. Whereas a large bet from a tight player would ensure a fold, a large bet from you makes people think you are buying the pot. Let them. You stand to make more money per monster hand than any other style. So when you get the nuts, don't over-think it, make them pay!

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