|Never slow play cowboys. You don't win big by playing passive.|
Kings became my favorite after my first big score on PokerStars. I was into a small satellite tourney and it was the last table. Somehow, I had made it the 4 hours and countless players and was in it for a final prize of 5000$. I was under the gun and got dealt King of Hearts and King of diamonds. There were 4 of us left, so I decided now was better than ever and snap called all in. Being the biggest stack, I couldn't be sent packing even if I did lose to another hands. Surprisingly, everyone called. I got a cold chill, felt sick. Sure, I wouldn't get knocked out, but 70% of my stack is at risk. Not good, and also baffling. I said out loud, "How the fuck? why are they all calling?!" The whole point of going all in was to scare the strong hands out! Not in this case, I guess. They must have all had screaming hands. I knew one of them had aces. I'm done for, I thought. The hand went on, I nervously watched the flop come up. King of Spades, King of Clubs, and a 3 of Hearts. I got up and danced, and danced, and danced. The turn was a Queen of Clubs and a 10 of Hearts. I win with Four of a Kind and also manage to dish out 3 knockouts and 3 bad beats at the same time.
|Ace-King is a fantastic hand too. Suited is even better.|
Player 1: He had pocket aces. Ace of diamonds and Ace of Hearts. Knew that already.
Player 2: He had pocket queens. Queen of Diamonds, Queen of Spades.
Player 3: He had Ace-Queen. Not quite sure why he went all in pre-flop, but whatever. Living on a dream? Ace of Clubs and Queen of Hearts.
So, the end of the night, I walked away with 5 large... and promptly lost it all that night.
What's the lesson here? Play hard pre-flop with any strong pair. Aces, Kings, Queens. Jacks are tricky, be careful, I would never be caught going all in pre-flop with a pair of Jacks. If you're in position with a strong pair, bet the pot. That will weed out the trash hands. If you get a call, place continuation bets on the flop. Play your opponent, this is why learning about your opponents is key. Snap call and bet fast. If you get raised pre-flop, you need to take caution. If I've noticed that player has played weak, lost a lot of hands and limped in frequently, I may raise all-in in that situation. Nine times out of ten, they will fold.
The key is to bet yourself as the strongest hand, but don't over bet and look like a bluff. This is often the trickiest part of playing Poker. Betting has as much to do with the game as the cards.
Once you start winning, never forget to cut your losses. If you lose your good streak and start losing, don't be the table Hellmuth. No one likes a Hellmuth. Get up, walk away, get some fresh air. Hell, quit for the day if you want. A great tactic for winning streaks is to cap yourself. Once you've won X amount, quit and go enjoy yourself. You can lose alot playing Poker on tilt, and in the most extreme cases, ruin your credit report due to excess debt. And remember, no one likes a whiny, bitching cry baby at the table. Like Phil Hellmuth. It makes you look bad, and makes you vulnerable. Keep your emotions to yourself.
I hope you learned something. If anyone has questions about Poker, please feel free to ask me. I love to help and would be willing to post more information and blogs about Poker. Good luck at the tables!