Sustainable Wins in 1/2 No Limit Poker – eBook
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What percentage of live poker players do you think are profitable? Before you answer this question, keep in mind that the majority of players are tourists who come and go. Sure, there are always regulars, but they’re the minority in every poker room. Unfortunately, there is no absolute concrete number for profitable live poker players, but most estimates fall around 10%. That being the case, your odds of winning aren’t good. On the other hand, what does that 10% of the poker-playing population know about live poker that you don’t? In most cases, they use the tactics that will be described here. If you follow this game plan, you will experience long-term profits. You might not win every session, but you will definitely come out ahead. Don’t be intimidated. The tactics offered here are much simpler than you will expect.
Before we get started, the most important thing to keep in mind is that this variation of the TAG (Tight-Aggressive) strategy is for 1/2 No Limit Cash Games. You can also use it in a 1/1 No Limit Cash Game. Following the offered strategy in these games, you will experience great success. If you attempt to use it in a 2/5 No Limit Cash Game, then you should also be profitable, but don’t expect your winning percentage to be as high.
I DO NOT recommend using this strategy for High Stakes No Limit Cash Games. High Stakes No Limit Cash Games means more skilled players. This requires a different strategy that won’t be covered here. In Low Stakes No Limit Cash Games like 1/2, the majority of the players will be weak. They also won’t have a large bankroll, which has a huge impact. That said, don’t go in thinking like a shark. If you go into the game with an attack mentality, you will experience wild swings and you will eventually come out a loser. If you want long-term profits in 1/2 No Limit Cash Games, then instead of attacking your prey, let your prey come to you.
Many 1/2 players want to put on a show, especially younger players. They wear their sunglasses and hoods, and they love to speak about odds for certain situations to make it look like they know what they’re talking about. The irony here is that any truly good poker player knows to keep their mouth shut if they know the odds in a certain situation. Why would you want to advertise that you know what you’re doing? You want to draw the fish in, not scare them away. Therefore, whenever you see a show-off at a poker table, chalk them up to a poser. Sure, they might have a great session, but it’s a near guarantee that they’re long-term losers. This is especially the case if they like to throw out big bets on every street.
You might have been fooled into thinking that big bets are a good thing in 1/2 No Limit Cash Games. In reality, they’re only good in specific situations. The following is a simple way to look at it. If you have AK and you go all-in vs. a pre-flop re-raise, you might think you’re sitting pretty. The truth is that you’re likely 50% at best. More importantly, whenever you go all-in early in a hand, you’re leaving a lot to chance. As we all know, anything can happen with five cards to come. If you’re a more skilled player than your opponent, why would you take this approach? The further you get into the hand without going all-in, the less luck becomes a factor. Yes, there will still be straight and flush draws to fade, but with fewer cards to come, you will be able to read the situation and your opponent more accurately. True Grinders are well aware that it’s wise to keep pots small. By doing so, you make poker more of a skill game. And if you’re going to disrespect Grinders or Rocks, here’s a simple question for you: How often do you see a Grinder or Rock get crushed?