Why You Should Play Tight
When you begin playing poker online, one of the first things you notice, is that playing a tighter style will often net more profits. Playing tight is defined as playing fewer hands and more specifically playing only quality starting hands before the flop. When you tighten up your play and limit your starting hands, your decisions on the later sheets in the hands that you do play become much easier.
When first learning the fundamentals of winning poker playing tight is essential to building your bankroll. The longer you continue to play loose and reckless without understanding the fundamentals of poker the further you will watch your bankroll dwindle down the drain. Playing tight is essential when first starting out so that you can understand the flow of the game and the plays people are making. Once your master playing tight you can loosen up your game and begin to play more hands before the flop.
You’ll decide whether or not to play the hand before the flop ever comes out. Your decisions after the flop can be more specific because you’re only find yourself in that situation once or twice per betting round however your play before the flop is extremely crucial because you’re making that decision every hand. Having too wide a range before the flop is like giving away your money. When you play loose before the flop you will often find yourself putting in one bet only to be folding once the flop comes out. Poker is a game that requires a long-term outlook. In the long run a bet saved is a bet won.
When first starting out playing poker your range of pre-flop hands is going to be quite limited. You really only want to be seen the flop with hands that are considered to be in the top 10%. The hands you want to be playing are the obvious monsters hands like AA, KK, QQ, all the way through handsets as 1010. The other hands you want to be playing our hands that will make top pair with an excellent kicker. These hands including hands like AK, AQ, KQ, AJ, etc. there are other hands that you want to look to play when you have position in the hands. These hands include hands that have a lot of inherent drop possibilities. These hands include hands such as smaller pocket pairs and hands like T9S, TJS, and other medium to large suited connectors. These are hands that you really only want to play if you’re able to hit the flop. You want to flop at least the nut draw if not better. You also want to keep in mind that these hands should really only be played in position.
You really want to steer clear of any other types of hands other than those mentioned. As a new player you often squeeze out of hand like K6 suited and feel like you have a pretty strong hands. This is an easy hand to get trapped in and is in fact not that strong all. If you happen to pair your sixes on the flop chances are that you are not top pair. When your king pairs on the flop you are often going to find yourself far out kicked because you’re only holding a six for backup. You will often hear a player justify his play by saying but it suited. In this situation being suited only improve your odds by 2%.
A good rule of thumb to follow when first starting out is that if you would fall the hand if it was off to suit you want to fold it even if it is suited. When first starting out, and not knowing all the odds, you don’t want to take a chance of having to get a flush to win the hand. Suited hands are easy to get trapped with, so the best idea is just to fold them if they are not that strong and certainly never limp with them.
In contrast one of the hands that we would play a hand like AK, when either of your card it’s the flop, you automatically have top pair top kicker. This is a hand that you can play with utter confidence because you know exactly where you are at. You do not have to make any assumptions or guesses, or tough decisions to put your opponent on hand.
This often makes your decisions on later sheets much easier. You’ll always find yourself holding a quality hand that you can showdown with confidence, and it will be a rare situation when you find yourself outkicked. It is important to realize the texture of the flop, and be able to put your opponent on a flush or should it draw if the situation presents itself.
If you limit yourself to playing hands pre-flop that are in the top 10%, then you’ll be able to find yourself more comfortable at the table much more quickly. You can sit back and absorb the game without having to make any hard decisions, and putting yourself at risk. Experienced poker players rely on the new players to make mistakes, that’s how they make their money. Playing a tight style when you first start out will in many of a lot of chances for you to make mistakes. The more mediocre hands you’re seeing a flop with, but tougher year making it on yourself, and the easier it will be to make a mistake. Keep yourself clear of tough decisions and your bankroll will be rewarded.