Playing your opponent is the key to successfully winning at Texas Hold’em. The next time you think otherwise just remember this quote from Doyle Brunson.
“Poker is a game of people. That’s the most important lesson you should learn…. People… and the strategy you use against them. More than any other game, Poker depends on your understanding your opponent.”
Too often do we get preoccupied with our own two cards. I see it time and time again: people get married to the absolute strength of their hand with no regard for what their opponents are holding.
This idea of playing the player has become renown, but it’s lacking one key element; it’s only applied when we’re on defense.
In other words the vast majority of the poker community only interprets this to mean that they should fold big hands when their opponents could have them beat.
That’s only half the battle. What about when your opponents are weak, and you can represent the monster?
Check out this weeks’ video to see what I’m talking about.
You get it? Based on how my opponents played the hand I know that neither of them(almost never) have the nuts.
I can easily represent it, which puts them in a really precarious spot.
Here’s my exercise for you. Try to implement this strategy into your own game to make yourself tougher to play against and put your opponents to the test.
You can start by answering these questions to find ways to improve.
1. Are you playing the player or playing your hand?
2. Recall a few tricky hands which you played and see if there was anything different which you could have done to outwit your opponents.
Now develop a game plan which you will use to face your 3 most frequented or difficult opponents.
3. Before you make decisions at the poker table ask yourself what hands you’re trying to represent and how your opponent will likely respond to a given action you wish to take.
Always be asking: what am I trying to accomplish?
Use these strategies to help you play the player instead of the hand and watch as you begin to crush the competition.
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Now it’s your turn to share. Leave a comment and let me know your favorite example of a time when you played the player!
Thanks for sharing.