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Strategies Tips - UK - Loosening Up Before the Flop Ė Part 1
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Poker Tips - Loosening Up Before the Flop Ė Part 1

Knowing what to do and when to do it is what separates those who just play in tournaments from those who make final tables. This is especially true in No-Limit Hold Ďem, where the first decisions youíre faced with are what hands you should play and when you should play them. As the blinds get bigger and antes come in to play, these decisions become even more crucial. In these situations, one of the most critical errors that people make is not varying their pre-flop strategy enough.

While many pros advocate playing a tight, aggressive game and the importance of choosing ďpremiumĒ starting hands, I find that there are many newer players who take this advice too far and simply donít play enough hands. I recently talked with a newer pro who told me he was playing less than 10 percent of his hands pre-flop. This just isnít enough Ė I donít even play this tight under the gun. If youíre playing this tight, youíve got to loosen up considerably, especially in late position and in the later stages of a tournament.

Let me give you an idea of what Iím talking about. As a general strategy, I want to play about 40 percent to 45 percent of my hands from the button before antes come into play. Under the gun with eight players left to act behind me, Iíll play about 14% of my hands. This percentage goes up gradually as my position advances around the table until Iím playing about 31 percent of my hands from the cut-off.

When antes come into play, Iíll raise about 59% of the time Iím on the button. On the other hand, Iím only going to raise about 18% of the time when Iím under the gun. With or without antes, itís important to note that Iím raising about three times as often from the button as I do from under the gun. That may seem like a lot, but thatís how much you need to vary your play before the flop.

To give a specific example, letís say youíre at the 100/200 level, and you raise three big blinds from the button. Youíre risking 600 to win 300, which isnít ideal. But if youíre making the same raise when thereís a 25 ante per person, then the same potís up to 500, which means you stand to pickup another 200. Those extra chips make it worthwhile for you to loosen up and raise more often with a wider range of hands, especially when youíre in the cut-off or on the button. If youíre successful with this play even a little over half the time, youíve got an edge raising with almost anything.

You may have noticed that Iím giving some very specific percentages in this article. These are based on thousands of hands that Iíve played and tracked over the years, and a ranking system that Iíve been able to create that helps me determine which hands I should play and raise from different positions.


Also read : Loosening Up Before the Flop Ė Part 2



Tips and strategy from professional poker player : Andy Bloch

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