Are you one of those players that are not thought their actions more than one move forward and take decisions only on the basis of situations that have arisen in specific streets with concrete banks? This may work well for you in tournament play. You may not even notice the mistakes, analyzing their distribution – the error made due to incorrect planning poker hand is not very noticeable. But, nevertheless, control of the bank, as well as the choice of strategies that help to do it in the cache Games – a necessary element of a profitable game.
If you play the cache game, you should seek in every deal to determine how much you wish to invest in it. Moreover, it is desirable to do so as you can escape – in the early streets, yet you have not invested much money in the bank.
Simply put, when you have a strong hand and you’re tied to the bank, you want to increase the bank and make it as much as possible. You have a positive expectation, that makes all the investment amount profitable for you for a long distance. If you have a weak hand, you have to gain, and you are not confident in their chances for victory – do not invest in the bank and leave it at the slightest suspicion of negative mathematical probability. Do you want a big bank? Make a big bet. Would you like a small bank? Put less or even abstain from the bet. It sounds very simple, and it is really easy.
The complexity and errors occur when you put a strategy in poker above profit. You think that you need to seek to deceive opponents, whatever it was, and to confuse them by any means. In the cache games in this sense is not enough – much more important to determine the time of attachment to the bank and start attacking the bank, seeking to invest in a whole stack.
The concept of controlling the bank can be described by two very simple points:
1. If you are tied to the bank, try to make a big pot.
2. If you are not tied to the bank, but would like to see the opening of cards, keep a small bank until any special circumstances did not push to the other.
Beginners in the cache of games (and sometimes far from being novices) violated both rules. They can get on the flop GTZ (which itself is attached and the signal for immediate action), and place small bets on the flop and turn, like «lying» its rivals (and actually lying to themselves).
Consider the classical distribution, showing the error.
Suppose you have kdks and you play the full game with blind $ 0.5 – $ 1. Your stack of $ 100, you’re in early position, until you are dropped, and you raise to $ 3.5. Three players after you meet, and blind drop. The Bank becomes a $ 15.5, and the flop is khqh6c. Since blinds are not in the game, you have to make a move first. You bet $ 5, then one player folds and the two call. Bank of $ 30.5, at the turn out 7s. You bet $ 12 (again less than half of the bank), and both players are responsible, bringing the bank up to $ 66.5. Rivera went th, bet $ 20, one player folds, and the second is ALL-in. Its completely overrides your stack, and you need to take your remaining $ 59.5 into a bank of $ 166 that gives you a chance bank 2.8:1.
On the one hand, you have excellent chances of the bank, the senior set, and there is no reason to throw off – you need to put all the remaining money. On the other hand – what could be your opponent? When the board with the three highest cards for the straight and three cards of one suit, there is a huge chance that you will now give its full stack of the player met a straight or a flush on the chances are very profitable bank. Even if you leave 20% for the full bluff (which is two times higher than average probability), and 10% for the card like a weak set or top pair, you are still in the unenviable position and you need to reset the card.
Great temptation to blame the losers «failure», or «cursed ten Rivera», but actually in this situation you can blame only yourself. When you’re tied to the bank, and against you three rivals – do not put the case for self – pick up the initiative in their own hands and make a serious bid on all the streets. It is clearly profitable, and there are several reasons:
1. It does not give your opponents cheaply collect incomplete combination.
2. This frees you from the difficult decisions in the late stages of distribution.
3. This prevents your competitors profitable bluffing against you.
Many believe that a truly strong players – are those who are now in such ambiguous situations, take the right decisions. This is not true. Strong players – those who do not allow situations in which they have to make difficult decisions. They carefully plan their distribution and all options for the future.
Suppose in the above distribution on the flop, you bet $ 15 the bank of $ 15.5. Two players call, bringing the bank up to $ 60.5. At the turn, you bet $ 60, and again both players call. Rivera is the same dangerous th, the bank is $ 240.5, and your stack is $ 21.5. What you should do?
Walk-in ALL! There is no doubt, and they can not be – you’ve already tied, plus you have a 11:1 chance of the bank, which is extremely beneficial in any case. Regardless of the outcome, this hand is played much more heavily than the first. The difference is that none of the streets you can not have been difficult decisions, and could not be. If you moved to the flop, you would have gone ALL-in, the same thing and thorns. And on the river, you have practically been in ALL-INE, and regardless of the card you just need to get the remaining money. This is called planning hands around the attachment, and this game is a remarkable example of good control of the bank.
If you are not tied to the bank
Consider another classic case.
Suppose you ackh in the game with the blind $ 1 – $ 2 and $ 200 effective stack, and you raise to $ 10 after one player who logged a simple call. Big blind and the first limper responsible for your bid, all other reset. The bank is $ 31. Flop goes ahts7c. Limper makes a check, you bet $ 20, the player after you dump and limper calls. At the turn goes jh, limper makes a check, you bet $ 60 the bank of $ 71, to which your opponent makes you a check-raise before $ 170 (goes ALL-in), bringing the total bank up to $ 301.
You have in the stack is $ 110. You put yourself in a terrible situation with unpleasant-profitable bank and the chances ghostly chance to win. This is a typical complex decisions arising from improper control over the size of the bank on your side.
Top pair with top kickers is not a combination to which you would like to be tied to the bank and put a stack. Yet, you act as if tied to the bank and ready to go ALL-in. What effect on the turn you would expect from an opponent? If he made a simple call, you would also have been tied to the bank and would have had to deliver the remainder of the stack at the River. If he went ALL-in (as happened), you would have to sink or drop, or unprofitable call. Do you need to get rival dropped? Is there any sense to try dislodge it, if you are still a very good chance to win on the final autopsy report cards?
A simple enumeration of the options shown blatant nonsense your bet on the turn. If you have played this hand, using the concept of controlling the bank, you would record the amount the bank $ 71, delivered at the flop, as the best, and the thorns would make a simple check to see the map Rivera. If the enemy is going ALL-in the first course in the river, you could calmly dropped his cards, and it would be a simple solution. If he has, say, $ 60, you would have made the call and light. If the opponent checked on the river, it is permissible to make a small bet of half the bank, and reset in the case of ALL-Ina or reraise.
When you are not tied to a bank (as in the hand as described above), the control of the bank leads you to more checks and fine rates. Just do not appreciate your participation in the banks, to which you are not tied, and is easy to leave them – you do not hold them.
When you are not tied to the bank, normally you should not bring in the middle of the table significant part of the effective stack. But there are obvious exceptions to this rule:
1. You can make big bets if you bluff or the halfbluff. Without the use of these techniques, the opponents will trust you too much – and simply will not respond to your big bet.
2. You can put a lot of chips if your opponent is playing a very predictable, and you are sure that this game will be profitable.
3. You can call large bid if your hand-Draw gives you the chance of matching the bank that can provide profitable investment of money. In addition, you can call, if you have a good chance the investment bank (for example, when playing with a deep stack).
4. You can bet on the final call river, if it closes the sale and you will see the opening (in this case, of course, if you think that this call profitable long-distance). Thus, you will at least free yourself from any subsequent decisions.
5. You can aggressively attack, if you need to punish those who attempt to collect the hand-draws and make them play against the chance.
In our case, exceptions only confirm the basic rule. If you play with strong opponents, the game is using the standard attachment to the bank and controls bank quickly become dangerous for you. Opponents, on the basis of your rate, realize that you are just trying to keep the bank for small and start each time in such a situation to attack you, bringing the game to negative due to the large number of small losses. This means that we should not forget about gaming variation patterns, and sometimes to do something that will force your opponents to change the view you.
Over time, you probably will develop its own set of factors that determine your strategy to control the bank, and start to do it their own way. If this is you are still not forced themselves from time to time to make difficult choices (no objectively best solutions), then you do everything right.
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