Basic theory Cashgames online for those who already know basic

“Over time, your results will reflect your ability to minimize errors. You don't have to make a lot of brilliant moves to be successful in no-limit hold'em. What is important is not to make too many bad plays. Seems easy? Well, it’s not that easy, but it’s not an impossible task either. Let's think for a few minutes about where the real big mistakes in no-limit hold'em probably come from. ” (Dan Harrington - Cash Games Vol.I).


The reason you lose most pots is because of a mistake, and not a lack of luck. Wait for the card (s) to improve the game with few outs [(low probability of appearing the card (s) determined), feeding a pot when you are already defeated, bluffing too much, wanting to see a lot of flops , not always cheap, and others, are the most common mistakes that beginning and losing players make
When the good card comes, you gain a lot, it is true, as well as you lose a lot when you don't. constant, because it’s more likely not to come, more often.

Skill or luck?

When evaluating the way you play, you will notice a constant approach and departure from a perfect game line, impossible to achieve, with the luck parameter at work and, sometimes masking certain assessments of the probabilities and also of the skills.


The determining factor for maintaining a good game, or better, is to play in a way that your style or way of playing does not deviate too far from that perfect and correct imaginary line of play, as follows:

Just, and, just, play premium hands pre- flop and avoid bluffing with low stacks.

You should always fold to change hands. Poker, in fact, is synonymously, patience ...

When the stacks get big, we can play with more cards from the deck, which can be combined (act looser), but with position and, preferably, cheaply and with some bluffs, occasionally.

“To sum up: in poker with small stacks you need to stay close to the big pairs and premium cards. As the stacks get bigger, you can increase your range of "playable" hands to include small pairs, suited connectors, and Ax suited hands . When the stacks get really big, you can play (under appropriate circumstances) any cards that can hit a concealed monster that your opponent cannot see ”. (Dan Harrington - Cash Games Vol.I).

Have the minimum of patience to wait for the rounds of the game, for when the fate of the deck brings you a good hand, act with firmness. Playing online, you have the option to switch tables quickly, if you think the present is not favorable.

Luck is present at all times of the game - but it is on the flop that you decide whether to proceed, if the desired card (s) did not arrive or arrived on the board.

Don't count on luck or even never count on it. Luck is a 'friend' who, even if you don't want to rely on her, will always be welcome, and should be well explored with value bets and other devices to increase the pot. The problem is that it takes a while to appear, costing you a lot of money, if you wait for it. Also note that it can bring you a good hand, but it does not guarantee that it will be a winner.

Remember that each of the 52 cards in the poker deck is a symbol, so the chances of each appearing on the board are the same for all of them depending on the random way the cards were shuffled, as luck for the pocket cards and for the board is already born in the ready deck, through the dealer (dealer), who distributes (draws) to the players at the table, that is, the cards are dealt with their already imperfect odds. The difference is that when you hit the lowest cards on the flop (or on the board in general), your opponent can hit a bigger card on the streets to come and improve your game and defeat you. They are also compared for their values ​​and their combinations with each other (the board with your hand and the opponent's hand), which is why we should give preference to playing with higher cards.

There is no perfect scramble. Also, if there were, the odds would be perfectly logical and, therefore, to do well in poker, you would only need a good study of your mathematical probabilities, in addition to the rules of the game itself and, on the other hand, the bluff, the essence of poker, it would lose some of its shine. But even so, the greater the notion of these probabilities that the player has, the greater advantage he will have.

Although poker is a game of skill, it is also a game of chance. Unlike other games of chance, in poker, especially in the Texas Hold'em mode, there is the possibility to manage the waves of luck and chance well. That is where the greatest skill in poker lies in this administration. The ability to make decisions, whether or not to proceed with the betting, to advance or to retreat and, above all, to mislead opponents. This is crucial for profitable poker.

We also learn from our own mistakes (a unique learning that is the root of practice) and that, among so many lessons, we are told that, between moving forward or not moving forward, the latter must be more numerous, in order to have a profitable poker in the long run term. On the other hand, the field of luck is in the short term.

Currently, poker has been characterized as a sport. Although this is a reality, I find this claim that poker is a sport somewhat ironic. But to get an idea, luck is present in all sports. It just doesn't require physical effort, as in most traditional sports, but mental. A game where, similarly, does not require physical effort, but mental effort, is chess. So some authors like to compare it to poker. But it is still very different from each other. The core of the skill in playing chess is decidedly in the skill.

With low stacks, you should drastically reduce the number of hands to play. When taking a bad beat, this strategy should be coldly applied as an emergency. And of course, it should be the base strategy for any sections, at any time in a game.

Keep a bankroll that supports your bad beats, which will be several.

All very simple, however, if you are on tilt, you will not follow the above theory and will lose all your stack or money, sooner or later. Your worst opponent is yourself. Control yourself.

Evidently, theory should not stiffen your way of playing, or make you like a robot, predictable, playing 'by the book'. However the theory in question should be taken as a starting point for the study of the current game, where, throughout the section, you will regulate your game according to the type of current game and the behavior of the players and, also, wait for you, like an engine, get warm.

Although your style should be more inclined towards aggressive or 'tight aggressive', you can vary, depending on the game, to 'tight', 'loose-aggressive' ... Vary your style depending on the table, but just don't play too passively and, if possible, instead of checking , give at least a minimum raise if you are in position.

Do not go up the limits of the blinds until you are quite familiar and profiting from the limits you are used to playing. Eventually we even have to lower the limits (play at tables with lower blinds than we usually play) in favor of the bankroll and, also, for better learning and experience. We must also take this into account when, even playing very well, when the cards are not coming. Sometimes we also need to do this for a reevaluation of our poker, to get a cold in the head ... Or just get out and do something else and then, after a long break, return. Certainly the next section will be much better.

Make several moves to deceive your opponents and lead them astray, accelerate and decelerate, when necessary, when you have very strong hands, raise from the starting position, or, check , or call alternately and try to penetrate your opponents' minds .

There is a strong tendency for the player to focus only on his hand and the board, forgetting to imagine what his opponent may be holding (putting the opponent in a range of hands).

There are two ways to be observed carefully:

Good (and a lot) practice is polishing the theory and leads to excellence.

Read good poker books.

Good hands.