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How to become a more aggressive player? Can anyone help me with tips and videos on the Internet? I have difficulty being more aggressive.
I've struggled with this a lot in cash games as well.
I play mostly low stakes and don't do a lot of bluffing (since everyone calls) and what helps me is asking myself: Do I have the best hand, and will betting/raising increase my chances of keeping the best hand.
Most of the time I do bet and raise now when I am sure I am ahead and more betting will be profitable, simply because I will be upset at myself for not taking advantage of these spots.
When you play higher stakes you have to consider if your range is ahead of your opponent and how they will likely react to aggression, so it can get fairly complicated (as with everything!).
More raise less limp on pre flop. Use more 3bet pre flop, don't pay to see, don't throw waiting for what will hit, play betting and winning pots when your opponent don't hit anything.
Playing aggressively you'll pull pots when hits something or when the opponent plays to see the flop (and misses, what will happen most of the time, being aggressive in pre flop your bluff will be more credible in post flop).
Punish limpers when you're playing in position and make the game become more expensive pre flop. If your opponent raise many times pre flop, when he opens in late position 3bet him.