Poker Small Pots
When you play poker you only want to play really good, winning hands and keep away from losing ones at all costs, but this is really hard to achieve. So the first advice I will give you is to choose your battles. This sounds easy but is not. Choosing a good hand to play is related to your bankroll, skill level and the type of game you are involved in. If you can afford a big stack of chips and a good bankroll remember: deep pockets will have an edge over small stack players; money goes to money. If you have money to burn you can manipulate the value better. If you have a lot of chips you can better handle players with small stacks. You could enter in more hands and deal with a lot more options.
The small players can get away with smaller victories, but in the long run a blow from you in a single hand can take them down. They have to be very cautious with you because you can bully them, so to speak. The concept of deep pockets can be applied to both your chips at the table and in your bankroll. Try to figure out what your advantages are and use them while concealing your true intentions. You have to remain cool or you will incur in unwanted errors, becoming the poker income for weaker players. Don’t lose your self-control trying to take the small stacks from all the other players in one big flashy move. Small movements and steps in the long run will lead you to increasing your chips and your opponents to desperation moves. If you try to earn a lot of chips in big pots, you will face the possibility of losing money.
Maybe this will hurt your total chips a little, but may end up doubling the amount of your opponents, not only allowing them to play longer, but also increasing the threat on your chips in the following hands. If you keep playing small pots your skills could dominate the table. In tournaments, some players try to take the advantage early in the game with mediocre hands and they forget that they don’t have enough firepower to intimate the rest of the participants, losing their chips at any time. But even with the small pots strategy in mind you’ll have to eventually play for the big pots, because if you don’t the other players will lose respect for your stack. If you fold every time a big pot comes onto the table, you will lose small amounts of chips and the edge of your stack. To conclude, you can overlook the big pots but you have to try to get into the ones where you can overwhelm your opponents with your deep pockets. Money goes to money.