Everyone loves to win, it does not really matter if one is a recreational poker player who loves to indulge in the game once a month or is an aspiring pro who wants to spend hours at the online poker freerolls grinding profits all day.
But it is a well-known fact that most successful poker players do things a little differently than others. While many may boast of this ‘different tactic’ as a natural instinct, but it is truly about years and years of practice at a skill-based game which involves a lot more than just luck. Being an incomplete information game, poker takes people skills, math skills, and sharp decision-making abilities.
To really pinpoint what helps some poker players be successful in maintaining a winning streak while others can’t are some tried and tested ‘techniques’ that seem to work with poker and beat the game.
These techniques are “behind the scene secrets” of many professional poker pros who make thousands of dollars every day online poker tournaments and on live cash tables. But there is more to gaming techniques which offer an unfair advantage to professional poker players, even before cards hit the table.
What to pro players have that others don’t?
Most pro players like Phil Hellmuth, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Ivey understand their opponents, ‘who’ they are playing with matters more to them than the cards they are dealt with. And it is this strategic thinking that enables them to outsmart other players and gain a competitive edge over them.
Once they have their understanding of opponents locked in, they play in conjunction with one of the following ‘playing-styles’:Aggressive playing to win a large pot with a strong hand
Passive playing to win a weaker hand
Aggressive playing to let your opponent be duped in folding a stronger hand
You must understand poker game theory
Simply put, poker game theory is just fundamental rules of profiting from poker. This involves understanding the rules of the game, basic mathematical understanding, understanding percentages, and ability to make good decisions that are profitable in the long run. After all the main aim behind the game is to maximize wins and minimize losses, as suggested by David Sklansky the author of The theory of poker.