No limit hold em strategy is a massive topic, but in this series we’ll be looking at some of the essential NLHE strategies to implement in your play, and then take a look at how those concepts can vary depending on whether we are playing tournament poker or cash games. Getting our head around some of these strategies whilst experiencing them through practice at the tables can make understanding how they relate to situational play much easier. Here’s what we’ll cover in coming blog posts:

Bankroll Management
Playing Styles
Pre Flop Poker Strategy
Poker Pot Odds
Pot Control
Cash Game vs Tournaments

Poker Bankroll Management
We’re excited about poker. We want to play. We’ve been crushing our home game, we can give the local pub players a run for their money, and we’ve read Super System 1 and 2…twice. We make our first deposit of $200 on Full Tilt confident we can run it up to a couple of thousand by the end of the week, swagger into a $1/$2 NLHE game…and promptly have our asses handed to us on a platter. Doh.

The clear benefit in starting out with low stakes games is not doing our entire bankroll in one sitting, but ensuring we get much needed practice at appropriate levels. Poor bankroll management is one of the key factors in the failure of most players to gain the traction they need to move up levels at a rate that marries with their increase in poker skill and knowledge. Aim to have 20 full buy ins for the stake level you are playing at (for example, if we’re playing .05/.10 with a $10 buy in, we should have a bank roll of at least $200).

Even with 20x buy ins, variance can hurt. It’s almost unavoidable that we will experience winning and losing streaks in poker. Proper bankroll management can help ride out the lows and capitalize on the highs.
If you find your bankroll dips below 20 buy ins for your current stake, move down limits and keep winning until you can move back up.

Do your best to keep an accurate record of your wins and losses. Keep a journal. Seriously. You won’t believe how invaluable being able to track your progress will be as you develop. The rules of bankroll management are the easiest aspect of poker to understand, and possibly the most difficult to abide by. If you learn how…you’ll be ahead of a majority of the players in the game.

Next we’ll be looking at the different poker playing styles we can implement at the table.

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