When playing Naga303 online, you can’t help but be influenced by other players. Your opposition is not only going to be more savvy and experienced, they’re going to be a lot tougher (I think poker would agree with this statement). At this point, it’s just human nature to get defensive about your money, your game, and your self-confidence.
All of a sudden having an Ace on the first hand doesn’t seem that impressive, and everyone’s more likely to call you a “Donkey” or something worse than that. In order to get past this, you need to develop a personal strategy based on your own experience, and the playing style of your opponents. I’m going to share a few of the methods I use in the course of playing that help me to determine a good call or a bad one.
Let’s do the math. Here’s the deal – you’reSituation: You have a hand of Ace-King. The flop is three and two. Observe the playing styles of your opponents. If they bet and you just call, you stand a good chance of winning a big pot. If they raise and you call, you still have a good chance of winning a big pot.
But if they check and you bet, you’re liable to lose a lot of chips if your opponents are habitually bluffing. Three times the blinds – that’s a lot of chips you can lose in a single hand, even if you do hit a pair.
So let’s say you don’t hit the flop. Let’s say the flop came 3-5-9. Here’s what you need to do. You need to bet 9 times the blinds, every time. If someone raised you, you just call them, and make a nice raise once you’re out of position. If you just call these bets in position, you can’t force the play. You can’t pressure anyone to play any worse than they already are.
This probably seems a little too strict for your tastes since human nature doesn’t like control. However, it may be a good idea once in a while to mix it up a little. And the next time you’re on the clock, remember this advice. The human brain is a funny thing, and players will often convince themselves they’re playing really well when they’re not. Be consistent. Check. Repeat.
The size of your opponent’s bet, their call or raise, and the texture of the flop all factor into your decision. If the flop is quite rough and gritty, and you’re in a position where the bet is going into your opponent’s stack, maybe make a quick call to see if you can isolate the hand for a larger wager later. If your opponent calls quickly, it might mean a bit of luck, but don’t let it discourage you. Play solid, and look for opportunities. Eventually, you’ll be nudge ahead of your opponent, and be the one on the table that has the look on the underdog player.
Opponents’ tells sometimes go far beyond the ordinary. I’ve seen players who’ve told me that they couldn’t have done anything on the river, and yet I know that they were actually pushing themselves to get that card. When you’re figuring it out, it’s best to just sit back and observe, rather than getting involved in the hand yourself. It’s also important to notice body language and facial expressions of other players, but it’s often not possible in a real situation.
The one situation where it’s possible to give tells is when you’re dead dead in the other game. Suppose you call an all-in move after the flop, and you find yourself against an opponent that has locate your hole cards. It’s very possible that they have a better hand than you. At this point you need to determine if your hand is invincible. If it’s not, go all-in. The practice of observing your opponent’s tells at this sort of crucial moment is a very useful one, as you can save a lot of chips if you don’t properly play the hand. If you are not in a good position yourself, you can get the best of the hand by calling the all-in bet. Having a few extra rounds of betting will let you make more efficient decisions.
There are some chips saved by observing your opponent on the turn and the river. Don’t hesitate to do this. It might save you a lot of money at the end of the tournament. It can also help you at the moment of the tournament, as well, in making bets and increasing your stack. Observe your opponent so that you can bet at him properly. In some rounds, you are not going to win the chip all by yourself. Other times, others will, so you might want to take your chances on some of the players.