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Don't Be A Hold'em Whimp
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Don't be a Wimp at Hold'em

Playing Texas Hold'em requires you to be ruthless. 

You can't really be a nice guy at the poker table and expect to win – after all, you are playing to take other peoples hard earned cash off them! And don't feel bad about it – they are doing their best to take your money off you! 

If you want to be able to win money on a consistent basis, you really need to know when to fake, and when to turn the screw in.

 

Playing with multiple personalities

The most difficult you play against will always be the players that you cannot predict.  Of course, this does not mean betting all in on one hand, and then playing badly for the rest of the game.  It means playing against those poker players where you truly have no idea what cards they have, yet their betting strategy is perfect each time. 

No matter how hard you try, they are always able to keep you in the hand when they have a killer hand, and they are able to quickly exit when they have a weak hand.  If you want to do this, you will need to develop the multiple personality to be able to win.  This involves bluffing and being a bully. 

A good poker player will be able to corner a table by making players play exactly how he wants and to his pace.  They can force certain plays, and they make an opponent very distressed. 

If you are able to change your style and change gears then you will develop the ability to be a very dangerous player.  It does not happen overnight, but eventually you will be able to keep your opponents on their toes.  To do this, you cannot be predictable.

Changing your playing style

If you are predictable player and always try and fake it, then you will be called out every time.  If you do not know how to change your game, then experienced players will figure you out.  If you make it to the river and start playing against one or two players, it is only luck that will get you through.  This all takes practice – but eventually you will be able to deliver proper bluffs at the proper time. 

You will know when you can raise when you are bluffing, and also know when bluffing is pointless.  You will be able to do this quickly just by glancing at the cards on the table.  Don't feel bad about bluffing it is part of the game.  You must do your best to confuse, frustrate and even make your opponents go on tilt.  If you don't master how to do it, then someone else will.

Going for the kill

When you have a good hand, you really need to take advantage of it.  If you play against a weak opponent or a new opponent show no mercy.  In poker, you will need to be able to win the easy games convincingly to make up for the days when you have bad luck or you are not feeling up to it.