When playing in online poker tournaments, you’re eventually going to have to start mixing up your play so as to trap your opponents and capture their stack. Ideally you will make a few cheap plays that will leave your opponents thinking you are a weak player.
Forethought should always be taken however, because your adversaries in the early stages of online poker tournaments are willing to risk far more than you would expect.However, once you hit the middle stages and your opponents skill level becomes more noticeable, mixing up your hole cards and betting activity can pay huge dividends when the opportunity shows itself.
Your goal here is create disarray in your opponents and that may take some experience to do correctly and inexpensively. It’s not exactly an easy thing to do, but with some practice and dedication to your game you can start to make some good reads – even online.
Just be sure that when you play in pots with weaker hands you exercise prudent judgment with your chips. Other good players will be patiently anticipating for your mistakes if you lack emotional or pot size control, and they constantly put you in uncomfortable situations.
This could very well be the toughest part of poker to master, because simply put – players who play the same way all the time are easy marks for skillful rounders. For long term winning in poker tournaments, a lack of control will cost you money.
This is a strategy I often use when starting a poker tournament. Have a few select “favorite” hands that you will play like they were much stronger hole cards and whenever you get them debate making a bet. Now you still have to pick your spots and re-raising isn’t reccomended but try and be the aggressor with such hands and you will be very amazed at how many pots you take uncontested.
Whatever hands you select at the start of the tournament, consider those your inventive hands and there you go – unpredictability. The added bonus here is that if your opponents are using poker software to track your style of play they are getting misinformation.