Strategies

Learn Essential Poker Strategies for Beating your Opponents at the Table

The strategies on these pages are not for novices. You will not find any basic information here about what blinds are, how many cards you get dealt or any other crap like that which you might see on a lot of poker sites out there. At Stone Cold Bluff we all see ourselves as intermediate to advanced poker players and as such we give poker tips for the intermediate poker player. These poker tips might seem a bit basic if you are a pro poker player but check them out anyway as you never know, you might learn a little something…

All In

Going all in is NOT an informational raise, use our tips to learn when to unleash this killer move to your advantage.

Avoiding Tilt

We've all experienced tilt at one point or another, but when you can channel these feelings of rage and anger into something more productive, you can become the most dangerous poker player in the room.

Bankroll Management

Managing your poker bankroll well is a key element to long term success within the game. Define your limits and goals, then stick to it.

Bluffing

We like a bit of bluffing at StoneColdBluff. There's no better feeling when youve fired the third bullet and you force your opponent to lay down a monster. Then you turn over your two eight off-suit. Nice.

Cash Games

All of the poker strategies available to you are useful to some extent, however there are a few distinct clear cut rules between playing on a cash table and playing on a tourney table.

Continuation Bets

Explanation of what a continuation bet is and the best times to use this move.

Flop Play

A general guide for playing your hand on the flop taking into account things like table position, hand strength, table image and a wealth of other factors to consider.

Flop Texture

Something everyone should be aware of is when to punt (or when not to punt) into a dangerous board. The texture of the flop will help you determine your next move.

Folding

Another strong move to make at the poker table is to fold. Knowing when you are beat is an important part of your chip damage limitation.

Gap Concept

Nothing to do with the fashion brand you wear at the table, this kind of Gap Concept is a lot more rewarding.

Hand Rankings

We all had to start somewhere. This section will tell you the order of hand values listed by strength, as well as your chances of hitting that hand on the flop.

How To Work Out P And M

Touching on some of the more advanced poker strategy, minding your P's and M's can significantly help when you are playing in a multi-table poker tournament

Notes

Making notes on your opponents at the table is a very vital part of your online poker game strategy. Learn how to make notes properly as Vster takes us through a few examples.

Odds

Poker odds are one of the key elements you need to know when sitting down for a poker game. What are the chances of hitting your flush? Is it worth calling another 100 into a 2,000 pot? We teach you a quick and simple way to work out rough odds in the blink of an eye.

Outs

Open ended straight draws, flush draws, hitting trips with your pocket pair, we work out all the most common poker outs for you so that you dont have to.

Raising

The strongest move you can do at any poker table is to raise. Crank that pot up and make your opponent pay to see your cards.

Seating Position

Where you sit at the poker table is just as important as the poker cards you play. Learn about how your pocket cards get better or worse depending on how far away you are from the dealer button.

Squeeze Effect

A very effective move to push weaker players out of a pot. Find out how to implement the squeeze effect to increase your chip count against loose aggressive players.

Stack Percentages

You know youve been there before. Youve done nothing wrong the whole game except have a stab at a few pots and seen a couple of worthwhile flops. Next thing you know, you look down and see the big blind of 500 is coming your way and youve only got 350 left in chips. Bugger!

Straddle

We dont usually see this a lot at our home games but it is a useful nugget of information to know at a poker table in case you come across it in future.

Tournaments

At Stone Cold Bluff we do love a bit of tournament action. Check out our useful tips, help and advice on how to maximise your game play throughout this aggressive game.

Work Out Percentages

Turn your odds and outs into percentages and calculate if you should be raising or folding your hand.

4 comments

  1. Excellent article.

    The only bit I can’t quite get my head around is:

    “I have 9 outs again but this time we multiply by 4 instead of 2:

    9 × 4 = 36%

    When we have 1 card to come it’s x2 then add 2. Why not x4 and add 4 with 2 cards to come?

    Comment by Simon on April 21, 2011 at 7:17 am
  2. Hi Simon

    These are just the calculations that happen to give you pretty much bang on the actual percentage chance, but without having to do some seriously complex maths.

    So with 1 card to come x2+2

    And With 2 cards to come (i.e. all in on flop) x4

    It basically just makes the calculation work … otherwise you’d have too much percentage :D

    Try a few examples and check against the exact figures. You’ll be surprised how accurate they are. Give us a shout if you have any other questions.

    Comment by admin on April 21, 2011 at 8:03 am
  3. hey, i’m more comfortable working with percentages rather than odds….
    i guess you n i would both agree if you have, a higher odd % compared to percentage amount that you need to bet, you should go ahead and bet.
    BUT…i cant quite figure out how to calculate the percentage you need to bet…

    for example….if the pot has 100$ and you need to put in 20$ to call….is that 20%
    OR if the pot has 100$ and you need 20$ to call …..would that be 20%

    hope you can help!!
    P.S – great article!

    Comment by geeta on April 29, 2011 at 6:16 am
  4. Great stuff guys!

    Comment by Old Man Mike on February 12, 2012 at 9:40 pm

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