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Everything the deep stack couldn't see from down there
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As it turns out the book of poker has opened a brand new chapter for me, adding a whole new page to my gameplay. Often overlooked while playing poker is not only the cards themselves but bankroll management. This is a lesson I have taught myself on countless occasions whether it be online or in live play.

It is definitely something to consider before committing any amount of money at the tables. Ask yourself what you want to gain from adding in whatever amount of money you choose and stick to the goal you have set. Are you putting a quick twenty spot down hoping to double it in one session at a 0.10/0.25 table? or did you plan on grinding it out on the ring game 0.01/0.02, focusing on refining your ability to identify the moments to take advantage of small pots and play a tight controlled game while building poker points to your account? Both styles of playing have their advantages if the propper goals are set up beforehand. 

An important element of setting any goals you may have in mind, obviously is the timeline. When setting goals keep in mind these goals are subject to change depending upon many variables reaching as far out as how you are feeling on that particular day. If the cards are running cold you may choose to pull out instead of grinding away your stack, only for all your hard work building pots to be washed away on the river every single time.

Sometimes it can seem like no matter which table you sit at there will be a fish who follows through on the flop and finds it is home free by the river. On these occasions you want to hammer these fish out of water right off the flop because the continuation bet can be compared to reeling in that infamous fish, as they flounder their stack away. Set the hook with your preflop betting whether it be a trap call or value raise in any hand you are committing money to. By the turn you should know whether or not this is a fish worth keeping or if it's just a simple throw away hand while waiting for your moment to catch the monster.

Fish will often bleed away their stacks which is easy enough for a patient shark-like player lurking with a deep stack to pick off. On the river you should know if you have the fish in the net which is an oppertune time to take away any of your opponents defensive betting with a frustrating flat call or a powerful re-raise, if you want your opponent to pay for anything he wants to learn about your gameplay. This all depending on your position but I think we all know you never play pots with a fish out of position. We've all seen fish pick off greedy preflop bait traps after getting a taste of the flop while your high card is hung out to dry and your kicker has no spice to add any flavour to the flop. Know that each time you showdown your cards the more of your stategy will be revealed so keep that in mind the longer you play. 

In situations outlined above goals can be altered based how long it takes you to identify which players at the table are fish bleeding away their stack and who are the sharks lurking for a pot worth taking a bite of. The best approach to seperating yourself from the fish and lurking alongside the sharks is identifying the moments you feel most comfortable entering pots and developing your own betting structure based on table position. It is important to take into consideration that poker is mainly situational and the players who are most confident are ususally the players who are winning the pots. If you are going to see a hand through to the river be able to recognize these details based on your style by the flop. Chasing post-flop is definitely setting yourself up to be caught in a painful lesson as you get picked out from the rest of the fish. If you're  being taught lessons on the river while playing that usually means you're swimming with the school of fish. The game you find yourself playing a tight, controlled and confident game where you are teaching the lessons then you'll know what it's like to lurk with the rest of the deep stack sharks.  

An important aspect to take into consideration when creating your strategy is knowing that increasing the limits to the game you are playing to make up for losses is usually going to be a losing style of poker. Playing titled is something you want to avoid at all costs because once you are playing on tilt there is no telling what it can cost you because you are not thinking clearly. Don't let yourself get caught up in hands instead, let yourself walk away from each hand looking forward to the next. It is key not to let a previous hand affect the structure of your betting in which you feel most comfortable that's why it is an good component consider before even sitting down at a table. Once you find yourself betting outside your predetermined structure you know you are on tilt. Sometimes the hardest part about being on tilt can be recognizing the moment you are. This can especially be hard the moments after a loss when you wake up with a beautiful preflop hand that doesn't hit on the flop and betting is getting too big to chase even with over cards. Know that sometimes even though you may you love a particular hand preflop sometimes you got to let it go by the time the flop rolls around. 

I believe outlining the moments you feel the most strength as a player by customizing your own personal betting structures based on position. Along with setting up goals prior to playing can in no doubt increase the value to any amount of money you happen to commit to the tables.If you're playing the ring games only marry the pots you can trust yourself enough to bring home to mother. If you like it then you better put a ring on it and if you don't just let the pot be passed around to the rest of the table. And for those who are grinding the tournament tables it's survival of the fittest and not always survival of the fattest stack or largest bankroll. So don't be afraid to take a bite out of the pots you get a taste of the flop on. Best of luck to you all at the tables and keep in mind it's not gambling when you're rambling. 

 

 

 

 

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