If you read part 1 of our Post-Flop Strategy series, then you already know how to distinguish a weak player from a decent one. In this second part of the series we will be focusing on planning your hands in advance and position.
Not only will you have more control over the pot but you also have access to information. Another important issue we focused on was the importance of having initiative. Most poker players will check the player who has initiative when they are out of position. This is useful for planning your hands well in advance.
Planning your hands in advance in online poker
If you’ve followed our advice so far then you comprehend both the type of opponent you’re up against and if you want to play a big pot or a small/medium one.
If you want to play a big pot, you need to think of the betting lines that will help you accomplish your goal.
Betting Lines in position
Big Hand: If you want to play for stacks and have a big hand then it’s best to bet/raise on every street.
Decent hand: If you have a decent enough hand, you might want to check behind on one street to help you achieve your goal.
Betting Lines out of position
Big Hand: If you want to play for stacks and have a big hand, then you should be considering the betting line that will help you achieve this. If you think your competitor won’t bet, you might as well go for betting all streets yourself.
Decent Hand: If you have a decent hand but you’re not after the stacks, it’s recommended that you think the situation thoroughly. Since you are handicapped, your opponent can raise and get you easily out of your comfort zone.
If your opponent decides to bet, then you need to consider on whether to check with the aim of facing future bets in case of an aggressive opponent.