Lazy Guide to Poker Ebook
She’s probably better than me
I never crushed the games and some would say I’m a fish, but I made enough to get by living in the Philippines. Below is a sample snippet. The rest is on Amazon for $4.99.
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The Lazy Man’s Guide to Online Poker
I will start with cash games because this is probably the best type of poker to play because it is the least swingy. The blinds never go up so you really never have to gamble if you don’t want to. The easiest way to beat a cash game is to find a good game.
You can’t just sit at any open table and decide that is going to be your home for the next 5 hours. You need to watch how big the pots are and find out if there are any fish at the table. If there are no fish then there is no reason for you to be there.
Chasing fish is not easy, you will need to be looking through the lobby all the time looking for anyone that you noted as a fish. When you see a fish has sat down you need to either take a seat (to his left if possible) or get on the list as soon as possible.
Many regs complain about ‘bumhunters’ or people that chase fish… they are just hypocrites and do the same thing. There is no point in playing at a table with 8 other regs.
The system for cash games is quite easy. You will buy in for a full 100bb stack at a full ring (9 or 10 handed game, 6 handed is not good for nits) and look to make most of your money with either AA, KK or sets.
If I am in early position I will limp with AA or KK and hope for someone else to raise.
Then you will want to put in a BIG reraise. You want to make sure that anyone who calls is making a mistake, so even if they happen to get lucky on you they paid so much preflop that it was still a profitable situation for you.
Lets say stacks are $100, you have limped ep for $1, another player limps and there is a raise to $4. If no one calls I will reraise to around $16.
Then if he calls he’s making a mistake and you can get it all in knowing you played it fine.
The only flop I may fold on is something like KKQ or QJ10 if I have AA. Even then it’s pretty hard to fold, but you probably should, particularly on KKQ. You are now beat by the main 3 hands he’ll have: KK, QQ, AK.
But on any normal flop I will bet something like 60% of the pot, maybe less if it is a really dry flop. If there is nothing scary about the board you can bet pretty small because any call is very profitable for you. If it’s really wet then you need to protect more.
Overall though in a 3bet pot the other persons hand range should be so small that you want a call most of the time. If they happen to get lucky and suck out then you just lost money but had put yourself in a profitable situation.
You should play KK the same way as AA, but of course slow down if an A hits the board. Folding KK preflop is something that should only be done against other really good regs you have played with a lot. They will know you only have AA or KK if you are 4betting them, so they aren’t going to 5bet you with anything worse.
In ten years I think I have folded KK less than 20 times preflop, you really aren’t making to big of a mistake if you never fold it pre. But if you are against a really good reg who knows your style you need to be able to give it up.