There is no single strategy when it comes to playing poker, the strategies are as many as the types of poker games out there. They all have certain things in common, and these involve keeping an eye on player’s psychology and a good knowledge of probabilities. Here are two examples of poker strategies

The short stack strategy

This is one of the simplest forms of poker strategy, and it’s actually hard to beat when done properly. It is ideal for beginners and is a good way to build up one’s bankroll. Many players use this strategy when multi tabling. It only works with a minimum of 7 players at the table, and when using it, an individual should avoid a table with too many short stackers because it reduces the profit they gain in the end.

This strategy aims to exploit one’s lower amount of chips at the table as compared to the other player’s chips. In certain poker games, having a short stack is seen as a disadvantage but when you are playing for money and there is a good possibility to re-buy, you can use a short stack to win a lot of money. In this strategy, you exploit the weakness of your opponents by playing the opposite of the way that they are playing. If they play tight you play an aggressive game, and when they open-up, you lay low. The focus is on maintaining a short stack and taking mathematical advantage of each game situation while maintaining calm nerves. It exposes a player to losing a whole stack, but it also offers an opportunity to win large stacks and at the end of the game you will find yourself with big wins.

Aggressive Strategy

The decision you make before a flop when playing poker is important. This is because poker is a game based on the present situation on the table. Combine your awareness of the table situation to your style of play to get favorable results. Your style as shown in the above strategy may vary from tight, where you take minimum risks, to lose where you take regular risks. These risks have to be taken at the right time, to get you a win.

Observing the situation at the table involves looking at the positions. It’s preferable to leave the starting hand to a late position and play the strongest hand from an early position. Once you get a hang of this, play aggressively. This means betting and raising the bets to put pressure on the other players. This is to force them to make bad decisions due to the extreme pressure. Of course, when they make bad decisions you win. While taking advantage of their bad decisions, you need to maintain good decisions.

This strategy forces weaker hand out and is beneficial to you because it lifts the value of your strong hand. This is where you increase the size of the pot, which gives you a large stack to look forward to when the other players match your bets. If they flop you win the already existing stack. It amounts to a “win- win” situation for you.

These are two poker strategies you can try to increase your wins.