Poker: Playing Weak Players

If there’s one situation you want to be in at a poker table it’s sitting there with a bunch of weak players. You know that your superior knowledge of the game should provide you with easy money. All you have to do is take it from the suckers, right? That’s the way it’s supposed to happen anyway, but it doesn’t always go down that way. Even against the worst players, luck will play a part in how things transpire. And if you don’t take some time to play these players properly, you can end up out of the game before most of the fish.

Playing weak players should be done with simplicity. You need to understand that weak players don’t have a good understanding of the game, and they won’t fall for fancy tricks that you’ll try to employ. If they don’t know the dangers of a particular situation, they won’t be afraid when you represent a hand. They’ll often call without having a clue what they’re doing, and your bluff will backfire on you. So when you’re playing weak players you should only bluff the players who are obviously easily forced off a hand.

You’ll get your best results by waiting for good hands and betting your hand for value. Most weak players will call bets that are much too big for the situation if they decide they’re going to play the hand. When you have something good bet it out, and if you think you’ll get action you should over-bet the hand. Weak players don’t think about the size of the bet they have to call, only if they should call or not.