The Importance of Aggression in No Limit Texas Hold‘Em

The Importance of Aggression in No Limit Texas Hold‘Em

No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em is a game that moves by the
rules of psychology. Players try to read their
opponents if it is the right moment to bluff or to
fold. They also seem to know their opponents hands by
their betting patterns. And if they trail in the chip
count, they try to make the opponent fear them into
folding good hands so they can catch up.

The main rule in winning consistently in poker is to
give an impression that you’re the top dog. You must
drill the notion that no one will scare you into
folding and stop you from hammering into that pot. But
one shouldn’t do that haphazardly. One should get a
feel of the table, knowing how others play specific
cards so that one will know if it is the perfect time
to stomp your foot down and scoop the chips on the

Read the Table First

Don’t just try to put your hand into that pot, read
your opponents’ betting frequency and patterns first.
If most people simply limp into the pot and fold if
the flop doesn’t hit them, then what you have is a
rather loose and weak table. After the flop, if
everyone checks to you, make sure that you throw in a
bet around a third of the pot to get an idea if anyone
is serious in playing their hand. When you do that, it
seems as if you’re making a serious bet when in fact,
you’re just checking out the field. Remember that you
shouldn’t treat your chips as money, but rather a tool
to pick on your opponents. With that done, you’ll be
eating up small pots like crazy.

Aggression Conceals Your Hands Perfectly

With you chomping on pots, it will give off an image
that you’re a freak who bets on marginal hand or
worse, nothing at all. When they finally call your
probe bets that is the time to change gears and play a
tight-aggressive game. Just limp in your good hands
like AA and AJ to keep that image and make your
customary bet of one-third of the pot after the flop
(if you hit something or it is favorable). When you do
this, they will sense that you’re trying to eat the
pot again and call when in fact, they’re drawing dead.

If all the betting that ensued will put you and your
opponent(s) into a hand showdown, he/she will freak
out when you showed a legitimate hand. When people see
this, they will respect your bets more and fold once
again when you throw your chips around like in the
first instance.


It is integral to your game that you know how to
utilize both conservative and aggressive techniques.
But your main style should be the latter since it will
help you win larger pots when you do shift into the
conservative approach.

But given this advice, it can’t be done without
feeling the table and being aware of how people think
of you as a poker player. If the table’s very tight
and they fold immediately when their hand doesn’t fit
the flop, throw in some bets. If they randomly call
any bet, meaning that they have no idea how the game
of poker is played, then be wary of using bluffs and
instead, make straightforward bets to insure a win.

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