Playing Weak Opponents in No Limit Hold’em
You may be wondering why you need a special strategy for playing weak opponents in no limit hold’em, player that hardly even know the Texas Hold’em rules. The whole point is that they are weak! If they are not good players and you are, playing your regular game should win you the money, right? Usually, this is true, but it is not the whole story. Many pros say they have a much easier time beating good players than poor ones. Once you have become strong enough to identify when you are sitting with a table of amateurs, no matter if it’s in online Texas Holdem game or live, there are a few points you should keep in mind.
Avoid Tricky Plays
Complex Texas Hold em strategy , including plays like check raises, overbetting, advertising and false tells, are often wasted on weak players. These players are only paying attention to their own hand, and betting or calling based on how strong they think their hand is in absolute terms. When you make plays designed to mislead your weak opponents, you are wasting time, energy, and often chips. You can’t give someone false information if they are not receptive to any information.
Get Ready for Bad Beats
Good players suffer more bad beats than weak ones, for the simple reason that good players get their chips in with the best hand more often, and have fewer opportunities to draw out. Weak opponents will routinely make bad calls hoping for miracle cards, and occasionally they will get them. You must remember that this is good for you in the long run, your goal should be to capitalize on the weak players mistakes. If bad beats put you on tilt easily, you may be better off in a game with more experienced opposition.
Manipulate the Odds
You can increase your positive expectation against weak players by making bets that are not overwhelmingly intimidating, but are incorrect to call. It is correct for an opponent to call with a flush draw if they are getting better than 4 to 1 pot odds. Make sure that they get 3 to 1 pot odds by betting a little “too much”. Weak players will routinely call anyway, many are not even paying attention to the pot size. Over the long run this will add up to substantial profits for you.
No Lessons at the Table
When your opponent makes a bad play, especially when it costs you money, you may be tempted to educate your opponent as to their mistake. This is the equivalent of opening your wallet and handing a stranger money that he did not ask for. You want your opponents to play poorly. This is where your profit comes from. Let them from their mistakes the hard way; by losing money to you.