One of the biggest challenges for players struggling to improve is losing pots to adversaries who just do not know any better. You have taken the time to learn the right hands to play, but sorry players seem to often defeat you playing weak hands.
Usually they are likely new players too, but you should have the advantage because you read a few books, signed up for a few training sites, watched a few videos and managed your bankroll sensibly well. The problem is that your bankroll is at best, unimpressive. You might in fact analyze your poker bankroll and become sunk at its lack of development.
Let’s come to terms with this, horrible bad beats are going to happen to you and they are usually at the hands of these types players. Now obviously, they did not commit in training time like you did and as a result have a very unique view of poker than you do. They will not be playing in a fashion that can make any sense to you. Since you never know what they have or what their motivations for playing are, you need to take additional safeguard when involved in a hand with one of these players so that when playing against them you create positive EV. Here are some winning tactics for playing against players who don’t know or simply do not care about what they’re doing.
Controlling the pot size. Unless you have the nuts or a very strong hand you want to be able to play against players like this while keeping the pot small until you are sure you have the winner. If you can’t do this it’s best to stay out of the pot entirely. When you know you’re strong then you have to value bet when you’ll get paid off by the second-best hand.
Don’t play the hand. This will be more challenging because you will frequently have a better starting hand than your stupid opponent, and folding is always tough. However this is going to keep you out of guessing games and maintain your stack for a more lucrative situation.
Be patient grashopper. As bad as they play, you may not get the cards to take him down – at least this time. Be certain though, that player is like numerous of others waiting to give you their chips. If not him, patience will grant you with another sorry player that will oblige.
Position. Playing correct position in poker against weak players is even more important because you can get caught in expensive scenarios where they force you into an expensive pre-flop bet, and you can do nothing but fold on the flop.
You cannot bluff a brick wall. Getting fools to fold is utterly daunting and seldom rewarding. If you bet into a player who cannot fold, you better have the best hand. Let them bet and you do the snaring, but playing straight up is lucrative enough against real poker fish.
Rope a donkey by the tail. Once you do get a lousy player in the good situation, then you need to do your best to trap him for all his chips. He may want to bluff you, but he may also call a lot off as well. You need to know what kind of idiot he is by profiling.
Nobody likes to lose money to terrible poker players and every lost pot has heartache associated with it. Just don’t forget though, you are a stronger player, and you know how to get money from them in the right time and right hand.