This is one of the biggest tells out
there. Most of the novices out there don't realize that when they
hesitate before making a call, they are putting a big sign on their
forehead which says, "I have a weak hand". An extended pause, then a
"check" is almost always a reason to bet. More so if the hesitation is on
Hesitation, then Bet
An extended hesitation and then a bet
respresents a strong hand. The player is thinking how to extract the most
money from you, thus the long pause.
Limper, then big bet
A player who limps into the pot in position,
then bets big on the flop usually represents a big hand...most likely a big
pair (Aces or Kings). He wants to trap,then fears someone drawing on him
on the turn, thus the limp and the big bet.
Slaps their hand down hard and checks
This is almost always a sign that the player
has hit a big hand and is looking to check raise. Don't fall into the
trap. Remember, a player acting weak usually means that they have
a strong hand, and acting strong, means that the player is weak.
Top five MISTAKES in low limit hold'em
Call with AJo in the small blind in a raised pot.
It's not worth it. You'll be out of position and even if an Ace flops, you may
still be beat by an AQ or AK. Unless you are playing at a very very loose
table, it's better to stay away from this hand.
Limp in with a small pair (less than 8-8) from
early position. Again, it's not worth the money. The pot
could be raised in middle/late position and you'll end up putting two bets out
drawing to two cards to make your set. Not worth the money.
Plays mediocre hands like Q9, K7, K8, K9, J8, etc.
in any position, except of course it's a free hand. If
you do happen to play them, you should be in late position without any
callers and make it a raise instead of a call. I would only advise making
this play once in a while because these hands are usually dominated post flop.
Play middle or low pair after the flop, unless you
are getting at least 5 to 1 odds on your money. So, if you
have 7-8 and the flop is 8-T-A, I wouldn't play for one more card unless
there's at least 5 small bets in the pot before you call. Definitely
don't play it if you think there may be a raise or if there already is one.
Fold to a bet on the river if you have at least A
high and there's more than 7 or 8 times the big blind in the pot.
First off, if you are going to play to the river, then you shouldn't fold
to one bet with so much money in the pot. All you have to do is win once
out of 8 times and your getting even money on your call. If you're going
to fold, then you probably should've folded earlier.
Top MISTAKES in NO LIMIT hold'em
Giving your opponents odds to call.
If you put your opponent on a flush draw (9 outs), then you have to make sure that you don't give them the pot odds to make that call. In order to do this, you have to bet enough to make it wrong for him to call. Meaning, you can't give him more than 4 to 1 odds on his money. For example, if there's $100 in the pot and you bet $50, then you're giving him roughly 3 to 1 odds ($150 to $50) to make the call, assuming that you will push all in on the turn if the flush doesn't come. 3 to 1 odds to call versus 4 to 1 odds to hit his flush is not enough odds, and in the long run, he will lose money.
Pay a player off when they hit their draw. It's okay to underbet the pot, BUT when you do this, you absolutely cannot pay the player off if they hit their draw.
If you intentionally give your opponent the odds to call your bet, maybe to create action or something, then when they hit, you have to fold.