The great thing about poker is that nearly all of us have room to improve our games. Many players who beat small stakes live games at a decent clip could win more money if they tried these three simple things more often.
Taking Control Of The Game
Many small stakes live games are relatively passive. The players are mostly just pushing small pots back and forth, each hoping to cooler someone. A lot of winning regulars are content to mostly play along, limping into pots and waiting for those cooler hands. But you can often do much better by taking control of the game.
What do I mean taking control? I mean raising preflop with marginal hands to isolate limpers. I mean reraising preflop with marginal hands to isolate loose raisers. I mean firing more barrels on the turn and river. Overall I mean ramping up the aggression significantly.
Taking control of a game by using aggression does two positive things:
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