If you play online poker and you want to make more money by using the HUD at your disposal, this article is perfect for you. You are going to learn 3 easy to spot leaks that many players have and how to take advantage of them right away.
Tip #1: Bet Aggressively When Your Opponent Check-Folds Too Much from the Small Blind as the Preflop Raiser
Note: this occurs blind vs blind in single raised pots and any position vs the small blind in 3-bet pots.
Playing out of position with a wide range and a high stack-to-pot ratio is probably the toughest spot to master in poker. There are so many lines to equilibrate that most players never achieve a decent level of expertise, so they end up as easy targets for sharp players.
There are two big mistakes that these players make: they check-fold too much and/or they check-raise too infrequently. Both of these mistakes incentivize more frequent and smaller betting by the player in the big blind.
The way you exploit this tendency is by starting to bet fearlessly with all hands in your range. He will have a very hard time countering you without reevaluating his entire strategy.
The exact percentage that you are looking for on the HUD depends on the average bet size that the player pool uses in this spot. This is because their pot odds worsen as the bet size gets larger, thus they should continue at a lower frequency.
For example, if your player pool tends to use half pot sizing as a standard and you see your opponent folding more than 40%, then you can bet without much concern because they fold more often than their pot odds say they should versus that size.
Tip #2: C-Bet Bluff Aggressively When Your Opponent Folds Too Much.
Having tight players at your table is not all that bad because you get to print low variance money against them.
One of the key exploits against these guys is to continuously c-bet against them, especially when you are in position. And when I say continuously, I mean with your whole range. You will so many uncontested pots — you may find it unreal.
As with the previous exploit, the exact percentage that you are looking for on the HUD depends on the average size that the player pool uses for c-betting in this spot.
So, for example, if the average c-bet size is half pot and your opponent is folding >45% of the time, then you are in the clear to start attacking him.
Pro tip: Once they call your c-bet you should typically tone down your aggression on the next street since he now has a tighter than normal range.
Tip #3: Open More Hands In Blind vs. Blind Battles Against Tight Players
These battles should be fought til’ death, but most people chicken out from the beginning. You gotta make sure you are there, ready to claim those blinds.
A normal raising range from the SB is somewhere around 35% to 45%. But when and you are faced with a guy that is folding 50% or more against a Small Blind open, then you can bump up that frequency to 60-65% and even more if you really want to go to war.
You have to be careful though with going higher than 65% because there comes a point where the big blind will notice how loose you are playing and decide to take a stand. Sticking to 60-65% is a more sustainable strategy.
Before you apply these adjustments at the table, make sure you have a reliable sample size on the stat in question. If your opponent folds 75% to c-bet, for example, but it’s a sample of 4 hands, you should forgo using Tip #2 until you gather more hands.