Deep Stacked Poker in No Limit Holdem Part 1
Author’s Note: I originally posted this on Texasholdemonline.com with this link: http://www.texasholdemonline.com/strategy/deep-play-thoughts-in-nlhe-part-1/ back in 2012. I have edited some parts to reflect some of the changes in the games. Either way, I believe that much of this still holds true.
Due to copyright issues, I have decided I would like to link each article here and write an amendment/what has changed since the original article was published. It has been quite some years and poker strategy has evolved immensely during this time. I will not post the original article here, but I recommend that you read the original article from the link (mainly because I do believe that the underlying strategies/article is still relevant today) and then read my amended notes below.
I will go through it bit by bit.
Mentality: I still believe that you cannot be scared when playing deep stacked poker (or ANY poker, for that matter) and you cannot let money or stakes get in the way of your decision making process. If it is, you are probably playing too big of stakes for your bankroll.
Overly aggressive plays and strategies can definitely work in live games. Online strategy has evolved quite a bit, mostly to the point where players are defending their blinds much lighter and thus having wider ranges than in 2012.
Preflop play is one of the largest shifts in overall poker strategy since 2012. Players are defending their blinds and 3-betting at a much higher ratio than in 2012.
1.Implied odds are still very relevant in deep stacked poker, this has not changed.
2. Applying pressure postflop is still very relevant as well, in deep stacked poker. Flop raises on boards that favor our range and floating are both important for many reasons.
3. Inelastic and Elastic equity is a strong consideration in your preflop hand selection in deep stacked poker.
4. Aggressive pre-flop battles are not as common as they were in 2012, and by that, I mean that players are more apt to call many hands pre-flop than 4 or 5-betting very light back in 2012 (the ranges back then were not so different, just done at a higher frequency due to everyone folding more often).
Here is article #2 in this series:
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