Set-Mining in Poker – Profitable?
This article will give you the general set-mining information on how to play against some of the most skilled opponents you’ll meet in the world of poker. If you are not familiar with the jargon of the game, you can always consult your online or real life friends who are full of knowledge and experience. They’ll tell you what they think is good or bad, depending on who you are playing against. However, the one thing they won’t tell you is what your opponent’s next move is going to be. You need to have a basic understanding of how poker works before you try to play any tricks on them.
Let’s say you’re at an poker online table. There are several players, and you’re playing with them. One player is having an off day, and he has a pretty poor hand. You know this is something he’s probably not going to do very much with, so you mentally prepare to just sit back and wait for him to make a poor hand. But once you see him shaking his head and making a noise, that tells you something is up.
Know your own poker table rules. If you know the number of chips you’re dealing, know that your opponents will probably play your flat, your weak pair, and your strong pair. Most often they will fold to you on the flop if they’re fairly sure you have a hand with strong nuts, raises, or high cards (if you have a strong hand, at least!). Also, if you know that your opponent has a couple of good cards, don’t expose those to your opponent unless you have a couple of strong cards yourself.
Know what your hands and how to play them. Don’t hold anything face down. If you have a good flush, don’t hold off on your raise. Otherwise, if you suspect that you may have to top off, don’t pull out your cards until you have a reasonably strong hand. If you don’t have a top-pair pair or premium hand, keep your raise bets to a minimum, unless you have an over-pair or overcalled hand (see Set-Mining Cheat Sheet)