I think this concept as a lot of players concept of poker as aggression. Most players tend to think when they are in a hand they are being aggressive. And for good reason. You will see players betting large amounts with a variety of hands in poker. Aggression tends to be favourited when one is playing the field and has little to gain. When playing against better players one will tend to be tighter, or more cautious as they are less likely to exceed their opponents chip stack. In any case, aggression is not necessarily favourable, unless you are a better player, at least as far as your playing an aggressive game.

When playing one’s game with either good or poor cards, aggression should still be employed. If one has a good hand or a very good hand, one should bet the flop. If one has a mediocre hand or a group hand with an uncertain outcome, one should wait for the turn or the river to work things out. In any case, assuming you are in a pot worth placing your bet in, when one has good cards, raise your stake. If one is in a bad position, or one does not have any good cards, it is probably prudent to back off.

Taking the Hands Seriously

Even with all the considerations affinity players should work out the pros and cons of their good and bad hands, and not get tripped up in the process. If one happens to receive an ace in the beginning, the cons of an early raise are not apparent. However, an opponent may be seeking to steal the pot or may have a decent hand (such as two pair or an ace and a low card). One should try to work out whether one’s hand is good enough to play aggressively by comparing hand odds.

Many players do not take the time to consider how the various cards could work against them. Even if an opponent cannot be beaten one should take the time to consider how the various cards could work to their benefit or harm. At all times one should consider their hand and their likely outcome. If one has a high probability of winning a hand with a certain sequence of cards, one should play aggressively. By taking the time to consider the various cards available one would be able to consider the odds of receiving a particular card in the middle of the sequence.

Many players do not understand the concept of expected value. On the flop one may have an flush draw. If one does not obtain a second card from the same suit as the one on the flop, one will have a chance at a straight. If one holds a pair, one should bet aggressively in order to see the next card in the same suit as the one on the flop. The concept of expected value is important to the whole concept of aggression.

Trying to obtain the entire pack of cards in one shot is a noble quest. However, this is not always the best way to play. If one is attempting to go for a certain card they have placed a bet in there; it is possible that one could be beaten by a card above or below. Therefore, patience is key to the game.

Deferring to the odds

Using the odds to one’s advantage is important to aggression. Attenuating the odds and seeking to retain or draw to an advantageous hand is one of the criteria of the game. By being able to consider the odds, it is possible to calculate one’s way to a favorable hand. If the odds are favourable, the player should opt to play the game. If the odds are not favourable, the player should be patient and withdraw when one has a better chance of winning. By using probabilities the panen138 is able to decide when it is time to bet or when to fold.