Aggressive play (aggressive)
Aggressiveness is a good thing in poker. It has a totally different meaning from what it receives in other areas of life. This means betting and raising often, paying only in rare cases. By betting and raising, you can influence the game in your favor. This is why all successful players cultivate this aggressive style. It is very important to bet properly when you are in the lead.
If your opponents pay, more money goes into the pot. And that's exactly what you want because you're the favorite to beat the hand. If all opponents pass, this is also a favorable outcome, since you have avoided the risk of losing your hand. On the other hand, if you pass only, the pot will be small and you will offer your opponent a chance to improve his hand.
You have A♠K♠, and your opponent has J♥10♥, the flop presents K♥9♦2♣ and $ 10 is already in the pot. You have a higher pair and therefore the better hand. Your opponent has a weak hand, but would make a sequence Q appear on the turn. Let's compare these three possible outcomes:
1 - If you bet $ 5 and our opponent gives up, you will surely win $ 10.
2 - If you bet $ 5 and your opponent pays, the pot will get bigger. Considering that you will probably win, this is even better than forcing your opponent to fold.
3 - If you do not bet, your opponent will probably pass, and then he will have the chance to get Q it without having to invest any money.
Therefore, it is better to bet, regardless of whether the opponent will pay. In this situation, passing would be a mistake.
Some players do not bet if they have a good hand because they do not want their opponents to give up. This is called slow play. However, slow play is often a mistake as it is often better to force the opponent to give up than give him the chance to win the hand without investing anything. If you have a very weak hand, and bet waiting for all your opponents to fold, you are bluffing. The bluff option makes poker a very exciting game. However, beginners should simply be careful and bluff on a few occasions. In most cases, you should simply give up on weak hands. Instead of bluffing, wait for good hands and bet on them.
Beginners in poker usually play the opposite way to the strategies presented in this lesson. They play almost every hand (loose style), usually pay rather than raise or fold (passive style), do not consider the position and do not take advantage of the information available. In practice - especially at the beginning - it is not always easy to play conservatively-aggressively. But it will be worth it in the long run and will give you great advantage over opponents who play in the loose and / or passive style.