Five Pro-Endorsed Poker Strategy Tips That Are Terrible

Poker is a unique game and the best players use a combination of math, skill and observation to beat it.

It takes a brilliant mind to understand and win at poker — and an even more brilliant one to invent the strategy basics that are now commonplace.

These geniuses do their best to solve the game as it’s played at the time.

But the game of poker has evolved a lot over the last decade, and will continue to. What might have worked 10 years ago can seem silly now.

And winning strategies today might not be effective at all 10 years from now.

Below are a few of those strategies — endorsed by some of the most famous names in the game, no less — that may have worked in the past but have passed their prime.

1. Reraise with Small Pairs Before the Flop in Limit Hold’em

The Author: Phil Hellmuth

The Book: Play Poker Like the Pros

The Advice: When the pot is raised to you in Limit Hold’em and you hold a small pair, you’re better to make it three-bets rather than call the original raise. You’re then meant to “represent whatever hits the flop.”

Why it’s bad: The problem with this advice is that he’s writing a book for beginners and beginners are going to play in small-stakes games. People in small-stakes games play tons of hands.

You’re not going to be able to represent anything on the flop because people are just playing their hands. They don’t care that you made it three-bets to go. They care that they flopped top pair and they aren’t going to fold.


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