The secret to No Limit Hold’em success

Make your opponents unprofitable to invest their money in the bank.

For me personally, this is a key principle in No Limit Hold’em. Make your opponents wrong by wasting their money in the bank. The more often you manage to get them to do this, the more money you can win.

Imagine a situation in which you see me play my hand and my line seems a little funny to you. If you come up to me later and ask why I played like that, then my whole answer can be reduced to the following phrase: “I tried to force my opponent to invest money in the bank in a way that is unfavorable for him.”

From my own experience, I can say that most players do not think in these categories, but it is quite useful to think that way.


At an endless distance, everyone is given the same amount. More precisely, it is impossible to predict or control what someone will do better over a certain period of time, and after a sufficient time, experience and skills level out luck, demonstrating the real level of the player.

If everyone is dealt the same at an infinite distance, then in order to gain an advantage over their rivals, it is necessary as often as possible to force them to put their money into the bank with unsuitable cards for this. That is, you need to try to get them to make a mistake and make a bad investment. If this is the secret of success in poker, then according to my logic, most of my draws should be conditioned by this principle.

Sometimes making your opponents unprofitable to invest in the pot is quite simple: you just need to bet with a better hand and get calls from the worst. However, as the level of play and the aggression of your opponents increases, you will have to work hard to make them wrong.

Give them cheap or even free cards to provoke action on further streets of the trade.

Most players are too scared of being run over. If one of these guys has a more or less strong combination, and there are “draws” on the board, be sure that such a player will bet a lot “to protect his hand.”

Personally, I’m not worried about such things at all. Movements will still happen, this is poker.

What interests me is whether my opponents are playing against me as if they saw my cards. If, when I have a good hand, they fold, and when I have a weak hand, they bet and bet, then this means that everything is going very badly.

I would rather find myself in a situation where there is a possibility that I will be “run over”, provided that if the opponent is still not “screwed up”, then he will invest money in the bank very unprofitable for himself.