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Basic strategies

3-Betting & 3-Betting Light


The 3-betting light concept adds an extra advantage to the game of poker and makes it less monotonous and dull, even when you are winning money with your current strategy.

3-betting will transform your game if you are a mid-stake player in the same way your game was transformed when you first discovered the continuation bet.

The 3-betting notion has better results in mid-stakes poker games between $50NL and $200NL.

The Float Play

La técnica de flotar en el poker

The concept of "float play" refers to an advanced poker Texas Hold'em bluffing technique that extends over two betting rounds.

The play is mainly used to make opponents believe that you have a hand that is stronger than theirs through the flop and the turn betting rounds, so as to close the action and take down the pot on the turn.

The stop and go play


The "stop and go" play is a move used in tournaments over the pre-flop and flop betting rounds. It is generally used when a player is short-stacked and tries to double-up going all-in because they have a strong hand.

In the stop and go play your hand is good enough to go all-in and instead of pushing you call an opponent's bet before the flop because you want to go all-in on the flop.

Poker Squeeze Play

Hacer squeeze

We talk about "squeeze play" when we refer to an advanced (usually pre-flop) move you can use in cash games and tournaments. The squeeze play can have good results provided you use it with caution.

What is a squeeze play?

A squeeze play is when a loose poker player raises from early position and then another player calls before you and you make a big re-raise and win the pot.

Should you Bet or Check Raise?

Bet or Check Raise?

Picture this situation: you are playing for a pot with another poker player and you have confidence that your hand is better than his, but the fact that you are first to take action does not help you at all.

You are not sure what move to make but you are certain that you want to get as much money into the middle. You have two possibilities: bet and hope that they will call or check-raise them and help increase the money that goes to the pot. So, what is the best option?

First, we need to see the pros and cons of betting versus check-raising.

The Check Raise

Haciendo check-raise

Although the "check raise" is considered by some as a dishonest move and many card rooms have even banned it, there is no doubt it is one of the most effective moves in poker Texas Hold'em and a strong weapon in a player's arsenal.

You make a check-raise when the action gets to you and you check because you want to raise if your opponents bet, this is why the move is called 'check-raise'.

The Blocking Bet

Haciendo una apuesta de bloqueo

The `blocking bet' is an advanced move in No Limit Poker Hold'em which is made when you are out of position and you want to see a showdown or a river card without risking much money. If you learn how to use it properly, you can void your rival to make such a big bet that you can't call in a profitable way.

If this move is used wrongly or in the wrong circumstances, you'll just waste your money with the blocking bet. In this article you'll learn how and when to use the blocking bet in order to increase your winnings in poker boards.

Poker Continuation Bet

Apuesta de continuación

Currently, the "continuation bet" (also known as c-bet or cbet) is more and more popular every day at poker Texas Hold'em tables. This is because it's a simple and effective move and players can learn it easily and use it in the correct way even if they are new to the game.

No matter what level you play, you'll probably see a continuation bet during the game and if you don't know how it works you'll be at a great disadvantage.

Blind Stealing


Blind stealing refers to the situation in which a poker player in late position decides to raise pre-flop in order to win the uncontested blinds. This has proved to be an effective strategy since those poker players in the blinds will usually have two random cards. Because of this, there is very little chance they have a hand that will prompt them to raise, wchih will allow you to win their blinds.

Poker Initiative

Inciativa en el poker

Poker books and forums tend to talk about initiative and "taking the initiative". What does it mean and how can it be advantageous to you?

Having the initiative in a poker hand has the same influence as your current position at the poker table.

What does initiative mean?

The definition of initiative is: "An introductory act or step; leading action." How does it relate to poker Texas Hold'em?