Okay, so we’re a little excited. Anytime that we get to talk about aggressive poker moves, we get excited. To us, poker is all about aggression, and the poke battles are often won by the aggressive person, not the weak limper. Therefore, if you want to maximize poker profits, you need to isolate moments where you can actually be pretty fierce. The preflop is that type of time.
Keep in mind that a lot of people will have good hands, but they don’t bother getting aggressive. They’re passive, calling stations that will not take the initiative. Instead of just letting them see the flop for cheap, make them pay for it. If you’re the first person to enter the pot, you need to be raising. Of course, if you don’t have a good hand then you need to fold and get out of the pot.
If you have modest hands like TJ suited or QJ suited, you can feel free to raise. KQ, AJ? Raise. However, if you’re under the gun you might have to fold these.
Suited connectors still tend to do very well, and it gets people going at the table. Betting wisely holding these connectors can add more profit to your bottom line.
Position definitely matters. If you can be in late position, then you definitely want to raise pretty hard. On the other hand, if you’re in the blinds, you might not want to raise as much. It’s a really bad position to be in, but it’s going to just depend on the type of situation that’s around you.
It cannot be stressed enough — make sure that you’re looking at the image of the other players. We can give you all sorts of advice, but you want to make sure that you have studied the people that are playing with you.
Your raise size should be based on the position that you’re in. Generally speaking, if you’re on the button, you want to bet a bit smaller than normal but if you’re under the gun, you want to go out with both guns blazing. It’s important to stand your ground if you have a good hand.
Of course, if the flop swings out of your favor, then you have to fold and wait for another hand that’s going to suit you better. Trust us, the image you create will not be forgotten easily. Good luck!