In the last, adrenaline-filled, days of a Texas No-Limit Hold ‘Em tournament, when the blinds are slowly eating up your stack and your fingers are about to fall off into poker oblivion, it is understandable why a lot of players cringe when crunch time finally comes. Don’t let that happen to you. Remember that your emotions can totally shatter your hopes of winning and sticking to rather mechanical yet logical approaches to the game will get you the top.
Aggression should start to show up here. Waiting for premium or good cards like A-10 and K-Q will munch up your stack. And once you do get them, you’ll probably only have about three to eight rounds left to play! That’s why you should be bold and keep on hammering those chips on the table!
With only four to six players in the table, it is highly unlikely that someone will have good hole cards, so it is necessary that you call the high blind and lead out with a probe bet of around three to four times the big blind. probe bets are typically meant to signify that you have a strong hand. It doesn’t mean that you have the best hand, only that you think you have the best hand. Your bet should always be a minimum or sometimes double the big blind. If you make a low bet of around the minimum, the players in the late position will most likely rule the table since they are the weakest links.
If you have a weaker hand and you are in late position, you may even re-raise the bet, which is a sign of immense strength.
Once you do get your monster hand, you should be more aggressive. You should keep your opponents on their toes and be ready to pounce on weak hands, particularly in the beginning. There is no set strategy for this. Playing in the beginning with mostly solid hands is the way to go. You can also choose to limp in small amounts and then signal the raise on the flop when you hit a monster hand. This is meant to build the pot when you hit your monster. You don’t want to make a big raise and then fold the hand. Watch out for a straight and a flush, especially if your opponents are showing strength.
However, if you do happen to get a monster hand, you should not be timid and should keep your opponents on their toes. What could be better than blowing up your opponents in the same way they do in the movies? That’s why you should never be afraid to bet big if you spot a big target. Big is intimidating, that’s why it gets the big bucks. But just remember that if you’re in the habit of always calling in the beginning, you’re going to end up losing a lot of money. The key is that you are being very aggressive in the beginning and you are maintaining that aggressive attitude. Doing this will help you to win a lot of small pots without exposing yourself to too much of risk.