I wrote this article about 2 things you can’t do in poker that will cause you to lose a lot of money. If you do them, you will lose a lot of money. These specifically are:
Thinking your hand is strong.
This is the number one reason why most domino88 players lose. They lose big pots with marginal hands or they lose one large pot when they had really top pair. What can be better than making money with marginal hands? Well, playing these hands in hold ’em limit doesn’t exactly feel like making money. Sure, you’re winning but it doesn’t feel like much. It feels like you have less money than before but you have the chance to make it back so why not go for it.
Don’t be afraid to call raises.
For starters, it feels like you are getting great cards before the flop. It makes you feel really powerful. In fact, your opponent probably doesn’t feel that comfortable betting you to see the flop either. The reason for this is that a majority of the time a good player will bet you fairly strong. There isn’t going to be that great of a steal opportunity and if they do, you can usually get out of the way. You want to avoid this.
Betting the flop too much.
This is the number one reason why most players lose. They get too aggressive with their betting and it often trips up their opponents. They check, you bet, they call. The turn is there, now they have to do a math play. What they probably should be doing is checking/calling/betting the flop instead. Sometimes they will but not often. You want to keep them in the hand because you can take them out in two ways: a) they will hit a hand and b) they will have a big check to your bet. Keep them in the hand because you can take them out later if they are pair blind or fatter than you.
Try to get your offense organized. You lead out with a bet and in most cases set up a nice c-betting war. You might win some hands by betting the flop or resteal a pot. Don’t worry about losing a lot of chips. You can win small pots by betting hard or hand-betting the flop and let others make mistakes. When you do get a monster, re-raise their bets. This puts pressure on them and they won’t want to pin their future chips to their opening hands.
If you are short stacked, this is the time to get aggressive. All too often you will see people who won some nice hands get cold feet and fold too quickly even though they are still in the picture. Conversely, you will find players who are so sure that they have the best hand that they don’t want to risk it. Get into pots with them and put pressure on them.
Of course, these are just two scenarios for one type of situation. Systemic flaws are much more likely to occur for one player than another. You will need to play for a long time to see the effects of such flaws over a long enough period of time.