No matter how experienced Poker player you are, tips and tricks about the game should always be welcomed, especially when they are coming from Poker experts like Jonathan Little, the winner of both the World Poker Tour’s Season VI Mirage Poker Showdown and Season VII Foxwoods World Poker Finals. Little is also the winner of WPT Season VI Player of the Year award. Jonathan Little has authored several books on Poker, which give rare insights into the nuts and bolts of the game. Some of the most famous books of little are Secrets of Professional Tournament Poker, Jonathan Little’s Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em and Jonathan Little on Live No-Limit Cash Games: The Practice. But if you are in no mood to read lengthy books, Little recently gave a summary of the best tournament tips every Poker player should be aware of in an article on card player.com.
- Jonathan Little’s top tip for Poker tournaments is that you should always give your opponent a “range of hands” instead of a specific hand. This would keep your opponent guessing and confused.
- Little says that you must come out of your comfort zone and exploit your opponent’s weakness as much as you can. Some poker players remain reluctant and don’t go in a full attack mode, which results in severe losses.
- You should always try to play lots of pots in position when the effective stack is greater than 40 BBs. This poker tournament tip should be used especially when you think you can get heads-up against opponents who are bad at post-flops.
- If you feel you have the best hand and you think your opponent will call the most of his range, use value bet immediately.
- If you aren’t value betting while losing, you will have a less profitable stack.
- If your opponent is playing hands too passively, you should Value bet continuously, and fold when they apply pressure. In this situation you should also bluff them, especially when they have a marginal hand and you feel that they’ll fold.
- If your opponent is playing too many hands too aggressively, you should infer that they have marginal hands, and they will fold if you become aggressive. Little recommends bluffing these players on scary boards.
- If your opponent is playing too few hands too passively, you must “relentlessly” steak their blinds, according to Little.
- If you sense that your opponent feels that you are right on good cards, bluff a lot. If they feel you are wild, play tightly.