Pot Control


Controlling the size of the pot is a skill that every great poker player on Betfair possesses. The ability to pot control is especially crucial in tournament poker, where your chips are so precious.

The meaning of the term is to keep the size of the pot smaller, in order to reduce variance.

When introducing pot-controlling play into your hand, your reasoning’s vary, but most of the time it will be due to the strength of your hand coupled with the stage of the tournament you are in.

Example: imagine that you are in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 Main Event. It is the first time you have ever played in such an event and your first $10,000 buy-in.

In the first level of the competition, you pick up pocket Queens on the button and there is a raise from the cutoff.

Now, given the fact that you will be very deep because the blinds are so low, and that you are playing in a $10,000 event, this is a great time to just call in order to control the size of the pot dependant on the flop texture.

In order to introduce pot-controlling strategies, you need to have a hand worthy of showdown.

There are occasions when you may wish to pot control with a drawing hand, but more often than not it makes sense to have showdown value. Another important point to be aware of is position.

It is much easier to control the size of the pot when you are playing in position, as opposed to out of position because you always act last and get to see the actions and reactions of every other player.


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