June 24th, 2017
How to Beat Small Stakes No-Limit Hold'em Players
Who Segregate Chips
© 2017 by M. Mitch Freeland
Some players will segregate their buy-in from winnings. You will see this commonly in the small stacks games. For instance, when a novice player buys-in for two hundred and after playing for two or three hours finally getting lucky and winning a healthy pot putting him ahead in the session, he will now separate his winning from his profit. Sometimes he will place his buy-in in a chip rack in front of him (some casinos allow players to play from a chip rack), and keep his winnings on the felt. He may also stack his winnings on top of his buy-in in a way indicating that the chips are winnings. Whenever you see this activity it is a good time to bluff and bet over the about of his winnings.
For example: if your opponent is finally up $43 with a total effective stack of $243 ($200 his original buy-in) and you have a hand that is a good semi-bluff hand (straight, flush or weak pair) bet over $43 if you want your opponent to fold. This is especially true if your opponent has been playing for a while and has been playing conservatively. If he has separated his buy-in from his current profit, he will be most unwillingly going to risk being in the red again for a hand that may not be strong enough to stand a raise. If your opponent has been playing for several hours and has finally gotten ahead and has segregated his buy-in, it is now time to bet or put in a raise that will put a portion of his buy-in chips at risk. This is a good bluffing opportunity. It is even better as a semi-bluff.
Remember, if it has taken your opponent all night to get winner, he will be reluctant to dip into his buy-in on a mediocre hand or draw.
Players who segregate chips is a reliable tell, so pay attention to players organizing their chips. To learn more about winning and uncovered tells in poker, get your copy of Poker Tells and Body Language: How to Substantially Improve Your Income by Studying Your Opponents Mannerisms and Eccentricities, now available at www.MitchFreeland.com.
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