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The most popular world-spread poker version is the home game.
There are some pieces of advice on how you can always get your fellows’ chips by the end of the night no matter what style of play you prefer aggressive or friendly.
Playing styles of home poker can differ drastically. Everything depends on players, their levels and skills. It can be light and very soft with low stakes among good friends who don’t take the game too serious; or tight and aggressive with high stakes used by professional players in home environment.
Here we’ll talk about a typical home game, the most common scheme when there is a company of friends more or less experienced in poker and playing with certain regularity.
This game can be divided into two types: the friendly game, in which players usually do not raise a pot awaiting to see the flop, and the crazy game, in which almost all pots are constantly raised, yet it does little to discourage players from staying in the hand.
As the most wide-spread mistake of casual players is to call too often, the best you can do playing against such opponents is to be selectively aggressive. It refers to both types of home poker games.
It may seem strange but the behaviour of a winning player in the friendly game does not differ too much from the one who wins in the wild home poker. The key to controlling the game and winning the money is to be the one who decides when the table is going to play a big pot.
If you get used to playing in a rather loose way, it will be a sort of difficult to start playing tighter than the rest of your opponents. But in fact doing this and also raising most of the hands you play is considered to be the easiest adjustment you can make in order to become a winner at your poker table.
In the friendly game, you should also try to limp in with substantially weaker hands than you usually would, especially if you are in position.
When you are playing against weak players, good results appear when you bluff less and bet for value more. You can reach this by punishing the opponents who constantly call pre-flop raises and making (slightly) larger than usual pre-flop raises.
The same thing happens in most crazy games. Players will raise many pots pre-flop and typically there will be more than one player who is calling. However, they mostly do not re-raise pre-flop. That opens an opportunity for you to earn much profit if you apply selective aggression in your play, making occasional, substantial re-raises.
So, the right way to be a winner in your home poker is to control the size of the pot and play large pots when you have a hand that is much better than your opponents’ ones.
Finally, a few words about bluffing: even if you are sure, your bluff is great; you are likely to get called by the weakest hand. So, think well before doing it.