How to Win at Texas Hold’em | Poker Tip #19 | Variance

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Variance in poker is going to happen. It’s part of the game of Texas hold’em. That said, some players have to deal with variance much more than others.

There are two ways to decrease variance.

The first way is to play fewer hands. Logically, if you play fewer hands, you’re going to reduce variance because you’re being more selective and will be in more mathematically advantageous situations.

The second way to reduce variance is to control the pot. If you have strong reading ability, then you want to keep the pots small to the river. By doing so, you will increase the amount of hands you play.

Let’s look at it the opposite way. If you inflate pots, you could get unlucky and bust a tournament early.

For example, you can have AK, raise 4.5x the big blind pre-flop, get called, place a big bet on the flop, turn, and river with top two and lose to what was a flopped set. Since you inflated the pot, you were committed to a value bet on the river and likely lost most of your chips.

If you take the pot-control path, you treat AK as just another hand. You raise pre-flop, but a standard raise. You bet the flop for value, but half the pot because you want information on where your opponent stands.

If they call another value bet on the turn, then you know something might be amiss. You can check the river and see what they do.

This is how you minimize your losses and increase the amount of hands you play to showdown. There is no variance after the river is dealt.

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