Stop and Go: Advanced Poker Strategy by Greg Raymer
Those who are regular at Ladbrokes poker must have heard the name of the World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Greg Raymer. He was initially a sit-and-go player and was a part time Internet player. At sit-and-go poker games, 9 or 10 players compete at a single table.
The sit-and-go strategy works well in live poker, but it is more suitable for playing at Ladbrokes poker online. The strategies are different from other multi-table tournaments and are increasingly becoming popular at Ladbrokes poker. Raymer is famous for inventing the advanced poker strategy ‘Stop and Go’, which is an often-used strategy at Ladbrokes poker. It is commonly used when you have dealt a pocket pair and are short stacked in an online poker tournament. This strategy works best at the big blind and facing a raise from a single opponent.
Take for example a situation where you are in the big blind with 9 big blinds and are dealt pocket eights. A player in late position opens the pot for a standard 3x BB raise. Action folds around to you and you simply make the call; however, you commit yourself to pushing all-in no matter what comes on the flop. This is the essence of stop and go, and why it is considered an advanced strategy.
There are three reasons why the stop and go technique can be a successful play most of the times at Ladbrokes poker. Check out the examples that can help you to be a winner.
If you re-raise and push your short stack all-in before the flop with a medium pocket pair, you are likely to get a call from a lot of hands. A push here will get a call from several pocket pairs that are beating you at the moment, or two over cards which you would be racing against. Neither are situations that you want to get all your money in the middle of the pot with in a tournament situation at Ladbrokes poker.
If your opponent does have a better pocket pair than you and he faces over cards on the board after you push on the flop, he will have a hard time calling your bet. This technique will force him to fold a better hand and give you the pot.
If your opponent has two overcards to your pair and fails to hit one on the flop he will almost surely be forced to fold. Maybe he even has a hand like 10-9 suited on a ten high flops and will have a hard decision on his hand at Ladbrokes poker.
Once you delay your all-in move until after the flop with the stop-and-go technique, you will get a few extra ways to pick up the pot, possibly with the worst hand. Unless your opponent hits the flop hard, they will have a tough time making the call after the flop, whereas pre-flop they may have easily called the raise.
Regardless of the type of three cards that fall on the flop, push is the way to become a stop-and-go expert at Ladbrokes poker. If you were to chicken out and check the original raiser you leave yourself open to an easy steal with a continuation bet. If you are short, and spot your opportunity for this play, commit yourself fully to the stop and go strategy. You can hope to gain some extra chips to mount your comeback.
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