In this short article I’ll be talking about a very simple and effective way of winning in low-stakes poker homegames. What I’m talking about is valid for most kinds of poker, but especially to Hold’em and Omaha type of games. Realize though that this technique will take focus and poker skills after the flop – but I’m assuming you’re not completely clueless when it comes to poker when you’re taking the time to read up on poker websites…

homegame pokerAnyway – my winning strategy starts with basic knowledge on the players you’re playing with. Seeing as homegames usually have the same suspects, it’s pretty easy to find out who likes to go for draws, who bluffs a lot and who only plays the real hands. Make sure you know these things. Make sure they know your style too – and make sure they feel you are a loose cannon.

Accomplish that by bluffing. A lot. A whole hell of a lot. Take the first half our to lose 25% of your stack in bluffs. Plan on losing because of your recklessness. Plan on playing way too loose. Home cashgames always start off slower (pots will be way bigger at the end of the night!) – so early times are perfect for risky play. Show your bluffs.

Once you feel people are calling with inferioir hands pre-flop – you got ‘m where you want ‘m. Do NOT TIGHTEN DOWN YOUR PRE-FLOP GAME. Keep taking charge of a lot of pots pre-flop – you’ll get more callers – and you’ll get payed off when you finally hit a real hand against a mediocre one…

It works – good luck! ;)