Intermediate Holdem strategy
After learning how to and when to raise the bet and make a call having in mind the previous steps, you might want to aim for a bigger target. At the same time, you will need to be more careful. You will have to face players that are more experienced, and that have already formed their own playing style, which you’ll have to observe and use to your advantage. Let’s see what you’ll now be focused on and which are the best intermediate Holdem strategies!
1. Playing Aggressively Pre-Flop
Now, this rule might contradict the strategies applied for the beginners that were mentioned above. Indeed, there are two contradictory techniques, but the main difference is that wen you reach a more experienced level as a player, you will be able to have a better hold on yourself and influence with more ease players that are not as skilled or experienced as you are.
So, if the first cards to come are good, raise the bet. Being confident and showing that could lead you to another strategy: making your opponent fold earlier than he would. The opponent might approach the same strategy and raise once again; this could actually be a sign he might be losing, and not winning. However, this method is kind of tricky.
2. Fold & raise
Another strategy opposed to the previous one is folding at the beginning and raising or call in late position. This way you will be actually taking the other players by surprise.
If you raise your bet a little bit too early knowing you have big chances of winning, that could give your opponent a hint and scare him off. So, don’t just hurry to bet higher immediately after the Turn, and instead wait a bit longer and make him raise first.