Playing Poker Based On Hand Strength

First of all, it is worth knowing that there is no right or wrong way to play poker. That being said, hand strength is one of the first ways to craft a strategy that works. You’ll need to pick what is known as a range. So you might player nothing weaker than 10’s and higher, such as J10, K10 and so on. Whatever you choose, you don’t have to stick to it. You can change your range every hand, depending on stakes or even depending on your gut feel.

When can you change your range?

There are some major points in the game where your range may change and you will either tighten or loosen that range. For instance, if you are playing on the bubble (just before getting paid), when you have a large/small stack, position and even when you come up against a player that you have information about. 

How does your range change?

There is no right or wrong way to change your range. Some players tend to go tighter in all of the above situations. Others will do the complete opposite. Generally, those that have a tight range (they only play premium hands), will usually continue to tighten as their situation. On the other hand a loose player (plays a lot of hands), is likely to continue to get even looser. It is important to pick an “overall” strategy and stick to it in general. We say in general, because you can vary your strategy to take pots on a bluff.