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The Small ball poker strategy is often credited to poker pro Daniel Negreanu and can be affectively used in the early stages of No Limit Texas Holdem. Premium hands are simply few and far between when large pots are at stake. Tournaments are won by aggressively going after smaller pots. The first thing you’ll notice when you watch a player who uses the small ball approach is that he appears to be in total control of the table, yet at.

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In tournaments, that can all go down the drain when players are moved to different tables. Both of these statements concern your imageand using it deceptively. It is not going to be an effective style of playing if you are raising 2.

I am of the opinion that learning new techniques and strategies only helps your game when it does not distract you from your strengths. In fairness though, it’s hard to give either Harrington or Negreanu full credit for this style of play. He has excellent post flop play. I agree its a way of fine-tuning when you get reraised all the time.

This has some advantages to raising. I watched the vid’s and tried it out but it didn’t feel right for me In theory, if you can learn to play this style perfectly then you can probably have alot of luck against someone like Negreanu, who is great at reading people, because this style will help to through him off of your actual hand.


September 14th,4: Negreanu is one of my favorite players. Am i the only one who found these videos embarassing? We’re probably saying something similar nevreanu it’s important to be clear.

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When it comes to strategy and over coming small competition he has no problem but cash games just seem otherwise the fact In my limited experience, they mostly fold straight away or fold to the c-bet. Learn from online pros. November 20th,3: Tom Au 1, 6 Seems to me that there are four outcomes when I small ball. In the end the strategy that wins for you is a good strategy.

Perhaps a better question would be how quickly can someone using this strategy be detected and how easy is it to exploit that knowledge. If a tournament is about survival, blal a cash game is about opulence.

All the savvy ones. The rake significantly devalues small pots. BUT, what happens when you run into the same type of player?

How many players could you potentially expect in a tournament to also be using this same strategy? As already mentioned, the reason why this style of play is so effective is because your opponents will be more willing to call you down with marginal hands because of the way you have played in previous hands.

Check out his PokerVT training site. Wmall 13th,4: You need a deep stacked tournament for it to work well for any meaningful period of time, and even there, as blinds rise other factors will trump the gains from this strategy, forcing you to play differently to accommodate. It’s right that most of sall winnings should come from small pots in position, but to do this you need aggression.


After using some tips I can reread and use more. September 11th,3: By contrast, in smqll games, you can always have a deep stack, simply by adding chips to your stack if it starts to drift too low. It is actually very uncommon to be behind either RR or having c-bet called with air The tricky situations arise when you hit a bit of the board but face aggression.

Small Ball Poker

Your first question is more interesting and problematic. As an addendum, are you advocating that a big-ball style is preferable to a small-ball style in tournament poker? December 30th,8: Small ball works for Daniel Negreanu because he is Daniel Negreanu.

August 1st,7: Sign up using Email and Password. The small bal style fit me to a tee and was the easiest adjustment I have ever made to my game. That’s because you will “catch” more people with weak hands more often than you will be “caught. For sure in a tournament you don’t want to get in a coin flip for your stack.