The poker room at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood is one of the most popular gaming destinations in South Florida. The action is hot 24/7 with No Limit Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo and 7-Card Stud and all the best varieties of poker. Before you attack the tables here are five strategies you’ll need to increase your chances of winning.
- Bring a Good Bankroll
The poker room at the Seminole Hard Rock offers various table limits for poker games. There is everything from $1/$3 NL Hold ‘Em to $4/$8 PLO. The size of your bankroll should depend upon the table limit and game you expect to play.
A good rule of thumb is to give yourself at least 50 big blinds in bankroll. So, if the big blind is $4 your starting bankroll should be $200. This will give you the best chance of having a winning session.
- Realize Online Poker is Different
Playing online poker for real money is exciting. It can also be profitable for many players. You should know, however, that playing in a live card room can be much different in terms of style.
Online players can be a little loose with their play. In a live environment, you are far more likely to encounter grinders. These players are patient and tough, and they can be hard to read. You’ll need to adjust your style if you’re used to playing primarily online.
- Don’t Play Too Many Hands
One of the frequent mistakes made by poker players is playing too many weak starting hands. As all professional poker players know, the secret to winning at poker is getting all or most of your money in when you have the best of it. This means being aware of when you hold the nuts. Restricting your starting hands doesn’t mean you can’t try the occasional bluff, but do it with discretion. That brings us to our next strategy.
- Don’t Bluff Too Much
There are few things more satisfying than pulling off a big bluff at the poker table. When playing live, however, the bluff is a tool best used sparingly. The majority of your winnings will always come from holding a good hand.
Rather than stone cold bluffing, try to semi-bluff hands with potential. If you have a nut flush draw going into the river, a good bluff on the turn might serve you well. If you get called, there are still a lot of outs that will get you home on the final card.
- Loosen Up in Tournaments
If you want to play one of the poker tournaments offered at the Seminole Hard Rock, you can justify a wider range of starting hands and looser play. If you are too tight in the early stages of a tournament you will miss opportunities to build your stack while the blinds are low.
This doesn’t mean trying to get all your chips in the middle during the first level. Take what you can get, but if an opportunity arises to shove when you have the best of things don’t pass it up.