If you are fortunate enough to have a local casino to play at, you will find most of the games are populated by recreational poker players. In order to thrive against these players, you must alter your standard strategy to take advantage of their flaws. If you try to use the same strategy against everyone you will be leaving a significant amount of money on the table.
Here are three concepts you should keep in mind in order to realize your full potential:
1- See lots of flops in position against weak players
When a recreational player raises, especially if he is not too tight, when you are deep stacked, you should strongly consider calling in position with a wide range of hands that play well after the flop, such as pairs, suited connectors, and suited aces. If you can figure out how your opponent will play after the flop, you will be able to demolish him with aggressive postflop play. For the most part, you can expect recreational players to make a continuation bet on most boards then play fairly straightforward on the turn and river. You may also find that some players frequently fold to raises on the flop when they have less than top pair, meaning raising the flop as a bluff could be an excellent idea.
2- Do not play big pots against good players
Since you win money from players who make more mistakes than you make, you should not go out of your way to play pots against people who play well. In fact, you should play much tighter against good players than weak players, as long as they are not blatantly out of line. As long as you get to steal more than your fair share of the pots, there is no reason to mess around with someone who is unlikely to make a large mistake.
3- Keep your mind on poker
It is easy to lose your focus. If you plan to take poker seriously, you must avoid the various distractions that are constantly around you. If your mind is not on poker, you will have a tough time playing your best, even if you feel like you are playing well.