Poker Ring Games

A ring game is basically a normal non-tournament poker game requiring players to buy-in or add chips to their stack and cash out at any stage during the game. In a ring game, the chips represent real money, for instance a player who purchases $20 worth of chips and cashes out $60 will have made a profit of $40. This is in sharp contrast to tournament events where a set buy in is applicable and where players are eliminated when they lose their chips and rewarded based on the position they occupy at the end of the tournament. It is because of the dynamic nature of ring games that a special poker strategy has to be applied in order to be successful at this game. The general guidelines on ring games listed below are based on the assumption that you are playing the low stakes Limit Holdem game at a full table.

Starting Hands

In a ring game, a player can determine what starting hand they should play by checking to see whether the table is loose or tight. The table is said to be tight when the players are only playing their best hands pre-flop, in such a case the starting hand should be your best possible hand.  The table is considered loose if players are raising from a very early position, in such a case you can play almost any hand that you are comfortable with.

After the Flop

When you are playing after the flop, it is very important to be able to effectively interpret the behavior of the players around you. Players have to be fully aware of what other players are doing and make your decisions based on their actions and tendencies. The best advice for a successful game after the flop is for you to concentrate, use your intuition, take your time and rely on your experience.

 

 

 

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