The rake is built in so that the
house takes money from you in small, unnoticed amounts. There are a
few guidelines you can go by to minimize this.
Some poker rooms will only rake the pot once it has reached a
certain amount, so you want to play opposite the style of the table
in these cases.
Power Blind Stealing Strategy #1:
You can exploit tight players through tactics such as blind
stealing and through buying free cards. Blind stealing is simply
betting when only blinds are left in the game pre-flop. You can
raise from the small blind position or from the position just before
the small blind (usually the dealer's position) to try and steal the
cost of the two blinds.
Buying a free card is a trick best used in
last position. If no one else has raised post-flop, then you bet.
This will most likely cut down on the number of players (and
potential money in the pot), but everyone who stays will tend to
check to you. Then on the turn, after everyone has checked you don't
necessarily have to bet again. That is why it's called a free card.
It's best used with drawing hands, too.
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