If you've ever seen Daniel Negreanu's power holdem strategy in action, you know that he tends to play a lot of pots and he like to mix his game up. Many people bring up Gus Hansen when they mention his style of play, or a Gavin Smith type style. Obviously when you play more pots you have more chances for your opponents to make mistakes against you, but you are also more prone to mistakes.
Which is why if you intend on adapting Daniel Negreanu's holdem power gameplan , you're going to need to know a lot about holdem, or at least be good at making those tough decisions.
Of course the idea is to force your opponent to as many tough decisions as possible, (and as Doyle Brunson says put your opponent on a decision for all of his chips), but you want to avoid those situations yourself. So that's why you want to be the aggressor, it's much easier to make a bet then it is to call a bet.
If you just call you have to worry about the opponent raising on the turn or river, and if you raise you're putting more chips at risk when you don't know what your opponent has.
The best part about Daniel Negreanu's power holdem strategy is not only that you get a chance to gradually chip up as you take small pots, and not that it seems to give you control over the table, but that once you learn this power strategy you'll be unpredictable, and able to disguise your monster hands and really get paid off. Especially when you have something like T9 and the flop comes 8JQ.
It's also a strategy that you can use almost regardless of what kind of table you're at.
If you have a bunch of people playing tight preflop, you can steal a lot of pots, if they play tight post flop, you can outplay them on the flop.
If you have a bunch of people around you playing loose preflop, you can afford to play a lot of hands with it and look to get paid off pretty decent if you have strength, especially if they're loose after the flop.
If they play tight after the flop you can really represent the flop, and have some profitable situations even if you don't win every other hand.
But the best part about this is NOT that you'll probably win more than you lose, because even if you lose more chips than you win here, it's still profitable... The best part about it is your IMAGE...
Here's why, lets say next time you have pocket 77s and get an AA7 flop, well you've just flopped a boat and now you come out betting just like you always have. Someone could have JJ and think it's good against a player like you. Against a tight player they wouldn't dream about raising with Jacks, but they've seen people play over the top of you, and they've seen you dump hands to reraises, and they think there hand is good against you.
Now rather than folding, they play back over the top and you get much more chips than you would... or even better yet they just call thinking you'll fire another bet with nothing, and THEN they'll play over the top of you.
Well, now you go over the top again and take down a huge pot or you end up against AK or he feels pot committed and you get the entire stack. Something you obviously wouldn't have been able to do if you had been playing tight and passive.
No limit holdem has and will always be a people game. The best way to set up your opponent is to keep them guessing, and wait until they guess wrong then BAM their chips are yours. And in the meantime, you might as well use tactics of authority, a plan of control over the holdem table, Daniel Negreanu's an excellent poker player and he knows that if you keep that drive and grind an an opponent, that eventually the force on him will be too great, and he won't be able to stand your holdem scheme. It only takes one wrong guess to wipe him out.
An excellent way to create an image and set opponents up and keep them guessing is to use...