ABC poker strategy

ABC-game is a term for describing a simple strategy that focuses on a solid tight game. In days of a poker boom this strategy could make a profit even at high limits and at micro-limits ABC game is profitable up till now.

For beginners who just start learning the poker strategy it is recommended to play solely in a simple ABC poker.

Not only beginners use this basic strategy, but also advanced players if they don’t have necessary information about their opponents at the table.

Let's talk about some of the standard lines of ABC poker strategy:

  • Tight chart of starting hands for early/middle positions.
  • Only 3-bet with QQ+ and AK hands on a preflop.
  • Always make a contbet if you have been an aggressor on the preflop but don’t bluff in multi-pots.
  • Don’t bluff on the turn and river and bet only on the value.
  • Always bet a half of the pot or more on a postflop.

These basic concepts are fundamental and basic starting points of your poker career. The main idea is that your range should consist only of strong hands, so that you can more often bet on value and can rarely be forced to bluff.

ABC strategy is a good idea against the unknown opponents

This strategy works if you don’t have the necessary reads on your opponents but as soon as you collect information about one or all players at the table, you have to stray from ABC and start using a more effective strategy in order to maximize the profit in every hand.

Ways to improve your ABC game

Be aware of your preflop range but know how to surprise the opponents

When you play against the unknown opponents, then the preflop range is your loyal friend in making a profit.

But if you have already collected specific information about opponents, then don’t neglect to use it against them.

For instance, you noticed that an opponent who sits in the big blind position is very tight and passive. Why don’t you try to steal his big blind with some marginal hand?

Remember that starting hand charts are useful on the preflop but they are often completely useless on the postflop.

Experiment with a bet sizing

ABC poker offers to always bet a half of the pot or more on the postflop. Why not to try playing with sizing yourself? When choosing a postflop sizing, you have to proceed from a board structure, strength of your hand on this board and from your opponent’s type.

For example, you were an aggressor on the button with a pocket pair and you hit a top-set on a dry flop. You are opposed by an aggressive player who called your raise in the small blind. You have already noticed that he constantly raises other players’ contbets. Don’t make a standard size contbet of 50%, but make the cbet of 35-40%. Allow the enemy to show his aggression and collect three streets of value against him.

Alter the frequency of the contbets

The basic strategy indicates that if you were an aggressor on the preflop, then you should contbet almost in 100% of cases. After reading this item, many players turn into robots and make continuation bets in situations that are absolutely inappropriate for this. Don’t be predictable!

For example, you raise with AKo from a late position, all players up to big blind fold, a player on BB calls and the flop is 9 8 7 rainbow. Should you make the contbet? It makes completely no sense, thus the big blind range will include much more medium and small pocket pairs and also connectors that will not be mucked on such flop for sure. It is more profitable for you to check the flop and if the opponent checks the turn, you can make a delayed contbet. If the big blind bets on the turn himself, then you can easily fold the cards and meanwhile not to lose a lot.

Finishing the material, it should be noted that the basic ABC strategy is still profitable at micro-limits and a beginner needs to learn it in order to start earning money. And if you complement it with several advanced tricks, then you can win much more.

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