I love to play cards for money, especially games such as poker and bragg. In fact I have to admit that I love to gamble on many things such as betting on the outcome of football matches and on the outcome of horse races. My father used to take me to horse racing when I was a child which gave me the bug for gambling. In this article I concentrate on the card game of bragg and give free tips and advice about how you can increase your chances of winning.
The first thing I do when playing bragg is I take few hands where I basically play what I call very safe. I will basically open and look at most of the first say ten hands at the first opportunity. If I feel that I have a half decent hand I will then continue to play the hand and bet. At this stage I do not bet too aggressive as at this point I am merely weighing up how the other players on the table approach the game.
In bragg you have a number of different types of player. Some will seemingly always continue to bet blind and will hope that most of the other people will open and quickly fold. This type of player can at times be quite hard to play against and can even become quite annoying. Knowing that they are going to continue to bet blind in this way makes it quite a hard decision for you to make if you have had a look at your cards and have seen that you have been dealt a pair of say two’s. This hand is quite hard to assess, it can win many hands but in another way seems quite weak. To keep adding money to the pot takes a bit of bottle and your inner mind tells you to fold and wait for a better hand to arrive.
Other people play a very conservative game and will rarely bet blind for too long. When these people do actually place a bet after looking at their cards they more often than not go on to collect the money.
After I have spent some time assessing the types of player that I am playing with, I am then in a better position to know who to avoid when they have looked at their cards and then are betting. I am also then aware of who are the more daring of player, this is the player who of course likes to continue to play blind and this is the player who I will have more chance of winning money from.
If I am on a card table of six players, I always hope that at least three of the players are what I have described above as conservative players. I myself try to play a mixed game of conservative and aggressive, sometimes playing blind for a few hands and sometimes taking a look at my cards at the first chance. In this way I attempt to make it difficult for my opponents to assess how I play.
As a rule, when a conservative player has a look at his/her cards and then bets, this tells me that they must have a fairly good hand. I then will take a look at my cards and will then decide whether to bet or to throw the cards away. What happens quite a lot of the time is that the conservative players all look at their cards and then throw them away. This leaves me playing with two aggressive players and I will then bet blind with them for a few rounds hoping that one of them will eventually take a look at their cards. I of course want this player to fold, if they do I will then take a look at my own cards and bet even if I have only a king or ace high hand. In bragg there are a lot more rubbish hands than good. With only two players ace high is actually quite a good hand.
It is important not to let these over aggressive players bully you as this is what they want. Deal with them as in how you should deal with a bully in every day life, stand up to them as most of them are cowards at the end of the day. Good luck and enjoy your bragg. As in all forms of gambling, remember to only gamble what you can afford to lose.
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