STAY AHEAD OF TRENDS
Poker trends evolve and change with the times, but they are always there. It is your job to stay on top of them, and even ahead of them.
HOW TO STAY AHEAD OF TRENDS
Playing a lot of poker is the best way to be aware and stay on top of current trends. Discussing these trends and ways to exploit them with your poker network is how you stay ahead of them.
Make sure to take advantage of all of the online resources out there as well. Signing up to training sites and watching training videos can open your eyes to trends you may not have picked up on, and ways to exploit them.
“The road to success is always under construction.”
EXAMPLES OF POKER TRENDS
An example of what I am talking about is back in 2005, the trend at some of the highest stakes was to raise before the flop, and continue bet on the flop. That’s it.
However once this was discovered by pretty much anyone who read a poker book, players began to combat this trend by raising or floating on certain flops.
Players would use these moves specifically in spots where their opponents were likely to be continue betting as a bluff, thus exploiting the trend of the continuation bet. Once floating and raising C-bets became more common, then they became their own trend.
Another example of an evolving poker trend is the 3-bet and the 4-bet. In 2007, if someone 3-bet you before the flop, 90% of the time they were going to have an absolute monster. If they 4-bet you before the flop then you could guarantee they had KK or AA. This is simply not the case anymore.
Certain players began to exploit these trends by re-raising before the flop with garbage hands. Within a year or two, everyone at the high stakes was 3-bet bluffing, and this led to players 4-betting lighter. The players who stayed aware of these evolving trends were able to use them in their arsenal, and exploit their opponents.