There’s something annoying about bingo players, but we can’t really put our finger on it. Maybe it’s the fact that you have a great hand when they land, going all in before you’ve made the decision on what you’re going to do. Or maybe you wanted to jump in with a hard shove, only to find that they’ve beaten you to the punch. Ouch. Wouldn’t it be nice to beat the bingo players without going broke?
Of course, and we have a few tips to help you do just that. Here’s what to expect.
First, you need to stop getting emotional when bingo players get the best of you. They’re going to win at least some of the time, which is what they’re counting on. You can’t let their wins stop you from doing what you know that you’re capable of doing. And that ability is to win poker hands. It’s not going to be their day forever, and as they get better as poker…they know it. You don’t see as many bingo players in the higher stake games as you do with microlimits. But bingo players are everywhere, and they can throw you off big time.
Make sure that you’re planning accordingly.
The best thing that you can do is play great poker. Fold those weak hands. Knowing which hands are weak and which hands are strong is a good thing. We’re not just talking about AA vs. 2-7 here. Would you fold the 10-2, or let it play? Would you fold the Q-3, or let it play? These are hands that might sound good, but can end up costing you chips. If you check every time just to see the flop, that’s wasted money over time.
Keeping your cool and playing well is the name of the game. If you make continuation bets to bingo players, you let them know that they are truly facing a coolheaded person that will make whatever play is best to win.
That’s the story that you want to sell. If you start cussing up a storm in the chat box, you’re showing them that you don’t have what it takes. That wouldn’t be a good thing at all. Avoid losing your cool, and everything else will fall into place.
Sometimes it means that you’ll have to fold rather than losing to a freak flop that favors their weak hand, but that’s okay. Over time, you can push people out of pots and take over. The remaining question is simple: are you going to be able to handle playing this hard? Will you have the patience required to remain strong? The only way to find out is to play great poker!