“And you, what do you want to be when you grow up? Grinder”

If you like poker and move in his world, you have probably heard the term grinder on more than one occasion, but do you already know what it means?
Ask the Google translator may in some cases -in few- is a good idea, but certainly not in this one.

– What is a grinder?
– We reveal their tricks
– How to play against a grinder?
– Tips for grinding

What is a grinder?
As we have already mentioned, the definition of grinder can have more than one meaning, but in our case we are going to focus on what a poker grinder is.

In a simple way, a grinder is a person who makes poker his way of life. When someone has a job, they know they have to dedicate several hours a day to it and also improve and be productive with what they do. With poker the same thing happens. The grinders or rounders usually try to play regularly and with some caution to secure a salary at the end of the month.
Therefore, these are the main characteristics of a grinder game:
– Low risk: The idea of these players is to have an amount at the end of the month, so they follow a strategy in which they do not run high risks. They prefer to bet on safe moves even if the amounts are lower. In many occasions, these poker strategists play at tables of a lower level than yours because they prefer to earn less but play it safe.
– Slow earnings: Obviously what you win will depend on what you bet, but what we mean is that the intention of this type of player is to win small pots consistently and not risk everything for a large amount of money. The objective is to win bigger and bigger boats but in a gradual way.
-Multitable: If for rounders poker is a job, more tables are equivalent to more projects. More tables involve more hands, and taking into account that they do not run much risk, in general they will also imply higher profits.

We reveal their tricks
When you sit at a table, do you know if there is a grinder among your opponents? You must consider that this type of player is a specialist, a professional. Anyone can not be a rounder.
The rounders have played poker for a long period of time and have studied and analyzed the reason for their game. A grinder will make you feel confident and think it’s a nerd who just sat down for the first time to play a game of poker.

Probably if you have been playing for a while or have already gone to higher level tables or to the best poker tournaments, you will have met this type of player. Someone who is silent during the whole game and suddenly jumps, bets everything because he has a great play, collects all his chips and goes saying “good night”. Although there is no exact definition of rounder, this could be said to be a typical behavior.

Keep in mind that these players know exactly what they do and why they do it. The rounders always take advantage of the opportunities they have to win and even the best can fall against them if they do not know who they are facing.

How to play against a grinder?
First of all, alert.
You always have to watch the movements and the plays of the other players at the table, but with the rounders even more. If you are also a poker professional, you may already know how to recognize them, but if not, be careful.

– An option when playing against this type of opponent can be acting like him. If he is safe, you too. Do not rush to go all-in if you do not have all of them with you and do not trust yourself.

– Also, you know you’re going to play it safe, so there will be certain plays you can win without a problem. An example is the theft of blinds. If you raise your bet a lot in preflop and he is not sure whether to play or not, it will not be surprising that he decides not to continue playing. Take advantage that you are not going to take any chances and be ready in the planning of your game.

– Do not let me know your tactic. Do not always play safe or risk too much. If you do not know how you are going to act, you will feel lost and your nerves and insecurity will prevent you from winning.

Tips for grinding
Do you already know what it means to be a grinder and now you want to be one of them? Read the article again, write down what is most important and continue with our tips to grind.
– Find out who you are playing against: this is not to say that you should know where your opponents live or anything like that. What you can do is analyze their behavior in the first few moves without making big bets. “Study the terrain” and get down to work.
– Control your bankroll: watch your losses and always try to win something, however little. A rounder can not go head or bet a lot of money if you’re not sure you’re going to win. Remember that if you are a rounder, you live from this.
– Multitable: As we anticipated, to more tables, greater options. If you are not yet a multi-game player, we suggest you take the first steps if you really want to play as a rounder.

– See if there are fish on the table. Try to see the hands whenever you play against this type of players. Although you like to play it safe and believe that the preflop is not nothing special, bet if you play against a fish. Maybe even if you have a worse hand than him, he can not play his cards the right way.

You already know what it is to grind in poker and how to deal with this type of player. However, remember that any opponent can pose a threat, do not trust yourself.

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