Advanced Techniques for Losing Chips

I’ve been working diligently this week on an important part of poker: how to lose your chips. Before getting in to some of the advanced techniques I’ve been carefully honing, I thought it might be valuable to establish my credentials as someone with the necessary experience in losing hundreds of millions of chips in a short span of time.


Now that my expertise in the area of losing chips should no longer be in doubt, on to some of the key techniques that I hope you too work on at a table near me.

  • Failing to account for the extent to which ranges strengthen with multiple opponents, or with aggression across multiple streets. Betting big into multiple opponents over multiple streets with a moderately strong holding, especially when you have a reputation for bluffing… I cannot stress enough what an effective technique this can be for losing chips.
  • Not getting out of the way when a call station goes all in. Get a nice hand that hits the flop nicely, make a nice bet and get called by someone who almost never folds anything before the river… all is good in the world. Get a relatively innocent turn card, bet big and get called again. Ahhh… the bounty of the universe. Get a bit of a scare card on the river, bet on the smaller side, and get jammed on by someone you have never seen bluff… I highly recommend calling in this spot if you wish to challenge me in losing chips fast.
  • Light 4 betting and 5 betting. This is another great technique for shedding chips against people who’s 3 betting and 4 betting ranges are extremely tight. Raise from middle position with AKo, get called by the button, and then raised by the big blind. Try a 4 bet, but then see the passive button go all in, and the big blind call. Calling here really just cannot be under rated as a strong technique for those hoping to lose chips.
  • But I had the best hand on an earlier street! Deluding yourself that because your hand used to be a great hand on some prior street, that you need to call off all of your chips on the river, well I think this is a great technique for rounding out your advanced chip losing tools.
  • Bluffing into calling stations. Some people advise against bluffing into calling stations, but this is another great chance to advertise your bluffs and cement your reputation as someone that knows how to lose chips.

In discussing the advanced techniques above, I don’t want to diminish the importance of a multitude of other solid techniques for bleeding off your chips. But I hoped to touch on at least a few areas that others might need some work on.

Best of luck on the tables!


Letting them see a free card on a draw heavy board is another one.

Playing every hand against fish that go all in with anything on every hand is my favorite to watch others do.


These are great things to consider especially …

" * Bluffing into calling stations. Some people advise against bluffing into calling stations, but this is another great chance to advertise your bluffs and cement your reputation as someone that knows how to lose chips."

Because, I do know how to lose chips.

It seems that you have found a way to gain valuable real-world insights at the expense of some not-real chips. From any reasonable perspective, this makes you a winner. Well done!

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I didn’t know being a loser was so entertaining :joy: it’s like taking an advanced course in it in this thread. What a “Free” education :wink:


What a wonderful hand for this thread:

I have KcQc.

Pre-flop: hmmm, this has to be a candidate for a 3 bet, but I feel like calling here some of the time has to be fine, too. The hand has great playability post flop, I’m obviously getting a great price for a call, and I don’t expect the player behind me to squeeze here often.

Flop of 8h6hQd: Nice… top pair with a good kicker. Kind of a marginal strong hand. I’m checking 100% of my range here, pre-flop aggressor bets half pot, player in the middle flats… it is a draw heavy board, and while I could be behind here to AQ or a flopped set, I think I mostly have both players beat, but really need to shake at least one player as they are both likely to have quite a bit of equity. A normal raise on the small side should probably shake at least one…I think I’ll probably need to fold to a large raise here, even though it will be a bluff some of the time. Oh ****, both call???

Turn 8h6hQd5d: OK, my hand has really tanked in value. Some of the draws came in, the board is even more draw heavy now, and there’s a pretty good chance that at least one of my opponents has a made hand that is ahead of me. I think I have to check.

Oh my, a bet of well over half pot into both of us, and one that feels like it is angling to get stacks in on the river??? OK, player in the middle gets out of the way. There are so many draws here. My hand is mostly only ahead of the draws now, but even with an under the gun raise, there are all of the heart and diamond flush draws (which I unblock, maximizing the combos available). There might even be hands like JTs and T9s, so I need to defend some of the time, right? I block QQ, and it would not usually take this line anyway. AQ might slow down on the turn some of the time… I don’t think the UG raise is particularly dense with 88 and 66, and I’m not sure that 97 is in range at all… OK, it feels like this bet should be draw heavy: call.

River 8h6hQd5d5c: OK, most of the draws already missed. The boats will bet here of course, and then some of the missed draws. Ooof… there it is… all in. Arrrghhhhh. OK, call.


Yup , that was perfect for this thread :joy:

Fabulous strategy… One day I hope to be the best one at loosing all my chips thanks for the advice… Lol :rofl::rofl::rofl:

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Fantastic post!! Kudos to you sir!

By now, I’m hoping that many of you will have had time to work on many of these advanced losing techniques, and to even hone original techniques of your own. As you embark on this long journey, know that there will be spells of frustration, long stretches when it seems that no matter how hard you try to lose, the run out of the cards just will not cooperate. Understand that this is poker, and the most tried and true techniques to pass your chips across the table will just not always be enough to get the job done.

Some recent examples…

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nice hands and especialy the first hand shows the technique of “Loosing many Chips” in perfection…
ask lordcurt44 :joy:

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I’ve applied these techniques this week and I must say “ they are working “ …

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The last bullet point is the most effective!

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Time for a practical problem. I have 8d9d in the hand below. As you view the hand, consider how you would play this hand on each street to maximize your losses. Don’t worry if you don’t manage to double up your opponent… these things take years of practice.


I guess if you want to maximize your losses, you could’ve gone all in on the river.

One of the finest methods of losing chips is to limp in from the small blind with junk hands when everyone else has folded to you, if you are not prepared to call a jam from the BB.

Here’s another fun one that seems nice for this thread. In truth, I’m reasonably happy with how I played the hand, but from a more general perspective, the hand nicely illustrates some plays that you generally won’t want to make.

  • QJs is not great choice of hands to fire a 4 bet with
  • The over bet bluff on the flop looks questionable
    • on a paired board, an over bet is not a very common line
    • we’d just been involved in several previous hands in a row that had been 3 bet
  1. Know your opponent would only raise a big pair preflop, call anyway knowing you’re a 4-1 dog.

  2. Know the flop missed you both and you are still way behind, call anyway.

  3. Say in chat that they have a big pair, know they have you beat, call allin anyway, get eliminated from tourney, but proud of your superior reading skills. lol