The idea for this post was taken from a comment made to one of my previous posts, when I was asked to explain more about “changing up your game”.
I would do this by trying the following: Try stealing the blinds once in a while with a bet increase when playing a limit game and a bet that is about 2 1/2 times the big blind bet in a no-limit game. If you get played back, meaning they re-raised you, you can always back off. If your hand is good enough, you can re-raise back.
Stealing the blinds works best when you are the cutoff player or on the button. The button refers to the position to the right of the small blind and the cutoff is the position to the right of the button.
Once in a while, lead off with a bet or a raise, even with a bad hand. In fact, never play the same hand the same way. That’s another way to change up your game. Another example of this would be raising and calling when holding pockets AA’s. Usually with AA’s, you would raise pre-flop. Perhaps 1 out of 3 times you could just call.
You could be looser for say, three or four hands in a row, then tighten up, playing only premium hands. This might confuse your opponents and when you start betting with a good hand, they might not believe you and give you the action you want. The bottom line is to become a little unpredictable by changing up how you normally play.