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Texas Holdem Poker Tips

Strategy Tips

You should always fast play high pairs and very strong hands before the flop . This results in more money in the early pot. It will encourage weak and garbage hands to fold that could get a lucky flop and beat you.

It is advisable that you should not draw to the low end or both ends of a straight . If a 9 8 7 flops, you want to be playing the J 10 and not the 6 5 or the 10 6. The low part is commonly called the ignorant end of the straight.

It is commonly seen that the unconnected medium and low cards are usually unplayable . Suited cards that can't flop a straight also belong to this group. Very weak category also includes both ends of a straight such as 9 5.

While playing starting low pairs, starting from 66 down to 22, you should be very careful, usually not from an early seat and from the late positions, only when the price is right. The advisable strategy is that you should usually fold, if you don't flop a set or quads.

It is best to play aggressively when you have a two-way draw after the flop . There is strong chance that if you can make a straight and a flush or trips etc. you can usually bet or 1raise your hand.

You should remember to bet an ace or two high over cards after a garbage flop , a three-suit rainbow with unconnected medium and low cards. If someone raises, you should fold.

Keep an eye on uniform flops , like 8 7 6. They can easily turn into straights that can overtake your high pair or other good hand.

You will see that players who are close to all-in often rush the betting just to get all their chips in a sink-or-swim last hand. You should, thus, check the raisers chips .

You should watch out for Suited Flops that can make a completed flush. To fill up, you should usually hold the nut in that suit, or have trips or two pair.

It is fine if you got caught bluffing once in a while. It actually varies your play and you are also not very predictable. You could easily win pots that you never deserved, if your bluff works. At times you might lose a few chips when the bluff didn't work but it will get you calls from weaker hands down the line when you are really strong and need the action.

Make it a habit to study your opponents and especially when you are not playing hands and can pay careful attention. Do they find more hands to play than they fold? Do they bluff? Can they be bluffed? Do they have any "tells" (give away mannerisms) that disclose information about their hands etc.

More Winning Tips

Before the Flop:

Starting Hands:
The key to winning in Texas Hold'em is the Position, where you sit on the poker table, Patience and Power your starting hands elicit. During the course of a game, choosing to play a starting hand will often be the most important decision you will make. If you tend to play too many hands, it would be a very grave mistake. It is important in Texas Holdem to be aware of your Position in relationship to the dealer. From early position only, you need a stronger hand to act. This is because you have more players acting after you who may raise or re-raise the pot. It is important for you to realize the virtue of patience and wait for powerful starting hands to play from the correct position.

You know that before the flop, the player to the left of the big blind acts first. He along with the other two players to his left are in early position. The next three players hold the middle position and the ones after that are in late position.

The blinds are the ones to act last before the flop and first after it. The following are some guidelines for stating hands that we recommend you to play when you are starting out. The starting hands described are fairly competent and are supposed to give you a good foundation to play and win until you learn a little more about the game.

Early position
You can raise with A-A, K-K and A-Ks and that too from any position. (s denotes suited cards) If you hold A-K, A-Qs, K-Qs and Q-Q J-J, T-T, you should call and fold everything else.

Middle position
If you are in middle position and holding 9-9, 8-8, A-Js, A-Ts, Q-Js, A-Q, K-Q you should call.

Late position
When you are in late position and holding A-Xs, K-Ts, Q-Ts, J-Ts, A-J, A-T and small pairs, you should call. (x denotes any card) To call a raise it actually takes a stronger hand than it does to make with one. You should fold, if there is a raise before it is your turn to act. It is not at all advisable to put in two bets with marginal hands.

Note:
Many players will play an Ace with any small kicker and they will play any two suited cards from any position. In the long run, these hands are losers. You should avoid getting into the habit of playing these hands. These hands are traps that will cost you money.

The Blinds
You should be aware that the money no longer belongs to you once you post your blind. Many players, holding marginal hands, tend to believe that they must defend their blinds by calling all raises. Beware of wasting additional money on marginal hands. Also, if you have nothing, don't automatically call with the small blind. For your next small blind, saving a half bet will pay.

The Flop
The second biggest decision that you face while playing poker is whether to continue playing after seeing the flop or not. If you decide to continue after the flop with a not so good hand it can be one of the most costly decisions. Experienced players believe that it is the flop that defines your hand. The reason being that after the flop your hand will be 71 percent complete.

First understand from where does this figure come. Assume that you play your hand out to the end then your hand will consist of seven cards. Now, you know that after the flop you would have seen five cards out of seven cards or 5/7 of the final hand, which is slightly over 71 percent.

With flop much of your hand is complete and you should realize that you have enough information to determine whether to continue. You should follow the policy of Fit or Fold . It means that you should fold in case there is a bet in front of you, if the flop does not fit your hand by giving you top pair, or better or a straight or flush draw. If you are playing a small pair from late position and you do not flop a third one to make a set you should ideally throw the pair away in case there is a bet.

The Turn
If you believe that you have the best hand after seeing the Turn card and are the first to act, then go ahead and bet. In this position, many players will try to try to act smart and attempt to check raise. Remember that you would have lost a bet or two if other players also check. The straightforward approach in low limit games is usually the best as there are plenty of players who will call you. You should make them pay for it. When you don't have to why should you give them a free card.

Remember that you should fold if another player raises on the turn and you hold only one pair because you are more than likely to be beaten.

If you get to the Turn and hold only two unsuited over cards, two cards higher that any cards on the board, with no flush or straight draws and there is a bet in front of you, don't hesitate to fold. Players who hope to catch a miracle card on the river lose too much money. The best hand you can hope to make with two unsuited over cards is a pair which will probably lose anyways.

The River
There is a great possibility that you will not see the river card unless you have a draw to a winning hand or you have a strong hand that is a favorite to win. You will know exactly what you have once the river card is turned over. If you were drawing to a hand, you will know whether you were successful or not. Obviously you will fold if you do not make your hand.

As with the Turn, if you are first to act, you should bet your hand. If other player folds when you bet then it is more than likely that they would have just checked if you had checked in an attempt to check raise.

There are two mistakes that you can make when you get to the river. The first of them is to call a losing bet and the second is to fold your hand. The first mistake will cost you the price of a bet. The second mistake will cost you all the money in the pot.

It is quite obvious that calling a bet is far less costly that folding your hand, which will be far more costly mistake. You should call if there exists a slight chance that you may have the winning hand. You should not call with nothing but you should call if there is a realistic chance of winning.

Reading The Board
If you want to become a winning player you should be able to read the board and mind you, it is not hard to learn. You would agree that Texas Hold'em is played with community cards turned up for all to see. So, you can easily gauge the best possible hand that can be formed using your pocket cards, cards not seen by others, and the cards available on the board. To determine how your hand stacks up against the other possible hands that your opponents may hold is extremely important for you to learn.

There are two situations, which should ring the alarm bells in your mind. First situation is the possibility that someone can make a flush if there are three suited cards on the board. When the third suited card is turned over and if a player raises you should think twice before continuing. Second situation is that a player can make four of a kind or a full house if there is a pair on the board.

Learn to Pay Attention
You should pay attention to the game even when you are not actively involved in a hand. Simply by observing what hands other player's play, it is very much possible for you to gain valuable information about your opponents. It will not be very difficult for you to determine the players who play unsuited cards, or single aces by watching the hands they turn over at the end.

Big NO to Showing Your Hand
If you don't have to, don't show your hands. Remember that you are under no obligation to show your cards when you win the pot because everyone else folded. Under all circumstances avoid give away any information about yourself if you don't have to. The player who turns over his or her cards when they don't have to is doing just that.

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