TEXAS HOLD'EM TOP 10 TIPS
Here we have gathered 10 useful tips for you which you can read and try to follow. Every check, bet, raise, or call gives you a clue to what they might be holding and what hand they may be chasing. Don't draw to a one card straight, because it will be obvious to other players when there are four cards to a straight on the board. No matter if it is suited or not, you need to play it. Some players will be maniacs always looking to make bold bluffs, while other players will sit snug and only look to play big pots with big hands. Raise your bet to force your opponets out when you have high pairs. And comps aren't limited to live game play.
The top ten best Texas hold'em starting hands
It doesn't matter if it only costs a half bet to see the flop from the small blind. If you don't have a good hand you're wasting your money. While it's true that every possible situation at the Texas holdem table that you can think of has a correct way to play it, when you're playing against the best players you have to alter your play from time to time in order to keep them from being able to read your actions. You should raise with pocket aces most of the time because it's the most profitable way to play them, but every once in a while, maybe one out every 30 times you have them, you need to limp.
The opposite is also true. If you usually limp with pocket eights you need to raise with them every once in a while. This way when you raise it doesn't always mean you have a killer hand and when you limp it doesn't always mean you have a weak or drawing hand. It's important that you understand this is only necessary when you play against good players. At the lower levels, most players aren't paying attention and aren't good enough to know what to do with the information they're gathering.
So it's a waste to try to alter your play against poor players. You also need to make sure you aren't altering your play too often. The reason you raise with your best hands is because raising is the most profitable way to play them in the long run. So every time you don't raise with them you're costing yourself money.
But if an opponent gets such a good read on your play that they know every time you raise you have a very strong hand it also costs you money. Dan Harrington suggests wearing a watch with a second hand and doing something different if you look down and the second hand is in the first five seconds. Instead of wearing a watch with a second hand, use a digital watch that has seconds listed.
If the seconds are at 1 or 2 you change your play and if not you stick with the most profitable play. This is a one out of every 30 system because a minute has 60 seconds and two out of 60 is one out of Many Texas holdem players make the mistake of ignoring the casino or poker room's rewards program or player's club. You're going to play anyway, so you might as well earn some free stuff while you're doing it.
Some clubs even let you earn cash back. And comps aren't limited to live game play. Some online poker rooms offer comps and player's clubs just like land based casinos. Ask the support department about the rewards available if you don't see information on the room's main site. At its core Texas holdem, and all poker games, are mathematical.
Because every possibility depends on a standard deck of 52 playing cards you can make mathematical calculations to determine the best way to play. This is especially true when it comes to your starting hand choices. We've already covered a few points about this in the section about position but if you improve your starting hand selection you improve your results. The basic math shows that if you play in a hand with a better starting hand than your opponent or opponents you'll win more hands than they do.
On the other hand, if you enter a hand with a worse starting hand than your opponent you lose more often than you win. Of course, every Texas holdem hand has many different things that can change the outcome and value of the hand, but everything starts with your starting hand. A complete discussion of correct starting hand play requires quite a bit more space than we have on this page, but we have a complete page about it that you should take the time to read. As a general rule of thumb, you should be playing fewer starting hands if you're not already a winning player.
Keep reducing the percentage of starting hands you play until you become a winning player. We'll cover this in a little more depth, but this tip can safely be summed up in a single sentence. You need to bluff less than you do now.
Most Texas holdem players are introduced to the game by watching televised tournaments. In these tournaments, all you see are usually the exciting hands.
You miss many normal hands and uninteresting play. So you tend to see many hands that include bluffs. Don't make the mistake of thinking that the professional players bluff on every other hand.
The truth is most professional players don't bluff often. They only try a bluff when it has the maximum chance of succeeding and they know that it's always better to have the best hand than trying to convince an opponent that they have the best hand when they don't. You do need to bluff from time to time, but if you want the best chance for your bluffs to work you shouldn't try them very often.
For example, instead of open raising with AA, an inexperienced player will just limp into the pot to try and set a trap, allowing other players with speculative hands to enter the pot and suck out on them. You only have the advantage with of the best hand holding AA preflop, on the flop it might just be another pair of overcards versus a straight or a flush, which can cost you a lot of money.
Most players will call you with all kind of hands. You should observe the board texture to see if there are any potential draws out there. It would be a cardinal sin to give free cards on a draw heavy board, allowing your opponent to catch their draw at no cost. In this situation, slow playing allows your opponent to hit a hand, allowing you to extract more value then had you bet straight away.
One of the easiest ways to incorporate a bluffing strategy into your game is by taking advantage of the semi bluff. Bluffing when you have zero outs to improve the hand is a bad idea, but when you have some out, like when you have a flush draw, even when you get called, you still have a decent chance of winning the hand, even though your intention is to take down the pot straight away.
If you have a middle pair or a top pair with a weak kicker and are facing strong bets from your opponent then you are usually beat. Fold, keep an eye on this opponent and win your chips back when you are the one with the stronger hand and he or she isn't able to let go of the weaker hand like you did.
Big pairs like aces, kings and queens are great hands to be putting a lot of chips in the pot with unless you see the flop with many opponents. Then the chance of someone hitting a better hand than you will be bigger. Just raise your big pairs pre-flop to fold out the weaker hands that might flop a lucky two pair otherwise and to give yourself a higher chance of winning the hand.
If you are aggressive, meaning that you bet and raise a lot instead of just calling, then you give your opponent the option to fold to your bets. By taking initiative and being aggressive you therefore give yourself an extra possibility of winning the hand.
Don't overdo it though; you don't want to be aggressive with a hand that would deserve a fold instead. What this means is that if you make a hand with both your hole cards it will be more concealed for your opponents and the chance of your hand being second best is generally smaller.
Don't draw to a one card straight, because it will be obvious to other players when there are four cards to a straight on the board.