You might have read carefully our category about learning online poker. And you might have read that you need to be able to read your opponents to become a great Texas Hold’em Poker Player.
But along with this, there come some more basic strategies and rules for your game:
You may skip through the words as you will find them silly, but it is surprisingly often that players forget the basics:
The two cards you hold are the only cards that set you apart from the other players. Those are the ones that give you the chance to win! All of the face-up cards are community cards. They are shared by you and your opponents. It’s good to think what these cards mean to you, but don’t forget to keep your eyes open for your opponents’ straight and flush possibilities.
Pre-Flop – Evaluating your cards
As a true follower of this website, you know when to count your starting hand a Top Starting Hand for Texas Hold’em Poker or a Worse Starting Hand. And you might have one thing in mind: Try to be emotionless, maybe play around with your chips to show that you might want to make bet.
If your hand is not a top starting hand – fold. If you are an aggressive player, you might want to stay in with 7 and 8 of the same suit (because there is a change to a straight and/or flush).
If the big blind is low enough, it may be worth to pay in to just see the flop – even if you don’t have a strong hand. But this also could lead you into trouble.
You might have to suffer through a series of very poor hands.
But the good hands will come and you would be in a better position to take advantage of it if you don’t waste your chips trying to get something out of nothing.
After seeing the flop, you shouldn’t be afraid to cut losses. Lots of beginners and novices decide to play it out because they are already in. Don’t be that foolish – fold if the flop does not contain the cards you need.
When there are seven or more players at a table, two pairs or better will have a chance to be the winning hand. If you don’t have the high pair after the flop – for example:
And you are not in a good position for a straight or a flush, fold.
If the numbers of poker online players go down, there will be a chance to even win with High Card (because the potential of a strong hand goes down as well). And when you are left with two players, you could try to play a little more aggressive.
The Flop and Betting
Maybe you are first to bet after the flop. You shouldn’t be afraid to check. This must not be a disadvantage; it can also be a very good thing: If your hand is weak, you might be able to see one more card without putting more into the pot and on the weak side; you might be able to see one more card without having to put more into the pot. If your hand is strong, you could convince an opponent or two that it’s weaker than it really is (and can raise anyway).
Turn and River
With the fourth and the fifth community card you get the chance to either fold before you lose more money or to increase your winnings.
At this point, there are often only one or two players left in the fight for the pot. Best advice: Be cautions.
After turn don’t stay in the pot hoping for a straight or flush unless you can do so on a check (and do not have to put more chips into the pot). And don’t be angry if you folded and the next card would fulfill your straight or flush – there are numbers of times when you would have lost!
The most important thing here is to not get too far in with a weak hand.
On the other side you might already be in too deep. If so, consider the percentage of chips that are in the pot. If you already invest 40% of your chips to the pot, who cares about 5% more! But you are travelling in a grey area and should be cautious though. Never forget to be responsible