Texas Hold`em Part 3

Texas Hold`em Part 3

  1. Never be scared of the straight. If an ace shows on the board (community cards) on the flop and the board shows no pairing, there will always be a straight draw if a player is holding the right two cards. If you spend too much time worrying about a straight beating you, you will be a worrisome player a lot.
  2. Always be aware of playing hands that are the top and bottom end of a straight, especially a high straight such as K-9. If Q-J-10 is on the board, you have a king high straight, just beware of someone holding an ace here.
  3. You want to pay close attention to which players defend their big blind with any hand and which players defend only with reasonable cards. By doing this, you can pick up some easy cash winnings – you can even find a key to an opponent’s general style of game play.
  4. If you are playing limits that are too low, buying the pot on the flop with nothing and thinning the field becomes harder. Your poker moves are predicted on your wagers having some sting to them. Play Texas Hold’em at a table or online casino with a limit high enough to make your opponents sweat.
  5. Always keep in  mind that the idea of the flop, the pre flop and post flop betting and your opponent’s tendencies should give you a pretty good intuition as to what you are going up against; then act accordingly – sanely, calmly and unemotionally.
  6. If you are playing against one or two opponents, a middle pair can be strong; it is extremely strong in a heads up situation. With many players, a middle pair is not as valuable – unless it is accompanied by a draw.
  7. Always be curious as to how you are viewed at any table, whether it is at an online casino or in person. If the other players think you will always run at pots and bluff – don’t let them down. If you rarely wager, then you might want to check here as tyo not disappoint them.
  8. Never be in the mind set that just because another player called your flop that they have a real playable hand.
  9. Always watch the reaction of the other players to the river card. This is not east to do at online casinos, but on land it is. Don’t watch the board card when it is exposed – look at your opponents. The board will be there when you are ready, looking at the expression on your opponents face when the river card is exposed can reveal lots of information that you can use against them. Take time to examine the other players in the game at this point, many times it will only be one other player, so it will not be hard to see the expression.
  10. say a turn – river pair shows (the last two board cards are a pair) do not be afraid of trips ;but be aware if you have two pair that are weak, because another two pair  – a stronger one will snag the pot right out in front of you.
  11. There will be times when the only way to win a pot is to stone cold bluff your way through the river. This will not always be a successful move, but you don’t have to win every time for it to be worth it monetarily.
  12. Don’t try to be a bad actor. If you play docile and bet timid when you actually have a strong hand, many times this betting behavior will backfire on you. Smart players and skilled Texas Hold’em players will pick up on this routine pretty quick. Instead of fooling your opponents you become an easy read to them.
  13. Check raises can be a fierce weapon, but check raising is a double edged sword, too. On one side, it can easily double your winnings, but on the other side it can be a dead giveaway that you have a fantastic hand. This weapon should be in your cache, and players should be aware that it is there for you to utilize, but it does not always make you a profit. Use it wisely and rarely.
  14. Winning a pot in no limit Texas Hold’em doesn’t require you to have the best hand, just the right wager at the right time against the right player. This only seems convoluted. Make the wager that any thinking opponent just can’t call.
  15. Many Texas Hold’em players are prone to letting starting hand requirements make them predictable. Starting hand requirements are there for beginning. After a period of time, you need to learn how to deviate from the guidelines in conjunction with your opponents and specific game situations in order to not become one of these predictable types. The ability to mix it up with out seeming canned will come after time.
  16. If you are playing Texas Hold’em at online casinos, you still have to be just as alert as you do in person. It is essential that you pay attention to your online opponents even though you can’t see them – there are tells that you will pick up on after awhile. Never get complacent online.
  17. When playing at casinos online, always, play the free, no download (flash versions) of any new Texas Hold’em game you play for the first time. While many online casinos use the same or similar software, but some have different house rules, limits, and variations of these games – so make sure you are familiar with the software and exact online casino rules before wagering your hard earned money. Remember, one wrong click of your mouse can be costly.
  18. Remember, pros play at online casinos too. There are thousands and thousands of novices out there, but there are also just as many really good online poker players, too. Always be aware of your surroundings online, even though you are not looking these people in the eye.
  19. One of the last things we want to advise you of is that when you are winning and you are way ahead, stay a steady course. Do not change your game play now. Things are working really well – why rock the boat? Only a change in the gaming conditions should make you change how you are currently playing.
  20. It is always better to fold an ailing hand than keep it and stay in an game that will only drain your bankroll. Saved money is just as good as won money folks.

Now that you have absorbed this complete listing of great advice for playing Texas Hold’em, you are ready to flex some of your brainpower. Just remember, this is a game of skill not luck. Luck is nice and will come in handy many times, but it will not be a money maker in the long run. This game is best played when you know what you are up against at all times.

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