Your Questions About Texas Holdem Strategy

Sandy asks…

Basic Texas Holdem Strategy?

I started playing Texas Holdem with my friends, but I am really new to it and I don’t want to start being played for a chump. Can you link me to a basic Texas Holdem strategy guide, or something similar? Like really basic. Thanks.

poker holdem answers:

If you have a pair(unless its two’s), a possible straight(like 5 and 6, or 6 and 7, or 7 and 9, etc.), same suit(two spades, two diamonds, two hearts, or two clubs), a high card(King, Ace, Etc.) in the hole(the beginning hand) then you should stay in. But if you can check in the hole, THEN CHECK. If you have a bad hand( a 2 and 7 off suit in the hole(the worst hand in the whole game EVER)ANYWHERE and you can check….then check.
If you have a pair or flush or straight, but it’s in the middle, and your hand you got from the hole is horrible, you don’t have a good hand, because EVERYONE has that pair/flush/straight. Remember a BIG tip in this…BLUFFING! People may bluff lots, yes, they fake, and you NEVER know when it’s coming. Beware! Never look at the burn card. That’s cheating. Since theres only 4 of one type of card(4 aces, 4 kings, 4 jacks, 4 tens, etc.), and the burn card(the card that the dealer takes away from the game before dealing the middle cards) is seen by the oponent, let’s say its a 5, and on the field is three fives and a 2 and a 10. You go all in. You have a 3 and a 8 off suit, so your bluffing. The other guy has two 10’s, but SHOULD be worried that you might have four 5’s. He isn’t because he saw burn card and knows that there can only be four 5’s in the game(all used) and that you COULDNT beat him because you didnt have four 5’s(which you can’t) and nothing else can beat his full house, 5’s over 10’s.
If you need ANY more help, heres the list of the best hands and what they are. I put cool links to help you in the sources.

EDIT: lets say theres a king, 8, and 4 on the field (so far). And you have a 4 and a 2.. Dont think you have a good hand. You just have a pair of 4’s….what if someone has an 8 or a king?

John asks…

What is the best texas holdem strategy?

poker holdem answers:

Here some articles that might help youto have vbest texas holdem strategy http://www.goarticles.com/cgi-bin/showa.cgi?C=2540035

Nancy asks…

What is the best strategy when playing Texas Holdem?

When playing, what should i do? Bluff more, Fold more or what?

poker holdem answers:

1. Start small: build up your bankroll with playing, not by investing your own money in it. You’ll learn a lot this way.

2. Overall strategy: Best to play tight, aggressive.

3. It depends on several factors: the type of game, the number of players, who the players are, the skill they have, the cards in your hand, the position on the table, your stack size, early or late in the game, the size of blinds and antes,…

4. Good learning tip: Look at the player’s betting patterns. When they show weakness, bluff. When they show strength, go away. (off course: now you have to find out what weakness/strength means)

5. Play a lot, then you’ll learn a lot.

EDIT: one more thing: Avoid coin tosses! If someone goes all in, sometimes it’s smart to throw away really good hands 1010 JJ QQ, A10, etc… Win small pots with AA.

Maria asks…

Question about texas holdem strategy??

Okay i was reading a wikipedia article on poker strategy– http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poker_strategy and it says that there are other more advanced strategies. However, i have tried to do some research and i have never found anything that was even more advanced on the net. So basically do you guys know any good links or have good info on some “advanced strategy“?
Ummm queens i think i figured that out quite a while ago. That is basic basic basic advice. Maybe read the article and try to give me something that i dont know??

poker holdem answers:

This advice in the article is almost completely taken from “the theory of poker” by david sklansky, who is referenced a couple of times as you probably noticed

the only more advanced strategy i can think of right now that can help you is the idea of psychological manipulation…knowing your opponent and everything about him can really help you when you are playing against people you’ve never played against…in online play, that would be his statistical information and to some degree the chat box, but in live play, the idea gets more complex, since you can see and talk to your opponents…i’ll some live-play examples

say you are starting a live tournament and seated with a group of people you don’t know…there is one empty seat to be filled, and a man wearing numerous gold chains with an open button down shirt and smoking a cigarette takes the final seat, and you notice immediately that he won’t stop moving his leg, and that he stacks his chips very sloppily…what can you assume about this player? Is he going to be a tight, conservative player, or will he gamble it up? You can safely guess that this guy is going to be pretty loose and aggressive most likely

in contrast, a very well-dressed guy is sitting in another seat, very calm and collected, and spending a lot of time making his chips very neat and tidy…well, you can probably guess that this guy doesn’t spend too much time actually playing pots if he’s got so much time on his hands to stack chips nicely, and that he’s pretty conservative with his money

you ask the man sitting next to you how he entered the tournament, and he says he got in through a satellite…you can guess that this guy is just here for the ride, living the dream, and just hoping to scratch into the money…you can also guess that he won’t be putting a lot of money in the pot without a big hand

you ask the man on the other side of you how he entered, and he says he bought in directly…you then ask what he does for a living, and he tells you that he is a bookmaker…right away you should know that this guy has the money and will be willing to gamble

now these things don’t tell you all that much about them until you see them play, but they give you at least a small idea since you’ve never watched them play…i don’t know how much live poker you play, but when you do and you play people you don’t know you should make sure to notice these things

Thomas asks…

What’s your best Texas Holdem strategy?

poker holdem answers:

I think the most important thing to do is realize that not playing is often good playing.

Let me give you an example. When you are playing pool there is that wonderful feeling when you smack the ball really hard and the shot sinks perfectly with that wonderful thunk as the ball drops into the pocket. The harder you hit the shot the better it sounds, and when you do it just right, you look like a hero.

Unfortunately unless you are a professional pool player the harder you hit the cue ball, the less accurate your shot is likely to be. So as you strive to achieve that wonderful perfect shot you are in fact reducing your odds of making the shot altogether.

Poker reminds me of this. There is a wonderful feeling when you take down a massive pot, when you have the nuts or when you pull off a perfect bluff. It’s also great when that miracle card comes and gets you out of trouble. So there is a temptation to play a lot of hands to demonstrate just how good you are. When you involve your ego in a game of poker and play too many hands you will often end up losing.

Just because you see Gus Hansen raise with 26o and win, doesn’t mean you can do that.

I think that the key to playing good poker is to know when to get out of a hand. Too many beginners play too many junk hands, ‘favorite hands,’ and long shot draws. Too many of them remember that time they played 64o and flopped a straight and made a big pot. They don’t realize how unlikely it is to chase an inside straight draw or hope to flop a straight with some junky unsuited semi-connectors.

So I believe the best strategy is to vary your game so you are hard to read, watch your position, watch your starting hands, don’t get too heavily involved in a speculative hand, don’t fall in love with a hand when you know you are beaten, don’t chase long shot draws, observe your pot odds, observe all the other players, play fairly tight and selectively aggressive. Remember in most tournaments there is plenty of time to pick your spots. Don’t donk off all your chips trying to impress others.

Chris “Jesus” Ferguson once said that you should always be looking for reasons to fold, not reasons to play. If your hand is not worth raising, should you even be playing it?

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