Saturday, March 24, 2007

3 Tips to Put Your Texas Holdem Poker Playing in Overdrive

Texas Holdem

Author: James Bastowe

Let’s face it; the game of poker is very difficult to master. Online poker is even harder to master because of the sheer number of online poker players in the world. Inexperienced poker players often lose a lot of money to the more experienced pokier players. However, there are many simple tips that you can follow in order to shift your online poker game into overdrive. Following these tips should help you do better against more players.

1. Know when to ‘hold em’ or ‘fold em.’ This is one of the most essential elements of poker. There are many different situations in which it would be better to either stay in the hand, or to lay the hand down. It is important to know what to do when these situations arise. Most often, knowing when to hold them or fold them depends on your knowledge of the other player. It is important to watch the betting styles of other players. If a player constantly bluffs, then you might want to stay in against that player even if you do not have a strong hand. At the same time, it is important to know when you are beat. Even some of the best players don’t like to admit defeat and go on “tilt.” Knowing when to lay a hand down can help prevent large losses in both chips and confidence. The best advice for staying in the pot and putting hands down is to be confident, but never over confident, and always pay attention to the actions of the other players around you.

2. Bet smart. Poker players who are successful are often better at betting than players who simply know the game well. Poker is just as much about luck as it is about skill in betting. For example, raising pre-flop is never a bad idea when you have a good hand. However, raises should always be calculated. Raising too much can often cause no one to go into a hand with you. The idea of raises (either pre-flop or otherwise) are to eliminate some players and make remaining players think you have something. It is also important to know when to slow-play. Slow-playing is betting in small increments in order to draw players deeper into the hand. Slow-playing can backfire if you allow too many people to be in the hand. Remember, the more people in the hand with you, the better chance there is of someone having better cards than you do. Betting in order to steal a pot or make a player believe you have a better hand than them is a very important skill. Don’t get predictable in your betting, because then people will call you bluffs, and know when you have the best hand.

3. Finally, play online poker often. This may seem like an erroneous tip, but it is a fact. The best players are the ones who play daily. Even playing a short game at least once a day will help you improve. The old adage goes, “practice makes perfect.” This applies to the game of poker as well. The more hands you play, the more you will be able to fine-tune your game and eventually become an online poker wiz. If you want your poker game to truly be in “overdrive,” simply gain knowledge about your opponents through observation, bet smart, and play a lot of poker.

James Bastowe writes about many different gambling topics but specializes in Texas Holdem.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

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stay tuned for more great information,
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Monday, March 05, 2007

Texas Holdem Nuts

Texas Holdem Poker
Be Careful or Your Poker Nuts Will Get Crushed!
Author: Ian Mcintosh

The origins of the phrase "poker nuts" are uncertain although it is thought to have come from old slang meaning "delightful thing, practice or experience". It is a "delightful thing" of course, because in Texas Holdem the poker nuts is the best possible hand that you can have at any point in the game.

If you have the nuts, you can't be beaten...at that point in the hand. This is the crucial factor that a lot of inexperienced players fail to take account of, the nuts can move from one player to another and your hand which was the nuts earlier on can end up being crushed!
The following example should demonstrate the fickle nature of the cards in Texas Holdem poker and how your nuts can quickly turn to pulp!

You are playing a hand of Texas Holdem poker and there are three players still in the game at the flop. You get dealt 7 of clubs, 8 of diamonds; Amy has 5 of spades, 5 of clubs and John’s hand is King, 9 of hearts.

The flop is dealt and the cards are 9 of hearts, 6 of hearts and 5 of diamonds. This is a great flop for you – you’ve got the poker nuts! At this point you have a straight - 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 - which cannot be beaten by any other combination of cards.

Now you decide to “slow play” your hand and try to draw a bet from somebody with a high pair who will like this flop, so you simply check. Amy likes the look of her hand now as she’s flopped three 5s so she makes a bet which is called by John as he now has a pair of 9s with a King kicker. You like the way it’s going so you call the bet.

The turn card is Ace of hearts. John is now smiling to himself as he has just managed to make the poker nuts with a flush, his two hearts in his hand plus the three on the table with Ace King high now give him an unbeatable hand. John bets as he knows he’s got the nuts but he wants to extract the maximum cash from the table so he keeps his bet low enough to get called. You still think you’re winning with the straight, in fact the Ace has strengthened that belief as you now reckon John probably has an Ace in his hand and maybe even two pairs.

He’s fallen into your trap! Or so you think.

The river is dealt and it’s the 5 of hearts. This is a blow to you as there are now four hearts on view, so anyone with a heart is beating you with a flush. John is happy with the 5 as he still feels he is winning with the top flush, while his opponents may also have made a flush and think they are winning. Amy of course is the real winner as she has just made the nuts with four 5s, her four of a kind can only be beaten by a straight flush or a better four of a kind. There aren’t enough connected hearts showing on the table to make a straight flush and there isn’t another pair showing so it is impossible to make four of a kind.

Amy wins the pot while you and John reflect on what should have been.
Both of you held the poker nuts at one point in the game but failed to realise that the poker nuts - and your fortunes - in Texas Holdem can change completely with one turn of a card.
Article by Ian McIntosh of http://www.love-texas-holdem.com

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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Quick and Easy Texas Holdem Poker lesson

Texas Holdem

A Quick and Easy Texas Holdem Poker Lesson for Beginners
Author: Michael Vall

The great thing about Texas Holdem Poker is that it is easy to learn. Even a beginner can quickly develop into a winning player. By following a sound strategy and playing the best starting hands a Texas Holdem Poker newbie can dramatically shorten the learning curve. So what are the best hands that a beginner should play?

The best hands for a beginner to play are Ace-Ace, King-King, Queen-Queen, Jack-Jack, Ace-King suited (example – Ace of clubs & King of clubs).

I strongly recommend that you only play these starting hands as a beginner. In other words, if you are dealt a hand other than one of the above then fold!

Folding is one of the most difficult decisions for a Texas Holdem Poker beginner to do. The mindset of most Texas Holdem Poker beginners is to hang around and see the flop in the hopes of hitting it just right and improving a hand.

While a beginner will hit the flop and improve their hand occasionally, more often than not they will miss it. The Texas Holdem Poker beginner player that plays poor starting hands will end up throwing more money away than they will win.

When you are dealt one of the best starting hands I recommend raising the pot which will serve two purposes. First, it will force players with weak hands to fold instead of allowing them to stay in the game and see the flop for free.

Secondly, by seeing who raises and calls you get to see who feels that they have a good hand and who may be trying to hang in for the flop.

When the flop is dealt you should look carefully to see if you have improved your hand. Even if you have not improved your hand, because you started out with one of the better hands you may still have the best hand. This is especially true if your starting hand was a pair of aces or kings.

If your opponents raise back this can be a strong signal that they may have a powerful hand. Ask yourself, “What could my opponent have?” “Could they have improved their hand?”
Ask yourself these questions after each round of cards are dealt and try to “read” your opponents hand.

If you have a high pair a raise after the flop can help you assess whether your opponents feel if they have a strong hand or not.

If you think you are beaten there is no shame in folding at this point.
When the turn card has been revealed, if you think that you may still have the best hand I would raise the pot so that I could obtain information about my opponents’ hands.
I would follow this same strategy on the river card.

To summarize this basic Texas Holdem Poker beginner strategy:
- stick to playing the best starting hands
- fold the bad hands
- use the power of the raise to knock out weak players and to assess the strength of your opponents hands

By following this Texas Holdem Poker beginner strategy you will start out winning more hands than you lose. You will start out winning more money than you will lose.

Michael Vall is the webmaster of Texas Holdem Poker Online Casino Strategy Tips Reviews - A Complete Strategy Guide and Tips for Texas Holdem Poker, Online Casino and Poker Room Reviews.
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Beginners Guide to Texas Holdem

Texas Holdem
A Beginner's Guide To Texas Holdem Strategies
Author: David Walker

If you are going to learn to play poker, then you must learn to play Texas Hold’em. Before you jump right into a game, take a moment and study the following tips:

1. First, before you step into the world of an online Texas Hold’em poker room, decide what you feel comfortable wagering. Never put more money into your online account than you can comfortably afford to lose.

2. Don’t ever get into the habit of chasing loses. If you do, you’ll inevitably find yourself making bad plays, such as calling or raising when you should fold.

3. Play small tournaments or ring games before you jump into the larger tournaments. Players with a lot more experience than a beginner will dominate in these games. They read players well and can quickly determine what the best possible hand is.

4. Take notes on other players when you’re playing. You will have plenty of time to do this as many players take their time in making proper play decisions. It’s smart to take notes on the other players every time you play because you are likely to come across them again in another tournament. Use what you have learned about them, against them.

5. Practice reading the flop, the turn, and the river. Know what the best possible hands are at any given time.

6. Do not play loose poker online. Your bluff will be called.

7. For the most part, while learning to play online Texas Hold’em, play the top ten starting hands, and play a tight game of poker.

8. Avoid playing multiple games at a time, your better players don’t do it and you shouldn’t either.

Above all else, have fun and learn how to play your hands by watching other players in tournament play. If players show their cards at the end of the hand, make quick notes and try to learn their betting patterns.

David Walker runs free bets and UK poker websites. A free email course: "Seven Days to Better Betting" is available at both of these websites....

Free Roll Texas Holdem

Texas Holdem

10 Fatal Texas Holdem Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
Author: PD Laughlin
Texas Holdem Poker takes a very short time to learn but a lifetime to master.
You can master poker a lot quicker when you avoid these common mistakes. These mistakes are not made by amateurs only. The experienced player gets caught doing these same silly things as well.
So avoid doing the following mistakes and you will find yourself winning a lot more!
Texas Holdem players who win on a consistent basis do not make the following mistakes:

1. Playing Too ConservativelyAn always conservative player can usually last for a while at a table. But inevitably they will never win big. You must develop a knack of when to be aggressive, like raising big before the flop with AA, or when to play it slower like having 2,2 and simply checking prior to the flop. If you’re always conservative and never willing to “Go for it!” you’ll never win consistently. Hence, that’s why they call it gambling.

2. Not Mixing It UpIf someone tells me they love to fish 9 times out of 10 they’ll be a very conservative player. They will wait all day for a good hand and when it comes they’ll bet big and play aggressively. What happens? Everyone folds and they don’t know why he can never win a big pot. Mix it up. Play conservative, play fast, raise before the flop, check/raise, etc. Mix it up more to be unpredictable and then no one can get a read on you.

3. Chasing CardsIf you don’t have squat after the flop FOLD! I've seen it a million times. People chasing on the Turn or River “hoping” to catch trips, a flush or a straight. Guess what happens? NOTHING! They hit nothing and lose big. If you can resist the temptation to chase cards you will immediately become a better Hold ‘Em player.

4. Playing Poor Starting HandsThis goes along with #3. Too many people want to play Q,7 os in hopes to hit a pair of Queens on the flop. Even if you did who cares?! You’ll probably lose to KK or AA anyway. Commit yourself to playing only the best starting hands and watch your winnings soar!

5. Bluffing Half-Ass or Too MuchI love it when I’m playing and some one tries to bluff me half-ass. I know they don’t have anything so I raise all in and they are pot committed and I take all their chips. Bluff big or go home. The same is true when a player bluffs too much. Once you have a great hand they’re toast. Strategically bluff to fit your style and you’ll be good to go.

6. Playing on TiltAfter a “Bad Beat” you would be better served to fold your next hand regardless of what comes up. Why? Because you are not in the right frame of mind. You’re still pissed and not thinking strategically. Know you’re on tilt and back off.

7. Folding Instead of CheckingBelieve it or not, soooo many people fold hands when they can check. Not sure why but NEVER fold when you can check. Common sense right?

8. ImpatientThis is the one area that I need the most improvement on. When I lose in poker it is because of this mistake right here...impatience! When I focus on patience and play with a patient attitude I win like crazy. But when the cards aren’t coming my way and I lose focus and start betting stupid hands. That’s when I get it handed to me. Don’t do this. Be patient and live to play another day.

9. Trying to Get Back to EvenIf you’re on a losing streak (Yes, we all have them.) STOP playing. Take a break, leave the room, turn off your computer, do whatever you can to stop playing. Trying to get back to even is the quickest way to pulling a “Clark Griswold” in Vegas Vacation. Don’t do it.

10. Not Seeing All The Potential BeatsYou’re dealt 10,10. The flop comes and hits A, Q, 10. You’re happier than a pig in slop cause you just hit Trips and you bet huge. What you fail to realize is, there is a straight out there that can whoop your ass. When you don’t see it and your opponent has the “Nuts” guess what? You can’t win, you can’t bluff, you can’t do anything except lose. This happens a lot. Pay attention and “see everything” that’s out there. Flushes, Straights, Higher Trips, Higher Pairs, etc. Recognize that and you’ll be a much better player.

Until next time,
PD Laughlin from

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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Texas Holdem Poker

Texas Holdem Poker
Expected Value in Texas Holdem Poker Author: Greg Dwyer

A successful Texas hold em player is one who maximizes his return or minimizes his loss with each decision he makes. Expected value (EV) is essentially the amount one would expect to win or lose if this decision were to be repeated millions of times. (remember your precalculus "limit as n goes to infinity"??? didn't think so!)

Every poker decision, whether it be to bet, raise, check/call, check/fold, check/raise has an expectation of success or failure. Those that will lose you money in the long run are said to have negative expected value (-EV). Folding always has an expected value of zero. You will never gain or lose money by folding. Folding, though it has an EV of zero, may often be your best decision from an EV perspective.

Let's look at a few examples. Expected value is not always easily calculable, even in limit texas holdem, but every time you play you should try to analyze your decision making with EV in your mind. For instance, you're playing 1/2 and in the small blind with 84o on a flop of K96 rainbow. The small blind checks and only you and a tight player are left. There is three dollars in the pot. Should you bet? You are risking one dollar. Betting has a positive expectation if you can expect the other two to fold more than one in four times. If you try it four times and it succeeds once, you win a three dollar pot and lose your one dollar bet the three other times, making it a 0 EV play. (We're discounting the chance that you are called and catch runner runner or win in some other very unlikely way). Remember, we analyze each decision on its own Expected Value merits. If you are called and catch an 8 on the turn, you must again analyze your decisions based on their likelihood of success or failure in the long run. Poker, and Texas Holdem in particular, is a game of short term variations, but you must continue to make the correct EV decisions and you will be a winner in the long term.

Another example: You are holding A8 of spades, again playing 1/2. There are 3 limpers ahead of you and one behind you. The flop comes K96 with two spades. The first player bets and the other two in front of you call...you should raise! As we've seen in the Poker Odds section, you have about a 35 percent chance of hitting your flush. You will not win each time you hit it...perhaps someone has flopped a set or two pair and will hit a full house, etc. You may even occasionally win if you spike an Ace. Anyway, it is pretty clear that your odds of winning the hand are better than 25 percent, and with 3 players in the pot ahead of you, you want to get more money in the pot while you have an advantage from an expected value standpoint. Now, there are other factors that will enter your head and should be taken into account. If the original bettor re-raises you and the other two fold, you've now put 2 dollars in and gotten the others to put 6 in. Now we may or may not be in positive EV territory, depending on what our opponent has. Also, we must consider the fact that our raise may have bought us a free card or may have gotten someone with an Ace and a better kicker or paired side card to fold. As you can see, there are many factors influencing the expected value of our decisions. We may not always be sure we've made the correct poker play, but it's extremely important that our thinking process runs along these lines.

Even preflop you must think along expected value lines. You may be holding AJs in the small blind. Six players, most of them very loose, limp before you. A raise is in order. Think in terms of expected value or pot equity. Your hand figures to win more than one in every seven times against the starting hands held by the others, so a raise is in order. Again, evaluate each decision on its own merits. If you miss the flop in this instance, checking and folding may be your best option from an EV standpoint. Or, it may not...you may have an overcard, gutshot and back door flush draw...again, do the math in your head and arrive at the correct decision.
Finally, remember this...in general, a bet has a higher EV than a check/call. You will sometimes win by forcing people to fold. Now, there are times when this is not correct due to the threat of a raise (if you're planning on calling), but always bear it in mind. In Texas Holdem, aggressive poker is winning poker.

Greg Dwyer is a professional online poker player.
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