The Game Of Texas Hold’Em

Texas Hold’Em in a Cardroom

Texas Hold’Em Online

Winning poker

Tactics

Strategies

Putting It all together

Psychological Considerations

Where to go from here

Places to Play

Appendix I Hold’Em poker Variations

Appendix II Poker Tournaments

AT THE RIVER

  All the cards had been out. At this point you would have wanted to:

  1.Get the maximum value from your winning poker hands.

  2.Minimize your losses to opponents who had outdrawn you.

  If you had led throughout the hand, meaning you had always bet and the other had called, you should have kept betting unless a scare card had appeared (an over card to your hand  or a card that had appeared to complete someone else’s straight or flush).

  If this had happened you should have checked.  You would not have wanted your bet raised by a poker player who had outdrawn you.  You should use your judgment on calling bets. If your opponent had only bet on the end with the best hand, you shouldn’t have thrown money away to ‘keep him honest.’ Money saved would have been money won. Sometimes in the last round of betting, you would have known exactly how you had stood.

  If you had had the nuts, you should have bet or if possible, you should have raised. If you had missed a draw, you should have cut your losses and folded.An inevitable part of poker has been the bad beat. You would have had the best poker hand all the way. Only one or two cards in the deck could have beaten you and at the river, one of them had appeared. Most often this would happen when someone had kept a little pair in the pocket (such as a pair of threes) and had called all you bets and raises on your top two pair (even though they had not had the correct pot odds). At the river a three had appeared, a card that had looked harmless but had beaten you. Nothing could be done about bad beats.

  You could not have hesitated to bet when you have had a strong hand, nor could you have started playing for improbable draws yourself. Bad beats have been part of the normal statistical fluctuations in the game.Your play should have been geared towards the long-term trends, not the fluctuations.

  Scenario 7:

  You had been in an early position holding an ace of clubs and then of diamonds, and the board was king of clubs, queen of spades, jack of clubs, three of diamonds and seven of hearts. You had held the nuts. Your ace-high straight couldn’t be beaten since no flushes or boats could have been formed from this board.  Not wanting to scare the poker players out of the pot, you had checked and then everyone else had checked as well. You had won the showdown.
 
  In poker it has been rarely correct to check with the nuts. You should have normally bet. If no one had called, it would have been the same result as everyone checking. By betting, you would have forced your opponents to make decisions. You should have given your opponents opportunities to make mistakes.

  Scenario 8:

  You had been in an early position queen of clubs, jack of diamonds, and at the turn, the board was three of clubs, queen of diamonds, jack of clubs and three of hearts. You had bet and one player had called. The river card was an ace of clubs. You had bet again but this time your opponent had raised.

  You had called the raise and found that your opponent had held an ace of diamonds and king of hearts. Your queens and jacks had lost to aces and threes in Hold’em poker. The appearance of an over card on the river should have made you cautious, particularly when the card had been an ace or king.

  Poker players had the tendency to hold on to aces and kings. In this situation, anyone holding an ace would have beaten you.  You should always ask yourself why your opponent had been staying for the river card. For this board, the ace of diamonds and king of hearts hand had had ten outs.  If any of the three remaining aces, three remaining kings, or four remaining tens had appeared at the river, you would lose.

  Summary of Play at the River

  1.If you had had the best hand, you should have bet. You should have made sure your opponents paid.

  2.If you had missed a draw or known your opponents had made their draw, you should have folded. Money saved would have been money won.