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

TACTICS

  This section will present tactical plays for each stage of a hand, and will provide  scenarios that will illustrate the best decision for commonly encountered situations.  The reason for each ‘best play’ will be explained.

  While working through each scenario:

  1.You should refer to earlier chapters as needed. Each scenario will use information and terminology that. will have been introduced throughout the book.

  2.You would have to get a deck of cards and lay out each play.

  3.The ability to visualize the potential hand that you will have and the hands that your opponent could have will be very important.

Entering the Hand

  After you receive pocket cards, you would immediately be faced with a choice: to play your cards and call blinds, or to fold.

  In making this choice, you would have to discipline yourself to:

  1.Playing high cards

  2.Playing cards appropriate for your position.

As has been shown in the previous chapter, the majority of starting hands would have to be  folded. Because premium and strong hands would be are and unevenly distributed, patience would be required. You could be playing poker for two hours receiving garbage or you could get several premium hands in a row.

  It would be vital to develop the discipline to play the best cards, which at times would require long periods of waiting. You would have to be wary of playing hands that would appear to be stronger than they were. In poker, having suited cards would add strength to your starting hand, even when you were   to start with two-suited cards. Much of the money won in Hold’em poker would come from matching a high pair, in combination with a high kicker.

You would have to remember that before the flop, checking would not be an option, when playing hold’em poker.To see the flop, you would have to call at least the big blind. Raises before the flop would add to your cost and would usually indicate the raiser has a strong hand, and you should only call raises before the flop if you were to have a strong or premium hand. If you were to call the blind with a drawing hand in an early position, you would be making  yourself vulnerable to later pre-flop raises that should not have to be called, when playing poker.

  In poker, when you were to have a premium hand, you would have to raise regardless of your position at the table. With a pair of aces and kings, you should re-raise.Raising from an early position would tend to narrow the field and make it more likely your premium starting cards would win.  Raising from late position would tend to build the pot since players who would have already called would be less likely to fold.

  Your premium cards would be less likely to hold up against many poker players, but you would win more money when they did. In their case, you would benefit from raising. With many poker players in the hand, you could play weaker starting cards. Drawing poker hands would face long odds on winning, but if enough poker players would contribute to the pot, the potential winnings would make entering with a drawing hand worthwhile.

  For instance, if you were to be in the late position and you were to have a connected straight flush draw like a five of clubs, six of clubs and all the other poker players were to have called but not raised the blind, entering would be worthwhile. If the flop were to come up four of spades, seven of diamonds and the eight of clubs, you would have a well-disguised straight and you could win big if the people holding high cards were to bet heavily.

  But the odds of hitting a flop that would be favorable would be low. Therefore, if there were to be bets from the early position poker players and folds from the mid-position poker player (which would leave only three or four players), you should fold as well. The people who will have called in an early position would have goods and you would not  win enough money in this situation to justify playing for a long shot draw. When more poker players were to stay in the hand, or when there were to be more bets and raises, the pot would get large early in the hand. Large pots would tend to protect themselves since poker players would be less likely to fold when a great amount of money would be on the table. When the pot was to be large, you should have had premium starting cards or have to draw to straight or Ace-high flush. Again, for small pots, drawing hands should not have been played since they would not have won often.