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One of the most exciting parts of Texas Hold’em is just after the river card is dealt. Especially when there are only two players left in the game. When you get down to the river and it’s just you and one other player, chances are the other player isn’t bluffing. You’d better take a good look at the and determine what is the highest possible hand you can both have. There are three possibilities at this point:
- You fold,
- You stay in and win (if you have the winning hand at ),
- You stay in and lose
Limiting your losses is just as important as maximizing profits in Texas Hold’em, so you want to avoid calling river bets with second best hands. The more experience you get on the felt, the better you will get at determining where you’re at post-flop.
A new face walks into the poker room, bellies up to the poker table and before long, you have to make a crucial decision as to the way the new face plays. Outside of poker theory, how are you supposed to adjust to the play of someone you do not even know?
You will often have very little time to assess someone’s tendencies accurately from the way he has played. You will have to use other available information to make the best decision possible.
The abundance of personality theories can overwhelm you. All sorts of detailed explanations as to the `why’ a person behaves the way they do. There are myriad `people types’ that supposedly make it easier to understand an individual.
From the Zodiac, to the Chinese Year types, from Enneagrams to more widely accepted psychiatric groupings, many purport to be able to predict certain behaviors and even future events in a person’s life as well as explaining why a person does the things that he does.
Many people talk about poker aggression, but don’t fully explain what it means. First you have the “misguided” aggression, which basically means playing like a . An example of this can be seen with poker players, both online/live, that with from early position. It’s most likely that this hand is beat and in the long run you will get knocked out of tournaments quickly or make you go broke in ring games. Second, you have what I call television aggression. This aggression can be seen regularly on your favorite poker TV shows by aggressive pros like Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey. Viewers watch these moves and think that this is the way these players have played the entire tournament. This is not true.
Being aggressive is the number one key to winning any match hands down! Now, at times you will find some players who have the same heads up strategy as you and when those times do present themselves you have to adjust to their style, otherwise just be aggressive. So, how do you handle playing against another super aggressive player?
Well, first off you should make damn sure that the person you think is actually a good aggressive player “is actually a good aggressive player” and not just some fishy player who has decided to start being aggressive and donk off all of their chips. One of the best ways to find this out is that a “” will be calling you with almost anything and re-raising with just about anything. But if you happen to find out that your opponent truly is a good aggressive player, then you will absolutely need to choose your starting hands very wisely, as they will put you in lots of tough situations with medium strength hands.
In No Limit Texas Hold’em, reading the flop and how it connects with your hand and your opponent(s) is an extremely important skill to have. One of the keys to being a winning poker player is evaluating the flop board texture and how it relates to your hand and your opponent’s range.
It can be incredibly easy to get caught up in the excitement of flopping a strong hand that can put you in a great position to win a lot of money, but what you really want to think about when the community cards are dealt on the flop is the type of hands your opponent could have.
Published in April 2015, Postflop by Ben “Gamb64” Hayles is an excellent addition to the poker literature, as it provides detailed analysis of postflop decision making. Given the broadness of the topic it is no surprise that the author decided to break the book into two volumes: Volume 1 and Volume 2. It was a wise choice and makes it a little easier to take in the huge amount of information on offer.
Volume I starts off by introducing readers to the postflop universe. The author talks about 12 postflop dimensions, which is essentially a list of considerations to run through in your mind before making a decision on each street. The dimensions comprised in the book are:
The popularity of No Limit Texas Hold’em has skyrocketed over the last decade thanks in large part to online poker rooms on the Internet. Television has also played a role in fuelling the growth of poker world wide. In this blog post, we explore the question beginning poker players most often ask: “What is a good starting hand in NL Hold’em?”.
I think the game of poker and the stock market have a lot of similarities. You only want to place your bets on the blue chip stocks i.e. premium starting hands (especially when you’re just getting started and lack post-flop skills.)
Due to the increasing popularity of Omaha poker, it makes sense to dedicate an article to some of the basics of the game to quickly get you up to speed with it. This beginner’s guide to Pot Limit Omaha () covers starting hands, sizing of bets, and how to play your drawing hands.
Starting hands in Omaha
All beginner Omaha poker players should stick to playing only strong Omaha starting hands. The best starting hands in PLO are hands like A-A-K-K double suited. This hand can flop top set/quads, two different nut flush possibilities, a straight or some combination of those.
Playing poker is an activity that you can enjoy doing online and it rewards skillful players. In this article we’ll discuss the most common reasons that novice and some experienced online poker players lose when playing a No Limit Texas Hold’em poker tournament.
1. Playing Bad Hands
Winning poker players will tell you that you do not need to play every hand! Poker players tend to feel that they have to make the best of it. If you’re dealt one of the worst starting hands in Texas Hold’em they’re not worth playing and you should instantly fold them.
Dream of being the next Doyle Brunson, Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada or Greg Merson? If you’re serious about giving it your best shot, you should follow this plan and your dream of winning the most prestigious tournament on at the 2014 World’s Series of Poker just might come true.
This is a one to two year plan of intensive studying, self analysis, physical and mental conditioning that will no doubt will test your very heart and soul.
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