Wednesday, September 17, 2008

General Hold'em Strategy

Among those popular poker games all over the world, Hold'em is considered as high card game. The players holding two good high cards have the best chance at the best hand or a draw to the best hand after the flop. General playing strategies: Only play strong hands,which will stand a raise or multiple raises, from early positions. Play medium strength and other playable hands from the later positions if you have a good chance of seeing the flop at a reasonable price. Play strong high hands most of the time, and play them very aggressively. Take all the raises you can get. If you don't thin out the competition, you reduce your chances of winning. Plus, your aggressive play before the flop can add credibility to any strong play you might want to use on the next round if a garbage flop falls and you want to try a steal. Be ready to fold your high pair if you get a lot of action with a threatening flop.
Strategy Tips:
Fast play high pairs and very strong hands before the flop.
By doing this more money would be put in the pot and threaten the weak hands to fold.
Watch out for uniform flops, like 567, they can easily turn into straights that can overtake your high pair or other good hand. Keep this in mind and take your action carefully.
Beware of Suited Flops that can make a flush. You need to keep the card of that suit and wait for the last one with which you can form a flush.
Get caught bluffing once in a while. This can reduce the chance of being predicted out in the following rounds of playing.Although you might lose some few chips when caught, you would win big pot in the long run.
Study your opponents carefully, esp. when you are not playing good hands and can pay much attention to their actions. Doing this you can predict information about your opponents and their playing habits or styles.
These tips and strategies above are of great importance if players could understand them well and put them in good use, although they might not be almighty in every condition.

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