Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Some Basic Strategies for Low limit Texas Hold'em

Low limit Hold'em is the best place for poker beginners to start. Limit hold'em have fixed betting structures that means you won't lose large amounts on one hand.

1. Analyze your opponents and relative strength of your cards. Make it a habit to always anticipate what your opponents are holding and to continue the evaluation as more informaton is revealed in each of the later rounds. You will not be really successful unless you know how your opponents think.

2. Make it a point to recall playing styles of opponents. Ask yourself what types of hands they raise, what hands they re-raise, whether or not they call when holding weak cards, whether they play pocket pairs, whether they play draws, what hands they like to call or raise from early positions, as well as what hands they check or raise with to gain more insight into the players styles.

3. Bet or raise when it is warranted. If a bet or raise is worthwhile, don't simply call. The very structure of Limit Texas Hold'em encourages drawing hands, which might even bet into you. If you really think you have the best hand, it is wise to almost always bet or raise. Don't give away any free cards.

4. Always have a good kicker card. You want to have a good side card, called the kicker, to your highest card. Too often, weak kickers simply build second best hands and these can be expensive in the long run.

5. Vary your play so that you sometimes limp on raising hands and bet or raise on some calling hands. This should be done both before and after the flop so that you don't become predictable.
6. Save money by folding at the right times. Do not draw when you already know you are beaten and the pot isn't worthy of a call.

7. Bluff very rarely and only when you are certain your opposition does not hold great hands and/or are very weak when you attempt to bluff.

Believe that practice makes perfect, and as long as you put your heart in what you are doing, you’ll succeed one day.

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