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Texas Holdem Poker Strategy:

There's a broad range of strategies for Texas Holdem and the strategy you'll apply will vary based on whether you're playing Limit Texas Holdem, or No-Limit Texas Holdem. If you're a new player to Texas Holdem Poker then I'd advise against playing in a No-Limit games as you can get your socks knocked off in no time. It much better as a new player to start with Limit Texas Holdem as you won't require large amounts of money to get in on games and match bets on the table. Below you'll find some strategy for playing Limit Texas Holdem.

  • Try and only play permium starting hands, in a standard game you shouldn't see any more than 20-25% of the flops.

  • Make you're that your aware of tight/aggressive tables where the profit is low and the volatility is high. You should also avoid stoner players in general as they'll be able to read you and they'll take your money. Try and find loose games where there is at least 30% of the players see the flop on average and play their hands too far.

  • Make sure that you always analyze your relative strength in the hand and always make a point of anticipating the holdings of your opponents. Make sure you elevate both player behaviors and their betting style as the rounds go on.

  • Do your best to remember the playing style of your opponents

  • Bet or raise when warranted - do not just call: the structure of Limit Texas Hold'em invites drawing hands, which might even bet into you. If you believe you have the best hand you should almost always bet/raise. You do not want to give any free cards.

  • Always have a good kicker: you must have a good side card, or kicker, to your highest card. (Weak kickers create second-best hands, which prove expensive in the long run).

  • Be quick to steal pots when you are in late position: when few players are in and it has been checked around to you, a possibility of taking the pot in last or late position might arise. Only do this if it looks as though the board did not benefit anyone. Also, be sure to consider the type of players left in the pot.

  • Vary your play: occasionally limp on "raising hands" and bet/raise on some "calling hands". Do this both before and after the flop in order to avoid predictability in your playing style.

  • Fold in time: you will save money if you fold in time. Do not draw when you know you are beat and the pot does not warrant a call.

  • Rarely bluff: you must be quite sure that your opponents are not holding strong hands and/or are very weak when you attempt to bluff.
 

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