Texas Hold’em – Betting, calling and raising bets

If you see the Flop and you are truly undecided between checking and betting it is recommended to bet. By betting you won’t give away any free cards so you won’t get beat on the River by a player who may have folded, also the pot will be greater if you should happen to win. ...

Playing Texas Hold’em Tournaments

From a strategical point of view, tournaments highly differ from regular games. In a ring game, you need to be able to determine when to surrender your hand, but tournaments demand that you win a substantially high percentage of the pots that you play. Starting Off Before the tournament, be aware of the type of ...

Texas Hold’em – Slow–playing

Slow-playing is a technique intentionally used in order to make your opponent presume that he is in a much better situation than yourself. Slow-playing is generally efficient against both good and bad poker opponents (bad opponents simply bet their hand, so if they have something, they will pay you off no matter what). It’s not ...

The Basics Rules of Texas Hold’em

Starting hands and pot odds only go so far when playing Hold’em. While these perceptions are of high importance at beating the bad players, you generally have to add a few more tricks to your repertoire in order to beat out the better players. Hard limit games are very challenging and it can be hard ...

Texas Hold’em – Sizing Up Your Opening Bet

I never get tired of saying it: If you’re the first to enter the pot in a No-Limit Hold ‚em game, never call. If you aren’t prepared to raise, throw your hand away. Why, you ask? Simple. By raising, you put pressure on the blinds and the other players at the table, making them consider ...

Texas Hold’em – Chip Sandwich

Let’s say an early position opponent – preferably a loose opponent – raises and gets called by one or more players. Now there’s a lot of money in the pot. More importantly, the players who simply called are unlikely to have a hand that would merit calling a big re-raise. If they had such a ...

No-limit Texas Hold’em by the Numbers

I get asked a lot of poker strategy questions, from beginner to advanced. Some are easy, but some involve the kind of math I can’t always do off the top of my head. When that happens, I rely on one of a number of free tools to calculate the probability of winning the hand. Here’s ...