Bodog Poker


Texan Hold 'Em Poker

In Texan Hold 'Em Poker, there is one fundamental aspect and that is you need to be able to read your opponents, it is imperative that you try and ascertain when they are bluffing and then they really have a solid hand. With this in mind it is necessary for you to learn some basic strategies and get a hold of the general basic rules which will go a long way toward making sure you can at least hold your own in a friendly game.

the bottom line when playing Texan Hold 'Em is to remember that he two cards you hold are in actual fact the only cards that will set you apart from the other players, and that these two cards are the ones that ultimately give you the chance to win.

Bear in mind that all of the face-up cards are community cards and therefore shared by you and each and every player. It is imperative that you keep a close watch on those cards. In particular, keep your eyes open for your opponents' straight and flush possibilities.

Your first move you make in a hand of Texas Hold 'Em Poker is made with only knowing what your two cards are.

Be very aware of not revealing anything with your reaction. Any physical emotion will most certainly give you away.

The general rule of thumb is that you should seriously consider folding before the flop if you have two non-pair cards both less than 10. A more conservative player might fold if just one of the cards is less than 10. Again depending on your first two cards should you for example have an 8 and 9 of the same suit _ this could hold the possibilities for a straight or a flush.

If the big blind is low, it may be worth your while to pay in so that you can see the flop even if you don't have particularly strong cards in your hand, however this could lead to more trouble than it is worth.

After seeing the flop, it is a good idea to cut your losses. A common mistake made by novices is playing the hand out.

With seven players at a table, two pair or better will generally be the winning hand. If you don't have the high pair after the flop, and you're not in good position for a straight or a flush, you should probably get out of the hand there and then.

Remember that as the number of players at the tables goes down, so does the potential of a strong hand, so if you're still in the game with just two other players, it could pay off to be more aggressive.

If you are the first to bet after the flop, consider checking. This can work to your advantage in two ways. Firstly, if your hand is on the weak side, you might be able to see one more card without having to put more into the pot. Secondly, if your hand is strong you could then convince your opponent/s that it's weaker than it really is.

The Fourth Street and Fifth Street, also know as The Turn and The River, respectively, could give you two more chances to either get out of the pot before you lose more money or increase your winnings.

At this point, it is more than likely there will only be one or possibly two other players still in the pot with you. The best advice for you here would to be cautious. After the fourth street, don't stay in the pot hoping for a straight or flush, unless you can do so on a check. Although there will be times when you would have drawn the straight or flush, this will be outweighed by the times you would not.

Don't allow yourself to get sucked in too far with a weak hand. Having said that, there is a point where the investment you've already made virtually dictates that you should hang in there. One main consideration at all times when making your decision is to measure this in terms of percentage of your chips. If you have already committed say 40% of your chips to the pot, another 5% would not be too much, but at all times always be cautious.

GOOD STARTING HANDS
A pair of Aces
A pair of Kings
A pair of Queens
A suited Ace-King
A suited Ace-Queen
A pair of Jacks
A suited King-Queen
A suited Ace-Jack
Only one offsuited non-pair of Ace-King