No Limit Hold'em Poker Strategy

By: Bob Hansford

This article is intended to be a guide for the beginning poker player on their journey to from amatuer to professional poker pro. This article will lay the groundwork for a good tight poker strategy that is put into use by poker professionals the world over and by using the concepts outlined in this article will put you light-years ahead

of your competition as the average poker player never takes the proper time to study the game.

!strong>The Key to Winning at Poker is Patience
Winning money at poker means waiting for the good starting hands before throwing money into the pot a good typical poker player will only play roughly 20%-30%

of their starting hands. This means that 70% of the time you will be folding your hand and watching someone else win the pot. If this doesn't sound like something

you can do than you should probably stick to bingo or slot machines as its the patient player that will win the money in the long run.

Here is a list of the generally accepted top starting poker hands for Texas holdem :

A-A, K-K, Q-Q, A-K suited J-J, 10-10, 9-9, 8-8, A-Q suited

These hands can generally be played in any position and the higher the ranking of the starting cards the better they will stand up to win the pot.

Depending on what comes on the flop and how other players are betting will determine if you continue playing these cards after the flop. A general strategy rule

says that if your holding a pocket pair and higher cards come on the flop, if there is a lot of betting made by a player ahead of you it might be safe to assume that

your lower pocket pair could be beaten. This is where it becomes important to watch what other players are doing during the times that you are folding and waiting

for the good cards to come to see if the person placing the bet is likely to bluff or is most likely to have the hand they are representing.

Be Aggressive With Your Good Hands
Once you get the good cards that you have been waiting for make sure to play them aggresively. Meaning when you have good cards make sure you squeeze as

much money out of them as you possibly can. A lot of beginner players will try to limp in with a large pocket pair trying keep in as many players as possible but

your large pocket pair will hold up best against only one or two other hands so make sure to bet it to drive out the weak players that will call and beat you by

improving into a better hand.

When you're playing at lower limit tables it is generally not good to slow play your hand which means that even if you have flopped the nut high hand you should bet

straight forwardly. At the lower limits your most likely to get called down anyways and you also want to prevent people from drawing to a better hand and beating

you if there are more cards to come. If you are going to slow play your hand then you will want to make sure that the next couple of cards are not going to have the

potential to give another player a better hand than the one you currently have.

Watch What Other Players Do
When you first sit down and join a table make sure to watch the other players and how they their cards to establish who are the aggressive players and who are

the passive ones, who is most likely to bluff and which players only enter into the pots with good starting cards. This information is a key aspect to poker that will

make and save you lots of money during your poker career.

It's recommended that you go so far as to takes notes on the other players while your not involved in a hand with them. This will give you lots of information on their

play style when your find yourself involved in pot with them.

Read Poker Strategy Books
Nothing will improve your game more than reading everything you can about the game and then applying what you have read to your poker game. Poker is a game

of knowledge and skill and the knowledge is acquired from reading every poker strategy book you can find and then applying what you have learned while you're

playing at the poker table. There are many great books for beginners to advanced players.

Know When to Take a Break
Going on Tilt is the worst thing that can happen to you at a poker table. "Tilt" is a term that refers to a player that is emotionally unable to play a good game of

poker. Many things can cause a player to tilt such as losing to a bad beat, playing to long at a table, feelings of frustration. The moment any of these emotions

start to affect your play its time to call it quits for a bit. Get up take a walk, get a breath of fresh air, relax and collect your thoughts so you can concentrate on the

hands you're going to get not the ones that have already passed. Your mind needs to be completly focused while your at the table.

Be Comfortable at the Level You Play
When you sit at a table make sure you are at your comfort level in terms of your betting limits. If you sit down at a table and the people are betting more than you

can stand to lose you will not play your best game when it comes time to play your cards. Many beginners make the mistake of jumping into a high limit game

with a short stack of money thinking they'll make a quick strike and be able to stay at the table but what often happens is they will sit down and be out of money

before they know it. It's better to be shark at a lower limit than a small fish at a larger table.

Do Not Play with Money You Cannot Afford to Lose
If you are sitting down at the table with money you need for rent, food or bills you will not be able to play your best game because as you will be concentrating too

much on not losing the money then on making the right move at the right time.

If you are just beginning to play the game of poker then an excellent way to gain experience with the game and build your poker bankroll with no little to no risk is

to particapate in online poker freerolls and only cashing in once you feel comfortable with playing the game.

Good luck and have fun at the tables!

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