As explained before it's all about patience,
positioning and power or attitude at the table.
Do not make the mistake of playing every hand,
you should fold at least 80%.
2. When You Are In An Early Position: always
raise with AA or KK or AKs (s means of the same
However if you have AK, AQs, KQs, QQ, JJ, or
TT you should simply call. All other combinations
should be folded.
3. When You Are In A Middle Position: again
raise with AA or KK or AKs. Do however call
with 99, 88, AJs, ATs, QJs, AQ or KQ plus the
ones in early position.
4. When You Are In A LATE Position: once again
raise with AA or KK or AKs. You must call with
AXs, KTs, QTs, JTs, AJ, AT and all small pairs
plus the ones in early and middle positions.
However remember if there's been a raise before
your turn to play you should fold with these:
AXs, KTs, QTs, JTs, AJ, AT and all small pairs.
5. It is not wise to save your blinds by calling
all raises with weak hands. Also no need to
feel you must call when you are small blind,
save that small blind for the next time you
are in that poistion.
6. Your 1st decision was whether to play a hand
or not, the next one is if to play after seeing
Here is where you must make the most important
decision, to continue or not to continue, at
this point 71% of your hand is completed.
7. Bet after seeing the turn card if you are
first and if you think you have the best hand
on the table at that point other wise fold.
Especially fold if you just have 2 cards greater
than what's on the table and they are unsuited
and no possibility of getting a straight or
8. If you make it to the river card it's because
you have made your winning hand already or looking
to make a draw for the winning hand and not
just a hand.
Big difference there! You bet if you have it
or made it and fold if you don't. Pretty simple
strategy here.9. You must learn to be able to
read the table and determine what the best possible
hand is at any given moment in time and in particular
after the flop.
If for instance there is a pair showing then
4 of a kind or a house is possible, similarly
if there are 3 cards to a straight or a flush
then it's possible a player could have the other
2 cards in the hole and you have to beware of
bets in situations like these.
1o. Beware The Loose Ends Strategy which afflicts
newer and weak players. One must remember poker
is a game of skill not luck, a strong player
holding a weak hand can beat a weak player holding
a very strong hand.
This is because of the perseption of a strong
hand held by weak players. A weak player holding
QQ will never fold if the flop shows AKT or
AJT but a strong player will.
Weak players tend to think a strong starting
hand can take them all the way and will never
fold at any point and that is what gets them
in trouble and why they cannot lift their game.
Weak players hold onto cards much longer than
is necessary. You see a starting hand is just
that to start with, there is no guarantee a
great starting hand will automatically allow
you win, you could easily lose from just the
flop. Be careful of falling into this spiral
regarding the starting hand and playing loosely
because it looks good.
11. Observe, observe observe! Look at how your
opponents play even when you are not playing.
Make notes of particular players.Most online
poker rooms have this feature so when you meet
them again at a later date you can check your
notes for important points on their style of
play. See who likes to play with an ace and
a low unsuited card etc.
12. Never, Never show your cards unless you
must. Sometime really good players do show in
order to build a table reputation but this requires
experience and skill.
13. Know how to play Big Pairs, this type of
hand does not like competition so the fewer
players in the game the better the chances of
winning with a big pair. Strategy is therefore
play to reduce the competition.
14. When playing for a draw to make your hand
its better when there are more players in the
game. Types of draws are flush draws, inside
straights and open ended straights.
15. You need to understand when you have a milking
hand and how to milk it. A milking hand is when
you have the nuts ( the best possible hand )
early in the game.You don't want to bet too
heavy and scare everyone away and so you want
to play possum and draw them in slowly until
the heavy betting rounds start and then you
can drive bet.
16. Choose the game with a betting structure
that suits you. There are high linits, low limits
and no limits game. It all depends on your budget
and how much you are willing to risk. Your personality
has a lot to do with the decision as well. If
you need to learn patience then start with the
low limit games.
17. In a fixed limit game also called a structured
limit game the amounts a player can bet in the
different rounds are preset. For instance in
a $6/$12 game you can bet $6 at the flop and
$12 at the turn and river cards.
Also a player is only allowed four bets per
round so any single round of betting a player
can raise or be reraised a total of 4 times.
18. In a spread limit games like $2-$4 a player
can bet anywhere between $2 and $4 in any given
round.If you see $2-$4-$6-$8 this means a player
can bet between $2 and $4 preflop and flop and
between $2 and $6 on the turn and between $2
and $8 at the river.
19. In a pot limit game players are allowed
to place bets in any round between the value
of the big blind and the level of the pot at
the time of betting.
20. In a no limit game which accounts for the
majority of tournaments and ring games play
players are allowed to place bets in any round
between the value of the big blind and how much
money he has in front of him on the table.
So basically a player can go allin from the
preflop betting round.