Basic Offensive and Defensive Strategies

Be expressionless (Stone Face)

In a real tournament, no matter if you have a good hand or a bad hand, you should be happy or angry, so that your opponent can’t guess the good or bad of your hand based on your demeanor. Otherwise, you are giving your opponents an added advantage when betting, which reduces your chances of winning.

Starting hands should be high

The so-called high starting hand means that you should try to avoid situations where the first two cards are not good. If the first two cards are not good, throw them away without any loss, and only play good cards. The computer has been used thousands of times to calculate the odds of winning with different starting hands, and a good hand is one that has a 15% or higher chance of winning.

Poker Tips – Know how

Knowing your two cards, whether you want to bet or fold depends on how many players are at the table. Generally speaking, at a table of 10, a beginner can play the following cards.
The first group: AA KK QQ AKs AQs
Group 2: JJ TT AJs ATs AK AQ KQs
Group 3: 99 QJs KJs KTs
Group 4: A8s KQ 88 QTs A9s AT AJ JTs
6-Player table, with the possibility of additional play.
Group 5: 77 Q9s KJ QJ JTs A7s A6s A5s A4s A3s A2s J9s T9s K9s KT QT
The position is at the back and can be added to see small and medium pairs. The rule of thumb for playing small pairs is to fold if you don’t get a three of a kind after the flop. (NO SET, NO BET)
Many players will bet in any position as long as the bottom card is two flushes or an ace plus a small card.
Position, patience and strong cards are the keys to winning at Texas Hold’em.
The player to the left of the button is always the first to play, so he is at a disadvantage in terms of position, so the later the position, the later the card is played, the more advantageous it is. When you are in front position, you need a very strong undercard to bet because the player behind you may raise (RAISE) and raise again.
If you have A-A, K-K, Q-Q, A-K (same color), A-K (different color), you need to raise no matter what position you are in.

Poker Tips – Decision

The rule of thumb for the next play after a 3-card flop is that you hold the biggest hand, or have the potential to become the biggest hand, or you should consider folding.
The term “potential maximum” generally refers to the development of flushes and straights, as three with two (gourd) is rare.
If you don’t have a maximum pair (if the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd common cards are Q-6-4, the maximum pair should be a pair of queens) and your chances of making a flush and a straight are slim, you should consider folding because usually with 7 players at a table, it takes two pairs or better to win.
If there are fewer players, the chances of a good hand appearing are also reduced, so when there are only 3 or 4 players, you can play a little more boldly and aggressively.

The Turn

If you think you have a good hand, don’t hesitate to raise. If the player in front of you raises and you only have one pair of big cards, you should consider folding.

In The River

Players tend to make two mistakes: 1) calling a hand that is clearly a loser, and 2) folding easily. Obviously, folding easily is more costly.

Overwhelm your opponent with power

If you have a good hand, you need to raise it, take advantage of it, attack it, and don’t be afraid to raise it. The less opponents you have in the game, the more you should raise rather than call. 6 player tables, when you have a good hand, usually the best policy is to raise, followed by release, and the next best policy is to call.

Reading The Board

Read the board carefully and observe each player’s reaction, because Texas Hold’em uses five shared cards, and often you can guess the biggest hand that other players can form to determine whether you should bet or not.

Study your opponents

It helps to pay attention to what kind of undercards your opponents are playing, but don’t be fooled by some of their tricks, so be observant. You can also use your opponents’ weaknesses to bully them and bluff them.
Always know what your opponent is thinking, what cards do you think he has? What cards do you think he thinks you have? What does he think you think he has? If you can outplay your opponent in this area, you have an advantage. But this requires repetition and time.

Vary your play to confuse your opponents

Sometimes you have to change your style of play to confuse your opponents. If you always start with a high hand, when you raise, your opponents will know that you must have a good hand and they will release all of their cards, so you won’t make much money even if you have a good hand. So sometimes you have to bluff with a bad hand, even if your opponent finds out, it doesn’t matter, so you can lay the foundation for your next profit.

There are many players at the Texas Hold’em table who play for fun and are not very good at it, and there are also some rich people who don’t care much about winning or losing, and these people tend to play recklessly, and as long as you can find their weaknesses, it’s easy to win their money over when you get the chance.

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