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Strategy Tips

     Texas hold’em is deceptive. It appears easy to play, yet beneath that simple façade lies a game of extraordinary complexity. Many variables must be considered when making decisions, and figuring out the correct play is often difficult. So before we discuss specific hands and how they generally should be played, here are some tips that will help you determine the best course of action.

Tip No.1: Know what the best possible hand is and how likely it is to be out. With certain up cards, the potential for many different strong hands increases. With other up cards, however, the number of combinations is dramatically reduced. For example, if the board is no one can have a straight, a flush, or a full house. The best possible hand is three kings.

   

               Whether someone is holding the best possible hand-which in the poker vernacular is referred to as “the nuts”-frequently can be determined by the number of  players in the pot and the previous action. The more players these are and the more betting and raising that have taken place, the more likely it is that one of your opponents has the nuts.

Tip No.2: Recognize when you hold the best possible hand. Although this tip is actually a continuation of the one just given, its importance is  such that it rates a separate listing . If you have the nuts and fail to recognize it, you will miss betting and thinking you have the best possible hand when you don’t can be even more expensive. However, by paying close attention to the board, you will avoid making these costly errors.          
     As an example, if the board is

    

and you hold ace-king, you can’t be beat. You therefore should get as much money as possible into the pot. But if the board shows the 3 instead of the 3♠, you can lose to a flush and should proceed with caution.

Tip No.3: Position is significant. Texas hold’em is known as a fixed-position games as opposed to a random-position game. In other words, the order in which the players act each round is predetermined, rather than determined by the strength of the exposed cards as it is in stud. We have already noted the advantage of acting last poker. This means that you play in early position than of those you play in late position.

Tip No.4: Don’t overrate suited hands. Having two cards of the same suit definitely makes your hand better, but many beginning players tend to overrate the value of suited cards. In short, a hand like ten-six almost always should be thrown away, whether it is suited or not.

Tip No.5: High cards are much better than low cards. It’s just as easy to make a pair when you have high cards as it is when you have low cards. If you hold

your opponent has

 

and both of you flop a pair, you have the better hand. Consequently, you would prefer to have your hand made up of big cards.