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2010 Jul 20

Texas Hold Em Poker Tips – Versing An Aggressive Poker Player

In Texas hold em poker, the way an opponents is playing tips you off to their style of play. Style of play is described as the method in which the individual plays when they do in fact play at a pot. This is characterized, for the most part, by the way they bet. Betting is generally the biggest factor of player control that can have an outcome on the game for any given hand.

The style of play specifically refers to how the person bets. To determine their style of play you need to carefully observe their betting patterns. Here’s some questions to start you going…

- Does this person bet alot of hands?

- When this person comes into a pot, do they more often raise then call?

- Do they ever reraise the pot?

- Have you noticed they reraise to isolate themselves against another particular opponent?

- Do they often raise and reraise when they show down at the river?

- Have you noticed they tend to raise when playing middle suit connectors and mid or small pairs?

- Do they raise large amounts from their pocket cards?

I have worded these questions specially so that the more you answer yes that means the person is aggressive and the more you answer no the person is passive.

There are a couple of flavours to aggressive players. Tight aggressive players only ever play great cards like pocket pairs or cards above Jacks. When they bet they raise and reraise. Generally they raise alot because they have such good cards however sometimes they will raise just normally but intend on reraising on the flop and reraising the turn, more and more as time goes on. These players are nasty to play against and you can lose alot of chips very quickly if you aren’t careful. New Texas Hold Em Poker players usually have difficulty against this type of opponent.

Loose aggressive means the person plays almost any hand and also is constantly raising and reraising. This type of player is even harder to play against because you don’t have the benefit of ‘knowing’ he has good cards. This player could have anything and is still raising you. If you don’t ever play against this type of opponent he will constantly eat everyone’s blinds, grow his stack and become even more powerful. This player will often raise when he has worse cards to scare everyone off, and raise less on good cards to trick people into dualing him.

Alex is an avid Texas Hold Em Poker player and has dedicated his time, effort and money to learning the art and skill of successfully winning rounds of No Limit Hold Em. Shoot him an email at alex@spelkollektivet.se or head on over to his informative website / and read his free newsletter containing Texas Hold Em Poker Tips

2010 Jul 19

Texas Hold Em Poker Tips – Play Aggressive And Win Money

This Texas Hold em Poker tips all about the need to play aggressive and how it will win you more hands of poker. Playing aggressive is imperative if you want to win more hands, take more pots, get more money and become a better poker player. Its imperative to the winning overall at No Limit Hold Em. Passive players may do alright for a while but to really take your game to the next level you need to play aggressively.

When your playing No Limit Texas Hold Em Poker, raise when your the first one to enter a pot. Don’t ever call the amount of the big blind, this is suicide. The slang for this limping, or limping in. When players limp they are saying ‘I want to play but I don’t know if my cards are good enough to win’. This is not a message you want to send to everyone. You need to take the lead. You need to say ‘I’ve got a great hand, anyone want to play with me?’

Poker is all about betting. If you are behind a player that limps in, raise him. When you raise someone who limps in, you are sending the message ‘My cards are better then yours’. The the flop comes. If the player who limped in just checks, raise him again. He is saying ‘I didn’t get the flop I want’ and you are replying ‘Woohoo I hit my flop, yes!’. No matter what you have this betting strategy will send a message to the player that you are doing great.

Taking the lead and raising will help you win alot more pots then if you just check or call. Remember, most of the time you aren’t going to hit the flop with your pocket cards. Yes, you are not going to hit the flop! However, you might continue to bet because you know that most of the time you opponent will not hit the flop either. By betting/raising you can often steal the pot from your opponent because he will think you have something. Usually the flop won’t hit either of you but by being aggressive you can usually steal alot more pots than if you are just checking.

Being aggressive is one of the most important things you can do to win pots and succeeed. Take this Texas Hold em Poker tips advice and be agressive the next time you play poker. Winning more smaller pots usually gets you more money then sitting and waiting for that perfect hand. You almost never get the perfect hand so just bet aggressively and make your opponent think you have something good.

Alex is an avid Texas Hold Em Poker player and has dedicated his time, effort and money to learning the art and skill of successfully winning rounds of No Limit Hold Em. Shoot him an email at alex@spelkollektivet.se or head on over to his informative website / and read his free newsletter containing Texas Hold Em Poker Tips

2010 Jul 19

Texas Hold Em Poker Tips – Understanding Pot Odds And Outs

Poker, in its essence, is a game of probability. And the number one thing you need to remember when playing poker is this: you want to bet lots of money when you are probably going to win. Of course, there is always the chance your competition will pull a very lucky card and get the bigger hand, but with all things being equal, when there is a high probability you are going to win, bet your money. A key thing here to remember is no one can control luck and you need to be playing your best all the time. You can’t play poker with a fear of betting because the other guy might get lucky. If you put your money in when you are the favourite for the best hand, you do that enough times and you end up winning in the long run. This is the first important thing to understand with pot odds, ok?

So, how do you know you have the best hand? This is where the mathamagic comes in. Don’t worry, understanding poker odds is just plain, basic maths. Nothing fancy like logarithmic-hoodiggies or algabraic-catscratchers, just basic math. Key point – you don’t have to be a great mathematician to be a great poker player. That’s the truth. You do however need a bit of a basic understanding of math to be a successful Texas Hold em poker player.

First things first, you need to be able to calculate your chances of getting ‘outs’. Outs are the cards you need to make the best hand you can, to hopefully win. These little guys are important because you need to win pots if you want to win money. You get the idea. So for an example. Say you have a pair of Kings and you are pretty sure your opponent has a pair of 10′s. The four community cards are something like 3-5-7-2. You know that your opponent needs a 10 to win. There is one card to go, the river. So for the calculamation: There are 52 cards in a deck. Eight of the cards have been used; your two, his two, four on the board, so their are 44 cards remaining. Two of those cards help you, so you are at 22-to-1 odds. Because only 2 of the cards in the deck will help your opponent, you are in fact a 22-to-1 favourite to win the pot, which puts your at a humungous advantage.

Understanding pot odds and outs, which is the probability you will get your best hand, is very important because it gives you information to make the correct moves. In the previous example you know, from pure probability, that you will win 21 times out of 22. So you can happily bet money and stay in the pot because overall, over the long run, you will win. You want the numbers to be on your side, thats the point this Texas hold em poker tips trying to get at.

Alex is an avid Texas Hold Em Poker player and has dedicated his time, effort and money to learning the art and skill of successfully winning rounds of No Limit Hold Em. Shoot him an email at alex@spelkollektivet.se or head on over to his informative website / and read his free newsletter containing Texas Hold Em Poker Tips

2010 Jul 18

Learn Texas Hold Em Poker – Understand Players

Texas Hold Em Poker is so complex. There are so many facets to the game you need to incorporate and play together to be successful. First I think it is important to make a few clarifications, which time and time again get people confused.

Aggressive: This is a descriptive word for a players betting style. It specifically relates to how to player bets. Aggressive players always raise and will often further re-raise a bet/re-raise. Aggressive players don’t often check or call. Aggressive players that always raise heavy on practically every hand are called a loose cannon. I’ll explain what loose means down below.

Passive: Another descriptive word for a players betting, again only relating to how the player bets. Passive players don’t often raise. They prefer to check or call. They will call another players raise but don’t often re-raise. A passive player that continually calls is called a calling-station. Passive players are more often then not very tight.

Next I want to clarify the following point. Tight and loose; these words essentially describe the types of cards or hands a player will actually bother playing.
 
Tight players only play the best hands, like good pocket pairs or premium cards (A,K,Q). They much prefer suited cards or high connectors as well. Tight players will fold if they don’t have extremely good cards. You can tell a tight player because they don’t often go to the flop. Another way to tell is to watch when they do go to the flop and if the flop isn’t full of highcards then you will usually see them fold.

Loose players on the other hand will play much worse cards. They are more likely to play middle cards, like middle pairs and middle suited connectors. They may even play lower pairs or complete dunce cards, depending on how loose they get and if they are incorporating a bluff or other strategy. You can tell a loose player because he is constantly playing pots. Seriously, no one can really get great cards every single hand unless they are on some kind of outta-this-world lucky streak, which usually doesn’t happen. The way they can play most hands is because they are playing when they have plain cards. This is an effective strategy because if the flop comes and its mostly low cards, all the people who only played with premium cards have nothing, but the loose player who has the low/middle cards suddenly has a two pair or trips etc.

The ability to understand other players is imperative for a good grounding when you are trying to learn Texas Hold em Poker. Just understanding the types isn’t good enough, you need to be able to watch people and pin them on a type and style. When you can do this you will be able to play better poker.

Alex is an avid Texas Hold Em Poker player and has dedicated his time, effort and money to learning the art and skill of successfully winning rounds of No Limit Hold Em. Shoot him an email at alex@spelkollektivet.se or head on over to his informative website / and read his free newsletter teaching you how to Learn Texas Hold Em Poker

2010 Jul 17

How To Play Super Aggressive No Limit Texas Holdem Poker

Do you know why more and more players are wanting to know how to play super aggressive No Limit Texas Holdem Poker? I think this is because everyone is catching on that an aggressive style of play is generally the most successful style of play. It sure beats being passive. Its actually quite easy to play super aggressive, you just have to stay within some guidelines.

<b>Want To Know How To Play Super Aggressive No Limit Texas Holdem Poker?</b>

The easiest way to play extremely aggressive No Limit Texas Holdem Poker is to always bet 5 times the big blind. Never ever check, never ever call, never raise the minimum amount or any other amount, just always bet 5 times the big blind. Your decision is very easy: fold or bet 5 times the big blind. This is super aggressive No limit Texas Holdem Poker.

<b>But Before You Can Play Super Aggressive…</b>

You better have decent cards. Playing extremely aggressive but playing very loose as well is a recipe for disaster. If you are deciding to play very aggressive you need to tighten up your game. You need to stick to good poker principles:

- Play the odds, the numbers
- Choose your starting hands carefully
- Don’t play post flop if you don’t have a good hand
- Calculate your odds and outs
- Pay attention to your opponents, their cards, styles of play etc
- Don’t get too loose

<b> How To Play Super Aggressive And Loose At The Same Time</b>

There is only one safe way to do this. First you play tight. Play good strong poker with good hole cards and play through the river with a good hand. After you have done this a couple of times you can start to loosen up <i>slowly</i>. Sneak pairs lower and lower down to middle pairs. Play high suited cards, then middle suited cards. Slowly lower the quality of the hands you play. By first playing extremely tight you will set a precedence. By continuing to always bet 5 times the big blind the other players will be scared to challenge you.

No Limit Texas Holdem Poker extremely easy once you know how to play super aggressive but you have to make sure that you do it correctly. Playing too aggressive can sometimes get you into trouble if you play too loose. Being able to handle the heat and keep your composure during massive pots is critical if you are ever going to succeed in playing super aggressive No Limit Texas Holdem Poker.

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2010 Jul 17

Texas Hold Em Poker Hands Explained

The different Texas Hold Em Poker hands are exactly the same as normal poker hands. If you don’t know these don’t worry because I am going to explain them all. There are ten different hands that you can have. In order from worst to best, they are: low, 1 pair, 2 pair, 3 of a kind, straight, flush, full house, 4 of a kind, straight flush and royal flush. I will explain each of these in detail. The person with the highest hand wins.

When people talk about cards in text they will type the number of the card, and also a letter denoting the suit. H=hearts, D=diamonds, S=spades, C=clubs. Jack is J, Queen is Q, King is K and Ace is A. So for example a nine of clubs is 9C and a queen of hearts is QH. Some people put a hyphen ‘-’ in between, some not. For multiple cards in a hand some people will just use a space i.e. 7D 8D 9D 10D JD or some people will use a hyphen i.e. 7D-8D-9D-10D-JD. Sometimes people wont put anything and this is usually hard to read. It takes a little getting used to but you should be able to decode most peoples explanations with little effort.

Now for all of the Texas Hold Em Poker Hands:

Low: This hand is very bad. A low hand is essentially nothing. You have no good hands. An example would be 7D-5S-4C-3C-2H. Its nothing. Although for the most part this hand is very bad, if two people have a low hand the person with the single highest card wins.

1 Pair: This is the first hand you will usually make. A pair is having a single pair of a type of card. The number must match and obviously the suit won’t be able to. An example would be 2H-6H-10C-JC-JS. So in this example the player has a pair of jacks. When two more more players have a pair the person with the highest pair will win.

2 Pair: This is a fairly good hand you can usually get quite easily. 2 pair is just like have a pair two times. An example would be AC-7H-7D-QC-QH. So in this example the player has a pair of 7′s and a pair of Queen’s. When two players both have 2 pair the player with the single highest pair out of all of them wins. It doesn’t matter if his second pair is lower then the other players.

3 of a kind: This is a good hand that you can make quite easily if you start with a pair in the hole. This hand is simply having three cards all of the same, like JH-5S-8C-8S-8D. This player has three 8′s so has 3 of a kind. If multiple players have 3 of a kind the player with the highest wins.

Straight: Here we deviate from the standard number matching. A straight is any five consecutively numbered cards. It doesn’t matter what suit just the numbers must be consecutive. For example 7D-8H-9S-10C-JH. If more then one player has a straight the player with the highest overall card at the end of the straight wins. An Ace can be used as either a low ace, like 12345, or a high ace, like 10JQKA. It cannot be used in the middle. QKA23 is not a valid hand and would be considered a low hand.

Flush: A flush is simply any five cards with the same suit. It doesn’t matter the number of the cards they just all have to be the same suit. An example would be AS-2S-6S-JS-9S. See how they are all spades? That is a flush. If two or more players both have a flush the person with the highest overall card will win. So having just one Ace, King or Queen in your flush tends to pay off.

Full House: A full house is a 3 of a kind plus a pair. An example is KD-KH-3S-3C-3D. See the 3 of a kind of three’s and the pair of king’s. This hand is very good but harder to get. The more important numbered card is the one in the 3 of a kind. If there is a showdown the player with the higher number in their 3 of a kind will win.

4 of a kind: As the name suggests, this hand is having 4 of the same kind of card. Like QC-QD-QH-QS-10C. Four queens makes 4 of a kind. Like with all the other hands, if two players have a four of a kind the player with the highest numbered card in their 4 of a kind will win.

Straight Flush: This hand is extremely hard to get and is a combination of the straight and the flush. So the numbers of the cards must be consecutive and all the suits must be the same. James Bond wins with a straight flush in Casino Royal. An example is 4S-5S-6S-7S-8S. Consecutive numbers plus all spades. If more then one player has a straight flush the player with the highest numbered card on the end of their’s will win.

Royal Flush: This is just a straight flush but at the top end. Its essentially the highest straight flush you can get. Its the ultimate: 10H-JH-QH-KH-AH. Nothing beats this hand. This is the best hand you can get.

Still with me?

So I have explained all of the different Texas Hold Em Poker hands that you can get. I put them in order from worst to best. Of course, each better one beats any one under it. So a 3 of a kind beats a pair automatically, and a flush beats that easily. Take the time to read through them again to remember them better. Its worth memorizing these so you immediately know who has won a poker hand, without having to refer to anything. Always remember, when two people have the same hand the winner is the person with the highest overall card making that hand.

Alex is an avid Texas Hold Em Poker player and has dedicated his time, effort and money to learning the art and skill of successfully winning rounds of No Limit Hold Em. Shoot him an email at alex@spelkollektivet.se or head on over to his informative website / and read his free newsletter on how to get the best Texas Hold Em Poker Hands

2010 Jul 17

Texas Hold Em Poker Hands – Basic Play Of Hands

Whenever you are playing Texas Hold Em Poker the hands you play can often depict whether you are one round away from being a massive winner or one round away from losing absolutely everything because in No Limit Texas Hold Em Poker, all your chips are at risk every single time you play a hand. The only exception to this is if your opponent has less chips then you of course.

In ever poker game you play your goal is to win the most chips possible. Your secondary goal is to lose the least amount of chips possible. You need to remember these goals when you are playing. You should always play good starting hands if you can. Since you usually aren’t dealt very good starting hands that often you should probably be folding most of the hands you get before seeing the flop. Generally speaking, the hands you want to stay in for are pockets of high pairs; so aces, kings and queens, or two premium cards like ace-king or king-queen, suited or unsuited. Depending on your position at the table you may be able to play a few different other hands.

The hands you can play and which ones you can’t will be greatly affected by your position in the betting sequence for that round. You will need progressively better hands the closer you get to the big blind. So in last position you will be able to get away with a much worse starting hand then if you were under the gun.

With all other things being equal, if you are in first or second position you only ever want to play exceptionally great hands, like a premium pair. If you are in one of the middle positions you can probably play any good pair and or two high cards headed by an ace or a king. When you are sitting on the button you can play practically any pair and also suited connectors. Remember though, you must be very careful and particular about what hands you play when you are the small or big blind.

So when you are playing any of the Texas Hold Em Poker hands you need to remember your primary goal. You are trying to win the most chips possible. Keep in mind your secondary goal; to lose the least chips possible. If you are playing very weak hands you may not be able to reach these goals. Generally you want to be playing only good starting hands. If you are on the button you can play slightly weaker hands and get away with it. The fact of the matter is, you just have to fold alot of cards waiting for the good hands.

Alex is an avid Texas Hold Em Poker player and has dedicated his time, effort and money to learning the art and skill of successfully winning rounds of No Limit Hold Em. Shoot him an email at alex@spelkollektivet.se or head on over to his informative website / and read his free newsletter on how to get the best Texas Hold Em Poker Hands

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2010 Jul 16

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Texas Hold’em game is the oldest one of the game and very much loved by the poker player. In this game the player only have the two cards and he can have play with one, two or no cards. The remaining card is given to all for sharing. This game is actually the mathematical as well as strategic analysis game. Player has to make the final highest ranking hand. In these games the two games like expert poker and solid intermediate require more experience of the online poker or casino playing experience; otherwise you will be in loss. The main objective of the game is to grab the all the money that is in the pot. You can only win the game by your patience, position and power. The main mistakes that usually the player does are playing the game with the many hands. You should choose only the powerful hand for your strong position.

You can calculate the pot odds, playing shorthand, bluffing, changing the limits by your little practice easily. Just play solid hand for the limit play. You always do all work to maximize the winning and minimize the losses. Do not try to show your expression to other and make them confused for your card. If your opponent thinks that you have the one hand and if you do not have than it is beneficial for you. This called bluffing. By all these small tricks and your good practice, you can able to get the pot and win lot of money.

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2010 Jul 16

Texas Hold Em Poker Rule Discussion

Alot of times some people have small questions about a specific Texas Hold Em Poker rule or another little nuance of the game. I’ll discuss a couple of the rules around betting.

Q: What if you want to call someone’s bet but don’t have enough chips to?

If you don’t have enough chips to call someone’s raises, or bet, you still can call them. You will essentially have to call with all your chips, so you’ll be going all-in. If you do this and win the pot you will win all of your own chips you put in the pot plus an exact proportion of the your opponents bets from the pot. So yes, even if you don’t have enough chips to call, if you think you are going to win call him (with what you can.)

Q: What if there are three players in a pot after the flop but one of them doesn’t have enough chips to call a bet later like on the turn or the river?

Its similar to the last example. The player without enough chips can still call the bet, they just do so with whatever chips they have, essentially going all-in. In this case, that players bet goes into the pot and the whole pot, so everything up to and matching that players bet, is up for grabs for that player. Any bets above and beyond that bet goes into a side-pot so the two players with the more chips can continue betting/playing. At the showdown the all-in player is only eligible to win his pot and the other players can win both pots.

Q: What if another player and I have the same hand at the end of the game?

If two players have the same hand at the end of the game then each of them receive one half of the chips in the pot. So suppose you have J-10 and your opponent has Q-10 and the community cards are A-K-Q-J-6. You both have an ace-high straight so you have the same hand so the pot is split.

These are just some basic questions people have when they are trying to learn every Texas Hold Em Poker rule. The rules in Texas Hold Em Poker are pretty straight forward and learning them 100% in full in very advisable if you want to succeed. Once you learn every Texas Hold Em Poker rule your stress created by not really knowing the outcome will reduce and you can concentrate more on strategy and odds etc.

Alex is an avid Texas Hold Em Poker player and has dedicated his time, effort and money to learning the art and skill of successfully winning rounds of No Limit Hold Em. Shoot him an email at alex@spelkollektivet.se or head on over to his informative website / and read his free newsletter explaining Texas Hold Em Poker Rule

2010 Jul 16

Texas Hold Em Poker Tip – Play For Something

This Texas Hold Em Poker tip is all about the importance of playing for something when you play poker. By that I mean playing to win something. Obviously money is usual choice for people. Although other things work as well.

Poker is meant to be played for something, period. It doesn’t matter how big or small the stakes are, they just have to exist. Your decisions and play in poker need to mean something. For them to mean something there needs to be consequences. If you make the correct decisions you get a reward, if you don’t, well you miss out. If you ever get the chance to watch people play free poker you will notice that the game play is completely different to that in a paid game. People play so much looser because if they screw up, well, it doesn’t matter.

When you play for free, no one throws a hand away. It doesn’t matter because they aren’t going to lose anything anyway. Everyone always plays right down to the river, trying to get the best hand. The whole facet of betting is removed from the game. Its like a sad play out of probability. This is because there is no penalty if people lose. It takes the whole essence of the game away.

But when your actually playing for something, even if its only five or ten bucks, you will notice a huge difference in the way everyone plays. Suddenly, people are thinking more about the hands they are playing and how much they are betting. They are folding without good cards or later in the game to cut their losses.  Everyone is trying to win because there is a penalty for losing, a penalty that didn’t have to be paid when playing for free, and a reward for winning. The reward wasn’t really there in the free games. People instinctively want to win the reward and want to avoid losing, or missing out.

You can instantly increase your poker game by increasing the stakes. Going from free to something is raising the stakes big time. You will notice, almost automatically or subconsciously, you immediately are thinking more, paying attention, making better decisions, all because you want to win. You should be rewarded for making the correct decisions in poker, so follow this Texas Hold Em Poker tip and actually play poker for something and you will be rewarded.

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