08- 6-07, LearnTexasHoldem:

Experienced Player Guide to Texas Hold'em

If you're fed up of reading about starting hands and position, and want to dig into more complex poker strategies, this is the section for you. These articles are suitable for those who are familiar with all the basic poker-strategy concepts and want to go from being an intermediate player to becoming a knowledgeable poker player.

Follow the Experienced Poker Trail and learn how to beat texas hold'em games at higher limits against tough opponents. The concepts and ideas presented in the texts may require some afterthought, so don't rush through them! Even if you don't understand them at the first go, be patient and go back to the article after you have gained some experience.

Here, the experienced player who wishes to develop a finer understanding of the game can find thorough strategy articles. But there are also articles dealing with the philosophical aspects of the game, such as:"The Winning Attitude: Humble Optimist" or "Am I a rock?" Even beginners can learn a thing or two from them.



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General Strategy

  • Hi, I have a few question about Texas Hold'em limit poker. I am trying to understand the precise order and betting structure especially when there are multiple all-in players and multiple side pots.

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  • One of the more useful elements of no-limit Texas hold'em strategy is table image. If you know how to control your table image, you can control how other players at the table react to you, and that can lead to big profits at the poker table.

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  • Most players when starting out in Texas hold'em will receive as their primary instruction: "Play good starting hands." It's true that the biggest mistake many new Texas hold'em poker players make is playing too many hands. Limiting oneself to playing only the strongest hands can usually minimize losses and often ensure a modest profit. However, is there any time to play those marginal hands?

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  • It's difficult to know when to get up and walk away from the poker table. Do you quit when you are winning? What if you are cutting off an extended losing streak? Do you quit when you are losing? What if your luck is about to change so that you can get even? One method for controlling your sessions is the stop loss strategy?

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  • No limit Texas hold'em is often referred to as a game of big bluffs. Hold'em allows the biggest bluffs, because you can put your entire stack in the middle at any time. How can you become a great bluffer in no limit Texas hold'em, and is it really worth it to do so?

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  • It is the dream of nearly every no-limit hold'em player who plays regularly: to turn pro. To give up their dreary day job and spend their days and nights battling it out over the felt, enjoying all the luxuries the world has to offer paid for by naïve tourists and overconfident amateurs. To be sure, the opportunities for professional poker are great, with a large pool of no-limit Texas hold'em players provided by online poker sites and a constant flow of poker tournaments held at various casinos. Whether or not it is a realistic goal depends on the individual.

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  • Heads up poker used to be something of a rarity. Poker is designed for play by multiple opponents and the occasion for heads up play did not occur that often in the past. In addition, casinos rarely spread heads up games as they required a dealer and table which could otherwise be used to accommodate many more players.

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  • There is some dispute among poker enthusiasts as to whether poker is a sport or a game (or both). Some feel that since there is no clear athletic ability required, poker cannot be classified as a sport. Others feel that the level of endurance, focus, competitiveness, skill and discipline required for success in poker gives it much more in common with sports than mere games. Whether you agree that poker is a sport or not, approaching poker as a sport can have beneficial effects.

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  • A sight that makes new Texas Hold'em players groan, but has many experienced ones licking their lips, is the presence of a "maniac" at the table. A maniac is a loose-aggressive player who seems to be putting maximum pressure on every pot. He will frequently make a big pre-flop raise after a number of players have limped in, and seems to pounce on any sign of weakness, taking nearly every "check" as an exhortation for him to bet. How can you play against this kind of monster?

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  • Of the many concepts surrounding Texas hold'em poker, one that has received much more attention in recent years has been the concept of the continuation bet. What is the continuation bet and how can you use it to be successful in your Texas hold'em games?

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  • To be successful in no-limit Texas hold'em, you need a variety of weapons in your arsenal. You need to be able to trap, bluff, semi-bluff, value bet and maybe even give off a reverse tell or two. A very sophisticated no-limit Texas hold'em play that can also be very effective is the bluff call. This move is an example of higher level thinking, meaning play based on what you think your opponent may think you have. Here's how it works.

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  • I've always considered myself to be a fairly rational person. My thought was always that as long as I make the right moves, emotion doesn't matter. I mean, come on, does me being happy or mad change the cards? The concept of tilt seemed ridiculous to me -- as if I would get so upset I would forget how to play! Only as of late, within the past year and a half, have I realized how important the right attitude is to playing poker well. Not going on tilt is only the start, one needs to keep a positive state of mind. In this little addition to the site, I'm going to talk about what I've coined as a "humble optimist" and why it is so paramount.

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  • This article is geared towards limit play but many of the concepts carry over to no limit holdem as well. The concepts introduced here are advanced so please be careful about their application. This article will also help out heads up play. I assume you already have a decent understanding of regular holdem.

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  • Today I'm going to go over raising in Texas Holdem. There are a number of reasons why you raise and some of the are more obvious then others. Being a player that does more raising and folding is always better then being a player who just calls. The article below lists the following reasons to raise: more money in the pot, information, free card, limit competition, bluff and deception. By reading this you'll have a better understanding of what raising can do and how you can apply it to your game to make you a tougher texas holdem player.

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  • AThe goal of this little article is to provide a lesson for playing out of the small blind and big blind positions in low limit holdem.

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  • As poker has become more popular both online and off there has also been an increase in the amount of poker literature produced on how to improve ones game. A few days ago I realized that most, if not all the books and info that I've read over the years have talked mostly about discipline and being tighter then your opponents.

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  • Is there perfect poker play? And if so, what is the definition of perfect texas Holdem play?

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  • Is there a correct way to play? Yes and no. Winning players do have subtle differences in their styles but what you'll find is that what they have in common outweighs what they don't.

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  • Poker is evolving. Five years ago, the games were much different than they are right now: much looser, more action, less educated players. With the advent of online poker, poker as a whole has exploded and so has the amount of poker information.

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  • One of my goals with this site was not only for helping beginning players get to the intermediate level, but also to help intermediate players get to the advanced level. The tip I'm about to compose here can be helpful for all players, but it is geared mainly towards more advanced players.

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  • There is lots of information for beginners on how to learn how to play Texas Holdem. The problem is though, is that there isn't much info on how to get better and take your game to the next level after you've progressed to an intermediate player. The following tip is something that I've been thinking about for a while but I haven't been able to really formalize it into a rule per se.

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  • Shorthanded holdem is when the table isn't full. My definition of a shorthanded game would be a max of five players. I love this kind of poker, more so than full games, because this, and heads up poker, allows me to play more hands. Because you are playing so many hands, errors compound more quickly, you get to know your opponents better, and you have a greater opportunity to exact your strategy on them.

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Limit Texas Holdem

  • A common situation in Texas hold'em arises when you have a made hand and are facing a board with a draw. Your typical approach will be to bet and make your opponent pay for the opportunity to catch the card that beats you. However, what happens when that card comes? Do you automatically give your opponent credit for making his hand and forfeit the pot?

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  • In limit Texas hold'em poker, it is of extreme importance to know when to value bet. Limit hold'em is about winning extra bets, not winning big pots. Being able to win one more bet than your opponent is what separates the pros from the amateurs. As important as it is to know when to value bet in limit Texas hold'em, it's just as important to know when not to value bet.

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  • In no limit Texas hold'em, being able to make a nice value bet is a positive enhancement of your game. In limit Texas hold'em poker, being able to successfully value bet is absolutely crucial to your success. Since there is a fixed amount of bets in limit hold'em, your chances of a positive outcome rest solely on the ability to win an extra bet when you have the best of it and save a bet when you don't. Value betting is a key component of this exercise.

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  • Some players may think that since in limit poker you cannot size your bets and therefore cannot price out drawing hands, understanding the odds is insignificant. Nothing could be further from the truth. Understanding and being able to manipulate odds in fixed-limit poker is critical to success.

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  • In No-Limit Texas Hold'em, the forced blinds represent money that no one has a claim on as action begins. It is important, particularly in no limit Texas Hold'em tournaments where the blinds rise consistently, to recognize when those blinds are vulnerable and attack them.

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  • There are many approaches to starting a foray into the world of fixed-limit Texas hold'em. You may warm up by reading books or playing poker video games. If you train yourself according to expert advice, you may be a little surprised at what you find when you sit down to your first real money live or online poker game. Often at lower limits, players are much looser than you might expect, and more than once you will see someone's big pair like AA or KK lose when someone who has been calling multiple bets spikes two pair with his T8 when a T lands on the river. Playing "correct" poker by waiting for premium hands and betting them strongly can be extremely frustrating when you wait an hour to get a hand, bet it like crazy and lose a big pot to someone who had no business being in it in the first place. However, if you can learn to adjust to the loose game situation, you can make a tidy profit from many of these games, even as a beginner.

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  • Most likely when we look at our game we aren't doing it because we are winning. We do it when we are losing and we try to figure out why we were winners before and not now. Long term winning in limit texas holdem poker depends on your consistency in making good decisions.

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  • The goal of this little article is to introduce new texas hold'em players to bluffing and semi-bluffing. Note this is specifically for limit texas holdem and not for pot limit or no limit. It isn't for tournament holdem either. All though the rules for playing are very similar in each game, the way one plays is much different so not everything will apply to other facets of holdem. By "limit" holdem we mean a structured bet like $5/10. We would also call this a "ring game".

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  • Shorthanded holdem is when the table isn't full. My definition of a shorthanded game would be a max of five players. I love this kind of poker, more so than full games, because this, and heads up poker, allows me to play more hands. Because you are playing so many hands, errors compound more quickly, you get to know your opponents better, and you have a greater opportunity to exact your strategy on them.

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No-Limit Texas Holdem

  • No-limit Texas hold'em has been described as a game filled with hours of boredom interspersed with moments of sheer terror. Indeed, some no-limit Texas hold'em hands are relatively innocuous. Two marginal hands trade bets and calls, with the winner taking a small pot at showdown. However, there are some situations where the player who has been leading is suddenly faced with a large raise. What's the best way to handle these situations?

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  • No-limit Texas Hold'em provides many challenges, which is what makes the game so enticing to many poker enthusiasts. One difficulty new players often have is how to value their hands. Many new players understand from reading poker books or through experience that certain hands are not playable before the flop, but it is much harder to know after the flop whether certain hands are good. One type of hand that is very tricky to play is top pair, medium kicker.

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  • In no-limit Texas hold'em, it would seem that if one pair is good, two pair is better. In a way, this is true, but in another way, two pair can be worse in that you can get yourself in a lot more trouble with two pair.

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  • Pre-flop action in no limit Texas hold'em poker is about more than just going all in or folding. There are cases when you may want to limp in, make a small raise, call a raise or even overcall.

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  • Turn play can be the least considered aspect of No-Limit Texas Hold'em, but it can also be the most important. The betting round on the turn is the last betting round before all the cards are out and people's best possible hands can be determined. As a result, some players who like their hands may bet quite a lot in order to discourage opponents from drawing out on them. This overbetting can sometimes be a real mistake in terms of expected value.

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  • If you're going to play poker professionally, or even as a profitable hobby, you're going to want to know your win rate. Your win rate is simply how much you make per hour playing poker. Calculating your win rate in no-limit Texas hold'em is fairly straightforward, but there are some traps to consider.

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  • Poker is a game about decisions. Money is won or lost based on the decisions that are made. In no-limit Texas hold'em, entire bankrolls can be wiped out by one or two incorrect decisions. Famed poker author David Sklansky's fundamental theorem speaks to this. The theorem essentially states that every time you play a hand in a way that is different from how you would have played it if you could see your opponent's cards they gain, and when you play it the same way, they lose. When your opponent plays a hand differently than he would have if he knew your cards, you gain and when he does not, you lose.

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  • Some of the most exciting no-limit Texas hold'em poker hands come when a player has decided to enter the pot with an unusual hand and it hits. This can often result in a bewildered opponent pushing in all his poker chips with a hand he is sure is good, but which is soundly defeated. Masters of playing these unusual hands for a profit include players like World Poker Tour champions Gus Hansen and Daniel Negreanu and 2003 World Series of Poker runner-up Sammy Farha. These players know how to employ these hands for maximum effect. However, they also know that playing these unusual hands incorrectly can lead to disaster.

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  • The squeeze play is a tactic that has probably been used for years in no-limit Texas hold'em tournaments but was crystallized by Dan Harrington in his must-read volumes on no-limit Texas hold'em poker strategy "Harrington on Hold'em." You may not decide to use the squeeze play but it is important to understand how it works in case it is used on you!

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  • No-limit Texas Hold'em poker is all about betting. The size of a bet is entirely up to the player, and different bet sizes can mean different things. There are different types of bets in a no-limit Texas hold'em poker game as well, and one of these is the control bet. Read more...

Odds

  • Many poker players understand that odds are a critical part of the game. Knowing pot odds and understanding how they relate to your winning potential informs many decisions in a typical Texas hold'em game. However, interestingly enough, there may be times when it is correct to ignore the odds in Texas hold'em.

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  • If you know anything about poker, then you've inevitably heard quite a few poker terms that deal with odds: pot odds, drawing odds and implied odds. While most good poker books will cover the basics of calculating drawing odds and counting pot odds, an important but often untouched on aspect of poker focuses on implied odds.

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Tournaments

  • A World Series of Poker satellite is the only opportunity many poker players may have to win a seat at the World Series of Poker main event. As such, if you're going to play in WSOP satellites, it's important to go in with a winning strategy.

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  • If you're a poker player, you're probably familiar with the term changing gears. If you're not, you should be. Changing gears essentially means moving to a different speed, playing faster or more loose and aggressive, if you've been pretty tight, and slower, or more selective about the hands you play and the chips you put in, if you have attacked lots of pots without necessarily holding big cards.

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  • There is lots of information for beginners on how to learn how to play Texas Holdem. The problem is though, is that there isn't much info on how to get better and take your game to the next level after you've progressed to an intermediate player. The following tip is something that I've been thinking about for a while but I haven't been able to really formalize it into a rule per se.

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  • The Texas Hold'em poker phenomenon has taken the country by storm. There are reportedly over 100 million active poker players worldwide.

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