Hold 'em strategy for beginners
You've learned the basics of hold'em
poker. You know a flop from a river, a big blind from
a button. What you don't have is a solid grounding
in hold'em strategy. While hold'em strategy is a large
and complex subject, there are some basic elements
of hold'em strategy everyone should know.
The most important aspect of hold'em
strategy is hand selection. You should typically be
playing about 20 percent of the hands you are dealt.
There are not too many very strong hands in hold'em
and when you get involved in a pot, you want to have
one of these strong hands. If you are limiting the
hands you play to premium holdings, you will have
an advantage over your looser opponents in that when
you get involved in a pot with them, you will start
out with a better hand on average.
Another element of hold'em strategy
is the concept of tight-aggression. As mentioned,
you want to play only the strongest hands. When you
do play them, you want to play them aggressively.
It is usually a mistake to just check and call and
hope your hand holds up at the end. Proper hold'em
strategy is to bet your hands and put pressure on
your opponents. Force your opponents to make decisions.
The more decisions they have to make, the more likely
they are to make bad decisions, which can end up putting
chips in your stack.
Finally, no hold'em strategy discussion
is complete without considering the importance of
position. Hold'em is a game of information and the
later you act in the round, the more information you
have. For this reason you want to play fewer hands
when in early position and more hands in later position.
Knowing how many opponents you are against and how
much they like their hands can add strength to your
own hand and your ability to play it.
These hold'em strategy basics should
get you started. As you continue to play and gain
experience, you will build on this knowledge and start
to develop some more advanced strategies. Good luck.
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