Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular online poker games that is available today. The rules of the game are easy to learn and the game itself is lots of fun to play. The first thing that you need to understand is how the Blinds work. The two players sitting to the immediate left of the dealer (or the player with the dealer button) are the Big Blind and the Small Blind, respectively. The Small Blind must post half of the minimum bet and the Big Blind must post the whole minimum bet, this is done in order to build the pot. After the Blinds have been posted, each player is dealt two cards, face down and the first round of betting begins. The first betting round allows players to call, raise or fold. When this has been done, the “Flop” is displayed. The Flop is the 1st 3 of 5 community cards that are laid face up on the table for all to see and use. The second round of betting now begins, allowing players to check, raise, call or fold. The next community card to be shown is the Turn card and yet another betting round commences as described above. Finally, the River or final community card is laid on the table, face up and a final round of betting is conducted with any remaining players and then the winner is determined by whomever has the best hand.
In order to help you to improve your Texas Hold’em game, we would like to offer you a strategy that will help you to better take advantage of your position at the table. A working knowledge of the strong and weak points of each position will vastly improve your skills. The first thing to know is what the positions are called. The player to the left of the Big Blind always acts first before the Flop, and in addition to the two players to his or her left are known as the Early Position. The next three players are the middle position and the rest of the players are the late position. Now that the positions have been named, the following shows a strategy for playing each position:
Raise with A-A, K-K and suited A-K (this works in any position.)
Call with A-K, suited A-Q, suited K-Q (s), Q-Q, J-J, and 10-10
Fold all other hands
In Middle position
Call w/ 9-9, 8-8, suited A-J, suited A-10, suited Q-J, A-Q, and K-Q
In Late position
Call w/ suited A-X, suited K-10, suited Q-10, suited J-10, A-J,
A-10 and any small pairs.
No matter how long you have been playing, you should always keep an eye open for new and helpful tips. Hopefully, the tips that we have to offer will be able to provide you with a new perspective on the game. One of the things that you need to watch is that you do not play too many hands, know when to get out to save yourself some money. Also keep in mind that if you are either the Big or Small Blind, try not to play like you are defending the blinds. This can cause carelessness and can also cause you to lose a lot more money than necessary. One of the most important tips that can be given (in any game) is to make sure that you ALWAYS pay close attention to the game, especially when you have folded. If you pay attention to everything that is going on (and yes, this can be done in an online game), you can learn how the other players play certain hands. If done correctly, this can give you a definite advantage over those players.