Five Winning Rules For Texas Hold’Em
It seems like any time you turn on the television, there will be poker on at least one channel. Poker has become so popular that it’s now played in every city in the United States and most cities throughout the world. If you’re going to take a shot at the game to see if you can profit from it, there are five specific rules you will need to follow. For more information, see below.
Rule #1: Patience
If you’re in first or second position and you look down at J/10 of hearts, you might get excited. But if you’re a wise player, then you know calling or raising isn’t a particularly good idea. In some tight games, raising might be okay. It will allow you to see where you’re at and you might steal the blinds. Calling is a definite no-no. If you limp in, there’s a good chance someone will be holding a hand like A/J or better and raise. You will have wasted your investment. And if you do call, you could end up losing all your chips. Another danger is that no one raises, someone is holding Q/10, and you get out-kicked.
When sitting at a poker table – especially an aggressive one – it’s always a good idea to remind yourself to wait your turn. If you lose your patience, you will lose your chips.
Rule #2: Be Willing To Risk It All When Ahead
If you’ve ever played poker before, then there’s a great chance you have been way ahead of someone on the flop and ended up losing. For example, say you flopped top set. That means you have the best possible hand at that time. However, if you don’t bet enough and your opponent calls with a straight or flush draw, there’s a chance you could get felted.
Putting all your chips in on the flop might seem dangerous to the novice, but you’re actually protecting your winnings. Most people will not call an all-in with a draw.
Rule #3: Trust Your Reads
The infamous Stu Ungar once stated that if you don’t trust your instincts in this game, you’ve got no chance. For instance, if you have three 10s after the river when there’s a straight out there and your opponent makes a big bet, don’t change your opinion on what you thought he had prior to that bet. Remember, poker is a game of deception. He’s trying to trick you. It’s better to lose all your chips with a read you trusted than to lose them because you changed your mind.
Trust your instincts at all times!
Rule #4: Study The Professionals
Part of winning in Texas Hold ‘Em begins before you sit down at the table. If you really want to know how to play, go online and watch the pros play for as long as you possibly can. Since you can see their hole cards, you will be able to pick up on their patterns and why they do the things they do. You will also see (or hear) why they made certain reads. Best of all, this will greatly improve your confidence.
Rule #5: Know Your Odds
While pot odds are overrated, they’re still good to know. You should also educate yourself on implied odds, and even reverse implied odds. Most importantly, though, you need to know what your odds are at drawing out on someone. These situations are going to happen often and you’re going to need to know the right move.
You can easily find poker odds charts online.
These five rules should help you accumulate plenty of chips. Best of luck.