Texas Holdem Poker – Beginners Guide!

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Every poker game is not just a game of luck, you need a strategy to win! Same goes with Texas Holdem Poker, If you’re new to the game, don’t worry here is a beginners strategy guide!

Texas Holdem is fairly popular nowadays both internationally and in Malaysia. If you like winning in every game you participate, even when you’re a newbie. How should you approach the game?

Texas Hold’em Rules

Each player get a starting hand(hole cards), then over the course of subsequent rounds five more cards are dealt face up in the middle of the table.

The objective are simple, try to make the best 5 card poker hand based on traditional poker ranking to win!

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Beginner Strategy – The Reserved Strategy

If you don’t want to gamble your luck too much or bluff like an Oscar nominee, this is the strategy for you.

The core of the strategy

This strategy is simple, avoid bluffing and only go for the pot when you have a strong hand.
If you don’t have a strong hand, just fold.

Set a limit

Personally, I recommend you to set a ‘lowest limit’ when you use this strategy. For example, only go for the pot when you have something stronger than a pair of Queens.

The reason you need a set ‘lowest limit’ is because folding is a tough decisions for a Texas Holdem Poker beginner. As the mindset of most players is to gamble and tempt fate. You need to resist the urge to gamble when you have anything lower than your ‘lowest limit’.

Going for the pot with a ‘weak hand’ is more often than not a losing play. Especially as a Texas Holdem Poker beginner, player that gambles on a weak hand will end up throwing more money away than they win.

Be patient and raise wisely

Bide your time, until you get a strong hand. When you do I recommend raising the pot which will serve two purposes.

First, it will force players with weak hands to fold instead of allowing them to stay in the game and see the flop for free.

Secondly, by seeing who raises and calls you get to see who feels that they have a good hand and who may be trying to hang in for the flop.

When the flop is dealt you should look carefully to see if you have improved your hand. Even if you have not improved your hand, because you started out with a strong hand you may still have decent chances. This is especially true if your starting hand was a pair of aces or kings.

If your opponents raise back this can be a strong signal that they may have a powerful hand. Ask yourself, “What could my opponent have?” “Could they have improved their hand?”

Ask yourself these questions after each round of cards are dealt and try to “read” your opponents hand.

If you have a high pair a raise after the flop can help you assess whether your opponents feel if they have a strong hand or not.

Know to cut your losses

After all the deductions you made, if you think they have a better hand then yours, just fold and fight another day.

Change opponents often to avoid getting predicted

Final notes, if you are gambling at an online casino playing against live players. Remember to switch the table or game rooms after a few rounds to avoid people knowing your strategy.

To summarize this basic Texas Holdem Poker beginner strategy:
1) stick to playing only the strong hands
2) set a limit on what you define as a ‘strong hand’
3) fold the weak hands
4) use the power of the raise to knock out weak players and to assess the strength of your opponents hands
5) change opponents if possible

Hope this beginner guide helps! best of luck!