Anyone new to the world of poker will quickly notice how simple the rules are, but how complex it is to find the right strategy. Good information sites like de.PokerNews offer beginners, in addition to the rules and procedures of the poker game, valuable strategic tips. Here are some questions you should ask yourself during a round of Texas Hold’em to find the best strategy for you. Of course, these questions and tips are not a rigid pattern, but only guidelines that can be particularly useful for newcomers to poker:
- Starting hands
• Are my starting hands excellent? About two aces, two kings or two queens? (If so, they are well worth
raising ) • Are my starting hands good? About two boys, two tens or two nines? (If so, then it is worth going.)
• Are my starting hands only mediocre? About an ace and a 2 or a king and a 10 in different colors? (If so, you should rethink playing)
• Are my starting hands bad? About a queen and an 8 or a jack and a 4 in the same or different colors? (If so, it is best to take off immediately).
• What can I do with the quality of my starting hand?
• Is it worth it to go with you, maybe even increase, or do I prefer to push or get out better?
• How do the other players behave?
• What do your poker bets look like? Do they just go or even raise some?
• Do I get the impression that someone has particularly good cards?
• Or could it be that more than one is worse off than me?
• What do the three Community Cards bring me?
• Do you complement my starting hand well or even optimally?
• Or can’t I do anything with them?
• What conclusions can I draw from the behavior of the opponents about the quality of their hands?
• Is it worth it for me to continue?
• If so, should I keep a low profile or raise myself when I have excellent cards?
• What does the fourth Community Card bring me?
• Does the behavior of others show that they have better hands than I do?
• Or can I be optimistic and raise carefully so as not to give myself away?
• May I dare to bluff too?
• What does the last community card mean for my hand?
• Does it complete my draw and I can finish playing calmly?
• Or can’t I do anything with the river card?
• Do the others behave in such a way that I get the impression that they are even worse off than I am?
• Or is there someone with full throttle? Is he bluffing?
• Is it worth increasing or should I also stay careful with top cards so as not to attract attention?
The answers to all of these questions mostly come from closely observing and analyzing the behavior of the other players. In addition to good own cards, this analysis of the others is the key to success in poker and is what makes the game so special. Have fun!
Fourth, turn strategy
Fifth: strategy on the river
The very last community card is used with the river. She can decide everything or make your dream burst.
• Only play in the following final betting round if your cards are top or if you have the impression that your hand may not be great, but it seems to be the best in comparison.
• Watch the behavior of your players closely and therefore prefer to do a check. It could be that someone has completed their draw with the river and makes this clear by being careless. Depending on the quality of your hand, it may be advisable to get out.
• But don’t be too careful. If you hold back too much and only go with the best cards in order not to attract attention, you won’t get a good profit in the end. Do you have a straight flush or even a royal flush? Then you can be almost certain that everyone who is bluffing or suffering from overconfidence will now increase. Raise and get the pot too!