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texas holdem guide

X commandments of a victorious player

1. Be patient

Be a patient player, be very careful in selecting starting hands, don’t give in to the temptation of playing many rounds. Fold if you suspect that your opponent has a better hand. In time you will be able to play 2, 3 or more tables at once, in order to take part in more than one round. Wait patiently for your hand, be disciplined and it will pay off.

2. Choose the right table

Always play with players worst than you. Try to chose the tables at which the loose- passive is used. Avoid tables where the flop viewing rate is higher than 30 %. Especially avoid tight-aggressive tables.

3. Don’t treat the game ambitious

Don’t have an ambitious attitude toward the game. Don’t try to win your money back at all cause. Don’t look for revenge. If the players at your table are better than you, change the table.

4. Long-term thinking

Texas Holdem is a game of skills but in a longer period of time. In a short period of time anybody could win, even a 72 without the flush (off suit). Your goal is long-term winning. In short periods of time your fate is up to the fortune. Try being calm even with bad beats (a situation when you should have won, but thanks to incredible luck your opponent has drew to a higher hand)

5. Be disciplined and know when to tilt

If you already know how to play, try sticking to that strategy. If you think long-term, you are patient but you can’t handle another bad beat or lucky river end the game and take a break. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best – turning the computer off and taking some fresh air might be the best solution. Don’t play while being tired, angered or drunk.

6. Calculate the odds

always check if the pot justifies betting. When calculating outs remember which of them are false, try to predict implied odds. Don’t bend the statistics. Remember that the next round is in a few seconds.

7. Know your opponent

In the internet world, playing 3 or 4 tables at once it is a difficult task, you need the support of a proper software. Don’t regret spending some $ for a Pokertracker or other software which will allow you to know the type of your opponent. Without the proper software and player constantly changing tables, it is very hard or even impossible to recognize their style.

8. Avoid the most common mistakes

Try not to fall in trap hands, meaning rounds which are highly likely to become the second best hand with the right progress of events. Most times it is a weak kicker, which after a long period of time will cost you a lot of $. Additionally playing a pseudo strong hand like QJ from an inappropriate position, or after a raise in a long period of time will be very costly.

9. Manage your bankroll properly.

Avoid bankrupting by properly managing of your budget. For example try using a few simple rules. When you’re playing 0.5/1$ fixed limit tables, your budget is 300$ minimum, 500$ optimal. You sat at the table with 50$ (50 x big bet), if you lose 30 or more (30 big bet), you’re done playing for the day. If along with the bonuses you get another 100-200 big bet move to the tables with higher limits. If you lose what you’ve earned earlier move back to the lower limit tables and win $ until you’ll be able to play higher limits again. If you lose 500$ on 0.5/1$ tables, Texas Holdem is not a game for you. Remember that managing your budged will only get you a rational result if you are a winning player, and if not nothing will save you.

10. Don’t bluff

The person writing these words has learned first-hand that bluffing in low limits is a bad choice. don’t make that mistake, and simply don’t bluff. Use the semi-bluff in some situations but bluffing is almost never a good idea on fixed low limit. Trying to make a week player to fold is not a good idea even if his kicker is useless, or even if he is playing trash hands. Don’t try to be the bluffing master in low-limit Holdem, its really not worth it.