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Texas Holdem has quickly become the
most popular casino poker game. It is currently the
game you will see televised in such events as the World
Series of Poker and The World Poker Tour. Though Holdem
looks and plays very simply, many experts agree that
it is the most complex of poker games. Due to its complexity,
the game can be kind or harsh to beginners and grizzled
old warriors alike. The action is fast an furious, with
more players, bets, raises and re-raises than many other
typical poker games. Winners win big, losers lose big.
These factors are the essence of what makes Texas Holdem
so enjoyable, and therefore the King at the Casino.
Over the next few days the following is intended to
be a basic introduction to and strategy for playing
Texas Holdem online. For more in depth articles on this
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Besides the dealing
of the pocket cards, and your decision to fold or hold
them, the Flop is probably the most important moment
in Texas Holdem. Three cards hit the board, often making
“nut” hands out of weak pocket cards, and
at times, making strong pocket cards useless. Your ability
to read the flop will be a huge factor in your success
in Texas Holdem.
Flopping 3 of a Kind
At the suggestion of a recent visitor, I am going to
make a difference between “flopping a set“
and “flopping trips.“ First, flopping a
set would be a situation where you hold a strong pair,
such as KK, and the river comes K-A-6. Your monster
3 Kings are hidden, and anyone with an Ace is probably
going to be putting in a raise, seeing top pair on the
flop. The potential for this hand is amazing, and slow
play would be a good option.
A similar situation we will call flopping trips. This
would be a situation where you hold only one of the
3 cards as your pocket card. Say you hold AK suited,
and the flop comes K-K-Q. Here again, you have 3 of
a kind, but even so, we have to understand that this
is a bit of a weaker hand. Anytime a pair is showing
on board, there is danger of a full house already formed.
QQ would definitely be a hand that someone would hold
onto, and if given this flop, your 3 Kings are losers.
Its also harder to maximize a pot with the two Kings
on the flop. Those are huge scare cards, and if you
bet out right away, you may get nothing more than whats
already in the pot. Again, slow play, and be especially
careful of an already formed full house.
There are however certain times you want to jam the
pot with 3 of a kind. If the flop gives chances for
a straight draw, like K-K-10, where anyone holding Q-J
has a good chance at a straight, or if 2 of the cards
are the same suit, giving someone a chance at a flush.of
they held onto a pair of same suited cards. In these
instances, they are going to play to the river, so make
them pay to see extra cards!
Another time you want to jam the pot is if you have
flopped a small set. For example you checked with the
big blind with a pair of 3's, and the flop comes out
Q-8-3. You have your set, and will most likely win with
it, but you don't want to risk someone holding a higher
pair getting their set on the turn or river for free.
Bet, raise, check raise if you know someone else will
bet, whatever you have to do to narrow down your competition
and hopefully force out the small and medium pairs.
What you like to see is someone with AQ in this situation
with top pair, top kicker who will give you action but
has very little chance of winning it. Jam the pot with
Top Pair after the Flop
If you held a high pair before the flop and were jamming
the pot, then you should continue to jam the pot if
you still hold the top pair. If you held Q-Q, and the
flop comes out 10-2-7, its obvious you're still the
leader, unless someone was slow playing Aces or Kings
before the flop, or someone with 10's just flopped a
set. The fact is, if you play aggressively with a high
pair before the flop, you will know whether or not you
still have the lead.
If you held A-K, and the flop comes out 4-K-9, here
again, you're jamming the pot. You hold top pair with
the best kicker, and the last thing you want is for
someone to draw out and complete a flush or straight
to beat you.
Top pair is strong after the flop, but definitely not
strong enough to sit on and slow play.
Flopping a small Pair
Suppose you were holding A-8 of clubs, and the flop
comes out Q-8-3. You have missed your flush draw, because
only the 3 is clubs, but you have flopped a pair of
“babies.” You have to respect the fact that
someone may have a queen, and have you beat. Even so,
if the action is checked to you, I would seriously consider
putting in a raise here. By putting in the raise, you
accomplish the purpose of finding out the true strength
of your pair. If anyone holds a queen, you can expect
a raise. If you have high hand, expect calls. If you
are raised, then you must consider the personality of
who raised you. If a mouse or rock raises you (see “Poker
Animals” under general strategy), then it might
be time to call or fold. If its the jackal, then by
all means stay in, and even re-raise.
This particular hand would be hard for me to fold,
simply because you still have alot of outs. An ace would
give you a huge hand, another 8 would be even better,
and theres always the possibility of 2 more clubs hitting
So, go ahead and bet with the small pairs, and then
judge by your opponents personalities and actions as
to where you stand.
Flopping a Monster Hand
By monster hand, I mean flopping a royal flush, 4 of
a kind, full house, flush, straight, straight flush.
Statistically the hand is yours or practically yours.
I would slow play in most circumstances. You want the
other players to stay in and build a decent hand that
they will bet with or at least call to the river with.
A word of caution though. In the case of flushes and
straights, make sure you don't get caught with the low
end of a straight or a low card flush, where someone
makes the same straight with a higher card, or someone
makes the same flush with a higher card. If you are
playing good quality pocket cards though, this should
rarely happen. But if your flush is only a 10 high,
bet aggressively and try to force out anyone holding
a jack, queen, king or ace of your suit. Granted, most
people won't fold with four to a flush, but at least
you're making them pay for a chance to get their card.
As a general rule then, slow play the monsters and
wait till the more expensive turn and river to begin
extracting chips from your opponents.
Flopping a Flush or Straight Draw
You have to first of all understand that odds are still
against you making your hand (2-1 with four to a flush
or open ended straight). But the rule of thumb to follow
here is that Texas Holdem rewards aggressive play. Bet
this hand and hope for one of two results. Either everyone
else folds and you pick up a small pot, or you end up
making your flush or straight and winning a huge one.
Flopping 2 Pair
Say you hold J-10 suited, and the flop comes 10-4-J.
You have managed to flop the top two pair here. I always
jam the pot in this case. While two pair is strong,
there are still alot of hands that can beat it. Jam
the pot and elbow everyone else off the table if possible.
If you end up making a full house on the later streets,
you can adjust your strategy, but for moment, you want
to bet and force the limpers out.
If you are holding onto a marginal type hand, and it
is not helped at all by the flop, then toss these cards
immediately. Taking bad hands to the river will cost
you money in the long run.
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