Texas Hold’em. . One of the most important things that you will need to do in order to win, is to be patient. Most people that are unsuccessful are those that like to play every hand and chase cards. Be selective on the hands you play and you’ll improve your odds greatly. Get an understanding of how the other players at the table are playing, loose….tight?
A couple of tips to remember. A loose player likes to bluff alot, 1 way to feel a loose player out is to increase his bet or check raise him and watch how they react. Remember mentally how they reacted in every betting round, so if it does come to the show down and you see their cards, you have just been given a great read on their style of play. A tight player usually only plays the”nuts” early on, but then they know you have a read on them and their style of play, so in the later rounds they try stealing the pot with a huge bet. If you have a feeling they may be trying to steal the pot, again raise their bet. If a tight player is quick to call, more than likely they have a hand so fold. Otherwise with your increase, a tight player will put you on a higher handfold and wait until their hands comes along.
Watch how players are gambling and remember that, so if it comes to a show down and cards are turned over, you’ll find a great read on their betting style. What I mean here is; did they have a made hand or were they draw? Did they bet on the flop, turn and river, or slow play their hand? It’s extremely important to learn how others perform in order to win in the later rounds once the blinds are higher.
Playing Pocket Pairs. A few things I suggest, if its early in a match wait to see a flop. The more players at the table, the riskier it is to go all-in. Wait until you find the flop and then if you pocket pair is greater than the board, wager aggressivly and see how others react. If over cards come out and someone bets big, don’t be affraid to fold. Be cautious to what the board gives you, does this give other players a chance at a straight or flush? Several times I have had my Aces cracked going all in pre-flop. Later in the game and with less players, pocket pairs increase in strength, since you are not on a draw, unless someone else has a pocket pair that is higher than yours.
Bluffing, this is a huge part of the game. A lot of players appear to be bluffing more (more so online). Here again, you will need to have a sense on others playing styles so as to get a read on them to determine if it’s a bluff or powerful hand. All players bluff to win a pot, you need to. I think you will need to bluff a win, possibly one an hour. If you are a player that doesn’t get caught in bluffs early on, it makes it that much easier to bluff a win once the pot is bigger in the later rounds. Should you get caught early and often, players are more than likely to call your bets and get tells you may not know you have.
On TILT? Another important part of this game is to control your emotions. We all take bad beats or fold a winning hand, it is a part of the game, but if you get mad or go on tilt, you will not win!
Always remember to be patient and play solid hands. It’s a marathon not a sprint. A Thought to play by; it’s aways better to rake a small pot than to get rid of a big one.