Texas Hold’em is one of the most popular poker games to date. Most novice players find it a little tough to win in this game. However in more recent times, with the aid of various training materials and guides, more and more newcomers are quickly learning the ropes and working their ways up to the ranks for pros at Texas Hold’em.
How it was in the olden days of Texas Hold’em
In the olden days there were no guides or modern day poker calculators to help amateur players. They had to rely on their own experience in the game, learn from their mistakes and improve at the next game. Players would try and learn by playing against professionals who would occasionally impart a suggestion or two to their novice counterparts. Unfortunately, the advice from the pros were nothing more than a few simple suggestions or encouraging words. This was and IS a game of competition, and few pros were willing to give their competitor an advantage by sharing their strategies and keys to success. It was all about sheer hard work, perseverance and dedication to the game. In the olden days, becoming a pro could take years of playing (and loosing).
Strategies to win Texas Hold’em
Texas Hold’em is one of the most difficult games to master. However, there are some strategies you can use to your advantage:
- Be selective:
As a player you should be patient and also be selective about the kind of hands you play. Playing every possible hand and chasing cards is one of the most common mistakes players make. This not only earns them a bad reputation but also provides a lack of credibility to a player.
- Observe your opponents:
There’s a popular saying – “know your friends well but know your enemies better”. There’s more truth about this in poker than in any other game. You should always observe the play of your opponents – if they’re playing tight or loose. If a player is playing loose, it might be very difficult to call his bet while a player will usually play tight if he happens to have a very bad hand.
- Loose players bluff more:
This is very true in the case of Texas Hold’em. Most of the time players who like to play loose will also like to bluff very often. One way to check them out is the raise their bluff and then to observe their reaction. On the other hand, a tight player will usually call their bluffs earlier on in the game. They may also try dodge their playing pattern by suddenly aiming to steal the pot. However you’ll become a pro at judging them by observing their bluffs and reactions.
- Observe betting styles:
It really helps to understand the way your opponents are betting and once the cards are turned over, to see if they were on a draw or a hand. This will give an idea on their betting patterns and you will ultimately have an edge in the game.
- Wait for a flop:
Just in case you happen to be playing Pocket Pairs, it helps to wait for the first flop to happen. Once the flop happens, and if your own pocket pair is higher than the rest of the board, then you can bet aggressively and observe other opponents’ reactions.
- Bluff wisely:
It is wise to bluff cautiously. Bluffing is a fine art and if not mastered can actually ruin your game. If you’re the kind who manages to bluff and doesn’t get caught early in the game, you can afford to bluff when the pot is large in the later rounds. However, if you get caught too often players most likely will call your bets during later rounds as well.