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Crash Course in No-limit Hold'em for Beginners

Shifting Your Thinking from Limit to No-limit

The 8 Winning Principles of No-limit Texas Hold'em

How to Determine the Strength of Your Hand:

Determining How Much to Bet:

Understanding Your Opponents:

Knowing When and How to Bluff


10 Ways To Practice No-Limit Texas Hold'em

To get some practice at no-limit Texas hold'em before you venture into a live casino to play a big buy-in tournament, you can do what Tom and I did when we started playing poker just get a group of friends together and have a home poker game. Or you can take advantage of the many opportunities for practice that are available to you in the modern world of poker. In this section we offer you our suggestions on ways to hone your no-limit hold'em skills.

You can practice in the convenience of your own home on the Internet via online casinos. The online casinos have everything from "play money" games where you play for free to real carsh games that start at about 5-cent and 10-cent blinds up to much more expensive games. You can start at the level you feel comfortable and then move up as your skill improves.

Online casinos also sponsor multi-table tournaments, single-table tournaments, and satellites in which you can play for low buy-ins up to high buy-ins. Online tournaments and satellites are a great place to begin your no-limit hold'em practice, and you can find a tournament or satellite to play at almost any hour of the day and night.

Don't miss any chances to all the pros play on television. Now that the players are showing their hands to the television audience, you can learn a lot about the way the cream of the crop play no-limit hold'em for big money.

If you live close to a casino that sponsors big or small tournaments, go and watch players in live action. While you are sitting in the audience, try figuring out what hands the advanced stud poker players have and why they bet their hands the way they do.

Above all, have lots of fun and practice, practice, practice.


Watch No-limit Hold'em Televised Tournaments

Observing how players bet and play their hands during televised tournaments can help you get on the fast tract of moving from a beginner to the winner in the world's most exciting and lucrative poker game, no-limit Texas hold'em poker.

A World Poker Tour tournament or the World Series of Poker might have started with 300 or more players, but you're seeing only the top few survivors on your television screen. When you watch a World Poker Tour tournament on TV, you see only the top six finalists playing at the championship table. The World Series of Poker starts filming when the final nine players have been determined.

The WPT has tournaments in various places all over the world. The WSOP is played in Las Vegas. The buy-in is usually between $ 5,000 and $ 25,000 in the WPT events and it is $ 10,000 for the WSOP championship tournament. The qualifications to enter usually are just being of age and posting the required buy-in. The tournament begins with many tables, usually with nine players per table. For example, if there are 270 players there would be thirty tables at the beginning of the tournament. In a $ 10,000

But in event, everyone usually starts with $ 10,000 in chips.

In televised tournaments, most of the action happens before the flop and on the flop. When you see the players" hole cards on TV, you might notice that sometimes they bet with garbage hands. Other times they have very good hands. With so few players left in action, it's often "raise and take it," no matter what kind of hand the raiser has. That is, whoever raises first often takes the pot.

And there's a lot of bluffing, which makes the game exciting for the audience as well as the players. Making a big bluff will test your nerves. It can even make your heart race, cause perspiration to pop out on your forehead, and induce heavy breathing. It is fun to make a successful bluff and win a pot just by pure guts-just watch the winners do it on TV and you'll see what I mean.

When you're playing or just watching practice reading the board cards and determining what the best possible hand is with each new board card that is dealt. You should always be asking yourself, "What, at this moment, is the nuts?" It is impossible, for example, for anyone to have a full house or four of a kind unless the board is paired. But if someone has made the nut straight or the nut flush, you know that's the best possible hand because it is unbeatable at that point. However, things can change with every new card that comes out in the middle.

For example, if you start off with two aces in your hand, you have the nuts before the flop. Then, depending on the cards that come out on the board, the value of your cards may change. Suppose you have the Q ? Q ? and the flop comes with Q ? 2 ? 7 ? . This is a great flop for your hand because you have a set of queens with no straight or flush draws bluffing possible. But if you had the Q ? Q ? and the flop came K ? A ? 10 ?, that would be a horrible flop for your hand. Someone could have a flush, a straight, an ace or king in his hand to beat your two queens.


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