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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


The 8 Winning Principles of No-limit Hold'em

Certain basic principles of no-limit hold'em form the cornerstone of successful strategy. If you understand these concepts before you begin playing no-limit hold'em poker game, many of your strategy decisions will fall into place automatically. Always keep the following principles in mind while you are playing the game card and you will progress from beginner to winner far more rapidly than you ever imagined.

1. You Need a Stronger Hand to Call with than you Need to Bet With

When you are the first player in the pot no limit and come in for a raise, you put your opponents to the test.

If they are smart, they realize that they need a stronger hand to call with than you need to bet with. Conversely, if an opponent moves in on you, you must have a hand in order to justify calling.

Although he doesn't need to have a hand to raise, you need to have a hand to call his raise. When somebody moves in, decide how strong you think his hand might be. If you think that you opponent is out of line, you sometimes might call with a somewhat weaker hand. Suppose you have an A-Q, for example. You might consider calling if you think the raiser is just trying to put a move on you. He may be going all in, for instance, because he is shortstacked extrastuff and wants to try to improve hischip position by blowing you out of the pot.

When you are so short on chips that you have plummeted into the "all-in stack" range on our betting chart, you are more likely to take a risk by raising with a hand such as middle suited connectors but only when you are the first one in the pot and can make a big enough raise to get your opponents to lay down their hands. This is why we say that when you are first to act, you can raise with a weaker hand than you can call with. As the first bettor in the pot, you put your opponent(s) to the test but when an opponent is the first one in the pot, he puts you to the test introduction.

2. You Don't Need to Win a Lot of Pots

In limit hold'em poker you have to win a series of hand to be successful, but in no-limit you only have to win certain key hands. This is true because the pots that you win in no-limit play are often much bigger than they are in limit games. Either your whole stack or your opponent's whole stack can go into the pot during a hand. And when the gaming money goes in, you want to have the best hand.

3. You Don't Need to Win a Lot of Pots

In no-limit it is usually too expensive to put in all your chips with only a drawing hand, whereas in limit hold'em you usually can draw far more cheaply. You will win far more no-limit hold'em pots before the flop and on the flop than you do in limit hold'em. This happens because drawing to a hand in limit hold'em will cost you only a prescribed number of bets, whereas taking a poker draw in no-limit hold'em can cost you your entire stack. Also, with fewer players in most no-limit hold'em pots, the odds are usually not favorable enough to warrant taking the draw.

4. Your Style of Play Affects Your Chances Winning

In no-limit poker, excessively tight play doesn't cut it. It will, however, allow you to survive longer. Suppose you get to the final three or four tables and they all have you outchipped three or four to one so that you're forced to play a marginal hand. What have you accomplished? In other words, very tight play usually doesn't allow you to win tournaments because you just don't get enough action on your good hands, or you don't get enough chips to be competitive late in the tournament. You have to use a different style of play to be most effective in poker tournaments.

Solid-aggressive is the style that we recommend. You don't want to play a whole lot of hands, but when you do play a hand you want to be aggressive, unless you're trying to trap an opponent by just calling during the early betting rounds crash course.




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