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Introduction


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

How to determine the strength of your hand

The First Winning Skill of No-limit Texas Hold'em

Most likely, you will begin playing no-limit hold'em in a tournament or a one-table satellite. This is because except for some very big on-land casino crash games and some small online casino cash games no limit hold'em is not usually spread as a cash game. It is primarily played as a tournament game, and it is the game that is most often played in the championship event of on-land and online tournaments.

To be a successful tournament player at any poker game, you must play a balancing act similar to a juggler who has seven card stud balls in the air at one time. This chapter explains how to balance the critical factors in tournaments so that you can make it to the final table as often as possible and with as many chips as possible. The quality of your decisions depends on how well you integrate these seven factors into your game plan at every stage of the tournament.

The Seven Factors in the Balancing Act

. The strength of your poker playing hand
. The size of the blinds in relation to your stack
. How soon the limits are going to rise
. How many chips you have
. The size of your bet
. Your position at the table
. The playing style of your opponent

These seven factors are interrelated. That is, they work in union with each other rather than in isolation. In some situations, your chip count will play poker a more important role in making a quality decision than the strength of you hand. In other scenarios, your table position plus the playing style of your opponent(s) will take precedence over your chip count.

No-limit hold'em poker game that requires judgment. You may decide to play a hand one way and then, after discussing it with a friend who is knowledgeable, find that he would have played it differently. Who is right? Neither of you is necessarily dead right or dead wrong. It all depends on how you and your friend balanced the way your opponents were playing, the amount of chips they had, how many chips you had, and the value of your hand in that particular situation.

The right way to play a hand is not set in stone-there is more than one way to play every hand. Understanding that, debating with other good players on the topic of how to play specific hands in certain situations can make you a better player. If you remain open minded enough to see both sides of the story, you can grow. Your differences of opinion usually occur because you and your poker buddies put more emphasis on one factor than the other. In essence, you are balancing things from different perspectives and that is why you see things in two different ways. We invite you to join in our discussions of no-limit hold'em poker by visiting www.pokerbooks.com.

Now let us talk in depth about the four major skills that you will need to master the balancing act and win at no-limit hold'em. They are:

. Evaluating the Strength of Your Hand
. Determining How Much to Bet
. Understanding Your Opponents
. Knowing bluff When and How to Bluff

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Tournament Practice Flops:


Bluffing Practice Hands


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10 Ways to Practice No-limit Texas Hold'em

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