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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

Tournament Practice Hands

How to Select, Bet & Play the Best Hands

Before you begin studying the tournament practice hands we give you in this section, try to forget many of the fancy play poker you've seen top players make on national television. Most of the opponents you will be playing against in low-limit, beginner tournaments are playing at your same level of expertise. This means that they will not understanding many of the more advanced moves that world-class players sometimes make. In other words, most beginners at no-limit hold'em are far more likely to simply call you down than they are to fold in response to a fancy play.

After you have learned the basic principles of no-limit hold'em tournament play and have gained enough poker experience to move up the ladder of knowledge, you can expand your range of moves to include more sophisticated plays. But for now, it's keep it simple.

As beginning no-limit hold'em poker players, we are going to play a limited number of premium hands. As you're ability improves you will be able to start branching out from these hands and play a few additional ones. We recommend that you play only these hands until your skill has improved to a point where you have a very good idea of what is going on. By that we mean that you understand the value of your starting hands very well, and whether the flop is good or bad for your hand. You also need to be good at reading your opponents before you step up to more advanced strategies glossary.

Because we give you a strict selection of hands that you will be playing, you will have plenty of time between your playable poker hands to practice various things. We want you to be very observant of everything that's going on in the game. By being observant of everything that's going on in the game. By being observant you will spot things that will help you read your opponents better and thus make better decisions.

When you are not in a hand, ask yourself the following questions. Your answers will help you improve your reading ability when you are playing a hand.

. How often do they come into the pot?
. In what position do they raise?
. What kind of hands do they have when they raise?
. Do they raise a lot?
. How much do they raise with various types of hands?
. What kind of strategy hands do they limp with?
. What cards are they showing down?
. How does it affect their mood when they lose?

. How does it affect their mood when they win a hand?
. Can you see any patterns in their play?

By being very observant and asking yourself all these questions, you should be able to form a very good idea as to the kinds of hands your opponents are playing. When you get in tune, you will probably amaze yourself with how accurate your reads have become.

Answering these questions is an exercise that you can do even when you are a spectator of a game that is being played on television, in an on-land casino, or in an introduction casino. It's great way to learn to read players.

Remember that you will be playing with opponents who have different poker playing styles . Your strategy will often be affected by the type of players you are playing against. In the following tournament scenarios, we use the player types listed earlier in this book.

Here's a quick review:

1) Action Al raises a lot of pots. When he has the opportunity to act after you do, you can usually count on him to reraise. You've noticed, though, that he often (but not always) shows down good card game.

2) Reckless Rick is in overdrive. He raises too often, usually without any logical reason, often overbets the pot, and has shown some weak hands. He's usually willing to go to war with Action Al.

3) Passive Paul just calls, even when he has a premium hand. He seems afraid to get into the battle.

4) Novice Nancy is experimenting with no-limit play after years of playing limit hold'em poker game. She usually either overbets or underbets the pot, and sometimes calls when she shouldn't.

5) Tight Ted has cobwebs on his chips. When he raises, you know that he has a premium hand.

6) Loose Louie is on a roll and has held cards over you several times. He plays a lot of hands, including middle connectors and small pairs.

7) Solid Sam is aggressive when he plays a hand, but always seems to select the right situations and turns over strong cards knowing poker bluffingat the showdown.

8) Authority Artie is the resident critic at the table. He always has something negative to say about the way you play your hands, and his comments can be quite embarrassing. Artie also knows the rules of every card game ever invented.

We use these players' names as shortcuts to describe the types of opponents you will be facing before the flop in each of the following tournament scenarios.


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Tournament Practice hands

Tournament Practice Flops:

Bluffing Practice Hands

How to Play No-limit Hold'em

10 Ways to Practice No-limit Texas Hold'em

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