Texas Hold’em Flop Philosophy

We can evaluate our hand by following groups:

1. Strong hand – these cards are the combination of cards that we can always consider ourselves winners with. These are mostly flushes, straights, two pairs. Of course, there are exceptions.

2. Marginal hand – this hand is strong enough and can become the strongest hand at the showdown. Having this cards, as a rule, before we bet all-in, we have to consider the following: is it possible our opponents to have not that strong hands and nevertheless risk to bet all-in. If it is not, as a rule. We either win the small pot when our opponent folds or lose the big pot when our opponent calls. These hands usually contain two pairs with top kickers or we have one pair and in order to make three of a kind, we have one of the community cards open.

3. Low hand – these are hands with almost zero odds to win at the showdown. Mostly these are two pairs as well as two pairs with top kickers when the flop is dangerous.

4. Draw combinations – these are hands with no odds during the flop but can become winning after the turn and the river.

5. Garbage -with these cards we have no real odds at all.

In case our hand is from Group 1, we aim to make a big pot. In other words, we have to attack no matter how many opponents we have and what is our position. The other possibility is to call or raise but then it will be difficult to make a big pot. Our strategy should be aggressive.

In case our hand is from Group 3, our aim is to lose less. If we have one opponent, we usually attack during the flop. With two opponents our decision depends on the Flop and our position. With three opponents it is preferable to check or fold.

In case our hand is from Group 4 and in the pre-flop we already attacked, it is better to attack during the Fop or even bet or raise, especially if we have strong (eleven or more outs) drew combinations.

In case our hand is from Group 5, the best action is to check or fold.

The most complicated situation is when our hand is from Group 2. When having one opponent, we always continue the attack. With three opponents and dangerous Flop you have to be ready to fold after your opponents counter-attack. It is considered mistake to play all-in with these hands when during the pre-flop one or more opponents answer our raise. With two opponents we always attack during the flop if we attacked during pre-flop but after that we have to be very careful. If you are convinced that most of your opponent hands are low, then definitely you should play aggressively.

This game is a combination of skill and knowledge and not everyone is good at it.

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The History of Texas Holdem Poker

Texas Holdem is a variation of 7 card stud that became popular in the United States in the 1990s but had been played a decade earlier. Poker has always been popular in the United States and Texas Holdem is a poker game. It is believed that the concept of poker started in the Middle Ages although the concept of the game of chance with numbers can date back to the ancient Chinese. The game was introduced in the United States in the French quarter of New Orleans as “poque” hence the name “poker.”

When playing Texas Holdem poker, you get two cards dealt face down. These are called your pocket cards. Five other cards are dealt face down in the center of the table. The betting commences as each of the first three cards on the table are flipped over. These are called the flop cards.

Poker is always a hand of five cards, although you can be dealt five or seven cards in the game. Even though you have seven cards, you can only use five to make up your poker hand. In the game of Texas Holdem, you have to use your two pocket cards plus any of the five cards on the table, which everyone else can use as well. Each player has the same hand with the exception of their pocket cards.

There are two different types of poker. Stud poker is when the cards that are dealt is all that is dealt from the deck. Draw poker is when you can take additional cards from the dealer when you relinquish other cards from your hand. With draw poker, you stand a better chance of getting a higher hand than with stud poker. Texas Holdem is a stud poker game.

The fourth card turned up is the turn and the fifth is the river. A conservative poker player will go out after the flop if he or she does not have a good hand. A good hand in Texas Holdem or any other poker game is a pair of Jacks or better. However, many players will stay in the game even if they do not have a good hand if they feel that they can bluff their way through. If you are playing in a tournament for real money, you might be tempted to go out if you are unsure of your hand. A good winning hand in Texas Holdem poker is three of a kind or better.

Poker has been played throughout the ages in one form or another. Texas Holdem is just a variation of this timeless game can easily be dated back to the 13th century. There are thousands of variations of poker that are played throughout the world. Once you understand the concept of the poker game, it is very easy to pick up each different game.

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