Texas Hold’em Poker Strategy: Hand Groupings

In online Texas hold’em the hands you can hold will be usually grouped with the help of two different big categorizations. There was a need from the beginning of the poker game for some way to tell exactly which hands are weak and which are strong, which are weaker when comparing and which hands should be kept or thrown. This is why, sometime ago, there has been created a chart that explains and clarifies the hand rankings in hold’em. Each and every possible hand has been evaluated and included in this chart, and the odds for each hand, in all types of drawing situations, have been compared to the odds of similar hand and then accordingly classified. The hand grouping is made in eight distinct groups, starting from group 1, the group considered to have the highest odds and ending with group eight which is with little exceptions the group of very low hands, with very low odds, that are usually not to be played.

Texas Hold’em Player’s Image And Poker Personality

Your texas holdem image is represented by your personality. Every poker player has a personality that can make or break them at a poker game. Your texas holdem image is a crucial part of playing texas holdem. Before I started writing the section of identifying your holdem image and your opponents, I read an article that I’ve found really interesting that relates to the topic of table image. A book author and professional holdem player was playing texas holdem at the Mirage in Las Vegas. A player left his table and a man wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt filled the seat. The poker author explains, “I immediately pegged this guy for another tourist. After the tourist sat down, he was telling stories and joking with the dealer and some of the other players. He didn’t seem to have a care in the world as he sat there talking and playing.” Everyone at the table perceived this character’s texas holdem image as a weak opponent, but this care-free tourist was winning with his very tight and aggressive style of play.

Texas Hold’em Player Categories

A useful thought process or tool you should familiarize yourself with is placing opponents into categories, both for your current playing session as well as any future sessions against the same player. There are four broad categories of playing styles. By playing against an opponent and learning his or her tendencies, you can place them in a category and adjust your style when contesting a pot with them. I find that by putting names with categories it helps me remember how each opponent plays. Here is a list of different playing styles followed by a suggested name for each. Feel free to use your own names if they are easier for you to remember. One note of caution, just because a player has been included in one category in the past does not mean that he or she cannot be in a different one today. Players play differently at different times for many reasons. Some tight/aggressive players change to loose/aggressive when drinking while others will tighten up after a bad beat. Always take a little time to reevaluate players you have experience with to make sure they haven’t changed their style.

Hold’em Advanced Strategy – Aggressive Betting

How many times have you been dealt a AA, KK, QQ and called the bet or checked figuring you will limp in and build up the pot, only to lose when someone else beats you with a better hand. If anyone says it never happened to them...they are either lying or had Texas Holdem figured out from the start. This is a novice mistake and we will look into how to prevent this from happening. For this article, we will focus on no-limit Texas Holdem. Limit Texas Holdem relies more on odds and less on bluffing and strategy.

Texas Hold’em – Bluffing Strategy

Many Texas hold em poker players understand that it is very important to be the aggressor when playing online Texas holdem. While it is true that aggressiveness is an important Texas holdem strategy, some players take it too far and forget to fold when they are beaten. Many players who have a losing hand will opt to go all in when raised, instead of folding when they know that they have a losing hand. This may work on occasion, but in the long run the player with the best hand will call your bluff.

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