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Play Texas Holdem For The Long Run

How to play Texas Holdem poker for the long run?

You may win a Holdem game or two when you first begin to play. Sometimes it can be put down to beginners luck, but even these early wins should take into account the long term. You are going to find times when the cards run hot and other times when they run cold. It all evens out over the long term. That is why strategy is so important when playing Texas Holdem.

The best Holdem strategy is going to take the money. Nothing is feared more than the unknown. If you can develop a strategy that is able to shift gears during a game and become so unpredictable that you opponents don't know what you are going to do, then you will have an edge.

Vary the hands that you are willing to play. Once in a while see the flop with Jack/3 off suit. Or some other equally bad hand. Do it as cheaply as you can. Remember that playing for the long run means that the cards will equal out over time. Time and hours of play will knock off the high spots and level out the bad runs. If you think that you on the verge of tilting, get out of the game fast. Do something else for a couple of hours. Play Craps or Blackjack and come back to the game when you have calmed down.

If you are not playing in A tounament

but a money game then, bide your time and wait for position as much as you can. Position in Texas Holdem is about the most important thing to consider. It can help you in stealing the blinds, running a semi-bluff, or slow playing a loose agressive player. You want the wild agressive players on your right. Change seats if you have to to get them there. It puts you in position of acting after they do. Let the weak players have the position on you. They will not use it to their full advantage.

The Texas Holdem Money Bluff

Bluffing in Texas Holdem is an important part of the game. Over time the cards will equal out so you have to steal pots with a bluff to put you in the money. If you get stuck with a reputation of never bluffing other players will never call you and you will get stuck winning pots that are small. If you get caught bluffing a time or two in a game, it will convince your opponents to call because you might be bluffing, even though you have strong, or pretty strong hands. The bluff sticks in their minds and adds to your bottom line.

Take Advantage Of The timid poker player

You will see it happen to a guy. He will get ahead of the game. You might catch him counting his chips and soon the resolve comes into his eyes not to chance losing any of it back to the game. You know now that he will play ultra conservative poker and you can bump him out of a hand with a raise. If you see someone look at his watch more than once in a few minutes, raise him too. He is tired and wants it to be over, one way or the other. Help him out.

Read The Board

Read the board. Be aware that even if you have Ace/Ace and a pair of deuces flop then there is a very good chance someone out there has just flopped a set. You have to improve your Ace,Ace/Deuce, Deuce two pair all the way to a full house to win. Try and see the board from the other guys perspective. You may hold Ace/King suited in diamonds. The flop comes and two spades show up. The other guy might have been holding spades and is unimpressed that you hold Big Slick. He is looking to draw another spade and hopes it is the Ace so you will call him.

Remember that the loose aggressive poker player is vulnerable to the semi-bluff. He sets himself up for it when he chases a draw all the way to the river. He is betting the come and most of the time it will not come. You can take his chips away by biding time and waiting for the right hand to cut him down.

When you are behind, dump the hand. If you are behind at the beginning of a hand, don't waste any more money chasing a losing hand. Call only if the hand that you are drawing to is a sure winner. Most times if you have seen the flop and you do not have the hand then the pot odds must be very good for you to chase it further.


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