Summary of No Limit Hold-em Poker Tips #1-10

 If you are like me, you see a whole bunch of long posts and quickly move on to something else.  The following are a summary of the 10 poker tips I created with a link back to each post should one peak your interest.  Enjoy!

Summary for tip #1: Understanding the Various Styles of Poker Play

  • There are four broad styles of poker play.
  • Players typically fall into one of the categories, though their style may change over time.
  • Casual players typically play too passively and often very loose.
  • Tight- aggressive play is the goal.

Summary for tip #2: Understand Table Position

  • Understand the style of play of those seated near you as it will have a direct impact on your optimal playing style.
  • Be aware of your seat position on every hand relative to the button.
  • On the button you can play more hands due to getting to act last.
  • Right after the button you plan less hands due to having to act early.
  • Casual player often ignores the button and plays too many hands in early position.

 Summary for tip #3: Understanding Pot Odds and Implicit Pot Odds

  • Casual players overvalue small pairs and inside straight draws and call too many bets in hopes of a miracle card.
  • Casual players do not consider pot odds when deciding to call or raise a bet to them.
  • Multiple your outs to make a hand by 2 to approximate your odds of hitting an out on the river.  Multiple by 4 to approximate your odds of hitting an out on the turn or river.
  • If the odds of you making your hand/ winning the hand with your current cards is better than the pot odds offered, at least a call is appropriate.
  • Consider implied odds and chances you will still lose the pot if you make your hand before making your betting decision.

 Summary for tip#4: Fundamental Theorem of Poker

  • Casual player views poker as a game of trying to win the huge pot.  To win the huge pot, you need to see as many flops as possible.
  • Poker is actually a game of making correct decisions and forcing your opponent into incorrect decisions.
  • Evaluate poker success based on correct decisions vs. the actual outcome of the hand.
  • Casual player is typically predictable in their playing hands and betting style.  Opponents often make correct decisions.
  • A player only needs to be mildly unpredictable to cause their opponents to make incorrect decisions.

  Tip#5 Summary: Do not play so many hands!

  • Greatly increase the minimum standard of hand you need to see before you get involved with a hand.
  • Seeing 15-30% of the flops is reasonable.  Do not try to see more than 50% of flops early in a tournament.
  • The goal in early and middle position to avoid playing the hand unless your cards are so good they force you into action.
  • The goal in late position is to steal the blinds and generally play a higher percentage of hands.
  • If your hand is good enough to call with, it is good enough to raise with!

Tip #6 Summary: Winning by having other players lose

  • Do not push other players out of the pot when multiple players are in a small pot that will likely knock out another player.  You win by ensuring that player loses.

 Summary of tip #7:  How to Add Variety to the Number of Hands Played Without the Need for Judgment

  • Move from very tight playing style in the direction of an optimal tight playing strategy by adding certain key cards before the deal.
  • If you are dealt one of your key cards, play it as though it were a premium hand.  This introducing a bluffing frequency that will get you more action.
  • Select 1-2 specific cards (King of hearts for example) in early position as key cards.
  • Select 4 cards in middle position (any queen for example).
  • Select 6-8 cards in late position (any queen plus jack spades and king diamonds).
  • Increase the number of key cards as number of players at the table decreases.

 Summary Tip#8: Protecting Your Hand

  • The goal is to not allow opponents with weak hands to make a hand on the turn or the river without having to overpay to make their hands.
  • Size of the bet post-flop depends on the pot odds you want to give your opponent.
    • Bet of ½ the pot gives 4:1 odds which should make the weaker hands exit the pot.  This is a typical sized bet post-flop.
    • Bet of less than ½ the pot encourages callers. 
    • Best of more than ½ the pot will only attract the strongest of hands (or weakest of players).
    • A very strong hand will often check or bet less than ½ the pot.
    • A vulnerable hand will often bet more than ½ the pot.
    • A drawing hand will often check.
    • It is critical to estimate a range of hands that your opponent is playing based on their betting history.
      • If you can’t put the opponent on the hand you are now gambling.
      • Exit the hand unless you have incredible strength.

 Summary Tip#9: Going all-in

  • Never be loose in your all-in bet.  If you think, “What the heck”, time to fold.
  • To call an all-in raise, consider the pot odds, the strength of your hand and what hand your opponent might have.
    • Opponents rarely bluff all-in.  They have some sort of hand.
    • Rarely call all-in on drawing hands.
    • Pot odds have to justify the call.
    • To raise all-in, consider number of chips your opponent has left, odds that your hand will hold up and what your opponent wants you to do.
      • If opponent fears the all-in call, make their fears come true.
      • Be wary of chip stack size and impact on opponents’ propensity to make a loose all-in call.
      • Consider making life simple by raising all-in pre-flop.
        • Situations where your lack of experience is being exploited.
        • Later in the tournament when 5-6 players or less remain.

 Summary Tip #10: Play Free Sit-n-Go Tournaments Online

  • Sit-n-go online play money tournaments offer fairly realistic game play.
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3 responses to “Summary of No Limit Hold-em Poker Tips #1-10

  1. Thanks for the great post, a lot of useful finds

  2. Sorry, I do not speak English. (
    Recently he became interested in gambling on the Internet! It is very interesting, even started a blog! Thanks for the great post, a lot of useful find for yourself!)

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