Strategy in brief: Play medium strength and other
playable hands from the later positions if you have a good chance of seeing the
flop at a reasonable price. Play strong high hands most
of the time, and play them very aggressively. Take all the raises you can
get. Your aggressive play before the flop can add credibility to any strong play
you might want to use on the next round if a garbage flop falls and you want to
try a steal. If you get a lot of action with a threatening flop, fold your high
Vary your play to
confuse and bewilder the other players. If you play every hand the same way, you
risk being labeled a robot by your fellow players and you won't get any respect
at the poker table. Not only that, you'll have to endure all the poker articles
and player remarks about how easy you are to beat in Holdem poker because you're
Fast play high pairs and very strong hands before the flop. This
puts more money in the early pot and encourages weak hands
to fold that could get a lucky flop and beat you. Slow playing your strong hands can cost you
money in the long run because other players will then know when your hand is
Don't draw to the low end of a straight. If a 9-8-7 flops, you
want to be playing the J-10 and not the 6-5. The low part is commonly
called the ignorant end.
Watch out for uniform flops, like 9-8-7, they can easily turn
into straights that can overtake your high pair or other good hand.
Don't expect unconnected Medium and Low Cards will play for you. This
includes suited cards that can't flop a straight and both ends of a straight.
Study your opponents, especially when you are not playing hands
and can pay careful attention. Do they find more hands to play than they
fold? Do they bluff? Can they be bluffed? Do they have any tells that disclose
information about their hands?