|So, you want to learn how to play poker, eh? Well, you have
come to the right spot. Casino Watchdogs is here to give you the experience
that you will need to play your first hand. Also, for those of you that have
more than intermediate experience please check out our
advanced strategies section. If you are looking for video poker tips
please check out our Video Poker Strategy section.
For a beginning gambler, sitting at the Texas Holdem table can be an
intimidating experience. The strategies, scare tactics, and sunglasses create
an overwhelming and discouraging atmosphere, leaving the beginner scrambling to
find his or her own playing approach.
While competing strategies and theories do abound, simple techniques can help
you stay grounded and eventually build a more sophisticated poker game. For
instance, while it may at first seem risky and frightening to bet before the
flop, it is an excellent way to increase your odds of ending with the top poker
hand. Betting just enough to knock out squeamish players insures that their
seemingly “weak” hands do not turn into great hands after the flop. .
A seven and two is notoriously the worst hand dealt in Texas Holdem, but if the
seven and two appear in abundance later, that worst hand becomes a hand that
will beat your high pair. By betting confidently early, you not only eliminate
potential competitors, but make a positive statement about your own hand. .
If you end up with a top hand then you’ve established a hefty pot that you can
confidently collect. If you end up with a mediocre hand you’ve created the
sense that you have a strong hand, allowing you to bluff other players out of
the pot. In either scenario, betting confidently early proves to be more
effective than limping in after other players’ bets, which only drains your
chips and makes no positive statement about your cards.