One of the benefits of playing Texas Hold’Em, or any style of poker for that matter, is that when betting at a Casino, you have the advantage of playing against other players instead of the house, which means that if you have a decent strategy, your odds of winning are much higher than they are in any other game of chance.
Of course the challenging part of this is the “decent strategy” bit, but hopefully we’ll take care of that today and start you off on your road to Texas Hold’Em riches with what is known as the “playing tight” strategy.
The Ups and Downs of Playing Tight
The benefit of playing tight is that you can hold on to your money for much longer, which gives you a chance to play more hands. The downside is that this strategy is difficult to stick with, because a single instance of going on tilt or getting antsy can cost you the entire stack of chips at your side, and since playing tight requires you to play a long game, it’s very difficult to catch up. It’s also easy to know when another player is using a tight strategy, because they only bet when they have a decent hand. This is why you’ll need to work on bluffing and keeping your composure.
That said, this is a great beginner’s strategy because it’s simple, and gives you a chance to watch and learn while you wait for your chance to win. Here’s how it works:
Top 10 Hands
The foundation of a tight strategy is to only join the hand when you have pairs of 7’s or higher, and/or AQ/AK. These are the best starting hands you can have in Texas Hold’Em, and when playing them, give you a great chance of making a score or two.
Play the Flop Smart
If you have a pair of 7’s and the flop gives you anything but a 7, then you should fold or check, but never bet. Your best chance of winning is when the flop deals you a card you can play with, so don’t get tricked into thinking you’re just a card away from making magic happen. This is how bad players go broke.
Play the Pot
If you think you’re a card away from a big hand, such as a flush or straight, then you should evaluate the pot before deciding to bet or call a bet. For example, if you can bet ten bucks to get a chance at a $100 pot, then the odds match up. However, if you have to bet $10 to win $10, then that’s a raw deal, and you should avoid the bet. Go with high odds, and choose your battles.
Play and Learn
Once you get the hand of playing tight, you’ll learn how to keep your opponents guessing by using a few misdirection plays and/or mixing your strategy. In the meantime, work on avoiding tilt, and keeping your composure. This will go a long way towards keeping that bankroll growing.
Strategy by Aubrey Maturin – visit blog.