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Poker Beginner Strategy

A guide to beginners in poker!

Playing Poker like most of you already should now involves many hours of studying books and videos of strategy, any novice player should first know the game well and adopt an attitude towards it!

The First Steps in your career as a poker player

Before even talking to the factors that a novice player should take into account and consider, we should mention the mistakes that you should not commit and the most common in young players.


Most Common Mistakes in new players:


- Management Banking: you should always play the stakes according to your bankroll you should usually have at least 50 buy-in ".

-Fear: Fear is something that you should never have to play as it reflects the attitude of the other players about you, as well as overconfidence.

-Tilt: Tilt it´s when it changes the way you play in response to recent events is one of the major problems not only for beginners but also has more advanced players, if you think that you are entering Tilt you should take a break and only when you calmer return to play!

-Number of tables: there should heed the false premise that the more tables in play will earn more, the number of tables that play should always be proportional to your level of play, speed of responsiveness as well as the fatigue factor should also be taken into account!

-Playing too many starting hands: Another beginner's mistake to think that the more hands to play the more you win, we all know that poker does not work like that and every time they go to the game should consider all factors in the first place!

-Inability to give good hands: often a beginner is reluctant to give up a good hand on the flop even if it has not been shown a good hand, we must have patience and wait!


Figure I: "Cartoon demonstrating poker player scared"


Beginner Strategy:


To adopt a strategy we should take into account four factors:


1-Position on the table;


2-Initial Hand;


3-Reading of the table;


4-Probability (odds);




1-Position on the table;


To be able to make the correct decision, you need information from which to derive their decisions. If you are in the final position that has more information than you would sit in top positions acting first on each round. That is why the position is so important, it gives you information about how other players act.

Starting position:


Starting Position Chair 1 - a position also known as the small blind. This player has to make a small blind bet and the first in each round on the flop

Chair 2-Also known as the big blind, has to make a forced bet big blind and act early in each round.

Chair3- Also called "under the gun player" in this position you must play very cautiously because there may be made" raises "after him!

Chair 4 - This is also considered a starting position because there are still several players still to act.

In early position you should play very cautiously because there are still many players to play after you! Because if you have a weak hand and someone goes to call his "raise"will be throwing money away!


Intermediate position:


Chair 5-7 - are called intermediate positions. Gamers have sitting here a little more information because some players have spoken before them. Should it play with the same caution and only with good starting hands! The intermediate position will still have to play much because you still have problems, play pens with right hands to make a "raise".


Final Positions:


Chair 8-9 - are called final deposition. When a player sits down at the final position he or she has more information about what happened at hand, this information can in turn be used to steal pots "but also can double if other players bet big. Normally you can play more starting hands in this position.

Chair 10-also known as "Dealer. " The "Dealer" is the best position on the table because it has the most information and you can play more starting hands in this position, you can steal pots more easily than in any other position.


Figure II: "Scheme of a poker table"


2-Initial Hand;


In deciding to go to the game or not you will have to make an initial assessment of your hand, position and the number and type of players, and type of game you are playing! The number of players is extremely important because the more players are on the table the greater the likelihood that some of them have a good hand, in other words when confronted with several players will need very strong initial hand! You should also watch your opponents in order to understand how they play, for example if your opponents play too many starting hands you should play on the other hand if they play defensively just play a few hands will do the same! If your opponents are playing a lot of liabilities should be starting hands on the other hand are more aggressive will play fewer starting hands. The number of starting hands you play will also be based on the type of game you are playing "No Limit" or "Fixed limit" in no limit you can play more hands than in fixed limit, because in no limit bets before the flop is very small compared to the final pot! For those who play tournament mode of play is very similar to No limit for bets on the pre flop are also very small compared with the final pot! Below I leave you two links to the tables which indicate which must hand to play in Fixed Limit and No Limit!

Fixed limit

No limit


3-Reading of the Table;


Playing only good starting hands will not make you a winner at Texas Holdem. To win at Texas Holdem will also need to master the moves post flop and it should be able to read your table. Over time, their skills with regard to reading the table (and their opponents) will greatly improve.


The "texture" of the Table.


In assessing the cards on the table usually talk about the "texture" of the table, obviously not the tactile sense but in the sense of texture characteristics of the cards on the table and how those characteristics fit. For example, letters may be linked by the same suit oupor value of high card. Depending on the "texture" of the cards on the table your game should be adjusted in accordance with that letter. For example by three suited cards on the table is very likely that someone has a good hand unless you have not done a good hand with the flop if there is a raise will be better for you to give up!

In these situations it is advised to play very cautiously:

• If the board is a double is very likely that someone has a triple! A couple at the table open for very strong hands.

• When three cards followed is also very likely that someone has a straight!

• If three cards of the same suit, then there is the risk of someone making a flush.

• If two or more cards over 10 in sight.

As you can see that not only know their own hand, you should also know the possible hands of your opponents. Remember to always evaluate according to the flop and thereby examine its possible hands as well as your opponents!


4-Probability (odds);


Poker is in many cases a game of chance is the probability that the hand will determine who will have a chance of making next letter, to be sitting in a month if you have two hearts in his hand and leaving two more hearts on the flop is then the probability out another card covers in order to have a flush that will define the way you play!

Sample Probability

To calculate the probability of any hand need to know how many letters have already seen and those that have not yet seen. In the previous example (with two hearts) there are nine cards that help your hand (13 less than four cups in your hand and on the table). As regards invisible ace cards there are 47 unseen cards on the flop (52 - 2 cards-3 cards on the table) and 46 on the turn. Now we can calculate the probability of obtaining the card that we want on the turn or river. The probability of getting a heart on the turn is 9 / 47 and river 9 / 46. In other words, it has 19.1% chance to get the letter you want on the turn and 19.5% in the River. Now let us consider how to proceed in this case. As we can see from above about 20% chance of the turn or river. If someone makes a big bet how to proceed?

The answer is given by analyzing the size of the bet in relation to the pot and the probability that the hand they wish to exit at the next card. For example, the pot could be $ 40 on the flop and someone already made a bet of $ 40 and is in the same flush draw. The pot is now $ 80 and see the next card will need to call, this bet will be profitable? We already know beforehand that that the probability of a heart on the turn is approximately 20%, then just do the calculations on which on which the expected profit on this call:

($80 (pot) + $ 40 (call) * 0,20 = $ 24

As you can see its expected profit is much lower than the bet you just made and hence the long term will lose money if you make this move.

So when a bet will be profitable so that we call the flush draw? The equation: (80 + x) * x = 0.20 (80 + x) * x = 0.20

By solving the equation verifies that X is 20, so the maximum bet that can make call without losing money is $ 20 in other words should not to call a bet greater than $ 20 in this situation.

Having said all this should always take into account all these factors when playing they are all equally important and none should be overlooked.


Figure III: "Table of odds eQwStrategy"


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