Texas Hold’em Tips for Beginners

As the old saying goes, Texas Hold’em takes 5 minutes to learn, and a lifetime to master.  And if you ever want to reach the level of mastery, you’ll have to start somewhere.  These Texas Hold’em tips will definitely provide a good place for you to start learning basic strategy for the game.

Don’t Play Too Many Hands

The biggest problem that most beginning Hold’em players have is that they play too many hands.  By playing too many hands, you throw chips away that could have been saved by just folding.  So, in order to avoid playing too many hands, you should exercise proper hand selection.  As a total beginner, you should stick to playing the premium hands such as A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J, and A-K.  When you start to get more experience and understand table position better, you should branch out and play more hands.

Pay Attention to Table Position

Every decision you make in Texas Hold’em should be made with your table position in mind.  Table position can be divided up into 3 main parts: early position (first 3 spots), middle position (next 2 spots), and late position (last 3 spots not including the blinds).  When in early position, you will only want to play the aforementioned premium hands.  In middle position, you can throw in cards like 10-10, 9-9, 8-8, and K-Q into the mix.  Late position allows you to open up the amount of hands you’re willing to play even more; just make sure you can read opponents before doing so.

Study Opponents

One more crucial thing for Texas Hold’em beginners is paying attention during the game and reading opponents.  By studying your opponents, you will know how aggressively you can make bets and raises against them.  You can play really aggressive against conservative opponents while you should play tighter and avoid betting out as much against overly aggressive players.

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