1. Rules of Texas Hold’Em

2. Hand Rankings in Texas Hold’Em

3. Different Types of Betting – No Limit, Pot Limit, Fixed Limit

4. Different Types of Table – Full Ring, Short Hand, Heads Up

5. Bankroll Management

6. Buying Into a Game

7. Introduction to Tight Aggressive Playing Style

8. The Power of Position

9. Playing Tight Aggressive – Preflop Hand Selection

10. Playing Tight Aggressive – Preflop Raising

11. Playing Tight Aggressive – Facing 3-Bets

12. The Playability of Hands

13. The Different Board Types

14. Introduction to Postflop Play – Continuation Betting

15. The Three Reasons To Bet

16. Playing Postflop – The Equity of Draws

17. Playing Postflop – Calculating Pot Odds

18. Poker Psychology – Understanding Variance

19. Poker Psychology – Recognising Tilt

20. Glossary of Poker Terms

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Playing Postflop – Calculating Pot Odds Whilst this may sound complicated, it is really just basic mathematics that are used in poker to determine whether you can call a bet profitably. Pot odds are used in conjunction with your equity to determine whether you can call a bet correctly or whether you should fold. A simple definition of pot odds is that it is the ratio of the possible reward compared with the price you have to pay. So, basically, it’s a risk/reward calculation. Using this calculation, you can easily find out if it is profitable to make a call

Playing Postflop – The Equity of Draws Firstly, let’s clear up what the term ‘equity’ means: Equity is simply the percentage of the pot you are expected to win. An example of this is if you go all in preflop with AA against KK, in this situation you have about 80% chance of winning the pot, therefore you have 80% equity. When we talk about the equity of draws, we assume that we will win the pot if we complete our draw, so it simply refers to what percentage of the time we will complete our draw. In postflop situations,

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The Playability of Hands Whilst the table in the previous article will put you in good stead for playing winning poker there are times when you should deviate from this strategy, especially once you get more experienced. For example, if you have a player seated next to you who is raising every single hand, you should be playing a lot looser than we suggested. This is because your opponent’s raise no longer suggests that they have a good hand. But this doesn’t mean you should be playing every hand that you are dealt, we want to select our hands carefully.

Playing Tight Aggressive – Facing 3-Bets There will be times in a game of poker where you will pick up a nice hand, raise to our standardised raising size, only to find that an opponent behind us re-raises, or 3-bets, us. It is essential for us to react correctly to these situations, as when they 3-bet the pot becomes hugely inflated. If you make mistakes in these situations you can find yourself losing a lot of money. We want to continue with our current philosophy of ‘Tight is Right’. If we start calling 3-bets with all sorts of mediocre hands

Playing Tight Aggressive – Preflop Raising We now have a hand range for each position to get you started with a winning strategy, but there are a few things that need to be explored a bit more specifically. One major aspect of poker we need to learn about is raising preflop, as we will be encountering the situations where we want to raise preflop quite a lot. This article will continue to develop your preflop strategy. How Much Should You Raise? So, we know we should raise a certain hand, but how much do we raise it to? You should

Playing Tight Aggressive – Preflop Hand Selection Now we have thought about how position changes the decisions we make at the poker table, we now get to see exactly how it applies to our strategy. The table below illustrates what we should do with each hand in a situation where we have no special information about our opponents. This guide is what you should be referring to when starting out playing online poker. In the table below, for simplicity’s sake, positions are split up into four categories (rather than the actual nine). The Early Position column refers to positions Under

The Power of Position Before we get into the nitty-gritty business of determining our starting hand selection, first we must understand how and why our position on the poker table effects our decisions. Before we delve into this, you should know the terms for the positions. Below is a list of the positions on a Full Ring table, starting from the Small Blind and working our way clockwise: Small Blind (SB) Big Blind (BB) Under The Gun (UTG) Under The Gun +1 (UTG+1) Middle Position 1 (MP1) Middle Position 2 (MP2) Hijack (HJ) Cut Off (CO) Dealer Button (BU) Before

Introduction to the Tight Aggressive Playing Style We’ve covered all the basics of preparing to play; now it’s time to actually get to our playing strategy. In these next articles we will outline a strategy for playing basic, winning online poker. This strategy, with some advancement and experience, can help you beat the lower limits of online poker and start making money. This is the Tight Aggressive strategy (TAG) and, unsurprisingly, focuses around playing tight poker and aggressive poker. What Is Meant By ‘Tight’ and ‘Aggressive’? The term ‘tight’ refers to the selection of our starting hands. That is, which

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Introduction to Bankroll Management So, now we get to one of the single most important articles in this series. It’s not about strategy, or game selection, or reading your opponent, it’s about not losing all your money. You can’t get more important than that right? You can’t play poker if you don’t have any money. The nature of the game of poker means that there will be times that you lose; even the absolute best players in the world lose. This is because luck plays a huge role in the short term results of poker – you can go all

Table Types in Texas Hold’Em As you now know, there are a few different variations of Texas Hold’Em with regards to the betting formats. After considering which betting format to choose when starting your poker career, you will now need to think about what size table you want to play at. There are three basic types of Texas Hold’Em table size: Full Ring, Short Handed, and Heads Up. As was the case with the betting formats, the difference seems small from the outside, but the strategy required to beat each game type differs quite a lot. Here we will briefly

Betting Formats of Texas Hold’Em There are a number of different formats of Texas Hold’Em available, which involve slight alterations to the betting structure. The three most common variations are Fixed Limit, Pot Limit, and No Limit. Whilst the difference may seem miniscule, the differences in strategy between each game vary greatly. Some consider Fixed Limit poker to be a very mathematical, science based game, as opposed to the more ‘artistic’ No Limit variation. No Limit Texas Hold’Em No Limit Texas Hold’Em is currently the most popular and widely played variation of poker in the world. The poker legend Doyle

Texas Hold’Em Hand Rankings So, now you know the rules of Texas Hold’Em, it’s time to find out exactly what hands are the best to hold. As you already know, a Texas Hold’Em hand consists of exactly five cards. These cards are a combination of none, one, or both of your hole cards and the five community cards. To keep it simple, just remember that the higher it is, the better it is! If you have a pair, the higher it is the better. If you have a straight, the higher it is the better. Got a flush, the higher

The Easy Way to Understand The Rules of Texas Hold’Em Texas Hold’Em is the most widely played and most popular variation of the game of poker. As with any popular game, Texas Hold’Em takes a minute to learn but a lifetime to master. In this article, we will take that minute to learn the rules of the game. The aim of the game is simple, to end up with a better five card hand than your opponents, and to win money from those opponents in the process. To get the action started, the two players to the left of the