Pre Flop strategy
Hands of Texas Holdem Poker are won when the last card, the River, gets dealt on the table, right? Games are won when literally the chips are down?
You’d think that would be the obvious conclusion about Texas Holdem poker, but Paul Phua disagrees.
One secret that good players know is that most hands of poker are won and lost before the flop – before the dealer deals those three community cards onto the table on poker night. This is the same, whether you play in the casino or play poker online.
For example, if you are dealt good cards at the start of a hand, one thing a lot of amateurs do is just hang around and hope that a lot of players are still in the game after the flop. They do so in the hope they can win a lot of money from their opponents, but there is a cost of course too. The player will need to carry on investing more and more chips into the pot in order to maintain their interest in the hand. Paul Phua says this is wrong.
If you are dealt, say, a pair of Aces, Paul Phua says you shouldn’t be wanting to keep everyone else in the game. In fact, he says, you should be looking to scare other players off before the flop, and not hang around. Why? Doesn’t that mean you will win less money? Maybe, but those Aces can get cracked. If there are too many players around the poker table left at the later stages of a hand of Texas Holdem, your opponents’ hands can improve. A pair can become a three of a kind. Two hearts can become a flush easily after the turn. Something worth thinking about for your poker strategy.
Paul Phua also says that mixing up your styles of play before the flop is important in Texas Holdem. Send out mixed signals as part of your poker strategy. Don’t develop tells that are too easy to read. Be unpredictable.
And one last point – always remember how much you have to pay to see the flop in a game of Texas Holdem. Is the bang worth the buck? Don’t risk too much money to win a small pot in a hand of Texas Holdem poker. And don’t be too afraid of having to call after you’ve been re-raised if the pot on the poker table is big. It’s about making an investment to see the flop. If calling a re-raise only involves a small amount of money, it might be worth it. Think of it that way next time you are in the casino, and try it as part of your pre flop strategy.
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