Questions and Answers

Many concepts and ideas about Texas Holdem Poker have been discussed in this site. But for many players, to read and learn would be two different cases. Accordingly, for you to keep hold on with some essential ideas, I have repeated in a question and answer form.

I advice that after going through and analyzing this site just try to answer the following questions. You will possibly want to go over and over again. You can see the answer after you get your own solution to your best of your proficiency.

Also, I want to indicate that what follows is not a substitute to the site. Several ideas are not presented in the site. But, much of the information is included so that after you have completely grasped the site, the questions should help to keep your hold'em game very interesting.

Eventually, the questions and answers are sorted out according to the topics covered in the site, so as to make it easy for you to jump into the required section for any detail explanation.

The First Two Cards:

Early Position

1. If you are first in, or if there is only a call to your right, what should you be inclined to play?
You should be inclined to play those hands in the first four groups.

2. What about a loose holdem game if the players are not very aggressive?
You can opt for Group 5 hands especially the suited connectors.

3. What about a tough holdem game?
You should discard the Group 4 hands.

4. What will you do if the game gets more aggressive?
You should simply throw away your hands such as AJ and KT's.

5. What do we mean when we refer to a loose game?
A loose game is a game without much before-the-flop raising and with many players in most pots.

6. What do we mean when we refer to a tough game?
A tough game is a game with a fair amount of raising but not many large multi-way pots.

7. What if you don't understand which type of game you are playing?
You should assume that the game is typical until you can decide otherwise.

8. What if the game is loose but very aggressive?
You should not be in many pots.

9. What if the game is tight, but passive?
You can play more number of hands.

10. Why should you add a few hands to those you play up front?
Because you want to throw your rivals off.

11. Why would you play a hand like 76 up front?
You should play in order to prevent your more observant rivals from stealing against you when "rags" flop, or if you feel that your early position raises are getting too much respect.

12. What if there is a raise to your right and the same is typical or tough?
You should limit your play to those hands in Groups 1 and 2.

13. What if the game is loose?
You can play Group 3 hands too (but be careful of AQ).

14. Should you be calling many raises if no one (except the raiser) is in?
No.

15. What should you be doing?
You should either fold generally or re-raise occasionally.

16. Against a loose raiser, what other hands should you play?
You can play with other hands such as AQ, 99 and 88.

17. What would you do if you are against a loose raiser?
You should re-raise except call with AJ's and KQ's.

18. If no one has yet called, what hands do you almost always raise with?
You can raise with hands like AA, KK, QQ, AK and AQ.

19. What if there have already been callers?
You should raise with hands in Group 1 and 2, AQ and some others at random.

20. What hands do you raise about two-thirds of the time?
You can raise with hands like AK's, AQ's, AJ's and KQ's about two-third of the time.

21. What if you are against weak rivals?
You should almost always raise with them.

22. What if the game is tight and most players respect your raise?
You should be more inclined to limp with the big suited connectors.

23. When is it correct to limp with AA or KK?
When your early position raises are not getting any callers.

24. What if you are now raised?
You should frequently, but not always, re-raise.

25. What about a hand like T9 if no one else has yet called?
You can raise about one-third time if the game is typical or tough.

26. What if you are in a game with many weak players?
You should just call.

27. What is correct if you call with a large suited connector and are raised?
Re-raise with AK's and possibly AQ's.

28. When can you re-raise with a hand like like JT?
If a lot of people are in the pot.

29. What about hands like 87?
If there are many callers but not much raising, they become playable.

30. What about small pairs?
They can also be played only if you are sure that you will get multi-way pot. However, they can stand a little more action than the suited connectors.

31. What if the game is fairly aggressive but involves two or more players who will play any ace?
Play A9s, A8s, 77 and 66 as long as the pot is not yet raised.

32. What if no one has started and you have JJ?
You can raise in a tight game and call in a loose game.

33. What if you hold JJ and the pot has been raised and re-raised?
You should fold.

34. What if you started with JJ and the pot has been raised and re-raised behind you?
You should just call.

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