Advanced Holdem Poker Concepts

This page contains advanced material on identifying good holdem play games, weak rivals and typical mistakes of your rivals as well as exploiting advantages that you can get from picking good games and weak rivals.

It is focused on poker strategy considerations important in picking the table and picking a particular seat. Selecting a good game is very important. It is a first step toward beating the game. Even if you have picked a good game you can often make a good game better by picking a good seat. Where you sit relative to the other players can often have a great influence on your ability to avoid trap situations or to manipulate the betting to your advantage.

Poker guide website have an approach to teach about the game. They tend to pick what the writers considers a standard game, with slight mix of players and a particular betting structure and continue to tell you what hands to play and how to play them. Such kind of approach is not mentioned here. Rather than telling you how to play, we would teach you how to think about poker in a way that will lead you to the correct decision in most situations. This is not an easy way to learn Hold'em but it is only way to learn the game very well. Hold'em in particular is a very complicated game. It is not difficult game to learn but it is difficult to play well. To be able analyze the game in a way that makes some sense, we requires theories and models to help us cut to the core issues that are essential in a particular situation.

It will explains a basic concept of a theory and provides some different poker theories which are very helpful in analyzing different situations; others two chapters explains some general theoretical ideas about the hand value and betting.

If you are a new poker player, you might want to read through the chapters on theoretical concepts quickly and re-read them again after you have finished the text.

The best poker playing strategy for a tight-passive Hold'em table will not take the money if the game condition moves to a loose-aggressive table. Hold'em requires playing strategy and tactics that particularly exploit the current conditions of the current game. The need to do is more dramatic in Hold'em than in any other form of poker. The chapters on the theoretical considerations discuss this process of adjusting for game conditions. A chapter on the anticipation of changing game conditions is included.

You should consistently adjust your viewpoint to exploit the game conditions of the game. You also need to keep a focus on individual players, and you also need to make large tactical and strategic changes to reflect habits of particular players. Different playing considerations have been addressed.

Pick the Right Table

Nuances of pre-flop hand selection or playing variations on the later betting rounds can give few dollars to your expected win. Decisions about where to sit can double or triple your expected win.

It is true among poker players to think of a 10-20 game as more profitable than a 3-6 game only because the 10-20 betting structure is so much bigger, but if the players aren't putting bets into the pot, then it is absolutely possible for 3-6 game consisting of loose and aggressive players to be a larger game, with more money flowing around the table than a 10-20 game of tight, passive players. The game with bigger betting rounds is not always bigger game and it is not always a better game.

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