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Crash Course in No-limit Hold'em for Beginners

Shifting Your Thinking from Limit to No-limit

The 8 Winning Principles of No-limit Texas Hold'em

How to Determine the Strength of Your Hand:

Determining How Much to Bet:

Understanding Your Opponents:

Knowing When and How to Bluff



You are in the middle stages of the poker tournament with an average stack of $2,000 in chips. The blinds are now $ 50-$ 100. You are in the cutoff seat. Solid Sam is on the button, one seat to your left. Passive Paul determining is in the small blind and Tight Ted is in the big blind. You think this might be a good opportunity to pick up the blinds, so you make it $ 350 to go.

Sam thinks for a few seconds and then folds. Passive Paul folds Tight Ted decides to call.

You have:


The flop cones:


Ted checks and you try to steal the pot limit holdem by betting $ 500. Ted calls. The turn card is the K ?. Ted checks again.

The action is up to you.

What's Your Move?
A. Check
B. Move all-in


There was no logical poker draw on the flop. When Ted called your bet on the flop, he most likely had a ten in his hand or some kind of pocket winning principles Pair.

What you fear the most is that Ted flopped a set and is slow-playing poker it. You have no chance to win this pot by checking. You know that Ted does not call the flop with just overcard game, so the king on the turn is a scare card for him if he does not needed have an A-10.

The Strategy We Suggest

This is a good opportunity to try a follow-up bluff. This is a good time to move all in (B) and steal the pot from him.

After all, we call him "Tight" Ted for a reason.



It is the early stage of the tournament. Two players have limped into the pot.

You are on the button with:


You also limp in. Both blinds see the flop "cheap. " That is, the small blind completes the minimum big bet holdem and the big blind just calls.

The flop is:


Everyone checks to you. Trying to steal, you decide to bet $ 125, the size of the pot. Both blinds fold, as does the first limper. Authority Artie stalls for about a minute and then finally decides to call, asking "Do you really have an ace?"

The turn card is another ace. Artie checks.

What's Your Move?
A. Check
B. Bet around $ 300
C. Move all in


Since Artie was the next to last to act, it is almost certain that he does not have an ace in his hand because he didn't bet. He probably has either a seven card stud in his hand or a pocket pair. Artie prides himself on his ability to read other players. He will make an occasional great call, and will make what he thinks is a good fold if he thinks he is Beaten.

The Strategy We Suggest

If Artie thinks you have an ace, he knowing bluff that he probably is drawing dead. If you check, you can't win in a showdown. If you move in and overbet the pot, artie might suspect a bluff and call you. The right play is (B). When you make a bet that is less than the size of the pot, it looks as though you want some action.

You're counting on Artie to think this thought poker effect and decide to fold.


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