How to Win at Poker: 10 Tips for a Newbie

Surely everything written below is well known to you. Nevertheless, we consider it necessary to recall the basic rules, the implementation of which will contribute to a winning poker game.

In total, we have highlighted 10 main tips, which we want to dwell on in more detail. In the first part of the article, we will talk about two of them: playing fewer hands and playing in position.

  1. Play fewer hands

There are 169 different starting hands in Texas Hold’em (not counting suits).

Of all these possible hands, only five are in the highest category.

  • 1.AA
  • 2.KK
  • 3.QQ
  • 4.AK (suited)
  • 5.JJ.

Regardless of your position at the table, you should always play these hands if you haven’t been raised before. If you are faced with a raise, especially if someone else has called or re-raised, it can sometimes be a mistake to play anything other than aces and kings.

The 15 best starting hands in hold’em are:

  1. AA
  2. .KK
  3. QQ
  4. AK (suited)
  5. JJ
  6. 10-10
  7. AQ (suited)
  8. AJ (suited)
  9. AK (unsuited)
  10. KQ (suited)
  11. A-10 (suited)
  12. KJ (suited)
  13. AQ (unsuited)
  14. 9-9
  15. JQ (suited).

The stronger your starting hands are, the fewer difficult decisions you will face. Naturally, the hands you play and the ways you do it will vary depending on a thousand different circumstances. But, by and large, there are very few hands that are considered suitable for entering a hand.If no player has opened the hand (no one has raised or limped before you), you can play almost any hand with any potential value.

Once someone has raised to you, you should narrow your range of hands to those that can give you the nuts and not be dominated.

For example: you shouldn’t play KQ when calling a raise, as AA, KK, QQ, AK and AQ will dominate your hand.

Unless you have a very good reason to do otherwise as a newbie to poker, then only the best 10-15 hands are worth playing. The more you play and improve your skill, the more hands you can start playing.

But first, don’t complicate things and always head for the flop with the best cards.

  1. Play in position

Position is the most important and valuable thing you can have at the poker table.

If you are unfamiliar with the term, position means that you are the last or one of the last to act in the hand (i.e. you have the dealer’s button, or the player sitting behind you has discarded his cards).

The worst places in terms of position are the blinds, since after the first round of betting, the entire table moves behind you for the entire subsequent play.

Regardless of your skill level, situation, or your cards, having a position will always give you more information during a play than any of your opponents.

The four most compelling reasons to play in position are:

  1. When it’s your turn, you have more information than your opponents.
    Position 2 gives you “bluff equity,” in simple terms, cheap and favorable bluffing opportunities.
  2. Position allows you to make more accurate value bets.
  3. Position gives you control over the final pot size.

Daniel Scolovi: Playing out of position is like finding a path without fire in a dark cave. You never know what might be waiting for you around the next corner.

Here’s an example to help you understand exactly how important a position is.

Tom “durrrr” Dwan and Patrik Antonius have reached the middle of the Dwan challenge, in which they have to play 50,000 hands heads-up and the winner of which will also receive $ 1.5 million in addition to winning this number of hands.

If you take a look at the statistics of all the hands they have played so far, you will notice a clear pattern.

By comparing money won or lost out of position with money won or lost in position, you will realize that the results of each player will be like a mirror image. Both players have lost significant amounts out of position, and both players are showing significant gains in position.

Even if they are playing the same game against the same player, simply having a position is the determining factor in winning or losing millions.

For this reason, if one of the players always played in position, then there would be no competition – the player with the position would be the winner.

It doesn’t matter what kind of poker you plan to play: if you want to win, you need to play as many big pots in position as possible.

Every big pot you play out of position is a potential disaster.

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