When play a hand

The first decision you have to take in a single hand, is that if you have to play or raise, and there are several factors that can influence this decision:

  • Your cards
  • How many players are participating in the hand
  • Someone has already raised
  • Your position

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To win at poker you have to play good cards. The good cards are those cards that in the long run will win more hands than they lose. The combinations of initial cards reach this objective in a different way. KJ will often be able to have a couple, but quite often you will lose from some point higher, while with 77, you will have a point a few times, but when you get will be much more likely to win. The cards you choose to play must have a realistic goal, a small pair could become a great base while a pair of aces, it already is. By the same reasoning, 76s (s = suited) can become a sraight or a flush, or two different cards may become a double pair, but the chances of this happening are 48 to 1.

So with 72o (o = offsuit), unless you believe in dreams, you have to fold right away. Although occasionally you will see them win, will not be certainly play from winning players. So, if you have cards with the potential, the second thing you need to consider is the probability that those hands will turn immediately on the flop. It could be that kind of hand that is not likely to become very strong on the flop, but when it happens you will get significant returns.

One of these hands is 88, it is important to see the flop cheaply, since the chances of getting an 8 on the flop is only 1 out of every 7.5 times. The other type of hand that you can play with which is quite likely to improve on the flop is for example AJ offsuit. This hand is not any better than a pair of 8′s, but is more likely to make a playable hand as you have a 32% chance of getting a pair on the flop, so when you have a hand like this, the best thing is to raise. The first reason is that a couple is not a very strong hand, and it is better to play it against the lowest number of opponents, raise before the flop reduces the chances afforded to draw hand (hand with a project of a point) and should lead to abandon the hand by the holders. Against most of the players, the only time you will probably win a significant amount when they have a point slightly less than yours, so it is important that you will be sure of the strength of your hand when another player has a hand similar to yours. For example, if you have AJs and the flop comes A79, you have hit your pair but if someone calls your bet, you have to be worried whether they have an ace and a card higher than the jack, if you bet and he raises you need to seriously consider the idea of fold hand.


The number of players in the hand is important when you choose two cards which are worth to be played because, as mentioned previously, some cards are less likely to hit the flop, but when it does they become very strong hands, more players are in the hand and more likely you are to get additional cash in the pot.


Generally there are two types of conditions when you have to decide whether to call a raise, the first is when you have not put any money into the pot and the second when you have already called a some bets. When you still have to put money in the pot and you have to face a cold calling (calling a raise when you do not put money in the pot) the implied odds are not optimal, this makes drawing hands unplayable. Will not improve on the flop enough to justify the next bet. Secondly, when you call a raise, you have to think about how you can be sure if you hit actually your point. For example, with AJ, the only interesting flop that can happen with a jack, then that gives you top pair, and even then you should be worried by the presence of an overpair (when a player has in his hand a pair higher than any cards on the table). The worst thing that could happen to you would be to hit your ace, in fact you will now have a high point, but given the presence of a raise, and a kicker not exceptional, you will not have the proper security to deal with the cards later. Sometimes it pays to pass the famous dominated hand (hand that even if you hit the flop, never give due security given the low kicker) that play with fear against a raiser.


Position means how far we are sitting in relation to the blinds, and is one of the most important points of texas holdem. If you are sitting to the left of the big blind and you are the first to have to talk you are in early position (initial position also known under the gun). On the contrary, if you are the dealer and have the button, you are in late position (last position), the last one to speak, great position. Be seated in late position is convenient for many reasons, the first of which is what you have available as much information on the hand of our enemies. When you are last to act, you know how many players involved in the pot, if there were no bids or less, and only after the blinds have to talk to you before the flop. This additional information means that you are taking decisions based on a more exact knowledge of how many players will see the flop and how much it will cost to see the flop so that your decisions are as accurate as possible and more profitable. The additional information obtained in late position are not the only advantage of being last to act. When you’re the last to speak, you can see if someone has shown strength in the betting and you can often steal the pot when every other player has cecked before you. However, many people know that often those who are in last place trying to steal the pot, then call bets with weak hands, this is probably a much greater advantage, because when you actually have good hands then you will obtain more revenue.

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