Tips for Beginner No Limit Holdem Players

No Limit Texas Hold’em Poker takes just minutes to learn the rules. However it takes a lot longer to master the game. The following are a series of tips that beginner player who is just starting out can use to instantly improve their game.

Starting Hands

The following is a list of possible starting hands and the ideal way to play them, particularly for an entry level player.

Small Pocket Pairs

Try to play small pocket pairs against as many players as possible yet see the flop as cheaply as you can. With small pocket pairs you pretty much either want to just limp in (simply call the big blind) or perhaps call a very small raise.

The idea behind this is that you are hoping to hit trips, meaning a third identical card on the flop giving you three of a kind. This becomes quite a powerful hand as nobody will suspect that the low number card on the board is of any danger. If this does happen (which it will roughly 1 in every 8 times you have a pocket pair) then you should begin to bet and raise, trying to get as many chips into the pot as you possibly can.

The logic behind playing this against many other players is that you hope somebody else has made a high pair that they are willing to lay a lot of chips on the table for. For example if an ace appears on the board and another player holds an ace than they will most likely bet big as they have the highest pair on the board, little do they know you are holding trips. Read More