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Texas Hold’em Strategy – A Basic Guide for Beginners
by: David Olsen

As you begin to learn the game, in order to increase your odds of winning each time you set down to play, you’ll need to learn some basic Texas Hold’em strategy. It’s been proven time after time, that those who have a plan to reach their goals, in business, at play, or in any area of life, accomplish more than those without a plan. Think of learning the basic Texas Hold’em strategy as your plan of action to beat the other players at the table.

After you get a bit of experience playing the game, and you are solid on the basic rules, it’s time to begin to develop your Texas Hold’em strategy. Most players just learning the game online start out playing the low limit Texas Hold’em. This is probably the most difficult type to establish a consistent winning pattern.

You’ll need to think of playing the low limit as a form of training or a place to improve your Texas Hold’em strategy. As you play online, remember that most of the other players in the low limit game are beginning, just like you. That’s not to say they aren’t more accomplished players offline who are online or on a particular site for the first time. Either way, you simply need to concentrate on developing your Texas Hold’em strategy.

The evaluation of your starting hand and your position or where you are in the bid line-up is a good place to begin to evaluate Texas Hold’em strategy. Obviously, a portion of the strategy is to try to determine how your hand with the flop stands up against those betting against you. If you’re the last person to bet, you can possibly have a loose bet depending on how those before you have placed their bets.

The way they have placed their bets can give you a good indication of their hand that is if you’re really concentrating and focusing on the players and the bets they make. This gives you more info to help you decide how to play your hand.

Next comes the bluffing portion of Texas strategy. This can be complicated. Typically, players with a mid-line good hand might attempt to bluff. By being strong in understanding what hand beast what, you can more effectively decide whether to attempt to bluff or not. This Texas hold’em strategy can sometime payoff with big rewards. Of course as with all betting it can also do the reverse. If you decide to bluff, be sure to calculate your position, your funds, and focus more on exactly what you’re willing to lose rather than solely on what you might win.

Taking the time to learn Texas Hold'em strategy is well worth the efforts, especially if you plan to play a lot. Having a Texas hold'em strategy, knowing you won because of your strategy is a very rewarding and exciting feeling.

Lots of luck and have fun!

About The Author

David Olsen has been writing about online casinos and casino strategy for over five years and is considered an authority in the online gambling world. His latest website, Play Video Poker, is all about video Poker with special attention paid to Online Poker. Visit His site to learn more Mr. Olsen works from home and is married with one young son.

This article was posted on November 27, 2005


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