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Online Texas Hold’em

Online Texas Hold’em for real money is what the majority of people play. It’s a simple game to learn. But winning consistent money at Hold’em is no easy task.

Many players making their first steps in online poker tournaments believe that their goal is to win as much money as possible in every round in order to stay ahead. But the truth is that until you reach the final table your focus should be on keeping your chips while others waste theirs.

Of course you want to win some, otherwise why play, but the idea is that in a tournament you need to pace yourself even when you’re feeling adventurous. Instead of playing by hunch or intuition you need to be really cold and calculated. What does it mean?

The nature of ring games allows us to play a bit loose. Because we can get up and leave after a nice win or come back to the table with more money after losing all our chips, we feel free to be a bit playful, take risks, and straightforwardly gamble on hands that aren’t really worth the effort.

What You Shouldn’t Do
An optimistic perspective is a wonderful angle to look at life. Dump it. Being too optimistic will make you chase hopeless hands – you’ll be calling and calling, but when the players who really have it going on will raise aggressively (some of them bluff, but who knows…) you’ll have to fold and lose your investment in the hand.

What kind of hands you shouldn’t be chasing? Hands that look like a start of something but most times end up in nothing, like suited cards, or a single Ace or K, for example. Sometimes these hands will make you money, but most times they’ll take it away. In a tournament you’ll lose more often than not with these hands. This hopeful strategy will ware out your stack quickly.

Sometimes it’s better to fold and sit out the hand than to get into these doomed loops. You can bluff your way out of it once or twice, but it doesn’t work for the long run. The downside of folding a lot is that the game can be pretty boring. And watching all the flops, turns, and rivers going down without you can definitely result in some silly chat action…

It pays for the long run. First, because it keeps your chips from drizzling away. Second, because one of the most famous poker sayings is that you don’t play your hand, you play the other players – these breaks are a chance to observe your opponent, maybe even target some.

Don’t give in to boredom, a lot of players are tempted into risky and unnecessary All-In calls with hands that are nothing more than decent, just because they’ve been hanging out to dry for a few hands. Keep your cool and you’ll outlast many fancy and raise-happy players. It’s knowing when to fold before the flop that really separates the skilled players from the gamblers.

May 22, 2012 - Offer valid as of date published. T&Cs apply.