QUICK TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR GAME
by Bill Burton
Bill Burton is the Casino Gambling Guide and columnist for the Internet portal About.com located at:www.casinogambling.about.com. He is the author of "1000 Best Casino Gambling Secrets" and "Get the Edge at Low Limit Texas Hold'em" available online at www.billburton.com. He an instructor for Golden Touch Craps: www.thecrapsclub.com
Many recreational players enjoy playing in low limit Texas Hold’em games. These games are a good place to start if you are a novice player, or someone who just wants to play for fun. However even at the low limits you can still lose a lot of money if you play too loose. If you find you have been losing in these games, here are a few tips that you can incorporate into your game with very little effort that will have big results on your bankroll.
Be More Selective
Stop playing with the "any two-cards can win" attitude. Once you tighten the standards for your starting hands, your game should improve. This also means playing the hands you chose to play in correct position. The most important decision you will make is to enter the pot. This can also be the most costly mistake if you constantly call with an inferior starting hand.
Don't Automatically Call the Small Blind
Players lose more money by automatically calling from the small blind with a hand that has very little chance of winning. You will be in the small blind about three times per hour. In a $3/6 game it will cost you $2 to complete the bet from the small blind. The average win rate for this limit game is $6 per hour, or the same amount it is costing you to complete your bet from the small blind.
Stop Playing Any Ace
Stop playing a single Ace. Most of the other players will be doing the same and it will cost you money when you pair your Ace with a weak kicker. If you are in a ten-handed game and hold a single ace, the probability that no one else holds an ace is about 25 percent. In other words, when you have an ace there is a 75 percent chance that someone else also has an ace as well.
Don't Cold Call With Raises With Weak Hands
Cold calling is when you call bet and a raise before you have put any money into the pot. You should stop cold calling raises before the flop unless you have a very powerful hand such as A-A, K-K, or A-K. Raises from early position usually mean a strong hand.
Don't Draw to the Idiot End
Don't draw to the low end of a straight. The majority of the time you will be beaten by a higher straight. If there are three straight cards on the board you should also pass if you have the low end and there is a raise or two. With the community cards involved, when three straight cards are on the board it is likely that someone will have the cards at the higher end.
Over Cards on the Turn
In a multi-way pot you should not be calling on the turn with just over cards if that is your only out. If you raised pre-flop with Ace-King and you have not paired one of your cards by the turn then you should fold if there is a bet. If there is a bet it usually means someone has at least a pair. If there is a raise you know you should fold without hesitation.
In most low limit games, bluffing is futile. For an extra dollar of two there is someone who will want to keep you honest. If there is even one calling station in the game you should not attempt to bluff. Players in low limit games also tend to stay if they have caught any part of the flop such as low pair. Trying to bluff them out won’t work as they will call all the way to the river.
If you follow these seven tips you should see a big improvement in you results in low limit games.
Until Next time remember:
Luck comes and goes.....Knowledge Stays Forever.
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