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  2-Nov-13, 21:17   #1
Preflop Strategy in Texas Holdem 0 
Peter7878 

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Before you start betting like a madman when you get two eights in the pocket, you need to carefully consider all factors involved in solid preflop strategy.

The factors to consider are the number of players, how aggressive/passive the players at the table are, your bankroll, your position, and how much risk you are willing to entail.

Number of players: With 10 people in the game, it's much more likely that someone else has a strong hand in the pocket than in a short-handed game. Also, you'll need to be more cautious in larger games, as the chances of someone's preflop hand fitting the flop will be much better. More competition means stiffer competition.

How aggressive the players are: Assuming you've been playing with a few people for several hands, and you noticed some jackass is raising every hand preflop, you'll want to play tighter. Let the guy win the blinds (big deal) and nail him to the wall when you have a solid hand in the pocket preflop.

Your bankroll: If you have $2 left, you'll want to play extremely carefully and select one hand to bet on, hoping to get as many players involved as possible for a larger pot. You'll want to be all-in before the flop is dealt. On the flip-side, if you have $1000 at a $1/$2 table, you can take the high-risk, high-payout bets.

Your position: People in late position have the ability to influence the size of the pot much more than those in early position. This is especially true preflop. (see our page on position for more info)

Your tolerance for risk: Depending on your playing style, you may want to play more or less aggressively preflop. Players who shoot for larger pots, but don't mind a greater chance for losing a few hands will want to raise preflop, especially if they are in late position. Some players prefer to be as selective as possible preflop, grinding out a winning hand here or there. It really depends on your own style of play, and how you perceive the players around you.

You might also want to consider what cards you have in your hand. Naturally, AA is the best to start with. It helps if your hand is suited or if the cards are sequential in rank like a Seven and an Eight ("connected" Blink. It's important to understand how your two cards hold up against other combinations of cards though.

     
  3-Nov-13, 11:39   #2
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jessthehuman 

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Didn't your mummy ever tell you that plagiarism is bad..

There's nothing wrong with sharing information that you find interesting, you just need to credit the creator. Otherwise it makes you a total a*****e.

     
  3-Nov-13, 16:10   #3
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Peter7878 

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Posted by jessthehuman:
Didn't your mummy ever tell you that plagiarism is bad..

There's nothing wrong with sharing information that you find interesting, you just need to credit the creator. Otherwise it makes you a total a*****e.


As you see this thread is in the sector "poker strategies". Of course I didn't write it, but I found it very intereting that is why I post it in this sector: "Poker Strategies" It could be pleasant for a lot of mobsters.

I didn't write which is the site, because I don't want to break the T&C of The BankrollMob. But I see your curiosity, so you can find this article here:

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Are you satisfied now?

Posted by jessthehuman:
Otherwise it makes you a total a*****e.


I didn't expect that kind of language exactly from you jess Confused I am relly surprised!

Edited by Administrator (Monday, November 04, 2013 @ 08:08 GMT)


     
  3-Nov-13, 20:34   #4
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Macubaas 
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I guess what you shared it's pretty basic info for a player that is used to the game but here there are also players new to the game that i'm sure will find it as an interesting read for sure Smile

As for source you can't always post the exact link since many time that site is a BRM competitor.


     
  4-Nov-13, 01:25   #5
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jessthehuman 

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Posted by Peter7878:
I didn't expect that kind of language exactly from you jess Confused I am relly surprised!


Sorry - I am a stickler for plagiarism; academic background.


It is difficult here, because you can't link the site (breaks the forum rules). Personally - I think it's just to avoid copying and pasting somebody elses work, particularly because they're probably paid/affiliated to the site they wrote the article for and they could actually issue a take-down notice to BRM for stealing their sites content.

But if you find something that you honestly believe is strategy gold and needs to be shared, then without actually linking to the site. Maybe just write a short note like this:

"This article is from another site, I can't link to that site - however the author of the article is Mr Auth Authington" - or something like that, so you're at least acknowledging it's someone elses content and you can at least credit the authors name.

But you'll probably find - if you read the sites privacy statement, it's probably the IP of that site and most likely you're simply not allowed to copy that article and paste it to your own site, or this site.

     
  4-Nov-13, 01:54   #6
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Peter7878 

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Posted by jessthehuman:

Sorry - I am a stickler for plagiarism; academic background.



I have also academic bachelor and master degree.

Posted by jessthehuman:

But if you find something that you honestly believe is strategy gold and needs to be shared, then without actually linking to the site. Maybe just write a short note like this:

"This article is from another site, I can't link to that site - however the author of the article is Mr Auth Authington" - or something like that, so you're at least acknowledging it's someone elses content and you can at least credit the authors name.



This was the first time, when I didn't say the authors, but it is obviously that you didn't read most of my posts because every time when I copy/paste something which I find interesting I am explaining everything about it.

Look I have some huge posts, may be the hugest post in BRM. Look about the thread when they cheated the PROS in the hotel room, how I explained from who is this post, what time was published, which date was published, who were the posts, which forum I taken it from and etc.


I don't like plagiarism either. I know what exactly you are talking about. My cousin is a DJ in Germany and when they steel his songs, he feels very bad.






     
  23-Nov-13, 16:01   #7
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doubletop777 
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I think this is pretty basic poker knowledge and just plain old common sense. To overplay these hands is a real schoolboy error and any poker player who has played for a while will know this

     
  24-Nov-13, 09:08   #8
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Macubaas 
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Whats you posted is right but i would like to make another mention: Of course AA or KK are the best starting hands but those that re a bit more experienced should also consider the number of players involved in a hand.

For example AA is not as strong on a multi-way pot that HU or against just two players where most of the times one of them have KK.

     
  24-Nov-13, 09:43   #9
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thefly131 
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Well indead if you have a monster hand you do not like to get in a multiple pot. Ok the pot s gets bigger when there are more players involved but they can also hit a bigger hand on the flop.

I prefer to play my monsterhands like AA,KK versus 1 player

Small pocket pairs, suited connectors I like to play in multiple pots.... If they hit on the flop this will results in winning big pots... if you hit nothing they are easy to fold.


     
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