Monday, June 28, 2004


Poker Tips from Poker Chip

Okay--so like I keep saying, I'm new to online poker, but I'm learning. Some of the lessons have been tough. I'm going to share a little bit of what I've learned so far.

1- Holdem is a fast game. Slow down and pay attention. Fold a lot before the flop.

2- Position is critical. You have more information about your opponents' hands when you're in later position, so you have an advantage. So you can play more hands in late position than you can play in early position.

3- Fold a lot.

4- Learn to figure out what the nuts are. The nuts is the best possible hand that can be made using the cards on the table. You have to be able to identify what the nuts are so you'll know whether or not you're holding them.

5- Fold a lot.

6- Play good cards. High pairs (10 or higher) are almost always good to play. Small pairs are sometimes good to play. Suited connectors are sometimes good to play. Big pairs prefer fewer players, and drawing hands, like small pairs and suited connectors, prefer more players.

7- You really are going to have to fold a lot. Pretend that every time you fold before the flop you're hitting your opponents over the head with a huge club, because in a way, that's exactly what you're doing.

8- The saying "Any two cards can win" is for suckers. Stick with good cards and good hands.

9- If you don't fold before the flop, a LOT of times you'll have to fold on the flop. It's just part of the game.

10- Get your emotions under control.

These are all things I wish I'd learned before I'd started playing instead of after.

At least you figured it out fairly quickly and fairly cheaply (in fact turned a profit). There is still some nuance to many of your rules, but if you have figured out that much already, you are doing better than most.

Thanks for your feedback. I'm aware that there are a lot of subtle nuances to the game. I'm also aware that I'm not familiar with most of those nuances. Stick around, and I'll post the nuances I figure out as I learn.

Here's an important one that I learned the hard way: It takes a better hand to call a raise than it does to raise a call.
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