Whether you’re in a No Limit Hold’em tournament or just playing in a home game with friends, invariably you’ll come across a player that falls under the category of weak-tight.
The most difficult hands to play in Texas Hold’em are those that make strong yet second-best hands. One such hand that too often comes in second is A-Q, which I introduced in a recent column.
Playing suited connectors from time to time makes you less predictable. When played sensibly, cards like 6h-7h have the potential to make very strong hands — straights, flushes, and even full houses — that could result in a handsome payday. If, however, you play these hands poorly after the flop, […]
Ask professional poker players which hole cards cause them the most difficulty and I would bet that more than half would say ace-queen. A-Q is a powerful starter, but the problem with it is that it matches up poorly against other premium hands.
Poker professionals pride themselves on their ability to make big laydowns. A big laydown is a situation where you actually have a strong hand but fear your opponent has an even stronger one. So, you decide to fold your cards.
Flop texture isn’t discussed much, but it‘s an extremely important topic, especially when you’re deciding whether to bluff at a pot. In this column, I’ll focus on bluffing at paired flops.
Ace-king is a pretty starter, but it’s important to remember, as attractive as it appears, it’s still a drawing hand.
In a book I recently read, the author actually said that if he were playing a hand like 6-7 in a No Limit Hold’em game, he’d prefer the hand be offsuit rather than the same suit.
Limit Hold’em is a beautiful game to play. Maybe it’s not as dramatic as No Limit — with those exciting all-in bets — but the betting in Limit has a flow to it that’s like a language of its own.
Poker books and television commentators constantly preach to players about the importance of aggressive play.