Knowing how to play pre-flop is probably the most important aspect of playing Texas Hold’em poker. Strategies vary in accordance with the versions of poker being played, but in general, the basic poker strategy maintains:

  1. Short-Handed Play. To play short-handed poker, you have to have a larger stack than normal and a smaller one than normal. To play short-handed poker, you’re going to have to be aggressive. Stop worrying about position and collective table position, since you’ll never have to worry about that again. When you’re in early position, you should raise three to four times the big blind in any position. Continue to raise the same amount if you’re in late position.
  2. Big Blind Play. Wait for your perfect chance to raise the big blind. When you’re in the small blind, you should raise it three times the big blind. After the flop, you should continue to raise the same amount.
  3. Scared Straight. The whole point of playing short-handed poker is so you can get a solid hand. When you get a good hand, get aggressive. Bet and raise three times the big blind. Continue this until you get a caller.
  4. The Chatbox. Remember that when you’re playing short-handed, you’re not going to be able to see many cards. So, you’ll have to rely on the chatbox. Just be sure that the people you’re chatting with are capable of playing the cards they’re holding.
  5. tight. Only play at a table when you have a good hand and good position. Don’t be afraid to fold a hand if it means saving your chips to stay in the tournament.
  6. Call Bets/Raise Bets. The final few minutes of a poker tournament are crucial. Raising and betting can help you win the pot. Use calling and raising sparingly. You don’t have to always raise or bet. Most of the time, you should just fold.
  7. Limping. Limping is simply calling the big blind. It’s a cheap method of playing no-limit poker. 20 chips is not pocket money. 20 chips is not nearly enough to put a serious dent in most starting pocket pairs. Don’t limp! Play aggressively and with power.
  8. Gain Power. Most of the time, a player will gain power by virtue of his intimidation factor. It is said that the poker daunting factor comes into play when your opponent is intimidated. Your opponent will fold under your pressure.
  9. Eliminate Your Commander. When you’re the chip leader, it’s time to take your profits down a notch. All too often, a player will sit there and flop huge hands waiting for absolutely nothing. The occasional mistake will not do. You are not going to win every hand on the button. Sometimes only winning the blinds will do.
  10. The Ace. There is no higher card in pokerlegenda than the ace. The ace is the most powerful card in the deck, second only to the king.
  11. Beware the Squeeze Play. The squeeze play should be used sparingly. It’s not a play that should be used all the time, or even in most cases, at all. Use your chips exclusively to Strength. When you’ve gained a good deal of chips, try to get into a good spot. Observe and adjust, and play strong tight. When you’re using the squeeze play, aim primarily to eliminate anybody that might have a decent hand.
  12. Winning is cheap poker. When you’re making a large raise, and your opponent calls you, you’re usually going to win a majority of the time.
  13. Insurance. If your hand turns into a very strong hand, you can always put your opponent on insurance. Even if your opponent calls, you will have insurance and will win the hand anyway.
  14. Scared straight. The scared straight call is one of the best plays in all of poker. If your opponent calls your raise, you are actually safer betting the flop. Your opponent rarely does this, but he will call on the turn, so it’s a good idea to give him a free card.
  15. Slow-play. Slow-playing is simply checking or calling your opponent’s bet when you have a monster hand.