When it comes to poker strategies there are some things
you should consider right from the beginning. You might
even consider them the golden rules of poker. They pretty
much apply to any poker game you are likely to play.
These golden rules are:
Don't be cheap. As a general guideline you should start
out with 20-30 times the table limit.
Get out if you have nothing in your hand.
If you got a good hand make the others pay to see it.
If they got you beat, fold.
The objective is to beat the other players not to have
the highest hand.
Don't think you can beat a better player. You might
win little but you could also loose big.
The chances of getting a better hand is 50:50 and
The chances for you to get one of the following in
your original hand.
No Pair / 1 out of 2
One Pair / 1 out of 2.4
Two Pair / 1 out of 21
Three of a Kind / 1 out of 48
Straight / 1 out of 250
Flush / 1 out of 510
Full House / 1 out of 700
Four of a Kind / 1 out of 4200
Straight Flush / 1 out of 72,200
Royal Flush / 1 out of 650,000
With these things in mind there are already a couple
of things you can immediately conclude.
The more players there are on the table, the greater
the chance for one or more players to have a high ranking
You must have at least a pair or four cards to a straight
or flush. If not, fold immediately.
This last advise might seem a little harsh but as said
above the chances of improving your opening hand, if
you have nothing, and beating the other players are
rather small. This means, unless you are really lucky,
you will fold most of the time after the first deal.
Now let's say you have something to build on, like
a pair or a three of a kind. What you have to decide
now is whether to keep a kicker or not. A kicker is
a high card most players hold with a pair or three of
a kind. It is recommended you toss the kicker because
the odds getting the card of the same value to your
kicker is small, very small.
Another thing you have to keep in mind is you should
never try to build a straight or higher out of three
original cards. The odds for you on this are 1:85. On
the other hand it highly recommended you always keep
four cards to a straight or any flush. As you will see
below the odds here are not bad at all, considering
the odds of the original dealt cards from above. The
chances of completing a
Flush / are 1 out of 4.5
Straight open on both ends / are 1 out of 5
Straight open on one end / are 1 out of 11
Straight open on the inside / are 1 out of 11
Straight Flush open on both ends / are 1 out of 23
Straight Flush open on one end / are 1 out of 46
Straight Flush open on the inside / are 1 out of 46
You always have to remember these odds when making your
betting decision. Let's say you have a four card flush.
The first question that pops into your mind should be:
What are my chances of completing on the deal? In this
case they are 1 out of 4.5. If the pot is not 4.5 times
the money you would have to bet, you should fold. Anything
else would just be blindly risking your money to beat
In conclusion there is of course a lot more to poker
than the above. Bluffing, intimidation, body language
and all the rest of it makes poker what it is. If you
are thinking of becoming a serious poker player you
should buy yourself a good book.
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