No Limit Hold'em Tips for Beginners - Part 2.

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2010. October 16.
This is the second part of our guide to the basic game techniques in No-limit Hold&rsquo;em. You can find the first part <strong><a href="http://www.rakerace.com/poker-strategy/beginners-tips/no-limit-holdem-tips-for-beginners-part-1-/" title="Poker Tips I.">here</a></strong>.
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Rule no.1: Only play the premium hands


Until you are not fully clear with the dynamics of poker, you should always aim to play as tight as you can. Get in the game if you are holding one of the premium hands in order to avoid difficult situations. Later on, you will have to reconsider the range of hands you play to maximize your profit.

Play aggressively, contiuation bet as much as possible, but do not risk money unnecessarily

Your best bet is to be aggressive, but avoid huge bluffs and fold if you think your opponent is better. If you are holding AK, for example, raise it pre-flop, and bet on the flop, no matter what cards it shows. If your flop bet gets called, however, consider giving up on the turn or river.

An aid to play drawing cards

When playing high stakes, drawing cards have to be treated aggressively, but on the lower limits, you should be more passive with these. If there is no raise, you should follow suit, but only call a raise if the pot odds are in your favor. On the lower limits, your opponents will probably pay for your straight or flush. But try to be as passive with these hands as you can until you reach a higher level of gameplay.

Of course, if you raise pre-flop with {#}A {#}K and get a flop showing {#}3 {#}T {#}8 against only one opponent, you should always bet. If your opponent raises, consider re-raising. Your chances of winning are great, even against a pair, and your opponent still has the option to fold his hand. You can make the nut flush in this case. When it comes to non-nut draws, however, try not to get involved in a bet/raise/re-raise war like this.
All in all, you should focus on playing Tight-Aggressive (TAG). It is important to note, that the TAG gameplay is much easier to learn than the Loose-Aggressive (LAG) one. It also has a smaller volatility, which is very important when looking at your bankroll’s vulnerability.

Only play the best cards when facing an opponent with a probably strong hand

With a lot of practice, it will be easier to tell if your opponent is holding a monster hand or is only bluffing. On the lower limits, however, these bluffs are not common and quite hard to recognize, so you should always fold marginal hands.

Let’s see an example:

You are playing full ring, holding {#}J {#}J. Your opponent check/raises big your continuation bet on a {#}2 {#}T {#}5 flop. This probably means he is holding a strong hand. In this case, you should fold, unless the opponent has a small stack (below 50 big blinds). You should never be tricked by a high pocket pair, because as soon as the money starts gathering up in the pot, you can rest assure that your opponent has a better hand, a set, for example.

All the game techniques listed above require simplicity, which means that you are not aiming for maximum profit, but you should be using these tactics until you are experienced enough to make a call in the right time. Not following these instructions will probably lead to the destruction of your bankroll.

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No Limit Hold'em Tips for Beginners - Part 1.

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