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Play now!Before you get started playing Texas Holdem you need to know the basics. Many books have been written on Texas Holdem poker and there is a ton of information available. Some of it is great but too often it makes things complicated. Let’s keep things simple so you have an immediate chance to win.

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Let’s start with the basics. Your two hold cards are all you have in Texas Holdem. The first decision you have to make is whether or not to play your hand at all. The main rule is to strongly consider folding if you have two non-pair cards that are both less than ten. You can play suited connectors from time to time, but they are not made hands. Flushes are really not that common so you don’t want to chase after them that often.

Sometimes you can see the flop cheaply if you don’t get raises but you want to be careful because you can get into major trouble playing hands that you should have folded before the flop. Your best bet is to be patient. The good hands will eventually come your way and you don’t want to throw money away playing every single hand trying to hit something on the flop. You are better off sticking to the basics and playing only strong starting hands.

If you play your first two cards and you don’t see anything that looks promising, fold your hand. Too many beginners make the decision that since they are already in the hand they are committed to see more cards. Don’t make that mistake. If you didn’t get a decent flop for your hand, fold. This is a good way to avoid trouble. If you are heads up or have just a few players at the table you can take a few more chances but with a full table you need a good hand.

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When the last two cards are put down you want to have a good idea of what you want to accomplish. Remember that your opponents are trying to win the hand and they may be drawing to something, so if you are strong, make them pay. If you are in the drawing position, you want to get in as cheaply as possible. Keep in mind that you want to get more money in the pot when you are strong and put in as little as possible when you are weak. The bottom line in this brief basic strategy is to play aggressive with strong hands and to be careful with weak ones.


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