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Betting Strategies for Limit Texas Holdem

Betting Strategies for Limit Texas Holdem

In theory, betting strategies for Texas Holdem and all poker games are simple:  when you have a good hand, bet.  When you don’t have a good hand, fold.  Of course, there’s always a big difference between theory and practice.  Most of players love the idea of running a bluff.  Most players don’t do it well.

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When you sit down to a poker game, whether you’re in an online poker room or a casino, don’t try to be Ace McCool, the master of deception who rakes in poker chips with a Jack kicker and a whole mess of nothing.

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Having said that, there are times in games when you can go against the basic poker strategy.

For example:
The Check-Raise You have a good hand, but instead of betting, you check to your opponent. This gives them a false sense of security about their own hand.  They bet, then you raise them. It increases the pot, and after they have already made one bet, chances are they will make a second.

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Blind-stealing
To pull off blind stealing, you have to be in the dealer’s position with only you and the blinds left in the game.  Then, you raise.  It is called “blind stealing” because the blinds may fold and you steal the pot.  If you just checked, the blinds would probably check.  It’s a nice strategy for raking in some poker chips.

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The steal-raise
When you were the last to bet, and every other player checked, betting to take the pot or chase some players from the poker table is known as a steal-raise.  Be careful though.  Good players will catch on quickly and begin check-raising you.

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The opener
This is your classic poker game movie move.  The first person to act raises, so all the other players will have to call two bets at once.  You can bet this poker strategy will chase a lot of players from the hand.  Of course the ones who stay at the poker table are often just as aggressive or worse, they might have a really great hand.

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