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Don’t Leave Money on the Table – Texas Holdem Betting Tips

Don’t Leave Money on the Table – Texas Holdem Betting Tips

When playing Texas Holdem, it’s always a pleasant surprise to find yourself with great cards.  Too many poker players lose their heads. They bet big and leave money– or poker chips — on the table.  Their excitement has chased all the chickens from the coop.  When you’ve got a strong hand, here are some poker strategies to maximize your winnings.
Check first – then raise
You know your cards are strong, so check, and let someone else make a bet.  That gives you a chance to raise when the turn comes back your way.  Say you are looking at the Queen of hearts and 10 of clubs.  The flop is Qs – Jh-5d. You check.  The next players check too.  A player in a late position bets.  THEN you raise.  The idea behind this Texas Holdem strategy is that you make it too costly for someone trying to draw a flush or straight to stick around.  If you check & raise from an early position, you’re in control of the poker table.  And even if you get called, you have got a good idea about what they’re holding, AND forced them to push a lot of poker chips into the middle of the table just for trying to outdraw you.
Semi-bluffs
A semi-bluff is just what it sounds like.  It’s not a complete bluff.  You almost have a hand, you just need one more card. You make a bet or raise, knowing you need to pull the draw.  The other players might throw in and you’ll win, but even if they don’t, you still might hit your draw and win that way.  Say you’re holding Ad-10d and the flop is Ac-8d-3d. This gives you a flush draw with 9 cards still out.   Whether you’re playing poker in a poker room at a casino or online, it is a handy tool. If everyone checks, keep betting even though your hand isn’t the best at that moment.  Players with a low pair might fold.  Even if they don’t, you have 9 chances to draw the flush and an additional 5 outs to win if you hit an Ace or a 10.

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