Poker Pre-Flop Hand and Betting Strategy
The way you play pre-flop will define you as a poker player. So much of what happens in a poker game starts with what hands you keep and how you play them pre-flop.
There are many factors you need to bear in mind before you decide to check, bet, raise or fold pre-flop.
What are your hold cards?
Hand selection is the first step in pre-flop strategy. Below are the ten best-starting hands.
|known as Pocket Rockets|
|Known as Cowboys or King Kong|
|Known as the Ladies|
|Known as Big Slick suited|
|Know as Little Slick|
|Known as Hooks or Fishhooks|
|Known as the Royal Couple|
|Known as Blackjack or Ajax|
|Known as Big Slick|
|Known as Dimes|
What position are you in?
When you are sitting in late position, you have the most influence over how large the pot will get. This idea is even more true pre-flop. You need to be aggressive from late position.
Normally from the late position, you will raise the pot. This raise accomplishes three things.
– It limits the number of players going to the flop.
– If a player calls or re-raise it gives you important information.
– Often a pre-flop raise from late position will buy you the turn card by players checking to you.
We went over the ten best hands in poker, but depending on what position you are playing in you can open up your pre-flop hand selection.
Under the Gun Hands
– Raise with AA, KK, AK suited, QQ, AK, JJ, AQ suited, AQ and AJ suited. Always raise under the gun.
-Raise with above hands and TT, AJ and KQ suited. Call with KQ.
– Raise with above hands and KJ suited, and QJ suited. Call with AT suited, AT, KJ, QJ, and KT suited, 99 and 88.
-Raise with above hands and call with 77, 66, 55, QT suited, QT, KT, JT suited, JT and J9 suited.
How aggressive is the table?
Watching if the table is tight or aggressive will change your pre-flop strategy. Aggressive tables allow you to sit back and play more premium hands. A tight table may require you to open up your playbook and play more hands to loosen up the table or take down blinds.
Number of Players In the Hand
Often you are so fixated on your hand you don’t pay attention to the number of players that will see the flop. Remember that the more players in a hand, the better your cards need to be.
It is also important to pay attention to the size of the pot. The more money and players in the pot, the stronger a drawing hand becomes.
Raising Pre Flop
We went over when to raise and call with different hands in different positions. Following this guide can be difficult when in the heat of the battle. Don’t be afraid to raise or bet pre-flop.
You never want to limp in with bad hands just because there has not been a raise. Limping is how most bad beats end up happening.
Leaky Pre Flop
Pre flop is where you find most players leak the most money, to fix leaking pre-flop follow these strategies, and you will see your overall game improve.
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