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As Texas Holdem is still the most popular form of poker played today, we made it the main focus of our free 12-week advanced poker strategy course. The international popularity of Hold ’em has become so great that many people believe poker is Texas Holdem. Even in the States today, if you tell friends that you’re going to host a poker home game , 90% of the time, the only question in their minds is if there will be a Hold ’em tournament before hours of cash-game play. 20 years ago, even recreational players would ask you “what type of poker” will be played: i.e., dealer’s choice 7-Card Stud and 5-Card Draw/Stud cash games and maybe a few rounds of Holdem and Omaha … to mix it up.
Given all the hype surrounding the game, there are many huge misconceptions and a ton of incorrect and/or useless information flying around the web. We debunk many of these poker myths in our blogs and condense the essential poker knowledge you’ll need for optimal play in poker-strategy articles and videos.
There are numerous approaches to Texas Hold ’em, which can all be equally valid and profitable in different playing conditions. In order to properly understand it all and correctly utilize it in your game, a little background information and advice is needed. Definitely start watching the free Essential Poker Knowledge video series after you review the following Texas Holdem overview and the fundamentals of betting in poker (bet types, pot manipulation, and lines of play).
If you’re looking to become a Holdem cash-game expert as fast as possible, we recommend the following four downloadable products so that you’ll know which hands to play per position (with either a tighter TAG or looser LAG style), exactly how to calculate your odds, and what your equity is vs. your opponent’s exact hand and estimated ranges:
The rest of this page serves as a Texas Holdem strategy hub with links to the rules of the game, basic Holdem strategy and principles, which are the foundation of becoming a true poker expert. Again, we cover advanced Texas Holdem cash game strategies and tactics in great detail in the 12-week course—feel free to sign up at any time.
Texas Hold ’em Basics
- If you don’t already have a firm understanding of all the rules for Texas Hold ’em, click here.
- 5-card hand rankings: suits have no influence on the rank of hands.
- Generally, there a 4-bet cap per betting round in fixed limit games (i.e., a 3-raise limit). Sometimes unlimited raising/betting per betting round when in heads-up (HU).
- Position and Texas Holdem betting strategies are covered in great detail here.
- Starting-hand selection and positional play are crucial for success in Texas Hold ’em poker.
- If you plan to play online, make sure you check out these online poker resources & recommended reading
Texas Hold ’em General Statistics
The following 5-card hand probabilities and odds against are what you can expect to see over the long run at the Holdem tables. For the exact details, see: get the downloadable Texas Holdem statistics overview PDF.
5-Card Hands (High) in Seven Cards:
|5-Card Hands||# of Hands in Seven Cards||Probability (as a %)||Odds Against|
|Royal Flush||4,324||0.003%||30,939 : 1|
|Straight Flush||37,260||0.028%||3,590 : 1|
|Four of a Kind||224,848||0.168%||594 : 1|
|Full House||3,473,184||2.596%||38 : 1|
|Flush||4,047,644||3.025%||32 : 1|
|Straight||6,180,020||4.619%||21 : 1|
|Three of a Kind||6,461,620||4.830%||20 : 1|
|Two Pair||31,433,400||23.496%||3.3 : 1|
|One Pair||58,627,800||43.823%||1.3 : 1|
|No Hand||23,294,460||17.412%||4.7 : 1|
|Hole-card combinations||1,326 with a two-card hand|
|Pair||6 combinations X (13 pairs) = 78|
|Non-pair *||16 combinations x (78 specific ranks) = 1248|
|Non-pair suited||4 combinations x (78 specific ranks) = 312|
|Non-pair unsuited||12 combinations x (78 specific ranks) = 936|
|* Note : When dealt AK, you are 75% more likely to have it off-suited than suited.|
|The probability of being dealt…||Probability||Odds|
|AA (any specific pair)||0.45%||220 : 1|
|AA, KK, or QQ||1.36%||72.7 : 1|
|AA – TT (i.e. TT+)||2.26%||43.2 : 1|
|TT – 22||4.07%||23.5 : 1|
|AK (specific non-pair)||1.21%||81.9 : 1|
|AKo (off-suited cards)||0.90%||110 : 1|
|AKs (specific suited)||0.30%||331 : 1|
|AKs, KQs, QJs, JTs||1.21%||81.9 : 1|
|Suited Ten or higher||3.02%||32.2 : 1|
|Connected T or higher||4.83%||19.7 : 1|
|Any 2 cards rank Q-A||4.98%||19.1 : 1|
|Any 2 cards rank J-A||9.05%||10.1 : 1|
|Any 2 cards rank T-A||14.30%||5.98 : 1|
Tips for Increasing Your Win-Rate in Texas Hold ’em
- Always adhere to bankroll management:
- Fixed-Limit Hold ’em: have approximately 300 to 350 “big bets” in your total allotted “risk capital” (i.e. all the money you are willing to risk playing poker)
- No-Limit/Pot-Limit Hold ’em: have approximately 25 full-ring buy-ins and 50 6-max buy-ins for the respective cash-game level you regularly play.
- You should not play in games whose buy-ins exceed the above amounts for your current bankroll.
- Fixed-Limit Minimum stack size per table: at least 12 big bets without an ante: 15bb recommended.
- If playing Fixed Limit, Review bluff success table & villain’s respective pot odds (generally very little fold equity in fixed-limit games)
- “Discount outs” when drawing to straights on a 2-suited board or to flushes on a paired board.
- Diligently take mental notes on your opposition’s play and respective “poker images.”
- Review the information provided on the pages above as well as the Essential Poker Knowledge video sub-series on Texas Hold ’em.
- Anyone who plays in live games should definitely review the free videos on poker tells and non-verbal communication:
- Never watch the board or look at your pocket cards when the cards are being dealt … watch your opponents!
- Against “unknowns,” sit to the left of the player with the most chips.
- Sit right of weak tight-aggressive players (TAGs) and left of loose aggressive players (LAGs/maniacs).
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