Texas Holdem Poker Winning Strategies
The best Texas Holdem winning strategy you can have is to start with two decent hole cards.
Your position at the table in relation to the dealer has to be considered in relation to your betting strategy. When you are the last player around the table you have a huge advantage over the player who has to open the betting because you are in a much better position to know whether to fold, to look or to raise.
Your strongest starting hole cards are (highest to lowest) a pair of Aces, a pair of Kings, a pair of Queens, an Ace King of the same suit, an Ace Queen of the same suit and an Ace King hand.
The consensus among good Holdem players is that the above combinations are all very strong winning hands and when you have them, raise at the first opportunity to force out players with inferior hands. If you don’t, there is always that chance that combined with the flop, their crap hand could turn into something good and steal “your pot”.
If you read a range of articles on this latter point, you will encounter differing views. The opposing view is that you do not want to scare off the other players because you want the pot to build to make it a worthwhile win. If you choose this path, you are now well aware of the risks. Depending on the skills of the opposing players, this could be either a good or very dangerous tactic. Remember, a lot of good poker players make quite a good living playing at lower stakes tables by taking advantage of less skilful players.
If you find yourself in this position, find another table where the competetion is less rugged!
Now there are two articles on this site that discuss building the pot in relation to stud poker. Both articles are well worth reading as the information is equally relevant to this game. They are amateur gambler seven card stud poker and seven card stud poker pitfalls. Another article, seven card stud poker straights refers to the authors reasons for never trying to build a straight and it should give you food for serious thought when playing Texas Holdem.