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Our poker strategies guide features tips, tricks, odds, outs, and much more to help you improve your poker game

Transcript of Poker Strategies and Poker Tools

Digital Poker Book a k a Electronic or E-BookWritten By, Jason Narog of and


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PrefaceI originally wrote all the strategy guides for From Goldfish to Piranha back in June of 2005 while working on the first ever batch of the Poker Money Clip which are available for purchase at I was pretty good at poker at the time but nowhere near where I am at now. From Goldfish to Piranha was started as a work in progress on my own theories on playing winning poker and will never be 100% complete as my opinion on how to play and win the game will continue to change as I progress as a player. Everything written in this book comes from my own head, its ideas and concepts should not be thought of as concrete or even as right when it comes to playing poker. The game of poker can be played and viewed many different ways and peoples opinions vary greatly. This guide should also not be seen as an answer to making money-playing poker. I cannot give you a winning strategy to winning money while playing poker. Bankroll management is the most important strategy and only playing with what you can afford to lose while in a sober state of mind are the only ways to ever be a real winner, regardless of if you win or lose at the table. Always gamble responsibly; never use this strategy guide as a rule of thumb on playing poker but more as a book of entertaining thoughts and concepts to think about throughout your day. I do not encourage you to go out and gamble, if you want to play poker play with your friends, family, and coworkers with cheap plastic chips for no money at all, just enjoy the game. I am not responsible if you lose money trying any of the strategies within the pages of this book. If you employ any strategies found within this book you are doing so at your own risk. I am not a professional poker player nor have I ever claimed to be one, I just enjoy playing the game. Please learn your local laws to stay within the boundaries of the law; the last place you want to wind up is inside a courtroom.


Table of ContentsRules of Texas Hold Em Pg. 6 Betting Variations Pg. 8 Hand Rankings Pg. 12 Strategy Introduction Pg. 16 Pre Flop Strategies Early Position Pg. 19 Middle Position Pg. 23 Late Position Pg. 26 Big and Small Blind Pg. 28 Flop Strategy Pg. 29 Turn Strategy Pg. 32 River Strategy Pg. 35 Betting, Raising, Checking, Calling, and Folding Pg. 37 Bluffing Pg. 41 Starting Hands Chart by Position Pg. 43 The 106 Starting Hands You May (or may not) Want To Play Pg. 47 The Trick To Placing In A Freeroll pg. 49 AA Hand Matchups pg. 51 AK Hand Matchups pg. 55 Outs, Odds Against, and Pot Odds pg. 59 Implied Odds, Bet Odds, Investment Odds, and Best Case / Wose Case Scenario pg. 61 4

Odds For The Following Events Pairs, Trips, Full Boats, and Quads pg. 64 Straight Odds pg. 66 Flush Odds pg. 68 Types of Players pg. 69 How To Beat A Tight Player pg. 78 Strategy For Beating A Loose Player pg. 81 Strategies For Beating A Passive Player pg. 85 Live Tells pg. 87 Online Tells / Betting Patterns pg. 90 Starting A Home Game pg. 92 Finding A Home Game pg. 94 Poker Games and Casino Poker Games pg. 96 Poker And The Law pg. 102 FAQ Q and A pg. 103 Math Equations pg. 104 Acknowledgements pg. 106


Rules of Texas Hold EmThe following rules apply to any form of Texas Hold Em regardless of betting limits. Depending on the betting limit of the game you are playing there may be caps on the amount you can bet during a specific round. For more on betting caps check out betting variations. Before the cards are dealt. Before dealing the first hand of the tournament or home game each player is dealt 1 card face up. Depending on whether low card or high card deals was selected either the lowest or highest card will be the dealer (have the dealer button) in front of them for the first hand. Normally it is high card is dealer but this may vary in different areas. Once a dealer is chosen. The player sitting to the direct left of the dealer will be in the Small Blind. The Small Blind is a forced bet that the player must put into the pot before receiving any cards. The Small Blind puts half of what the current minimum bet is into the pot. Directly left of the Small Blind is the Big Blind. The Big Blind is a forced bet that must be put into the pot before receiving any cards. The Big Blind puts the current minimum bet into the pot. The dealer then deals 2-card face down to every player starting with the Small Blind. Action will start on the player directly left of the Big Blind. They have a decision of whether to play their cards or fold. Action works its way around the table in a clockwise fashion until everyone in turn (do not bet or fold if it is not your turn to act) has called or folded. The first betting round is over when (in an unraised pot) the Big Blind has checked to see a flop or (in a raised pot) everyone to the right of the player who made the raise has called the raise or folded. The Flop. The dealer places three up cards in the center of the table for everyone to use. It is a good idea to place all three cards up at the same time as opposed to one by one to avoid any players giving away a "tell" on which one or more of the cards have helped their hand. The first person to bet or check on the flop is the person directly to the left of the dealer who still has cards in front of them (if the Small Blind didn't fold the then the Small Blind is first to act, if the Small Blind did fold the Big Blind is first to act, and so on). The round is over when every player has either called the bet or folded. The Turn. The dealer places one more up card in the center of the table for everyone to use. The first person to bet is the same person that was first to bet on the Flop. The River. The dealer places one final up card in the center of the table for everyone to use. The first person to bet is still the same person who was first


to bet on the Flop. After everyone has bet each player reveals his or her hole cards, in order to see who has the best five-card hand. If a player has a better hand than you and showed it before it was your turn to show you may throw away your cards without showing them. The Winner. The winner of the hand is the player with the best hand using any 3, 4, or 5 cards in the center of the table used in combination with their 2 down cards. Burning Cards - Depending on where you play / who you are playing with you may burn 1 card before dealing to every player as well as burn 1 card before placing the flop cards, turn card or river card. For the flop cards you will only burn 1 card for the 3 cards, not burn one play one, burn two play two.


Betting VariationsH/L (8b) No Limit Limit Pot Limit Spread Limit Mixed Limit Ante Bring In Kill Game Half Kill Game Wild Card/Joker

H/L (High/Low) GamesA High/Low game is a split pot game with a low hand qualifier (the typical qualifier is 8b meaning if you have 5 different cards of 8 or below your hand has qualified for the low) where the high hand takes half the pot and the low hand takes the other half. Your hand will not qualify for the low if you do not have 5 different cards that are low (having 3 2's and 2 3's is not a low hand). A pair will disqualify your hand from being low. Straights and flushes do not work against your low hand. The best possible hand to win both the high and the low is called The Wheel. The Wheel is A5 suited. 26 suited is definitely good enough to win most high and low pots but would lose the low to anyone with A 2 3 4 5 off suit or A 2 3 4 6 off suit.

No LimitThe most popular form of poker played today. No limit simply means that you can bet all of your chips at any time during the hand when it is your turn to act. There is a minimum bet, however, in No Limit. The minimum bet is whatever the big blind is.


LimitThe amount you can bet or raise is determined by the X/Y. In the first rounds of betting (for Hold Em, Pineapple and Omaha its pre flop and flop) (for any 7 card game its any cards prior to the 5th card if no pair was on board or no one doubled the bet when the pair was on board) (for any 5 card game its the first 3 cards) (in Lowball is before the draw, Triple Draw its before the draw and the first draw) the bet/raise is whatever the X is assumed to be (in a 2/4 game the first rounds of betting would be call 2 raise 2.) There is typically a cap on the number of raises allowed. The most common is 4 for a cap (1. bet, 2. raise, 3. reraise 4. cap). Yahoo