A Quick and Easy Texas
Holdem Poker Lesson for Beginners
The great thing about Texas Holdem Poker is that
it is easy to learn. Even a beginner can quickly develop into a
winning player. By following a sound strategy and playing the
best starting hands a Texas Holdem Poker newbie can dramatically
shorten the learning curve. So what are the best hands that a
beginner should play?
The best hands for a beginner to play are
Ace-Ace, King-King, Queen-Queen, Jack-Jack, Ace-King suited
(example – Ace of clubs & King of clubs).
I strongly recommend that you only play these
starting hands as a beginner. In other words, if you are dealt
a hand other than one of the above then fold!
Folding is one of the most difficult decisions
for a Texas Holdem Poker beginner to do. The mindset of most
Texas Holdem Poker beginners is to hang around and see the flop
in the hopes of hitting it just right and improving a hand.
While a beginner will hit the flop and improve
their hand occasionally, more often than not they will miss it.
The Texas Holdem Poker beginner player that plays poor starting
hands will end up throwing more money away than they will win.
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When you are dealt one of the best starting hands
I recommend raising the pot which will serve two purposes.
First, it will force players with weak hands to fold instead of
allowing them to stay in the game and see the flop for free.
Secondly, by seeing who raises and calls you get
to see who feels that they have a good hand and who may be
trying to hang in for the flop.
When the flop is dealt you should look carefully
to see if you have improved your hand. Even if you have not
improved your hand, because you started out with one of the
better hands you may still have the best hand. This is
especially true if your starting hand was a pair of aces or
If your opponents raise back this can be a strong
signal that they may have a powerful hand. Ask yourself,
could my opponent have?"
"Could they have improved their hand?"
Ask yourself these questions after each round of
cards are dealt and try to "read" your opponents hand.
If you have a high pair a raise after the flop
can help you assess whether your opponents feel if they have a
strong hand or not.
If you think you are beaten there is no shame in
folding at this point.
When the turn card has been revealed, if you
think that you may still have the best hand I would raise the
pot so that I could obtain information about my opponents'
I would follow this same strategy on the river
To summarize this basic Texas Holdem Poker
this Texas Holdem Poker beginner strategy you will start out
winning more hands than you lose. You will start out winning
more money than you will lose.