Deal 100 Hands at Home

Have you realized which poker hand is the favorite in certain situations? Suppose you want to know how one hand will stack up against another hand at the river. Is there an easy way to see who will win the pot after the flop?

Suppose you want to know how it comes out when one player flops a set and his rivals flops an open-end straight flush draw with neither of them getting any help on the turn card. How often will a set win the pot on the river? How often will the flush draw win on the river? Here we shall discuss some of it.

Deal out the two hands that you are anxious about. For starters, deal the K ? Q ? to Player A; and the J ? J ? to Player B.

Then deal three cards in the middle of the table i.e. the flop plus the turn card, to make a board of four cards.

Player A Player B

The board is:

Now you can see the four board card that will give Player A the flush draw and Player B the top set. You can find out who is the favorite by just dealing the rest of the deck and turning up one card at a time in the middle, as though it were the river card. Every tome the K ? Q ? wins on the river put the river card face down in a stack in front if that hand. Every time the J ? J ? wins a hand put the river card face down in a stack in front that hand.

At the end of the analysis, you will find that the winning stakes for the set of jacks will have thirty-two cards in it and the winning stake for the K-Q will have thirteen cards. This is a good way to practice reading hands with a deck of cards.

After the turn, how many "outs" does the K ? Q ? have? An out is a card that will make your hand. The K ? Q ? has seven flush cards, two of which will give him a straight flush, three aces (in addition to the A ? ) and three nines (in addition to the 9 ? ) will give him a straight.

Therefore Player A has thirteen outs going into the river. How many outs does Player B have? He already has the nuts unless Player A hits one of his outs - in this sense an "out" is a card that will turn a losing hand into a winning hand.

For learning more, you can deal out nine hold'em hands. Then turn up three cards in the middle of the table. Starting with the player under the gun (the first player to the left of the big blind), decide whether he will bet or fold on the flop. You might also decide which hand you would like to hold on the flop. Then act for all of your "rivals" and deal the hand through the river.

Maintain a Poker Notebook

Just like any other business or transactions, maintaining the records of your daily activities and results are very significant in poker. Scrutinizing your poker results will help you to decide what weakness you have and need to improve on. You will also find the areas in which you are strong so that you can take the advantage on your strength. Many players believe that records don't lie.

Keep track of the date you played, where you played, the size of the game, and notes about players in the game. Then record your win or loss for that session or tournament. At online games, you can keep notes on players in the programs software, making it easier to keep track of your rivals' playing style.

Other Methods to Improve No-Limit hold'em

We all believe that reading instructional poker books is a best way to improve your game. We think that you should read Championship Satellite Strategy which shows you how to win cheap seats in tournament.

Another way to improve your no-limit hold'em is by "sitting behind" a professional player in a cash game, or "sweating" a pro in a tournament. With the pro's permission, you can sit behind him during the session away from the table. Sweating a player in a tournament means that you observe him throughout the course of a tournament. Write down the questions in the notebook that you would like to ask him after the poker tournament is over.

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