Poker Strategy

Here you can find +500 poker strategy articles across all skill and experience levels to help you improve your game on the spot. Including essential tips for beginners, cash game and tournament Texas Holdem, Omaha, 7-Card Stud & more.


What's in the Poker Strategy Section?

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Our broad categories (and subcategories) of poker strategy articles cover the most important aspects of general poker strategy and more. A huge focus, of course, is on introductory strategy articles for poker beginners so they can learn the how to play poker reasonably well as quickly as possible. A read-through and review of all the major strategy elements we cover will give any amateur poker player all the tools they need to start winning in their local game.

If you aspire to a more advanced level of poker strategy we've got content made for you, too, with in-depth articles featuring insight from some of the world's top poker pros. Odds, outs, tells, tournaments, cash games, Sit & Gos, heads-ups, turbos, Spin & Gos ... it's all here for your perusal, at your leisure, and it's all entirely FREE. Progress entirely at your own pace and never pay any monthly subscription fees!

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Poker Strategy - Start-Up Guide

Here's an overview of our Poker Strategy sections. Our Texas Hold'em Start-Up Guide is meant to give you an overview of some of the most essential, basic poker strategy tips you can begin to implement in your game right away. These include:

  • What "outs' are in poker and how to calculate them
  • How to make proper poker bets
  • 5 common traps beginners get caught in
  • 10-minute Texas Hold'em Crash Course
  • What to do the first time you play poker in a casino
  • Should I play tournaments or cash games?
  • How to determine the winning poker hand
  • Texas Hold'em Starting Hands Cheat Sheet

and more. These are the basic building blocks every poker player will need to go from a complete deer in the headlights at the poker table to a competent, capable poker player in beginner games. If you're looking to start even simpler, check our basic rules guides and tools for even more help.

Beginner to Intermediate Poker Strategy

Once you've gone through the start-up guides we keep adding on more essential building blocks of solid poker strategy here. These articles are intended for people getting their feet wet in competitive poker and who want to acquire the rudiments of higher-level poker strategy to advance their games. You'll find key tips and concepts of poker in a wide variety of fields. Some of our most popular beginner strategy series include:

If you're new to competitive poker and want to start trying to turn a profit, definitely spend some time in here building more of the fundamental tools you need to make poker a game where you're in control of the big pots, not your opponents.

Poker Strategy Tournaments

Strategy for Poker Tournaments
Strategy for Poker Tournaments

Whether it's live tournaments, multi-table tournaments, sit-and-gos, satellites, or even the most recent turbo/fast-fold poker variations such as Spin & Gos and Zoom Poker, articles in this section will explain everything you need to navigate the unique circumstances of Texas Hold'em tournaments. We've cover the full gamut from the absolute basics to high-level tournament strategy tips from big-name poker professionals.

We've got complete guides and methodologies for all stages of tournament play from the early stages to the bubble to the end game and climbing the payout ladder. Want to learn about ICM? We've got that to. Reading and assimilating our tournament strategy articles will take your tournament game to a higher level and you'll win much more often. Some of our most popular tournament strategy articles:

Poker Strategy Cash Games

Cash games involve very different strategies from tournament play. In our cash-game strategy section you'll find a number of specific articles for all the nuances of deep-stacked cash games from Limit or No-Limit and the mid-stakes to the microstakes. Note, however, that most tips packed into our cash-game section can also often apply to any type of poker game! Don't hesitate to perfect your learning with these items even if cash games aren't your usual cup of tea. Some of our more popular poker cash-game strategy articles:

Poker Strategy Omaha, Stud & More

Best Strategy for Stud and other Poker Variants
Best Strategy for Stud and other Poker Variants

Poker is not just Hold'em! In fact the history of poker tells us the Texas Holdem era we're in now is just a very small part of the game's storied and romantic past. 5-Card Draw, 7-Card Stud, Pot-Limit Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, Courchevel, Chinese Poker, Badugi, Badeucy, Mixed Games ... there's a veritable rainbow of poker games out there to be learned and enjoyed and, in fact, have been the dominant forms of poker for far longer than Holdem.

If you've found your entry point to the game of poker via Holdem that's great but there's a big world of great games out there to explore so we hope you dig into our strategy articles on other poker variants and take a stab at some new games. We've got a big section on Omaha poker in particular but Stud, 2-7 Lowball, Draw games and mixed games articles are all there to, we hope, pique your interest in the wider poker world.

Insider Tip: The advantage of progressing in poker games less practiced by most is you'll find a lot of soft games you can profit from!

Some of our more popular Omaha, Draw, Stud and more strategy articles:

Poker Strategy - Math, Odds & Bankroll

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Think poker math is too complicated to understand? Think you'll never be able to calculate your pot odds, implied odds and real-time outs at the table without having a calculator by your side? We're her to tell you poker math is not really all that hard. There are shortcuts and tricks you can use to get good estimates of your odds and outs very easily. And once you get a handle on the basics the advance poker math is not far from your grasp either.

How much money do you really need to play poker? We handle that one, too, in our Poker Bankroll Management section. Dabble in our poker math, poker odds and poker bankroll strategy articles and you'll feel far more confident in your overall poker game in no time.

Some of our more popular Poker Odds articles:

Poker Psychology

When talking about poker you'll often hear something along the lines of "it's not the cards you receive, but how you play your opponents." So is psychology the most important aspect of poker? In any case it is one of the paramount parameters and without the right state of mind and the proper state of mind, you'll have a hard time really succeeding in poker. Self-confidence, wisdom, mental endurance, management of stress and emotions, brain function, NLP and non-verbal language ... these are just some of the topics covered. You can also make use of them in your everyday life, we promise! Some of our most popular poker psychology articles:

Beginners Guide to No-Limit Texas Hold'em

Strategy Guide for No-Limit Texas Hold'em (Cash Game) IntroductionKey Advice and Common MistakesPre-Flop PlayFlop PlaySpecific Holdings at Flop PlayOn the…

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A Complete Beginners Guide to Pot-Limit Omaha

Widely popular in Europe, Pot-Limit Omaha is catching on big around the world and is now the second most popular…

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Limit Texas Hold'em

Fixed Limit Texas Hold'em poker is beatable but can prove tricky because you can't just call down hands due to…

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Deceptive Plays in Texas Holdem | Beginner Poker Strategy

Some examples of deceptive plays you can add to your arsenal: Deceptive Plays in Texas Hold'em Taking a Free Card…

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How to Play Straight Draws in Limit Texas Hold'em

Straight draws are strong draws in Limit Texas Hold'em. When you flop a straight draw it's either going to be…

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How to Play Middle or Bottom Pair on the Flop

When you make a pair on the flop using one of your two hole cards, and it is not top…

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How to Play Short-Handed Limit Holdem

Introduction Shorthanded poker is played with six or less players at the table, making it necessary to give more action…

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How to Play Overcards on the Flop in Limit Holdem

Since Limit Texas Hold'em is a "big card game", you will find yourself in many situations where all you hold…

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10 Basic Pot-Limit Omaha Strategy Tips for Beginners

Top 10 Pot-Limit Omaha Strategy Tips Be very selective with your starting hands. Nothing is more important than choosing the…

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