Welcome to the Texas Holdem strategy section where you'll find a full range of Texas Holdem poker tips for all skill levels. Articles are split up into beginner, cash game and tournament sections, with shorthanded, full-ring, MTT, SNG and essential tips all included.
If you don't know how to put your opponent on a hand range in poker these days, you don't stand a chance. Read our complete guide to poker hand ranges here!
Hitting a big draw and stacking someone is one of the most satisfying parts of poker. Calculating implied odds properly will help you do that. Here's how.
Even the best and most honest poker players tend to fudge the truth about their true poker results. But that won't help you pinpoint the leaks in your game.
Improve your poker skills immediately! This 10-part beginner strategy series explains simple, effective Texas Hold'em tips to learn to win at poker, now.
Variance is a term that describes how far your poker results spread around the mean. Less variance, then, means fewer swings. Here's how to control it.
Thinking in "ranges" is THE most critical step to improving your poker game. Here's how to put your poker opponents on a range of hands in every situation.
Want to learn the best way to dissect a poker hand? Grab a pen and work through this standard tournament spot with QQ. Then read 6 pros give their takes.
Sit down at any poker table and you'll see virtually every player looking at their phone or watching an iPad or TV. This is a HUGE mistake. Here's why.
One of the most profitable things you can ever do in your poker career? Talk to poker players who are better than you. A lot. Here's what to talk about.
Understanding how to make your poker opponents fold at any point in a hand (Fold Equity) is critical in making you a winning poker player. Learn how now!
Pocket Jacks is a hand misplayed a lot by beginner poker players. But Jacks don't have to be a curse. Here's how to avoid the pitfalls of playing jacks.
Is an aggressive turn shove, like this one I made in the WSOP Monster Stack, too high variance at a point when I could have played a lot more patiently?
If you're being bullied at the poker table the first question to ask is 'why?' And then 'Is it everyone or just me?' Here's how to stop being bullied.
There are two types of bluffs in poker: semi-bluffs and "pure" bluffs. Here's how and when to make pure bluffs including probe bets, blockers & floats.
Good poker players know exactly what their pot odds and equity are in every pot and play accordingly. Here's how to calculate those two critical numbers.
Players who rely on memorized Hold’em odds and outs, rather than on an understanding of where the numbers come from, limit themselves to playing a game exclusively based in “on the flop” odds. - PokerListings.com
How big should I 3-bet? What's the right bet to induce a bluff? How can I avoid giving enticing pot odds? Here are some easy rules of thumb for bet sizes.
Using a heads-up display backed by a database of hands will help you. But using a HUD won't magically turn you into a winning poker player. Here's why.
It’s time to stop waddling around like a duckling when you flop flush draws in cash games. Poker pro Timothy Reilly explains how to avoid big mistakes.
"Position" is the single most important and valuable commodity in poker. There are 4 main reasons why. Learn them right here and improve at poker, fast.
Understanding how to calculate pot odds is essential to developing as a poker player. And, truthfully, it's not really all that hard. Here are a few tricks.
It's the biggest trouble hand in poker: AQ. If you want to stop bleeding money with AQ, read our in-depth article on how to play ace-queen properly.
With so many options available in poker now, where does a beginner start? Poker pro Matt Ashton sorts through them all to find the right game for you.
Quads over quads? Set over set over set? One outers? Find out the true statistics behind poker odds and how often "long shot" odds really hit right here.
Watch a bit of poker on TV and you might think running big bluffs every 5 minutes is how to play poker like a pro. You couldn't be more wrong. Here's why.
Judging by how often I hear people misuse “pot odds” and “pot-committed,” most poker players could probably benefit from an overview of it. Here it is.
The beautiful thing about poker is no one style is “best.” But the key to success is being conscious of your table "image" and how opponents react to it.
Heading to Las Vegas for the weekend? If you're going to play Texas Hold'em the next time you're in Vegas, this 10-minute Holdem crash course is essential.
Poker is all about making the best decisions you can with limited information. In other words, +EV (plus expected value) decisions. Here's how to do it.
Have you ever reached the river with the run out a straight or flush and watched in agony as your foe shoved all in? Here's what to do to save yourself.
Understanding how, when and how much to 3-Bet is essential to winning in poker. But a lot of poker players don't even understand why to 3-bet. Here's why.
It's an age-old maxim in poker: The fish call; the sharks raise. But does it stand the test of time? These four poker pros explain when to call instead.
Do you need to learn math to be good at poker? Absolutely. But it's not nearly as complex as you might think it is. Poker Pro Jonathan Little explains why.
Good news: You've flopped a set in a multi-way pot in a poker tournament. Now what do you do? Poker pros Ben Wilinofsky and Albert Daher share their thoughts.
To be a great poker player you have to learn the simple math that makes poker decisions easier. Sklansky dollars and G-Bucks are two essential tools.
In poker second pair (a pair with the second-highest card on the board) holds a lot of value. But it can be very difficult to play. Here's how to do it.
Playing poker you’ll often be faced with this: when in position should you bet the river for value? The answer, as it usually is in poker: It depends.
Is there a sweeter feeling than beating your friends at poker? We break down EXACTLY how to beat any player from the aggressive "expert" to the first-timer.
Especially when it comes to playing online, the most important information you will get in a hand of poker is the betting story. If you can only pay attention to one thing, make it this. - PokerListings.com
In No-Limit Hold'em there's no such thing as a static hand chart. But there are hands that do better against specific opponents. Here's how to pick 'em.
One of the most underrated skills you can have in online poker is the ability to take clear, concise, detailed player notes. Here are a few tips to help.
Are you giving all of your bluffs and big hands away by what you say at the poker table? Here's how to make sure you give nothing away to your opponents.
You don't have to be a math expert to be a good poker player. All you need to know are a few shortcuts to calculating the right poker odds. Learn them here!
There's nothing worse for an amateur poker player than getting called on a bad bluff. Here's how to avoid making dark tunnel bluffs that lose big pots.
Every time you make a mistake in poker, you ultimately lose money. But not all mistakes are created equal. Here's how to find and fix your poker mistakes.
The decisions you make before the flop in Texas Holdem can make or break you. Here are some essential guidelines for how to play pre-flop Holdem correctly.
Lots of poker players fail to see when hands have showdown value. They flush money down the drain w/ bets & raises. Here's how to get to showdown, cheap.
Don't slow-play your combo draws in Texas Hold'em poker! Learn how to make the most of powerful combo draw hands in this Texas Hold'em strategy guide.
One of the prime skills of good poker players is the ability to change gears. If you can adjust to each type of game you'll be successful. Here's how.
The concept of being either way ahead or way behind in a poker hand is nothing new, but as far as critical poker concepts go, it's among the least understood.
When you get pocket kings in poker you usually want to play a big pot. But what about if you're in early position? Here's how to play KK pre- and post-flop.
It's easy to play big hands in poker. But the best players know how to lose the least - by knowing when to fold losing hands. Here's how to do it right.
Deep-stacked No-Limit Hold'em is one of the most complex varieties of poker. Any mistake risks losing your whole stack. These tips keep you from doing that.
Ask anyone and they'll tell you Ace-King, both suited and unsuited, is a premium Hold'em starting hand. So why is it such a trouble hand for beginners?
How much does your stack size determine the right play in poker? Almost every time. Here's a guide to the best move for each stack size in cash & tourneys.
This is a simple poker lesson: If you flop a big hand, you want to build a (very) big pot. If you have a weak hand you want a small pot. Here's how to do it.
Want to hold on to your money in poker? Here are some important rules to follow to keep your money safe incl. how much to have on the table at any one time.
One surefire way to pad your win rate in poker is to get the most value from your big hands. But what's the best way to get your entire stack into the pot?
"Slow playing," or trapping, in poker is a sexy move but it doesn't always work out. Here's why it's a bad idea to slow play when you've got a big hand.
The big mistake many poker beginners make is confusing aggression at the poker table with looseness. Here's how to play aggressively the right way in poker.
High marginal hands like A-J, K-Q, K-J, Q-J and Q-T consistently cost poker players more money than any other hands. Here's how to play them profitablly.
It's very common for beginner poker players to misplay middle or bottom pair on the flop, but it's actually a very easy problem to fix. Here's how to do it.