How to Play Texas Holdem Poker

How to Play Texas Holdem Poker

Texas Holdem Poker is an extremely popular and highly competitive card game that is relatively easy to understand and begin playing. That being said, in order to compete successfully at the highest level and make money doing so, you need to fully understand a wide array of complex techniques that the professionals utilize to consistently rack up their profits.

Below we are going to discuss playing low level suited connectors in a late position in a no-limit cash game. Suited connectors are cards like 3-4 or 6-7 that both are the same suit, like hearts or spades. The advantage of being in a late position at a poker table is that you are able to see what the majority of the players have done before you, prior to committing to a hand.

Low level suited connectors almost always need a good flop in order to win a hand, if it is played out to its fruition. In other words, you really want to see two cards that provide you either a straight or flush draw on the flop that you can catch on either the turn or river to win the hand.

Now, let’s discuss how to play them. If one player made a small raise, and there were a few other callers, then pot odds dictate that you call the raise, and hope the flop goes you way.

However, if one player made a raise in an early position, and they were later re-raised by another player behind them, it is usually a good idea to fold your hand unless it is an extremely loose table.

There are many reasons for this; first, the re-raiser is indicating that they have a very powerful hand which could be AA, KK, or QQ. Second, the player that made the initial raise might also have a powerful hand, which they could very well go all-in with.

Under NO circumstances can you ever call an all-in with low level suited connectors if you ever hope to make money playing Texas Holdem Poker. Even if the first raiser does not go all in pre-flop, there is still a good chance that either of the two players will go all-in after the flop. If that happens, calling an all-in on a draw is a losing play that will cost you money over the long run.

So remember, if there are quite a few players in any given Texas Holdem Poker hand and the raises have been relatively modest, pot odds indicate that you should call low level suited connectors and hope for the best on the flop. But, if there has been at least one very large raise pre-flop, it is usually best to fold your hand and wait for the next deal. Good luck, and may the poker gods be with you.