Avoiding Common Mistakes in Hold’em

In the game of Texas Hold’em there are several mistakes that beginners frequently make. I can admit that I used to make these mistakes myself. However, now that I’ve learned to avoid them my game has improved infinitely.

1. The Golden Pair

It’s a known fact that A-A, K-K and Q-Q are outstanding starting hands in Hold’em. However, it is important to note that if the flop, turn and river don’t come up in your favor your hand is just a pair. Too many players make the mistake of pushing ahead, raising again and again, sure that their big pair is going to win them the hand.
Keep your eyes open and assess the situation. For instance, if the community cards include 3, 4 and 6 it’s possible (and even likely) that one of your opponents has a 2-7 or 3-7 straight or two pairs, both of which will take out your pair. Don’t be overconfident-be cautious.

2. The Bluff

Feigning confidence as you raise on a so-so hand may get your opponents to fold a few times. But making bluffing your primary strategy will get you nowhere fast. Too many beginning players use bluffing as a primary strategy. Take my advice-study up on odds. It will get you a heck of a lot further.

3. Predictability: Friend or Foe?

Always fold, call and raise on the same hands and your opponents will read you like an open book. Avoid predictability-mix up your methods and keep your opponents guessing. On he other hand, look for predictable behavior in the other players to help you with your own strategy.

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