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Poker is a complex game.The math element is obvious but it is complicated by the psychological aspect. In blackjack where the math has been throughly researched the experts will agree on the answer to any question. In poker experts often disagree. In this section I will try to give you some of the basic strategy of Texas Hold'em and more specifically to playing it online.
Hundreds of books have been written on poker. You could read all of them and still not know how to play. You will learn how the author thinks when playing. To learn poker you have to play. But by reading and knowing a few of the basics you will shorten your learning curve. In this section I will give you a few tips that will get you started. Be clear that this by no means covers all there is to learn to become an expert but it will allow you to get an edge in some online games.
Internet poker is an inexpensive way to learn poker skills compared to live poker. As in live poker the casino makes it's money from the rake or percentage of the pot. Online rakes are half of live games. The cheapest live game is usually $2.00. Online you can find $0.05 games. You don't have to tip the dealer on your winnings and last and formost is that online casinos will give you bonus money.
In blackjack the casinos know that an expert will play perfect basic strategy and their edge is less than 0.5%. They could not stay in business if every player did that. But the casinos know that people are lazy. Very few bother to learn all of basic strategy and the casinos have a nice edge of about 4.0%. That is your edge too. Very few people will bother to learn the basics of poker. They just want to play and get lucky. If you work you can get an edge over them. In today's world of televised professional play a great many of the new stars practiced their skills online. Many won their entry fees to the big tournements by playing online.
The first thing you need to do is download poker software from a reputable poker site. Of course any poker room shown on this site is reputable and recommended. They also allow you to play for "FREE". Unfortunately free games do not teach you to play winning poker. With no real money at risk people play recklessly. The value of free games is that you learn the software.
You need to learn the mechanics of buying in at a table, betting, calling, raising,folding etc. Go to the help screen for other features like chatting with other players, sitting out a hand without giving up your seat, automatic check/call or check/fold feature, automatic blinds or manual blinds, watch without playing, taking notes on other players, review your play history, review the play history of others etc.
Pre-Flop Texas Hold'em requires three considerations:
Betting Position, Hand Ranking and Playing Style of Opponents.
If you can learn these principals you will have a big advantage and you should make money in most low level games.
Betting position is the first thing any professional considers. By this I mean where you sit in relation to where the betting starts. It changes every hand, rotating clockwise around the table.
If you are among the first three to bet, early position, you must have a strong hand. There are seven players to bet after you. There might be some big hands betting behind you and you must be careful.
Early Position Play Pre-Flop
Raise and reraise: AA, KK, QQ, JJ
Middle Position Play Pre-Flop