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Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« on: April 14, 2013, 02:14:30 PM »
The Texas Hold-‘Em Basic Manual
By JD Stenzel

General Description:

This is a seven card stud variation with two cards dealt face down to each player, then a “flop” of three community cards, then another community called the “turn,” and finally a community card called “the river” making a total of seven cards—your two, and five community cards.

Overview Of Texas Hold-‘Em Terms:

“The Button” This is a physical marker to show that the deal changes with each hand, and moves clockwise one player after each new deal. The “dealer” may not be actually dealing; the marker indicates that if there was no house dealer, the person behind the “button” is the “dealer.”

“Small Blind” This is half of the amount of the “big blind” and indicates a required bet whether or not you decide to play the cards dealt, and must be posted in front of you before the cards are dealt. If you play your hand, when the action comes to your position you’ll need to post the other half of the “blind” before the “flop” is dealt. “Small blind” is always immediately to the left of the “button.”

“Big Blind” This is twice what the “small blind” is, and is otherwise the same as the “small blind.” Calling the big blind and other raises (bets) beyond the big blind is the only way to see a flop and stay in the game. If you are “in the big blind” position, you’ll forfeit the ante regardless, but can get it back with all other posted blinds and other chips bet if you win the hand. “Big blind” is always immediately to the left of the “small blind.” Betting begins after the blinds are "seen" and first two cards are dealt.

“The Flop” This is dealt after all blinds have been called and all unplayed hands have been folded. Three community cards are “flopped” onto the table at once which all players in the game can use to create the best five-card poker hand, with two more individually dealt cards still to come.  Betting takes place after the flop

Bets are made and called or raised, or hands are folded.

“The Turn” This is a fourth community card dealt, after which betting resumes.

“The Nuts” This is a hand that, given all community cards on the table, cannot be beaten…a definite winner.

“The River” This is the final of seven cards. Betting continues after the “river” card is dealt.

Hand Order:

Royal Flush (A,K,Q,J,10—all in suit)
Straight Flush
Four Of A Kind
Full House
Flush
Straight
Three Of A Kind
Two Pairs
Pair
Ace

Note:  No casino recognizes suit order when determining winners, meaning despite suit, ties are equal and the pot is split as evenly as possible. The odd chip may be won by dealing each winner a card…and again if necessary.

Strategy:

Your strategy will depend on the variables, such as A--Your hand. B--Your opponents’ betting, which (aside from known community cards) is likely to be the biggest clue as to how proud someone is of their hand, and C—your position in relation to the deal, or button, which indicates whether others can bet before or after you.

Pre-flop bets can get a little out-of-hand when players are dealt pocket pairs, especially party hats (aces) or other high pair. Personally, I only engage in calling high pre-flop bets if I have AA, KK or QQ. Jacks paired or 10s paired is not hard to beat. Unless I have a high pair right out of the gate, I rarely bet at all before the flop; I just call the big blind and any small token bet out on the table.

I hate being caught off-guard by a double gut-buster straight or full house as described above, and so…if I bet heavily and THEN get caught by a freaky good hand, I’m out all the more. It’s my style to only play hands that are likely to win in the first place, then just call other bets, raising when I have “the nuts.”

If I get “hooked up” on the flop, I still just check and/or call whatever small bet there may be…and ONLY continue playing at all if it appears mathematically that I’m LIKELY to win at this point. In other words, it’s super-rare to see me continue after the flop unless I think I’ve essentially got the winning hand. Drawing to an inside straight or looking for one more to a flush after the flop is speculation, and I only speculate if it’s really cheap to see the next card. Usually it is after the flop that I fold, because winning a hand at all is rare. I (almost) never bluff.

I like to get my pocket pair hooked up to a three-of-a-kind before I’ll do any betting. If the third card to my three-of-a-kind is in my hand and two of them are on the table, chances are slim of being able to bet credibly, because they may have a pocket pair with only one showing on the table (meaning you’ll never see it coming), and your two of three are going to make your opponent more likely to have a full house. I only raise a bet if I have “the nuts.” I’d rather win a little than lose a lot because I got blind-sided by a freaky good hand.

Hands I Like To Play:

Gut busters in suit, higher the better, (such as 10, Q) because they lead to easy straights and flushes, and aren’t obvious to your opponents who are going to be blind-sided if I hook up on the flop. Double gut-busters (such as 7,10) are even more of a blind-side bummer for your opponents, but then, they are tougher to complete, so only pursue these if it’s really cheap to see the next card(s).

Your opponents will occasionally bluff. This never matters if you’re me, because you’ll NEVER have a lot of chips invested in a hand that isn’t going anywhere. I spend most of my time NOT playing (hence losing those hands) and still win more chips than my opponents simply because of my above-mentioned strategy.

If you ever see me at a poker table walk quickly in the other direction. If you don’t, and you sit down to play, don’t blame ME when your chips all run over to my side of the table—hey…I posted this, so you’ll know better!

Online I play at Pokerstars. If you see "Bonesight" and the image of a green semi truck...that's ME. Be careful.

Peace and Love,
JD
« Last Edit: April 14, 2013, 02:43:13 PM by Anynonmouses »
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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2013, 08:49:24 AM »
This is a chart explaining my value betting system on a 5/10 Texas Hold-'Em table. Amaterasu Solar made this chart graph to illustrate my philosophy:




If you use this chart and do not exceed it you will win more chips in the long run than anyone else on the table. PROSPER!

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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2013, 09:17:42 AM »
TEXAS HOLD-‘EM VALUE BETTING GUIDELINES
By JD Stenzel
© 2013

Always see the blind on “suited connectors”
NEVER raise the blind unless your suited connectors are 9,10 or better, if at all.
Do NOT call more than $50 without a suited 9,10 or better.
6,6 is worth calling $50
7,7 is worth calling $50
8,8 is worth calling $50
9,9 is worth calling $50
10,10 is worth calling $100
JJ is worth calling $200
QQ is worth calling $300
KK is worth calling $400
AA is worth calling $500

Any pair lower than 6,6 is NOTHING to get proud about and usually loses, so JUST CHECK

NOTE: Even if you have AA do not initiate a bet of more than $200 EVER!

DO NOT CALL MORE THAN THE BLIND WITH THE FOLLOWING
(UNLESS SUITED)

2,7
2,8
2,9
2,10
2,J
2,Q
2,K

3,6
3,7
3,8
3,9
3,10
3,J
3,Q
3,K

4,7
4,8
4,9
4,10
4,J
4,Q
4,K

5,8
5,9
5,10
5,J
5,Q
5,K

6,9
6,10
6,J
6,Q
6,K

7,10
7,J
7,Q
7,K

8,J
8,Q
8,K

IF YOU DO NOT HIT 4 TO A STRAIGHT OR FLUSH ON THE FLOP JUST CHECK
IF YOU TRIPLE UP ON THE FLOP WEIGH IT AGAINST HIGHER PAIRS ON THE TABLE
ALWAYS BE ON THE HIGH END OF STRAIGHTS, FLUSHES AND FULL HOUSES OR CHECK
NEVER BET WHEN PURSUING AN INSIDE STRAIGHT-JUST CALL, AND ONLY IF IT’S CHEAP

Peace and Love,
JD
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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2013, 09:39:57 AM »
PRE FLOP

If the raises exceed the above chart, FOLD! Pre-flop I never bet; I just call if the hand warrants it. For me, this is true until the River card is dealt because anything might happen and usually does, changing everything. Better to win a little than lose a lot!

HOW I PLAY

I almost never bluff.  If you see me on the River you already have a problem because I've had a great flop (first three community cards dealt all at once) and I'm pretty well set to win already. If I call or raise your bet on the River card you'll probably lose, unless you can pull off a freaky four-of-a-kind I couldn't see coming. My strategy is to be like a Great White shark in the water lurking. You'll never know I'm in the water until you're missing a leg.

This I can't stress enough--NEVER play gut feelings. Use logic only. When the betting seems a bit high for the cards on the table, analyze why. Look for possible straights, flushes or full houses or probable pocket pairs you hadn't suspected your opponent might have. Chances are your opponent is not bluffing, but is proud of his or her hand. Regardless, cut your losses rather than go in over your head without "the nuts" (an unbeatable hand).

Peace and Love,
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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2013, 10:07:04 AM »
If you follow what I'm saying in this thread your game will be far less like gambling, and more like a straight up cost/benefit analysis and business venture. I promise that if you stick to my chart and principles I've stated you will win more than you ever did before.

TIP:

If you make sure to win under $2,000.00  and leave the casino you won't have to report your winnings to the feds.

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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013, 07:09:48 PM »
Glad to have provided the chart.  [smile]
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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2013, 10:07:41 PM »
TEXAS HOLD-‘EM POST FLOP BETTING STRATEGY GUIDE
©2013 JD Stenzel

AFTER THE FLOP
There will be a round of betting.

IF YOU HAVE NOT FLOPPED AT LEAST TOP PAIR prepare to fold on any bet. If you call a bet it should at this point NOT exceed the amounts listed on the chart. If any betting is within acceptable ranges, proceed, especially if you have 4 to a flush or straight, three of a kind or an Ace and a decent kicker.

The price you should adhere to at this point coincides with the chart, based on your two top cards including community flop cards. Ignore this limit if you’ve hit the HIGH side of your completed flush or straight, in which case you call ALL bets—maybe put all of your opponents all-in, depending on how brutal their betting is. Initiating a bet right now is however NOT advised. The reason is because your opponents will scare off easily, leaving you only the blinds, usually.

AFTER THE TURN
There will be a round of betting.

If you have not yet both improved your hand, AND appear to have the hand won already, then prepare to fold. Unless you’re an idiot ANY bet at this point should make you nervous and several chips lighter. If you have the cards to proceed at this point, your betting and calling amounts should be somewhere between “check” and 2X the chart recommendations based on your two top cards.

AFTER THE RIVER
There will be the final round of betting.

If you don’t have THE NUTS to call any and all bets at this point, you should fold. If you don’t fold under these circumstances you haven’t been paying attention, and therefore you are probably going to be out of chips in short order. If you have the hand won at this point, meaning you now have THE NUTS, launch your missiles at will and have fun watching your opponents squirm, then relinquish to you those hard-earned chips.

TIP:

I like to bet stronger just after the flop than I’ll bet after the turn card. I slow-play it when I have the NUTS already, but I want to suck out more chips from any opponents having a so-so hand by psychologically emboldening my opponents, who will perceive the backing off on the betting as a weakness. This often leads to bluster, and bluster leads to your chip stacks needing a 2X4 for extra support after awhile. PROSPER AND ENJOY!

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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2013, 04:21:14 PM »
The hands in red I rarely play, mostly only if I'm already in the big blind.



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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2013, 10:51:51 AM »
Greetings:

Just to test your theory, we have been playing at PokerStars.com and are up over thirty thousand in two days -  a few hours a day.   :P

The only time we get beat is when we deviate from the formula and get emotional.   :P

Live casino action on Friday to bring this to the real world testing table.    ;)

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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2013, 11:15:32 AM »
I wanna hear report's from people that lose on Gambling !  :P

Oddly, pardon the pun! Gambling is based on people losing, if it was so easy to win I suspect that it may not exist in it's current form :D

Just saying ;)


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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2013, 11:59:43 AM »
Gambling is for suckers.

Texas Hold'em No Limit Poker is math-based, and, if one sticks to the PLAN, it pays off.

Two students have proven that over a period of time to test the application.

It works.

Wanna play Poker with me, JD, and Amy to find out?

This invitation is open to anyone who wants to step up to the plate.   :P


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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2013, 01:36:36 PM »
NO I wont play insanely boring card game's with anyone :P

What Invitation is that ?

You are one human amongst many humans saying they figured out how to make money from gambling. The secret to Gambling is that people think they found a Secret  ;D


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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2013, 01:46:46 PM »
NO I wont play insanely boring card game's with anyone :P

What Invitation is that ?

You are one human amongst many humans saying they figured out how to make money from gambling. The secret to Gambling is that people think they found a Secret  ;D

Of course, you're right, as usual.   :P

JD's up over $80 K on the $100-$200 table.   :P

Just a test.

Don't try this at home.    ;)

BTW, what makes you think we are human?

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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2013, 01:47:23 PM »
I was born in Austral;

And I Seen it all when it come's Gambling Secret's...

I noticed over the years no-one report's their losses. 



THOR you wrote this:



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Just to test your theory, we have been playing at PokerStars.com and are up over thirty thousand in two days

I am calling BS on that claim :P


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Re: Texas Hold-'Em Basic Manual And Strategy Guide
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2013, 01:48:55 PM »
30k in two day's mate :P

Gambling does not favour the Gambler :P


 


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