Hold'em Beginner Strategy

Beginner strategy for No-Limit Texas Hold'em

This strategy has been created with the following in mind:
  • Easy to understand
  • Easy to memorize
  • Apply to cash games, tournaments and sit and go's
  • Possible to build upon as you learn more and advance as a player
  • Be difficult for your opponents to exploit - even if they know exactly how you are playing
  • Last but not least - it should win you money

The strategy has been inspired by Ed Miller's short stack strategy but adjusted and expanded upon.

I am confident that this is a winning strategy at lower levels of play. At least up to $0.25/0.5 for cash games and up to $20 buy-in for tournaments and sit and go's. However, this is definitely not a perfect way of playing Texas Hold'em. This is a very complex game and a simple to learn and memorize strategy will only take you that far. This strategy will not teach you how to exploit your opponents mistakes. It will not help you play really well after the flop either - no simple strategy can accomplish that.

But I do believe it is a great way to get started playing Texas Hold'em - and that you will probably be able to win money as you learn. Unless luck stand in your way of course. Always remember that in the short run luck is a big factor in all poker.

Different stack sizes

Texas Hold'em plays very differently depending on how big your stack size is compared to the blinds. When you start out using this strategy you can choose to start with a tiny stack (12 big blinds) or a small stack (25 big blinds or less) to keep the risks small. It is much easier to play with a small stack (compared to the blinds), you will often be all in on the flop at the latest. Playing with a larger stack means that you will often face difficult decisions on the turn and the river.

Preflop play - starting hands

To get a good start in Texas Hold'em you need to know which starting hands (hole cards) to play from different positions. And how much to bet or raise with them depending on what other players have done.

Play on the flop

If you play a stack that is larger than the tiny stack (more than 12 big blinds) you will often have to make decisions on the flop. This section will help you with some of those decisions.

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