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When You Are First playing poker hands

The distinction between tight and loose games as to whether you should bring it in with a raise or a call is very crucial. A call will encourage multi-way pots, but you generally should raise if you are expecting to limit the field to three or fewer players.

If the game is loose, you can expect multi-way pots whether you simply call or bring it in a raise. In this case, you should play according what your style fits you best. But, if the game is loose and more of raising you may want to call to see who does the raising so you can judge the strengths of many hands.

If the game is loose where players tend to call and not raise much, then with your better hands, you may want to bring it in with a raise. This is because you will not achieve more information when your rivals just call.

If the game is tight, you will usually bring it in for a raise every time, expecting to steal the blinds (and pleasure in doing so) or to play against only the blinds; that will be weak frequently. Your raise often will drive out the players behind you. Therefore you will be playing against the blinds which will be out of the position. If you do not bring it in with a raise, you will probably find yourself caught in the middle, as there will be callers behind you (although it is a tight game) as well as the blinds. This makes you in a difficult situation. On the contrary, if you are playing better, you will possibly have the best hand or the best draw (s) that might compensate some for your worse position.

Generally you should not raise more unless the game is tight and you are sure that you can get in a heads-up confrontation. When the game is heads-up, you should outplay many of your weaker rivals.

When you are playing heads-up, you can win the high with very weak hands (like a pair of tens) and also including you can bluff players out as several rivals will play for low. That means, if high cards come, many players will be fast enough to fold their hands. Some rivals will automatically throw away their top pair and even two pair if they are heads up. Therefore, when you flop top pair and two pair with an ace-kicker, your bet will sometimes force your rival to fold, even if his hand is good than yours or a little better.

How to Play Your Hand in poker

When you first see your hand and make the decision to play it, you should consider accurately as to how you want to play. Particularly, do you want more rivals or few rivals? Do you want a huge pot or a small pot? This is based on the kind of players who are behind you, your position and the game itself. Also how you play the game has a lot of bearing. This is not the condition but if you have lesser chips and want to play longer, you should likely play your hands where you keep the pot small early and put more money in later with your better hands. This will keep your fluctuation reduced. However, if you have huge expectation by putting in more money early with some of your better hands, but this poker strategy may also increase your fluctuations as much as three times.

The determination whether to jam the pot and get all the raises in or to make the pot smaller depends especially on the strength of your hand. For example, if you are raising and re-raising, you should generally have the nuts, particularly if you are on the low side. You should also decide how easy it is for your hand to be forged later on, or how easy it is for a scare card to come that may avoid your rival (the one going for the other side which is at present your supporter) from jamming on a later street.

If it is easy for your hand to get forged, you may not want to give more action unless all the cards are out. But, assume you have the high and you want the player with the low to jam it. He may be afraid that if a small card comes on the later street, his hand can be disastrous, or maybe he might be just scared to bet. This avoids the action you are expecting for later in the hand. If you think this can happen, you may want it to jam early.

Such decisions are more devious than most. This is the time where experience, understanding and thinking about the game will prove to be extremely helpful; advanced players progresses because they know poker better and think in the right directions.

A slight early deception can go a long way because most of the players will form an opinion about your cards and stick with it all the way through the hand. Thus, on an early round, you infrequently will not raise in a spot where many players will raise and sometimes you should bet with an average hand when most of the rivals will not. Such kinds of plays can be profitable later in the hand when the jamming begins. Someone might misread your hand and give you more actions with the second-best hand when you hold the best hand.

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