How to Poker for Beginners

Learn how to play poker from the very basics. We’ve compiled a list of things all beginners will need to learn about prior to their poker gameplay.

Hand Rankings
You can play two random cards quickly, but you should also find out what a good hand is for a heads-up strategy. 8-3 offsuit in a 10-handed game is a terrible starting hand, but it is far better in heads-up than 4-3 offsuit (exactly the opposite in 10-handed game). High Card wins the pot in heads-up very often because only two hands compete against each other. You can also remember this for the game in the blinds in a 10-handed game if you fit up to one. Then you effectively play heads-up. In heads-up, Ace-Rag (an ace and a low card in a different color) becomes a very strong hand, just like two face cards, e.g. B. King-Lady).
If a player who normally does not play aggressively suddenly plays back in the heads-up, you should make your hand range tighter in this situation. Accordingly, you do not want to get into a raise war pre-flop, in which the opponent will not fold due to the money invested and his pot odds and you are always underdog yourself. For example, you should get suited connectors with undercards like 4-5 in Herz to the flop at low cost and thereby possibly defeat an overpair from which the opponent can no longer separate after the flop. So you filter your aggression and occasionally opt for a call instead of placing a raise.

Game Flow
Hand selection is not the only way to control your aggression. You should also consider the game flow. If you push the enemy around all the time and know that they are only waiting for situations in which they can lure you into the trap, you should slow down your game and also fold promising cards before you run into the trap with your eyesight. Perhaps you have seen him play reluctantly so far and know how he will play a monster hand. But maybe he limps in this one situation, although otherwise he always raises. Maybe he’ll call pre-flop and post-flop where he otherwise would have just passed. If the board structure is dry, you should be ready to pass many of your hands when the opponent is aggression on the turn or river. Or you get frustrated by checking both streets. If you hold the nuts against an otherwise rather tight player who takes the initiative this time, it is a proven method to wait until he pushes the entire stack into the middle, since he also wants to play his made hands. So you can easily collect the entire stack of the opponent.
If the heads-up cash game plays opponents more aggressively than yourself, you should definitely rethink your strategy. If it is much more aggressive, you will probably only be wasting money unnecessarily if you don’t just fit in at the beginning. You must not find yourself in the situation in which you believe that your opponent has won the cat-and-mouse game and you can only hope for a run of good cards. Then you should rather change the table and thus the opponent.
If you get to a point in the heads-up where an all-in can no longer exert pressure due to the stack size, you should either fill up or leave the table. In a tournament, the strategy here should be to regain control through steals and make the game even again. Even aggressive players could make the mistake of wanting to keep their chip advantage, waiting too long for a good spot and thus paving the way back into the game.
If you don’t have significantly fewer chips than your opponent, you should stop re-raising and call more easily. This is how you show your opponent that it is not so easy to bluff you out of your hand with a bet

Here we have summarized the most important points about heads-up cash game. In heads-up situations, play with a completely different range than you would at a full ring table. Play more aggressively and value the high card. In this form of play, it is much more crucial for the game. Always try to be the aggressor at the table against weaker and tight opponents. Again, be careful when tight players take the initiative themselves.
If you are unable to cope with the opponent’s way of playing, change the table rather than risk your stack with strange moves.