Texas hold em is the most popular variation in the poker family. To win at the game of Texas hold em, you will need a good combination of both luck and skill. If you’re lucky enough to have both on a given night, then you should find yourself in the hunt to become that nights champion.
The river card in Texas hold em poker is the fifth and final card to hit the table before the players show their hands and a winner is declared. Do you know how to bet with the best hand? Do you know how to bet with just a middle pair? How about a busted draw?
Betting the river card in Texas hold em is the most important of all the bets. If you are sitting on the nuts (the best possible hand) than you want to bet just enough to get a couple of callers. More calls means more chips for you, more chips mean more life in the game, and that is the key to being one of the last remaining in the Texas hold em poker Game.
Knowing how much to bet on the river is a complex thought indeed. To answer this you must know yourself as a player. Do you only raise when you have a hand? If so, people at the table will probably be weary of your raise.
Do you only bet at the river card if you have three of a kind or better? If so, than those around you have probably noticed this too.
In order to successfully play the river card in any Texas hold em game, you must take what your opponents know about you and use it to your advantage. If you are the type who only raises when you have a great hand, then it is probably wise to check to your opponent when you have the nut hand. Doing this might get them to raise with a weak hand in an attempt to force you out of the hand. If this happens then a re-raise might be in order. Basically, take what your opponent thinks they know about you and use it to your advantage.
How do you bet a mid level hand in the river?
While playing Texas hold em, you will oftentimes find yourself with one of those iffy hands that might be strong enough to win but still has a lot that can beat it. In this situation it is best to first consider who is left in the hand. What are they likely to do in certain situations? Who at the table has shown that they are not intimidated by a big raise after the river? Even more important, do they often times call the raise with a mid level hand? If so, and if they are still in the hand against you, it might be wise to just check or to do a small feeler bet.
If the players left at the table have a history of folding descent hands in fear of running in to a nut hand, then the correct thing to do is to raise into them. Either way you have a chance at winning; add in the fact that they may fold and your odds just improved a bit.
I’m sure that by now most people know that “playing the players” is as important as “playing the cards.” This is especially true with Texas hold em. Catch a player on tilt and they are far more reckless than they normally would be. Play the players, Know their habits, and use it against them.
How do you play a low hand?
Alright, your flush draw was just busted, and now you are left with nothing more than a queen high, what do you do? Your into the pot for about 30% of your stack and their are a two players left. In this situation, you need to decide if the risk is worth the reward. You have to assume that your Queen is no good, especially if there are over cards on the table. In this situation, you have a few options. If you are first to act, the best bet is to either fold or to push all in and hope the other players put you on a large hand. If they are sitting on just a pair or two they may fold. If they have more than they are likely to call. What do you put them on?
If the action is on you and the person before you bet into the pot, you have three options. You can call the hand and hope it was a bluff and they have less than you, you can fold the hand, or you can push all in. This is another situation where you must ask yourself what you know about the player. If they have made small raises in the past, and they have a history of showing nothing but a high card at the end then you might consider calling their bet. If they have a history of only betting when they have at least two pair, then you should get out of the hand. The all in is the most risky thing to do in this situation. You cannot be sure of what they have, and they made the initial bet. Could it be a feeler bet? Maybe. Could they have the nuts? Maybe. Use what you know about them to decide for yourself what to do. In most situations, a fold is the right call, but I have taken down monster pots by pushing all in when I’ve found myself in these situations.
The more you play Texas hold em with someone, the more you will learn about them and their style of play.
When playing Texas hold em poker, their is no real right or wrong way to make your bets.
Like I said at the beginning, Texas hold em poker is a game of luck and also a game of skill. Skill is used when you have the best hand and you can manage to get people to bet into you. Luck is when you have garbage and still manage to bluff the pot or catch your card.