“You got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em”, so sings Kenny Rogers.

But how do you know these things?

Poker is just a game of luck isn’t it?

We have all played poker on Facebook, we push chips around when we hit a good hand and fold when we don’t.  Simple, surely!

Well, this particular variant of poker we play on Facebook is called No-Limit Texas Hold’em (NLHE) and it’s actually a game of great skills.  There are plenty other varieties, but for the time being, we’ll focus on NLHE.

I assume that you know the rules of NLHE already, so we will start this series with some money-saving tips.  Next time when you play NLHE for money, try playing the following starting hands only:

A-A

K-K

Q-Q

J-J

A-Ks (Ace-King suited)

T-T (Ten-Ten)

A-Ko (Ace-King, non-suited)

A-Qs

9-9

A-Js

And when you play these hands, play them hard.  As in raise and, when you have A-A, K-K, Q-Q, J-J or A-Ks, re-raise pre-flop.

When you hit at least a pair, bet the flop.

When you hit a flush draw (i.e. there are two suited cards that match your two hole cards) bet the flop.

When the cards on the flop are smaller than what you have (say 3-5-8 when you have 9-9), bet.

Some of you are already laughing at these so-called tips.

You are thinking, “I saw on TV where Tom Dwan raised with Q-3 pre-flop and he took down a massive pot”.

Well, I have also seen clips of Ronaldinho dribbling past a whole team to score.  Just remember this:  these amazing things you see on TV are edited, and they are the best bits!

Every time when Dwan wins a massive pot with Q-3, there are hundreds of times when he folds or loses with those.

That’s all for now.  More to come soon.