Poker Strategy: Texas Hold ’em Tips

Imagine being David stepping into a battle versus Goliath and having no plan on how to succeed. You run around in circles until you get knocked out.

This is what it would be like if you sat down at a poker table, and you did not have a plan together. You could also potentially lose all of your money.

Five Quick Tips

There are a number of different strategies that benefit poker players. There are a few that stand out to any poker player. The five that are fairly common are:

  • Opening Hand
  • Bet Sizing
  • Limping
  • Know When to Fold
  • Position

Opening Hand

When you first get dealt your cards, you should see what is in your hand and how your odds are possibly going to be. This way, you can see right off the bat if you need to press further and continue betting.

When you are dealt your opening hand, you need to keep in mind how much money you will make after the flop. If you are not sure how much money is going to be made or your odds, then you are approaching this blindly.


Having position over your opponent is one of the biggest advantages that you can have in a poker game. There are a few key ones to keep in mind that stand out.

One is that you get to see your opponent act before you do so you get their first reaction at a hand. Secondly, you can widen your starting hand ranges and see more action unfold in front of you. Third, you can play more profitably on post flops and make better overall decisions.

Know When to Fold

One important thing to remember with Texas Hold ’em is to know when it is time to fold. When you have a bad hand, you need to let it go and not keep adding into the pot, hoping for something better to come up.

Holding onto something that turns out to be absolutely nothing is one of the best ways to lose money. Making the right folds is imperative to keeping your money intact and potentially increasing your profits.

Bet Size

Knowing the proper amount of money to bet can be critical to your game. By raising unusual amounts, you are marking it more difficult for other players to make decisions. Sometimes, this is a good thing in pot-flop. But the pre-flop is just a standard bet.

You are going to want to give the impression that you have your opponents beat. If you place your bets too small, you could end up receiving a re-raise or a check-raise, depending on your position. If you bet too big, you could find yourself committed to the pot and to a hand that is probably going to be a losing one.


If you are feeling the need to limp (bet the minimum to stay in a hand) more than raise, you are probably playing too many weak hands. If you cannot raise, then it is best to fold them.

When you are limping into a pot, you will probably find yourself post-flop facing multiple opponents with a mediocre holding. At this point, it will be difficult to gauge what everyone has.

Final Thoughts

Knowing yourself and a strategy heading into a Texas Hold ’em game is important if you want to succeed. If you find that you are struggling or want to find more creative ways to win, these five tips are great for anyone that enjoys playing Texas Hold ’em.

You could even see an improvement in your game and your bankroll.


A sports enthusiast, Ryan helps cover sports betting news from around the country, highlighting some of the more interesting events going on in the USA.