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                            Online No-Limit Texas Hold'em Poker For Beginners (August O' Meara)
Texas Hold'em Secrets (Rory Monahan a.k.a. Roy Rounder)
                        
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Online No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker for Beginners
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Online No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker
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Online No-Limit Texas Hold’em Poker for Beginners
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Table of Contents

Introduction ...........................................................................................................4
This Book, Defined .....................................................................................................6
What You Will Learn ..................................................................................................7

Limit vs. No-Limit............................................................................................8
Definitions............................................................................................................10
Playing Online...................................................................................................13

Sit ‘n Go (SNG) with Play Money .............................................................................14
No-Limit Hold’em..........................................................................................16

The Basics.................................................................................................................16
Starting Hands ...................................................................................................17

Getting Started with a Good Hand .............................................................................17
Limping-in Bad Hands ..............................................................................................21
Pros and Cons............................................................................................................22

Playing Good Hands......................................................................................24
How Much to Bet? ....................................................................................................24
Playing Group 1 Hands..............................................................................................25
Playing Low Pairs (and the slick) All-in ....................................................................32

Post-Flop Hand Odds....................................................................................36
Calculating Outs........................................................................................................36
Outs and Odds Chart .................................................................................................37
Odds Scenarios Chart ................................................................................................38
Computing Outs Percentages the Easy Way! .............................................................41

Playing in Position..........................................................................................42
Tight in front, loose in back .......................................................................................43
Playing on the Button ................................................................................................45
Two for the Price of One ...........................................................................................46

The “Pot-Committed” Falacy..................................................................48
Lay Down a Loser .....................................................................................................51

Playing the Blinds...........................................................................................53
Bluffing ..................................................................................................................55

A Bluffing Example: .................................................................................................55
BAD BEATS......................................................................................................58

How to Avoid Bad Beats ...........................................................................................59
END GAME .......................................................................................................61

Steal the Blinds! ........................................................................................................61
END GAME Phase 2.................................................................................................64

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If so, this can set you on the path to LAUNCHING your poker game to a brand
new level.

If you've ever invested any serious money into a pot, when a draw busts, it feels
like you just got kicked in the "nuts" (pun intended.)

I can't tell you how many times people have approached me to tell me that I am
the LUCKIEST person in the world, and how I must have SOLD MY SOUL to the
poker devils just to catch so many good cards.

I just laugh.

There have been countless hands when I had the nut flush draw or open-ended
straight draw, only to watch my hand go to the gutter. However, what
SEPARATES me from the players who insist it's "luck" is the fact that when I get
LUCKY I cash out.

And when I DON'T, I get out of the hand without losing many chips. To get a
good idea of your chances of catching a good draw, you need to know the odds
of getting a "make card."

(For those of you don't know, a "make card" is a card that basically COMPLETES a
hand. Example: If you had 7, 8, 10, J the "make card" would be a 9.)

If you flop an open-ended straight draw, there are 8 cards in the deck that can
give you your straight. An inside strait draw has only four "make cards," and a
flush draw can be completed with 9 different cards in the deck.

This means that you can invest more money into open-ended straight draws and
flush draws than you can "belly-buster" draws. (Belly-buster = inside straight)

This may seem obvious, but there are many players who chase inside straight
draws and end up wasting their chips in the process. Remember that when you
are on a straight or a flush draw, odds are that you will NOT complete it. So you
don't want to invest too many chips on the outside chance that you'll get lucky.

When I am in this kind of situation, I always want to get as many cheap cards as
possible. Let's say that you flop a nut-flush draw and the action checks around
to you. At this point, you don't know what anyone has. Some players would
make a strong bet in this situation to buy the pot. This is a bad idea because
when you are in this position, you need to see more cards in order to have a
hand worth betting on.

If you make a strong bet, you may find that one or more of the players were
slow-playing their cards. Now, a player with a solid hand makes a considerable
raise over your bet. Everyone else folds, but you decide to see another card with
your flush draw.

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The turn doesn't help out at all. Now, your opponent makes an even larger bet
than before. You can either fold and cut your losses or call the big bet with the
roughly 20% chance you will catch a card. Neither option is very appealing.

If you call and the river still doesn't complete your hand, you are faced with the
same situation. Some players will make huge bets and raises to try to buy their
way out of a busted draw.

This can work, but often your opponents will not be scared out by a large bet on
the river unless you have been playing aggressively the entire hand. Now, look
back at your option to check before the turn card. If you checked, you get to see
the turn for free. You put no money in the pot, and you discover that the turn
wasn't going to help.

This time when your opponent makes a big bet after the turn, you see that the
odds of catching a make card don't merit a call, so you fold the hand without
losing many chips.

The difference between checking and betting before the flop means the
difference between getting out of a bad situation without losing many chips or
getting pot-committed and going home early. Any time that you are looking for
another card to complete your hand; you should always be looking for cheap
cards.

Warning: Some players think that they need to bet BIG to build up the pot when
they are on a draw so they can "make bank" when they catch their cards.

However, if the cost is $40, there will usually only be 2 players in the pot which
equals an $80 pot.

This is only a difference of $20 in pot size, but it saves YOU $30 right away.
Plus, you can always raise the pot after/if you complete the hand. Learning to
play hands when you need a make card is NOT EASY. But I'll tell you, it's really
what separates the FISH from the SHARKS.

And learning this one skill can help you win a LOT more tournaments and poker
games. When you learn techniques and strategies like this, people will start
approaching YOU and saying, "Hey, how do you get so lucky at the card table?"


Keep Your Opponents Guessing Blindly

From the second that you sit down at a table, your opponents will be sizing you
up. They will analyze your moves, dissect your bets, and look for your tells. If
you want to have any sustained success playing poker, you must learn how to
AVOID giving off these signals. Period.

To do this, you must cloak your movements and disguise your activities. You
must also learn how to FORCE other players to fold, even when they "know" they
have the best hand. Make other players "out-think" themselves by staying

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If a player tends to make small bets, but then places an unusually large bet, he
could be holding a strong hand. Or he may be trying to buy the pot.

Always watch for irregularities in betting patterns. Most amateurs don't mix up
their bets enough, which gives you an easy edge if you pay attention.

5. Pulse

This is one of the only "body tells" that I find works most of the time. You can
usually see the intensity of a player's pulse by looking closely at his neck. Often
if a player gets "shaky," he usually has a great hand. If the player is cool and
collected, it's probably a fake.

6. Your Gut Feeling

Depending on your poker experience, your gut will often be your best guide.
I've been playing poker for so long now that when I sit down with newbies, I can
usually read the players almost INSTANTLY, without much thought.

It just comes naturally and it will come naturally to you, too…once you gain a lot
of experience under your belt and once you spend enough time studying the
game.

With the pros, of course, you've got to be much more careful, because they DO
know how to disguise their tells and play their hands in an unpredictable
manner.

So, to recap:

1. When you sit down to play at a table of strangers, especially in a tournament,
take your time before becoming involved in a hand.

2. Go through a careful "Study Period." During this time, SHUT UP and STUDY
the players intensely.

3. When you start betting, watch for the six things we discussed: past play,
timing, posture, bet amount, pulse, and your own gut instincts.

Finally, there's one more step to add. And that is: NEVER REVEAL THE WAY YOU
THINK. Here's what I mean: Poker is truly a BATTLE of minds. The tells we've
been discussing are mostly simple REFLECTIONS of how a player is thinking at
the time of a bet.

For some reason, it's a natural tendency in all of us to share our thoughts at the
poker table. ESPECIALLY when we aren't involved in hands. This is more
common during "home games" than in tournament play or casinos.

For instance, let's say there's a heads up match between Drew and John after the
river card. Drew goes all in. The river was the third diamond on the board.
John has trip aces. (Of course, a flush would beat John's three of a kind.)

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Anyway, John's has to decide whether Drew is a on a bluff or if he caught the
diamond flush. THIS is where everyone starts screwing up:

Since Drew is all in and can't change his mind, John shows his trip aces to the
other guys at the table who aren't in the hand.

He says, "Man, I don't know whether to call. Drew made a pre-flop raise. I think
he's just pot-committed and is trying to buy it." Someone else chimes in, "Yea,
but he seems like he's got the flush. Did you notice how he's been quiet the
whole hand?" Someone else says, "C'mon wuss. Just call his bet and go all in.
I'm getting tired and want to get going." And so on...

Do you see where I'm going with this?

John should NEVER show his aces to the other guys, of course, because now
they just saw an entire "free hand" and got to see how John acted the whole way
with his three of a kind.

The next guy just revealed that he's been watching how SILENT Drew has been
which clues everyone in on how this guy thinks about tells. Now you know to be
very conscious about how much you talk around this player.

And the third guy reveals an attitude of carelessness, which means as soon as I
caught a good hand I'd try to get in a heads-up match with him and go all in,
because there's a decent chance he'll call.

When you reveal your THINKING PROCESS, you're simply GIVING AWAY tons of
crucial information...FOR NO REASON. The other players at the table with pick
up a read on you quickly, both consciously and subconsciously. So don't do it.
Period.

As you know, Texas hold'em is filled with TONS of techniques and strategies like
these, that anyone can understand if they just take the time to learn them.
Unlike popular belief, poker is NOT about having "natural" talent. It's about
LEARNING through experience, analysis, and expertise, how to MASTER the
game.

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