Hold-em or fold-em? That is the question. And if you can make the correct decision at key times during regular cash games, or even tournaments (I'll get into tournament play in the upcoming installments), then you'll be on top of the game, not under the table.
The game of poker is not really a game, but rather a testament of will, wisdom, patience, and a little bit of luck. Okay, maybe more than just a little luck.
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Okay, poker junkies, now that we know how to get there, let's prepare with a crash course on strategic play for the "Cadillac of Poker" - Texas Hold 'Em.
Pre-Flop play (Part 1)
Everyone is dealt two cards, face down. Simple enough, right? Well, looking at your cards seems like an easy task, however it will determine the entire tone set for the hand. The key is not to look at your cards until it's your turn. And don't bust out your cell phone and text your friend at the next table. Look at your opponents' reactions as they look at their cards. Did you see it? Did you see that look of disgust on someone's face, and the eyes of another player light up? Well, it's these subconscious pieces of information that you will need to determine whether to hold-em, or fold-em.
Stay tuned for Part II of Pre-Flop play, coming soon!