How to Play Poker the Right Way!
We, at Pacific Poker, have a boatload of knowledge to make any poker novice feel like a seasoned pro. If you’ve got the heart to play this topsy-turvy game, we’ve got the tools to turn your poker dreams into a reality.
Our articles and poker tips can help the newbie learn everything they need to know to become a better player. All it takes is a bit of time and effort as well as a desire to play poker the right – and profitable – way.
If you’re a more advanced player, we have something for you too. Check out this section for strategy articles aimed at the player who knows their way around a poker table.
Best Starting Hands:
- Texas Hold'em A-A, Aces, aka The Bullets, American Airlines
- Omaha-Hi A-A-K-K, double-suited
- Omaha-Hi-Lo A-A-2-3, double-suited
- 7 Card Stud-Hi A-A-A, aka Rolled-up Aces
Top Strategy Tips:
Texas Hold'em - Position plays a massive role in how successful you’ll be in any hand. Play only strong hands in early position. You can open up your starting hand range the closer you get to the button.
Omaha-Hi - Choose your starting hands wisely. It’s easy to play more hands in this genre because there are so many combinations. Keep in mind that it’s easy to get outdrawn in Omaha. Therefore, you should always draw to the nuts.
Omaha-Hi-Lo - Again, you should always draw to the nut low in this genre. Make sure that your low draw will likely be the best by the river, if you make it.
7 Card Stud-Hi - Never slow play hands. This variation is one game where you need to drive out players on 5th Street if possible. Hit your draw or a strong two pair? Get the stragglers out!
When learning how to play poker, there are some fundamental rules that you should always follow.
Playing position is one of those basic rules you should never break. Having position on an opponent opens up so many options. You can check back when you want to get a free card or induce a bet on the next street. You can raise to get your opponent off a draw or to fold a weak pair.
Your starting hand selection also plays a major part in any poker genre, but especially in Omaha. Getting draw-happy in PLO can kill quickly diminish any bankroll. And, when you do decide to draw, make sure that it’s to the nuts – or as close to it as possible. In Omaha Hi-Lo, particularly, it's easy to end up with an inferior low.
Last, but not least, never slow play hands – well, never say never. As a beginner, you should try to bet when you have and fold when you don’t - mostly. This adage is very true in Seven Card Stud poker games, where too many players in a hand could cost you. Weed out the hangers on - there will be more than enough left to get you paid.
Now, are you ready to learn how to play poker?