NL Hold’em Tips For Beginners II. – The Basic Game Techniques

Part II of my two-part beginner guide will be covering the basic game techniques. Read the first part, too.


Only play premium hands:

In the beginning phase, when we are not really clear with the dynamics of the game, our best decision is to focus on playing very tight. We should only consider playing upon receiving premium hands, this way we can avoid several tough situations. Although later on, once our experience has grown, it is a necessity to widen the range of hands we play in order to maximize profit.

A Must-See Film – Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

I was going through my collection of dvds yesterday and stumbled across an old favorite of mine, if you happen to not have seen this film, I would highly recommend it.

Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels can be put simply into one word: a masterpiece. Only those who don’t have any sense of humor left will be left looking for the remote. There are numerous scenes within this film to tickle the funny bone, but the ones who also seek action will not be disappointed. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels starts with a poker game to trigger the plot.

NL Holdem Tips For Beginners Part I. – The First Steps

Part I of my two-part guide will provide orientation for beginner poker players. In the first part I will be sharing with you basic practice methods and my second part will cover issues concerning game techniques. With this guide I hope to provide an insight taste of not only the game, but also good management skills to come out on top. In order to reach long-term success, other serious commitments also need to be made.


Let’s start with the practical information. First of all, it is in good  practice to read as many articles concerning poker as possible to enlighten yourself with different situations and techniques.The best places to start acquiring these new insights would have to be strategy sections within poker forums where players can often find the best way to handle their hands by reading reviews and hand analyses of other players.

The Ups and Downs of Poker

Thousands of people play poker on a daily basis and the possibility of making easy money attracts more and more new players. It’s inevitable that a great player pops up from time to time to make a career out of poker. Many players have Lady Luck on their side, winning huge amounts in minimal time and others remain on a gradual decline from day 1. As a poker guru, I have also experienced the highs and lows of playing poker. Here, I have collected a few of my favorite and memorable player searches. The colorful variety of different players can be visually viewed in the graphs below.

Dead Fish

Is it possible that someone plays 12,000 micro-limit Sit’n’Gos and learns nothing about poker during the process? I think this question is best answered by Rookie62. The poker extraordinaire tossed his bankroll underwater by playing $2 Sit’n’Gos. Most of the time, he plays 2-4 tables and if he is patient enough, he could become the biggest loser in the world. His talent is given.

Poker downswing chart

Ryan Fee’s NL 6 Max Strategy Guide (ebook)

Do you want to improve your poker? Are you a cash game player? So I really recomend you Ryan Fee’s NL 6 Max Strategy Guide. It is totally free.

Free poker ebook

The ebook covers small and mid stakes online 6 max ring games. The focus of this ebook will be the progression of a hand through preflop, flop, turn, and river. And it is really detailed. Covers issues like continuation betting, donk betting, floating, double and triple barreling and check-raising.

Some Nice Poker Art

Here I have collected some of the best pictures on the net with their theme being related to poker. Enjoy!

Darci Faulkner - "You are Right, I Don't Have The Spades"
Darci Faulkner - You are Right, I Don't Have The Spades (

Do Not Barrel If You Got Called On a King or Ace High Flop

It is a commonly known wisdom, that if you do not connect a king or ace high flop, and your continuation bet was called, you can expect a call on further streets too. So second and third barrels are like burning money.

I can confirm that this theorem is correct. In my experience typical villains do not like to call ace or king high flops without a top pair, but if they have it, they have a hard time to fold it.

It is really true hard to make an average player to fold a so high top pair. So do not bluff the turn and river.

Poker Hands Slang

Ever since people have been playing poker, players have been giving hole cards various nicknames. Here, I have collected some of the most known and popular nicknames for hole cards.

Pairs’ nicknames:

AA: Pocket Rockets; Bullets; American Airlines
KK: Cowboys; King Kong
QQ: Ladies, Whores, Siegfried & Roy
JJ: Fishhooks; hooks
TT: Dimes
99: German Virgin; Barbara Feldon (Get Smart Agent 99)
88: Snowmen; Doggie Balls; Piano Keys
77: Sunset Strip
66: Route 66
55: Speed Limit
44: Magnum; Sailboats
33: Crabs
22: Ducks

Barry Greenstein - Ace On The River (An Advanced Poker Guide)

This is a really a book not to pass by. Because Barry Greenstein’s book is one of my all-time favorites, I think I’m gonna be a bit biased when it comes to this review. Why is this? Because it was a pleasure to read, well-structured and left me wanting more. I think everyone can take away something from this book, I found all the chapters very useful and all the pages are worth looking over twice. This might not be the most convincing argument for the book, but the quality of the paper it’s published in and its high quality photos (284 of them!) not only make it a pleasure for your eyes, but also a valued book in your collection. Another reason behind my favoritism towards this book would have to be my respect for Barry Greenstein as both a professional poker player and a personality. I feel there is a lot to learn from him and his gameplay is simply amazing.

Ace On The River

The author of the book did not pick up the nickname ’The Robin Hood of Poker’ accidentally, as for he has donated millions of dollars of his winnings to numerous charities. Greenstein doesn’t only have his hands in tournaments, but he also plays cash game and has appeared numerous times in the American show High Stakes Poker, aired by the GSN Network.

The Pinocchios of Poker

There is nothing better than winning the pot with a weaker hand and letting your poker face intimidate your opponent into thinking you are the strongest. I have collected five of the most memorable bluffs in this compilation to make you think next time you fold. It’s undoubtable that it is a pleasure to win the pot with Aces, but if you can do it with 7-2 off-suit, that’s skill. 

The bluff is essential in any poker game and is a deadly weapon once mastered. It takes years and great control over emotions to master a great bluff. In order to be able to build your stack without a good hand, most good players abide by these guidelines:

  • Choice of opponent
  • Perfect timing
  • A good read
  • Exact bet amounts
  • Consequent aggressivity

Funny Poker Video Ads - Sure to tickle the funny bone!

Here I found a collection of some of my favorite funny poker-related videos and ads. Check them out and enjoy!

To begin with, let’s start with a Full Tilt Poker classic, starring Phil Ivey. A surprise awaits Phil when he gets home. Full Tilt made several similar ads based around the theme ‘One of the best poker faces in the world’.

Play a Hand with Me – C/C or Value Bet on a Scary River?

$0.50/$1  No Limit Holdem

UTG  $97
CO  (Hero) $101
BTN  $130
SB  Wavefuncti0n $95
BB  debe90 $100

Pre-Flop: ($1.50, 5 players) Hero is CO with
Kc Qs
1 fold, Hero raises to $3, BTN calls $3, 2 folds

Flop: ($7.50, 2 players)
3h Qc Td
Hero bets $6, BTN calls $6

Turn: ($19.50, 2 players)
Hero bets $14, BTN calls $14

River: ($47.50, 2 players)
Hero ?

In my opinion the play until the river is really standard. You open with a preflop raise and have to value bet the turn and the river. Bet sizing should be 2/3-3/4 pot on both streets. The hand is really easy to play until the river. But what should you do on this scary river? That is what will make the difference to your outcome.

Implied Odds - Are the Odds in Your Favor? Let the Guru Make Them...

It is a common occurence when palying a game of poker that the cards we hold aren’t the greatest. Being hopeful, we wait for certain cards to come to make our hand complete (in the case of flush draws or straight draws, for example). This is known in the poker world as a drawing hand and can be very profitable is we play our cards right. It has been said that it is enough to know the number of our outs with outs being the cards in which we would win the hand. In order to get the odds in your favor, this number needs to be compared to the total remaining cards within the deck. Following this, it is essential to compare the size of the bet with the size of the total pot. If  we compare these two odds, they form what is known as pot odds calculation.

The Cincinnati Kid - ’The Kid’ vs ’The Man’

The Cincinnati Kid, directed by Norman Jewison, is one of the finest and first card-related films, which tells us the story of ’The Kid’ and ’The Man’.

The Cincinnati Kid

Watching this film provides us with a glimpse back in time, letting us get to know the wild gambling world of America in the Sixties. The film’s opening scene revolves around a card game and just like in old Western movies, the suspicion of cheating arises and a battle between knives rather than cards begins. Throughout the film, there are numerous other card showdowns and even time for a cockfight.

Stewart Reuben – How Good Is Your Pot-Limit Hold’em?

Players’ choice: a must for every poker player to read. This book, written by Reuben in 2004, gives us readers a glimpse into some fascinating hands played by the author in the London Victoria Casino, the Birmingham Rainbow Casino and Las Vegas. I personally would like to commend the book’s layout and the knowledge it has given me. The main concept within this book is that the author collected his most memorable and heavily disputed hands with a detailed analysis on each.

Stewart Reuben - How good is your pot limit holdem

Reading this book it’s easy to put yourself beside Reuben and experience each of his hands and decision as if you were there. You can simultaneously interact with the author, as for when making his next step Reuben always poses the question:
- ’What would you do in this situation?’
- ’What do you think the right move would be?’

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