Strategy is one of the most important aspects of the game of Texas Hold'em poker. Strategies that are used correctly can garner many benefits, while the wrong strategy can cost you everything. It's a good idea to be prepared with several strategies before starting a Texas Hold'em game or tournament. Of course, you need to see your starting hand before you can apply your strategy.
The deal that can get you extremely excited is seeing the pocket aces on your starting hand. But one thing to remember- a great starting hand is just that: a starting hand. If you don't apply the correct strategy, the pocket aces can be beaten. Most players want to slow the play down in hopes that they can build a good pot and then win it all at the end. With a lot of luck, this might be possible, but it is not actually a good strategy. Raise and bet from the start with pocket aces.
One important note to remember is that aggressive play works. The strategies of most of the top poker players in the world are aggressive strategies. These folks don't play it safe and neither should you if you expect to win big money. When you see the pocket aces, be aggressive. Don't try to sneak around and win it in the showdown. Your goal should be to make your opponents raise or fold before you get out with a win. The longer you drag things out trying to increase the pot, the more of a chance your opponents will have to get the cards they need to beat you. Raise or bet from the start, be aggressive, and the rewards will be plentiful.
If you make it past the flop without all your opponents folding, the best strategy is to continue betting and raising. If you snuck in to get to this point and suddenly start raising, it will raise a few red flags with your opponents. When you start out with a bet or raise, your opponents will know you think you have a good hand but they have no idea if it's a monster hand, a decent hand or if you're bluffing. If you try to lay low and win at the end, you may find your opponent has been working to get that straight or flush that's going to put your hand away.
- Be prepared to raise or bet anytime you get dealt the pocket aces. You know you can beat the early hands so be aggressive as possible.
- Don't play it safe in hopes of increasing the pot. Bet or raise and your opponents will either fold or raise you. Either of these actions benefit you and your hopes of winning the hand.
- Keep in mind that this is still just one pair and can be beaten down the stretch. This hand is not invincible, although with a little luck and a few of the right cards, it can be. The odds are definitely in your favor.