As we cited earlier, your starting hand decision in Texas hold’em, though very vital, would not be the governing factor that it would be in seven-card stud poker.

To be a winner at hold’em, you would have to play well not only before the flop, but also on the flop and beyond. If your play on the later streets would be poor, the best you could hope for would be to break even.

Next are a few tips that would help you make the correct choices for play after the flop, which in turn would mainly establish your overall success in this intricate game.

Tip No. 1: Betting most of your draws.

Suppose you were to have two suited cards and two more of your suit flop, giving you a flush draw.You would typically have to bet this poker hand. (If you wouldn’t bet, you would almost always have to call.) Even though your flush draw at present wouldn’t have any value, betting would give you two ways to win the pot. First, everyone could fold right away, and second, the flush card may come and you would win anyway.

Tip No. 2: If you wouldn’t improve on the flop, you should be willing to  abandon your hand.

Suppose you were to be dealt Even though this would be a good starting poker hand, there would be no assurance that it would be  worth very much once the flop were to come.

If that were to be the case, you would have to dump it immediately.Failure to do so could prove quite costly.

Tip No. 3: It would sometimes be necessary to throw away big pairs.

If you were holding a big pair, you often wouldn’t need to develop your poker hand to win.

But sometimes the flop would be so disadvantageous that you would have to fold. For instance, suppose you were holding in a seven-handed pot, the flop were to come and therewas a bet, a raise, and three callers.


Under these conditions, you would have to dispose your starting hands, as there would be too many ways that you would be beat.

Tip No.4: In multiway pots, you should be aware that you could be drawing dead.

Suppose the flop were to be and you were holding

Even though you would be trying to make a straight which would often be a very strong hand

you could have already be beat by a poker player who would have either jack-seven or queen-jack for a higher straight.Additionally, if a jack were to hit the board, anyone holding a queen would beat you. Obviously, you would have to throw your poker hand away in this spot if you would be against several rivals.

Tip No.5: Discarding small pairs when they miss the flop.

Keep in mind; if you play a small pair, you usually would have to develop to three of a kind. If you wouldn’t improve, your about poker hand would have little value and usually would have to be dumped.As underlined earlier, the odds against making trips on the flop would be almost eight-to-one.

Tip No.6: If you flop a flush draw and a pair was also to flop, you usually should continue to play.

When a pair was to flop, there would be an greater chance that you would run into a full house if you were to make your flush. All the same, the odds against making your flush with two cards to come would only be two-to-one, and a typical pot would offer much more than this. Because of the community cards, Texas hold’em could generate some unusual poker hands, and many combinations could be out. So if you were to fail to notice the board and the prior action, you could mistakenly think you were holding the poker winner, when in fact, several other poker players easily could be holding better poker hands. Here’s an example. Suppose the board would be and you were holding

Although you would have top pair, which would often be a winning poker hand, if you were against someone who was holding he would beat you with two pair.

If another player was to have: his trips would beat the two pair. Besides, three possible straight could be out.

So if another opponent was holding and still another was to have

then all these hands would beat the three tens, but the ace-high straight would, of course, be betterthan the other two. And in conclusion, if someone was to play he would win the pot with a spade flush.

By the way, you normally must not play poker hand like an eight of spades and three of spades.

But some people would, and this would be one of the variables that would make the games good.You also must remember that situations like the one just illustrated have occurred, and at times you would have to throw away good poker hands.