One of the most valuable skills to have in order to play Texas Hold’em Limit is the ability to be very selective regarding the hands with which you start playing. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding which hands to play:
It ‘a table where you play tight or loose?
How many players are seated at the table?
How many players are in the pot when it is your turn to play?
The pot has been raised? In this case, by which player and what position?
What is your position?
Game based on tight or loose
We define game based on a few hands a type of game where few players (2-3) Medium see the “flop” and then go after the “flop”. In this kind of game you rarely see the map of the “river” that they have passed. There is almost no reason to play games like this, even if you are an experienced player. If you decide to play in a game in which you play a few hands, you should select your starting hands very well and you might be able to play from 15% to 20% of your starting hands.
Instead, usually, the environment in which you want to be is a game in which you play a lot of hands. In a game where you play a lot of hands the players have to “flop” and tend to go too far with their own hands. In this type of matches exists the possibility to play more hands although usually not more than 30% of them. Nevertheless, you must continue to be very selective about which hands to play.
How many players are in the pot before you
If many people arrive at the “flop” there is a greater chance that you to play more hands that need to be improved, such as 7-6 of the same suit or of the pairs blankets small, since this type of hands increases in value with dishes with many players. In tables with a number of less than ten places with only six or fewer players, the high cards increase in value. Even axes accompanied by a lower card of Ten usually become payable. In a game full, hands like Ace-Ten, King-Ten-Ten Woman decrease in value as they can easily become a treacherous hand, ie to become the second best hand (see Hands Insidious).
Most players usually means more substantial dishes because more players will compete for the pot, the greater the “pot odds”. For example, a hand like 7-6 suited or small pocket pairs you can see before the “flop”, if you believe in the pot there will be six or more players. If there are only two or three players to fight over the plate, hands like 7-6 suited or pocket pairs of low cards are good hands to get in the pot. Do you want to make sure you get a good deal on your hands to improve.
If you raised
If someone has raised before the “flop” you have a good hand to see or return of the “pot odds” excellent. Do not you see the raise in middle position with a hand like Ace-Jack offsuit and Re-woman of different suits (see Hands Insidious). However, if you are in late position and a minimum of four players saw the raise, you can either call or re-raise with a hand like JT of the same suit in the hope of making a big hand when the pot is large.
The positions are counted from the button. In a full table with 9-10 players, you have the button, small blind, big blind, the forward position, the intermediate position and the retracted position. The three places after the big blind are defined in the forward position, the next three places middle position, and the remaining two places are classified as backward position. Reference is made to the first position after the big blind with the definition of “sitting under fire”, “under the gun”. This is the worst position to be filled before the “flop” because you’ll be the first to play and it is very likely you commit mistakes. This is because you will not have the same amount of information they gather players in late position. Therefore, you have to be very careful in choosing your starting hand in this position. For example, just under the gun, do not play Ace-Ten offsuit. Although, if you have the same hand, you are positioned on the button and no one has seen, Ace-Ten becomes a hand to raise.
The best position is to be filled on the button in front of the small blind. E ‘in this position that you have the most information when it’s your turn to play. When you are sitting on the button you will know how many players compete for the pot if there were raises / more raises, etc.. This is definitely the most favorable position.
A very common mistake among beginners / intermediate players is to play any kind of pair of high cards or any Ace in the forward position and calling raises with the same kind of hand. This is one of the biggest mistakes that a player can do since these hands easily become very tricky hand. A hand insidious is any hand that has a high probability of becoming the second best hand, costing you a lot of money if you do not put a sign. The hands are the most common insidious Ace-Ten, Ace-Jack, King-Queen, King-Jack, King-Ten, Donna-Fante and QT. With this type of hands, many players see from a forward position and see of raises in an intermediate position / backward. Therefore, if you see with KJ from a forward position, and someone in late position raises his hand, you may find yourself trapped by common hands to relaunch as Re-woman of different suits, Ace-King, Ace-Jack of the same suit, ace- Ace, King-King and QQ (in the case in which a Fante closes the point).
This will also be when you see the raise with this hand. This is a mistake. The hands that revived the most common when you are in late position include Ace-Ace, King-King, Queen-Queen, Jack-Jack, AQ and AK. Why would you want to call a raise with a hand that raises tricky when one is likely to be the holder of one of the hands above? However, under the right circumstances, the insidious hands free. For example, if you are in late position and you are the first to play at this point, the hand becomes a tricky hand raised.