Beginners Poker Tips to playing Online Poker

This collection of poker tips was put together by Mike Sexton, host of and commentator for the World Poker Tour, and Linda Johnson, noted poker player and personality.

Pay attention. Watch and see who the aggressive/loose players are and who the tight players are. (Generally, you should try to play with the loose players. Avoid the tight players when they come into a pot unless you have a strong hand.)

Always be aware of everyone's chip count. Know who has more chips than you and be more careful against them (as a mistake against them could knock you out). It's usually better to play pots with those who have fewer chips than you.

If your cards do not match the community cards, throw your hand away if someone bets.

Don’t play every time you have an ace in your hand; you may play an ace if it is accompanied by another card of the same suit or by a ten or higher.

Hands to stay with before the flop: pairs (7-7, 9-9), two face cards (K-Q, A-J), or hands that can make both a straight and a flush (8-9, 6-7 of the same suit). Be patient and fold other hands unless you are in the blind.

In no-limit Texas Hold’em, players can bet all of their chips at any time, so bet aggressively when you have a good hand.

Play few hands when you are one of the first players to act, because you are “out of position” and vulnerable to raises from remaining players.

Do not act until it is your turn; play proceeds clockwise at the poker table.

Be a “bettor,” not a “caller.” (Being aggressive is good.)

If someone raises in late position (back by or on the button), re-raise them a good amount if you are in the blind. Chances are, they don't have a real big hand and they are just trying to steal your blinds. (This play, going "over the top" is probably the strongest play one can make in no limit Hold'em.)

The biggest mistake most players make is to act too quickly. When you have an important decision to make, take your time and re-think how the betting has gone and what your opponent might have. Take your time.

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