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Much has been written about how to play position when you’re playing Texas Hold em. We were going to explain it from our own point of view based on our personal experiences, but after doing some extensive research we  found this little guide that has helped us significantly. We hope it  helps you with your game.

In early position, only play:

  • High Pairs: Ace-Ace, King-King, Queen-Queen, Jack-Jack
  • High Suited Cards: Ace-King, Ace-Queen, King-Queen, Ace-Jack, King-Jack, Queen-Jack, Jack-10
  • High Unsuited Cards: Ace-King, Ace-Queen, King-Queen

In middle position, you can also play:

  • High Suited Cards: Ace-10, King-10, Queen-10
  • High Unsuited Cards: Ace-Jack, Ace-10, King-Jack, etc.
  • Middle Pairs: 10-10, 9-9, 8-8

In late position you can add:

  • Suited connectors, such as 9-10, 7-8, etc.
  • Small pairs all the way down to 2s
  • Ace-littles: A-8, A-6

black Texas Holdem Poker TableWe know that this guide is not the be all or cure all for all your poker woes but it should help. Just remember that every hand can be played differently depending on who you are playing with and the way they are betting their hands. As it has been said a million times by probably just as many players, learn to read the basic poker tells and study the other players around the Texas Hold em poker table;  and don’t splash your chips all in based on this guide alone.

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79 inch folding poker table topChoosing the right poker table is easy if you’re not particular and just want something that can serve the purpose for the quick “once in a while” poker games you might have at home or even in the office break room. You can get inexpensive folding table tops that can be placed on top of any lunch table in the break room or on the dining room table, or you can pick up a nice poker table with folding legs that can be set up quickly and, like the table top, can be easily stored away when not in use.black Texas Holdem Poker Table

On the other hand, if you’re a more serious player and want a permanent table for your man cave, game room or even the family dining room, then you need to take a little time to make sure you choose the right table to fit the room in which you’re going to put it. You need to make sure that you select the right size, style, the right number of player positions, with or without built-in dealer position, with or without built-in cup holders. rockwell-conversion2Do you want it to be round, traditional oval, square or rectangular? If it’s going into the family dining room, you may want it to have a conversion dining top that will serve as an elegant dining room table while hiding the fact that there is a killer Texas Hold em poker table just under the dining surface. And, of course, you have to take your budget into consideration. You can spend as little or as much as you want, but whatever you choose, make sure that you can talk to a live person if you’re dealing with an online store so that they can answer all your questions and help you make the right decision.
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Last night I went to a local game that, from the rumors I’d heard, I knew was usually filled with not just amateur players but with players who made up their own rules . Throughout the course of the night I learned that the rumors were justified. These guys came up with Texas Hold em rules that often bordered on the “WTF….are you crazy?”  Two of hearts is wild when there is any three on the flop….what? If you don’t like your cards….match the pot before the flop and get 2 new ones….what?

The game reminded me of the video below from the “Joey” show starring Matt Leblanc, where Joey comes up with the most absurd rules in a celebrity tournament with Alan Thicke, Louie Anderson, Coolio and Cindy Margolis.

If I ever go back to play again with the people from last night I’m going to introduce the “every suit on the flop earthquake” rule. I know that I certainly have played lots of hands where I felt like doing that.I also know that if I ever resort to playing with house rules like that at our place, I’ll call it quits and put an ad up online for a  texas holdem poker table for sale.

How about you? Have you ever played with crazy rules?

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Bluffing is, without a doubt, a fine art when it comes to poker and especially when it comes to Texas Hold ’em. You must have courage, nerves of steel, or to quote our Jewish friends, a lot of chutzpah. But that’s not all, you also need the talent to be able to know when to bluff, when to represent that you have a winner when you may have nothing, and the abilityto keep your tells completely under control. That may mean you purposely act one way or another to mislead your opponents or you keep a completely frozen face that tells no one anything.

I’ve been watching Tom “Durrr” Dwan for a long time and I would certainly put him up as one of the greatest bluffers of all time . . . and a master at face freezing. I have seen him take down player after player just as he takes everyone down on this video from “High Stakes Poker”, with nothing in his hand and that “deer in the headlights” frozen stare of his.

Next time you sit down at a Texas holdem poker table will you have what it takes to bluff? Will you be able to not give away your tells?

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