Ultimate Poker Cheat Sheet by: Amanda Botfeld

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If you’ve ever felt like learning poker can be overwhelming, you are definitely not alone. As the author of the book A Girl’s Guide to Poker If you’ve ever felt like learning poker can be overwhelming, you are definitely not alone. As the author of the book A Girl’s Guide to Poker and a poker class instructor for the organization Poker Powher, a common concern when I’m teaching people the game goes like this:

“I understand what you’re saying, but how am I supposed to remember all that?!”

You’re in luck. Online Casino BlueBook and I have decided to create Your Ultimate Poker Cheat Sheet, so you have a quick reference point for only the most important need-to-know information:

1. Professional poker players fold 80% of their hands before the flop. That’s right: you’re usually going to be folding! I was watching an episode of the World Series of Poker Main Event (with a 10k buying) recently, and one of the players joked: “We all just spent $10,000 to sit here and fold.” Yup that sounds about right.

2. Stumped on which hands to play? Stick to these 3 categories: Pairs, Both Cards 10+, Suited Connectors. The fastest and most efficient way to get started in poker is by memorizing preflop raise first in (RFI) charts, which are readily available online. I even say in my book I created 180 color-coded flashcards based on the charts! But if that’s not your style, or you freeze up when at the table, try this “3 categories” rule of thumb for which cards to play which to fold.

  1. Pairs. If you’re dealt a pair, play it. Both cards 10+. Only play face cards if both are ten or higher. So DO NOT play hands like King-Eight or Jack-Seven or Ace-Nine. You need both cards to be at least a ten, not just one of them.<.li>
  2. Both cards 10+. Only play face cards if both are ten or higher. So DO NOT play hands like King-Eight or Jack-Seven or Ace-Nine. You need both cards to be at least a ten, not just one of them.
  3. Suited Connectors. Play cards if they are the same suit and directly connected. Dealt an eight and a seven of different suits? Fold it, not good enough. Nine-Ten? Not good enough. If you play consecutive number cards, it is pivotal that they are the same suit as well.

3. The likelihood of flopping a flush is 1/118 times! Suited cards are overrated, but people like to play them, thinking they will make a flush without realizing how highly unlikely that is. If you play a hand like Eight-Three because both cards are diamonds, what is mostly going to happen is you’re not going to hit the flush, but instead, you’ll hit the eight or three — making your hand likely 2nd best.

4. The more players are in hand, the less you bluff. And vice-versa.

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Ask yourself if your hand is good, bad, or medium — and bet accordingly. Generally speaking, you want to bet in a polarized strategy: bet your good hands and your bad hands (bluffs), and do not bet if your hand is medium. So if the flop is K-J-3, you would bet if you had a King because that’s a good hand. You would bet with Queen-Ten because that’s one of your bluffs. And you would not bet with a Jack because that hand is medium.

The great thing about poker is that you can train smarter, not harder. You don’t need to know an encyclopedia of knowledge to be successful at a poker table. Knowing the most important guidelines (and sticking to them!) is enough to be a total game-changer.

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