• The Three Most Basic No-Limit Hold'em Plays All Players Must Know

    Added - Sept. 22, 2014 Poker

    No-limit hold'em is the most popular form of poker out there, but what most people don't realize is that it's also one of the most basic forms of big-bet poker. Because the hand distributions are really easy to describe, it's a measure of the pure skill of the players when it comes to reading each other and exhibiting solid play. What we have for you here is three basic plays that you have to know if you want to achieve much of anything when it comes to playing no-limit hold'em.

    The first play that you have to know is stealing blinds from late position. If it folds to you in the cutoff or button seats, then you can raise with a wide range of hands. The reason for this is that the blinds are going to fold a lot of the time, and this can make it a profitable play without even having to see the flop. If they do call down, then they are put in a position to play all of the post-flop streets out of position which is a massive disadvantage even if they have stronger hands than you on average.

    The second play is somewhat similar to this, and it's a heads-up continuation bet. When you have the lead pre-flop and you see a flop, you can often just take the pot down with a bet in the two-thirds pot range. The reason for this is that your opponent simply isn't going to hit the flop often enough to have a hand that can face any sort of heat, and you're going to be in a situation where you only need him to fold something like 33-40 percent of the time for your bluff to be profitable as long as you're only up against a single opponent.

    Our third and final play is called a double barrel. This comes after you have made a continuation bet on the flop that your opponent has called. If the turn card comes in a way that gives you a lot of outs and/or increases the chances of your opponent folding to another bet, then you can often have a second profitable bluff. You can't always double barrel, but when you get a good chance to, it's a great way to add more value to your game and to balance your value bets.