Regardless of playing poker online, on mobile, at a land-based casino, or in a tournament some things are better experienced and learned without too much money loss. We cannot emphasize the importance of knowing what you’re getting into. Poker is more about strategy than about luck, although Lady Luck could shine down into a winning streak if you maintain a positive attitude.
Like with every game, and for that matter, anything in life, learning the rules can only help in bettering your knowledge and understanding of the game. The most important moment is the start of the game when you receive your first hand. Depending on the goal of the game you might be trying to get the highest or the lowest possible hand.
Being versed in similar games you could pull in skills and techniques from the depths of your knowledge in order to become aware of what constitutes the best hand for a particular game. When it comes to Poker tournaments you can have “flop”, “stud”, “draw”, and “split-pot” games.
Flop games depend on how many cards you are dealt. The more the merrier, they say, and this expression applies to the game as well. Some games will give out from 2 up to 6 hole cards and it makes sense that the more cards you have in your hand the stronger your flopped cards will be upon showdown.
For this reason you will need to exercise your hand adaptability to the situation you are facing. Although the more cards you hold the better your odds at shaping up the winning hand will be, the same rule applies to your opponents. So, a lot more thinking will need to go into strategizing for a game with a higher number of cards at stake.
On the other hand, in games with a low number of hole cards you might just get a pair of aces which is an undoubtedly strong hand. But, in a higher hole card number game the pair of aces together with some other random cards will not count for much. The point is to be able to coordinate your hands in such a way that they work well with one another. This strategy increases your winning chances.
Conversely, with stud games, getting an average powered hand will be much more difficult to increase in value as the game progresses. If you’re courageous enough to venture in to Omaha or the Hold’Em variety you will soon discover that, aside from the last 25%, all hands will be revealed after the initial bets are made.
In a stud game inexperienced players have a lot more to lose if they reach too high since you won’t be able to improve a bad hand until you’ve played a few good betting rounds. The best advice we can give you is to gauge the first three hole cards and rely more on the first hand than the rest of the game for reaching a high hand.
If players are allowed to switch three cards, rather than just one, in a draw Poker variant, then you can be sure these will influence your winning power significantly. Of course the outcome of how strong your hand is depends on the draw variant, where in a Triple Draw game you have better chances of forming such a hand while in a Single Draw game you kind of get what you get.
Finally, the split-pot games. They are called split specifically because two players both having strong hands would be forced to split the pot. Obviously holding a hand that gets you both halves is optimal while winning one half can potentially only mean that you are getting the money invested in the betting back.
Either way, playing against one opponent or a group will still push you to have a stronger hand in order to win “one way” and if you have a hand that only wins half it’s still good.