Strategy

Reading the board in Texas Hold’em

 

Working out the best scenario based on the layout of the cards makes a huge difference in winning

There are many variables that can change the outcome of each hand of Texas Hold’em. Experienced players can develop complex strategies that could even take someone to win a large pot on the river while having the worst hand. But, before thinking about developing this kind of strategy, it is important to make sure that your basic strategy that sets your basis is solid. One of the most basic skills that can impact your game is to read the board to determine the relative hand strength.

Reading the board means that you will be able to determine the strength of your hand relative to the hands that opponents could have. This is an important skill to have to make the best possible decision. When reading the relative strength, the vulnerability of your hand on earlier streets is also included to determine possible draws. When reading the board, you can determine if it is wet, which is when there are several draws or possibly strong hands. And the board is called dry when it really doesn’t offer many of the connections people tend to play for.

For instance, having a strong hand like two pairs when the board seems dry means the bet doesn’t have to be as big as it would be when the board is wet. On the other hand, with a wet board, there will be plenty of cards in the deck that, on the turn, can turn any other hand into a more powerful one. This means that betting stronger in a wet board can bring you more profit because none of the cards in the flop might be good for the opponent and this can scare him away as much as it could scare you. A strong bet will most likely get you the pot.

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