Getting top dollar with big hands in Texas Hold’em
By Bob Garcia
Maximizing strong hands in poker is key to scoring the big wins
They say that cards belong to the world of chance. There, luck can define the outcome of a hand, two or even a dozen, but as the number grows and approaches thousands and millions, it is a strategy that determines who wins. Being able to always have a skillful technique for all kinds of situations will make you go home with a lot of money, and what better way than to know how to handle the big hands in Texas Hold’em to achieve this goal.
As time goes on, you realize that there are big pot hands and small pot hands and this is dictated by the circumstances. Normally a pair belongs to a small pot, while colors, sets, straights, and full houses are big pot hands that you are generally willing to risk everything you have in hopes of coming out on top.
The tricky thing about this is that your opponent will never let his guard down, and just like you, he or she will do everything they can to be the one to run the chips in their direction. This is where you have to trick your opponent into believing that his hand is better than yours, although this is not an easy thing to do either.
Your goal is always to go all-in when you make that hand since you can’t win your opponent’s stack if you don’t put yours on the line first. This bond should be created gradually so that when the river is dealt, it is big enough to bet your entire stack, and that’s when you start making big profits. Don’t hesitate to bet on all three streets, the flop, the turn, and the river, especially if you are playing no-limit poker because on each street the pot grows in a big way.
This method usually works with weaker players, although sometimes it is also effective to pretend to be one in order to create a false image in situations where you can take advantage. Finally, another way to build a quick pot is to use the check-raise. Here you pass the action to your opponent waiting for him to bet, and then you go over his head with a raise. This method is great because it lets you get two rounds of betting out of a single round, achieving your goal faster.