Holdem Fundamentals – The 3 Things You Need To Succeed In Holdem

There are 3 Holdem fundamentals that you need to learn in order to achieve a high level of success in Holdem. These are outlined right below so read on.

Holdem is a complex game that incorporates many different things. Good Holdem fundamentals are important to ensure that you have what it takes to succeed in this cut-throat world. And this goes double for online play.

Holdem Fundamentals – The 3 Things You Need To Succeed In Holdem

#1 Rules

You need to know the rules of the game inside and out. This is the first concept you must master before you will even begin to make a dime at poker. First cover off all the general rules (most of us know these any way). Next, target the more advanced rules like with multiple different sized all ins and multiple players splitting the pot.

Next is to learn the rules of the institutions you are playing at. This is the online poker site, the real casino your at or maybe its the rules at the local pub. Its also vitally important to know the rules of any tournaments you go in.

Many players get the jist of the game and race off. Then they wonder why they lose money. No seriously they wonder because they don’t know why one person got a pot over another. Or they lose a tournament because they broke a crown rule of the institution or tournament they were playing at. Cover off this base first.

#2 Cards

The next thing to learn about is the cards. This is a substantial thing to learn but it can be done. Although its not imperative to memorize this part 100% there is many a player that do – and they are usually extremely successful. First up is to learn the probability of the cards. Starting hands and they basic probability of winning. Next is to learn all the possible combinations. Yes this quickly skyrockets into a massive amount. You need to be able to calculate your plain/basic probability of winning – your odds. You need to be able to calculate your outs, which is making the best hand you can.

There is a lot of mathematics behind all this and this drives a lot of people away from really digging into this foundational point of poker. There’s two ways around this:

1) Become so proficient at the other foundations your strength masks your weakness in this area
2) Play online poker and use computer tools to do all the hard work for you

You can see why so many people play online poker right? I always advise getting a good basic understanding of the Holdem fundamentals first though. However, if you aren’t playing in person you don’t need to memorize everything – online you can use reference material. Remember though, the World Poker Tour is played in person.

#3 Betting

Betting is the next foundational skill in poker and is probably the most important. Betting is essentially THE game. Well after the rules and the cards anyway. Betting correctly can make or break you. Betting contains many components such as:

- How much to bet
- When to bet
- Check, call or raise
- Going All in
- Calling an All in
- SB/BB’s (small blind/big blind amounts)
- Your bet compared to SB/BB
- Bankroll

How much you bet is your biggest influence on the outcome of the game. No matter how much you try, you’ll never find 100% accurate ‘reference material’ on how much to bet in any certain situation. This is because you need to include your own feeling – your gut instinct – in how much you bet.

Holdem fundamentals are important. Probably more important than anything else. Check out this other post for another fundamental Holdem lesson. When it comes down to it, it doesn’t matter what table or online site you play at, what bankroll you have or what new-age strategy you are working on. What will really open the doors to consistent, long-term, effortless success are strong foundations in the 3 Holdem fundamentals.

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