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Getting Better At Poker : Texas Hold'em for Beginners 2

Mateusz Łukowiec, Poker is Awesome

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7 Lessons (41m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Pot Odds

    • 3. Continuation Bet

    • 4. 3-Betting

    • 5. How to Play on the Flop

    • 6. How to Play on the Turn

    • 7. How to Play on the River


About This Class

This class is a natural progression from my previous class - From Zero To Poker Hero - check it out here.

In this class you will learn another batch of the fundamentals of No Limit Texas Hold'em poker and you will practice them by playing micro stakes games online.

You'll learn:

  • what pot odds are and a quick and easy method of calculating the probability of hitting your outs
  • what continuation bets are and what are some of the best spots to utilize them
  • what 3-bets are and why it's important to use them
  • what are some of the most common spots you will find yourself in on the Flop and how you should approach them
  • what factors you should take into consideration when making your decision on the Turn
  • what are some of the scenarios that usually take place on the River and how you should think about them before considering what to do

Again, as with my other classes, I put a huge emphasis on practicing, because that's the best way to learn and get good at anything. I recommend that after every lesson you try and put into practice the concepts you're learning and play $0.01/$0.02 9max No Limit Texas Hold'em cash games online for at least 30 minutes. You'll be buying yourself in for $2 at a time so it's not like your risking anything and the practice you'll gain will be hugely beneficial.

Mastering these fundamentals of poker will allow you to beat the micro stakes online poker games with ease as well as most of the homegames you’ll ever get to play, so even if you initially lose a few bucks, you will 100% make it back and profit in the future if you only go through these concepts and practice them by playing.

If you're new to Poker, I really recommend taking the From Zero to Poker Hero class first, and then taking this one.

Are you ready to Get Better At Poker?

Awesome! I hope you'll enjoy it a lot!

Good Luck!

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1. Introduction: Hi. My name is Mattel's, and I've played over three million hands off no limit Texas Holdem, which is the Cadillac of poker. Most of these hands came from online one table sitting go tournaments, but I've also played a fair bit of cash games. And so it's multi table tournaments, both meat and low stakes. This class is a natural progression to the from zero to poker hero class. Wouldst each issue the basic fundamental principles off. No limit Texas holdem. The ideas discussed in this class will be a bit more complicated, but there's still part of the fundamentals. So if you're you to poker, I would recommend first watching from zero to poker here a class, and they're watching this grass. But each have played a fair bit of poker before and are familiar with the game. You can go ahead and wants this one. But I would recommend, though, is to take a peek at the from zero to poker hero class and see if some of the concepts might be interesting to you. Okay, so in this class will first discuss pull ups and a teacher, a quick method off calculating the probability of fitting outs off the spot. Then we'll talk about continuation. Bats after that will explore three beds, and then the last three lessons will be on each of the streets. So we talk about how to plan a flub on the turn and on the river. The Class Project Israel Simple. All they need to do is play 1000 hands and post the graph off your overall results as well as post three hand histories off the three most important hands. I mean the three most interesting hands, too. I would try to analyze the most interesting hands and give us some tips on them if you don't yet have an online poker account. There's a leak in the description of this class to my website, where I've listed some of my favorite online poker rooms. So make sure to check that out if you're not yet using a poker tracking software. I also include a link to an article I wrote about the differences between poker trucker and holding manager, which had the two most common used poker tracking suffer. So make sure to check now and make sure that you actually use one of these because it will help your game a lot. I think that's it. So good luck to everyone. Enjoyed the class and please let me know how you like it. 2. Pot Odds: this video will talk about what bottles aren't and how you can use them to your advantage. Also show you great never to calculate the parks real quickly, so let's get right into it before we dig into calculating arts. Let's start with a little introduction to probability. Imagine. You have a deck of cards, you shuffle them and you pick one card at random. What is the probability of it being an AIDS? There are 52 cards in a deck, and four of these are aces, so the probability of picking an ace is far over 52. A. Roughly 7.69% has got through another example. What is the probability of being dealt a pair of aces? There are four ways to be dealt an ace for the first card, as we've learned in the previous example, and there are three ways of getting dealt an ace on the second car. So the probability is for over 52 times 3/51 which is one over 221 so you will be dealt pocket aces roughly every 221 hands. The probability is the same for every pocket pair. Okay, let's talk about products. Now imagine you're in position. Heads up on the river in your opponent. Bet 100 to you and there's 300 in the part. You have to call 100 to 1 400 So the part arts are 4 to 1. So if you want to call this bad, you better make sure you will win more than one out of five times, because only then you make a profit. Every time you're about to make a decision, you should think about departments. If you're thinking about calling, think water departments. How often do I have to win to my profit? If you want to race, think about what parts you will offer. Opponent. If you make this big of a bad, let's talk about outs Now and out is a Carter. Improve your hand so that you're likely to win the part. Imagine you're in position. Heads up on the flop. You're holding Jack 10 of diamonds, and the board is nine queen four with two diamonds. At this point, you should calculate the amount of out. See half. You assume that your operator has a least a pair of Queens so that you don't count Jack's intense as your outs because they won't improve your hand enough toe with. There are 4/8 and four kings that will give you a straight, so you got eight outs for a straight, and there are also nine diamond cars that will give you a flush to off. These are eight and four, so your total number of outs toe either here straight or a flush is 15. So you have 15 outs. What now you want to know what is the probability of heating your arts? To make things easy, use the four and to rule on the flop multiplied the number of hours by four to estimate the probability and under turn multiplied the number of us by two. The foreign to rule is great as it is very easy to remember, but I both 12 outs. It starts to get more and more inaccurate, so I have prepared a table with actual probabilities, and you can check it out on my side. Gocha polka dot com. It is important to know the number of outs and to calculate the probability of hitting them because it allows you to make better decisions. Backdoor Example. The villain bits 52 report of the 100. You quickly calculate that your parts R three to R so you only need to win 25% of the time to break even. And you know the guts off hitting the flush or straight are 60%. So you call the turn is Anais of clubs and your opening bids 100 to the part of 200. You're part arts are again 3 to 1 and the arts off heating your hand are now 30%. You realize that 70% of the time you end up missing both the flash and the straight. But you call knowing that this court is slightly profitable. Plus, you decide that if you miss your outs and your opponent checks to you on the river, you but 70% of the port to try and take it down the river comes eight of hearts you about 70% of the park and the villain folds. Okay, great. Let's sound what you've learned. You know what parts are in how to calculate them. You know, the counting the parts allows you to make better decisions because you know what percentage of fence you need to win in a specific spot to make your co profitable, you also know out are in how to calculate the probability of hitting them. Use the rule off foreign, too. On the flop, you multiply the amount of outs by four and on the attorney multiplied and by two, and you have the probability of fitting her outs. Make sure to check out my website for actual probabilities because the foreign to rule gets more and more inaccurate above 12 outs. Hey, thanks for watching this lesson. Do you have any questions or comments? Please post them and I'll be sure to answer them as best as I can remember to practice and tried to play for at least 30 minutes before watching the next one. Because it's really important that you practice that you integrate the knowledge you're getting here into your poker game. Good luck conceiving the next one 3. Continuation Bet: this video will talk about continuation bets or see that's a spoken players column. We'll talk about what is our went to use it and how to use them. So let's get right into it. Continuation, Bad or seabed is the most basic sort of a bluff. It is really a standard play nowadays, so I highly recommend you use it. A seabird happens when you've raised pre flop. You've missed the flop and your first talked or the other players have checked to you in this. But you laid up with a continuation bad to try and continue to tell the story that your hand is strong. See best have a high chance of success, because when your upper and also missed the flop, it's hard for him to call. As your story is consistent, you show strength pre flop, and now you continue on the flop. When you make a continuation, bet should keep in mind a few things it's best to see but heads up when you're only up against one. Open it. You might try to make a continuation bet against two opponents occasionally but best trying not to. And if there's three or more players don't even think about it. The sizing is important a swell if you make your C but 50% of the part, you only have to win one out of three times to break even. Whilst if you make it 75% of the part, you now have to win about 43% of the time to break even. So it's really better to make your continuation, but smaller, ideally close to 1/2 port baths. But you should mix it up and some things but more to keep her opponents guessing. Also, you should pay attention to the structure of the flop and the hand you're holding. If, for example, you have a drogue and our last to act, you should probably check most of the time, especially if your opponent is an aggressive player. On the other hand, if you missed the flop completely, you should always seabed as it's your only chance of winning the part. Another situation would bathe the borders wet, meaning it's got lots of possible draws or couple of hikers you don't want often see best such board because the probability that there Oppen it has connected with it somehow is too high for a continuation bet to be profitable. Delayed Seibert is when you didn't make the continuation bet on the flop and the action is checked to you on the time are your up in and check in position on the flub and your first to act on the turn. This is even a better opportunity to take the put down as your opponents range is now very likely to be weak, and you're delayed. Seabed will win the hand most of the time. And when you're open and just cause your bed, you often be able to win the part with a second bar on the river. If a safe car comes okay, great. That's some of what you've learned almost every time when you raise pre flop and Mr Flop, you should make it continuation that the bending on the structure of the board, your hand and your knowledge about your opponent, you can make it anywhere from 1/4 of the par to 3/4. Obviously, the smaller the better, but you have to make sure you're betting enough to do the job, which is to get a fault. And also you want to make sure your opponents cannot tell from your betting that you heat your hand or are just see bedding to get a fault because you missed the best spots for seabirds are dry boards against type players in general. When you missed, you should make continuation, but most of the time when you heat a draw, depending on the strength of it and whether you're in or out of position, sometimes you can play check coal or check behind to take a free card. And sometimes you can see bed. If the borders wet in your open and it's loose and aggressive most of the time you're better off just checking in, giving up on the hand if they bet. Hey, thanks for watching this lesson. If you have any questions or comments, please go ahead and post them, and I'll be sure to try and answer them as best as I can. Try to aim for A T's 30 minutes of playing micro stakes cash games after each and every lesson, because you really want to get as much practice as you can. You know it's important to ponder about these concepts were discussing, but it's asking more important to practice them into tables. So go play some and I will see you in the next one 4. 3-Betting: this video will talk about three Banning pre flop. Is it important to three bed pre flop? Which hands are good for this? In which hands of terrible. So let's find out. Three. Bed is a re raise. We're gonna talk about three betting pre flop. So when there's a race and another person decides to Reraise is called the three Ben. Three. Bed is a vital to in no limit Texas. Hold on if you use it right when you're three, betting you're doing it here for value or is a semi bluff, which is called light three. Betting three. Betting is a very situational play, depending on the table dynamics, your image and your openess playing style, you will three but ah higher or a lower amount of hands. But in general, when you're up against a good, tight, aggressive player, your three best value range should look something like purse from a sow's too tense Ace King and maybe a squeeze suited. That's 3.8% of hands the week earlier. Open it is, and the wider he close your three beds, the more hand to shoot three bad against the fish. You may 3 bet for value, even hands like King Queen suited or a stand suited. So your three best value range might look something like this. All the purse from age through aces and asking toe esten suited asking toe a check off King Queen suited, and that makes up about 7.4% off hands. That's quite a lose value range, so you might want to stick the previous much tighter 3.8% 3 Betting for value range for starters. Okay, so we've talked about Value three batting. Now let's go over three betting light. It's absolutely crucial that you do it if you're playing in games where there aren't only fish at the table, because if you're no balancing your three back in range, good players will quickly pick up on it. And then now that you're three bed equals topped 4% of your hands, and they will simply adjust to that. So what hands should you three bad life with? Well, I highly recommend suited connectors. They are great for This is if you get cold, you have lots of opportunities to hit a strong hand. How often should you three back? I'd say if we're only just starting out playing poker and playing micro stakes. Simply stick to the 3.8% value range and for every four or five value, three beds tried to three Bud Light once so that you get a good feel for it. If you're playing higher than you should aim for free. What percentage off? 7 to 8% in general, you can three, but like more when you're in position and when you're out of position, you should rarely. Three Bud Light. So, lastly, let's look at the advantages that three bed thing gives us. You build a bigger part on the flop with your strong hands. You're open and steered that you have a strong hand on the flop. So when they call you and this, they're likely to fault to a continuation bad. You can take down lots off parts. Pre flop s players open with a wide range of hands but will only call three bets with their strong hands. Not only you show great strength pre flop, but you take back the initiative in the hand. Okay, great. Let's find out what you've learned. You're three. Betting value range should be something like aces through times, Ace King and Ace Queen Suited, which is about 3.8%. Against weaker players, you can three back profitably a wider range against better players. It is vital that you balance your three batting range so that you're not only three betting for value but also like three betting good hands for light. Three beds are suited connectors because they play well against three with calling ranges. If you're playing micro Stace, you could try to make a light through, but for every four or five value three bets, but it's not necessary. As you move up the stakes, you should aim for your three of a percentage to be around 7 to 8% so it's almost like you're three. Betting ranges. Bonds 50 50 between value and light, three butts. Hey, thanks for watching this lesson. If you have any questions or comments, please post them and I'll be sure to answer them as best as I can remember to practice and tried to play for at least 30 minutes before watching the next one. Because it's really important that you practice that you integrate the knowledge of getting here into your poker game, good black and see you in the next one 5. How to Play on the Flop: this video will talk about the few scenarios that you usually find yourself in on the flop and how best to approach them. So let's get right into it. How to play on the flop. Well, since you're playing the bass pre flop, you shouldn't find yourself in very difficult situations too often. Let's first discuss the times that you missed the flop completely. Imagine you have raised from middle position with Ace King and got called on Lee by the big blood. The flop comes 859 with two hearts. The big blind checks to you most of the time in this spot, you should make the continuation back off 50 to 70% of the pot to try and take it down. Right now, you will succeed most of the time. Obviously, San times he won't give up, even if you only hit a five or he won't believe you and we'll try to bluff you out of the park instead. If you get called or race, you just give up on the hand or re evaluate on later streets if your hand improves. Of course, checking back on the flop is also correct, and I think you should bet about 80% of the time and check about 20% of the time. You should know that if you're playing against more than one opponent in this spot, you should just check and fall. If they bad, let's look at a difference in Are you open the part on the cut off with Queen Jack off and get called. By the happen, the flop comes Ace 94 Rainbow. Even though you're out of position in this spot, you should still make the continuation that most of the time, because the bottom will miss the flop A lot of the times and you want to try and win this hand right now or give up. Now let's talk about the times when you do hit the flop, you raise on the bottom with pocket tens. The small blank calls. The flop comes 459 With two clubs in this part, you make a continuation back 100% of the time because you haven't over per to the board, which is a good hand. But any collapse over cards or straight cars are a threat because they could make her open its hand. If you get raised. Well, then it gets tricky because you need more information to make optimal decisions. You need to know what range of hands the small blind would race in this spot, how he placed, and so on. If you get raised by an unknown but type player in a situation like this, you should fault if it's a very loose plan on its profitable to move away in. In most cases, let's go to another spot you raised from early position with pocket fights, and you get called by the cart off and the big blind the flood comes King 7 10 Rainbow. The Big Blind checks. This is your usual sport. When raising with pocket Paris, you will hear a set almost 12% of the time. So the remaining 88% of the time we looked like this. Depending on your knowledge about the couple, you should make a continuation that here at least 20% of the time. If you get raised, you fall. But making the continuation that here some of the time makes arrange more balance in your play. Less easy to read for opulent. For the last example, let's talk about playing droves you raise with Ace King suited from middle position, and you get called by the bathroom. The flop comes 10 deuce six with two spades. You have a very strong draw. Now. I'll show you how your hand compares to some of the hands your operate could have there if he has a Sten were 46.6% to win the hand. If he has 10 9 or Jack 10 if almost 52%. Even if he has the Napster, which is pocket pants, you still have about 25.6% to win the hand. So without a doubt, you should make the continuation bet here, even though you're out of position and I would stake the bedding 80% of the time and check calling 20% of the time. We haven't yet to talk about the times he hit a very strong hand on the flop. When you hit a set a straight or flush or better. Well, it's pretty straightforward. You made the continuation bad most of the time because you want to build a big part. But sometimes, depending on the situation and type of player you're against, you can also check to try and trap him and also buys your range. But make sure toe on Lee. Check on safe bores. Once that do not threaten your hand. You should also play like this with over purse, top part of kicker and two pair. We can sum it up with this on the flop. You bet most of the time when your hand is very strong, when you miss it completely, but are in position when you hear a good hand. But the board is wet when you hear a good draw when you feel your operate this week on the flop, you check most of the time when you missed, but are not heads up in the hand when you have a marginal hand like King Jack in an Ace King Queen flop. When you have a draw and you want to try and hit it as cheaply as possible when you feel your opponent is strong, please remember that it's important to mix your play and sometimes check with head. You should back with and back with the hands you should check with. It makes you weigh less predictable. Okay, great. Let some of what you've learned If you're the pre flop raiser, you should make the continuation that most of the time, whether you connected or not, you should also better all the good droves. Very strong hands, medium strong hands on Web boards and simply when you feel your operate this week, you know that most of the time it's better to check when there's more players in the pot when you have a wee drawer simply when you have a marginal hand like a second pair or something, I have just realised we have not talked about the times when you're not the pre flop raiser , but you're just calling. Well, if the flop is dry and if he'd the top pair with a good kicker or better, you should definitely check most of the time toe a liar. Open it to fire the continuation that. But sometimes you also bet out. Make sure you're also betting out occasionally with some weekends and draws so that your ranges bonds when the flop sweat and you don't catch a good piece of it, just play check fold, and when you do hit a strong drove top pair top kicker or better definitely play check all sometimes bet out in sometimes check race. I realize it's a lot of information and 1000 cover every single situation you may encounter . But you should just try to have this in mind, and it will experience. You'll get a great fear for it. Hey, thanks for watching this video. I really appreciate you taking the time to learn and get good at poker. I wanted to take the time and thank you for a dedication and ask how you do it. Do you see improvements in your game? Are you starting to feel more confident playing poker? Do you have any interesting hands you'd like to share with me? I'd love to get some feedback from you guys, So please share some parts with me and I will see you in the next one. 6. How to Play on the Turn: this video will talk about the plan to turn, and I'll show you some of the most important doctors you should consider with making decisions on the street. So let's get right into it. Okay, so you're on the turn. What factors should you consider when making your decision here? Strength of your hand. Do you have a made hand, or do you have a draw? How strong is your hand relative to the board? If you have a top pair and that are already straights and flushes possible on the board, then your hand isn't strong. On the other hand, if the board is very dry, your top Paris strong and might be the best hand if you have a draw, is a strong drug with many outs like a flash stroll with over cards are a week one like God shut with four outs, the number off people in the hand. Obviously, the more people there are in the hand, the more careful you should be. Ideally, you'd want to be heads up because with every additional player, the probability that they have you beat increases in your chances of winning with a bluff decrease greatly. The action pre flop and on the flop. If there were fire orbs like three beds and four bets pre flop and are on the flop, you can greatly narrow down their open strangers. On the other hand, if the action with very slow and everyone check the flop, you may assume nobody is particularly strong the size off the part. It's connected with the previous point. The bigger the part is, the stronger you need your hands to be. You don't want to be a big pots with marginal hands. You only want to be involved in big parts with your very strong hands. So if you caught the flop with the medium strength drove and missed, and now we don't have good enough ports to call your open and sped, you should just fault how much money you and your opulence have behind and what kind of players they are. If you're opulent on, Lee has the pope sized bat left in this stock. He's not falling, therefore, you should not try to block him. On the other hand, if you're both very deep, you may justify calling with weak drove because of implied arts. Also, when you have reasons to believe your opulent isn't a very good player. You will want to get involved in parts against him with much weaker hands than usual. So once you have analyzed all these factors, your decisions should get much easier. Don't worry. With experience, you'll be able to do that in a blink of an eye. One last thing I want to talk about is that at this point in the hand, you should have a plan for what you're going to do on the river. And you have to go through every possible scenario to what you gonna do, what? The river is a blank and what you're gonna do when it completes the draws. What if you're open and checks to you? And what if he bats? The turn is when the hand starts to get exciting. So your decision making has to be on point. You don't want to get to the river with marginal hand, having no clue where you're at and with the part being already too big. Okay, great. Let some of what you've learned. There are a few factors that you should take into consideration before acting on the term. The strength of your hand the number off players in the hand, the action pre flop and on the flop, the size of the pot, How much money you and your opponents have behind and what kind of players you're openings are. So I should analyze those factors and you decide not to fall. You should think of possible river scenarios. It's good to come up with a plan for whatever is going to happen, because it should always be prepared. Hey, thanks for watching this lesson. If you have any questions or comments, please go ahead and post them, and I'll be sure to try and answer them as best as I can. Also remember to place much as you can during this class so they can really practice the concepts we're talking about. And because that's just how you learn in poker. That's a pretty bad at poker through hours spending the tables. The class project is just 1000 hands, so that should be no problem for you. But if you play morning, that that's great, because it would simply be more beneficial to also make sure to save the most interesting hands is your plane, because you will need them for the class project. You were three of these. And because I will be selecting the best ones, the most interesting ones and analyzing them for you. So enjoy the game and I will see you in the next one. 7. How to Play on the River: in this video. We'll talk about the play on the river and please pay special attention to this one because the river is the most important street in the game and you want to make sure that your decision making is best here. So let's get right into it. I take it you've watched all the previous videos on hand selection, flop and turn play. If you haven't, go ahead and watch them. If you're playing while balance die range of hands, the vast majority of hands you end up with on the river will be easy to play. Let's first talk about these. You have a very strong hand, a straight a flush or a scent or better on safe boards. Where you're in position are not. Your task here is to figure out the best way of extracting the most value. If you don't know your open it very well, it will probably be best to just bet out if you have more information available to you. You can sometimes try moves like over bedding the part or check raising, but that's only when you think there's a high chance off these working. You have a strong hand that could be top pair top kicker on a really dry board. Two pair on a quite safe board, straight on a flash board, flushing a paired board. It's really hard to is all the possibilities, but let's say a strong hand is a hand. You're quite sure that it is the best, but it is possible for opponent to have you crushed given. Have ahead, played out and what you know about your operate. And if it's check to you and your head's up issues value. Bet. If you're out of position, it's usually best to check call because most of the time when you've got the best hand you're up in and we have some kind of a missed roll and he won't often call if you bet. But by checking you, allowing the chance to try and bluff you, you have a marginal hand that could be topper Bottom two. Pair low end of the straight on the four car straight and flush board. No flush on the forecourt Flash board. It's a hand that did some of the hands from the openess range, but not a lot again when deciding what to do. The most important thing is to take into account all the information you have available to you. If you're in position and it's check to you, you should check the majority of time if you're out of position and your opponent bets, your symptoms have to call, especially if they're open and strange could have a lot of bluffs, but that will not happen too often. Most of the time, you just have to fall. If experience, you learn to recognize the best boats for calling with marginal hands. If you're out of position, you might also try and turn your hand into a blossom times and bet out or even check race. But that will not happen often, either. I'm just telling you this so that you know it's a possibility. Don't do it often, but try to look for best parts for it and do it. Sometimes you have a missed row with no connections that sometimes gonna happen and again, probably the most important thing will be how the hand played out. What's your up on its range and what is he putting your own Most of the time you'll be falling here, of course, but sometimes you have to bluff, so you should learn the best spots for bluffs in general. These will be when your opponents range is consistent off a lot of droves. In most of the mist, you're in position, and your range is perceived by our opponent as strong. Okay, great. Let's sum up what you've learned when you have a very strong hand on the river, you want to figure out how to extract the most value from open it. When you have a miss draw the majority of time you simply be falling, but sometimes would be bluffing. Us well and the best, both for bluffing. Our your opponents range has a lot of droves in most of the mist you're in position, and so far you've told a great story about your pen being strong. When you have a good hand or a marginal hand, it's not so easy to generalize what you should do because every spot will be different In general, though, you need to take into account everything that's happened so far. How the hand went down World range of hands can your up on half here? What range are they putting you on? How much money you have behind etcetera, and you need to make a decision based on all of these factors. With time, the quality of your decisions will improve. So don't be discouraged to make crazy bluffs or breath calls when you feel like they make sense in the moment, because that is simply the best way to learn fast. Hey, thanks for watching this lesson. If you have any questions or comments, please go ahead and post them, and I'll be sure to try and answer them as best as I can. Try to aim for A T's 30 minutes playing micro stakes cash games after each and every lesson , because you really want to get as much practice as you can. You know it's important to ponder about these concepts were discussing, but it's asking more important to practice them into tables. So go play some and I will see you in the next one