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Poker Shark Blog: Jonny Texas

Jonny Talks Us Through his Poker Experiences...

30.05.08

"Hi, I'm Jonny 'Texas' Went and I'm here to give you a little insight into my experiences in the world of Texas Hold Em Poker.
 
Now I have been playing Texas Hold Em for about 10 years and I still consider myself as a beginner. Dont get me wrong, I play online daily and live (with real people sitting at a table) as often as I possibly can, but as a great poker player once said, 'It takes a minute to learn and a lifetime to master'. In my opinion, this could not be more spot on!
 
Now I seem to be much more profitable playing online (picking up £750 on an £11 is always apprecated by my bank balance). This may be because the number of hands is much greater than playing at home with your friends or because there are plenty of fish to be taken! But I believe it is a much simpler reason, I only play good hands. Now you may be thinking, well we all only play good hands, but what I mean by this, is that I tend to stick to these 23 starting hands in Texas Hold Em:
 
This is all the pairs: 22, 33, 44, 55, 66, 77, 88, 99, TT, JJ, QQ, KK and AA
As well as the top cards with good kickers: AK, AQ, AJ, AT, KQ, KJ, KT, JQ, JT and QT
 
Now, this is only a formula I use online, and it works very well for me. The reason for this is if you do hit one pair, then you have a relatively good kicker with your card so you have a very good chance of beating someone else that has also hit one pair.
 
You may have noticed with this strategy, that I do not to play aces with anything less than a ten kicker, for this same reason, as many people online play aces with anything. If they have an ace in their hand, they call, which is great for me when I play aces with only the top five cards in the deck. The only exception to this rule, is when I have say for example A6 suited (both of the same suit) and it is relatively cheap to call, I will have a look at the flop just to see if 2 or 3 of my suit come down.
 
The best bit of advice I can give from an online point of view, is to not let bad beats (when you get very unlucky) get you down and affect your style of play, as it happens to everyone at one point in the game. For example, this is a hand I was playing two nights ago:
 
The blinds were 600 and 1200, and it was heads up for the win. I had 24000 in my stack, he had 22000. I got QQ in my hand, so I bet out before the flop about three times the big blind, so 3600. He called the difference and we saw the flop:
 
The flop was 4 Q 4. I had hit a full house (see hand rankings on the right hand side of the page). He acted first and bet 6000, so I put him on a high pair such as myself and I re-raised all in. He called almost immediately and showed his cards: 44. He had hit four of a kind, which beats a full house every time. The turn and river were 6 and 9 which did not help my hand. I went on to come second as that had taken most of my chips. 
 
This is probably as worse a bad beat as you will get, but dont let it phase you, just get back in there and start winning again!
 
 
Next time, im going to dive into the debate that is AA vs KK vs AK, a very sore and tricky subject in the poker world. If you have any questions, either for me or the guys at www.bethepokershark.com just send us a message from the homepage or our official Myspace
 
 
Thanks for reading
 
 
Jonny Texas



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