Playing makes a strong poker hand as simple as ABC – “ABC” poker is played live; don’t be fancy. The main focus is on playing strong starting hands, folding weak hands.
I’ll be teaching a new Texas hold’em poker class to seniors 50 and over soon. This will be a first for the Freda Mohr Multipurpose Senior Center in Los Angeles. Over six class sessions, 1.5 hours each, the class will learn about my version of poker ABC; call it ABC + poker.
It can turn ordinary players – usually losers – into consistent winners. There are five main topics. We’ll cover the first three in this column – Part I, and the last two in Part II. The following is an overview of the class session visiting rajasakong88.
Selection Start Hand: Perhaps your most important decision is whether to pay to see failure. Everyone knows some greeting cards are better than others. The higher their rank, the more likely it is to end up as the best hand – and win the pot.
With 169 possible starting hands, it is your job to decide which ones to throw away and which are worth your investment to see for failure. You are eager to see the flop, because that will represent over 70 percent of your final hand.
To make the best decision, use the Hold’em Algorithm. It provides a point score that avoids guesswork and makes it easier to take action accordingly. The score is based on the ranking of your two holecard cards; is the connector and / or suitable; and your position. Other factors: Texture of the game; how many opponents survive to see the flop; and whether the opponent raises the salary.
We also warn against Hi-Lo hands, one card of honor and one small card (7 down to deuce) in the hole. On the flop, these are more likely to pair up (if they improve at all), leading to a dominant hand or a weak (low) pair. It’s dangerous for your poker health.
Playing tight before you fail is wise. Starting with a strong hand, you stand a much better chance of winning the pot.