Duane's Holdem Strategy



Below is my betting strategy. For some reason I tend to lose in the long run using it. I suspect this is because I don't follow it closely enough. It could be a bad strategy, but I don't think so. Be sure to study your opponents, even in hands in which you are not involved, and try to figure out the range of hands they could have based on their betting patterns.

Cash Game

6 to 10 player table
If less than 6 players loosen up play accordingly

Fold about 2/3 of the time.

Bankroll - risk little, quit table if you have won twice what you put in. If you lose all you put in, try it again.


Number of outs & odds by remaining cards to turn

Before flop:

good deals: (in order of value)
AA KK QQ JJ
AKs AQs AJs KQs ATs KJs TT
AK QJs AQ QTs UTs KQ

Points system:

Deal value = sum of pip values of both cards (2-10, J-A = 11-14)
if cards equal in rank or suit add value of high card again.
if cards in sequence add value of low card again.
if value>30 call BB and any raise.
if value<20 and early betting position, fold.
if value<23 then fold if bet is more than BB otherwise call.
if value 23 to 30 then call up to 5 X BB - if no raise bet 4 or 5 X BB.

After flop:

Betting:

Place all bets quickly unless sandbagging when hesitation may be helpful. Quick betting radiates confidence.

Checking
Only check if pre flop or if you plan to fold or to sandbag.

Full Pot Value
Only to try to scare someone out or if you have the nuts and you don't think opponent will fold.

All In
Same as Full Pot Value but more risky.

1/2 Pot Value
This is the usual continuation bet because it is hoped to be too small to scare opponent out, yet large enough to increase the pot.

Tournaments