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.
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
- Call if you get a good deal (see below) and you are not in an early
- If someone raises more than 5 times BB (Big Blind), fold. Also fold on
any raise or if you are in an early betting position unless:
- 2 cards to a straight
- Get out after flop if you don't have 4 cards to an open ended straight.
Get out after turn if there is a possible flush or a pair on board.
If there are four to a straight on board, get out without high card.
- 2 suited cards are both 10 or above or one is an Ace or a King
- Get out after flop if you don't have four cards to a flush.
Get out after the turn if there is a pair on board.
If you have a flush get out if the are four suited cards on board and you don't have an Ace or a King.
- A pair - but if less than tens, get out if someone raises before the flop
- Get out after the flop if you don't have two pairs or trips or a pair of
tens or greater.
Get out after the turn if you don't have two pairs or trips.
- If on button, and everyone has folded (at least three) bet three times the BB.
- If you are SB (Small Blind) and no one has raised then call.
good deals: (in order of value)
AA KK QQ JJ
AKs AQs AJs KQs ATs KJs TT
AK QJs AQ QTs UTs KQ
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.
- If your hand is not good and you are in an early position, fold.
- Continue if pair or better equal to best up card and higher kicker.
- Continue if 4 flush or 4 straight with 2 down or if 1 down then down card higher than up cards.
- If continue bet 1/2 pot.
- If everyone checks after flop and you are in a late position bet 1/2 pot.
- If someone raises, fold, unless you are pretty sure of a lock.
- Don't bet for an inside straight.
- Be able to judge when to slow play a lock and when to go all in.
- Be able to judge when to bluff.
- Only check if you then intend to fold or to keep your opponent in or to check raise.
- If you don't intend to fold either call if someone has bet or bet 1/2 the pot.
- A flush may not be good if high card is less than jack.
- A straight is safer if the high card is in the hole.
- If not three suited and no pairs on board then high straight is a lock.
- If not three suited and no pairs on board then high set is a lock except for straight.
- If three suited or pair on board then expect flush or full house if raised. You will, at least, face a set.
- Full house, flush or straight are very weak against raise if not two cards down.
Place all bets quickly unless sandbagging when hesitation may be helpful.
Quick betting radiates confidence.
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.
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.