PokerStars homepage
  • If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.


No announcement yet.

Tricky Hands For a Beginner

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Tricky Hands For a Beginner

    I've just started learning Poker a week ago and am still unsure how to bet in the early stages of a tournament if I hold say K10 or QJ especially if suited. If it is the early rounds of a tournament and I'm in the dealer seat with 2 guys having already bet 3x the big blind, what is the best strategy for me...fold, call or re-raise? Thx.

  • #2
    Early stages I am probably folding both the hands you mentioned.

    They are speculative hands where unless you hammer the flop you are never sure where you are in the hand. And in early stages, unless someone spazzes out, then you likely won't get paid off anyway. The blinds are not worth stealing at this stage.

    The fact that there has already been a 3x and a call makes this a definite muck for me. Especially if the first raise is UTG/UTG+1 as they are representing a strong hand.


    • #3
      The best play is to fold. In the early stages of a tourney, you should be playing very tight and conserving your stack. Hands like KT and QJ could get you into big trouble when you're out-kicked.

      QJ and KT play reasonably well in position, but work best when you use them for an open raise, hoping to steal the blinds. They don't play well when calling a raise, because they are dominated by hands like AK, AQ and KQ, along with the big pairs.
      Indeed, I'd often fold hands as strong as AQ and AJ if there was a raise in early position, or the raiser was tight. I'd rather call with a hand like 44 (and go set-mining) or 87s, to see if I can hit a big draw.

      You can call with suited Broadways, but I'd only do so if you know the villain is weak and will give you a good price to chase a strong draw. Don't go crazy if all you hit is one pair.

      Hope this helps.
      Bracelet Winner


      • #4
        Hi Andy, Welcome to PokerSchoolOnline! Here is a link to help familiarize you with all the features and services available at PSO. Feel free to look around the forum and post any comments or questions you may have. Please join us at the PSO Spring Series of Poker, running until the 21st of April. This series is exclusively for PSO members and is held in the PokerSchoolOnline Community Home Games Club. Information on how to join the club may be found HERE. Hope to see you there! Good luck at the tables! umbup: Joss
        2 Time Bracelet Winner


        • #5
          Appreciate the tips

          Thx guys for the advice. makes sense to me.



          X Cookies Information

          We have placed cookies on your computer to improve your experience on our website. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Otherwise, we'll assume you're OK to continue.