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If you want to win money from Texas Hold'em, you are going to need to learn about the all important Texas Hold'em strategy.

Below is a list of all of the key strategy articles for Texas Hold'em. They have been split up in to sections to make it easier to find the strategy you are looking for.

If you want to have more of a "guide" that will take you through the key strategy to develop your game in to a winning one, have a look over my Texas Hold'em guide section.

Texas Hold'em strategy articles.

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Title Level Category Utility
Bankroll Management 1 - Beginner Basic 10/10
Position 1 - Beginner Basic 10/10
Starting Hand Selection 1 - Beginner Basic 10/10
Bet Sizing 1 - Beginner Basic 9/10
Reasons For Betting 1 - Beginner Basic 8/10
Bluffing 1 - Beginner Basic 8/10
Table Selection 1 - Beginner Basic 8/10
Initiative 2 - Intermediate Concepts 9/10
Stack Sizes 2 - Intermediate Concepts 7/10
Gap Concept 2 - Intermediate Concepts 6/10
Pot Committed 2 - Intermediate Concepts 5/10
Way Ahead Way Behind 2 - Intermediate Concepts 4/10
Effective Stacks 2 - Intermediate Concepts 4/10
Relative Position 3 - Advanced Concepts 8/10
Stack To Pot Ratio (SPR) 3 - Advanced Concepts 8/10
Range Balancing 3 - Advanced Concepts 8/10
Value Betting 3 - Advanced Concepts 7/10
Progressive Bet Sizing 3 - Advanced Concepts 6/10
The REM Process 4 - Expert Concepts 9/10
The REM Process - Equity 4 - Expert Concepts 8/10
The REM Process - Range 4 - Expert Concepts 8/10
Thin Value 4 - Expert Concepts 7/10
The REM Process - Maximize 4 - Expert Concepts 6/10
Range Merging 4 - Expert Concepts 4/10
Elastic and Inelastic Ranges 4 - Expert Concepts 4/10
10 Tips For Beginners 1 - Beginner General 8/10
Micro Limit Strategy 1 - Beginner General 7/10
Changing Gears 1 - Beginner General 5/10
Freeroll Tips 1 - Beginner General 4/10
Online Poker Tells 1 - Beginner General 2/10
Importance Of Aggression 2 - Intermediate General 8/10
Multi Tabling 2 - Intermediate General 6/10
Short Stack Strategy 2 - Intermediate General 6/10
Betting vs. Check Raising 2 - Intermediate General 6/10
Tight Table Strategy 2 - Intermediate General 6/10
Loose Table Strategy 2 - Intermediate General 6/10
Small Blind Strategy 2 - Intermediate General 5/10
Stealing Blinds 2 - Intermediate General 4/10
Initial Table Analysis 2 - Intermediate General 4/10
Small Ball Poker 3 - Advanced General 6/10
Betting Into The Preflop Raiser 3 - Advanced General 5/10
Putting Players On A Hand 4 - Expert General 8/10
Playing Pocket Aces 1 - Beginner Hands 5/10
Playing Pocket Kings 1 - Beginner Hands 5/10
Small Pocket Pairs 2 - Intermediate Hands 7/10
Playing Ace King 2 - Intermediate Hands 6/10
Playing Pocket Queens 2 - Intermediate Hands 5/10
Rag Aces 2 - Intermediate Hands 5/10
Drawing Hands 3 - Advanced Hands 7/10
Drawing Hands w/ Aggression 3 - Advanced Hands 6/10
Pot Odds 1 - Beginner Mathematics 9/10
Implied Odds 1 - Beginner Mathematics 7/10
Sklansky Dollars 1 - Beginner Mathematics 6/10
Mistakes Using Odds 1 - Beginner Mathematics 5/10
Expected Value 2 - Intermediate Mathematics 8/10
Poker Equity 2 - Intermediate Mathematics 7/10
Calculating Expected Value 2 - Intermediate Mathematics 7/10
Fold Equity 2 - Intermediate Mathematics 7/10
Reverse Implied Odds 2 - Intermediate Mathematics 3/10
G-Bucks 3 - Advanced Mathematics 8/10
Equity and Drawing Hands 3 - Advanced Mathematics 6/10
Hand Combinations 3 - Advanced Mathematics 5/10
Playing Styles 1 - Beginner Other 7/10
Player Notes 1 - Beginner Other 6/10
Poker Winrate 1 - Beginner Other 4/10
Counterfeiting 1 - Beginner Other 3/10
Variance 1 - Beginner Other 3/10
Live Player Mistakes 1 - Beginner Other 2/10
The Semi Bluff 1 - Beginner Plays 8/10
The Continuation Bet 1 - Beginner Plays 8/10
The Check Raise 1 - Beginner Plays 7/10
The Free Card 1 - Beginner Plays 7/10
The Blocking Bet 1 - Beginner Plays 5/10
The Stop and Go 1 - Beginner Plays 5/10
The Double Barrel 3 - Advanced Plays 6/10
The Float Play 3 - Advanced Plays 6/10
The Squeeze 3 - Advanced Plays 5/10
The 3Bet 4 - Expert Plays 7/10
Table Image 1 - Beginner Psychology 7/10
Tilting 1 - Beginner Psychology 5/10
Downswings 1 - Beginner Psychology 4/10
Bad Beats 1 - Beginner Psychology 3/10
Chat Box Strategy 1 - Beginner Psychology 1/10
Multiple Level Thinking 2 - Intermediate Psychology 8/10
Poker Metagame 3 - Advanced Psychology 8/10
Fundamental Theorem 2 - Intermediate Theorems 9/10
Baluga Theorem 2 - Intermediate Theorems 7/10
Zeebo's Theorem 2 - Intermediate Theorems 7/10
Clarkmeister Theorem 2 - Intermediate Theorems 6/10
Yeti Theorem 2 - Intermediate Theorems 4/10
aejones Theorem 2 - Intermediate Theorems 2/10
Basic MTT Strategy 1 - Beginner Tournament 7/10
Basic SNG Strategy 1 - Beginner Tournament 7/10
Poker ROI 1 - Beginner Tournament 4/10
Turbo Tournament Strategy 2 - Intermediate Tournament 6/10
What Is The Independent Chip Model? 4 - Expert Tournament 8/10
Using The Independent Chip Model 4 - Expert Tournament 8/10
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This strategy table layout is new(ish). I've still got the old version though if you preferred the old layout.

Strategy table explained.

Texas Hold em Strategy Table Diagram
  • Hover over the article title to see a summary of the article.
  • The strategy (difficulty) levels have been colour coded for each article at the left of each row.
  • The article strategy types have unique background colours.
  • The utility rating is explained below.

What is the utility rating?

To put it simply, the utility rating is how "important" the strategy is. For example, learning about position (10/10) is going to be more valuable than learning about the squeeze play (5/10) if you have not yet come across either. I'm sure many will disagree with the ratings, but just think of them as a rough guide.

I don't intend to suggest that any of the strategy articles are useless or ineffective by any means, but just that some should prove to be more beneficial to your game than others.

Where to start with Texas Hold'em strategy.

That's a whole load of articles right there; so where do you start? Well, that all depends on your ability at the moment.

Beginner.

Beginner players should start with the "basics" section at the top, and then move on to the "beginner" section of the general articles. The beginner tips article would be my recommended starting point for players new to the game. This will give you a nice foundation of the essential strategy for beating Texas Hold'em.

Alternatively, you can try the Texas Hold'em guide area, which lays core strategy articles out for you in a step-by-step manner. These strategy articles cover the same essential topics, but in more of a fun and guide-like style.

Everyone likes to think they're above the beginner level, but don't worry, I'm not going to tell anyone if you start off with these articles. You will find them invaluable for getting all of the basics sorted and getting on track for winning money.

Intermediate.

It's hard to define an intermediate level (aside from slapping it somewhere between beginner and advanced), so it's hard to say which articles are most suitable for you. I'd say that it's definitely worth browsing over the beginner articles to ensure your basic strategy is in order, even if you are familiar with the topics being discussed.

Aside from that, the poker mathematics articles should be right up your alley. It's better to have a decent understanding of the game before getting in to pot odds and such, even though it is far from being as complex as you might think.

In general, as an intermediate you should feel comfortable browsing around all of the Texas Hold'em articles on offer.

Advanced.

If you are a winning player and already know your fair share of strategy, a good plan of action will be to look over the article titles and see if there's anything around that you're not familiar with. You don't need me to guide you on this one, so read whatever tickles your fancy.

Using Texas Hold'em strategy articles.

When it comes to Texas Hold'em strategy, it's not about how much you read, it's about how much you learn.

Every time you read a Texas Hold'em strategy article, you should be actively trying to absorb the information as you go along. It's all well and good reading a whole bunch of articles, but if nothing is sinking in or making a real difference to the way you play, then it's going to be pretty useless.

If you actually take the strategy from this site on board and use it during play, I don't see any reason why you can't win money from Texas Hold'em. Winning money from Texas Hold'em is pretty straightforward when you know how.

Is this Texas Holdem strategy any good?

Or, to put it another way, why should you take strategy advice from me?

I have been playing winning poker for a number of years. I'm not the God of Texas Hold'em strategy (I'm working on it), but the advice in these Texas Hold'em strategy articles has allowed me to consistently win money right up to the mid to high stakes tables. I like to think that's a good enough reason to trust my articles!

If you want more information and find out who I am, have a look at the about me page.

Even though I am very confident that the strategy on this site is of great quality, I always recommend exercising a little common sense when it comes to Texas Hold'em strategy and tips. Anyone can write poker strategy and post it on the Internet, but that doesn't make it good strategy. Think about what you're reading, and if it makes sense to you then perfect. It's a great idea to take advice from other successful players, but it's even better to use your head at the same time.