Pre-Flop betting Strategies in Poker

Poker India | August 22nd, 2016 | Poker Strategy, Tips and Tricks

poker strategies pre flop betting

Pre-flop betting is not an easy thing! Position matters the most in Poker strategies while betting before the flop. The golden rule about position is the later, the better. Later position allows you to bet aggressively as compared to early position where options to bet are quite limited.

Get comprehensive pre-flop poker strategies on how to bet in different positions. Apply the best strategies while betting in early, middle and late positions.

Early Position

You should raise only when you have the premium and strong hands like A-A, K-K, A-K, Q-Q and J-J. Being in the early position is very risky and you should raise when you have such poker hands. You can choose to call if you have pocket pairs from 8-8 to 10-10. Even pocket pairs from 2-2 to 7-7 are playable if you expect a lot of players to call before the pre-flop.

Middle Position

Middle position gets tricky as many factors are taken into account before the flop. The number of players playing the hand, the nature of raise and strength of the hand are the key aspects to consider while calling, raising and folding in poker.

  • You can always raise or re-raise when you have A-A or K-K.
  • Raise if you have A-K, Q-Q or J-J and re-raise when someone makes a huge raise.
  • You can call a raise if you have A-Q, 10-10, 9-9 or 8-8 but fold A-Q when it is raised by someone who rarely raises.
  • If no other player bets before you, then re-raise with A-A, K-K, A-K, Q-Q or J-J.

Late Position

Playing at late position is almost similar to middle position in poker games. However, it is much more flexible as you can see how many players have entered the game and the bets placed. You need to be more aggressive and take the best out your position and situation.

  • Always raise with A-A, K-K, A-K, Q-Q or J-J
  • Always re-raise if you have A-A or K-K
  • Re-raise with A-A, K-K, A-K, Q-Q or J-J if you think you have the best hand


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