Online poker keeps growing and evolving, but one thing has remained constant: Texas Hold’em is still the world’s most popular game. The vast majority of players at Bodog Poker can be found at the no-limit Hold’em tables, with some limit Hold’em on the side. Want a piece of the action? Here are five Texas Hold’em strategy tips you can start using right away to improve your game.
 

Be Aggressive

This is the No. 1 poker tip for anyone who wants to learn Texas Hold’em strategy. There are two ways to win in this game: Get your opponents to fold, or have the best hand at showdown. Most Hold’em hands don’t make it all the way to the river, so you’re going to have to use “selective aggression” to make your opponents lay down their hands. Focus on betting and raising when in position – and be prepared to fold yourself if they fight back.
 

Emphasize Pre-Flop Play

There are four streets in a Hold’em hand: pre-flop, flop, turn, and river. The pots get bigger as you move through the streets, but the most important decision you’ll make is whether to enter the pot in the first place. Use a strong range of starting hands, especially in early position, so that you’ll be more likely to have the best hand when you do get to showdown.
 

Have a Plan

Although pre-flop is the most important street in Hold’em, you need to have a “road map” for every hand you play, a map that will either get you to showdown or allow you to make a correct fold beforehand. Again, making aggressive plays is usually the correct choice when you’re in position; a more passive approach will help you when you’re out of position. Mixing the two approaches is ideal – once you’re ready to learn more advanced Texas Hold’em poker tips and strategies.
 

Minimize Mistakes

Until you’ve got the fundamentals down pat, it’s far more important to cut down on your mistakes than it is to attempt more advanced plays. As a general rule of thumb, mistakes will cost you twice as much money in the long run. Don’t fall victim to Fancy Play Syndrome; stick with a simple game plan for Hold’em that will keep your “decision tree” small and easier to execute. Also, play for smaller stakes while you’re still learning the game. Mistakes will happen. Make sure you can afford them.
 

Attack Weaker Players

No matter where you are on your Hold’em journey, you always want to have an edge in the games you play. That edge comes from players who are worse than you at poker. Game selection is key; you’ll tend to find the weakest opponents at the smallest stakes, and they’re more likely to be playing tournaments than cash poker. From an educational standpoint, it’s also good to play against tougher competition, but for the most part, you want to play at the softest tables possible. Don’t let pride interfere with your poker development.