Playing Premium Hands

 

Premium hands is where you should make a majority of your money at the poker table. This is especially true if youíre a beginning player. Unfortunately, I think that a lot of players think that premium hands equal automatic winners. This simply isnít the case. A premium hand only means that you are more likely to create a winning hand. Other than pocket pairs, unless you improve upon your strong starting hand, it is very unlikely that itíll be good enough to win. The trick is to put yourself in a position where you can maximize your chances of winning with such a strong opening hand. In this article I will go over some things that youíll want to keep in mind when playing your strong opening hand.

The first thing you have to do with you premium hand is decide what to do with it pre-flop. For me, my play pre-flop with a premium hand usually depends on where I am in the betting rotation, or what my position is. If I am in really early position Iíll usually only raise with the strongest of hands. This is because I have no idea what the players behind me are going to do and how many players are going to be in the hand with me. From late position, especially if there arenít any big raisers, Iím usually looking to raise big. This is for two reasons. Either Iíll push everyone out of the hand and win, or just have to go up against one or two other players, or Iíll get called but Iíll be in a better betting position throughout the rest of the hand.

After the flop you really have to be aware of everything that is going on at the table. If you came out with a big bet before the flop then it might not be a bad idea to make a continuation bet. This is when you make a strong bet even though you donít have anything because it keeps you in control of the hand at the moment. If youíve hit on the flop then youíre probably going to want to bet. Just always be aware of what is on the board. If you hit the flop with a premium hand it usually means youíll probably be in the lead, but be aware of any drawing hands that players may be after. If you fear drawing hands then I would strongly suggest possibly trying to push the other players in the hand out.