If you’re a complete poker newbie but want to get started quickly, read this article for a very simple system to help you become profitable at the no limit Holdem tables. It’s not a very advanced system but it’s perfect for people who are new to poker and want to start seeing some results.
This system won’t make you a huge winner right off the bat but it will help you learn the basics of choosing your starting hands and looking for the right hands after the flop. If you stick to the rules of this system, you’ll be able to stop the bleeding at the tables and take home some pretty good money at the small stakes tables.
The concept of set hunting is to play a very tight preflop game and look for starting hands consisting of pocket pairs. Your pocket pair will turn into a 3-of-a-kind on the flop about 1 out of every 8 times. When you hit a 3-of-a-kind, you’ll win the pot the vast majority of the time.
The basic idea of this system is to only play pocket pairs before the flop. If there’s a preflop raise, you can call it up to a maximum size of 10% of the smallest stack between you and the raiser. This means that if both you and your opponent have $100 stacks, the maximum raise you can call with a pocket pair is $10.
Why? Because your pocket pair will only hit a set about 1out of every 8 times. If you call more than 10% of the smallest stack, you won’t hit pocket pairs often enough to make up for the cost of the raise.
The Rules of the System
1. Play all pocket pairs (22 – AA) unless there is a preflop raise that’s greater than 10% of the smallest stack between you and your opponent.
2. With the pocket pairs AA and KK, make large preflop raises and try to get as much of your stack in before the flop as possible.
3. Make preflop raises with JJ and QQ. Bet on the flop, turn and river if there are no bigger cards on the board. If someone raises you, fold. If someone bets into you, you may call one small to medium sized bet as long as there are still no bigger cards on the board.
If a bigger card shows up, check it down. If someone bets into you while there is a bigger card on the board, fold.
4. Play 22-TT for sets only. Get in as cheap as you can and fold if you miss your set.
5. Raise the hand AK and only continue with it after the flop if you hit a pair. If you hit a pair, bet it on the flop, turn and river. If someone raises, fold. If someone bets into you, you may call one small bet. Fold if someone keeps betting into you.
6. Fold everything else.
7. When you hit a set, start betting it right away and try to get it all-in without scaring away your opponents. The only time you should fold a set is if the board ends up with 4 cards of the same suit or 4 cards to a straight.
This is a very straight forward poker system so I hope it helps. It’s super easy to apply and it will help you turn the corner from losing to winning. But, as you improve your skills, you will want to leave this strategy behind. Until then, it’s a great way to get started and teach yourself the discipline it takes to be a winning poker player.