Beginner Poker Strategy

Chinese Poker - Part Three - Strategy

Having dealt with the basic rules of Chinese Poker in my first article, and some common variations of the game in the second one, it is time to turn our attention to the strategy of the game. Although Chinese Poker is much more luck-dependent than most other forms of poker, there are still some basic rules to follow in order to give yourself the best chance to succeed.

Chinese Poker - Part Two - Variations

In the first article in this series, I outlined the basic play and scoring of a typical game of Chinese Poker. However, over time, a number of variations of the game have sprung up, with varying degrees of popularity. Probably the most common variation is the addition of special hands to the game that increase the number of points the player receives for winning a hand. The special hands most commonly used are three-of-a-kind in the front hand (the three-card hand), a full house or better in the middle hand and four-of-a-kind or a straight or royal flush in the back hand.

Chinese Poker - Part One - The Basics

If you follow the professional tournament circuit, or watch shows like High Stakes Poker on television, you have no doubt heard stories about a game called Chinese Poker. Perhaps the most dramatic of these tales (at least the ones that have made it to the ears of the public) occurred a little over a year ago when Phil Hellmuth reported losing over a half million dollars to Phil Ivey in one session of play! It is clear that Chinese Poker has become a staple of professional poker players to while away the hours in between tournament sessions and regular cash games, or to distract them during lengthy airplane flights. So what IS Chinese Poker?

When Is It OK To Check And Call?

Sometimes it is ok to check and call or just call in a no limit hold em tournament. Most of the times it's not, but there are times, usually against loose aggressive players who like to make small bets to check and call as raising will generally lead to either being re-raised or generating a fold. By just checking and calling against this type of poker player, they continue to put money into the pot at small increments and give you the correct odds to draw to your hand or to win the pot even though you only have a marginal hand.


So as a beginner you have decided to take the plunge into omaha hi lo. So, as with any other form of poker, a beginner needs to know which hands to play. This article will help the beginning omaha hi lo player know which hands are most likely to show a profit in the long run when playing. Although most written literature on forms of poker tell you that starting hand requirements are subject to change depending on game situations, the fact is that in omaha hi lo, at a full table, being the tightest player in the game can actually be all you need to do to turn a profit.


Omaha is probably the most popular form of poker besides hold em, and in many places even more popular than hold em. The pots can often be bigger in omaha, and the play much more loose and exciting. You could win several buy ins in a typically loose game, or lose several, which makes the game very exciting.

Essential "Outs" Calculations for Beginning Poker Players

Are you ready to get serious about your game? A poker player who sincerely wants to improve his game must learn to apply mathematical concepts and considerations to his strategy. Math-based decisions are crucial in all forms of poker, from low limit cash games, to ten thousand dollar buy-in tournaments. You don't need a calculator, and you don't have to be a math whiz. Just follow these simple steps and improve your game today.