The world does not need more solitaire games for our computers and handhelds. Nonetheless, they exist. If you liked this blog's tips for Spider or Brickbreaker, you might like my tips for Blackberry Texas Hold'em Poker.
First, I am not a poker player, but somehow I have managed to accumulate over $8 million on my Blackberry, playing Hold'em, in the past three months. That qualifies me to teach you nothing reliable about playing real poker, but perhaps something useful about playing on your 'Berry.
I win about 40% of the time that I buy in to a game, and since the payout is about 10-15 times the buyin, the money adds up.
If you play poker for real, you will probably laugh at these tips. Hey, it's a computer game...real people would learn from your habits, but the opponents in the game do not. So you can figure out what beats them, and keep doing it.
Here are some tips, in fairly random order, some dazzlingly obvious.
- Call most hands, if no one before you has raised. Think of it as an ante.
- Be nimble and ready to fold if the betting gets crazy and you have a weak hand.
- Play any hand with a face card in it and a small pot.
- Play any pair with a small or medium pot.
- Play any suited connecting cards with a small pot.
- Most opponents with small pairs bet them aggressively.
- When you are head to head with the last opponent, raise every hand and they will usually fold. If they re-raise, be prepared to fold because they hardly ever bluff.
- When you are the big stack, bet aggressively and others will fold.
- If you do #8 and find yourself to no longer be the big stack, do not panic. You can be cautious and get back into the lead.
- Opponents seem blind to the risk of losing to a flush draw. If you have a flush, build your bets through the flop, turn, and river, sizing your large bet on the river to wipe out at least one competitor.
- Pay attention to everyone's cards when the hand is over, and look at what people are calling with and betting with.
- Always expect face cards in your opponents' hands.
- Have fun, have a life.
- To enter a large bet, press the T key on your keyboard and the number pad will spring to life. Enter the dollar amount, then press the little pearl twice.
- Learn something about your own temperament by thinking about what makes you lose at this game, if indeed you lose at this game. Stubborn? Impetuous? Not smart when drinking? Games can be rehearsals for real life...