How to Time Plays in No Limit Texas Hold 'Em

The strategies for No Limit Texas Hold' Em poker change as the game itself evolves. The changes to the game and to your playing techniques are largely dependent on the number of players at the table. In other words, the cards you choose to play when there are ten players will likely differ greatly from those you play against two or three players.

Starting the Game

At the beginning of a game of Texas Hold 'Em, there may be up to ten players involved. The game will move more slowly, and you will have more time to select a premium five-card hand (such as Royal Flush) to gain the upper hand over a number of your opponents. Thus, you can be more deliberative about timing your plays and more selective about the cards you play.

Finishing the Game

As the game proceeds and more players drop out, a wider range of hands have the potential to win a hand. Therefore, while you may have never played a simple pair to win a hand when facing off with ten players, you might be able to win with a pair when playing against just two other people. You can be least selective when playing a heads-up game.

In order to win No Limit Texas Hold 'Em, it is important to evolve with the game. This means paying attention to how the number of players at the table will change the progress of the game, then timing your plays and selecting your hands accordingly.